Dezeen Wire: The latest RIBA Future Trends Survey shows that the private housing sector is benefiting from all-time low interest rates but overall confidence about future workloads remains low. More »
Monthly archives: November 2011
American designer Chad Wright stretched the archetypal birdhouse shape to create penthouse nest boxes with varying heights. More »
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.
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In this movie from the Tales of the Hunt series of interviews made by Brussels gallerist Victor Hunt, German designer Johannes Hemann explains how he makes sculptural lamps by generating a storm in his studio. More »
This bridge across the moat of a historic Dutch fort leads visitors below the water’s surface without getting them wet. More »
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 »
Dezeen Wire: plans for a 40-storey tower designed by British architect Richard Rogers to sit on top of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York have been shelved following the Chinese backer's decision to pull out – The New York Times
See a skyscraper in London completed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners earlier this year.
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.