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This week, Junya Ishigami was named as designer of Serpentine Pavilion 2019

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 interior design render by Junya Ishigami + Associates

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.

Artist's depiction of SpaceX Texas launch pad
Trump’s border wall could sever Elon Musk’s SpaceX Texas launchpad

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.

Tate Modern court case: Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats
Neo Bankside residents lose battle to stop Tate Modern visitors looking into their flats

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.

Vegan product design feature
Vegan design products will become as popular as vegan food, say designers

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”.

Katy Perry removes shoes from sale following blackface accusations
Katy Perry removes shoes from sale following blackface accusations

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.

Part W invites architects to create alternative all-female RIBA Gold Medal winners list
Part W invites architects to create alternative all-female Royal Gold Medal winners list

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.

Medieval Mile Museum by McCullough Mulvin Architcts
McCullough Mulvin Architects revives medieval church with lead-clad extensions

Projects that stole readers’ attention this week include a grey-toned apartment in Taipei, the revival of a medieval church, and an apartment in Madrid with sliding partitions.

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