The Line: Saudi Arabia unveils the masterplan for a 170km long smart city without cars

THE LINE project @ NEOM, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced THE LINE, a 170km urban belt of hyper-connected future communities, without cars and roads and built around nature. Breaking ground in the first half of 2021, the smart city is a direct response to some of the most pressing challenges such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion.

24 architectural museums and cultural venues to look forward in 2021: from Tutankhamen to Aviici!

Wormhole library by MAD Architects - Rendering by SAN.

Discover 24 architectural museums opening in 2021: from Kengo Kuma’s Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Denmark to Jean Nouvel’s Pudong Museum of Art in Shanghai, the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza and the Aviici Experience in Stockholm.

2020 Best Architecture: 12 great stories from Dubai to the Arctic

Asif Khan's ethereal portals for Expo 2020 Dubai - Photo by Helene Binet, courtesy of Asif Khan design studio.

2020 Best Architecture: an Arctic whale watching facility, a pitched-roof garden house in Beverly Hills and a sustainable micro-library in Indonesia are among our favourite architectures of the year.

2020 round up: best 10 COVID-19 related architecture and design stories

10 COVID-19 related architecture and design stories of 22020. CURA by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati - Photo by Max Tomasinelli

From shipping containers turned into ICUs to to ‘silent’ architectural photo-essays, functional & safe furnitures and iconic techno clubs reopening as art spaces. We rounded up 10 Covid-19 related architecture and design stories of 2020.

‘Related Stories’ architectural film series by JPAG Atelier narrates lockdown self-discovery as apartments became micro-cities

RELATED STORIES by JPAG Atelier - The Kitchen. Image by JPAG Atelier.

The pandemic has forced us to think hard and get creative to convert our homes from anti-pandemic prisons to friendlier, even productive living spaces. For the RELATED STORIES project, JPAG studio has created colorful billboards placed outside of Beirut apartments and short videos narrating the physical and emotional change each home has undergone.

‘Fata Morgana’ pavilion by Hozan Zangana: Middle Eastern heritage meets social distancing in Dubai

Dubai Design Week 2020 Abwab. FATA MORGANA by Hozan Zangana - Courtesy of Dubai Design Week.

Seven pillars and safely distanced public seatings compose Hozan Zangana’s ‘Fata Morgana’ centripetal installation in the heart of Dubai where people can safely cross each other’s paths according to Middle Eastern construction techniques.

Farewell Cini Boeri. Dame of Italian architecture and design dies, aged 96

Cini Boeri 2016 portrait - Photo by Chris Moyse

Functionality and playfulness, sober minimalism and a distinct ‘pop’ attitude. Cini Boeri – one of the few female voices and minds defining Italy’s post war architecture and design – has passed away in her beloved city, Milan. In her carrier she pioneered engineering, industrial design and architecture putting people’s intimate joy at the center.

Venice Biennale 2020: THE DISQUIETED MUSES exhibition brings contemporary arts together

Venice Biennale 2020 THE DISQUIETED MUSES - Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia.

THE DISQUIETED MUSES exhibition showcases documents sourced from La Biennale’s archives cross-pollinating art, architecture, cinema, dance, theatre and music. The displays by Formafantasma combines unpainted frames and tables in plywood, colored textiles and black and white blown up pictures.

Welcome to Dublin! A contemporary architecture guide to the Irish capital

Samuel Beckett Bridge - Frame by YT Aroundtheworlin4k.

Brutalism in Trinity College, Temple Bar’s street art trails and a whiskey distillery in a medieval church. Welcome to Dublin! Explore Eileen Gray’s legacy, cross a Santiago Calatrava’s harp-inspired bridge and discover buildings by Daniel Libeskind, Grafton Architects and more…

MAD Architects’ Gardenhouse residential building was conceived as a luxuriant hillside village to boost a sense of community in Beverly Hills

Gardenhouse residential building by MAD Architects in Beverly Hills - Photo by Nic Lehoux

Chinese firm MAD Architects has completed the Gardenhouse residential building that looks like a hilltop village and features the US’ “largest living wall”. White-off pitched roofs and a verdant communal courtyard bring residents together in the heart of Beverly Hills.