This week the Arc de Triomphe got carried away
This week on Dezeen, an installation by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude titled L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped opened to the public in Paris.
To create the long-awaited installation, the iconic triumphal arch of the Champs-ÃlysÃ©es was wrapped in 25,000 square meters of silver fabric.
It should stay in place for 16 days.
In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan said Paris was “jealous” of its green initiatives in an interview with Dezeen.
Khan, who aims to make London “the greenest city in the world”, said its ultra-low emission zone, tree-planting initiatives and cycle paths made the city “the envy of the world” .
This year’s London Design Festival also took place this week.
Among the highlights of the event was a virtual installation by architect Sou Fujimoto, created in collaboration with mixed reality studio Tin Drum, and a self-supporting pavilion made from simple sheets of aluminum.
In the United States, the Chicago Architecture Biennale kicked off this week.
The fourth edition of the event saw a roster of newly commissioned installations erected across town, courtesy of studios including Atelier Bow-Wow and Manuel Herz Architects.
In design news, French designer Philippe Starck has given the traditional Venetian gondola a futuristic makeover.
Named Dream of Winter Gondola, Starck’s modern interpretation of the craft was conceived as a “symbol for the future of Venice”.
We continued our series of Dezeen guides this week with a plastic look.
The guide includes over 11 types of plastic commonly used in architecture, design, and interiors, with links to hundreds of inspirational projects.
Popular projects this week included the conversion of a 200-year-old barn in Devon, a copper extension of a Corsican convent and an office in Germany designed by Christ & Gantenbein.
Our lookbook this week focused on apartments with adaptable and reconfigurable layouts.
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