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London’s Garden bridge: barking up the wrong tree?

The proposed addition to the capital is the brainchild of a treasured actor and the ‘Leonardo of our age’. But, at £175m, is the floating forest a benefit for Londoners – or Boris Johnson’s vanity project?<p>How could anyone not like this? A garden over water, “a chance to walk through woodlands”, as …

Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions

Justin McGuirk's fascinating study shows that Latin American cities have much to teach the world's architects<p>• Read an extract from Radical Cities on Tijuana<p>The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to …

Could ‘co-design’ help Peckham where community consultation failed?

With locals slamming a multimillion pound station redevelopment plan many said ‘bleached’ them out of the site, the council is now looking to ‘co-design’ workshops to harness their knowledge<p>Shafait Rana, 37, has owned the stall that sells fruit and vegetables at the mouth of Peckham Rye railway …

Dazzling Displays of Aurora Borealis Dance Across the Night Sky

When the night sky began to fill with eerie green streaks of dancing light, astrophotographer Kwon O Chul turned his camera upwards to capture the dazzling display. Located near Yellowknife in northern Canada, the auroras were so incredibly bright that the Korean photographer needed only mere …

Northern Lights

The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages

Hear us out.<p>As the days of suburban sprawl give way to those of urban density in U.S. metros–“smart growth,” most call it–providing sufficient housing remains a challenge. Decades of planning regulations and highway patterns support single-family homes built far outside a city center. Even in areas …

Urban Design

Assemble: from pop-ups to grown-ups

London-based collective Assemble first caught the eye with their 2010 pop-up cinema Cineroleum. Now their inspiring improvised architecture is helping to drive social change<p>• Gallery: Assemble Architects: from Cineroleum to Yardhouse – in pictures<p>It wasn't the Summer of Love, nor yet the Winter of …

The Haiku Is One Smart Ass Ceiling Fan

Jaime’s roundup of Best of Dwell On Design LA 2014 covered a wide range of offerings that were on display this past week at the Los Angeles …

Circular Affordable Housing Prototype

Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.<p>It was the grain of sand that became a pearl. CxMxD, a team of three New York City–based designers, hit upon the idea of a faceted circle while conceptualizing their entry for Add-on’13, an affordable-housing …

Architecture

It’s Time To Rethink The American City

A panel at the American Institute of Architects convention discussed some of the greatest challenges facing today’s cities and suburbs.<p>It’s day two of the American Institute of Architects convention in Chicago, where more than 20,000 attendees have gathered to talk about architecture and design. …

Urban Design

Chicago’s Best Burns About Trump’s Ugly New Sign

In which Chicagoans flip the hell out about gigantic, “New-York-ish” branding on their newest skyscraper.<p>Chicago is nothing if not proud of its architecture–and rightfully so, given the originality and daring of the city on the lake. It is also fiercely protective of its skyline and fiercely …

Donald Trump

Embrace 2 Collection by Maksim Shniak and HOBBYWOOD

Maksim Shniak, a Belarus-based designer, continues his collection of pendant lighting called Embrace 2, for HOBBYWOOD. The updated collection …

Furniture

Zuzii Rethinks Kids' Shoes

From fortune cookie booties to crochet loafers, baby shoes incite a lot of cooing and "aww"-ing—but these designs from LA-based Zuzii just might have you turning green with envy and wishing you were a few decades younger. The company is made up of industrial designer Ryan Campbell, her graphic …

Industrial Designer

Let This Lamp Automatically Tell Your Coworkers Where You Are

What if your desk lamp knew where you were at all times, and could broadcast your whereabouts to inquiring coworkers?<p>Strange as it may sound, that’s exactly what the Place Lamp prototype does. Created by NBBJ designer Sam Stubblefield, this elegant, cylindrical lamp connects with your smartphone …

Tinker Bell

Express Rail Comes To Florida And Miraculously The Stations Don’t Look Like Crap

All Aboard Florida, a private-sector project to link major southern Florida cities with express rail service, just unveiled the design for its first station, a major transportation hub designed by SOM in the heart of downtown Miami.<p>All Aboard Florida plans to have a new 235-mile network of …

West Palm Beach

An Unconventional House with a Sliding Roof

Living in a glass house might sound tempting, but let’s be honest – it’s not that practical. Whether it’s too hot or too cold, there’s little to no …

Architecture

Osmo by Tangible Play

During the annual Toy Fair in NYC in February, between the Grumpy Cat plush dolls and temporary tattoos that sing and dance, we discovered a gem: an educational toy that makes use of the iPad in an unconventional way. Instead of being an app that just has kids completely focused on a small screen, …

Kids

Architizer

What Happens When You Let Top Architects Design Bus Stops

Residents of the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach (population: 1,000) now get to wait for public transportation in style. Last year, the village’s cultural association reached out to acclaimed architecture firms to design unique bus stops that would be built by local craftsmen.<p>An international …

Architecture

Quality street: Peabody rolls out the future of affordable housing

Peabody has been making model homes for the 'needy of this great metropolis' since Victorian times. Now, it unveils the first build of the next generation – and it's all about ping-pong tables, bulletproof fittings and young architects having fun with bricks<p>Rising above a bend in the railway tracks …

Delightfully Simple Animation Shows Kids Why Design Matters

How do you get young people thinking about design? Such a task requires first explaining what design is, exactly, which can be tricky even for adults to grasp. The meaning of design is made delightfully simple in “Shape,” a wordless six-minute animation designed and directed by Johnny Kelly for …

City Politics

More Nearly Lost Street Photos by Photographer Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an amazing photographer whose talents went unrecognized during her lifetime. Back in 2011, a box filled with Maier's negatives was discovered at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Since that time, the American street photographer has become quite the recognizable name in the …

Street Photography

New York’s Changing Storefronts, In Photos

In the early 2000s, photographers James and Karla Murray embarked on a journey to capture the mom-and-pop stores of New York City. Their book, <i>Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York</i>, showed a city that’s quickly fading into memory: one full of local delis, beloved bars, and shops devoted …

New York City

MOTH Origami Lampshade

<i>Moth</i> is a simple and beautiful lampshade. Handmade from folded paper, it’s designed by <b>Studio Snowpuppe</b>.<p><b>Moth Origami Lampshade</b>, $64.00<br>Available in …

Pluk Suspended Storage Sphere

While Pluk is meant to be a hanging fruit basket, I think it could work to hold just about anything. Designed by FACO, Pluk frees up your counter …

Furniture

Inotherm's Front Doors Put Yours to Shame

I bet you didn't realize this, but your front door sucks. Yes, it does. It's made out of steel or wood or even worse, steel disguised to look like …

Lite-Brite Grows Up: Flatpack Paper Lamp

This flat-packed, laser-stitched lamp shade invites endless customizations.<p>A dark paper lampshade wrapped in a laser-stitched triangular grid, the Take-Off Light provides an elegant platform to play with light and shadow—simply poke out and pattern at will. German designer Maximilian Schmahl …

Furniture