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.

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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.

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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.

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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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