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Patrik Schumacher at World Architecture Festival

This week, the row over Patrik Schumacher's controversial speech escalated

This week on Dezeen, the architecture industry and the public reacted to the housing manifesto set out by Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher, with Hadid's closest confidantes disowning the architect's words.

Patrik Schumacher took to Facebook to state his embarrassment at the "Mr Nasty image" created after his now-infamous speech, in which he called for social housing to be scrapped and public space privatised.

Zaha Hadid's friends and family disown Patrick Schumacher's statements

Zaha Hadid's friends and family distanced themselves from the architect's ideas, while Zaha Hadid Architects released an open letter disowning Schumacher's statement. Later in the week, the firm's office was picketed by angry protestors.

Dezeen columnists waded into the debate on both sides, with Phineas Harper claiming that Schumacher's opinion should be ignored and Austin Williams arguing that the architect should not be pressured into silence.

1 Undershaft planning permission by Eric Parry
Eric Parry gets go ahead for City of London's tallest skyscraper

In London, planning permission was granted for 1 Undershaft – which will become the tallest tower in the capital's financial district – and a pair of skyscrapers were proposed for Blackfriars Bridge.

Pitch/Pitch by AL_A
Amanda Levete's firm proposes multi-storey football pitches for central London

Amanda Levete and her London-based studio AL_A proposed stackable football pitches across the capital, which could be built on disused or temporarily empty plots.

Prado Museum by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura to extend Madrid's Museo del Prado

Foster + Partners won a competition to overhaul the Museo del Prado in Madrid, while Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects revealed its competition-winning design for a new library in Shanghai.

BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

BIG revealed its competition-winning design for an Amsterdam housing block, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake – the same place where a ship-like headquarters for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger has just completed.

Transiberian railway competition
Elongated cabins by Kamvari Architects to be built along Trans-Siberian Railway

Kamvari Architects has won a contest to design elongated cabin-like pit stops along the world's longest railway line, the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Studio Job at Design Miami
Studio Job installs Tree of Life outside OMA-designed Faena Forum

The design world flocked to Design Miami this week, where designers have been showing anarchic furniture in response to tumultuous political times. Examples include Niek Pulles's Spiky Foam chairs and a surreal tree sculpture by Studio Job.

Acne Studios stops sales of "African inspired" sandal following comparisons made with charity design
Acne Studios stops sales of "African-inspired" sandal after comparisons to charity design

Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios pulled a pair of sandals from its website following allegations they were copied from a shoe designed for children in developing countries.

Dezeen's top 10 staircases of 2016

We also kicked off our review of 2016 with our picks of the top skyscrapers and staircases that completed this year.

Apartment AB by kombinat
Kombinat designs kitchen-style workplace for Vienna apartment

Popular projects this week included a Vienna apartment with a hybrid space for cooking and working, the renovation of a Victorian house in north London and a caravan transformed into a mobile studio.