This week on Dezeen...

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This week on Dezeen...

This week the Olympic torch by BarberOsbery won the top prize at the Design Museum's Designs of the Year awards, a decision that divided Dezeen readers and provoked some design critics to question the validity of the awards.

A restoration of historic ship the Cutty Sark in London by Grimhaw architects also proved controversial, with one reader describing it as "stunning", while another said: "They have skewered the ship like a kebab. Thoroughly disrespectful." See reaction from architecture critics to this project here.

In other architecture news, OMA presented designs for a Moscow gallery to be housed in a converted 1960s restaurant, New York architect Steven Holl revealed plans for a new institute for contemporary art at a university campus in Richmond, designs for a pointy art museum in China by Foster + Partners drew comparisons with the Sydney Opera house and it was revealed that Zaha Hadid's MAXXI museum in Rome faces an uncertain future due to major holes in its finances.

The most popular story of the week was a house and studio in South Korea with a wall of wooden scales that enters the interior through its glazed facade. Also catching the eyes of our readers was a set of magnetic bike lights that sparked a debate as to whether the fact they won't stick to frames made from materials other than steel is a serious flaw.

Following a busy week in Milan, we published the last of our Dezeen Studio TV shows recorded at MOST - see all the episodes here. Other videos from Milan included designer Dominic Wilcox racing a 3D printer to make a model of Milan's Duomo at Hacked Lab and a desk for nomadic workers that can also be used for traditional pub games.

In the latest of our articles on technology and design supported by computing brand Intel we reported on how digital and physical experiences are merging, turning everyday objects into devices and apps that monitor our behavior and communicate with each other.

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  • http://kiev.garmonia-s.com Alexander Kiev

    In my opinion, the Cutty Sark is really like barbecue. England a country with a lot of baggage of history and it is necessary to take into account modern architects.