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Work starts on Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox Church on World Trade Center site


News: work has begun on a Greek Orthodox Church designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to replace a building that was destroyed by the collapse of New York's World Trade Center buildings on 9/11.

Dezeen Mail #226


A swimming pool designed with an angular roof to prevent echoes (pictured), a sweary Frank Gehry and a 3D-printer turned into a tattooing machine feature in Dezeen Mail issue 226.

House in Oxfordshire is covered in oak to create a "simplified volume"


Strips of untreated oak are used to clad every surface of this house in the English countryside by London office Peter Feeny Architects (+ slideshow).

"A city is more than just the sum of its previous behaviours"


Opinion: from Chicago's rat problem to transport startups like Bridj and Uber, data is being used to predict behaviour and manage our cities.

Ambulance Drone could deliver life-saving equipment "within one minute"


News: a TU Delft graduate has presented an unmanned aerial vehicle with built-in defibrillation equipment, which could fly to a patient suffering from a heart attack in a fraction of the time it would take an ambulance to drive.

Ambulance Drone could deliver life-saving equipment "within one minute"


News: a TU Delft graduate has presented an unmanned aerial vehicle with built-in defibrillation equipment, which could fly to a patient suffering from a heart attack in a fraction of the time it would take an ambulance to drive (+ movie).

Latest AeroMobil flying car prototype set for Europe's roads and skies


News: a "fully functional" new prototype of a vehicle that is both an aircraft and a car, called the AeroMobil, was made public yesterday after a development and build time of just 10 months (+ slideshow).

Bartlett students create building components from skeletal modules wrapped in stretchy "skin"


A group of graduates from London's Bartlett School of Architecture has developed an experimental technique for creating intricate building components by wrapping sticks in stretchy fabric and using them to cast concrete (+ slideshow).

Marlies Schets' reflective fabrics turn everyday accessories into cycling safety gear


Dutch Design Week 2014: retro-reflective thread is woven into a range of fabrics by Marlies Schets to create a line of accessories that reflect light at night, turning them into cycling safety garments.

The University of Queensland opens engineering facility with a louvred terracotta facade


Hundreds of terracotta panels shade the sunny northern facade of this new engineering building at the University of Queensland in Australia, designed by architects Richard Kirk and Hassell (+ slideshow).

Jólan van der Wiel creates spiky shoes for Iris van Herpen using magnets


These prickly-looking shoes and accessories by Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel were formed using magnets and worn during Iris van Herpen's latest catwalk show (+ slideshow).

Dubai plans to build world's tallest twin towers


News: the massive 6 million-square-metre Dubai Creek Harbour development launched this week will include a pair of record-breaking towers, according to the developers.

Dhaka's first metro line will be designed by John McAslan + Partners


News: British architecture firm John McAslan + Partners has won an international competition to design a new metro line for Dhaka, which will stretch 12 miles across the city.

Peter Barber uses a "collage of materials" in hostel for homeless people


London office Peter Barber Architects has remodelled a Victorian sheltered housing scheme in the city, employing different types of brick and render to indicate where new additions meet the original buildings.

Lianne Polinder's Technomimicry textiles are based on LCD screens and solar panels


Dutch Design Week 2014: Dutch designer Lianne Polinder has created a textile based on the pixels of an LCD screen as part of her Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project (+ slideshow).

Eley Kishimoto and Fossil launch watch with a "new way of telling time"


Dezeen Watch Store: London fashion studio Eley Kishimoto and American clothing brand Fossil have released Retro Timer – a watch influenced by designs from the 1950s that includes an unusual timekeeping mechanism.

Sarah Van Peteghem restyles Berlin apartment with sculptural woollen lamps


Lampshades with five-metre-long woven cables have been draped and twisted around a refurbished 20th century apartment in Berlin by interior stylist Sarah Van Peteghem (+ slideshow).

Steel cladding frames an offset window at Montreal house extension by Naturehumaine


The street-facing elevation of this brick and steel extension to a 1920s Montreal property echoes the proportions of the original building, but at the rear a large angular outcrop projects over the back garden (+ slideshow).

Beach towels double as seats for Júlia Esqué's Marina deck chair


Towels printed with designs from traditional maritime signalling flags are locked into place using ropes to form the seats of these wooden-framed deck chairs by ECAL graduate Júlia Esqué.

Concrete bunker in the Netherlands transformed into a tiny vacation home


Belgian studio B-ILD has converted a wartime bunker into an austere holiday home where guests sleep beside raw concrete walls and home comforts are reduced to the bare essentials (+ slideshow).


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