Isay Weinfeld Vienna

This week, big developments were revealed in Vienna and Croydon

This week on Dezeen, an Isay Weinfeld-designed complex was revealed to have put Vienna on UNESCO's danger list, while CZWG's "spectacularly tall" tower was approved for construction in London's Croydon. 

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld is pushing ahead with plans for a high-rise development featuring luxury apartments, a hotel and a skating rink – even though the plans threaten the historic city centre's status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meanwhile, CZWG's plans for a 228-metre-high tower were signed off by London mayor Sadiq Khan, paving the way for construction to start.

"Spectacularly tall" skyscraper by CZWG set to be built in Croydon

British architect Norman Foster was in the news, after slating Brexit "madness" in a World Architecture Festival speech.

His firm Foster + Partners also unveiled the visitor centre at Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino this week. Now open to the public, the building features a carbon-fibre roof that overhangs to provide cover to seating areas outside.

Apple Park Visitor Center by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

In UK news, the government's recent budget announcement was labelled "disappointing by" the Design Council and the Creative Industries Federation, who lamented the lack of focus on the country's design industry.

It was also announced that the UK has been disqualified from hosting the European Capital of Culture in 2023 as a result of Brexit. The move was met with criticism from the Creative Industries Federation, who described the ruling as "gutting".

Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa dies age 77

American architect Albert C Ledner, an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, and Tunisian-born fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, famous for his tight-fitting dresses, both died this week.

Image of swimming pool with vaulted ceiling named best architecture photograph of 2017

Shanghai-based photographer Terrence Zhang won the award for architecture photograph of 2017, thanks to this shot of a swimming pool flooded with natural light.

Dezeen editor Amy Frearson was also celebrating this week, as she was highly commended by the British Society of Magazine Editors in the specialist editor of the year category. The awards described Dezeen under her editorship as "unstoppable".

Chalet Grand-Pic by Appareil Architecture
Appareil Architecture's black metal cabin hides in a Quebec forest

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a black house with a matching cabin hidden in the woods of Quebec, a 27-square-metre apartment in São Paulo overhauled with flexible living spaces and a virtual reality machine that simulates death.