This week, Norway scrapped a memorial and Trump touted solar panels for border wall

This week, Norway scrapped a memorial and Trump touted solar panels for border wall

This week on Dezeen, Norway abandoned plans for a controversial memorial near the site of the 2011 Utøya terrorist attack and Donald Trump suggested that solar panels could help pay for his border wall with Mexico.

Norway has scrapped plans to cut a "wound" into a peninsula in memory of the 77 people who died in the 2011 Utøya terrorist attack.

The decision follows years of opposition by locals, who have described the design as a "rape of nature", a "tourist attraction", and a "hideous monument".

Donald Trump suggested that the controversial wall he has proposed for the US-Mexico border could be covered with solar panels to provide cheap energy and help foot the bill.

Nike unveils New York headquarters topped with giant planted swoosh

Elsewhere in the US, Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper opened and city officials unanimously approved a museum by filmmaker George Lucas.

Nike unveiled a new headquarters in New York – although a flawed photoshopped image of the project got tongues wagging.

It was announced that New York's Morgans Hotel has closed and will be converted into high-end micro apartments, marking the end of an era for the city's first boutique hotel.

John Outram's "Temple of Storms" pumping station heritage listed as one of UK's finest postmodern buildings

A London pumping station by British architect John Outram gained heritage status as one of the UK's finest postmodern buildings and Scandinavian firm CF Møller was appointed on the replacement scheme for the Robin Hood Gardens estate.

In the latest on the Grenfell Tower disaster, architects attacked the UK's "dangerous" approach to social housing, after at least 60 tower blocks failed fire safety tests – a figure that has now risen to 120.

AL_A completes tile-covered entrance and subterranean gallery for London's V&A museum

Amanda Levete's firm AL_A completed a new entrance and subterranean gallery for the V&A museum and the Architecture Foundation launched a free app guide to London's best buildings.

More than two thirds of UK design graduates are leaving London due to the cost of living and uncertainly over the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, according to a new survey released this week.

Kengo Kuma reveals plant-covered Eco-Luxury Hotel for Paris

Kengo Kuma revealed a plant-covered hotel for Paris and Stefano Boeri unveiled plans for a "vertical forest" city to combat air pollution in China.

A study revealed that France, Austria and Norway are at the forefront of the timber construction movement, and will soon host the world's tallest wooden high-rises.

Colourful Paris basketball court, Paris, by Pigalle Duperré
Colourful Paris basketball court updated with new hues

Popular projects this week included a range of New England-style prefab homes, a tiny cottage in Quebec and a vibrant basketball court in Paris.