This week Neom planned a bid to host the 2034 World Cup

This week on Dezeen, we reported that Saudi Arabia has begun planning its bid to host the 2034 football World Cup in venues including Neom, the mega-development currently under construction in the country.

Saudi Arabia has been touted to host the tournament within Neom, possibly in the Trojeana ski resort – a location that has already won the rights to host the upcoming 2029 Winter Games.

The move follows reports that the country has abandoned its original plans to co-host the 2030 World Cup with Egypt and Greece, instead focussing on hosting the tournament solo in 2034.

The Santiago Bernabéu stadium revamp is nearly complete

In other architecture news, football club Real Madrid revealed its design for the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, which is nearing the end of its renovation.

Remodelled by architecture studios L35, Ribas & Ribas and GMP Architecten, the stadium features a striking wrap-around facade and a fully retractable roof.

Illustration of Solano county city California Forever by Flannery Associates
Silicon Valley investors have announced plans to build a city in California

In the US, prominent Silicon Valley investors have unveiled a controversial concept for a new city in Solano county, California, which would require over 50,000 acres of farmland.

Named Flannery Associates, the investors have released a collection of colourful illustrations depicting the city as a series of walkable neighbourhoods that will offer “a chance for a new community”.

John Morden Centre by Mae
Among the RIBA-shortlisted projects is the John Morden Centre by Mae

The Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed its shortlist of six contenders vying for the annual Stirling Prize, with the majority of projects located in London.

Dezeen reporter Amy Peacock also interviewed Muyiwa Oki, the youngest-ever and first Black president of the RIBA, about his plans for his term.

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Recover-E car made from electronic waste
Lazerian has created a replica racing car from electronic waste

In design news, Manchester studio Lazerian has built Recover-E, a replica racing car entirely out of electronic waste.

The vehicle’s parts are comprised of discarded vapes, iPhones, a flyswatter and a 1950s radio.

Pharmaceutical headquarters in China
OLI Architecture has designed an office complex in China with a facade informed by benzene rings

Popular projects this week included a biotechnology office complex in China with a decorative facade by OLI Architecture and a Swedish holiday home by Olson Kundig.

Our latest lookbook featured eight textural kitchens that combine stone and wood surfaces.

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