Patrick Schumacher

This week Patrick Schumacher went to court to take control of Zaha Hadid's estate

This week on Dezeen, Zaha Hadid Architects hit the headlines with plans for a Russian smart city, as Patrick Schumacher made a bid for control of his late partner's estate.

The late Zaha Hadid's former business partner Schumacher has begun court proceedings to try and remove the other three executors of her will – leaving him in sole control.

Rana Hadid, Zaha's niece and one of the executors involved in the court case, said they felt obliged to "resist" Schumacher in order to "defend her great name and legacy".

If the executors can't decide how to distribute Hadid's legacy in 125 years it will revert to the Zaha Hadid Foundation, which Schumacher quit as director of in June.

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye,Moscow smart city by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects designing smart city outside Moscow

Zaha Hadid Architects also made headlines when it revealed visuals for a new smart city it has been commissioned to build outside of Moscow.

The Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district will be digitally optimised to be as sustainable as possible from an energy standpoint.

MAGA Building Blocks
MAGA Building Blocks encourage children to construct toy border wall

Twitter users pointed out that Lego might have a copyright infringement case on their hands. A Conservative retailer is selling toy kits that encourage users to build their own miniature wall between the US and Mexico, with a logo that looks very similar to the Danish you company.

Also in the US retail giant Amazon announced its decision to base its two new headquarters in New York and Virginia, sparking protests from New York residents.

Nike New York flagship House of Innovation 000
Nike's rippled glass New York flagship aims to disrupt "concrete canyon"

NIKE unveiled its new flagship store on New York's 5th Avenue, with it's trademark swoosh realised in rippling and slumped glass. The facade was designed to disrupt the "concrete canyon" of the streetscape.

Beauty startup Glossier also unveiled it's flagship store in the city, featuring plaster walls in pastel pink and a staircase of red quartz.

Puzzle Ball Theatre by Steven Chilton Architects
Puzzle Ball Theatre will be covered in geometric interlocking concrete panels

Futuristic designs were unveiled across Asia, with Clouds Architects Office releasing renders for a off-world construction research centre in Japan set in a mock lunar landscape and designed using the principals of space architecture.

In China Steven Chilton Architects showed renders of the Puzzle Ball Theatre, a giant dome covered in interlocking panels of concrete forming an intricate geometric pattern.

Johnson Naylor convert world war two pump station into holiday home
Johnson Naylor converts world war two pumping station into holiday home on Dungeness beach

Projects that captured Dezeen reader's attention this week include a set of blackened-wood cabins, a wedge-shaped library, and a pair of world war two pumping stations converted into holiday homes.