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Richard Rogers

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.

Change is a funky house track by German producers Wave Crushers, whose music we also used as the soundtrack for today's Blickfang designworkshop movie.

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Centre Pompidou in Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano
Centre Pompidou in Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano

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".

Rogers House by Richard Rogers goes on sale for the first time
Rogers House by Richard Rogers, on sale for the first time

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.

Jean Nouvel wins National Art Museum of China competition
National Art Museum of China by Jean Nouvel

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.

Zaha Hadid and Herzog & de Meuron shortlisted for Melbourne station overhaul
Zaha Hadid's shortlisted design for Melbourne's Flinders Street station competition

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.

Farm 432: Insect Breeding by Katharina Unger
Farm 432: Insect Breeding kitchen appliance by Katharina Unger

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.

Astley Castle renovation by Witherford Watson Mann
Astley Castle renovation by Witherford Watson Mann

Finally, a modern house in the ruins of a castle and aerial photographs of a rooftop swimming pool in Bangkok were among our most popular stories.

The Pool at Pyne by T.R.O.P.
The Pool at Pyne by T.R.O.P.

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