This week the world mourned the loss of Zaha Hadid

The architecture community paid tribute to Zaha Hadid this week after the Pritzker Prize-winning architect died unexpectedly.

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Zaha Hadid suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday while being treated for bronchitis at a Miami hospital. She was 65.

img.1Zaha Hadid in her London office circa 1985

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas hit out at the architecture media's "offensive" treatment of Hadid, who he said "was basically family" to him.

img.2Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster

British architect Norman Foster described Hadid as "an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity" while Richard Rogers credited her with having an unequalled impact on architecture.

Other architects to pay their respects included Frank Gehry, who described her as a "great architect and a great friend", and Amanda Levete, who told Dezeen that Hadid "was an extraordinary role model for women."

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who was involved in a dispute with Hadid over the controversial Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, told Dezeen that her legacy would be hard to surpass.

img.3Zaha Hadid's best buildings photographed by Hufton + Crow

Architectural photographers Nick Hufton and Allan Crow also paid tribute to Hadid by compiling a selection of their favourite images of her buildings.

img.4New York Horizon by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu

In other news this week, US designers Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu controversially proposed transforming Manhattan's Central Park into a sunken landscape surrounded by a "sidescraper".

The proposal epitomised architects' disregard for designed landscapes, according to the president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles A Birnbaum.

img.5Supersonic Boom aircraft will be the "fastest passenger plane ever"

A group of aviation experts unveiled plans for a supersonic aircraft, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde, while scientists showcased a new method to remotely control insects.

img.6Reebok to launch Sigourney Weaver's Alien Stomper trainers

Just two weeks after Nike unveiled its Back to the Future-style trainers, Reebok announced the release of the boot-like sneakers worn by Sigourney Weaver in 1986 sci-fi film Aliens.

img.7Herzog & de Meuron adds new gallery building to Vitra Design Museum

Herzog & de Meuron completed a new gallery to house the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany and new images emerged of Studio Gang's supertall Chicago tower that will include a $17.1 million penthouse.



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