Vizumatelier's proposal for Notre Dame's new spire

This week, designers began proposing ideas for Notre-Dame's restoration

This week, Dezeen shared some of the proposals revealed by designers for Notre-Dame Cathedral's new spire, after it was engulfed by a major fire last week.

The flurry of designs were unveiled following the French prime minister's announcement that there would be an international competition to replace the structure.

Among the proposals were Studio Fuksas' Baccarat crystal roof, Vizumatelier's light-projecting tower and Mathieu Lehanneur's visual of a "permanent flame".

3D printing could be used to rebuild Notre-Dame says Concr3de
Concr3de proposes using 3D printing to rebuild Notre-Dame

Meanwhile, Concr3de suggested that parts of the gothic cathedral should be rebuilt using 3D printing using material from the fire.

To demonstrate the concept, the Dutch company reproduced Le Stryge, a gargoyle that was severely damaged in a fire, from a mixture of limestone and ash.

Seventy Agency "future proofs" IKEA's iconic blue and yellow logo
IKEA's iconic blue and yellow logo made "future proof" in subtle redesign by Seventy Agency

In the design world, IKEA unveiled its first redesign in 36 years. Intended to increase readability, it sees the blue block letters of the iconic logo enlarged inside the yellow oval.

Industrial designer Tucker Viemeister created graphic that blacks out parts of the US flag, in response to the release of the redacted Mueller Report.

Skyscrapers at New York City's Hudson Yards
New York City mayor moves to ban glass skyscrapers as part of Green New Deal

In the US, New York's mayor announced his plans to ban the construction of glass and steel skyscrapers, claiming that "they have no place in our city or on our earth anymore".

It was also revealed American-Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi's home would be opened up to the public for the first time, as part of  Buro Koray Duman's planned overhaul of the Noguchi Museum.

Portrait of Sou Fujimoto by David Vintiner
Sou Fujimoto Architects ends internships in its Tokyo studio

The international discussion about unpaid internships continued this week, as Sou Fujimoto Architects revealed it had stopped using interns in its Tokyo studio.

It claimed that the move was "not related" to the saga, which began when Serpentine pavilion architect Junya Ishigami's studio came under fire for not paying its interns.

Glasir by BIG in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
BIG completes vortex-shaped Glasir education centre in Faroe Islands' capital

Architecture news included BIG's completion of vortex-shaped education centre in the Faroe Islands, and Foster + Partners proposal for a tech-filled library in Sharjah.

Dezeen also shared images of Heatherwick Studio's residential tower EDEN, which is nearing completion in Singapore.

Coastal House by 6a Architects
6a Architects creates bright living spaces in revamp of century-old Coastal House

Projects enjoyed by readers this week included a revamp of century-old seaside house, a residential extension over an English lake and Assemble's transformation of two derelict houses into Granby Winter Garden.