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This week, IKEA and Kanye West revealed details of new projects

This week, IKEA revealed collaborations with designers including Virgil Abloh and Teenage Engineering, while Kanye West was back in the headlines with various new creative projects.

IKEA previewed a number of upcoming collections this week as part of its annual Democratic Design Days conference. These included space-travel-inspired furniture developed with NASA, a rug that looks like a huge receipt by Virgil Abloh and a speaker and light system by Teenage Engineering.

Kanye West expected to begin Yeezy Home architecture venture with social-housing project

Also this week, visualisations were posted online that are believed to show Kanye West’s first architecture project.

The 41-year-old rapper also unveiled Takashi Murakami-designed artwork for his new album Kids See Ghosts, while his Yeezy design brand moved into a brutalist-inspired studio in California.

Eindhoven to build “world’s first” 3D-printed houses that people will live inside

Elsewhere, in what is being described as a world first, Eindhoven University of Technology has announced plans to 3D print a series of concrete houses that will be made available to rent, expected to complete in 2019.

Another technological advancement was in the headlines, as researchers at US university Carnegie Mellon developed a new self-repairing electrically conductive material, which could open up the possibility for humanoid robots with sensor-laden skin.

Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “masterwork”

To celebrate the 150th birthday of influential Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Dezeen took a look back at various projects that defined his career, including his most famous building, the Glasgow School of Art.

It was also announced that the Kengo Kuma-designed V&A Dundee had secured new funding to rebuild an interior from Mackintosh’s celebrated Ingram Street Tearooms.

AIA recognises the best small projects in the US for 2018 awards

As part of its 2018 awards programme, the American Institute of Architects announced the USA’s best small projects of the past year, including a small, ultra-minimal, prefabricated home and a wooden playground.

There were other awards winners this week, as the PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2018 were announced. IKEA, Anthropologie and Habitat were all awarded for their cruelty-free homeware products.

Nike releases trainers featuring pink triangle for Pride Month

Nike faced criticism this week, after releasing trainers for Pride Month featuring pink triangles, which LGBT advocacy group ACT UP claimed was cultural appropriation for financial gain.

Another American company in the news this week was Apple, which released details about its latest mobile operating system, iOS 12, which will feature personalised 3D emojis and tools to help users minimise their screen time.

Olafur Eliasson’s first building is a castle-like office in a Danish fjord

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included the first building completed by artist Olafur Eliasson and a robotic bartender designed by Carlo Ratti.

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