Monthly archives: November 2011

Plastic bottles filled with sand used
to build houses in Nigeria

Dezeen Wire:
discarded bottles sourced from hotels, restaurants, homes and foreign embassies are being filled with sand and used as bricks to create curved-walled houses in a Nigerian village - BBC

The bottles are bound together with mud resulting in durable walls that are sustainable, cost-effective and provide insulation from the sun's heat. The resulting buildings are also bullet-proof – a useful benefit in an area plagued by violence. An estate of 25 houses is currently being built with plans for a school to follow.

See our previous story on a house made from sand bags in South Africa.

"David Chipperfield to curate 2012
Venice Biennale"- The Guardian

Dezeen Wire:
David Chipperfield is to curate the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, becoming the first British architect to take on the role - The Guardian

The official announcement has been delayed because of Chipperfield's reservations over working with Giulio Malgara, who was expected to become the director of the biennale and is a friend of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Following Berlusconi's decision to stand down it is expected that current director Paolo Baratta will retain the role as biennale director.

See more stories about David Chipperfield on Dezeen.

Populous scraps plans for air conditioned
stadium at 2022 Qatar World Cup

Dezeen Wire:
 sports architecture firm Populous claims that original plans to air condition a stadium they are designing for the 2022 Football World Cup are too expensive and "notoriously unsustainable" when used in desert environments - The Independent

Populous director John Barrow says they are now considering other options for creating a comfortable climate inside the Sports City stadium and is encouraging the Qatari government to alter its building schedule to give new technologies time to develop.

You can see our previous story on the 2012 London Olympic stadium, also by Populous, and all our stadium stories here.

Kieran Long says Heathrow's plastic transport
pods are "not just a whizzy novelty"

Dezeen Wire:
 in his latest article for the Evening Standard architecture and design critic Kieran Long describes a network of noiseless transport pods launched in September to carry passengers from Heathrow airport's business car park to Terminal 5 as "the future we were supposed to have."

Long says the £30 million Rapid Personal Transit system, created by transport specialists Ultra PRT and engineers Arup, offers a "brief but safe moment of isolation" and "is an expression of the minor psychological irritations of business travellers" but adds that the concept has potential to be applied in larger urban scenarios.

See all of our transport stories including a self-driving electric passenger vehicle and more articles by Kieran Long.

"Design and invention can power us out
of recession"- James Dyson

Dezeen Wire:
industrial designer James Dyson has called on engineers and designers to develop the new ideas needed to revitalise the UK economy - The Guardian

Dyson says that only tangible engineering can address issues such as global warming and population growth, stating: "The allure of digital should not distract us from the bigger challenges." He adds that the government must "focus on investment in ideas," urging them to support design education and creative businesses.

We published the winner of the 2011 James Dyson Award for innovative student engineering projects on Monday and you can see more stories about James Dyson here.

Inside Awards: V&A Ceramics Study Galleries
by OPERA Amsterdam

Inside Awards: V&A Ceramics Study Galleries by OPERA Amsterdam

Inside awards: in the first of a series of Dezeen Talks filmed at the Inside awards in Barcelona last week, Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs talks to Dutch designer Jeroen Luttikhuis of interior design studio OPERA Amsterdam about the Ceramics Study Galleries at the Victoria & Albert museum in London, which won the display category. More »