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Nendo reimagines Bangkok department store as a new concept for retail

Japanese studio Nendo has completed its biggest-ever project: the exterior and interior renovation of a department store in Bangkok that founder Oki Sato believes represents a new way of shopping (+ slideshow).

Hemsworth creates all-wood Passivhaus factory in a mountainous region of Canada

Canadian firm Hemsworth Architecture has completed a factory in British Columbia that utilises the products created within the facility: prefabricated wall panels intended for eco-friendly Passivhaus construction (+ slideshow).

Google teams up with Levi's to create interactive denim jacket

Google has used its Jacquard technology to weave conductive threads into a Levi's jacket, turning its sleeves into touch-sensitive panels that can be used to control electronic devices (+ movie).

Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils forum building for University of Chicago campus

The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary design by New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a facility devoted to hosting talks and events.

"When will a more ambitious and influencial spirit return to the New York design scene?"

Opinion: New York's design scene would benefit from looking outward and engaging with America's manufacturing centres further west, says Alan G Brake, who found a lack of originality at the city's design week this year.

Dezeen Mail issue 307 features this week's biggest architecture and design stories

This week's Dezeen Mail features Apple's new approach to retail, virtual reality tools for architects, and the latest stories from the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 including MVRDV's see-through glass kitchen (pictured).

Google to start shipping modular smartphone Project Ara

US technology giant Google has demonstrated a current prototype of its modular smartphone Project Ara and announced it will begin shipping developer editions later this year (+ slideshow).

British Pavilion calls for architects to redesign home ownership rather than houses

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: sharing technologies like Uber and Airbnb could offer the answer to the UK housing crisis say the curators of the British Pavilion, who have unveiled five futuristic models of the home.

Australian pavilion installs swimming pool as "space for healing racial and cultural division"

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Aileen Sage Architects has installed a swimming pool inside Australia's Biennale pavilion to symbolise the importance of this type of public space to the nation's cultural identity (+ slideshow).

Venice Biennale heralds return of handmade architecture, says Peter Zumthor

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a resurgence of handmade architecture is one of the biggest themes to emerge from this year's Venice Biennale, according to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

Graves reached using GPS proposed for bushland cemetery near Sydney

The bereaved will be able to find the location of their loved ones' graves using GPS in this cemetery without headstones, proposed by Australian firms CHROFI and McGregor Coxall for Sydney (+ slideshow).

Royal Mail's Animail stamp collection clings to the sides of envelopes

London design studio Osborne Ross has created a set of six animal-shaped Royal Mail stamps designed to appeal to children (+ slideshow).

Pedro Ferreira separates old from new in Porto townhouse conversion

Pedro Ferreira Architecture Studio has renovated a 19th-century townhouse in central Porto, maintaining the original features and adding stark white boxes that contain the kitchens and bathrooms (+ slideshow).

Buro Koray Duman finds uses for neglected space under elevated New York highway

Food trucks and a sports facility are included in these conceptual schemes by Buro Koray Duman for a derelict space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a major elevated highway in New York (+ slideshow).

New York Textile Month will highlight the revival of cloth, says Li Edelkoort

Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort has announced plans for a month-long celebration of textiles in New York, saying that "not enough attention" is being paid to fabric innovation.

Loll creates Lollygagger outdoor furniture from recycled milk bottles

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016: US company Loll Designs has created a range of bright-coloured garden furniture from discarded milk and detergent packaging.

Alejandro Zaera-Polo sues Princeton University for libel following plagiarism row

Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filed a lawsuit against Princeton University for libel and breach of contract, after he was asked to step down as head of its architecture school over allegations of plagiarism.

Competition: win tickets to New Designers showcase of UK graduate projects

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with graduate show New Designers to offer readers the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to the event, taking place in London from 29 June to 9 July 2016 (+ slideshow).

VR goggles combined with hand-held controllers offers architects "a whole new way of designing"

New virtual reality tools will allow architects and designers to create buildings and products intuitively in 3D space around them, according to the director of visualisation studio VRtisan (+ movie).

MVRDV designs transparent Infinity Kitchen to make food healthier and sexier

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Dutch office MVRDV has designed a completely see-through glass kitchen that aims to inspire a "more healthy, if not sexy" approach to food (+ slideshow).   (more…)