This week Stefano Boeri revealed his plans for Supersalone in Milan

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This week in Dezeen, the Salone del Mobile unveiled its plans for a “must see” edition of the furniture fair called Supersalone, organized by architect Stefano Boeri.


Dezeen partnered with Boeri and the Salone del Mobile to broadcast live the press conference in which plans for the show, renamed “Supersalone”, were announced.

The fair, which was moved to September this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will for the first time be fully open to the public. Visitors will also be able to purchase the exhibited pieces by scanning the QR codes of the products, which will be mounted on parallel walls designed by the architect. Andrea Caputo.

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs also interviewed Boeri about his vision for the fair.

“I believe this will be a way to take a risk in the right direction and to demonstrate that the Salone is alive, that Milan is alive and that generally, our field is always dynamic and open to new conditions”, said the architect.

Visitors share their impressions of the “interesting and courageous” Venice Architecture Biennale

We also continued our coverage of the Venice Architecture Biennale, including telling visitors about their impressions of the “interesting and courageous” event.

The German pavilion has divided the opinion of visitors with its installation of QR codes on the walls of an empty building. We also covered the Bit.Bio.Bot exhibit which showed how algae can be used as a protein and air purifier.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha dies at 92
Pritzker Architecture Prize winner architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha dies at 92

The architectural world lost a “living legend” this week, as Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died of lung cancer at the age of 92.

Mendes da Rocha was known for his signature concrete designs and his buildings are credited with the modernization of the city of São Paulo. Among his many accolades were also the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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Graphic designer Ken Garland has died aged 92

Graphic designer Ken Garland, who redesigned the iconic peace sign for the Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament, has died at the age of 92.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Medal at the London Design Festival 2020 for his “significant contribution to the development of graphic design since the mid-20th century” and has been a teacher, photographer and writer as well as a designer.

The architectural world has also lost Terence Riley, the former chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA, who died at the age of 66.

Riley held the position at MoMA from 1992 to 2005. He was director of the Miami Art Museum from 2006 to 2010 and lived in Miami until the end of his life.

Small island
Little Island designed to create ‘the feeling of leaving Manhattan behind’, says Thomas Heatherwick

British designer Thomas Heatherwick told Dezeen about his new Little Island project in New York City, which he said was designed to allow visitors to “leave Manhattan behind.” The park sits in the Hudson River, close to the Meatpacking District on the west side of Manhattan, and features a rolling topography supported by 132 concrete columns.

Heatherwick’s Vessel, also in New York, reopened this week with a new buddy system as well as signs and messages to prevent suicides.

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Photos show New York City’s Central Park Tower skyscraper nearing completion

Three large buildings made the news this week. Scottish studio Kettle Collective has unveiled its vision for a 150-story skyscraper in Russia that would be the second tallest building in the world.

In the UK, a 135-meter-high double tower in Croydon, south London, was completed by HTA Design, which claims it is the world’s tallest modular housing program. The towers are covered with bottle green glazed terracotta tiles and have 38 and 44 floors.

New York is set to be the tallest residential building in the world once the 472-meter Central Park tower, which peaked in September 2019, officially comes to an end later this year.

David Ajdaye wearing the Royal Gold Medal
Obama and Bono praise David Adjaye’s “genius” at virtual Royal Gold Medal event

In awards news, Anglo-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye received his Royal RIBA Gold Medal at a star-studded virtual event, which saw Barack Obama and Bono among the many celebrities who called in to congratulate him.

Studio Ben Allen’s House Recast also took home an award this week. The ‘rich and interesting renovation’ of a Victorian house was named best new home improvement in London in the Don’t Move, Improve! rewards.

The house has a stone exterior and rendered white
Paulo Merlini Architects perches gable volumes on a stone plinth at Casa Rio

Popular projects this week included Paulo Merlini Architects’ house with a stone base, a palace in Rome that has been turned into an Apple Store by Foster + Partners and a London consultancy house with pink plaster walls.

Our lookbooks this week focused on the kitchen and looked at breakfast bars and compact kitchens.

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