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Rebirth of the Convent Saint-François

This week the Mies van der Rohe Award finalists were revealed

This week on Dezeen, the seven finalists for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2024 were announced, which included a copper-clad convent in Corsica and an art gallery in the Czech Republic.

The nominated projects comprised five architecture finalists and two emerging finalists from six different countries. Two educational projects were nominated within the architecture category – The Reggio School in Spain by Andres Jaque's Office for Political Innovation and The Study Pavilion by Gustav Düsing & Max Hacke.

Also nominated is the architecture category was the Convent Saint-François in Corsica by Amelia Tavella Architectes, which features a perforated copper volume.

An adapted rail station in NYC
Google opened its New York City headquarters

In other architecture news, Google opened its building in New York City which is located in a 1930s rail terminal restored by studios CookFox Architects and Gensler.

Also in New York, Dezeen rounded up 10 of the city's recently completed skyscrapers, which featured SHoP Architects' bronze-and-copper Brooklyn Tower, as well as Two Manhattan West situated amongst the mixed-use development of Midtown Manhattan.

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Trump launched a pair of gold trainers

In design news, former US president Donald Trump launched a collection of trainers which included gold high-top sneakers designed for "true patriots".

Labelled as the Never Surrender High-Tops, the sold-out trainers were retailed at $399 and feature a gold finish with a T sign found on the tongue and both sides of the shoe.

Nothing design director Adam Bates at the brand's London studio
Nothing's Adam Bates spoke about the tech industry

In other design news, Dezeen interviewed London-based start-up Nothing's design director Adam Bates, who discussed how the company is trying to "make tech fun again".

Founded three years ago by Chinese-Swedish entrepreneur Carl Pei, Nothing has already released three wireless earbuds and two smartphones, and is set to launch a third next month.

Luna composting toilet by Harvest Moon at Stockholm Furniture Fair
A waterless toilet was unveiled at the Stockholm Furniture Fair

We also reported on Sweden's Stockholm Furniture Fair, which rethought its approach– housing both "commerce and culture under one roof".

Among the products exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair was a waterless toilet that turns waste into soil and fertiliser designed by Swedish bathroom brand Harvest Moon.

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We showcased architects from the 100 Women: Architects in Practice book

Also this week, we featured work by 10 women architects, who had not previously been featured in Dezeen.

The women were all picked from the recently released 100 Women: Architects in Practice book, which was written by academics Harriet Harriss, Naomi House, Monika Parrinder and Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft to draw attention to the work of women architects that is often overlooked.

Overhead shot of grounds of Vocabolo Moscatelli hotel in Umbria
A boutique hotel in Italy was one of this week's most-read stories

Popular projects this week included a Land Rover Defender designed in the minimalist style of Firmship boats, a 12th-century monastery converted into a boutique hotel in Italy (above) and a concrete house in Portugal punctured with deep reveals.

Our latest lookbooks featured home interiors celebrating the design trend of "bookshelf wealth", living spaces that feature metal furniture and home interiors punctuated by structural columns.

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