Photograph of Donald Trump is by Gage Skidmore

This week, Rem Koolhaas and Peter Eisenman spoke out about Donald Trump

This week, Rem Koolhaas expressed his lack of surprise at Donald Trump's sweep to victory while Peter Eisenman revealed that he had previously been "tricked" by the US president-elect.

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"I was not completely surprised when Trump won" says Rem Koolhaas

Speaking to Dezeen in Miami, OMA founder Rem Koolhaas said that the modern obsession with cities has masked the profound changes in rural America that helped ensure a Trump win.

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Peter Eisenman blames US president-elect Donald Trump for promoting xenophobia in America

Peter Eisenman blamed US president-elect Donald Trump for promoting xenophobia in America, and spoke about dealings with him as a developer, describing an occasion in the 1980s where Trump hired him for a job and then refused to pay.

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Foster + Partners skyscraper joins line-up at New York's Hudson Yards

In other US news, a glass office tower by Foster + Partners was unveiled as the latest addition to the vast Hudson Yards development in New York, while work commenced on the firm's Oceanwide Center in San Francisco.

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Jean Nouvel elevates Miami Beach residences to avoid rising sea levels

Dezeen revealed that architects are finally responding to the growing risk of flooding in Miami, including French architect Jean Nouvel – whose first residential project in Florida is raised over 11 feet above sea level.

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Paul Revere Williams becomes first black architect to receive AIA Gold Medal

Paul Revere Williams became the first black architect to receive the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal.

Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of Samsung in its ongoing patent case against fellow tech giant Apple – which also revealed its plans for autonomous vehicles this week.

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Pantone names Greenery as its 2017 colour of the year

In design news, Pantone named Greenery as its colour of 2017 and Pierre Charpin was announced as Maison&Objet Designer of the Year.

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UK designers could still qualify for European patents and Erasmus exchanges after Brexit

In the latest Brexit updates, it emerged that UK design firms might still be able to protect their ideas in Europe's new patent system following the EU referendum result, and that students could continue to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme.

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Design "enhances our economy and our global reputation" says UK culture minister

UK culture minister Matt Hancock praised the UK's architects and designers, describing the sector as "vitally important to our future as an outward looking, creative nation".

This followed a dinner organised by Dezeen that brought the minister together with a group of leading industry figures.

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Humanitarian experts propose turning refugee camps into enterprise zones called "refugee cities"

A new report advocated for refugee camps being rebadged as cities and turned into enterprise zones so inhabitants can set up businesses and build their own infrastructure.

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London's best new house extensions revealed in Don't Move, Improve! 2017 shortlist

A 24-strong shortlist was revealed in the Dont Move, Improve! 2017 competition to find London's best new house extensions.

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Dezeen's Christmas gift guide 2016: architects and designers

This week we also launched our series of Christmas gift guides, and revealed our top classic furniture reissues of the year and top houses of the year, as part of our review of 2016.

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MAD's Fake Hills housing features topography-inspired roofline and massive hollows

Popular projects this week included MAD's topography-inspired Fake Hills housing, an apartment block and art gallery in Beirut and a century-old Washington barn transformed into a rural family retreat.