Meanwhile, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am was appointed director of creative innovation at technology company Intel, OMA published a report claiming the world could be free from fossil fuels by 2050 and a restaurant designed by Tom Dixon opened at London's Royal Academy of Arts.
Dezeen readers debated whether designs for a power plant that will blow smoke rings and double up as a ski slope were bonkers or brilliant, but questioned the sustainable credentials of a chair carved from a tree trunk with a chain saw.
We also featured an unusual airport building in a medieval mountain town and an inflatable cycle helmet that went on to win at the 2011 INDEX: awards, plus our pick of the most interesting projects on show at imm cologne, including a 3D-printed lamp designed by Karim Rashid, a table with suction cups for feet and pendant lamps inspired by strawberries.
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