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This week, Koolhaas hit out at Brexit campaigners and a Garden Bridge alternative was unveiled

This week on Dezeen: Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas took a swipe at campaigners advocating Britain's exit from the European Union this week, while a proposal to replace Thomas Heatherwick's controversial Garden Bridge design was tabled (pictured).

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Thomas Heatherwick's controversial Garden Bridge proposal

Architecture firm Allies and Morrison proposed planting trees on an existing bridge in London as a cheaper solution than Heatherwick's £175 million Garden Bridge design (pictured above).

Brexit campaigners are fighting for an England that doesn't exist, says Rem Koolhaas

In the same week as 90 per cent of British fashion designers said they will vote to remain in the European Union, OMA founder Rem Koolhaas – who studied and taught in the UK in the 1960s and 70s – said that membership had benefited Britain over the years, before warning that the Leave campaigners were promoting an idealised view of England that never existed.

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Kunlé Adeyemi's floating school posed "danger to the kids," headmaster claims

In other news, a row erupted over Kunlé Adeyemi's award-winning Makoko Floating School following its collapse, with a community leader in Lagos claiming the structure posed a "danger to kids" prior to their evacuation.

"World's tallest moving observation tower" prepares to welcome first passengers

The "world's tallest moveable observation tower" underwent final safety tests ahead of its opening in Brighton and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill completed a new building on the grounds of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.

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Wolfgang Buttress' beehive-inspired Expo pavilion relocates to Kew Gardens

The beehive-inspired pavilion created by artist Wolfgang Buttress for the Milan Expo 2015 reopened in London's Kew Gardens and David Adjaye was selected to design a major new art museum in Latvia.

Architecture booms as Iran opens its doors to the world

We examined the boom in Iran's architecture scene following the lifting of crippling economic sanctions and investigated what happens to high-profile temporary pavilions after they are no longer used.

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Rolls-Royce unveils its first concept car design for future of driverless VIP transport

In design news, Rolls-Royce unveiled its first ever concept car with a built-in "red carpet" and Benjamin Hubert's studio Layer created a collection of ceramic trays capable of wirelessly charging electronic devices.

Jean Prouvé's demountable office rescued from swingers' club fate

A demountable office by French Modernist designer Jean Prouvé, which was used as a swingers' club until recently, went on display at this year's Design Miami/Basel fair. A new version of Zaha Hadid's sculpted Kuki chair was also showcased at the event.

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Bouroullec brothers install floral Zaha Hadid tribute at Vitra Fire Station

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec paid tribute to Hadid with a floral installation inside her first major completed building and we published an exclusive movie with Richard Rogers about his fight to get the late architect's London Aquatics Centre built.

Ikea's PS 2017 collection includes "no waste" products made from recycled materials

Ikea unveiled a collection of furniture and homeware made out of recycled materials, while Piet Hein Eek revealed the first products from his ongoing collaboration with the Swedish furniture giant.

Five designers to watch from the Royal College of Art's 2016 fashion graduates

Cling-film dresses and pieces constructed from scrapped motorcycles were among our top picks from the Royal College of Art's 2016 fashion graduate presentation, while headpieces made from moulded plastic featured at the London College of Fashion show.

Rise Design Studio adds glazed extension to north London house

Popular stories this week on Dezeen included a glazed extension to a London home, a tear-resistant condom and Peter Zumthor's additions to a tourist trail in Norway.

Allmannajuvet tourist route pavilion in Norway by Peter Zumthor. Photograph by Arne Espeland
Peter Zumthor creates buildings on stilts for tourist trail at a Norwegian mine

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