The best UK and international architects and researchers gather for Vision 2017
This post is brought to you by Vision 2017.Aimed at architects, designers, specifiers and their clients, Vision 2017 provides an international focus for innovative products and building solutions, bringing together some of the best designs and leading figures from across Western Europe. Across... View full entry
A tower designed to hang from an asteroid in Earth's orbit
Following on the heels of that paperclip-esque tower design for New York, here’s another ‘out there’ skyscraper design. Literally, this one is ‘out there’—in Earth’s orbit. Designed by Clouds Architecture Office, this speculative building would hang from an asteroid, which would be... View full entry
The BIG Abstract; A conversation with Morgan Neville, Director/Producer of Abstract's Bjarke Ingels Documentary on Netflix
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've already heard about Abstract, Netflix's incredible new documentary series on design. This week we're talking to Abstract's executive producer, Morgan Neville, who also directed the episodes featuring Bjarke Ingels and Christoph Niemann.As one of the... View full entry
Why the design of prisons matters
the world’s prisons are home to an estimated 10 million people globally and this number is rising. The world’s prison population has gone up 10% since 2004, and in some countries, such as Indonesia, the increase has been as high as 183% [...]
Architecture sends a silent message to everyone walking into any place. It tells you what to expect and where the limits of behaviour are. Prisons are the same.
— the Guardian
In my view, design is crucial to creating an environment in which prisoners can live and not become institutionalised. This means providing spaces for staying in contact with families, work, education, and playing sport.For more on carceral architectures, follow these links:Rikers Island is an... View full entry
designjunction brings immersive design experiences and its first open-air party to King's Cross
This post is brought to you by designjunction. designjunction (22 – 25 September) is set to transform its new home in King’s Cross into one destination full of immersive design concepts and stimulating experiences.On Wednesday 21 September designjunction will host its first open-air party on... View full entry
Preview 100% Design: This year’s highlights include Asif Khan and Ron Arad
This post is brought to you by 100% Design. 100% Design, the UK’s largest trade fair for architects and designers, returns once more to London Olympia. The show, with over 26,000 international visitors spending exceeding £3.4 billion has a deserved reputation as the commercial heart of London... View full entry
PACT Conference in UEL brings Patrik Schumacher, Mario Carpo, Jose Sanchez and Benjamin Dillenburger
University of East London hosts international PACT conference - two days of keynotes and discussions with Patrik Schumacher ( ZHA), Mario Carpo ( UCL), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project/USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA).
— University of East-London and IEREK
PACT Conference UEL, 12.09-13.09 Please join for keynotes by Mario Carpo (UCL), Patrik Schumacher (ZHA), Jose Sanchez ( Plethora Project / USC) and Benjamin Dillenburger ( ETH/ITA) , followed by a series of provocative Panel Discussions. The Panel Discussions are organised around our keynotes... View full entry
Famed designer Jane Thompson dies
The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip... View full entry
Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies
Make no mistake: Drones are coming, and they’re going to change a lot of things about how we shape our lives. So why shouldn’t we change how we shape our buildings to get ready for them?
That’s the basis for my Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. You wouldn’t need to buy your own drone, you’d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi—and hop in right from your terrace.
For more on the intersections between autonomous flying machines and the city, check out these links:Unequal Scenes: drone images reveal Cape Town's "architecture of apartheid"This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machineDrones for Good... View full entry
One day left to enter your work into Hansgrohe + Axor’s Das Design Competition!
This post is brought to you by Hansgrohe + Axor’s Das Design Competition. Cash Prize & Eligibility for VIP Trip To GermanyGood design is POWERFUL, and Hansgrohe/Axor believes it should be celebrated and recognized!There is just one day left to enter the 3rd annual... View full entry
"designjunction has always been a place for visitors to discover the latest trends" - Managing Director Deborah Spencer tells us what to expect at this year's designjunction
designjunction is now in its sixth year – what did you originally set out to achieve with the exhibition? Has that changed?At the time (back in 2011) when we launched designjunction, we felt London was missing a commercial show with more creative energy and a greater relevance to the A&D... View full entry
The guerrilla designers fixing an iconic, but hideous, symbol of Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous monument. In 1788, King Frederick William II of Prussia commissioned the Gate, which was designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans, to represent peace following the Thirty Years’ War. The Nazis used the Brandeburg Gate as a party symbol and it... View full entry
Deadline Approaching: Hansgrohe + Axor’s Das Design Competition
This post is brought to you by Hansgrohe + Axor’s Das Design Competition. Cash Prize & Eligibility for VIP Trip To GermanyGood design is POWERFUL, and Hansgrohe/Axor believes it should be celebrated and recognized!There are just a few weeks left to enter the 3rd annual... View full entry
Jems Architecki's Polish conference center is built on an old coal mine
This post is brought to you by Figueras International Seating. Katowice, a city of 300,000 inhabitants in the South of Poland, wants to leave its past of mining industry behind. In the heart of the city, and on what was formerly a mine and its inevitable mountains of mining residue, today we find... View full entry
Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall
This post is brought to you by Figueras International Seating. The building of the Philharmonie de Paris, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in... View full entry