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This week we revealed the Dezeen Awards China 2023 shortlists

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This week on Dezeen, the architecture, interiors, design and Designers of the Year shortlists for the 2023 Dezeen Awards China were unveiled.

In the architecture category, 34 studios including AIM Architecture and Heatherwick Studio will battle for first place, with projects including a Tibetan museum (above, by And Studio), while the interiors shortlist of 28 studios features projects by FOG Architecture, UNStudio and more.

Seventeen studios made the design shortlist, including Sunon, Yann Design Studio and Leapx Design, while Mario Tsai, OPEN Architecture and Ziin Life are among the 18 firms competing to be named one of the Designers of the Year.

Pulp Fractions by Tee Vee Eff from Dubai Design Week 2023
Dubai Design Week showed several biomaterial installations

Two different design events took place in the United Arab Emirates this week, starting with Dubai Design Week where we rounded up five innovative installations made from biomaterials.

In nearby Sharjah, Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft reported live from the preview of the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennale.

He also interviewed its curator, architect Tosin Oshinowo, about how the event aims to show the positives of architecture created using scarce resources.

An illustration of a tornado about to hit a school
The Designing for Disaster series featured an interview with Ilan Kelman

Our Designing for Disaster series continued this week, with disasters expert Ilan Kelman sharing advice for designers and architects on averting catastrophe.

The series also featured an interview with Arup’s Dima Zogheib on how to curb deadly heatwaves and a conversation with Mehmet Kalyoncu, the architect coordinating efforts to rebuild following the Turkey-Syria earthquake.

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Edgewood Mews by Peter Barber featured in a roundup by Thomas Heatherwick

Two architecture roundups caught readers’ attention this week. Architect Thomas Heatherwick selected 10 “humanised” buildings for Dezeen, including designs by Peter Barber and Ricardo Bofill, following his book on “humanised” architecture.

The organisers of the Where in the World is Tashkent conference chose 10 significant Soviet modernist buildings in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Lithium-ion battery by GRST, winner of 2023 Earthshot Prize
GRST’s water-soluble binder won the Earthshot Prize 2023

In design news, the five winners of the 2023 Earthshot Prize were revealed. Among them were GRST, for its water-soluble binder for EV batteries, and S4S Technologies, which aims to provide female small-hold farmers in rural India with solar-powered conduction dryers.

At Designart Tokyo, designers used neglected materials including tatami-resin, driftwood and textile waste to create furniture, sculpture and lighting.

A wooden house along the street with bushes
Fredrik Nilsson clad his home in oiled cedar

Popular projects this week included a cedar-clad home in Los Angeles, a Hungarian summer house and a glazed extension to a cottage in the shadow of a castle.

Our latest lookbooks featured furry walls that beg to be touched and sculptural wooden staircases.

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