This week, Heatherwick defended his Garden Bridge
Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge design

This week, Heatherwick defended his Garden Bridge after a funding gap was revealed

This week on Dezeen: British designer Thomas Heatherwick was forced to defend his Garden Bridge proposal this week after reports emerged that the project was missing £22 million in funding.

Heatherwick appeared on television to speak up for the controversial bridge planned for London's River Thames, which he claimed had become a political football. The designer also said that scrapping the proposal would suggest to the world that the UK had lost confidence in itself.

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Gigantic "Flying Bum" plane takes to the skies

Elsewhere, the world's largest aircraft – dubbed the Flying Bum – completed its maiden voyage over the UK and we featured the rebranding of England's Premier League as the new season kicked off.

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Creative industries must present a united front to make best of Brexit says John Sorrell

In the latest Brexit news, London Design Festival and Creative Industries Federation founder John Sorrell told Dezeen that creatives needed to "get their act together and speak with a united voice" to protect the future of the sector.

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Architects imagine new uses for Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion

In New York, architects proposed new uses for Philip Johnson's Queens pavilion completed for the 1964-65 World's Fair, and the construction of KPF's supertall tower in Manhattan moved forward after a legal challenge to block the project was abandoned.

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DuoSkin temporary tattoos can remotely control devices

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab created a series of smart temporary tattoos that can control devices through touch and Taxi app Uber announced its intention to trial a fleet of autonomous Volvos on the roads of Pittsburgh later this month.

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Kardashians discuss book about famous architect "Le Courvoisier"

Reality stars the Kardashians shocked Dezeen readers after speaking about their appreciation of Modernist architecture and "Le Courvoisier".

Glenn Murcutt unveils first images of Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne
Glenn Murcutt unveils first images of Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne

In other news, Pritzker Prize-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt revealed new images of his first mosque in Melbourne, a promotional video was released showcasing a massive ranch in New Mexico featuring buildings by Tadao Ando, and we published an exclusive movie documenting Wang Shu's museum in China built from the remains of demolished villages.

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Oppenheim Architecture celebrates imperfections of La Muna chalet in Aspen during renovation

Popular stories this week on Dezeen included a rustic house in Aspen renovated in line with the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi, a tent-like structure designed to offer a luxury alternative to camping and a photography series that documents buildings in the former Eastern Bloc.

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Socialist Modernism photography series by BACU aims to help preserve Eastern Bloc architecture

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