This week on Dezeen, we revealed that Japanese architect Junya Ishigami will be the designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London.
The Tokyo-based architect, who leads the studio Junya Ishigami + Associates, will become the 19th designer of the prestigious annual commission.
Due to be unveiled June 2019, Ishigami’s pavilion will feature a huge slate roof rising up out of the landscape. Like his previous architectural projects, it is intended to demonstrate how nature and architecture can exist harmoniously.
In the US, it was reported that Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch pad in Texas is at risk of being cut in two by the Donald Trump’s border wall, after a Department of Homeland Security map revealed its proposed route.
Retail giant Amazon announced that it will no longer build its HQ2 headquarters in New York, following a major backlash from local politicians. Instead, the company will focus on developing a Virginia hub and a new operations centre in Tennessee.
In London, the ongoing saga between Neo Bankside and Tate Modern reached its conclusion. The high court dismissed the resident’s claims that the Herzog & de Meuron-designed extension invades the privacy of the neighbouring housing.
We also reported the news that the brutalist-era Welbeck Street car park will definitely be torn down and replaced by a luxury hotel, despite campaigns to save its unique facade.
Veganism hit the headlines again this week, when we revealed the thoughts of designers who believe that vegan products will soon become as popular as vegan food.
Designer Erez Nevi Pana added to the discussion in an opinion column, stating that “vegan design should be developed by vegan designers”.
American pop star Katy Perry removed two designs from her Katy Perry Collections shoe line, in response to complaints that they resembled blackface, a style of theatrical makeup that is widely deemed racist and offensive.
The controversy occurred less than a week after Gucci was forced to discontinue its balaclava jumper – a black polo neck with a cutout mouth and exaggerated red lips.
On Twitter, architects and critics revealed the buildings that they secretly like, following a tweet by critic and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff that asked: “Do you have an architectural ‘guilty pleasure’?”.
Also on the social media platform Women’s action group Part W started crowdsourcing suggestions of worthy women to create an all-female alternative to the predominately male RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners list.
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