This week’s biggest architecture and design stories on Dezeen

  • The cover of David Bowie’s Blackstar album, released just days before his death, was designed to reflect the musician’s mortality, according to his graphic design collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook.
  • This week on Dezeen: the designer behind David Bowie’s Blackstar album artwork revealed its true meaning in an exclusive interview and we looked ahead to the era of the “megatall” skyscraper.
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  • Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA also released images of its renovation plan for Berlin’s KaDeWe department store.
  • Rotterdam is fast becoming a centre for innovation, according to architects we interviewed this week.


Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete

  • Mass timber could prove to be a viable alternative to concrete and steel for mid-to-high rise buildings.
  • We don’t see mass timber replacing those, it just becomes another option when certain parameters and goals apply to a project.”
  • Called mass timber, the material is an umbrella term for large, solid chunks of panelized wood.
  • Out of the mass timber initiative, CLT might prove to change the construction paradigm.
  • Two urban building projects, in New York City and Portland, Oregon, will be changing their city’s skylines with an environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive building material.


Arup Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Broad Museum

  • Why Open Source Software Is Taking Over You don’t have to look far to see evidence of open source software’s impact on IT as a whole.
  • You don’t have to look far to see evidence of open source software’s impact on IT as a whole.
  • But no one is making real money from open source.
  • We also hear about the most common tools being used for continuous integration, continuous delivery, an…
  • Over the past decade we have seen the migration from physical servers to virtual machines and now to public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.


The Legacy of Gego at Dominique Lévy

  • In conjunction with the exhibition, Dominique Lévy will publish a two-volume collection of illustrations, texts and previously unpublished archival material.

    “Gego: Autobiography of a Line” will be showing from September 10 – October 24 2015, at Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison and 73rd Street, New York City.

  • The celebrated historical installation will now be re-imagined at Dominique Lévy, bringing together the original Chorros pieces.
  • She considered her wire sculptures a form of drawing, writing in her diary: “Sculpture: three dimensional forms of solid material.
  • It will be followed in Spring 2016 by a second exhibition devoted to Gego at the gallery’s London space at 22 Old Bond Street in Mayfair.

  • Having worked as designer and architect, and raising a family, Gego was already in her 40s when she became a full-time artist.