This week on Dezeen

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This week on Dezeen

This week Dezeen has been reporting from the Venice Architecture Biennale, where biennale director David Chipperfield urged architects to shun stardom and focus on schools and housing, Wolf D. Prix launched a scathing attack on the whole event, and rumours spread that Rem Koolhaas will be director next time around.

Japan awarded best pavilion at the  Venice Architecture Biennale

Justin McGuirk, Iwan Bann and Urban-Think Tank won a Golden Lion for best project with their installation (pictured, top) about a vertical slum in Venezuela, the Japanese Pavilion (above) curated by Toyo Ito won best pavilion and Álvaro Siza was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. See our pick of the best pavilions here and all our coverage of the biennale here.

Frank Gehry designs new Facebook headquarters

Meanwhile Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured above, right) announced plans for a new headquarters designed by Frank Gehry (above, left) and Daniel Libeskind was selected to design a peace centre on the site of the notorious former Maze prison in Northern Ireland.

Paralympic design: Nike Spike Pad  for Oscar Pistorius

In London the Paralympics began on Wednesday so we've been featuring sporting equipment designed for Paralympic athletes, including spikes worn by “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius (above), racing wheelchairs (below) and specially adapted rowing boats.

Paralympic design: Draft Mistral racing wheelchairs

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