This week, skyscrapers by Zaha Hadid, BIG and Carlo Ratti made news

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This week, skyscrapers by Zaha Hadid, BIG and Carlo Ratti made the news

This week on Dezeen, BIG and Carlo Ratti revealed construction was underway on their 51-storey tower in Singapore, while a residential skyscraper designed by the late Zaha Hadid topped out in Miami.

BIG and Carlo Ratti Associati's tower in Singapore will feature a glass and steel facade that is "pulled apart" to allow trees to burst through.

Construction on the tower, which will become the joint-second tallest building in downtown Singapore, began on 9 February 2018.

Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum tower tops out in Miami

Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum tower in Miami reached its full height this week, topping out at 210 metres (700 feet).

The latest images of the building showcased the luxury facilities that will be available to residents of the building, which features a curving structural "exoskeleton".

David Chipperfield wins competition to design Hamburg's tallest tower

David Chipperfield Architects won a competition to build a 230-metre-high skyscraper located on the River Elbe in Hamburg, which is set to become the city's tallest building.

Meanwhile, the worlds tallest hotel was crowned this week, with the 356.5-metre, 526-room Gevora Hotel in Dubai taking the title from the 355-metre-high JW Marriott Marquis towers, also in Dubai.

Architectural Association announces shortlist for new director

Also this week, London's Architectural Association announced the three candidates in the running to become the next director, with Robert Mull, Eva Franch i Gilabert and Pippo Ciorra all shortlisted to fill the position.

In other news, UK Construction Week revealed it was introducing new equality guidelines, following the backlash against the use of promotional female models in showgirl outfits at last year's event.

Burberry creates a rainbow tartan in support of LGBT charities

Staying in the UK, fashion brand Burberry updated its iconic tartan, adding rainbow-tinged stripes in support of LGBT charities. The design will be released at the upcoming London Fashion Week.

And while figures from UCAS revealed there had been more applications from EU citizens for creative courses this year, despite fears that Brexit would lead to a drop.

Germany to trial free public transport in bid to cut pollution

In travel news, chief executive of Eurotunnel Jacques Gounon gave his support to the "Boris bridge" proposed between England and France, in a letter written to the UK prime minister Theresa May.

Elsewhere, the German government announced it was to trial free public transport in five of its major cities, in a bid to meet new pollution targets set by the European Union.

Snøhetta unveils plans for "energy-positive" Arctic Circle hotel

Popular projects on Dezeen this week include a sustainable ring-shaped hotel by Snøhetta, a configurable apartment in Sweden by White Arkitekter and a cloud-like sculpture made from 17,700 acrylic rods by Tokujin Yoshioka in Houston.