Zaha Hadid Forest Green Rovers stadium

"Does it come with a fire station next door?"

In this week's comments update, readers are looking forward to the world's first wooden football stadium being completed and are disappointed in Virgil Abloh's fashion collection with Paris's Musée du Louvre.

Goal setter: readers are impressed by plans for the world's first wooden football stadium, which has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for England football club Forest Green Rovers.

"Marvellous!" praised Michael.

"I know it's probably still fashionable to bash ZHA," said Chris."But I really like the design and look forward to visiting it once it's complete."

Paul Puzzello agreed: "If wood is the way to the future, I appreciate seeing practices like Ban, Kuma and Zaha Hadid exploiting the material sculpturally, taking it it beyond columns and beams."

"Kudos to green-thinking and fluid design, yet does it come with a fire station next door?" joked Sacrecoeur.

This reader had a question:

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Virgil Abloh creates streetwear collection for the Musée du Louvre

Fashion killer: a fashion collection decorated with paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and designed by Virgil Abloh in collaboration with Paris's Musée du Louvre, has gotten the thumbs down from readers.

"I bet the fisheye lenses and wonky photography angles are to disguise how unimaginative and hideously-constructed the actual garments are," wagered Guest.

"There was a time when photographers were barred from using historic sites and museums for fashion shoots," noted Geoff Bob. "I remember would-be Beatons and Baileys being cleared off such locations as the Parthenon and Loggia della Signoria. Now, apparently, anything goes."

Zea Newland was also unimpressed: "You would expect something more cutting-edge but this looks like last month's new arrivals at ASOS. Will be out of fashion in spring."

"Bad clothes, bad photos, overpriced merchandise. He must have been busy on other projects," concluded Troy Smith Designs.

This commenter thinks the collection looks dated:

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Future Survival Kit by Lucy McRae

Survival instinct: readers are struggling to take a survival kit that's been created for a post-apocalyptic future seriously. Artist Lucy McRae who designed the kit believes that people may react against "the age of the algorithm", by rejecting digital devices.

"Any journey will require shoes, to show this in socks is silly," said Chad. "Is she surviving in a post-armageddon shopping mall with smooth floors? Add that this person has never backpacked anywhere – nobody that has would carry a load like that."

Matt went on: "She wouldn't look out of place in the background of a scene set in Tatooine."

"She looks like a stuffed turkey," added Troy Smith Designs.

Jb was entertained: "Brilliant! It's my favourite thing of 2020."

One reader was feeling sarcastic:

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Mitigation of Shock by Superflux window view

Future prospects: Design studio Superflux has built a vision of a typical Singapore home in 2219, with features including homemade hunting tools, snorkelling equipment and a mini hydroponic farm. Commenters aren't convinced.

"I'm not sure if anybody would want to live in something that looks like mixture of a secret drug farm and night club," said Zea Newland.

"This is a disturbingly twee fantasy," continued Catcassidy. "The reality is scarcity does not result in studious self-reliance and cohesive social action. We are watching now as scarcity and ecological crisis drives the world into civil unrest, migration, and warfare. It's not a Wes Andersen fantasy, it's a Hobbesian nightmare."

"I guess it’s a dystopian vision rather than their perfect design solution for the future. It is supposed to look a bit uncomfortable and disturbing," replied Fabian KZ.

"Our climate is changing, as it has many times before. The weather will again change several more times. Debating, arguing, blaming for the reasons why the climate changes is moot at this point. Change happens, one can choose to look at it as extreme, or just change and adapt to it," concluded Jay C. White Cloud.

This reader agreed:

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