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Brexit protest graffiti in London

This week we revealed Brexit's impact on UK architecture studios

This week on Dezeen, we published a survey showing that three years on from leaving the EU, 84 per cent of UK architecture studios want to reverse the Brexit "catastrophe" and rejoin the union.

Dezeen's features editor Nat Barker spoke to 50 architecture studios about their experience of conducting business post-Brexit, discovering that nine in 10 firms believe that leaving the EU has hindered their practice.

Studios with a global presence including Foster + Partners and BDP took part in the survey, as well as smaller offices with 15 or fewer employees. We also reported on the plans of Somerset-based Invisible Studio to move out of the UK in direct response to Brexit.

Wall insulation install
Architects spoke to Dezeen about carrying out insulation-led retrofits on their homes

Another study that gained traction this week came from the University of Cambridge and found that energy savings obtained by insulating UK homes appear to be cancelled out within four years due to an increase in energy use.

To combat this "rebound effect" and ensure energy savings continue in the long term, the researchers concluded that installing insulation has to be accompanied by financial incentives and regulations to change people's behaviour.

At the same time, a series of British architects talked to Dezeen about the challenges of completing energy-led retrofits on their own homes in light of the UK's ageing housing stock.

Dezeen In Depth newsletter
We launched our Dezeen In Depth newsletter

Also this week, we launched Dezeen In Depth – our latest newsletter that is released on the last Friday of every month and takes a deep dive into the biggest stories defining architecture and design.

The first edition includes an exclusive interview with architect Norman Foster and an opinion piece by historian Holly Nielsen, which explores tech companies' ownership of the metaverse.

Indore low-cost housing by Balkrishna Doshi
Aranya is among ten projects by the late Balkrishna Doshi featured in our roundup

Following the death of Balkrishna Doshi at age 95, we rounded up ten of the architect's most memorable projects including the Aranya Low-Cost Housing development in Indore (above), which was built in 1989.

Over his lifetime, Doshi received a RIBA Royal Gold Medal as well as being the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Schiaparelli faux taxidermy lion head on black dress
Schiaparelli crafted a black gown embellished with a faux lion head

In design news, French fashion house Schiaparelli kicked off Paris Couture Week with its latest fashion show, which included three controversial gowns adorned with faux lion, wolf and leopard heads.

Also in Paris, Dutch brand Viktor & Rolf showed rotated ballgowns that were positioned at unconventional angles. Meanwhile in Milan, Italian brand Fendi transformed its headquarters into a "roller disco pinball machine" to create a runway for its Autumn Winter 2023 menswear show.

Exterior of The Courtyard Residence by FGR Architects
The Courtyard Residence is a concrete home in Melbourne

Popular projects on Dezeen this week ranged from a house in Melbourne by FGR Architects that is concealed behind concrete walls to Hebra Arquitectos' elevated timber cabin in Chile and a Venice Beach bungalow by architecture studio Design, Bitches.

Our latest lookbooks collected bedrooms with earthy colour palettes and interiors that make use of statement carpets.

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