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Eva Franch i Gilabert fired as AA director for "specific failures of performance"

Breaking news: Architectural Association director Eva Franch i Gilabert has been fired by the London school two weeks after losing a vote of no confidence in her leadership. "It is with regret that AA Council has terminated the employment contract of its director, Eva Franch i Gilabert," said a statement from the Architectural Association. AA alleges...

Wavy concrete roof covers weekend retreat in Chile by Ryue Nishizawa

Tokyo firm Office of Ryue Nishizawa has created an undulating concrete roof to span a long weekend house on a promontory towards the Pacific Ocean in Chile. House in Los Vilos is a retreat on the Chilean coast that was completed by the eponymous Japanese studio of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Ryue Nishizawa, who also runs firm SANAA with architect...

Notre-Dame spire will be reconstructed "identically"

French president Emmanuel Macron has ended speculation over the future of Notre-Dame by stating that the cathedral's spire will be rebuilt exactly as it was before last year's devastating fire. Macron has announced that a replica of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc 93-metre-high spire, which was added to the 13th-century cathedral in 1859, will be built as part...

OHLAB frames cinematic views of the landscape for hotel in Mallorca

Casa Palerm is a standalone villa built for a hotel in Mallorca by architecture office OHLAB with a window designed to replicate the dimensions of a retro cinema screen. OHLAB carved out a section through the middle of the villa in the countryside of Lloret de Vistalegre in the centre of the Balearic island. Concrete terraces extend either side...

Weber Arquitectos builds San Simon Cabins from volcanic rock

Mexican architecture studio Weber Arquitectos has used grey volcanic stone to construct five cabins on a forested site in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. San Simon Cabins is a compound that comprises five individual structures including guest houses, a main lodge and a recreational building on a wooded site in the scenic Valle de Bravo region, which is west...

Nudes tops greenery-covered Forest School in Pune with looping cycling track

Architecture studio Nudes has designed a school covered in plants and topped by a cycling track shaped like an infinity symbol for Pune, India. Forest School in Pune is the winning entry for a competition to design a new educational facility for the city in western India. Nudes' plan for the school is to build a conjoined pair of six-storey cylindrical...

Vondalwig Architecture refreshes mid-century house in New York with blackened wood

New York studio Vondalwig Architecture has overhauled the exterior of a 1960s house in Hudson Valley with blackened wood, and updated the interiors with features like white-painted brick and a curved pink wall. Called House 23, the residence comprises a two-storey dwelling and a detached studio that was built in 1967 in Bedford in Westchester County....

This week's VDF highlights include Lucy McRae, Fabio Novembre, Istanbul Design Biennial and a live show from Imogen Heap

The final week of VDF featured live performances from Imogen Heap and Lucy McRae, collaborations with Dutch Design Week and Istanbul Design Biennial, plus a virtual tour of DesignAware's Hilltop School in Hyderabad, India. Virtual Design Festival, the world's first online design festival, ran from 15 April until 10 July. Visit dezeen.com/vdf/schedule...

Coronavirus money could solve climate crisis but hopes of change are "wishful thinking" says Rem Koolhaas

The money governments have committed to supporting economies hit by coronavirus could instead solve climate change, according to architect Rem Koolhaas. The sums involved are "clearly enough to settle that issue," he said. However, the Dutch architect said he believes the world will quickly try to revert to how it was before the pandemic, predicting...

Ten mews houses that take advantage of London's backstreets

The mews lanes behind London's main streets that once contained stables and outhouses now contain homes and shops. Here are 10 of the city's most interesting modern mews houses. Primrose Hill Mews House by Threefold Architects, Primrose Hill Threefold Architects renovated this Victorian mews house in Primrose Hill to reinstate some of the building's...

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