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Prototypes of Yeezy Home units by Kanye West
Construction image before domes demolished last week. Photograph courtesy of TMZ

This week, housing projects by Kanye West and Stefano Boeri were revealed

This week on Dezeen, new photos offered a first look at Kanye West's homeless housing and Stefano Boeri unveiled his designs for vertical-forest apartments in Egypt.

A set of incomplete wooden domes were photographed at West's property in California this week, which are believed to be prototypes of Yeezy Home units – the hip-hop artist's prefabricated housing designed for the homeless.

Attention was brought to the site after several of his neighbours complained to the Los Angeles County Department of Works about construction taking place late at night. West now faces an order to tear down the structures.

Egypt vertical forest blocks by Stefano Boeri Architetti
Stefano Boeri unveils vertical forest apartment blocks for Egypt's new capital

Italian architect Stefano Boeri also hit the headlines after he revealed visuals of three cube-shaped apartment blocks covered in planted terraces designed for Egypt's New Administrative Capital.

Developed in collaboration with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash and Italian landscape architect Laura Gatt, it is the first time his practice Stefano Boeri Architetti will bring its vertical-forest concept to the African continent.

Central Park masterplan for Ho Chi Minch City in Vietnam by LAVA and Aspect Studio
LAVA and Aspect Studios to add Central Park to Ho Chi Minh City

Other architecture news this week included the reveal of the Central Park masterplan for Ho Chi Minh City by LAVA and Aspect Studios, and Morphosis' proposal for the sculptural, plant-covered Korean American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Dezeen also rounded up five residences in Ecuador that architects have designed to celebrate the country's local materials and climate.

Marseilles Provence Airport expansion plans by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

Transport infrastructure was in the spotlight as India approved Virgin Hyperloop One's plans to develop a high-speed line between the cities Mumbai and Pune, and Foster + Partners' design for a glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport came under fire.

France's environmental authorities fear that the building, which is expected to increase the airport's capacity to 12 million passengers a year, will hinder France's target to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Ellen MacArthur's Circular Design Programme
Ellen MacArthur's Circular Design Programme seeks 20 million designers to transform global economy

In the design world, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Design Programme called on designers to stop creating products that end up in landfill and help transform the linear global economy into a circular model.

Meanwhile, the British manufacturer Very Good & Proper acquired fellow furniture brand Isokon Plus with a view to developing both companies whilst retaining their "distinctive identities".

Guard Dog bulletproof backup
Parents should "should start thinking about a bulletproof backpack" following latest mass shootings

Dezeen spoke to Yasir Sheikh, the CEO of self-defence brand Guard Dog that has designed a range of protective backpacks for students in light of the recent mass shootings in the US.

Sheikh told Dezeen that "parents should start thinking about a bulletproof backpack" in the same way "people would have home security systems for their house if there was a series of robberies".

W House by ar-Architects
Augmented Reality Architects wraps house with courtyards to create private home

Projects that sparked readers' imaginations this week included a Japanese housed wrapped with courtyards to create private living-spaces, a Corten steel-clad house in California and cabins built on stilts by the Barents Sea in Norway.