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Airo electric car by Heatherwick Studio

"Like when Homer Simpson designed a car" says commenter

In this week's comments update, readers are critiquing Heatherwick Studio's concept for an electric car and sharing their views on other top stories.

Heatherwick Studio has unveiled its design for the Airo electric car for IM Motors that will "vacuum up pollutants from other cars".

Named Airo, the electric car will be fitted with a HEPA – high-efficiency particulate air – filtering system that will actively clean pollution.

"Cleaning that vehicle will be an absolute pleasure"

Readers aren't convinced. "Bodywork and hubs as pointlessly fussy as we have all come to expect from Heatherwick. Cleaning that vehicle will be an absolute pleasure..." said Ralph Kent.

"Seeing strong parallels with The Simpsons episode when Homer Simpson designed a car," continued Only The Lonely.

"A charging station 'oozing' with all the quality of a Victorian faucet," added Bobby Dazzler.

Jeroen Van Lith was more positive: "I don't know much about the filtering technology, but the sweeping lines along the side are an original touch to often unimaginative car design."

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O-Tower, infinity loop skyscraper by BIG in Hangzhou
BIG designs "infinity loop" skyscraper for OPPO in Hangzhou

"It's definitely not phallic" says reader

Commenters think BIG's design for a research and development building in Hangzhou, China, looks like a female body part. The O-Tower is being built for smartphone manufacturer OPPO.

"Finally," said Indrė Butkutė. "A women-inspired building, great!"

"I just love it!" continued Hotte. "First we had all the dildo towers, now we get vulvas! Equality is coming."

"It's definitely not phallic," added Sigmund. "Quite the opposite, actually."

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The brutalist Derby Assembly Rooms in Derbyshire
Brutalist building in Derby set to be demolished without plans for replacement

"Cherry picking history" says commenter

Readers are debating Derby councils' decision to demolish the brutalist Derby Assembly Rooms venue in England. The concrete building was completed by Casson, Conder & Partners in 1977 for use as an events venue.

"No doubt if it was Victorian architecture then demolition would not be an option," said Daniel Lacey. "Cherry picking history."

Steve disgareed: "Most people think brutalist buildings are ugly. Most people don't like ugly things. Most people would rather tear down ugly things than look at them."

"No," replied Zea Newland. "They should find an appropriate re-use of the structure or figure out how to restore it. We really need to stop demolishing large concrete buildings just because we feel like it."

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Italian Harry Potter covers designed by Michele De Lucchi
Michele De Lucchi reimagines Harry Potter covers "in dialogue with contemporary architecture"

"I'd love to see a movie version" says reader

Commenters are discussing architect Michele De Lucchi's redesign of the Italian covers of the Harry Potter books. De Lucchi shifted focus away from the characters and towards the fantastical buildings of the wizarding world.

"I had some doubts," said Marc Sicard, "but I was wrong. This is awesome."

"Rather reminiscent of the 1970s children's Ladybird books," added Alfred Hitchcock.

"I think they could reboot both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings with a more inventive graphic approach like Michele de Lucchi's," concluded Z-dog. "I'd love to see a movie version with this aesthetic."

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