Weekly design calendar: World Design Capital, Burj Dubai, Art for Architecture

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Coming up the week of November 23 and the following weeks: the announcement of the World Design Capital 2012, the world's tallest building opens some of its areas, Interior Lifestyle kicks off in Japan, and leading architects auction off their works for charity.

World Design Capital 2012 announced

November 25


Jurors of the ICSID design organization will name either Helsinki (Finland) or Eindhoven (Netherlands) World Design Capital 2012 during the World Design Congress in Singapore. Seoul (South Korea) will carry the biennial designation next year, following Turin (Italy) in 2008.


Business of Design Week

November 30 - December 5

Hong Kong

The business side of design will be explored by the international community through conferences, exhibitions and award ceremonies at Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Center. This year's guest nation is France.


Burj Dubai opens

December 2


Part of the world's tallest building, the 800-meter-high Burj Dubai tower, will open its doors to the public next to the Dubai Mall.


Interior Lifestyle

December 2-4


This trade-only fair is one of the main trend indicators for the Japanese high-end design industry, attracting more than 600 exhibitors from 30 countries.


Art for Architecture auction

December 3


To benefit the built environment charity Article 25, architects such as Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid as well as artists including Tracey Emin and Christo have donated their works that will be auctioned off at London's Louise T Blouin Foundation.


American Institute of Architects Gold Medal winner announced

December 4

New York/USA

The institute's highest honor - and one of the country's most prestigious architecture awards together with the Pritzker Prize - will be handed out on December 4. Previous winners include Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, and Frank Gehry.


Red Dot Design Awards

December 9


The world's biggest design award in terms of submissions honors the year's outstanding communication and product designs. An exhibition featuring the winners will open at the red dot museum the next day.