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Marcus Fairs portrait

This week we paid tribute to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs

This week on Dezeen, architects, designers, critics and readers paid tribute to Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Fairs, who founded Dezeen in 2006, unexpectedly passed away last week at the age of 54.

Following his death, there was an outpouring of tributes with Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Kelly Hoppen, Es Devlin, Philippe Starck and Olafur Eliasson among the hundreds of architects, designers and critics sharing memories of Fairs' pioneering career.

Dezeen's commenters also shared their condolences and paid tribute to Fairs. "He didn't serve just the design pros, he made pros of anonymous people," said Lois Kane. "What a sad day for all Dezeen lovers. Always a great inspiration and a feeling of calm in a crazy world," said Elene.

"A true pioneer for the exposure of architecture and design online," commented Dimitar. "He will be missed greatly!"

Ecovado by Arina Shokouhi
British-made Ecovado offers low-impact alternative to "unsustainable" avocados

In design news, Central Saint Martins graduate Arina Shokouhi reinvented the traditional avocado by combining ingredients such as broad beans, hazelnuts, apples and rapeseed oil in a fake avocado skin fashioned from wax.

Named Ecovado, Shokouhi's sustainable alternative to the fruit was designed to wean people off the resource-intensive imported produce.

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Foster + Partners unveils "iconic" supertall skyscraper in Kuwait

In Kuwait City, architecture studio Foster + Partners created what it refers to as an "iconic" skyscraper for the National Bank of Kuwait Headquarters.

The supertall building, which at 300 metres is the second tallest in the country, has a rounded form that culminates in a pointed peak.

Exterior of the Brooklyn Museum
Virgil Abloh exhibition at Brooklyn Museum includes a full-scale house

The late designer Virgil Abloh was in the news this week as The Brooklyn Museum unveiled Figures of Speech, an exhibition of his works.

Inside the exhibition, which is an iteration of Abloh's first solo show in Doha, visitors can admire Social Sculpture – a full-sized wood-clad home.

UFO public bench by Peter Newman at Canary Wharf
Peter Newman adds UFO public bench to Canary Wharf to "encourage contemplation of the sky"

British artist Peter Newman created a circular public bench in the shape of a UFO that is designed to encourage people to stop, recline and look up at the sky.

Named Skystation, the sculpture-cum-seat was installed between Foster + Partners Crossrail Place and Cesar Pelli's One Canada Square skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London.

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Remote cabin in Chile by Guillermo Acuña is modelled on traditional fishing huts

Popular projects this week included a wooden cabin in Chile, an English cottage and a hotel in Crete perched on the edge of a cliff.

Our lookbooks this week focused on residential interiors framed by statement windows and homes that make decorative use of board-formed concrete.

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