This week on Dezeen

This week the architecture world mourned the loss of two pioneers: 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate Frei Otto, whose research helped revolutionise structural design, and Michael Graves, designer of Postmodernist icon the Portland Building. Read on to catch up with the latest architecture, interiors and design news, plus our track of the week.

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Learning Hub Nanyang Technological University by Heatherwick Studio
Learning Hub Nanyang Technological University by Heatherwick Studio

A university building in Singapore by British designer Thomas Heatherwick opened, and it was announced that Italian architect Renzo Piano will contribute a design to the redevelopment of Sydney's Barangaroo South waterfront.

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Image of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

British architect David Chipperfield was selected to create a new wing for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, while Foster + Partners unveiled plans to build an 80-storey skyscraper in Toronto, Canada.

Foster + Partners wins Lusail Stadium job for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
Foster + Partners wins Lusail Stadium job for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Foster + Partners also made the headlines earlier in the week as it was revealed the company is set to design a stadium that will host the opening game for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Oklahoma Weather Museum by Kinslow, Keith & Todd
Oklahoma Weather Museum by Kinslow, Keith & Todd

In other architecture news, a tornado-shaped skyscraper with a revolving restaurant was proposed for the American state of Oklahoma and Egypt pitched plans to construct a new capital city spanning 700 kilometres.

Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display
Apple's new Macbook with a 12-inch Retina display

Apple launched its thinnest and lightest MacBook computer to date and London's Royal College of Art lost more of its senior staff.

Arne Jacobsen Egg chair replicas China
Arne Jacobsen Egg chair replicas in China

Design Shanghai's creative director Ross Urwin told Dezeen that China's days as a major producer of fake designer goods are numbered, while a tiny gallery in Shoreditch, London, rebranded itself as the UK's first public institution dedicated to graphic design.

Equestrian Centre by Seth Stein Architects
Equestrian Centre by Seth Stein Architects

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included an equestrian centre in Australia featuring a paddling pool where horses can cool off, Nendo's T-shirt range designed to make cartoon character Hello Kitty more palatable for men, and a smoking room that is designed to never be smoky inside.

Smoking Room Grand Tree Musashikosugi by Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects
Smoking Room Grand Tree Musashikosugi by Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

Main image: aviary in the Munich Zoo designed by Frei Otto at Hellabrunn, 1979-1980, Munich, Germany

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