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This week, the Richard Meier scandal shocked the architecture world

This week on Dezeen, a sexual harassment scandal led to architect Richard Meier stepping down from his company and Cornell architecture school abandoning plans to name a position in his honour.

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect said he was "deeply troubled and embarrassed" after the New York Times published accusations of sexual harassment against him by five female colleagues. Dezeen readers suggested that architecture was starting its own #MeToo movement.

"World's first" commercial flying car unveiled

World first's were the hot topic of the week, as the world's first flying car launched at the Geneva Motor Show and construction of the world's tallest tower started up again after delays.

India's Trump Towers feature best interiors Donald Trump Jr "has ever seen"

In India, Zaha Hadid Architects won a competition to design a major new international airport for Mumbai. Then in Pune, India, the newly opened Trump Towers also made the news this week, as President Donald Trump's son praised the hotel's interiors, by Matteo Nunziati, as the "best he has seen".

Paris garden skyscraper by SOM will be "one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe”

Sustainable design was an important talking point this week, as we covered SOM's Paris garden skyscraper, expected to become "one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe", and a concept tyre designed to absorb moisture from the road and turn it into oxygen.

And in the US, Shepard Fairey launched a pair of posters protesting gun violence in schools.

BIG designs "bow-tie-shaped" theatre for Albania's capital

In tech news, Apple filed a patent for a keyboard that is resistant to crumbs, while Ben van Berkel of UNStudio launched a startup that will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter.

Other architecture studios in the headlines included BIG, which unveiled a bow-tie-shaped theatre for Albania, and MAD, whose Lucus Museum broke ground in Los Angeles this week.

Pale pink and mismatched marble decorate Tel Aviv cafe by Meir Guri

Also this week, our Move The Needle initiative found that international architecture and design awards programmes are striving to improve gender balance among judges – following the example of the upcoming Dezeen Awards.

Instagrammable interiors also proved popular, including the dusty pink seats and multicoloured marble floors inside Tel Aviv restaurant Cafeteria, and the graphic green tiles of Medly Pharmacy in Brooklyn.