Given architects’ fascination with death, the publication of a new book on the relationship between death and architects should go down a treat. The book’s publicity laments that: ‘death is a taboo subject in a society where people are patho-logically fearful of reminders of their own mortality, who see death not as a defining moment in the human condition, but as something to be sanitised and pushed to the edges of con-sciousness and subsequently, the fringes of the town and city.’ Monument Builders: Modern Architecture and Death is written by Edwin Heathcote and will be published by Academy Editions on 4 February.
Benjamin Brush has been conceived by tech start-up BleepBleeps, and sees a colourful, ergonomic design inspired by children’s toys.
The eight briefs ask entrants to find design solutions for social, environmental and economic problems, including wellbeing in the workplace and pollution caused by non-sustainable packaging waste.
Pentagram’s Marina Willer has released a personal documentary about her Jewish father’s escape from Nazi rule during World War Two. We speak to the graphic designer about her first feature
The Independent Review of the Creative Industries has been conducted by Sir Peter Bazalgette, and looks to encourage the Government to invest more funding and training into the sector.