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This week, Elon Musk sent his car to space and Serpentine Pavilion was announced

This week on Dezeen, Elon Musk loaded the maiden flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket with his own car and Mexican architect Frida Escobedo was named as the designer of this year's Serpentine Pavilion.

SpaceX and Tesla founder Musk marked the launch of "the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two" by including his Tesla Roadster sports car in the payload.

The car was "driven" by a space-suited dummy, dubbed Starman, with the soundtrack of David Bowie's Life on Mars? playing during the launch.

Frida Escobedo designs secluded courtyard for Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Frida Escobedo, who is the youngest architect to ever design the Serpentine Pavilion, unveiled a design that features a dark latticed enclosure made from cement tiles, surrounding a pool of water.

"With this bold interior, Frida draws history into the present and redefines the meaning of public space," said Serpentine Galleries director Hans Ulrich Obrist and chief executive Yana Peel.

Women offered 70 per cent discount for architecture conference in Lisbon

Also this week, organisers of the Resonate architecture conference in Lisbon offered female delegates a 70 per cent discount on ticket prices, in a bid to improve gender balance at the event.

AL_A principal Amanda Levete won this year's Jane Drew Prize, while Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa was announced as the first laureate of the Royal Academy of Arts' architecture prize.

Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre appointed to design HS2 stations

In the UK, London mayor Sadiq Khan released a good-practice guide for estate regeneration for the capital, in a bid to protect social housing and its tenants during redevelopment.

Meanwhile, Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre were selected with engineers Arup and WSP to design stations in both Birmingham and London, for the upcoming HS2 high-speed rail network.

KPF's Brooklyn skyscraper to feature record-breaking rooftop pool

In the US, renderings of Kohn Pedersen Fox's 68-storey skyscraper in downtown Brooklyn showed what will be the "highest residential infinity pool in the western hemisphere" on its roof.

Another potential record-breaking project was Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture's proposed office complex in New Jersey, which is set to be the largest timber office building in the United States.

Lufthansa attacked for "bland and pointless" redesign of its classic logo

In design news, airline company Lufthansa came under criticism for the redesign of its well-known logo, which changed the background colour from yellow to blue.

Meanwhile, British car manufacturer Jaguar returned to their roots, by announcing plans to resume production of its iconic D-type racing car, for the first time in over 60 years.

Asif Khan reveals super-dark Vantablack pavilion for Winter Olympics 2018

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion for the Winter Olympics, Raf Simons' Blade Runner-inspired bags for Eastpak and a renovated Barcelona flat with grey granite surfaces.