Monthly archives: November 2011

"Cities are machines for innovation"
- Financial Times

Dezeen Wire:
in his latest article for the Financial Times architecture critic Edwin Heathcote analyses how some cities have successfully reinvented themselves as hubs of creativity and commerce – Financial Times

Heathcote states that "the city stands out as an engine of progress and modernity," using examples from urban centres such as San Francisco, Milan, Turin, Pittsburgh and London to demonstrate how intelligent state funding can encourage creative vitality and economic growth.

Dezeen is five: memorable (and slightly mad)

Dezeen is five: memorable (and slightly mad) projects

As Dezeen's fifth birthday falls this week, we've been digging through the archives collating the most memorable stories, events, parties and so on since we launched in November 2006. Today we present the five most memorable experimental projects we've been involved in - regardless of whether they worked. They include an exhibition about rubbish, a gallery full of speakers and cars covered in flowers...  More »

Habitat is "as good as dead"
- Elle Decoration editor

Dezeen Wire:
Elle Decoration editor Michelle Ogundehin has declared British furniture brand Habitat "as good as dead" in an article on the magazine's blog, stating "I give it two years max" – read the blog post

Ogundehin says that the retailer, which closed all but three of its UK stores earlier this year, failed to react to competition within the market and "increasingly misunderstood 'Lifestyle'," its key selling point. She claims that Habitat has lost its original focus on innovation and simplicity, and rubbishes plans by current owners the Home Retail Group to sell Habitat products at Argos and Homebase outlets, adding that their one remaining interest is to "flog stuff."

See our previous story on Habitat going into administration.