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Herzog & de Meuron

3 hours 28 minutes ago
Herzog & de Meuron
Lombard Odier Headquarters . Bellevue Herzog & de Meuron Released updated scheme of Lombard Odier Headquarters as Foundation stone laying ceremony takes place in Bellevue, north of Geneva. The design for the new headquarters is characterized by generously cantilevered, curved and slender floor slabs supporting the building’s correspondingly sweeping roof. Located on a 27,400 sqm … Continue reading Herzog & de Meuron
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About Time: Fashion and Duration exhibition at The Met celebrates 150 years of fashion

4 hours 17 minutes ago
About Time exhibition at The Met

Set designer Es Devlin has created two clock-like gallery spaces for the latest fashion exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which compares design over 150 years. The Met's Costume Institute opens About Time: Fashion and Duration at the museum's Fifth Avenue location on 29 October –  the original planned opening in May 2020 was

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Eleanor Gibson

AFF . Topotek 1

5 hours 59 minutes ago
AFF . Topotek 1
Komischen Oper extension . Berlin AFF . Topotek 1 . + baunetz Selected competition entry. _
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OMA

6 hours 13 minutes ago
OMA
Komische Oper extension . Berlin OMA . + baunetz Selected competition entry. _
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"The resources we need are no longer in the ground, but in landfill"

6 hours 17 minutes ago
The New Raw creates 3D printed furniture from plastic waste

We need to recategorise waste as a raw material to begin the transition to a circular economy, says Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure author Katie Treggiden. Anybody who has been watching David Attenborough's recent flurry of documentaries will have the sense that he's in a rush to convince us of something before it's too late.

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Katie Treggiden

Competition: win a copy of In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials

7 hours 20 minutes ago
In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials, Spencer Bailey, Phaidon

As part of Dezeen's collaboration with Phaidon we are giving away five copies of In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials, by Spencer Bailey. In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials is an exploration of the architecture and design of memorials built in the past 40 years. Five readers will each win a hardback copy of the book,

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Karen Anderson

Colors That Go with Brown: How to Decorate with Brown

7 hours 39 minutes ago

Brown is a neutral and natural color that, when used in the right environment, can create a warm, stable feeling in any room. An excess of brown or wooden furniture can create a dark, heavy feel in your space. That’s why it’s important to integrate shades of brown into a color palette with colors and […]

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Julia Thompson

Beautiful Rustic Backyard Ideas: A Relaxing Vacation at Home

8 hours 43 minutes ago

If you are having thoughts about a lovely vacation and how you can spend a few days away from it all, then that is all too common this time of the year. Yet, the fact that we are still dealing with a global pandemic and travel restrictions across the world is a factor that is […]

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Sherry Nothingam

Connected virtual exhibition sees nine designers craft carbon-negative furniture from hardwoods

8 hours 47 minutes ago

Dezeen promotion: a range of carbon-negative furniture items created by designers including Ini Archibong and Thomas Heatherwick for London's Design Museum can now be viewed as part of a permanent virtual exhibition. Jointly commissioned by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Benchmark Furniture and the Design Museum, the Connected exhibition tasked nine designers with creating a

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Clay Plasters Rustic Range by Clayworks

9 hours 9 minutes ago
Living room with Clay Plasters Rustic Range walls by Clayworks

Dezeen Showroom: the sustainable Clay Plasters Rustic Range by Clayworks provides a rugged surface finish that can mimic the appearance of concrete, stone and earth. UK brand Clayworks designed the Clay Plasters Rustic Range as a celebration of imperfection and to help add texture to internal walls and ceilings. Like the company's other product lines,

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South Africa: SA's Property Sector Is Dead, but Investment Opportunities Abound for Those Who Adapt

10 hours 7 minutes ago
[Daily Maverick] The single most important question on investors' minds is when will the global economy rebound and whether the recovery will be V-shaped, K-shaped, U-shaped in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic - a crisis which former World Bank chief economist and Bill Clinton's treasury secretary estimates will have a four-times greater impact than the global financial crisis in 2008-09, with the pandemic itself showing no signs of abating.

Nine designs that demonstrate the variety of Enzo Mari's works

10 hours 48 minutes ago
Enzo Mari key designs

Following the death of Italian designer Enzo Mari last week, the curators of a major retrospective of his work at the Triennale Milano, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Francesca Giacomelli, pick nine designs that demonstrate the variety of his work. Mari, who passed away from complications related to coronavirus on 19 October, has an extensive and varied

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Tom Ravenscroft

"Technology's been coming for black people since the beginning" says Charlene Prempeh

11 hours 18 minutes ago

Exposing and tackling racism in technology is the goal of UK initiative A Vibe Called Tech. Dezeen spoke to founder Charlene Prempeh about the responsibility companies have in protecting the black community on and offline. Launched in 2018, A Vibe Called Tech explores the impact that technology has on black people in the UK. Prempeh's

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Natashah Hitti

In Search of African American Space

11 hours 18 minutes ago
In Search of African American Space: Redressing Racism
Jeffrey Hogrefe and Scott Ruff, with Carrie Eastman and Ashley Simone (Editors)
Lars Müller Publishers, September 2020

Paperback | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches | 256 pages | 148 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-3037786338 | $30.00

PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION:

If African American experience emerges from the structure of slavery, how does architecture relate to that experience? African Americans have claimed space in unexpected locations – often in opposition to architecture as a Eurocentric discipline that has served to regulate and exclude them. In Search of African American Space examines both historical record and personal and collective memory to uncover these instances. African American space can be creative and aspirational, taking the form of speech and performance that reflects its fleeting nature.

This anthology of essays from contemporary architects, historians and artists presents a broad range of knowledge and practices that evoke consciousness of this form of space making in the afterlife of slavery.

Jeffrey Hogrefe is an author, critic, and founding coordinator of the Writing Program at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Scott Ruff is a Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at the Pratt Institute and the Tulane University School of Architecture.

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Three images immediately follow the table of contents at the beginning of In Search of African American Space: Thomas Clarkson's drawing of the Brookes slave ship, a photograph of a slave cabin in Alabama in the late 1930s, and Sid Grossman's photograph of a Harlem tenement stoop near the end of the same decade. Right after the last is Tina M. Campt's foreword, which defines African American space "in its simplest incarnation as environments that allow Black communities to thrive." Obviously that was not the case with the slave ship, which squeezed hundreds of people into the hold of a ship, treating them more as objects than individuals. Although the cabin was photographed 70 years after the Civil War, as part of Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-38, the ability to thrive then was stymied by policies that effectively limited freedom for Black people after the abolition of slavery. Only the street life of Harlem captured by Grossman appears to depict circumstances in which African Americans have shaped "spaces that refuse" in Campt's words, "[to] diminish, degrade, dehumanize, and destroy Black life."

But reality is much more complicated than these three photographs, whose placement sets the tone for the book's contributions. Eighty pages later, in his essay examining the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Scott Ruff connects the trio of images in "a culture of separateness, a condition that began in the ship's hold, was sustained by slave plantation quarters, and continues in the 'urban slum/ghetto.'" Whereas Jefferson designed his Virginia plantation so enslaved people, including Sally Hemings, were out of sight, the location of the NMAAHC on the National Mall, just steps away from the Washington Monument as well as White House, gives a strong presence to the African American lives it celebrates. Yet given that the design by the firms of David Adjaye, Philip Freelon, and Max Bond is dramatically different than its neoclassical neighbors, Ruff asserts the museum perpetuates the "culture of separateness" of the hold, the plantation quarters, and the ghetto. Regardless, perhaps the museum's strongest feature is "the porch" that faces the Mall and was the setting of its 2016 dedication: it references "the historical and cultural uses of porches throughout the African Diaspora" but is also, to Ruff, "a foothold on the Mall for remembrance and redress."

I've yet to visit NMAAH in Washington, DC, but another essay in the book is dedicated to a place I have been, one of my favorite NYC projects from last decade (it's highlighted in my NYC Walks): Weeksville Heritage Center by Caples Jefferson Architects and landscape architect Elizabeth J. Kennedy. Founded in 1838 by formerly enslaved persons and freedmen, Weeksville was rediscovered in 1968 as part of a workshop spearheaded by Pratt Institute, where editors Ruff and Jeffrey Hogrefe happen to teach. Specifically, the group of four Hunterfly Road Houses were found, and it's these mid-19th-century wood-frame structures that the new landscape and building address: the former traces a pathway dating to the community's origins (it is depicted at macro scale in Wikipedia's map of Weeksville), while the latter simultaneously holds the corner of Brooklyn's present-day grid and relates to the historically minded landscape laid out by Kennedy. Weeksville Heritage Center marks one of the earliest African American spaces and creates a new one for the 21st century. Yet given that it sits in the midst of neighborhoods that are gentrifying and therefore displacing many Black residents, it's apparent the redress of racism — embodied here and in other accounts in the book — is a slow process, but one that is nevertheless urgent.

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Spencer Bailey, David Adjaye and Michael Bierut discuss the changing nature of memorial design in live talk

11 hours 23 minutes ago

As part of our Dezeen x Phaidon collaboration, we teamed up with the publisher to host a live talk with Spencer Bailey, David Adjaye and Michael Bierut about the significance of memorials in the 21st century. Moderated by Bailey, Phaidon's editor at large, the talk looked at the topic of his new book, In Memory Of:

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Sebastian Jordahn

Access to finance poses the biggest challenge for African businesswomen

11 hours 23 minutes ago
Addis Ababa, 27 October 2020, ECA –Inadequate finance and information are among the leading non-tariff barriers (NTBs) facing African businesswomen and may underminethe success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), according to an advocate for businesswomen on the continent.
Speaking today during a webinar on the Trade Easier platform, a mechanism for reporting, monitoring and eliminating NTBs under AfCFTA, the Executive Director of the Pan African Business Women’s Association (PABWA), Ms Yavi Madurai, said the problemof gender inequality, corruption, and lack of
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