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Alexandra Lange on SANAA's Grace Farms as trophy building

 SANAA’s new  may be beautiful, says , but it is still unclear whether its community-focussed programme will be useful to anyone. Grace Farms is beautiful. The centrepiece of the site is the sinuous 83,000-square-foot, $67 million building called The River, designed by and set on 80 acres of open space in tony, architecturally-exceptional New Canaan, Connecticut. The River flows …

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Morphosis chosen for hotel by Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals

the firm led by American architect has been selected to design a new 100-suite hotel adjacent to Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa in Switzerland. Update: the competition jury has now . Los Angeles-based  – known for buildings including and – was chosen ahead of New York architect and London studio for the luxury hotel project in Vals. …

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Japan scraps Zaha Hadid's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium

‘s controversial plans for the have been scrapped. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced that the design of the stadium will be started again from scratch due to spiralling costs, according to . “We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero,” Abe …

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Zaha laments similarities between Kuma's stadium design and her own

has accused Japanese authorities and architects of colluding over the stadium project, and says that has “remarkable similarities” to her own. The London-based architect, who was  two years after winning a competition to design the stadium, said that she had been treated shockingly. “Sadly the Japanese authorities, with the support of some of those from our own profession in Japan, …

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BIG's Bjarke Ingels completes Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

founder has unveiled his  – a wall of translucent blocks that has been “unzipped” to create a curving, cavernous interior (+ slideshow). Described by the Danish architect as “both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob”, this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed as a simple wall that has been distorted into a more freeform shape. Viewed side-on, the …

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Marcus Fairs' personal tribute to Zaha Hadid

Design editor-in-chief followed the career of the late  for almost 20 years. Here, he gives a personal tribute. I was never part of Zaha’s inner circle. But we got on well enough to gossip and flirted mildly whenever we met. She never forgot who I was (like Richard Rogers does), or berated me in public …

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Movie: Anders Warming on MINI's Citysurfer scooter concept

in this exclusive video interview, ‘s head of design Anders Warming explains why the car brand has developed a foldable electric scooter concept. ‘s Citysurfer concept, which will be showcased this week in as part of an , is a lightweight electric scooter that can be folded down so it fits in the boot of …

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