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Zaha Hadid Was One of the Most Polarising Architects of Our Time

Zaha Hadid died at age 65 yesterday from a heart attack. The first female architect to achieve notable celebrity, her prolific and geographically diverse commissions mean that Hadid will likely remain the best-known female architect on the planet for many years. But her work was also incredibly controversial — not just the design of her structures, but the clients she chose to design them for. Read More >>

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Japan’s Olympic Stadium Debacle Should be an Example for Other Olympic Cities 

After years of controversy, Japan’s Sport Council has chosen a new design for an Olympic stadium in Tokyo. It will be smaller, more sensitive to its surroundings, and (relatively) inexpensive; it could even become a model for other host cities. Read More >>

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The Fight Over Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium is Getting Really Ugly 

It is somewhat well-known by now that Japanese architects (and public) are not fans of Zaha Hadid's massive Olympic stadium; they've been protesting the design for a year. But last month things rapidly escalated when a whole slew of new insults emerged, and now, Hadid has responded. It's grim. Read More >>

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Zaha Hadid Has Designed the World’s Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world's worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever especially great. And that's why for the most part, cities don't put new up ones. It's like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the rubbish from her vagina stadium in Qatar and plopped it onto a curb in London. Read More >>

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These Alien Skyscrapers Will Rest on the Site of an Old Uranium Plant

The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid just released images of her latest design—three matching towers for Brisbane's waterfront—and they look nothing short of alien. Which feels oddly appropriate, since the skyscrapers are also supposed to sit on potentially radioactive land. Read More >>

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Six Buildings Competing for the UK’s Top Architecture Prize

The Stirling Prize is one of the most prestigious of all architecture awards. Named for the great British architect James Stirling, the prize is given annually from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to a single building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture. The shortlist has just been announced. Read More >>

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How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. Read More >>

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Here’s What Saving £750 Million on a New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a £750 million budget cut. Read More >>

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Cities are Finally Fighting Back Against Insane Olympic Costs

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures. Protestors in the streets. Fiery op-eds. All this public unrest in Tokyo isn't over an election or divisive political issue. It's about the design of the city's 2020 Olympic Stadium. And the people are winning. Read More >>

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The Best Buildings in the World?

The winners of Architizer's A+ Awards have been announced, and some of the picks are awesome. Here's a round-up of the best, the most surreal, or simply the most inspiring, from private homes to international airports. Read More >>

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6 Jaw-Dropping Superyachts Designed by Architects

Generally speaking, architects are brilliant and creative people with a wide range of talents. That sort of versatility is part of what makes them good architects in the first place. But let's be honest. Just because some people are good at a lot of things does not mean they're good at everything. Take yachts, for instance. Read More >>

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The Grim Secret Behind Qatar’s Lavish New Stadiums

Don't hate Zaha Hadid's new World Cup stadium because it looks like a vagina. Hate it because it's being built with "modern-day slavery," according to a new Amnesty International report. Read More >>

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£620 Million Iraqi Parliament Will Rise Over Saddam’s Half-Built Mosque

The Architect's Journal reports that Zaha Hadid will be the architect of Iraq's future parliament building, confirming rumours that have swirled for months. The supremely expensive building is the London-based architect's third planned project in the country where she was born. Read More >>