This week on Dezeen

This week on Dezeen we reported on Steven Holl's long-delayed Queens library, Jean Nouvel's first skyscraper in New York and a family home built into a granite rock face in Stockholm (pictured). Click through for a roundup of architecture and design news from the past seven days, plus our regular featured music track.

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The lighting scene in New York is "exploding" according to designers in the city.

We reported on New York's burgeoning lighting scene and interviewed Lindsey Adelman about how she became a pioneer of the city's brightest new trend.

UC Innovation Center by Elemental
Architecture category winner: UC Innovation Center by Elemental

Google's self-driving car, a proposal for clearing plastic waste from the world's oceans and a concrete university building were announced as category winners for this year's Designs of the Year awards. See the full list of category winners »

Brutalist playground installation at the RIBA by Assemble
Brutalist playground installation at the RIBA by Assemble

Turner-nominated architecture studio Assemble revealed plans for a Brutalist-inspired playground and we paid tribute to the late industrial designer Jacob Jensen, who developed the flat silver and black aesthetic that became synonymous with audio products company Bang & Olufsen.

Kolkajen Ropsten by Adept
Kolkajen Ropsten by Adept

Adept and Mandaworks were chosen to transform three sites within one of northern Europe's largest urban development areas and the winners of a competition to design a new cultural quarter at the London 2012 Olympic Park were announced.

A House for Essex by FAT and Grayson Perry

A fairytale-inspired house designed by FAT and Grayson Perry was completed and MAD showcased designs for its first project in Japan.

Bordeaux Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron
Bordeaux Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron completed a new stadium in Bordeaux supported by 900 slim white columns and actor George Clooney described Santiago Calatrava's cultural complex in Valencia as "insane".

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"In New York, architecture with a sense of social purpose is becoming increasingly rare"

In other architecture news, leading US architect Steven Holl attacked New York's new obsession with skinny skyscrapers.

Seashore Library by Vector Architects

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a Chinese library situated on a beach, whimsical installations designed for Brooklyn Bridge Park and Zaha Hadid's recently completed pebble-shaped towers in Beijing.

Photograph by Cristiano Bianchi
Zaha Hadid's Wangjing Soho towers in Beijing

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