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Mecanoo's tiled house in Netherlands

"An awfully idyllic response to climate change" says commenter

In this week's comments update, readers are discussing MVRDV's envisioning for Vancouver's waterfront in the year 2100 and the "world's most aggressive SUV".

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV released a study that aims to offer possible solutions to urban planning in the face of rising sea levels by reimagining the Vancouver waterfront.

The Sea Level Rise Catalogue looks at methods for adapting to rising sea levels, which according to the IPCC could rise as much as two metres by 2100

Readers had a mixed response in the comment section, with some querying if this is really what Vancouver most needs.

MVRDV Vancouver sea level plan rendering
MVRDV have envisioned Vancouver's waterfront in the year 2100

"2100 is only 74 years away"

Chuck Anziulewicz said the design "looks like an awfully idyllic response to climate change. I suspect that life will not be quite so pleasant".

"Vancouver has a much greater problem with housing and social issues than rising sea levels," suggested Apsco Radiales.

However Pipeline Pete thinks that "considering that the average life span of a building is 100 years, it's time to start thinking about rising sea levels, in addition to housing shortage, commercial growth, earthquakes, poor air quality from forest fires etc. 2100 is only 74 years away."

"With high construction costs and labour shortages, it's smart to start planning an urban build-out with longer and durable cradle-to-grave life that mitigates a myriad of natural force de majeure and man-made threats," they continued.

Jose is excited, saying "looks really nice. Can't wait!"

What do you think of the plans for Vancouver? Join the discussion ›

Mecanoo's Dutch tiled house from above
The roof of Mecanoo's house, and the external walls, are covered in pearlescent tiles

"Those tiles would look great on my bathroom walls"

Dutch studio Mecanoo clad a triangular house in the Netherlands entirely in pearlescent ceramic tiles. Commenters were delighted and curious in equal measures.

"Smashing roofline!" said Betty Rubble. "Design is delightful. 10/10. As a dabbler in all things crafty, I am swooning over this tile. I needs me those glazes."

Archi was in agreement, commenting "I find this beautiful and appropriately scaled."

Colonel Pancake wasn't so sure, suggesting an amendment to the article's headline: "*Mecanoo covers Dutch house in future leaking roof."

Others were similarly concerned. "I'd like to see a detail of the tile and the adhesion technique for all this tile and grout. This just begs to let water into the structure", commented IDracula.

Would you cover your house entirely in tiles? Join the discussion ›

Rezvani motors aggressive car
Rezvani Motors said the aim was to "to make a car that has a badass design"

"Perfect for the school run"

Automotive company Rezvani Motors launched a car with security features including electrified door handles and pepper spray-emitting wing mirrors.

Readers have had a strong reaction to the car, especially on Instagram where more than 400 comments were left under the post it featured in.

In the Dezeen comment section, Jacob Volanski reflected "it is disconcerting that the current cultural climate is receptive to such militarization of everyday life".

"Perfect for the school run," quipped Onlythelonely. But Henry Swanzy found the car "depressing on every level".

James thinks it is "amazing that this is touted as a lifestyle vehicle because, in order to need one, your lifestyle would have to include A) living in a desolate war zone, or B) being so contemptible that people actively want to do you harm. Although I suppose driving the vehicle in public would instantly qualify you for option B."

Charles Roig only has one concern; "price?" they asked.

Do you think this car is necessary (for civilians)? Join the discussion ›

Render of The Line's mirrored facades
Adjaye Associates, UNStudio and Morphosis named among architects working on The Line

"All our heroes are dead"

International architecture studios including Adjaye Associates, UNStudio, Morphosis, Studio Fuksas and Coop Himmelb(l)au have been named in a Riyadh exhibition as working on The Line megacity in Saudi Arabia.

Currently under construction in Saudi Arabia, The Line is being designed by numerous international studios, with each practice reportedly working on a 500-metre section.

Richard Porteous has "so many questions..." and Gytis Bickus is "gobsmacked".

"This is one weird project," commented Puzzello. "I've never experienced a more publicized architectural event involving so many famous design offices, yet shrouded in so much uncertainty, lack of clarity, and denialism."

Alejandro Bravo C thought "of course everything is money. But Adjaye? That was surprising." JZ added "all our heroes are dead now".

What do you make of these studios working on The Line? Join the discussion ›

Comments update

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