This week, Atelier Van Lieshout and Thomas Heatherwick both had projects scrapped

Two high-profile project cancellations made the headlines this week as Thomas Heatherwick's New York Philharmonic concert hall overhaul and Atelier van Lieshout's controversial sculpture at Musée du Louvre were both dropped.

In Paris, the Louvre cancelled a display of Atelier van Lieshout's provocative Domestikator sculpture, causing Joep van Lieshout to call the museum "totally crazy".

The 12-metre high installation, which resembles a man penetrating a four-legged animal, was due to be displayed in the Jardin des Tuileries. Lieshout believes is was cancelled due to fears about offending visitors.

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New York
Heatherwick's overhaul of New York Philharmonic concert hall scrapped

Meanwhile in New York, Thomas Heatherwick's $500 million renewal of the Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center was scrapped – becoming the designer's third project to be cancelled in as many months.

Foster + Partner's Bloomberg headquarters is the "world’s most sustainable office"

Foster + Partners was in the news for more positive reasons this week, as its newly completed Bloomberg headquarters in London was rated as the "world's most sustainable office" by BREEAM assessors.

The Norman Foster-led studio also unveiled plans for what will be Budapest's tallest building. The 28-storey skyscraper is expected to rise above the Hungarian Parliament Building and Saint Stephen's Basilica, which are both 96 metres high.

High-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich, says Neave Brown

In other architecture news, RIBA's president Ben Derbyshire criticised UK prime minister Theresa May after she pledged an extra £2 billion towards new affordable housing – as he claims the figure isn't high enough to solve the housing crisis.

Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown echoed the sentiment in an interview with Dezeen, where he claimed the UK has a major issue with its approach to social housing and high-rise buildings.

London Design Museum
Design Museum beats annual visitor target after just 10 months, but only one-fifth pay to visit exhibitions

Also in the UK, new figures were released revealing the number of visitors to London's Design Museum has increased 500 per cent since it moved to its new home, but that the number buying tickets has only gone up by 50 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Design Council revealed that the drop in students studying creative subjects could prove dangerous to the UK's economy. And a new programme launched to encourage BAME young people to take up a career in design and architecture journalism.

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David Chipperfield to restore historic palace on Venice's Piazza San Marco

It was also announced this week that David Chipperfield is embarking on a huge renovation project on Venice's Piazza San Marco.

In design news, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau spoke out to in favour of designers and their ability to solve global issues like climate change and gender equality.

Carroll House by Lot-Ek
LOT-EK slices shipping-container stack to form Williamsburg home

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a family home in Brooklyn built from sliced stacked shipping containers and Google earbuds that offer real-time translation of over 40 languages.