Government statistics reveal a lack of diversity within the creative industries

This week, Dezeen's survey exposed the gender imbalance at the top of large architecture firms

This week, a survey conducted by Dezeen revealed a gender imbalance for the highest-ranking positions at the world's biggest architecture firms, which lead to a response from prominent female architects.

The study was based on data gathered from the websites of architecture firms, and found that only three of the world's largest 100 practices were headed by women and that women held just 10 per cent of the highest ranking jobs within the industry.

Female architects respond to gender survey: "It's getting better but far too slowly"

Five notable female architects based in the UK spoke of their dismay in regards to the results of the study, including recent Stirling Prize winner and co-founder of dRMM Sadie Morgan, who called the figures "disappointing".

US-Mexico border wall prototype construction
Cards Against Humanity buys land on US-Mexico border to fight Trump's wall

In the US, creators of the dark-humoured card game "Cards Against Humanity" announced they had acquired a plot of land along America's southern border, in a bid to prevent the building of President Trump's much-maligned border wall.

Bill Gates was also buying up land this week, as it was discovered his firm Cascade Investment has invested $80 million for 25,000 acres of empty desert in Arizona, with the intention of building a huge smart city.

Winter Park by David Adjaye
David Adjaye's red library and events complex in Florida wins approval

Meanwhile, British architect David Adjaye won planning permission for a $30m project in Downtown Orlando – described by his firm as a "micro village" of red cultural buildings.

Ole Scheeren also unveiled plans, for a 333-metre-tall skyscraper in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, made up of three towers that will rise from a "mountain-shaped" podium.

Southmere Village Library
Winning design revealed for new library at London's brutalist Thamesmead estate

Designs for two major library projects were announced, with Dutch firm Mecanoo unveiling a renovation of the New York Public Library's arts building and studio Bisset Adams winning a competition to design a lakeside library in southeast London's brutalist Thamesmead estate.

Gilbert & George are turning an east London brewery into an art gallery

The relationship between artists and architecture was in the headlines this week, with Marina Abramovic abandoning her plans to enlist OMA for a conversion of a New York theatre into an art institute after failing to gain funding.

Contrastingly, British artists Gilbert and George revealed they were converting a London brewery into a new public gallery, after growing frustrated with the Tate gallery's selection policy and claiming their work was never shown by the institution.

Best architecture of 2017 revealed at day one of World Architecture Festival

Berlin's World Architecture Festival and Inside also took place this week, with Dezeen's coverage of the events including various livestreams of talks and roundups of the winning projects.

Taller Hector Barroso uses clay render to help weekend homes blend in with their forest setting
Soil-based render creates pink walls for houses built by Taller Hector Barroso in a Mexican forest.

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a cluster of pink-walled houses in a Mexican forest, a Bauhaus apartment in Tel Aviv with colourful cabinetry and IKEA's sustainable chair designed by Form Us With Love.