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This week, Caruso St John won the Stirling Prize and Google launched a universal typeface

Google unveiled a typeface that spans every written language, and this year's Stirling Prize was awarded to Caruso St John with its gallery for Damien Hirst.

Caruso St John Architects was named RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 winner on Thursday evening for Newport Street Gallery – an exhibition space that showcases the personal art collection of British artist Damien Hirst.

Google and Monotype collaborate on font that spans all written language

Google revealed the results of a long-term collaboration with international font company Monotype, to create a typeface that can be used by everyone in the world, and which spans every written language.

Google launches own-brand smartphone to rival Apple
Google launches own-brand smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone

Google also launched several new products this week, including an own-brand smartphone to compete with Apple's iPhone and an all-knowing voice-controlled assistant for the home.

In addition, the tech giant unveiled a fabric version of its VR headset, which is designed to be compatible with its new smartphone.

Superkilen by BIG was one of six projects to receive 2016's Aga Khan award for Architecture
Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 winners announced, including a Copenhagen park by BIG

Iran's largest pedestrian bridge, a pink rubberised park by BIG and Zaha Hadid's first building in Lebanon were named among six winners for this year's $1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Studio Mumbai presents MPavilion 2016 built using seven kilometres of bamboo

Studio Mumbai founder Bijoy Jain unveiled his completed MPavilion in Melbourne – a square structure built from seven kilometres of bamboo and wood, but not the cow dung originally planned.

Interview: Antony Gormley
London needs to address its profit-and-loss skyline, says Antony Gormley

Speaking at the opening of his exhibition Fit, British sculptor Anthony Gormley told Dezeen that London's latest crop of skyscrapers don't give enough back to the city.

London's Natural History Museum set for major extension by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Elsewhere in London, the city's Natural History Museum won planning permission for a major upgrade of its entrance areas. New public spaces will include a subterranean cloister and a wildlife garden.

Philippe Starck joins Instagram and Facebook
Social media sceptic Philippe Starck joins Facebook and Instagram

French designer Philippe Starck finally joined Facebook and Instagram this week, despite describing digital media as "sick" and "dangerous" in an interview with Dezeen last year.

Rohan Silva post-brexit visas
City work visas could help UK design firms recruit "brightest and best from around the world"

In the latest Brexit news, former government policy adviser Rohan Silva called for UK cities to introduce work visas to help design firms with hiring overseas talent, and UAL governor Ben Evans warned of EU students cancelling their offers from UK design schools.

Abramson Teiger builds steel-clad residence in a Wyoming meadow

Popular projects this week included a steel-clad residence built in a Wyoming meadow, a 120-year-old carefully-restored Kyoto townhouse and our roundup of the best minimalist kitchens.

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