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CES: Kuri Robot

This week, new launches at CES brought the future closer

As the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas got underway this week, BMW and Toyota revealed futuristic concept cars, a "cute" home robot became a reality and Lego launched a kit for teaching children how to code.

Lego announced a children's kit for building and programming robots, while Californian start-up Mayfield Robotics revealed its domestic robot called Kuri, which responds to its user with facial expressions.

BMW concept car could receive drone deliveries on the move

One of the main features of the concept car presented by BMW is the possibility of receiving drone deliveries on the go, while Toyota's vision uses artificial intelligence to anticipate the needs of its driver.

London mayor stops orders for Thomas Heatherwick's Routemaster bus

Back in the UK, London's new mayor Sadiq Khan stopped orders for Thomas Heatherwick's Routemaster bus as part of a cost-saving measure to help pay for a four-year freeze on fares.

Leaked Schumacher email reveals friction within Zaha Hadid Architects

An email written by Patrik Schumacher to the staff of Zaha Hadid Architects was leaked, revealing frictions in the firm. Schumacher claimed in the email that the open letter sent out in the aftermath of his controversial World Architecture Festival speech should never have been issued.

David Adjaye receives knighthood in New Year's Honours 2017

British architect David Adjaye is to become Sir David Adjaye, after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the New Year's Honours 2017.

New York's JFK airport to receive $10 billion revamp

In the USA, the governor of New York announced a $10 billion overhaul for John F Kennedy International Airport in Queens, which will include a unified interconnected terminal layout.

Olympia Los Angeles by SOM
Trio of towers unveiled for Downtown Los Angeles

Architecture firms Skidmore Owings and Merrill and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S unveiled designs for three residential skyscrapers that will add to the growing Los Angeles skyline.

Guangzhou CTF Finance centre
KPF unveils China's second-tallest skyscraper

In Asia, US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox completed a 530-metre skyscraper in Guangzhou, which is now the second tallest building in China and the fifth tallest in the world.

Art silo competition
MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes to transform 1930s silo into art gallery in Norway

Also this week, Barcelona-based studios MX_SI and Mestres Wåge Arquitectes won a competition to covert a 1930s silo into an art museum and cultural centre in Norway.

The Bunker by Powerhouse Company
Brutalist bunker to be converted into tower by Powerhouse Company

Powerhouse Company revealed its plans to convert a brutalist bunker formerly used as a student centre by Eindhoven University of Technology into high-rise housing.

Record traffic to Dezeen in 2016 with almost 50 million visits

Here at Dezeen, we revealed that 2016 was our best-ever year in terms of visitors, with unique visitors up nearly 11 per cent to over 20 million and visits up 8.5 per cent to almost 50 million.

Dezeen's 10 buildings to look forward to in 2017

We also listed our top 10 buildings completing in 2017, as well as the 10 exhibitions we're most looking forward to.

House Juniskär by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg Arkitekter
Hermansson Hiller Lundberg adapts Adolf Loos concept for brick House Juniskär in Sweden

Popular projects included a Swedish brick house based on Adolf Loos' Raumplan concept, a contemporary bungalow for a retired couple and an owl-shaped housing block in South Korea.