This week, BIG unveiled its Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and planned "Habitat 2.0" for Toronto

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Habitat 2.0 by BIG in Toronto

This week on Dezeen: Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG released images of its design for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 this week before unveiling plans for a major residential development in downtown Toronto (pictured).

Via West 57 by BIG
Via West 57 by BIG

BIG also hit the headlines as the firm's New York "courtscraper" prepared to welcome its first group of tenants next month.

MahaNakhon by Ole Scheeren
MahaNakhon by Ole Scheeren

In other architecture news, we reported on the progress of Ole Scheeren's pixelated 314-metre-high skyscraper in Bangkok and China's directive that could put an end to the country's trend for bombastic architecture.

Berlin's decommissioned Tempelhof Airport
Berlin's decommissioned Tempelhof Airport

Berlin's government announced its intention to extend the refugee camp at the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport in response to the ongoing migrant crisis, while architect Jacques Herzog proclaimed architecture to be a fundamentally humanitarian profession.

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Minority Report designer Alex McDowell applies filmmaking techniques to refugee-camp design

Production designer Alex McDowell, who has worked on films including Minority Report, The Terminal and Man of Steel, described how filmmaking techniques can be applied to refugee-camp design.

Alejandro Aravena
Alejandro Aravena

This year's Venice Biennale curator Alejandro Aravena added his voice to the debate surrounding the refugee crisis by describing socially minded architecture as a choice not a responsibility.

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Aravena rounds up architecture's biggest names for Venice Biennale 2016

Aravena also announced the star-studded list of contributors for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, which includes Tadao Ando, Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield and SANAA.

The Mile observation tower by Carlo Ratti
The Mile observation tower by Carlo Ratti

Italian architect Carlo Ratti released plans to build a mile-high observation tower in New York, while actress Gwyneth Paltrow enlisted the help of architecture firm Gensler to develop a members-only club in Hollywood.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava will open next week in Lower Manhattan, so we published a series of images that were posted by the public to Instagram.

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Virgin Galactic reveals updated passenger spacecraft and restarts test flights

In design news, Virgin Galactic unveiled an updated version of its passenger spacecraft and Sou Fujimoto released images of his light installation for fashion brand COS.

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Tokyo university students create "drawn-in-place" architecture using a 3D-printing pen

A group of students developed a 3D-printing pen that can be used to create large-scale architectural structures out of plastic sticks and industrial designer Benjamin Hubert explained why he recently shifted his energy away from furniture design.

Tetra yacht by Schwinge
Tetra yacht by Schwinge

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a pyramid-shaped superyachtHerzog & de Meuron's school of government and public policy at the University of Oxford, England, and a Melbourne house designed deliberately half the size of its neighbours.

That House by Austin Maynard
That House by Austin Maynard

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  • Doubtful Dodger

    BIG seem to be the hottest architecture firm in the world right now.

    • Joe

      I think judged by PR, yes, for sure. Judged by quality of production, not so much.

    • i mean

      BIG is not even an architecture practice! PR agency perhaps… or Kardashians maybe…

  • scotsims

    BIG: Habitat 2.0? Hardly. Half of the inhabitants will face a dark inner courtyard.

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