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This week, we revealed our awards longlists

This week on Dezeen, we published the longlists for the 2019 Dezeen Awards, revealing the best architecture and interior projects, studios, and products.

In total there were more than 4,500 architecture projects entered from 87 countries. These have been whittled down to 267 architecture projects for the judges to mull over. As well as architecture, the longlists for interiors and design were announced, with a pink vegan pizza parlous and bacteria lamps in the running.

Finally, the studios longlist sees both established and emerging practices from Vietnam to Brazil to Georgia compete for titles.

Architecture education is in crisis says Schumacher
Architecture education is in crisis and detached from the profession, says Schumacher

Elsewhere in the architecture world, Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher took to Facebook to decry the current state of architecture education with a 13 point thesis.

According to Schumacher, architecture education is detached from the profession, and from social realities. Students leave institutions after five years without a single design that meet the standard of a competition entry, he said. The teachers, he claimed, are following their own "largely isolated pursuits".

Kanye West's prefabricated affordable Yeezy Home units take inspiration from the Star Wars films and might be used as underground homeless housing.
Kanye West is building Star Wars-themed housing for the homeless

In the US, Kanye firmed up his plans for Yeezy Home, revealing that the prefabricated affordable housing he is working on takes cues from the domed units on the desert planet of Tatooine, the home of the Skywalkers in the Star Wars series.

An architect with a few more projects under his belt – Frank Lloyd Wright – further cemented his status as one the 20th century most influential architects when eight of his buildings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Daan Roosegaarde Presence exhibition
Daan Roosegaarde's Presence exhibition encourages visitors to make their mark

It was a good week for artists with an interest in climate change, as two major shows opened. Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde's solo show at the Groninger Museum in his native country is called Presence. It includes a series of exhibits that encourage viewers to interact and leave an impression.

An Olafur Eliasson retrospective opened at London's Tate Modern, showing three decades of the Danish-Icelandic artist's work including pieces such an 11-metre-high waterfall that were created specially for the show.

Philip Freelon passing
Philip Freelon, "the most significant African American architect in recent history", dies aged 66

Meanwhile, the architecture and design world lost two titans this week. American architect Philip Freelon, described as "a trailblazer", "a great mentor" and "a role model for many", passed away at age 66.

Freelon worked with Adjaye Associates on the National Museum of African American History, as well as Atlanta's National Center for Civil and Human Rights, with multi-toned cladding that represents different skin colours.

Former ÉCAL director Pierre Keller died following a lauded career as a graphic designer as well as an educator. He was instrumental in delivering the school's new building, and in raising its profile.

Lucky Cat restaurant by AfroditiKrassa
London's Lucky Cat restaurant is designed to be better in person than in pictures

Restaurants took centre stage in the interiors sphere, with an Asian-inspired, moody London eatery called Lucky Cat, a sunny Brisbane pavilion housing two restaurants with rattan-lined ceilings and pastel touches.

A newly opened terrace at Soho House's outpost in Dumbo, Brooklyn, offers a space for members to eat al fresco surrounded by Mexican-style interiors.

10 remote hotels to switch off in
10 remote hotels to switch off in

Other popular projects on Dezeen this week are a roundup of remote hotels, for those currently without summer plans, and a weathered beach house in Australia by Woods Bagot that has been two decades in the making.