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The Sculptor's Residence installation by Norm Architects at Stockholm Design Week
The Sculptor's Residence installation lets you step inside an artisan's home

This week, Scandinavian designers tackled carbon emissions at Stockholm Design Week

This week on Dezeen, we reported from Sweden on the best installations, product launches and events at Stockholm Design Week 2020, where environmental concerns were top of the agenda.

Among the highlights were the launch of a sustainable mix-it-yourself soap, an installation by Note Design that can be recycled and another stand that declares the carbon footprint of every product.

Alexandra Hagen of White Arkitekter on Dezeen's panel at Stockholm Design Week 2020
Achieving zero-carbon architecture is "the biggest challenge we have" says Alexandra Hagen of White Arkitekter

As part of the event, which ends on February 9, Dezeen livestreamed a number of talks with the likes of Sevil Peach, Emeco and Doshi Levien.

In a panel discussion chaired by Marcus Fairs about the priorities of designers over the next decade, White Arkitekter pledged that every building it designs will be carbon neutral by 2030. The talk was to celebrate the launch of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Portrait of Kai-Uwe Bergmann
"We have the same opinions about Trump as we do Bolsonaro," says BIG's Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Another notable moment from the design festival was during a lecture by BIG's partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann, when he shed light on Bjarke Ingels' recent meeting with Brazil's controversial president Jair Bolsonaro.

"In no way do we condone Bolsonaro," Bergmann said in response to question from the audience, adding that BIG has "the same opinions about Trump as we do Bolsonaro".

Nike Olympics 2020 Skateboarding Uniform
Nike designs first-ever Olympic skateboarding uniforms for Tokyo 2020

Elsewhere in the design world, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was in the spotlight as Nike revealed the colourful skateboarding uniforms it has designed for the sport's Olympic debut.

It was also announced that Nike's controversial Vaporfly trainer will be permitted for use at the international sporting event, but its Air Fly shoe that Eliud Kipchoge wore to break the two-hour marathon record will be banned.

The decision was made by World Athletics after concerns that the Vaporfly range – which is designed to improve speed – could give athletes an unfair advantage while competing.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reveal Californian house designed by Axel Vervoordt
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reveal Californian house designed by Axel Vervoordt

Architecture news this week included reality television star Kim Kardashian's reveal of her minimalist home designed by Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duysen.

In China, a prefabricated quarantine hospital for people affected by the coronavirus reached completion in Wuhan nine days after it began construction.

The White House
President Trump drafts rules for "Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again"

President Trump hit the headlines in the US after his plans to make classical architecture the required style for any US federal courthouse were discovered, prompting a petition by the American Institute of Architects.

A student at Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture at Taliesin reflected on the impact of the institute's impending closure.

Norman Foster and Paola Antonelli to judge Dezeen Awards 2020
Norman Foster and Paola Antonelli to judge Dezeen Awards 2020

This week also saw the 2020 Dezeen Awards open for entry, with a discounted early-entry period until 31 March.

Norman Foster, Joyce Wang, Michael Anastassiades and Italian curator Paola Antonelli were revealed as four of the judges for the third edition of the annual awards programme.

Mole House by Adjaye Associates
David Adjaye renovates Mole House undermined by illegal secret tunnels

Projects that sparked readers imaginations this week included Hem's headquarters in Stockholm, a minimalist Japanese house squeezed into a dense Tokyo neighbourhood, and David Adjaye's overhaul of an abandoned house in London that sits atop a labyrinth of secret tunnels.