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AI-generated image by Zaha Hadid Architects

This week Patrik Schumacher discussed using AI-generated images

This week on Dezeen, the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, Patrik Schumacher, revealed that the studio is utilising AI text-to-image generators such as DALL-E 2 to design ideas for projects.

Speaking at a recent roundtable discussion on how artificial intelligence (AI) could change design, Schumacher explained how the studio was using image-generating technology.

"Not every single project is using it but let's say most – I'm encouraging everybody who's working on competitions and early ideation to see what comes up and just to have a larger repertoire," he said.

Yasmeen Lari RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner 2023
Yasmeen Lari won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal

In architecture news, Yasmeen Lari was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal for 2023 in recognition of her humanitarian work.

Following the announcement, we rounded up 10 key projects by the Pakistani architect and spoke to her in an exclusive interview, where she said that architects must prioritise designing for the planet.

"We cannot design just to please our clients anymore," said Lari.

Tacchini Flock project by Formafantasma
We looked at the key trends from Milan design week

Continuing our coverage of Milan design week, we reflected on the world's most significant design event by looking at the key trends including everything from maximalism to algorithmic design.

This year saw the Salone del Mobile furniture fair return to its regularly scheduled time slot in April for the first time since the start of the pandemic and in an opinion piece Dezeen's editorial director Max Fraser wrote: "On a surface level Milan is back".

Campo Base exhibition curated by Federica Sala at Milan design week
"Glass figures embodying racist stereotypes" were shown at Milan

There was also controversy as designers drew attention to a collection of "glass figures embodying racist stereotypes" that were presented during the event.

In a series of posts on Instagram, Burks, curator Anava Projects and PR agency Hello Human criticised the exhibition and its creator,  Italian architect Massimo Adario.

In response to the criticism, Adario issued an apology: "I embrace the opportunity to learn from my mistake," he said.

Gilder Center for American Museum of Natural History designed by Studio Gang
The Gilder Center for American Museum of Natural History was unveiled

This week also saw the opening of the cave-like Gilder Center for American Museum of Natural History, designed by Studio Gang.

"Architects in the last few years have been doing object buildings: it looks like something from the outside, a fancy shape or something like that," Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang told Dezeen.

"But that's not at all what we were doing here because we really started by making the museum more connective," Gang added. "So it ended up being the interior structure that was the most important architectural element."

Two storey steel studio with firs in background
A movable studio on rail tracks was one of the most popular projects this week

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a movable studio on rail tracks in Washington StateFoster + Partners' first Apple Store in India and a restaurant interior in Porto with a tiled mural by Álvaro Siza.

Our latest lookbooks featured houses with outdoor showers and home interiors that make a feature of exposed services.

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