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This week, the Brexit crisis rumbled on

This week on Dezeen: experts spoke out about the damaging effects the Brexit vote could have on the UK's creative sector this week as political uncertainty continued to grip the nation.

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Designers should demand new policies to "make the best" of Brexit, says Rohan Silva

In response to the ongoing crisis, Dezeen contacted industry leaders for their insights and reactions to the EU referendum result. Rohan Silva – former advisor to David Cameron and co-founder of creative workspace Second Home – said architects and designers need to stop complaining and start fighting for better post-Brexit policies.

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Brexit could be "like a heart attack" for UK design firms says consultant

Business strategist and financial expert Massimo Gray warned that the Brexit vote could be "almost terminal" for small architecture design firms, advising them to focus on creativity and brand values.

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Designers and students to protest in Trafalgar Square as threats to Erasmus programme emerge

Designer Nelly Ben Hayoun organised a demonstration in central London to express "anger at the whole referendum process", pointing out that Brexit threatens British students' eligibility to access the Erasmus exchange programme.

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Trademark protection will cost more after Brexit says intellectual property lawyer

Elsewhere, a leading intellectual property firm stated that UK design firms will likely have to pay more to protect their designs and a lawyer who advises design and fashion companies said creative businesses in the UK should consider relocating.

See Dezeen's coverage of the ongoing Brexit crisis »

First Tesla autopilot crash
Tesla driver killed in first fatal crash using Autopilot

In other news this week, the first death caused by a self-driving car was reported, while Swedish furniture giant Ikea recalled one of its most popular designs after killing three children in two years.

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George Lucas abandons Chicago museum proposal in favour of California

Filmmaker George Lucus confirmed the withdrawal of his controversial MAD-designed museum for Chicago in the same week that architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien won the long-running competition to design the Obama Presidential Library in the city.

Glass Skyslide opens at the top of LA's tallest skyscraper

A transparent slide at the top of Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper opened to thrill-seeking visitors and the world's largest ferris wheel in New York reached an important construction milestone.

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AIA reveals best small American architecture projects of 2016

In other US news, the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of this year's Small Projects Awards.

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Dorte Mandrup unveils plans for tent-like climate research centre in Greenland

Danish studio Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter revealed its designs for a tent-like climate research centre in Greenland and a Shakespearean-style wooden theatre opened in France.

Bjork teams up with designer Neri Oxman to create a 3D printed mask
Björk unveils 3D-printed mask based on her musculoskeletal system

Björk partnered with Neri Oxman to create a 3D-printed mask based on the Icelandic musician's face, and lighting brand Plumen released pendants with miniature bunting for kids.

BMW's MINI Vision Next 100 concept car
BMW's MINI Vision Next 100 concept car changes colour depending on the driver's mood

Car brand BMW unveiled a self-driving MINI concept car designed that could change colour depending on the driver's mood and engineering firm Rolls-Royce showcased its ideas for an autonomous ship.

Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill
Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill

Popular projects this week included a major new cultural complex in Athens by Renzo Piano, a giant broken camera-lens installation designed to honour a photojournalist killed in war and a remote timber-clad home in Canada.

Rabbit Snare Gorge cabin sits on a bluff in remote Nova Scotia

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