David Adjaye, who has curated the Making Memory Exhibition at the Design Museum, says architecture can counteract fiction in history
Photo is by Ed Reeve

This week, David Adjaye spoke to Dezeen at the opening of his new exhibition

This week, Dezeen interviewed architect David Adjaye at the opening of his Making Memory exhibition, where he said that architects need to work to counter false narratives.

Adjaye, a British-Ghanian architect who was knighted for his work in 2017, was talking about an exhibition of his monuments and memorials at the Design Museum in London, which launched on 1 February.

"I think it's important for architecture to be one of the devices that's not about propagating fictions about history," he said. "When your monuments contradict the narratives that have been projected, it breaks the illusion."

Gondola by BIG
BIG proposes gondola for its Oakland A's ballpark redesign

Leading architects to hit the headlines this week included Danish firm BIG, which released visuals of an expansive cable-car system to be built as part of the new baseball stadium in Oakland.

Henning Larsen announced its plans to extend Paris' largest opera house, the Opéra Bastille, with a new foyer, performance space and workshop.

Snowtopped by Note Design Studio and Tarkett at Stockholm Design Week
Note Design Studio creates artificial snow dunes on rooftop in Stockholm

In Sweden, the annual Stockholm Design Week festival took place. Highlights included Note Design Studio's snowy rooftop installation and an exhibition of furniture made from recycled materials.

However, behind the scenes it was reported that Chinese designer Neri&Hu considered withdrawing as guest of honour over the "abysmal" build quality of its installation.

Dezeen Awards 2019 launch party in Stockholm
Dezeen Awards 2019 launches with party in Stockholm

Also at Stockholm Design Week Dezeen Awards 2019 launched at a party attended by leading designers including Michael Young, Richard Hutten, Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren.

The party marked Dezeen Awards 2019 opening for entries. Patricia Urquiola, Yves Behar, Frida Escobedo and Kunlé Adeyemi will all be on the awards' judging panel.

Black 3 by Stuart Semple
Black 3.0 is a "black hole in a bottle" that challenges Anish Kapoor's Vantablack pigment

Elsewhere, the ongoing feud between the two British artists Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor resurfaced, as Semple released Black 3.0 and banned Kapoor from using it.

Hanson Robotics unveiled AI robot Sophia's "little sister". Named Little Sophia, she is intended to help young girls learn to code and gain an understanding of STEM subjects.

Tom Lee Park by Studio Gang
Studio Gang unveils redesign of Memphis waterfront Tom Lee Park

Urbanism also came into the spotlight, as Studio Gang announced its plans to redevelop a 30-acre park as part of its wider masterplan for the Memphis riverfront.

SOM revealed that construction had began on Alárò City, its 2,000 hectare masterplan for southwest Nigeria that will combine a mix of industrial and commercial facilities.

Tiny apartment by A Little Design
A Little Design creates 17.6-square-metre micro flat in Taiwan

Projects that were popular this week included a 17.6-square-metre micro flat in Taiwan, Shigeru Ban's boutique hotel in Japan, and a renovation of Jørn Utzon's modernist Ahm House in Hertfordshire.