Zaha Hadid’s faceted glass structure for Antwerp’s Port Authority (pictured), a plant-covered hotel in Vietnam and a sprawling museum in Palestine are among buildings shortlisted in over 30 categories at this year’s World Architecture Festival awards.
Also this week, MAD‘s Ma Yansong called for architecture to “be more critical and visionary” and Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled new visuals for a “stacked vases” hotel tower in Melbourne.
In the UK, the Design Museum added the Rainbow Flag and a Frisbee to its permanent collection and the Royal Academy of Arts announced plans for a new architecture centre and awards programme as part of its renovation by David Chipperfield.
Anish Kapoor joined Ai Weiwei and other artists in creating magazine covers dedicated to recent London tragedies and was embroiled in another colour war with bitter rival Stuart Semple.
And Dezeen reported on graduate design highlights from the Royal College of Art, including pleated clothing that expands to fit kids as they grow and a connected plant pot that encourages its user to exercise.
In France, Tadao Ando announced plans to convert Paris’ Bourse de Commerce building into an art gallery and SelgasCano unveiled an undulating pavilion made from sheets of corrugated plastic in a Cognac courtyard.
And Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo announced it will switch to all electric and hybrid vehicles from 2019.
Popular projects this week included a glazed toilet on a Norwegian tourist route, a mansion-turned-hotel formerly owned by Pablo Escobar and a Bangkok house topped with a marble “sculpture”.
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