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  • "Calgary's New Central Library is an example of the best practices in modern monument making"
    by Aaron Betsky on November 14, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Why can't all public libraries be as warm and welcoming as Snøhetta and Dialog's New Central Library for Calgary, asks Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. You walk in under a curving canopy of wood, slide into lozenge-shaped space where stacks and tables surrounded by reading people of all ages and sorts radiate away from The post "Calgary's New Central Library is an example of the best practices in modern monument making" appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Nike's rippled glass New York flagship aims to disrupt "concrete canyon"
    by Eleanor Gibson on November 14, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    Nike's swoosh symbol and airbag technology informed the bubbly, slumped glass facade that encases the sports brand's new flagship store in New York City. The design team at Nike transformed a 68,000-square-foot (6317-square-mere) building at 650 5th Avenue, on the corner of 52nd Street, into the store called Nike House of Innovation 000. The American The post Nike's rippled glass New York flagship aims to disrupt "concrete canyon" appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Patrik Schumacher launches High Court bid to control Zaha Hadid's £70 million estate
    by Tom Ravenscroft on November 14, 2018 at 7:34 PM

    Friends and family of late architect Zaha Hadid are to fight over her legacy in court, after her former business partner Patrik Schumacher launched a bid to become sole executor of her estate. Schumacher, one of four people appointed by Hadid to take responsibility for her estate, has begun court proceedings to have the other The post Patrik Schumacher launches High Court bid to control Zaha Hadid's £70 million estate appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • MAGA Building Blocks encourage children to construct toy border wall
    by Dan Howarth on November 14, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Conservative retailer Keep and Bear has launched a Lego-style kit for Donald Trump's border wall, with packaging that social media users are describing as rip-off and racist. Released just in time for the holiday season, the Build the Wall Starter Kit includes 101 pieces for constructing a tiny plastic wall, accompanied by an angry-looking Trump The post MAGA Building Blocks encourage children to construct toy border wall appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Colourful louvres animate Johnsen Schmaling's Oak Park Housing in northern California
    by Jenna McKnight on November 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    American studio Johnsen Schmaling Architects has completed an urban infill project near downtown Sacramento that consists of six modest-sized homes with multi-coloured facades. The Oak Park Housing complex was built on a long-vacant property in Oak Park, a diverse neighbourhood that struggled for decades with economic stagnation and disinvestment. The area also experienced social unrest. The post Colourful louvres animate Johnsen Schmaling's Oak Park Housing in northern California appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Competition: win a colourful Bicoca lamp by Marset
    by Eleanor Gibson on November 14, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    The Bicoca lamp by Barcelona-based brand Marset is up for grabs in Dezeen's latest competition, along with its magnetic accessories that attach it to walls, sofas and headboards. Designed by Belgium designer Christophe Mathieu for Marset, the Bicoca features a cylindrical base that tapers to a triangular point at the top like a pencil. The circular-shaped shade The post Competition: win a colourful Bicoca lamp by Marset appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Emanuele Pizzolorusso's refillable bottles can guide you towards urban water fountains
    by Augusta Pownall on November 14, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso has created reusable water bottles for use in ten global cities that list the locations of public water fountains on one side. The half litre water bottles made from PBA-free plastic resin for Florence-based brand Palomar, have been designed as an alternative to plastic water bottles and to make finding a The post Emanuele Pizzolorusso's refillable bottles can guide you towards urban water fountains appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • "The beautiful buildings commission is just a front for the continuing attack on progressive ideas"
    by Sam Jacob on November 14, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    The historicism of the UK's Building Better, Building Beautiful commission is no laughing matter, says Sam Jacob. The Building Better, Building Beautiful commission is an ill-informed waste of time that will, in any case, never influence anything. In a few weeks we will have forgotten about it – like all of those other things that The post "The beautiful buildings commission is just a front for the continuing attack on progressive ideas" appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Manually-operated Vertiwalk lift allows people with physical disabilities to move between floors
    by Natashah Hitti on November 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Eindhoven-based designer Rombout Frieling has created a vertical walking system that enables less physically able people to manually lift themselves between floors in a building. The system, called Vertiwalk, was designed as an entirely human-powered alternative to stairlifts to allow people with disabilities to reach different floors, and exercise simultaneously. The user has to perform a vertical The post Manually-operated Vertiwalk lift allows people with physical disabilities to move between floors appeared first on Dezeen. […]

  • Anni and Josef Albers: the married misfits of the Bauhaus
    by Jon Astbury on November 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Anni and Josef Albers met at the Bauhaus and both became hugely influential designers. As we continue our Bauhaus 100 series celebrating the school's centenary, we explore the couple's works and legacy. The Bauhaus had its fair share of couples, not to mention love triangles. But the most enduring was no doubt Anni and Josef Albers, she a middle-class Berliner The post Anni and Josef Albers: the married misfits of the Bauhaus appeared first on Dezeen. […]