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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Patrik Schumacher portrait
Portrait of Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher returned to the headlines this week as he controversially denounced public funding for art schools.

Hella Jongerius
Portrait of Hella Jongerius

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".

Vandamme Nord by MVRDV
Vandamme Nord by MVRDV

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.

Zaha, Rogers and Chipperfield shortlisted for Crystal Palace rebuild
Design proposal for a redeveloped Crystal Palace

In other architecture news, plans to recreate the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in London were scrapped.

BIG's Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant
BIG's Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant

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.

Volvo pilot self-driving cars on public roads

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.

Tubakuba Mountain Hub by OPA Form
Tubakuba Mountain Hub by OPA Form

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.

Christopher Kane store London by John Pawson
Christopher Kane store London by John Pawson

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