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Zaha Hadid

This week the world mourned the loss of Zaha Hadid

This week on Dezeen: the architecture community paid tribute to Zaha Hadid this week after the Pritzker Prize-winning architect died unexpectedly. Read all our stories about the passing of Zaha Hadid.

Zaha Hadid suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday while being treated for bronchitis at a Miami hospital. She was 65.

Zaha Hadid in her London office circa 1985
Zaha Hadid in her London office circa 1985

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas hit out at the architecture media's "offensive" treatment of Hadid, who he said "was basically family" to him.

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster
Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster

British architect Norman Foster described Hadid as "an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity" while Richard Rogers credited her with having an unequalled impact on architecture.

Other architects to pay their respects included Frank Gehry, who described her as a "great architect and a great friend", and Amanda Levete, who told Dezeen that Hadid "was an extraordinary role model for women."

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who was involved in a dispute with Hadid over the controversial Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, told Dezeen that her legacy would be hard to surpass.

Zaha Hadid's best buildings photographed by Hufton + Crow
Zaha Hadid's best buildings photographed by Hufton + Crow

Architectural photographers Nick Hufton and Allan Crow also paid tribute to Hadid by compiling a selection of their favourite images of her buildings. Read the latest tributes and reaction to Zaha Hadid's death »

New York Horizon by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu
New York Horizon by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu

In other news this week, US designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu controversially proposed transforming Manhattan's Central Park into a sunken landscape surrounded by a "sidescraper".

The proposal epitomised architects' disregard for designed landscapes, according to the president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles A Birnbaum.

Boom supersonic plane
Supersonic Boom aircraft will be the "fastest passenger plane ever"

A group of aviation experts unveiled plans for a supersonic aircraft, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde, while scientists showcased a new method to remotely control insects.

Reebok to launch Sigourney Weaver's Alien Stomper trainers
Reebok to launch Sigourney Weaver's Alien Stomper trainers

Just two weeks after Nike unveiled its Back to the Future-style trainers, Reebok announced the release of the boot-like sneakers worn by Sigourney Weaver in 1986 sci-fi film Aliens.

Herzog & de Meuron adds new gallery building to Vitra Design Museum

Herzog & de Meuron completed a new gallery to house the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and new images emerged of Studio Gang's supertall Chicago tower that will include a $17.1 million penthouse.

Thigh gap jewellery by Soo Kyung Bae
Soo Kyung Bae's jewellery draws attention to the "thigh-gap trend"

Soo Kyung Bae created a collection of jewellery designed to highlight the area between a woman's thighs in an attempt to challenge unrealistic body-image expectations, sparking a lively debate.

InConTextUre by Debora Dax
InConTextUre by Debora Dax

We gathered together 10 designs that challenge ideas about body image and idealised beauty in response.

Inme sex gadget by Constantin Bolimond
Inme stackable sex toy offers customisable sensations

Belarussian designer Constantin Bolimond created a modular sex gadget and Rita Catinella Orrell told Dezeen that sex toys are in the midst of a design revolution.

Villa Boreale by Cargo
Cargo Architecture completes Scandinavian-inspired holiday home in Quebec

Popular projects this week on Dezeen included a woodland vacation cottage in Quebec, a floating sauna in Seattle and a Portuguese house featuring walls formed from rammed earth.

Vineyard House by Blaanc
Blaanc uses rammed earth to build house in a Portuguese vineyard

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