Frame #141


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The July/August 2021 issue of Frame explores how design can help to combat the housing crisis. We examine the materials, methods and master plans looking to answer that question.

Reporting From
What do an NFT house and a homeless encampment have in common? Mimi Zeiger explores the correlation from her own home base in Los Angeles. Angus Donald Campbell, in his turn, examines the complexity and contradiction of Johannesburg as a recipe for urban renewal.

Business of Design
How retirees can help revive urban centres. The rise of the ‘third space’ between home and office. Why hotels should refocus on sleep. The secret to the success of Chinese department stores. How the members’ club concept found renewed relevance.

In Practice
Baranowitz & Goldberg on bringing a foreign flavour to Israel. R8 Property on a people-centric approach to sustainability. Linda Morey-Burrows on why the open office is unbeatable. Neha Singh on upping the engagement of e-commerce.

Why interiors are returning to the paleolithic period. The spaces helping retail put its flexible foot forward. How family members’ clubs are coming of age.

Living Lab
The shortage of adequate and affordable housing has become a global issue that needs to be tackled on many levels. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but what about solutions that adapt their size to fit all? Which new technologies could help us build faster than we ever have before? And what types of materials could help us pave the way?

The Challenge
In the lead up to each issue, we challenge emerging designers to respond to the Frame Lab theme with a forward-looking concept. Space-poor cities worldwide are dealing with insufficient affordable and social housing: a problem that calls for alternative and innovative solutions to the way that our living spaces are designed, constructed, managed and regulated. We asked three creative practices to share their ideas.

Portable, crafted, tech-driven: a selection of the latest furnishings. Highlights from Milano Design City. Pearson Lloyd elevates the stairlift.


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