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This week, Ai Weiwei attacked Lego and Mercedes unveiled a car for urban hipsters

This week on Dezeen: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accused Lego of "censorship" this week after the Danish toy brand refused to supply building blocks for his installation and Mercedes-Benz showcased its new concept vehicle designed for "urban trendsetters" (pictured).

Ai Weiwei portrait
Ai Weiwei accused Lego "censorship"

Lego refused to supply Ai Weiwei with the colourful building bricks for fear of its brand being used to promote "political, religious, racist, obscene or defaming statements." In response, the artist posted a picture to his Instagram account showing a toilet bowl filled with Lego bricks.

Renault marked the anniversary of Le Corbusier's death by creating a Modernist-inspired concept car

German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz hit the headlines after revealing a self-driving car comprising a "hip living space" with hologram infographics and a sofa, while French auto brand Renault released images of its Le Corbusier-influenced vehicle.

David Chipperfield boycotts opening of his Milan museum amid legal proceedings
David Chipperfield's Museo delle Culture museum and gallery complex in Milan

David Chipperfield boycotted the opening of his Milan museum amid legal proceedings, and MAD's controversial plans for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago were finally approved.

Foster's One Hundred East Fifty Third Street residential skyscraper
Foster's One Hundred East Fifty Third Street residential skyscraper

We published new visualisations of Foster + Partners' luxury residential tower in Manhattan and reported on Thomas Heatherwick's plans to convert a London coal yard into a canal-side shopping centre.

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London to lose a third of creative workspace unless developers step in, warns Boris Johnson

Debates surrounding the changing face of London's creative scene were revisited as the city's mayor Boris Johnson called on developers to prioritise culture as well as housing, while construction projects in Dubai continued to soar during what has been described as the city's "boom 2.0".

Julia Peyton-Jones
Julia Peyton-Jones stepped down from her role as director of London's Serpentine Gallery

Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, who launched the influential Serpentine Pavilion commission, announced her resignation after 25 years in the role. We also published a guide to help budding designers get their first job in the industry.

Archisutra by Federico Babina
Kama Sutra reimagined as architecture by illustrator Federico Babina

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a series of cheeky illustrations depicting buildings having sex, a renovated mid-century home near Vancouver and Japan's "toilet of the year".

Gallery TOTO at Narita Airport by Klein Dytham
Gallery TOTO at Narita Airport by Klein Dytham – winner of Japan's toilet of the year

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