170-kilometre-long Saudi city The Line.

"Limiting any experimental city model is a mistake" says commenter

In this week's comments update, readers are debating two stories we published further exploring plans for the 170-kilometre-long Saudi city The Line.

Dezeen spoke to experts who called the project's sustainability and liveability claims "naive". We also exclusively interviewed the executive director from the developer, Neom, who claims The Line will "revolutionise our current way of life".

Commenters had their own views on the project.

"Nearby Dubai shares many of the same features" commented Giulio, while Laura cautioned that "limiting any experimental city model is a mistake".

Whatever you think of the project, Jessica Sarah argued, "it's a completely different way of thinking about urban design" – even if, as Jim Holloway said, "it's simply impractical".

Meanwhile, Chuck is asking the really important question; "Where does the poop go?"

Where do you stand on The Line? Join the discussion ›

Eric Owen Moss designs experimental A+M House for himself in Los Angeles

"Interestingly hideous"

Commenters were split over a Californian studio by Eric Owen Moss Architects that changes shape as it rises over three storeys and features an industrial-strength rubber coating.

Chazz found it "interesting, but that doesn't make it good", while Zea Newland thought it was "ugly in a charming way".

Steve Miller thinks "Moss does thrilling things" but to AlfredHitchcock the project is "interestingly hideous".

Mezabarch commented: "Beautifully suited for La La Land. I find it joyful".

What do you think? Join the discussion ›

Municipal building in Iowa exterior
Soft light fills Iowa municipal building by Neumann Monson Architects

"Only modernists could get excited by such a drab box"

Commenters have been considering a relatively simple building by US firm Neumann Monson Architects that houses Iowa City's street and water departments, including all of their equipment and vehicles.

The Iowa City Public Works building features polycarbonate walls and a row of tall window boxes.

Ken Steffes thought it's the "best looking utilitarian building design I have ever seen" and Apsco Radiales concured that it's "pretty damn close, that's for sure".

JB suspected "only modernists could get excited by such a drab box".

Archi declared "this is pure excellence".

Simple or boring – or maybe both? Join the discussion ›

The yoga studio at The Newt in Somerset
Invisible Studio adds rammed-earth yoga studio to the gardens of Somerset hotel

"Downward dog here I come!"

Readers were unanimous in their praise of Invisible Studio's rammed-earth yoga studio at The Newt in Somerset.

JZ said, "gorgeous form and haptically on the nose", while Ken Steffess appreciated how "rammed earth is a beautiful building material".

Design Junkie is getting excited: "Downward dog here I come!"

Jay C. White Cloud described it as "brilliant, simple, pragmatic architecture."

Would you practice yoga in this rammed-earth studio? Join the discussion ›

Comments update

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