This week on Dezeen
This week we reported on the design of Google's new headquarters by BIG and Heatherwick Studio (pictured), the finalists of this year's Mies van der Rohe Award and designs for another bridge across London's River Thames. Read on to catch up with the latest architecture, interiors and design news, plus our track of the week.
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Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher returned to the headlines this week as he controversially denounced public funding for art schools.
Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius also made contentious comments, claiming the design industry has lost touch with its social and cultural values and is producing "too much shit".
Rotterdam-based studio MVRDV was granted planning approval to revamp a 1970s complex in Paris, and a competition to design a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau was announced.
In other architecture news, plans to recreate the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in London were scrapped.
A video surfaced showing the successful trial of a smoke-ring-blowing chimney for BIG's Copenhagen power plant, and UNESCO unveiled the winning design for a cultural centre in Afghanistan.
Swedish car manufacturer Volvo revealed its plans to test 100 self-driving vehicles on city streets with members of the public, while a new smartwatch by Pebble broke Kickstarter funding records.
Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a Norwegian cabin that is entered via a curving wooden orifice, a clock featuring a cork corner to prevent it rolling away and a minimal shop interior by John Pawson.
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