Crowds around L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped

This week the Arc de Triomphe was wrapped

This week on Dezeen, an installation by late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude called L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped opened to the public in Paris.

To create the long-awaited installation, the iconic triumphal arch on the Champs-Élysées was wrapped in 25,000 square metres of silvery fabric.

It is set to stay in place for 16 days.

London mayor Sadiq Khan
"Paris is green with envy" at London's sustainable policies says Sadiq Khan

In London, mayor Sadiq Khan said that Paris is "jealous" of his green initiatives in an interview with Dezeen.

Khan, who is aiming to make London "the greenest city in the world", said its Ultra Low Emission Zone, tree-planting initiatives and cycle lanes made the city "the envy of the world".

A blue light installation by Sou Fujimoto
Sou Fujimoto creates undulating virtual installation in London

This year's London Design Festival also took place this week.

Among the highlights from the event was a virtual installation by architect Sou Fujimoto, created in collaboration with mixed reality studio Tin Drum, and a self-supporting pavilion made from simple aluminium sheets.

Ten installations to see at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Ten installations to see at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Over in the US, the Chicago Architecture Biennial kicked off this week.

The event's fourth edition has seen a roster of newly commissioned installations erected across the city, courtesy of studios including Atelier Bow-Wow and Manuel Herz Architects.

A 3D image of a gondola boat
Philippe Starck envisions futuristic gondola as a "symbol for the future of Venice"

In design news, French designer Philippe Starck gave the traditional Venetian gondola a futuristic makeover.

Named Dream of Winter Gondola, Starck's modern interpretation of the watercraft was designed as a "symbol for the future of Venice".

Recycled PET lego bricks
The Dezeen guide to plastic in architecture, design and interiors

We continued our series of Dezeen guides this week with a look a plastic.

The guide includes more than 11 types of plastic commonly used in architecture, design and interiors, with links to hundreds of projects for inspiration.

Cornish Barn conversion
TYPE transforms stone barn into home in the English countryside

Popular projects this week included the conversion of a 200-year-old barn in Devon, a copper extension to a Corsican convent and an office in Germany designed by Christ & Gantenbein.

Our lookbook this week focused on apartments with adaptable and reconfigurable layouts.

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