Prefabulous World: Sustainable architecture and green building solutions with style from around the world

Prefabulous World

As sustainability becomes a greater concern across all fields, advances in materials technology and design mean aesthetics are no longer sacrificed for a reduced carbon footprint. Just in time for Earth Day, “Prefabulous World”…

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Wear No Evil: A new book from Greta Eagan shows that sustainability and style are no longer mutually exclusive

Wear No Evil

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles waste were generated in 2012—that’s not necessarily something you think about when trying to wiggle into a pair of jeans in the fitting room. There have been great creative…

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Competition: five Synthetic Aesthetics books to be won

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg book competition

Competition: Dezeen has teamed up with publishers MIT Press to offer readers the chance to win one of five copies of a new book about developments in synthetic biology.

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Human Cheese Making 2: Bottles. Photograph by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, 2010

Synthetic Aesthetics explains the emerging discipline of synthetic biology, which looks at adapting natural organisms and processes to create new products, materials and even lifeforms.

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Oscillatoria sp. Photograph by Hideo Iwasaki, 2012

The first few chapters introduce the science, followed by examples of collaborative projects between artists, designers and biologists – a mix of speculative ideas and realised creations.

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The Synthetic Kingdom: Carbon Monoxide Detecting Lung Tumour by Daisy, 2009. Photograph by Carole Suety

These include a proposal by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg to develop bacteria to excrete brightly coloured pigments that colour your poo when they detect disease inside your body, and samples of human cheese created by Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas.

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Microbial Diversity. Photograph by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, 2010

Synthetic Aesthetics is written by experts in the field: Ginsberg, Jane Calvert, Pablo Schyfter, Alistair Elfick and Drew Endy.

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E.chromi: The Scatalog by Daisy and James King with University of Cambridge iGEM Team, 2009. Photograph by Asa Johannesson

Published by MIT Press, the book will launch on 25 April to coincide with an evening programme of talks, installations and workshops at London’s V&A museum, from 6:30-10pm – more details here.

Competition closes 19 May 2014. Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

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The New York Pizza Project: Native New Yorkers pound the pavement in search of authentic slices, stories and characters

The New York Pizza Project

Once synonymous with New York, family-run pizza shops are an endangered species these days as more and more owners are force to shutter their stores to make room for the city’s ubiquitous (and stomach-turning) dollar-a-slice chains. In an effort to preserve and…

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Competition: three “design dictionaries” by Deyan Sudjic to be won

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

Competition: Dezeen has partnered with publisher Particular Books to give away three copies of B is for Bauhaus – a “personal dictionary of design” by Deyan Sudjic, director of London’s Design Museum.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

Covering subjects that range from authenticity to Grand Theft Auto, Jorn Utzon, Dieter Rams and Postmodernism, B is for Bauhaus is described as Deyan Sudjic’s “essential tool kit for understanding the modern world”.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

The book offers a highly individual take on various elements of modern culture from Sudjic, who has been the director of London’s Design Museum since 2006.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

His career has included stints as a critic for the Observer and the Sunday Times, a period as editor of Domus, and curatorships in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. He was one of the co-founder of Blueprint magazine in the 1980s and directed the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

B is for Bauhaus draws on all of this experience to create an “a highly eclectic, intensely personal dictionary of design”, said Particular Books.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

Published this spring, the 480-page hardback book is “about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect,” said the publisher.

B is for Bauhaus by Deyan Sudjic competition

“It’s also about the world seen from the rear-view mirror of Grand Theft Auto V; digital ornament and why we value imperfection. It’s about drinking a bruisingly dry martini in Adolf Loo’s American Bar in Vienna, and about Hitchcock’s film sets,” the publisher added.

Competition closes 15 May 2014. Three winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

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Penguin to unveil new covers on WeTransfer

Iain Sinclair, American Smoke. Cover by Nathan Burton

Penguin Books has launched a partnership with WeTransfer where selected book covers for new titles will be showcased via the full screen backgrounds to the file transfer website…

The first series to be shown via the website is for the publisher’s Street Art Series of novels which feature covers by artists: ROA, gray318, Nathan Burton, Sickboy and 45rpm. The series actually launched last year – details on the ten participating artists are here – but today’s launch will pilot what looks to be an ongoing collaboration between the publisher and WeTransfer.

Zadie Smith, Embassy of Cambodia. Cover by gray318

For the Street Art series the covers are photographed as still lives, surrounded by objects which reflect the subject of the books. If users click on the image they are taken to Penguin’s online store.

While the project isn’t launching with an entire set of brand new cover designs (three from this series were released in June last year), the tie-up is an interesting way of promoting forthcoming editions. WeTransfer has 20m monthly users so the cover artwork – and the book, of course – has the potential to reach a wide audience. The next series of covers will be premiered on WeTransfer later this summer.

Nick Cave, And the Ass Saw the Angel. Cover by ROA

Zoë Heller, The Believers. Cover by Sickboy

Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End. Cover by 45RPM

WeTransfer have also recently collaborated with the British Fashion Council, designer Nelly Ben and Where’s Wally.

Carl Andre cover art

The minimalist cover of Yale University Press’ new catalogue for artist Carl Andre uses a version of one of his text-based artworks from the 1960s to introduce the larger body of work inside…

Designed by Purtill Family Business, Sculpture as Place – 1958-2010, accompanies the first retrospective Andre has had since 1970 which opens at the Dia Art Foundation in May.

On the cover, the words that appear in the five line Preface to My Work Itself (1963) are simply arranged by length – from “in” to “interchangable” – and offer a playful way into Andre’s work.

The piece itself treats the words as objects of different sizes and – as a cover device – lets the reader arrange them into statements which may, or may not, be relevant to his wider body of work in abstract sculpture.

So “my art is made of the same stacked broken pieces; the work piled, interchangable” could be one way of ordering half of the words, for example.

It’s an interesting way of getting the reader to categorise Andre’s work – much of it having garnered its fair share of both positive and negative reaction over the fifty years he has been working (the controversy generated by The Sunday Times over the Tate’s acquisition of Andre’s firebrick piece, Equivalent VIII, in the 1970s being an infamous case in point).

In addition to ten essays, the book includes images of many of Andre’s sculptural pieces made from materials such as timber planks, concrete blocks and plates of metal, alongside concrete poetry, postcards, letters and documents relating to the installation of many of the artworks.

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010 by Philippe Vergne and Yasmil Raymond is published by Yale University Press; £45. See Details on the Dia Art Foundation exhibition in New York are here.

Cycling covers from Yellow Jersey Press

With the Tour de France starting in July, Yellow Jersey Press has reissued five classic cycling books with covers referencing some of the most famous colours in the sport…

Designed in-house by Matt Broughton, the series includes broadcaster Ned Boulting’s tale of becoming obsessed by Le Tour, How I Won the Yellow Jumper, and the first British winner Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography, My Time.

Three of the covers reference the colourways of the jerseys awarded to Le Tour cyclists – hence the yellow (worn by the overall time leader) on the aforementioned titles, the bright green of the jersey awarded to the winner of the points competition, and the red and white Maillot à Pois pattern for the ‘King of the Mountains’ – the rider who tops the climbing classification – on Richard Moore’s Slaying the Badger (the ‘Badger’ in question being French cyclist, Bernard Hinault).

The five stripes of the world champion jersey appear on William Fotheringham’s Put Me Back on My Bike, while writer Tim Moore’s retracing of the Tour de France route, French Revolutions, gets a tricolore treatment, complete with up-ended type evocative of the challenge he took on.

All the titles in the series are republished by Yellow Jersey Press (Vintage). More at

Manuel Lima: The Book of Trees: The data visualization master’s new work gives a history and analysis of leafy diagrams

Manuel Lima: The Book of Trees

Data is a powerful tool. Whether it’s used for education, research, policies or everyday decision-making, numbers hold power—and often a simple value doesn’t best convey their meaning. Portuguese-born and NYC-based designer, researcher and author Manuel…

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Interview: Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5: The artist reveals his secret for creating a great tattoo, his new book and more

Interview: Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5

by Hugh Hart Joseph Ari Aloi graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 armed with dozens of sketchbooks, self-described ADD, a set of tattoo implements and a headful of eye-popping mythologies inspired variously by Star…

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