London Design Biennale 2021 explores the role of design in tackling global issues

Forest for Change by Es Devlin @ London Design Biennale 2021 - Photo by Ed Reed, courtesy of London Design Biennale.

Curated by Es Devlin, London Design Biennale 2021 takes over Somerset House with 38 exhibitions from six continents and a ‘forest for change’ in the historic building’s courtyard.

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.

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.

Mischer’traxler creates The Curiosity Cloud installation for Maison Perrier-Jouët at DesignMiami

Perrier Jouët presents "Curiosity Cloud" By Mischer'traxler at Design Miami/ 2020 - All photos by Getty.

Hand-crafted insects are trapped in the lightbulbs of The Curiosity Cloud chandelier by Austrian duo mischer’traxler who invite to reflect on the relationship between man and nature, the impact of human activity and the importance of biodiversity.

Zaha Hadid Architects develops the Roatán Próspera modular housing complex in Honduras

Roatán Próspera Residences by Zaha Hadid Architects with AKT II and Hilson Moran Partnership - Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Can a digital architectural platform allow residents to customize their own home while supporting local business in a sustainable way? The Roatán Próspera project by Zaha Hadid Architects features curved roofs and rounded balconies on the Bay Islands in the Caribbeans.

Yves Behar’s unveils PROTEUS™ underwater research station set to tackle Climate Change

PROTEUS by Yves Behar fuseproject - Courtesy of the Fabien Cousteau Ocealn Learning Center.

Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject unveiled the design of PROTEUS™, the world’s most advanced underwater scientific research station and habitat conceived as the submarine equivalent of the International Space Station.

Atelier Boelhouwer’s ‘Insectology: Food For Buzz’ project let urban bees thrive

Insectology - Food for Buzz by Atelier Boelhouwer - Bee flower - Photo by Janneke van der-Pol

Urban greenspaces are not that bug-friendly. With the ‘Insectology: Food For Buzz’ project Matilde Boelhouwer teamed up with engineers and biologist to devise artificial flowers allowing bees, bumblebees and other impollinators to thrive and literally make some buzz in town!

Can creativity save animals’ lives? Archipanic-curated virtual exhibition features projects looking after endangered species

Porky Hefer's ENDANGERED, Orangutan and Porky - Courtesy of Southern Guild and SFA Advisory - Photo Antonia Steyn.

Artificial flowers empowering urban bees, quirky warrior panda bear sculptures and birds-friendly mirrored houses are among the selected projects on show at the ‘Can creativity save animals’ lives? ’ exhibition Archipanic has curated for Monkey 47.