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A few days ago marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Sending a spacecraft into space requires unparalleled innovation in design and engineering. The actual craft was a pure exercise in function, function, and function. No need to waste energy on form in the vacuum of space.

Other innovations were needed to keep the astronauts alive and well. The moon landing created things like polymer fabric and water purification, both used now in large scale systems and consumer products.

The design and cultural world celebrated the anniversary, including a drone performance by Dutch-based Studio Drift, and the Smithsonian projecting an image of Saturn V on the Washington Monument.

Moon landings and space travel have long inspired design and culture. Here’s Designboom’s roundup of some of the best.

One of my favourites is Tom Sach’s Mars Yard sneakers. Re-sell prices of this limited edition footwear might seem out of this world - but they are a bargain compared to these Nike antiques. The collectible trainer market is alien to me.

But I digress - here’s the Bulletin.


Will Sorrell, Managing Director
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Azerbaijan
Francesco Bandarin, former Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO, denounces the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s failure to protect Venice’s heritage following its meeting in Baiku.
Benin
Benin receives €20m loan to build a new museum in Abomey to home 26 objects of art and cultural heritage looted by French troops in 1894.
Kosovo
Tabanlıoğlu  Architects, who previously represented Turkey at London Design Biennale 2018, designs a 30,000-capacity national stadium in Kosovo.
UAE
Architecture firm Partisans reveals Portal - a proposal for the Canada pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.
UK
RIBA announces the shortlist for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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