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Specifying tropical timber can “play a key role in the climate change battle” says Timber Trade Federation

March 19, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
An aerial view of a tropical forest in Indonesia

Architects can help fight climate change by specifying tropical timber, according to Timber Trade Federation CEO David Hopkins. Speaking in a live Dezeen talk, Hopkins said that the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) wants to challenge negative associations surrounding tropical wood and promote it as “valuable feedstocks for the design world”. By specifying responsibly-sourced tropical timber,

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Life Meets Art book offers glimpse inside homes of leading creatives

February 12, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
Norman Foster house

Norman Foster’s lofty dining room and the tactile living space of Faye Toogood are among the home interiors revealed in author Sam Lubell’s new book, Life Meets Art. Life Meets Art was curated by Lubell to “reveal a new side” to over 200 of the world’s best-loved creatives by offering a glimpse inside their private spaces.

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Asylum in Ratched designed to look like “a beautiful person with a really dark secret”

January 12, 2021 Jennifer Hahn 0
Dr Hanover's office from Netflix's Ratched

Production designer Judy Becker treated Lucia State Hospital like a character in its own right to ensure that the gruesome psychiatric institution takes centre stage in Netflix thriller Ratched. The asylum is rich with unexpected architectural details – undulating glass-block walls or vast panoramic windows hidden behind floor-to-ceiling curtains – that are begging to be noticed. This

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Castelgrande’s bunker-like entrance captured in photos by Simone Bossi

January 6, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
The entrance to Castelgrande by Aurelio Galfetti, captured by Simone Bossi

Swiss architect Aurelio Galfetti’s stark hillside entrance to the medieval Castelgrande in Bellinzona, Switzerland is the focus of this architectural photography series by Simone Bossi. Captured on film, the series highlights the imposing qualities of the clean-cut, bunker-like gateway to the castle, which is described by Bossi as a “majestic” and “powerful space”. Castelgrande is

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History of slavery is “a horrific wound that has just been ignored” says David Adjaye

October 30, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
David Adjaye portrait

The lack of memorials and monuments dedicated to the victims of slavery is leading to ignorance and memory loss, says RIBA Gold Medal-winning architect David Adjaye. Speaking in a live talk streamed on Dezeen, Adjaye said that “wherever slavery has happened, it has to be dealt with” if society is to move forward. “[Slavery] is

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Kris Provoost captures “immense density” of Hong Kong’s housing

October 25, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
Eden of the Orient photography by Kris Provoost

Belgian photographer Kris Provoost explores the striking juxtaposition of Hong Kong’s “hyper-dense” housing and natural landscapes in his latest photography series, Eden of the Orient. Eden of the Orient gives an insight into Hong Kong’s unique built environment, which is enveloped by greenery but recognised as one of the densest places to live on Earth.

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Kris Provoost captures “immense density” of Hong Kong’s housing

October 25, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
Eden of the Orient photography by Kris Provoost

Belgian photographer Kris Provoost explores the striking juxtaposition of Hong Kong’s “hyper-dense” housing and natural landscapes in his latest photography series, Eden of the Orient. Eden of the Orient gives an insight into Hong Kong’s unique built environment, which is enveloped by greenery but recognised as one of the densest places to live on Earth.

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Creating sets for Normal People took a mixture of intuition and second-hand gems says production designer

October 7, 2020 Natashah Hitti 0
Dezeen interviews Normal People production designer on creating the series' sets

Using second-hand finds to create “clinical but tasteful” spaces reflective of protagonist Marianne Sheridan’s family life drove the set design of hit series Normal People, says production designer Lucy van Lonkhuyzen. Van Lonkhuyzen aimed to create a sense of realism when designing the show, which is set in the small, fictional town of Carricklea in

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Open House London responds to “fiendish challenge” of coronavirus with video tours, cycle rides and model kits

September 18, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
Open House London bike tour

With Open House London starting tomorrow, Dezeen has teamed up with the festival to present a video tour of a different building or space each day from 19 to 27 September. The films are part of the festival’s move to “massively diversify” its programme in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted the

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Less exclusive buildings “are actually some of the most interesting” says Devs production designer

June 12, 2020 Natasha Levy 0
Devs television series directed by Alex Garland

Production designer Mark Digby explains why he selected an inconspicuous 1960s university library as the location for sci-fi series Devs, which was created by Ex Machina and 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland, instead of ultra-futuristic buildings in Silicon Valley like the Apple Park. Devs explores the sinister goings-on at a fictional quantum computing company

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