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Our most popular story this week has been a house in Portugal with railway sleepers that cantilever from the wall to form a staircase. Read on for more architecture and design highlights from the past seven days plus our Dezeen Music Project track of the week.

Never Get Close is a charmingly understated, electronica-tinged pop song by London act The Slow Revolt.

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Glasgow School of Art on fire

Reaction to the fire that ripped through Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art continued to dominate the news this week, along with initial damage assessments and plans to restore the iconic building. You can read all the latest developments here »

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Image looking from Willis Tower's glass viewing deck

A glass viewing platform on Chicago's tallest building "cracked" under visitors' feet, leading to the temporary closure of the attraction 410 metres above ground level.

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Santini & Rocha Arquitetos modernises Beira-Rio Stadium

Other architectural stories included the completion of a lightweight roof on a stadium in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the unveiling of a dome-shaped pavilion covered in grass as part of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and the blocking of plans to develop the former Tempelhof airport site in Berlin by residents, securing its future as a public park.

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MINI's Superleggera concept car

The future of vehicle design was also revealed this week as MINI unveiled their Touring Superleggera open-top concept car, Land Rover announced that it is working with researchers at MIT to develop sight-activated technology for its future vehicles, and Google began public trials of their "driverless" car, which will reportedly hit the roads in "the next couple of years".

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House Bruce Alexander by Tribe Studio

Popular architecture stories included a house featuring a pulley system allowing residents to store their bicycles out of view, a theatre complex in Beijing converted from a printing factory, and an extension to a house in Sydney incorporating alternating cubes of timber and glass.

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House extension in Sydney by Panovscott

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