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White rooftops turn red during emergencies at retirement home by Guedes Cruz Architects

Fifty-two white-topped cubes make up the residences of this retirement home near Lisbon by Guedes Cruz Architects, but a roof turns bright red if someone inside sounds the alarm (+ slideshow).

Carl Trenfield adds perforated timber around the rooms and stairs of a London home

A ribbon of pale wood wraps the interior of this split-level flat renovated by architect Carl Trenfield, encompassing kitchen units, storage cupboards and a staircase.

Mut Design launches "male" and "female" outdoor chairs for Expormim

Maison&Objet 2015: Spanish studio Mut Design has created a pair of chairs to look like masculine and feminine versions of the same seat.

TAKA overhauls old Dublin garage to create more living space for Waterloo Lane house

A street-facing window replaces a rolling shutter at the front of this former garage in a Dublin mews building, which local architecture office TAKA has converted to create extra space for an existing house.

Patricia Urquiola refreshes Maia outdoor furniture with teak and hand-braided rope

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has updated her Maia collection of outdoor furniture for Kettal by replacing the seat with nautical rope and the legs with teak wood.

New Pinterest board: Danish design

Following our visit to the inaugural Northmodern design show in Copenhagen, we've gathered our pick of the best products from Danish designers and brands and added them to a new Pinterest board.

Tense Architecture Network completes a "frugal" concrete home in a Greek olive grove

The triangular form of this concrete home in Greece by Tense Architecture Network creates a large window overlooking olive groves and the Gerania Mountains (+ slideshow).

Ineke Hans' Drawer Table offers storage for slender items

Cologne 2015: Dutch designer Ineke Hans has incorporated slender drawers beneath the surface of this table to store items such as cutlery, letters or tablet devices (+ slideshow).

Ruffmercy directs Basquiat-inspired music video for Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs and A$AP Ferg

Music: British director Ruffmercy drew influence from the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for this fast-paced animated video for a track by rappers Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs and A$AP Ferg.

Mut Design launches "male" and "female" outdoor chairs for Expormim

Maison&Objet 2015: Spanish studio Mut Design has created a pair of chairs to look like masculine and feminine versions of the same seat.

Maxime Delvaux's realistic photos of student models offer an alternative to 3D renders

Architectural photographer Maxime Delvaux challenged students at Brussels University to create scale models that would appear realistic when photographed (+ slideshow).

Fala Atelier guts Lisbon apartment to create bright open-plan home

Porto studio Fala Atelier has overhauled the layout of a cramped flat in Lisbon, adding sliding doors that connect each room to a central living area and small balcony.

GamFratesi designs leather-lined brass trays for Skultuna

Maison&Objet 2015: Copenhagen studio GamFratesi has created a collection of spun-brass trays with leather surfaces for Swedish metal company Skultuna.

Wooden louvres and grassy rooftops added to Marly-le-Roi market hall

Wooden louvres and green rooftops make up the exterior of this market hall outside Paris by Ameller, Dubois & Associés, while inside is a dramatic ceiling that combines angles and curves (+ slideshow).

This week on Dezeen

This week Dezeen travelled to New York, where Adidas was launching its latest running shoe, and featured photographs documenting mid-century residential architecture in New Zealand (pictured). Read on to catch up with the latest architecture and design news, plus our track of the week.

Louise Nettleton converts Sydney driveway into a comic-themed cafe

Australian architect Louise Nettleton has shoehorned a coffee shop for comic-book lovers into a narrow gully formerly used as a driveway, near Sydney's Central Station (+ slideshow).

Carl Turner design open-source house that floats on floodwater

London architect Carl Turner has developed a design for a prefabricated floating house and has made the plans available to download via an open-source architecture website.

Troels Flensted uses flecked resin surfaces as tabletops

Northmodern 2015: Danish designer Troels Flensted has produced a collection of resin tabletops patterned with flecks of brightly coloured pigment (+ slideshow).

Architecture for Humanity board to file for bankruptcy

News: the board of directors of non-profit group Architecture for Humanity has confirmed it will file for bankruptcy, but 57 international chapters have pledged to continue working under a new umbrella network.

"Can designers really do what the public think they are capable of?"

Opinion: despite cultivating a public reputation as an industry of problem solvers, design is too focused on growth to face up to some of its biggest issues, says Lucas Verweij.