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This week our MINI Frontiers movie about a man-made leaf that could enable humans to colonise space went viral and BIG unveiled a futuristic vision for zoos. Read on for architecture and design highlights from the past seven days, plus our Dezeen Music Project track of the week.

Here is a remix of Welsh singer Novo Amor's lush folk song From Gold by London producer Ketan Jogia.

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Synthetic biological leaf developed by RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri

As our MINI Frontiers movie about the synthetic biological leaf was picked up by the global media, our readers speculated on other applications for the technology. Watch the movie and read the comments »

BIG's Givskud Zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

BIG hit the headlines once again this week, unveiling a vision for the future of Denmark's Givkud zoo where animals and humans "co-exist", while sinkholes were found near a KPF-designed skyscraper in Seoul.

Skyscrapers designed by Foster + Partners for San Francisco's Transbay area

Foster + Partners revealed images depicting a pair of skyscrapers for San Francisco, and American film director George Lucus hired MAD and Studio gang to design his proposed art museum on Chicago's lakefront.

Tod's Omotesando building by Toyo Ito, 2004. Copyright: Nacasa & Partners

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Toyo Ito told Dezeen that he thinks of "architecture as a piece of clothing to wrap around human beings" in an exclusive video interview we filmed Milan. Watch it here »

David Chipperfield and Karakusevic Carson granted permission for Hackney towers

Elsewhere, David Chipperfield and Karakusevic Carson were granted planning permission for two hexagonal residential towers in London's borough of Hackney and art college Goldsmiths announced plans for a new gallery in a converted bathhouse.

Blown-glass sex toys form Adult Tool Kit by Michael Reynolds and Jeff Zimmerman

We also featured a selection of blown-glass "high-fashion sex toys", which "you can stick wherever the f*** you want" according to designer Michael Reynolds.

Isle of Water attic extension by Five AM

Popular projects on Dezeen included a renovated attic space inside a house in Belgium featuring a thin metal staircase and a house featuring protruding glass boxes to offer ocean views.

Russet Residence by Splyce Design

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