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Today we like: white concrete

Collection Lambert in Avignon by Berger & Berger

White concrete is popular with architects thanks to its pure, uniform appearance, offering a less brutal alternative to board-marked and raw concrete. It is created by combining materials with lower iron, chromium and manganese levels.

Recent examples of projects with white concrete include Daniel Libeskind's proposal for an art museum in Lithuania, a tiny chapel in rural Austria and three additions to a pair of 18th century French mansions (pictured). See more architecture using white concrete »

Today we like: Japanese hair salons

Re-edit hair salon by Sides Core

Japanese houses are a perennial favourite with Dezeen readers, but the country's architects also apply similar design principles to hair salon interiors.

Examples include a minimal salon in Osaka with space for just one customer, a hairdresser's divided with plants and mirrored screens, and a beautician's featuring crimped screens and golden curtains. See more Japanese hair salons »

Today we like: New York skyscrapers

East 44th Street by ODA

Famous architects from David Chipperfield to Herzog & de Meuron, Norman Foster and Álvaro Siza are working on residential towers in Manhattan.

But the wave of skinny skyscrapers, mainly filled with luxury apartments, has sparked protests over shadows in Central Park. It has also prompted concerns over spiralling inequality in the city, with Steven Holl warning that "architecture with a sense of social purpose is becoming increasingly rare" in the city. See more New York skyscrapers »

Today we like: crowdfunding

BIG Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant crowdfunding chimney

Once the preserve of independent product designers, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are evolving into powerful tools for financing and testing public appetite for architecture and infrastructure projects.

Recent examples include BIG's campaign to raise money for a prototype power plant chimney and a pedestrian bridge described as the "world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project". See more crowdfunded projects on Dezeen »