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Top 5 in Design News: Chicago Biennial, Airbnb Buys Design Firm, and the Kitchen of the Future

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In this week's edition of Design News, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial begins this weekend, the Royal College of Art gets unwanted press, and an Austrian design studio imagines the kitchen of the future. Kitchen of the Future at Vienna Design Week Above: Austrian studio Chmara.Rosinke partnered with several other Viennese designers on its Cucina Futurista 2.0 exhibit at Vienna Design Week . Read more at Dezeen . Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial Launched on Saturday Above: A lakefront kiosk by DM Studio .  Festivities for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial —the only architecture biennial in North America—kicked off yesterday, October 3, at the Chicago Cultural Center (the Chicago Tribune calls it "a sprawling, captivating mixed bag"). Highlights include four lakefront kiosks commissioned for the festival to augment Chicago parks; one kiosk was chosen by competition, and the other three are contributions from Chicago architecture schools. All will be on display in Millennium Park. Read more at Crain's .  Airbnb Buys Russian Industrial Design Firm Above: Lapka's iPhone-conncted environmental sensor. Photo via Fast Company.  Airbnb bought Russian industrial design firm Lapka , a five-person outfit whose products include a minimalist breathalyzer and an iPhone-compatible air quality sensor. Why? Fast Company is guessing that as the $24 billion room-rental platform aims to expand its reach in the travel industry, devices might be in order: maybe check-in sensors or branded key locks. Read it at Fast Company .  Royal College of Art in Disarray Above: The Royal College of Art's Design Interactions studio. Photo via RCA .  London's Royal College of Art —named the world's top art and design school earlier this year by rankings group QS —has suspended admissions to its  Design Interactions  focus after several senior staff members departed earlier this year and the school failed to replace them in time. The cancellation has attracted further unflattering reports, including one of an open student letter lamenting the "undesirable deterioration of education" at the school, a silent student protest on school spending in May, and seemingly high rates of senior staff turnover. Read it at Dezeen and The Independent .    Herzog & de Meuron Unveil New Vancouver Art Gallery Above: The building's lower levels are almost completely transparent, while the upper levels use glazing to frame select city views.  Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron released renderings of the new Vancouver Art Gallery, to be developed on the last plot of vacant land in downtown Vancouver. The design resembles a tower of stacked wooden blocks, with low-rise levels near the street and taller and wider blocks up top. Past projects by the Pritzker Prize winners include the Tate Modern, Prada Tokyo, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Read it at ArchDaily .  More timely happenings: Today, October 4, is the last day to get 15 percent off your order at True Nature Botanicals with code REMODELISTA. Trending on Gardenista: Foliage Fever Enter your email address by October 7 to be entered to win a complete bedding set from Parachute .  Current Obsessions: Black is Back   More Stories from Remodelista Required Reading: Tile Makes the Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics Reader Rehab: A Chic Fixer-Upper A-Frame on Fire Island Top 5 in Design News: London Design Recap, Jony Ive's First Store, and a Good Week for Women in Architecture






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