This week on Dezeen Harpa Concert Hall wins Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

This week on Dezeen

This week the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik scooped the most prestigious European architecture prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award. Read on for more highlights in architecture and design over the past seven days.

UK to drop crafts from list of creative industries

The craft sector was up in arms this week, as the UK government caused "disbelief" with proposals to remove craft from the list of recognised creative industries.

Tiny robotic insect takes flight

Meanwhile American scientists were busy creating a bionic ear that can hear better than a human and tiny robotic flying insects.

Virgin Galactic passenger spacecraft completes first rocket-powered flight

It was a big week for travel brand Virgin, with the first rocket-powered flight of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft and the unveiling of new Virgin Atlantic uniforms by Vivienne Westwood.

Austerity edible furniture by Lanzavecchia + Wai

Design stories this week included edible furniture, a bike you pedal with both hands and feet, and masks that let you tune your senses like a radio.

Off Grid Home in Extremadura by Ábaton

Our most popular stories featured a self-sufficient Spanish holiday home in converted stables and a house renovation in Shanghai with a glazed rear wall by Neri&Hu.

Rethinking the Split House by Neri&Hu

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