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Edinburgh Airport’s Moxy Hotel opens for business

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Air travellers are being catered for by a new hotel at Edinburgh Airport with the opening of a 230-bed Moxy branded venue created by Marriott to appeal specifically to Millenials. Externally the hotel is finished in 150sq/m of glass curtain walling supplied by Cube Glass for the reception and bar areas and includes a pink ‘towel rail’ as a ‘corner feature’. In a...

Privacy concerns prompt amendments to Aberdeen hospital housing

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Proposals for a further 23 flats on the site of Aberdeen’s Cornhill Hospital have surfaced at the hands of Barratt Homes as an amendment to a previously approved 323 home masterplan after issues were raised by NHS Grampian. The revised scheme seeks to strengthen a linear grid street pattern by more clearly transitioning between townhouses and terraces by building on the courtyard...

Richard Murphy Architects chosen to deliver Leith Custom House feasibility study

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Richard Murphy Architects have been selected by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and City of Edinburgh Council to author a feasibility study for Leith Custom House by the end of the year. Intended to secure the long-term future of the building the study will look at a range of options for repurposing it for the display of artefacts belonging to the Museum and Galleries Leith collection....

Major stone & steelwork repairs safeguard Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s House

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Restoration of St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh is now in full swing with work to carry out stabilisation, steelwork repairs and historically accurate repointing of stone cladding. Repairs to the grade A listed Regent Road landmark have been necessitated by corrosion of the steel frame, sparking the need for urgent action to preserve what was the largest metal framed building in...

Dundee waterfront regeneration ripples out along Dock Street

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Dundee’s waterfront renaissance has sparked renewed interest in the area as a place to live, as evidenced by a new application to refurbish and extend a former Job Centre Plus on Dock Street to form 38 flats . The joint venture between Cater Group and McGill Homes will see the B-listed building overhauled at the hands of Neil Rothnie Architecture together with the construction of a...

Woodland home brings black magic to the Borders

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A woodland home near the market town of Lauder in the Scottish Borders has taken shape following completion of the private house by Taylor Architecture Practice. Pyatshaw nestles within a fairytale setting of dense woodland adjacent to a fast-flowing burn, standing as one of a loose collection of homes within an isolated hamlet. Defined by its embrace of black-stained larch the property...

Final countdown for Aberdeen events complex

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Aberdeen City Council and Henry Boot Developments have begun a final countdown toward the opening of a major new events hub on 10 August with a formal handover by Robertson Construction. The TECA Complex , including two on-site hotels, has been designed by Keppie with a 12,500-capacity main arena called P&J Live at its heart, supported by three exhibition halls, conference rooms and...

Flemish-inspired homes woven into Pollokshaws streetscape

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An innovative apartment scheme comprising 24 flats designed around user customisation has been completed at Ashtree Road , Pollokshaws, the first major scheme to be completed by Graeme Nicholls Architects since their formation in the summer of 2016. Delivered on behalf of the Home Group and Merchant Homes Partnerships the development is split between a ‘tenement’ and...

Dykes of Gray brings ‘village’ life to Dundee

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Springfield Properties have completed work on a self-contained ‘village’ on the western outskirts of Dundee which includes its own playparks, shops and café as well as commercial opportunities for nurseries, hairdressers and pharmacies. Dykes of Gray has been designed as a self-contained community close to the city centre with its own village green and public art set...

Pitfodels care home plan brought forward

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Proposals for a 65-bed care home in Aberdeen have emerged at the hands of Halliday Fraser Munro Architects on land off North Deeside Road adjacent to the Marcliffe Hotel, supplanting an earlier hotel expansion plan . The Marcliffe has been commissioned by Meallmore to provide a care environment and amenity space within the Pitfodels Conservation Area with landscaped grounds overlooking...

Glasgow City Council serve Egyptian Halls ultimatum

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Glasgow City Council is attempting to break a stalemate in long-running efforts to preserve and regenerate the historic Egyptian Halls on Union Street by serving an ultimatum to its owner to carry out vital repairs. Dundonian developer Derek Souter has been given until tomorrow to respond to its demand for concrete proposals to be brought forward for essential maintenance – or face...

New owners sought for former Dundee College Campus

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A former Dundee College campus with planning consent for 135 apartments has been placed on the open market by Whiteburn Properties. Dating from the seventies the former Dundee College of Commerce has lain disused since closing its doors in 2011 during which time a number of residential proposals have been brought forward, all of which have come to nothing. Makela Milne, associate...

Edinburgh dining destination to provide convenient views

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The City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning permission for a riverside dining space within a former public convenience overlooking the Water of Leith. Designed by Fraser Livingston Architects the dining destination will be named The Toll House and offer views of the area from a landscaped terrace and large format picture windows. The brick lower floor of the current structure...

Bishopton prototype homes display 2020 vision

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Taylor Wimpey has opened the doors to two prototype homes within their Dargavel Village development in Bishopton as part of an innovative construction trial. Project 2020 has been devised by the housebuilder as a means of adapting to the changing needs of homeowners, including allowing people to adapt their homes to their own requirements. In addition, the twin properties also employ more...

NHS Highland commence work on twin community hospitals

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NHS Highland is to begin work on two new hospitals at Broadford and Aviemore after agreeing a £40m contract with Hub North Scotland to proceed with the twin facilities. Work at Aviemore will get underway before the month is out with Broadford following by mid-August. Both facilities are then scheduled to open by spring 2021. Deborah Jones, NHS Highland’s director of...

Picturesque Longniddry expansion extols village virtues

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Cruden Homes have won planning consent from East Lothian Council to significantly extend the village of Longniddry through the addition of 81 new homes. The first phase of a wider expansion masterplan the development features a range of classically-inspired properties designed by Halliday Fraser Munro and Ben Pentreath which are said to draw inspiration from local precedents to create homes...

Serviced apartments to echo past glories at rare Georgian Glasgow survivor

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Laurieston House, a rare and largely intact example of a Georgian townhouse in Glasgow, is to be brought back to life with plans to remodel the interior for use as 11 serviced apartments . MMLL Apartments have brought on board Elder + Cannon together with Keith Edwards Architectural Consultants to oversee a sensitive remodel of the building, centrepiece of an A-listed neoclassical terrace...

Storied Gullane landmark converted to seaside apartments

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A seaside town in East Lothian has seen one of its most striking buildings given a new lease of life following its conversion by CALA Homes to form 21 apartments. Formerly Gullane’s Marine Hotel the property was latterly in use as a training centre for Scottish Fire & Rescue in an eventful history that also included a spell as headquarters for the Polish Army during World War 2....

Kirkintilloch school to be demolished for new homes

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East Dunbartonshire Council has given its consent to the demolition of the former Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch’s conservation area, in order to erect 38 flats following the relocation of pupils to a new build school . Drawings submitted by Coltart Earley Architecture on behalf of the local authority call for the unlisted school to be allocated for new build affordable housing...

Eco-friendly Murrayfield home demonstrates vaulting ambition

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Plans to erect an introverted detached house to Passivhaus principles in Edinburgh’s Murrayfield district have been hatched by Cropka Architects for vacant land to the rear of 7 Western Terrace . The scheme dovetails with alterations to the current semi-detached property to facilitate access and will repurpose land originally set aside for stables and mews accommodation in the 19th...
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Liberia: New Terminal Opens July 25th

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[New Dawn] Authorities at the Liberia Aviation Authority or LAA announced over the weekend that the newly completed passenger terminal, office complex and run way at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County will be ready for dedication on July 25th, this year.

Kenya: Unapproved Building? Time Is Running Out

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[Nation] In August 2016, the Nairobi City County government commenced a process of regularising all unapproved buildings. This is in line with the provisions of the Nairobi City County Regularisation of Developments Act, (No. 3) of 2015, the National Physical Planning Act, CAP 286 and Part (V), specifically sections 31, 30 (i) and (52), which call for the regularisation of developments in the county.

Ghana: PNC Rejects Building of New Chamber

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[Ghanaian Times] The People's National Convention (PNC) said it was frivolous for Members of Parliament (MPs) to engage in an edifice of comfort to provide for themselves a new chamber rather than address issues that afflict their constituencies.

Eritrea: Embassy of PRC Organizes Symposium

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[Shabait] Asmara -The Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China has organized a symposium on 6 July at the Embassy premises in connection with the 6th anniversary of the "One Belt One Road" Initiative. The objective of the symposium was to enhance mutual understanding and practical cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
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South Africa: First Night Raid Takes Place in Bheki Cele's Promised Response to Spike in Murders

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[GroundUp] It's 3:30am in Philippi East. It's cold and the road is wet from the light showers that fell an hour earlier. It's also very dark, pitch black in some corners because of the sparse street lighting. One of the tall masts used to light up the township is completely dead. It's quiet and calm. If you didn't know any better, you'd say it's peaceful. And then the banging starts. "Police! Open the door!"In this early morning crime prevention operation, it look
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Rwanda Prepares the Foundations for Climate-Resilient Cities

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How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It’s a complex question with […]

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Emmanuel Hitimana

Women Are Pivotal in the War on Terror

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On 10 July 2019 I was honored to moderate a meeting with women’s groups for the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres, whose aim was to better diagnose the role of women in the prevention or instigation of violent extremism. The Secretary General remarked, “The women activists I met in Nairobi are among the many […]

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Ambassador Amina Mohamed

A Relentless Battle Against Poverty & Hunger in World’s Most Populous Region

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The world’s two most populous nations-– China and India—have been making steady progress in eradicating extreme poverty, but have fallen short in their attempts to eliminate extreme hunger, according to the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In an interview with IPS, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive […]

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Thalif Deen

The Fight to End Violence Against Women in the Asia-Pacific Region

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Parliamentarians met in Laos last week to discuss violence against women and girls. The meeting was organized by the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) and hosted by the National Assembly of Laos. It was a chance to push parliamentarians to continue developing programs to protect women. For the Members of Parliament (MPs) who participated, […]

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Caley Pigliucci

International Green Court: A solution to achieving climate justice?

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(The Daily Star) – WE’RE running out of time on climate change. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report released in October 2018, revealed that there are only a dozen years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Reaching temperatures beyond that, even […]

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Sharaban Tahura Zaman

Prejudice and Discrimination, the Uncured Ills of Leprosy

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“The ambulance team refused to take my sick friend to the hospital because he had had Hanseniasis years before,” said Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, at one of the meetings held during his Jul. 1-10 visit to Brazil. His friend was completely cured and had no visible effects of the disease, but in […]

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Mario Osava

Avoiding the Mistakes of the Asian Green Revolution in Africa

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Research scientists are studying groundwater resources in three African countries in order to understand the renewability of the source and how people can use it sustainably towards a green revolution in Africa. “We don’t want to repeat some of the mistakes during the green revolution that has taken place in Asia, where people opted to […]

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Isaiah Esipisu

Community Action Is a Critical Weapon in the War on Terror

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During the egregious Dusit attack, Kenya demonstrated remarkable, resilience, solidarity and stood firm against the terrorists. Combined with a swift and highly efficient surgical response from the law enforcement agencies, Kenyans united together in empathy and all barriers came down in a collective show of humanity. It is well known that for a long time […]

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Siddharth Chatterjee

Drought, Disease and War Hit Global Agriculture, Says U.N.

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The United Nations has warned of drought, disease and war preventing farmers from producing enough food for millions of people across Africa and other regions, leading to the need for major aid operations. A report called the Crop Prospects and Food Situation by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that shortages of grain and […]

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James Reinl

Today’s Menu: Pesticide Salad, Leaded Fish with Plastic, Chemical Fruit

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In case you were not aware or just do not remember: all you eat, drink, breathe, wear, take as a medicine, the cosmetics you use, the walls of your house, among others, is full of chemicals. And all is really ALL. For instance, in your bathroom, formaldehyde often sits in your shampoo, microbeads in your […]

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Baher Kamal

Bangladesh is our best teacher in climate change adaptation: UN ex-chief Ban Ki-moon

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(The Daily Star) – Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon today said Bangladesh is the best teacher in climate change adaptation. Ban Ki-moon said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a two-day international conference on climate change adaptation in Dhaka. “We are here to learn from Bangladesh’s experiences and vision, when it comes […]

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Star Online Report

What Should FAO’s New Director General Focus on?

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On 23 June 2019 Mr Qu Dongyu of China was elected as the new Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO is one of the largest UN specialized agencies with a budget for 2018-19 of  US$2.5  billion,  offices in over 130 countries and more than 11,000 employees.   Mr Qu takes over from José Graziano da Silva who has been in the post since 2012 and completes two terms in July 2019.  Mr […]

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Daud Khan

Will the UN & World Bank Continue to Lag Behind Europe in Ending Male Leadership?

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The nominations of Christine Lagarde of France as the first woman to head the European Central Bank (ECB) and Ursula von der Leyen of Germany as the first woman to lead the 28-nation European Commission, have been described as significant landmarks in the higher echelons of international institutions long dominated by men. The two women, […]

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Foster + Partners Tulip tower plans nipped in the bud by mayor of London

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The Tulip by Foster + Partners

Plans for The Tulip, a 305.3-metre-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by London's mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan rejected the proposal on the grounds that it would provide "very limited public benefit" to the City of London and that it was not the "world class architecture that would be required to justify its

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India Block

Pembrooke & Ives deconstructs interior design process for Uncrated exhibit in New York

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c crates, pallet racks and boxes form display cases in this exhibition at R & Company gallery in New York City, which was created by local interior design firm Pembrooke & Ives. Pembrooke & Ives designed the Uncrated Curated exhibition to be like a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the development of an interior design project, starting

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Eleanor Gibson

Twitter launches redesigned website more fit for experimentation

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Twitter has launched its first major website redesign in seven years – a subtly streamlined experience that is more in line with the company's app. As of today, the desktop site for all users features a responsive design that can shrink down to a simple tweet stream, a rejigged side navigation that integrates bookmarks and

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Rima Sabina Aouf

Armin Broger becomes CEO of Arper following departure from B&B Italia

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Arper CEO Armin Broger

Italian furniture brand Arper has appointed Armin Broger as CEO, following his departure from rival brand B&B Italia in April, after just a year in the job. Broger replaces Vincenzo Rivizzigno who has stepped down after fifteen years in the role. In a statement announcing the appointment, Arper declared its intention to consolidate its position

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Augusta Pownall

SPF Architects designed The Line Lofts in Hollywood to enhance apartment living

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Line Lofts in Los Angeles, California by SPF:architects

This urban residential building by Californian firm SPF Architects features design strategies to eliminate a sense of repetition or homogeneity – qualities that can make apartment living "relatively unpleasant". The Line Lofts are situated along Las Palmas Avenue, just one block from the famed Hollywood Boulevard. Encompassing 68,000 square feet (6,317 square metres), the six-storey

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Jenna McKnight

Diébédo Francis Kéré bundles logs to form roof of Tippet Rise Art Center pavilion

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Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré used sick and dead trees to build this pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. The roof, columns and seats of Kéré's Xylem pavilion are made from bundles of local ponderosa and lodge pole pine logs, felled during a "natural pruning" process that aims to save forests from

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Eleanor Gibson

Henning Larsen completes iceberg-like opera house in Hangzhou

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Henning Larsen completes Hangzhou Yuhang Opera

Henning Larsen designed tech white angular volumes of Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, which visitors can climb up, to look like "floes of ice" on a lake. The waterfront performance venue in Hangzhou, China, contains a 1,400-seat auditorium, a 500-seat black box theatre, and an exhibition centre. The white facade of the cultural centre in Hangzhou, China, is punctuated with

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Lovell Burton completes spacious Barwon Heads House for retired couple

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Barwon Heads House designed by Lovell Burton

Thick green brush nearly conceals the slanted roof of this house near Melbourne, which architecture studio Lovell Burton has created for a retired couple and their extended family. The house is situated just 100 metres off the beach in the coastal town of Barwon Heads and has been designed by Lovell Burton to accommodate a

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Natasha Levy

Volta VR tool "will make producing audio more expressive"

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Royal College of Art graduate Alex Kane explains how his virtual reality Volta production tool allows users to create multidirectional "spatial audio" in this video interview shot by Dezeen. Kane developed Volta as his graduation project to complete his degree in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Users wear virtual reality goggles and headphones to produce

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Calum Lindsay

Watch Jean Philippe Vassal speak at the Royal Academy annual architecture lecture 2019

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Jean Philippe Vassal, co-founder of Lacaton and Vassal Architects gave the 29th annual architecture lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Vassal presented the studio's past projects and the core principles behind its work. Lacaton & Vassal Architects are known for their social housing refurbishment projects, including Transformation of 530 Dwellings. This renovation

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Sebastian Jordahn

Elena Tamburini's Filotea objects encourage affection in old age

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Italian designer Elena Tamburini has created a collection of four everyday objects that aim to facilitate affection in elderly individuals and couples. Comprised of a mirror, a brush, a table and a walker, each of the objects in the Filotea collection refers to an affectionate daily gesture, such as a caress, a touch, or looking

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Natashah Hitti

This week's top roles in architecture and design include Platform 5 Architects and Squire and Partners

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Backwater by Platform 5 Architects

We've chosen five promising opportunities in architecture and design available on Dezeen Jobs this week, including positions at Platform 5 Architects and Squire and Partners. Architectural assistant at Platform 5 Architects Platform 5 Architects is looking for a creative and experienced Part 1 or recently graduated Part 2 architectural assistant to join its studio in

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Amina Amber

Anthony Burrill's graphics top delicate timber rooftop pavilion in Barcelona

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Summer Pavilion by Eugeni Bach, Anthony Burrill and Elisava Barcelona students

Graphic designer Anthony Burrill and architect Eugeni Bach worked with students in Barcelona to build 3KMS, a rooftop pavilion decorated with MDF panels. Forty students from the Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering worked on the pavilion, which stands on the roof of the school. Burrill and Bach are both tutors at the school, and

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Jon Astbury

Iconico Studio elevates Moncayo Club House in Mexico City atop stone plinths

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Moncayo Club House in Mexico City by Iconico Studio

Architecture practice Iconico Studio has designed this community centre near Mexico City to bridge an earthy wall and a stone plinth. The Mexico City studio completed Moncayo Club House at the entrance to a "sleepy" residential neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Mexican capital. A key feature of the community centre is the elevated slender

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James Brillon

Hubris Atë Nemesis installation curves up Maine contemporary art gallery

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Hubris Ate Nemesis by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Curvy and bent wooden strips are laid out to resemble a wave in this installation in Maine, created by local designers Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B Nguyen. Kavanaugh and Nguyen designed the Hubris Atë Nemesis installation for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), taking cues from the from the rough waters and wind in

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Bridget Cogley

Tomohiro Hata's Loop House faces inwards onto a central courtyard

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Loop House by Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates built Loop House around a planted central courtyard in pursuit of peace and quiet for a dense urban site in Hyogo, Japan. A series of elevated veranda spaces overlook the courtyard in a design that is an inversion of the Katsura Imperial Villa. The historic villa in Kyoto has a

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Jon Astbury

Bricks made from loofah and charcoal could promote biodiversity in cities

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Green Charcoal bio-brick by Indian School of Design and Innovation Mumbai

Plants and insects can thrive on the surface of these Green Charcoal bio-bricks, engineered as an alternative to concrete by researchers at the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai. The researchers' eco-friendly bricks are made of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibres — better known as loofah, the plant commonly used for

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Rima Sabina Aouf

Relax in salons, spas and beachfront properties this weekend on our Pinterest boards

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This week on our Pinterest account, we're showcasing the best spaces to unwind in, including salons, spas and beachfront properties. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest › Open the Pinterest app on your phone, tap the camera icon and scan the Pincode below to explore Dezeen's feed.

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Fiona Hartley

Hesselbrand transforms stables into additional rooms at Tuscany's Villa Lena

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A former horse stables on the grounds of Tuscan art retreat Villa Lena has been renovated by architecture studio Hesselbrand to accommodate a series of rustic guest suites. Villa Lena is situated in the heart of Tuscany on a sprawling, 500-hectare wooded estate dotted with vineyards and olive groves. During the 19th and early 20th-century

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Natasha Levy

Ryan Leidner adds minimal extension to San Francisco saloon building

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Harrison House in San Francisco, California by Ryan Leidner Architecture

Californian architect Ryan Leidner has slotted a garden in between a renovated 19th-century residence in San Francisco's Mission district and its minimal extension to the rear. The Harrison Street House was originally built in 1888, and served as a saloon and residence for the owner upstairs. The property saw several uses in the following years,

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