Dezeen Magazine

This week, Glastonbury festival took centre stage

This week on Dezeen, the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, hit the headlines as Stormzy wore a stab-proof vest designed by Bansky and Dezeen covered some of the event's best sets and installations.

British grime artist Stormzy opened his headline set wearing a stab-proof vest with a black and white Union Jack flag spray-painted on the front, designed by British street-artist Banksy.

Stormzy "took south London to the farm" for Glastonbury set

Dezeen also spoke to the creative directors behind Stormzy's headline set, which referenced the rapper's south London roots with visual nods to Croydon's Brutalist architecture.

Chris "Bronski" Jablonski and Amber Rimell explained that they wanted to "take south London to the farm", creating a stage that would make Stormzy "feel at home".

Block9 reveals "monster" IICON stage at Glastonbury 2019

The Dezeen studio team attended the festival to document some of the best stages and installations at this year's event in a captioned movie.

Highlights include a full-size recreation of a British seaside pier by artist Joe Rush and the monolithic IICON stage and outdoor dance-arena designed by London creative partnership Block9.

"It isn't that hard" to design clothes sustainably, says Mother of Pearl creative director

Sustainable fashion was also a hot topic this week, as Mother of Pearl creative director Amy Powney shared her views on building an ethical fashion brand, emphasising the importance of looking at the "full picture" of making clothes "from field to final".

Eight companies and designers making trainers as sustainable as possible

Dezeen also rounded up eight companies and designers producing the most sustainable trainers possible.

These included Native Shoes' sneaker made from plant-based materials such as pineapple husk and dried hevea milk, and Adidas' Futurecraft Loop shoes made from recyclable virgin plastic.

Elsewhere in the field of footwear, Nike pulled a special-edition Fourth of July trainer that features an 18th-century version of the American flag on its heel following criticism that the design of the flag could cause offence.

Le Corbusier's colourful final pavilion re-opens in Zurich

In this week's architecture news, Le Corbusier's colourful final pavilion was reopened to the public in Zurich after architects Silvio Schmed and Arthur Rüegg restored the glass and steel structure to its original state.

Two record-breaking towers also made their mark. Patalab Architecture won approval to build a nine-storey office block in London – the tallest to be built from shipping containers – while Bouygues Bâtiment International set a new record for the tallest modular tower with the Clement Canopy in Singapore.

BIG and FREAKS complete looping MÉCA cultural centre in Bordeaux

In London, SOM finished constructing the 143-metre-tall Manhattan Loft Gardens tower that overlooks London's 2012 Olympic Games park, with three sky-gardens at various levels in its structure.

Meanwhile, BIG and FREAKS completed the looping MÉCA cultural hub in Bordeaux, France, which contains a media library, performance space and art gallery in a bid to establish the city as "the epicentre for culture".

Terry Farrell puts his "exuberantly colourful" flat on the market

Other popular projects included the Elcano housing block with rotating concrete shutters by Madrid-based practice FRPO, Terry Farrell's "exuberantly colourful" flat that was recently put on the market, and a climate-friendly protein-rich food by start-up Solar Foods.