Our featured architect this week is Richard Rogers, who we interviewed to coincide with the opening of his retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and his eightieth birthday. Read on for more plus Dezeen Music Project track of the week.
In a series of exclusive movie interviews, Rogers told Dezeen why he believes that a building should not just be designed for a specific client, but society as a whole, and how "the Pompidou Centre captured the revolutionary spirit of 1968".
Additionally, the seminal London home Rogers completed for his parents in 1968 - and which influenced his design for the Pompidou Centre - has also been put on the market for the first time since it was built.
Meanwhile Jean Nouvel was officially declared winner of the competition to design the prestigious National Art Museum of China, ending months of speculation, Thomas Heatherwick released images of a technology education building under construction in Singapore and UNStudio unveiled a concept for a business district in Beijing.
Over in Melbourne, residents were invited to vote for designs to overhaul the city's iconic nineteenth-century railway station at Flinders Street, with proposals by Zaha Hadid and Herzog & de Meuron going head to head.
Edible insects caused a stir this week with graduate designer Katharina Unger's machine for breeding larvae at home, while Tomáš Libertíny, the designer who developed a technique for harnessing bees to create physical objects, has accused a major brand of exploiting his work.
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