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Sailing Yacht A

This week a Philippe Starck-designed yacht was seized

This week on Dezeen, French designer Philippe Starck expressed his "unconditional support" for Ukraine after a £444 million yacht he designed for a Russian oligarch was seized by Italian authorities.

Starck declared his solidarity with the Ukrainian people following the seizure of Sailing Yacht A, which is owned by Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko, as part of sanctions imposed over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Philippe Starck and his work on A yachts 18 years ago are not related to the dramatic events going on in Ukraine and he, of course, wants to express his unreserved solidarity with the Ukrainian people and his unconditional support to their cause," Starck's studio told Dezeen.

The 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey
The world's longest suspension bridge opened in Turkey

In Turkey, the longest suspension bridge in the world was completed over the Dardanelles waterway connecting the country's European and Asian shores.

Named 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, the structure has a span of 2,023 metres.

Cumbernauld's brutalist town centre
Cumbernauld's brutalist town centre is set to be demolished

Following the news that Cumbernauld's brutalist town centre is set to be demolished, Rory Olcayto wrote an opinion urging the town to consider radical surgery to give the megastructure a new lease of life instead.

"The state of Cumbernauld Town Centre has resulted not from a failure of architectural design, rather a failure of imagination: Copcutt's building was never fully realised and, like much of Scotland's modernist heritage, was mostly done on the cheap," he wrote.

Render of Re:Ukraine refugee village by Balbek Bureau
Balbek Bureau proposed refugee villages for Ukraine's displaced

As the war in Ukraine continues, Kyiv studio Balbek Bureau proposed developing a housing scheme that could provide emergency shelter for people being made homeless.

Named Re:Ukraine, the housing would be made of standardised timber-framed boxes that would be fitted with living quarters, communal kitchens, bathrooms and public spaces.

Visual of Decentraland metaverse fashion week
The first-ever metaverse fashion week took place this week

This week also saw the virtual reality platform Decentraland launch a digital fashion week called Metaverse Fashion Week.

As part of the event, which ends on 27 March, brands including The Fabricant are presenting runway shows with digital garments displayed on avatars walking on virtual catwalks.

Solar Greenhouse in Barcelona
Students at IAAC designed the Solar Greenhouse

Popular projects this week included a Solar Greenhouse in Barcelona's Serra de Collserola Natural Park, a London house extension designed by Will Gamble Architects and a beach house next to Sydney's Bilgola Beach.

Our lookbooks this week focused on interiors with creative built-in furniture and co-working spaces that provide an escape from home working.

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