"Adjaye is influential because he provides a role model for black architects"

British architect David Adjaye split opinion in this week's comments update after being the only architect to be named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2017.

About time: some readers have described David Adjaye as a role model for black architects, who are underrepresented in the design industry, after the British architect's accomplishments were noted by Time magazine.

"He is influential because he provides a positive and relatable role model for the many underrepresented black architects," wrote SophEs. "Not to mention that his buildings articulate an elegant approach to design."

Some readers said they admire Adjaye but were disappointed that other architects – such as Bjarke Ingels, who made the list last year – were not named.

"He is a brilliant architect, but to label him most influential architect borders on the ridiculous," said PhilR. "I cannot see how this can possibly be so. Rem, maybe, Herzog and de Meuron, definitely, BIG, certainly, but Adjaye?" agreed GB.

Meanwhile, other commenters congratulated the British architect:

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Frakta of the price: luxury fashion brand Balenciaga has outraged readers by selling a £1,705 bag that bears a striking resemblance to IKEA's iconic blue Frakta bag.

"I'd rather buy 4,262 IKEA bags instead," wrote Daniel.

"That's the highest markup I've seen on a knockoff bag," said Aaron, but he did admit that the quality of the leather looked "really good and supple".

"My laundry wouldn't know what to do in a Balenciaga," said Studio.

One commenter noted that the luxury handbag is targeting a different demographic:

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Otra Nation US-Mexico border wall proposal by MADE

To build or not to build: is it unethical to design Donald Trump's wall across the Mexican border? Commenters are having a debate sparked by Aaron Betsky's opinion piece on the controversial topic.

"What happened to ethics?" asked Montezaro. "It is all about the money."

"There are ways to define ethics besides a choice between an endless rabbit-hole or designing everything. Ethics does not demand that we judge our clients, but it does demand that we judge our projects," countered Raphael.

But some readers argued that there was nothing unethical or unusual about the wall, which they say is in line with standard US immigration policy.

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Glass houses: readers are decrying Neo Bankside residents for taking legal action against Tate Modern, claiming that visitors to the gallery's new Herzog & de Meuron-designed extension are peering into their apartments.

"It's extraordinary but sadly unsurprising that a public viewing platform enjoyed by millions is expected to compromise for the benefit of an elite few," wrote Tristam.

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones," said regular commenter H-J.

But others felt the residents should not be overlooked simply because they can afford the expensive apartments:

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