Over 100 new tall buildings have been proposed for the British capital in the last year, according to a report published this week by New London Architecture. Meanwhile, Fletcher Priest Architects has been given the go-ahead to overhaul the building behind the glowing signs of Piccadilly Circus.
London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will also undergo redevelopment as new images revealed the £1.3 billion masterplan for the site.
Elsewhere, Nikken Sekkei's team was chosen by FC Barcelona to overhaul the Camp Nou stadium, while Henning Larsen unveiled a maritime-inspired pavilion for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In US news, Chicago firm Studio Gang were selected to design the new American embassy in Brasilia. Meanwhile, a US government agency responsible for developing military technology signed off on production of a prototype for a high-speed drone.
Lewis Hamilton hit headlines for slamming a proposed Formula One head-protection device as the "worst-looking" design modification in racing car history. In other automotive news, BMW unveiled an autonomous shape-shifting concept car with artificial intelligence that can learn and then predict a passenger's behaviour.
Children's suitcase brand Trunki lost its legal battle with Hong Kong rival Kiddee over design rights.
On the fifth anniversary of the devastating Tōhoku earthquake in Japan, Yuta Takahashi proposed a smartphone app that would provide tsunami warnings and Klein Dytham Architecture unveiled a community hall for the recovering city of Sōma.
Architecture undergraduate Sophie Flinder argued that refugee camps like the Jungle in France should be studied by architects, and game developer Jose Sanchez told Dezeen that video games will become an increasingly important tool for designing cities.
Popular projects this week on Dezeen included Scott and Scott's mountainside cabin in Whistler, a Brooklyn factory transformed into a bright co-working space, and a woodland German nursery wrapped around a small courtyard garden.