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14 of the best architecture and design podcasts to subscribe to

May 23, 2019 Fiona Hartley 0

With podcasts continuing to grow in popularity, we’ve compiled a guide to the best ones focusing on architecture and design, including one on “invisible” design and one on architectural failure. Scratching the Surface  Hosted by Jarrett Fuller, Scratching the Surface investigates the overlap between design criticism and practice. The extensive database of interviews features designers, writers, critics

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The Urbach Tower Is A New Landmark In Germany That Was Built From Self-Shaping Wood

May 22, 2019 Erin 0

Photography © ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart   The University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) has collaborated with the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), to create the Urbach Tower, a unique landmark that’s been built in Germany.   The design of the tower emerges from a new self-shaping process […]

“We all have a stake in the future of food” say curators of V&A’s Bigger than the Plate exhibition

May 16, 2019 Natashah Hitti 0
V&A Food: Bigger than the Plate

London’s V&A shows what the future of food could look like in its latest exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate, which takes visitors through a full food cycle from compost to plate. The show is structured into four parts – compost, farming, trading and eating – in a bid to give visitors a sense of

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A Sculptural Observation Tower Has Opened In Denmark

May 15, 2019 Erin 0

Photography by Rasmus Hjortshoj   Architecture and urban planning studio EFFEKT, has recently completed a sculptural observation tower at Camp Adventure, located south of Copenhagen.   Photography by Rasmus Hjortshoj The tower is the centerpiece in a nature experience that provides visitors with a chance to observe the Gisselfeld Klosters Forest from a unique perspective. […]

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is a “call to action” against climate change

May 15, 2019 Eleanor Gibson 0
The Substitute by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

New York’s Cooper Hewitt is trying to tackle the global challenge of climate change with its sixth design triennial, Nature. Director Caroline Baumann picks out five of the most forward-thinking designs in the show, covering issues such as animal extinction and plastic pollution. The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, which opened on 10 May, takes over

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MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab proposes new way of growing islands and coastlines

May 13, 2019 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Growing Islands by MIT

Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up with a solution to help coastal communities threatened by climate change: submersible objects carefully placed to promote the growth of beaches and islands. The Growing Islands project is the work of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Self-Assembly Lab and Maldivian organisation Invena, who came together to

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Wanås hotel and restaurant opens in converted 18th-century cow barn and horse stable

May 13, 2019 Augusta Pownall 0
Wanas hotel and restaurant Sweden

A pair of stone barns on a castle estate in southwest Sweden have been turned into a boutique hotel and restaurant with interiors designed by Kristina Wachtmeister. The two low stone buildings face each other across a gravel path and area of grass at the centre of the 15th-century Wanås estate and organic farm, 70

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Nike app uses AR and AI to scan feet for perfect fit

May 9, 2019 Gunseli Yalcinkaya 0
Nike Fit app

Nike has launched an app setting that provides “hyper-accurate” sizing recommendations for each of its shoes by scanning your feet with a smartphone camera. Called Nike Fit, the tool – available as both in-store and at-home options – aims to address the problem of customers ordering and wearing the wrong-fit shoe. “Three out of every five people

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LUMICENE Has Created A Tiny Prefab Cabin With A Retractable Curved Window

May 8, 2019 Erin 0

  LUMICENE has recently launched LUMIPOD, a small and modern prefab cabin that’s designed around a curved window, allowing the interior of the cabin to be open to nature. Designed and manufactured in Lyon, France, LUMIPOD is built from 2 modules resting on four screw piles to minimize as much as possible the impact on […]

Office of the future “will only be a place where people come together” say Barber and Osgerby

May 8, 2019 Natashah Hitti 0

We no longer need desks, say designers Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, because the office of the future is more of a meeting place than a work environment. Speaking in a talk at the Vitra showroom in London, the Barber & Osgerby founders said that the office is still relevant, but the desk is not and designers

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