Alejandro Aravena

This week, Aravena received his Pritzker Prize and buzz mounted for Milan's design fair

This week on Dezeen: Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena used his Pritzker Prize ceremony to announce plans for combatting the global housing crisis this week, and the Dezeen team looked ahead to the world's biggest and most important design fair.

After leading a one-minute silence in tribute to Zaha Hadid, Aravena revealed his intention to release a number of his residential designs to the public as an open-source resource.

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Dezeen's 10 trend predictions for Milan design week 2016

With Milan design week just around the corner, the Dezeen team presented their pick of the trends already emerging from the city's annual design fair.

Design for children, projects for refugees, new Chinese brands, and furniture built for compact living spaces are all set to feature prominently.

H-horse by Nendo for Kartell
Nendo designs transparent plastic rocking horse for Kartell

Among the products for younger users due to launch at the event are a minimal rocking horse by Nendo and a swing by Philippe Starck – both part of Italian design brand Kartell's collection of children-friendly furniture.

Milano Metro watch by NAVA
Enter Dezeen's #milanogram2016 competition to win a Milano Metro watch

Dezeen will be out and about for the duration of the five-day event, using #milanogram2016 on Instagram to provide previews of exhibitions and installations, as well as images of the best products and parties across the city. See all our coverage of Milan design week 2016 so far »

Shortlisted logo graphic designs for Tokyo 2020 olympics in Japan
Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils shortlisted logo designs

In other news, organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled a shortlist of new logo designs to replace the controversial original and Boston architecture students complained about the university's "unacceptable" studio space.

Rolf and Mette Hay, who co-founded Hay with Troels Holch Povlsen in 2002
Rolf and Mette Hay, who co-founded Hay with Troels Holch Povlsen in 2002

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, the founders of Danish design brand Hay claimed that Chinese consumers are developing a taste for western furniture and lifestyles thanks to evening classes hosted by Ikea.

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AIA announces top 10 housing projects for 2016 awards

The AIA announced its top 10 American housing projects from 2016 and Dutch office MVRDV revealed plans to build a huge staircase out of scaffolding in Rotterdam.

US embassy converted to luxury hotel by David Chipperfield
US embassy converted to luxury hotel by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield released details of his plans to convert a London-based US Embassy into a luxury hotel and graduate students at Iowa State University designed a palatial compound for US troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Tampon by The Flex
Tampon by The Flex

Popular stories this week on Dezeen included a tampon designed to allow women "mess-free" sex during their periods, a wooden concept car by Toyota and a three-storey weekend retreat in Japan.

T Weekend Residence by Process5 Design in Japan
T Weekend Residence by Process5 Design in Japan

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