The curvaceous aircraft known as the "Flying Bum" failed to complete its second test flight after nose-diving into a field and causing damage to its front deck.
According to manufacturers Hybrid Air Vehicles, no one was injured and the vessel has been returned to its normal mooring location to undergo further assessment.
Meanwhile, thrill-seekers crossed the world's longest and tallest glass bridge for the first time. The structure is 430 metres long and spans a deep canyon in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
In other bridge-related news, the UK government confirmed its support for Thomas Heatherwick's controversial Garden Bridge project, following last week's reports of a £22 million funding gap.
A study from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) revealed that the trend for twisted skyscrapers is on the rise, creating "a new generation of iconic buildings throughout the world". According to the report, 28 spiralling towers are either built or under construction.
One of Sydney's only examples of Brutalist architecture is at risk of demolition, after New South Wales officials rejected recommendations to heritage-list the Sirius apartment building.
Olympic organisers revealed they will consider using discarded smartphones to create the medals for Tokyo 2020, whilst British company Lovefone opened its first mobile repair shop inside a disused phone box.
In design news, we selected our 10 top installations and exhibitions not to miss at this year's London Design Festival and Philippe Starck became the latest designer to venture into the fragrance industry.
Also, Chinese studio MAD revealed their latest project – a former Japanese house which has been clad in white shingles and transformed into a kindergarten – and we featured ten of Tel Aviv's best examples of Bauhaus residential architecture.
Popular projects this week included an elderly home in rural Japan shaped like a cluster of tents, a Ukrainian house with cantilevered wooden stairs and a photo essay revealing the unique architecture of North Korea.