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This week, Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker Prize and industry celebrates International Women's Day

This week on Dezeen, Arata Isozaki was named Pritzker Prize laureate and the industry celebrated female architects and designers on International Women's Day.

The Pritzker Prize jury described Isozaki, the 46th recipient of the prestigious award, as "a versatile, influential, and truly international architect".

Ark Nova by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor
Eight key projects by Pritzker Prize 2019 laureate Arata Isozaki

To commemorate the occasion, Dezeen looked at eight of his most notable architectural projects, which include an enormous inflatable concert hall and the Museum of Modern Art in Gunma.

However the announcement was marred by the news that a previous Pritzker winner, Kevin Roche, had passed away aged 96. The Ireland-born architect, responsible for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Ford Foundation headquarters, was honoured by a number of figures in the industry, including founder of US firm wHY Kulapat Yantrasast.

"Kevin Roche, in my view, truly balanced the clear abstract and geometrical legacy of modern architecture with subtle, human-focused planning and detailing," he told Dezeen.

10 champions for women in architecture and design

It was International Women's Day on 8 March. To mark the occasion, Dezeen rounded up 10 individuals, collectives and organisations championing women in architecture and design and also spoke to architect Jeanne Gang about what more can be done to bring about change.

Meanwhile, British architecture practice Grimshaw announced plans to send a women-only team to represent the firm at MIPIM, the property fair known for its boy's club reputation, and Indian firm Morphogenesis became one of the world's first architecture practices to report a gender pay gap in favour of its female employees.

Decathlon hijab France
Decathlon's athletic hijab for Muslim women won't go on sale in France

Sadly, in a less-progressive turn of events, French sports retailer Decathlon abandoned plans to sell a hijab to female runners in France, following a surge of complaints.

The company had planned to sell the athletic hijab, which covers the wearer's head and neck, in stores in both France and Morocco. But outcries on social media resulted in the brand cancelling shipments to its stores in France.

Karl Lagerfeld final Chanel show
Chanel's final Karl Lagerfeld-directed took place at the Grand Palais in Paris

Fashion week season came to a close with Karl Lagerfeld's final Chanel show, which saw the Grand Palais in Paris transformed into a wintery alpine village complete with snow-topped ski chalets.

And Geneva Motor Show kicked off with a host of battery-powered cars, which suggests that the future is undoubtedly electric. Car tyre manufacturer Goodyear also revealed a conceptual wheel with propellers for the flying cars of the future.

Empathy Suite by Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst designs room in Las Vegas hotel

British artist Damien Hirst's interior design for a jaws-breaking hotel room in Las Vegas, featuring real-life sharks suspended in formaldehyde in a glass tank, proved easy bait for Dezeen commentators, who deemed the project "appalling" and "tacky".

Meanwhile, China announced plans to build the world's first solar power station in space to provide "inexhaustible clean energy". 

Researchers at the China Academy of Space Technology reported that they are already testing the technology and intend to build the station by 2050.

Wooden Chapel by John Pawson in Bavaria, Germany
John Pawson builds Wooden Chapel for cyclists from huge logs

Popular projects this week include a wooden chapel for cyclists by John Pawson, an IKEA rendition of the Kåma Sutra, and a Bauhaus-inspired reimagining of big brand logos, including Adidas and Lego.