This week, Foster + Partners' hyperloop and NASA's supersonic plane made the news
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This week, Foster + Partners' hyperloop and NASA's supersonic plane made the news

Transport dominated the headlines this week as Foster + Partners revealed plans for a freight-carrying hyperloop and NASA started building aircraft that will fly faster than the speed of sound.

Norman Foster's practice unveiled visuals of a hyperloop concept named DP World Cargospeed, which they envision will safely transport freight at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour through semi-vacuum tubes.

NASA's "nearly silent" supersonic X-Plane goes into production

In other transport news, US space agency NASA began production of their "nearly silent" X-Plane, which will be the first method of supersonic speed commercial flight since Concorde.

Architects reveal ideas for £15 million refurbishment of Grenfell Tower estate

In architecture news practices, including Adjaye Associates, presented ideas for the £15 million redevelopment of the Lancaster West Estate in London, which was the site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli, who produced films Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, released visualisations of its planned theme park in Japan, set to open in 2022.

Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar nears completion

New images taken by Iwan Baan showed the near-complete National Museum of Qatar, designed by architect Jean Nouvel. The museum in Doha is expected to open in December 2018.

Another prominent project in the news was Frank Gehry's Hines-Hochhaus tower. Set to be Berlin's tallest building the 150-metre-tall skyscraper, was placed on hold due to safety issues with subway stations at the site.

IKEA offers first look at furniture designed for millennials by Virgil Abloh

In design news, IKEA and fashion designer Virgil Abloh unveiled products from the upcoming collaborative Markerad furniture range, which will include slogan-covered rugs and a sneaker cabinet made from glass.

Projects highlighting gender diversity and environmental protection were recognised at this year's D&AD Awards, with McCann New York's Fearless Girl statue winning a Black Pencil, the ceremony's highest accolade.

MIT develops technology to digitally program water droplets

In technology news, researchers from MIT developed a technology that allows water drops to be transformed into programmable, interactive tools.

In the UK, scientists at the University of Exeter discovered a way to incorporate wonder-material graphene into concrete, making it "more than twice as strong and four times more water-resistant than existing concretes".

Guggenheim successor opens tropical-influenced IK Lab art gallery in Tulum

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a tropical-influenced art gallery in Tulum opened by the great-grandson of art collector Peggy Guggenheim, David Chipperfield Architects' conversion of a 19th-century building into a minimalist fashion store in Canada, and Asif Khan's installation made up of red-stained timber columns in Milan.