Discover NYC’s Architecture and Design Scene During Archtober 2019

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                                Get ready, New York. The annual <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Archtober</a> festival, now in its ninth year, is just around the figurative and architectural corner. Organized by the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Center for Architecture</a>, this month-long event celebrates NYC’s architecture and design with 31 days of programs and events that will make you appreciate the sites you walk by every day.

You can head to to see the full lineup of events, visit the Center for Architecture for Arctober guides, or keep reading to learn about some of our favorite highlights of the festival:

Solar Carve on 40 Tenth Ave by Studio Gang \\\ Photo © Tom Harris, courtesy Studio Gang

Put your walking shoes on and head out on an architect-led tour to check out the Building of the Day. Each day in October will take you around New York to discover (or rediscover) contemporary and iconic buildings, such as Solar Carve by

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The New Sonos Move Brings the Noise Outdoors

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                                If you&#8217;re a Sonos user who has harbored hopes for an outdoor compatible speaker engineered with the same convenience and refined details as their existing line of networked audio components, your wishes have been finally answered. Sonos has announced the <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Move</a>, their first portable indoor/outdoor speaker.

As a longtime Sonos user I’d identify myself as one of the many who’ve always wanted to take the music into the backyard. Sonos has been aware of this common desire amongst its users for an outdoor, battery-powered option, but the company waited till the maturation of Airplay technology (and the new Bluetooth 4.2 protocol) to develop a speaker capable of attaining the performance/standards matching their existing catalog.

The $399 Sonos Move’s aural capabilities are delivered by way of two Class-D amplifiers powering a single tweeter and a mid-woofer driver, plenty sufficient for most indoor spaces and also the outdoors, where sound

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Station Park / City of Buenos Aires


© Javier Agustín Rojas

© Javier Agustín Rojas

  • Architects: Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
  • Location: Pres. Tte. Gral. Juan Domingo Perón 3326, B1613AUT CABA, Argentina
  • Category: Park
  • Lead Architect: Dirección General de Arquitectura, Subsecretaria de Proyectos, Ministerio de Transporte y Desarrollo Urbano (MDUyT) del Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (GCBA)
  • Subsecretary: Álvaro García Resta
  • Managing Director: Martin Torrado
  • Area: 8366.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2019
  • Photographs: Javier Agustín Rojas
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Drone strike in Saudi Arabia impacts world’s oil supply

Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia produces a proportion of the world's oil supply

A reported drone strike has set fire to two oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia, affecting five per cent of the global oil supply and causing oil prices to spike. Read more

Hive: A Biodegradable 3D-Printed Shade by Plumen

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Plumen</a> has teamed up with designer Luke Deering to create a bespoke shade specifically for their unique lightbulbs. <a href=""  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Hive</a> is a biomorphic, biodegradable, 3D-printed shade inspired by the natural structure of honeycombs. The shade works to frame the bulbs, allowing them to shine through and adding to their beauty.

Through the latest 3D-printing technology, Hive is printed in PLA bioplastic that’s 90% recycled plastic and other plant-based resources. In the end the shade will biodegrade within six months, closing its circle of life completely.

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Call for entries to AHEAD Asia awards 2020

AHEAD Asia awards 2020

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers working across Asia can now submit their hotel projects to the 2020 edition of the AHEAD awards. Read more


Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape
Leo Marmol + Ron Radziner, Mona Simpson (Foreword)
Princeton Architectural Press, September 2019

Hardcover | 10 x 13 inches | 312 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1616898168 | $65.00

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The spectacular houses of Marmol Radziner merge interior and exterior life as they engage the built and natural environment. With lush photography and an expansive format, Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape focuses on the evolving relationship between house and landscape, revealing what the architects describe as “the gradual erasure of boundaries between indoor and outdoor” spaces.

This collection of nineteen houses, shown in over two-hundred full color photographs that will make readers swoon, is organized by habitat—desert, urban, canyon, and woodland—and includes projects in Arizona, Southern California, Utah, Nevada, and the Netherlands. A foreword by novelist Mona Simpson provides a personal reflection on her experiences in a Marmol Radziner house,

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Paper Pavilion / PAN-PROJECTS


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© Yuta Sawamura

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Do shipping containers really make for great architecture?

            <img src="" border="0" />A month ago Dr. Richard J. Williams of the <a href="" >University of Edinburgh</a>&nbsp;expressed his views of the over-hyped shipping container design fad in&nbsp;<em><a href="" >The New York Times</a>. </em>Describing the fatal flaw in logic widely used to promote the use of shipping containers in recent architectural proposals, Williams writes,&nbsp;"They&rsquo;re great for doing what they were designed to do, which is transporting stuff. A simple technology, they have helped facilitate global trade like no other. But they&rsquo;re designed for things, not people."<br>

Through out the article, Williams, who is a professor of contemporary visual cultures, art, and history, expressed his dislike for the containers and the effort it takes to turn these large transport boxes into habitable structures suitable for human occupation. 

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Kathrine Barbro Bendixen uses cow intestines to create sculptural lights

Kathrine Barbro Bendixen uses cow intestines for lighting

Discarded cow intestines are given a new life in the intricate lighting installations of Danish designer Kathrine Barbro Bendixen. Read more

PriestmanGoode shakes up air travel to eliminate single-use plastic

PriestmanGoode air travel exhibition Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink a

Industrial design studio PriestmanGoode swaps single-use plastic for ground coffee beans and rice husk in its overhaul of throwaway cabin service goods from meal trays to toiletries. Read more

Dara Huang to speak about being an entrepreneur at Dezeen Day

Dara Huang to speak at Dezeen Day

Architect Dara Huang is the latest Dezeen Day speaker to be unveiled. She will talk about building her own brand on our panel about entrepreneurialism. Read more

Ben Ditto creates “dystopian” campaign to launch People by The 1975

Surveillance culture and climate change are the focus of the campaign for band The 1975’s latest release, which features augmented reality, neural networks and glitchy graphics. Read more

Perkins+Will Change the Office Paradigm


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Courtesy of Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will propose an innovative and resilient office building in Southeast Washington, D.C, created to survive calamities and withstand natural disasters. The project reinvestigates the relationships between humans and nature.

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“We made consumers think differently about low-energy lighting” says Plumen’s Nicolas Roope

Lighting brand Plumen is to cease production of its award-winning light bulbs, and is looking for a buyer. Co-founder Nicolas Roope spoke to Dezeen about the brand’s journey. Read more

Campus Pernod Ricard University / Cyril Durand Behar Architectes


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© Adrià Goula, Hélène Ichaï

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Sella Concept creates “grown-up” interiors inside London co-working space Public Hall

Public Hall by Sella Concept

London design studio Sella Concept used plush furnishings, grandiose light fixtures and a “sophisticated” colour palette to ditch the stereotypical aesthetic of startups inside this central London co-working space. Read more

Are We Air Conditioning our Planet to Death?


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This article was originally published on Common Edge.

This summer the federal government released an astonishing statistic: 87% of American homes are now equipped with air conditioning. Since the world is getting undeniably warmer, I suppose this isn’t all that surprising, but keep in mind that robust number of mechanically cooled homes include residences in some fairly temperate climates. So my question is a simple one: When did air conditioning in the U.S. became a requirement, rather than an add-on? 

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Submissions

A’ Design Award & Competition is  the Worlds’ leading design accolade reaching design enthusiasts around the world, and showcasing the 10,051 award winners made up of 180 nationalities.

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WA House / Dasadani


© Wahyu Dhany

© Wahyu Dhany

  • Architects: Dasadani
  • Location: Bandung, Indonesia
  • Category: Houses
  • Lead Architect: Wahyu Dhany
  • Design Team: Ariesa Farida, Rahman Malik
  • Area: 320.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Wahyu Dhany
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