This week we celebrated International Women’s Day

This week on Dezeen, we highlighted 22 inspirational women architects and designers and marked the anniversary of WHO declaring the coronavirus a pandemic.


To mark International Women’s Day, we asked 22 of the world’s most inspirational women architects and designers to nominate another woman who should be better known for their work.

Several chose to shine a light on historic figures who did not receive full recognition in their lifetimes, like Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, Minnette de Silva and Lin Huiyin. While others took the opportunity to draw attention to a contemporary woman like Unscene Architecture, Taller Comunal, and Marie-José Van Hee.

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Norman Foster, Virgil Abloh and more share their thoughts on the global impact of Covid-19

This week also marked a year since the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic. To mark the anniversary we asked twenty of the world’s leading designers, including Norman Foster, Virgil Abloh, Kelly Hoppen and Sevil Peach, their views on how it has changed the world.

Alongside these interviews, we spoke to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, and White Arkitekter CEO Alexandra Hagen highlighted six ways Covid-19 will change cities forever.

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First space hotel set to open in 2027

As space tourism begins to become a reality, the Gateway Foundation announced that it intends to open the first hotel in space in 2027.

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“It is the end of one era and the beginning of a new and exciting one”

Closer to home, there was big news for Dezeen as we announced that we had been acquired by Danish media company JP/Politiken Media Group.

The move, which will ensure the brand’s editorial independence while helping it achieve its ambitious growth plans, was described by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs as “the end of one era and the beginning of a new and exciting one”.

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Renzo Piano completes Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

In architecture news, Renzo Piano’s long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures museum was revealed in Los Angeles, with a globe-shaped extension added to a 1930s building.

Meanwhile, Foster + Partners completed a tech-filled library called The House of Wisdom in the emirate of Sharjah, UAE.

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Adidas creates “longest shoe in the world” for rapper Tommy Cash

In design news, the “longest shoe in the world” was created by Adidas. The metre-long trainers were made as part of a collaboration with Estonian musician Tommy Cash.

“When I said to Adidas that I want to make the longest shoe in the world as our collab, they were like WTF Tommy,” said Cash. “But five months later here we are.”

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Mid-century Melbourne apartment modernised with pistachio green kitchen

Popular projects this week included a mid-century modern house in Melbourne with a pistachio green kitchen, a geometric timber house in a traditional Austrian village and a stone spa in the Austrian village of Hinterbrühl.

This week’s lookbook focused on outdoor living spaces for dining and socialising this summer.

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