Design & Build Review: Issue 22

In this issue: How innovative design is keeping the bookstore alive, why containers are booming for restaurants, how Dubai is building creativity in the city, modular housing's future and much more


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In this issue we look to Dubai to find out how such a rapidly developing city has retained a creative soul. From artists' accommodation to street-hosted installations, there are many considerations when it comes to planning for creativity.

Plus we consider the Üserhuus project, a fast-to-build modular housing system being touted as the solution to the British housing crisis. Is it the answer the country is looking for, or is it ill-suited for the job?

Moving away from residential, we consider the bookstores that have bucked the recent retail trend with stunning interior design choices that are keeping customers flooding in. Plus we investigate the trend for shipping container-based restaurants.

There's also an extract from Richard Weston's book Architecture Visionaries, a look the career of Oscar Niemeyer through his buildings and a roundup of the latest materials, fixtures and fittings.

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In this issue

Building Creativity into the City
Rapid development of cities can result in the creative industries being sidelined. Lucy Ingham finds out how creative practices have been encouraged in the development of Dubai, and what urban planners can learn from the region.
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Homes for the Future
A new affordable fast-to-build modular housing system could help to ease the UK's housing crisis. Matt Burgess finds out more.
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Redefining the Bookstore
With the rise of the Internet, bookstores are seeing a considerable decline. We look at the projects that are keeping book retailers alive by turning browsing into an experience.
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From Dock to Food Court
Restaurants are setting up shop in customised shipping containers, while a project in Dubai hopes to attract boutique stores and restaurants to its container-based 'Boxpark'. Gary Peters asks how and why this is happening.
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Defining Designers
Architectural styles have been shaped by pioneering designers since the emergence of the field. In this extract from his book Architecture Visionaries, published by Laurence King Publishing, Richard Weston profiles the work of three architects that have made a lasting impact.
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A Career in Buildings: Oscar Niemeyer
Oscar Niemeyer is arguably Brazil's greatest architect and one of the defining figures in modern architecture. From his work in Brasília to his explorations with reinforced concrete, we look at the defining buildings of his career.
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Oscar Niemeyer is arguably Brazil's greatest architect and one of the defining figures in modern architecture. From his work in Brasília to his explorations with reinforced concrete, we look at the defining buildings of his career.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue, out in December, we'll look at the innovative architectural designs considered impossible to make into reality. We also find out how urban planning in Dubai is building creativity into the city, ask if it is possible to make homes affordable and zero-carbon and look at fresh approaches to bookstore design. Plus we look at how shipping containers have become a retail revolution, and kick-start a new series on architectural innovators.

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