The ‘Nature in Motion’ pavilion by Ahmed El-Sharabassy is inspired by the UAE moving desert

ABWAB, Nature in Motion by Ahmed El-Sharabassy - Courtesy of Dubai Design Week 2021.

At Dubai Design Week 2021, Ahmed El-Sharabassy has created the NATURE IN MOTION pavilion inspired by shapeshifting dune landscapes in the UAE. Made of sustainable and recyclable materials, the sinuous lightweight architecture provides multi-functional and multi-purpose public spaces and hosts an exhibition exploring compostable building materials and structures made of paper pulp.

Grimshaw’s Sustainability Pavilion at Dubai Expo is energy and water self-sufficient

TERRA - SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION by Grimshaw Architects @ Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by Dany Eid/Expo 2020 Dubai.

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw Architects at Expo 2020 Dubai features a forest of giant solar panel-clad e-trees following the sun like sunflowers, a thriving garden challenging desert environment and underground exhibition spaces thermally isolated with a smart earth roof system.

‘Decades in the making’ short movie narrates Kengo Kuma and the Dalmore Scotch Whisky Master Distiller’s lifetime pursuit of excellence

'Decades in the Making' Kengo Kuma and The Dalmore.

How long does excellence take? This is the opening question of the ‘Decades in the Making’ short movie featuring two masters of their craft: acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Richard Paterson, Master Distiller of Dalmore, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Italy Pavilion by Carlo Ratti at Dubai Expo is an experiment of circular and reconfigurable architecture

Italy Pavilion @ Expo Dubai 2020 - Photo by Michele Nastasi, courtesy of CRA - Carlo Ratti Associati.

Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai features three boat hulls as the structure’s roof, a multimedia facade made with two million recycled plastic bottles and a natural climate mitigation system that substitutes air conditioning.

THE AVAILABLE CITY: architects team up with communities for the 4th Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021, Manuel Hertz Architects @ Central Park Theater - photo Nathan Keay.

Chicago reinvents the Architecture Biennial format putting neighborhoods and people at the centre. Forget artsy, difficult-to-read or self-referring architecture installations… And embrace the vernacular for good.

Natural Capital: Carlo Ratti visualises trees’ key role in reducing CO2 through data

NATURAL CAPITAL by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati x ENI - Photo by Marco Beck Peccoz, courtesy of CRA.

Energy company Eni and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati present the ‘Natural Capital’ exhibition highlighting the importance of protecting and conserving forests. At the Brera Botanical Garden, a landscape of floating bubbles visualises through data how much CO2 each human produces and how much each tree species can capture and store.

‘Wetlands,’ the UAE pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

WETLANDS, UAE exhibition at Venice Biennale 2021 - Photo by Andrea Avezzù, courtesy of La Biennale 2021.

The ‘Wetlands’ exhibition explores the fragile link between waste and production with forward-thinking, innovative and responsible solutions. The United Arab Emirates win the Golden Lion for best National pavilion at the 17th Biennale Architettura di Venezia.

September 2021: Architecture & Design calendar

Supersalone - Render by Andrea Caputo.

September 2021: from Milan to Chicago, from Seoul to London, Beijing and Paris. We round up 15 international fairs, festivals and biennials in this super creative month.

AERODREAM, the incredible history of inflatable architecture and design

Bubble x Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The AERODREAM exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz showcases the inflatable work of architects, artists and designers who found alternatives to postwar rationalism ‘within a bubble.’ From the pop icon ‘Blow’ chair to Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Biosphere’ and the inflatable concert hall by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor.

The best of Tokyo Olympics’ architecture, empty but great!

Tokyo Olympics Architecture - Photo via IG by @olympics.

Kengo Kuma, Kenzo Tange and Fumihiko Maki but also Tange Associates, Kume Sekkei and more… Tokyo Olympics’ architecture is cross-generational and great, even if we can’t be there!