The top 10 architecture and design trends of 2015 - architecture and design

The top 10 architecture and design trends of 2015



Dezeen editor Anna Winston identifies 10 of the key architecture and design trends of 2015, including ocean plastic, floating buildings and "broken-plan" living.

Floating architecture
London architecture studio Baca has proposed building floating homes on London's canals
Dezeen investigated the trend for floating architecture following a flurry of proposals ranging from housing developments on the canals of London to floating homes in Amsterdam and amphibious cities in China.
This see-through floating hut is modelled on the remote cabin built by 19th century American author Henry David Thoreau
Architect Kunlé Adeyemi, whose projects include a floating school for a Lagos lagoon, told Dezeen that floating buildings were an opportunity to think about "living with water as opposed to fighting it and doing land reclamation." More about floating architecture »

Robots
The Eva robotic arm by Automata is designed to help robots become as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers
Engineers and scientists have been trumpeting the beginning of the robot age for decades, but this year it finally felt like it might be dawning.
Austrian architect Wolf D Prix declared robotic construction and 3D printing to be the future of architecture, while Dutch designer Joris Laarman shared his plans to use robots to 3D print an entire Amsterdam footbridge in mid air.
Joris Laarman and MX3D's steel canal bridge in Amsterdam will be 3D-printed by robots
We witnessed drones building complex woven structures, revealed plans for robot shopping delivery services, and discovered that robot-crane hybrids will be used to build BIG and Heatherwick's Google headquarters. More about robots in design and architecture »
Linked towers
Steven Holl's Copenhagen Gate is linked by a suspended footbridge and cycle path
Steven Holl's plan to build two huge structures in Copenhagen that connect 65 metres above the city's harbour via a cycle and pedestrian bridge were revived. But he wasn't the only architect trying to link skyscrapers.
MAD's conceptual Cloud Corridor design calls for nine connected residential towers in LA
Chinese firm MAD proposed a complex of towers for LA that would be linked by sky gardens on various levels, while Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia designed three towers for Ho Chi Minh City that connect at the roof with bridges covered in greenery.
And we featured three different designs linked with elevated transparent swimming pools ? one in London, one in India, and one in Paris. More about linked towers »

Crowdfunded architecture
The crowdfunded Luchtsingel bridge in Rotterdam, designed by ZUS
While crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have become established tools for designers to bring their products to market, 2015 was the year crowdfunded architecture moved beyond student projects and temporary popups.
The proposed design for the Lowline in New York, billed as the world's first underground park
This year saw the completion of the "world's first...
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