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Week's top news: Ian Schrager honoured, Willis Tower set for revamp and James Corner speaks out on designing public platforms for democracy

Here are some of the stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Bjarke Ingels' Greenland stadium plans to the latest on David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm.

Monday

• Creating buildings that inspire love is about more than just arranging and inventing forms, argues Peter Zumthor in an exclusive interview with CLAD. Read here.

• W Hotels Worldwide has announced it is planning to open a property in Melbourne's vast Collins Arch development. Read here.

• US National Football League franchise the Green Bay Packers has revealed it is nearing completion on the first phase of its very own sports-anchored leisure district, Titletown. Read here.

Tuesday

• Toronto's urban waterfront has been transformed with the temporary addition of five mysterious installations in the parks, bridges and squares along Queens Quay. Read here.

• The Hammer Museum will increase its exhibition space by 60 per cent, announcing plans for a 40,000sq ft (3,700sq m) expansion and renovation of its existing Los Angeles home by 2020. Read here.

• French architecture studios Sockeel and Olgga have joined forces to revamp the stadium of football club ULS Dunkerque into a beautiful and accessible facility for the community in the historic beach town. Read here.

• Boutique hotelier Ian Schrager has won the 2017 Pioneer Award for “his outstanding impact on the hospitality industry” and his longstanding support for design-led hotels. Read here.

Wednesday

• The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) has planned an “unprecedented sharing of expertise, insight and discussion” on the design, development and operation of leisure centres and swimming pools. Read here.

• Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has announced ambitious plans to transform the city’s famous Willis Tower into a civic destination offering “unique retail and entertainment experiences.” Read here.

• FIFA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must “take the lead” on stadium sustainability to make the hosting of events less prohibitive, according to architect Ruben Reddy. Read here.

• Practices designing public squares should consider how they can enhance tolerance and provide platforms for peaceful democratic protest, according to landscape architect and theorist James Corner. Read here.

Thursday

• The studio of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels have agreed to design a new indoor football stadium for Greenland, according to media reports in the island territory. Read here.

• The contentious redevelopment of Roland Garros, the home of French tennis, will go ahead after the Administrative Court of Paris threw out a legal challenge brought by critics of the project. Read here.

• Swiss luxury hotel operator Kempinski will open a five-star hotel located within the historic Manzana de Gomez building in Cuba in Q2 of this year. Read here.

Friday

• Plans to build a landmark new home for the Nobel Center in Stockholm’s historic inner city have taken a major step forward, with the county administrative board approving a detailed local plan for the project and rejecting appeals against it. Read here.

• One of the largest indoor waterparks in the world is coming to Copenhagen after Høje-Taastup Municipality revealed plans for a 360,000sq m (3.9m sq ft) mega-leisure development in the Danish city. Read here.

• Companies can inspire improved health and wellbeing among their staff by introducing biophilic leisure amenities into their workplaces, according to a leading wellness consultant. Read here.

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Here are some of the stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Bjarke Ingels' Greenland stadium plans to the latest on David Chipperfield's Nobel Center in Stockholm. Monday • Creating buildings that inspire love is about more than just arranging and inventing forms, argues Peter Zumthor in an exclusive interview with CLAD. Read here. • W Hotels Worldwide has announced it is planning to open a property in Melbourne's
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