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David Adjaye wins 2021 Royal Gold Medal

This week David Adjaye won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal

This week on Dezeen, British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye was named the 2021 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, while this year's Stirling Prize was cancelled.

Adjaye was the first black architect to win the prize, which is personally approved by the Queen and one of the highest honours in architecture.

"David's contribution to architecture and design globally is already astounding, and I am excited that we have so much more of it to look forward to," said RIBA president Alan Jones.

Ten key projects by David Adjaye
Ten key projects by RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner David Adjaye

To celebrate Adjaye's award we looked back at his most interesting projects, which include a crimson-coloured contemporary art centre in Texas, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Dirty House in London.

This week, RIBA also announced that this year's Stirling Prize was cancelled due to "ongoing public health concerns" over in-person judging. This means that 2020 will be the first year the prize has not been awarded since its inception in 1996.

Zaha Hadid Architects Hong Kong skyscraper
Zaha Hadid Architects reveals design for skyscraper on world's most expensive site

In other architecture news, Zaha Hadid Architects revealed its design for a skyscraper that is set to be built on the world's most expensive site in Hong Kong.

London-based Heatherwick Studio also revealed the design of an upcoming major project – a flood-resilient park The Cove for San Francisco.

Walters Way by Walter Segal
Walters Way houses can be easily adapted to their owner's needs

We continued our collaboration with Open House London by featuring more videos showing buildings in the city that are  "rarely published".

The final video tour spotlighted Walters Way, a street in south London that has a collection of 13 adaptable homes that were self-built by their owners under the direction of architect Walter Segal.

Amazon launches autonomous flying security camera
Amazon launches autonomous flying security camera for the home

In technology news, online retailer Amazon launched an autonomous drone-style camera that is designed to fly around your home to record any disturbances when you are out.

Named Ring Always Home Cam, the device is connected to sensors in the house that launch it if an intruder is detected.

Untitled House by Szczepaniak Astridge
Szczepaniak Astridge adds concrete and timber extension to London house

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a residential extension in south London named Untitled House that centres around a "concrete sculpture", a home in Bangkok covered in 120 trees and a house in Portland, USA, that has a cantilevered upper storey.

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