Week's top news: MVRD unveil revolutionary design concept, Garden Bridge faces review and Adjaye's African American museum opens in Washington

Here are some of the stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Francis Ford Coppola’s private island retreat to a new energy-producing paving slab.

Monday

• Renowned street artist Phlegm has created an eight-storey mural in Toronto, bringing art to the city’s busiest intersections. Read here.

• Legendary Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola has opened a private Caribbean island to create a “Robinson Crusoe experience”. Read here.

Tuesday

• James Pallotta, the American investor in charge of Italian football club AS Roma, has claimed construction work on a new stadium for the team could begin next March. Read here.

• The founders of Dutch architecture studio MVRDV believe their project for Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans van Beuningen offers a new model for how museums can take full advantage of their vast cultural collections. Read here.

• Pavegen, the British clean-tech company, has launched an innovative flooring system that creates energy from footsteps. Read here.

Wednesday

• Australian architects Crone Partners and Japanese studio Kengo Kuma & Associates will build a luxury hotel for Wanda in Sydey’s Central Business District. Read here.

• A group of top Japanese architects are petitioning UNESCO to recognise Kenzo Tange’s 1964 Tokyo Olympic gymnasium on its World Cultural Heritage list. Read here.

• Plans are in the works to develop a multi-million pound aquarium project in Southampton, combining undersea creatures with a showcase of the region’s links to the high seas. Read here.

• The long-awaited opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. will take place this weekend. Read here.

Thursday

• Golf course architect Tom Doak has designed North America’s first reversible course for the Forest Dunes resort in Michigan. Read here.

• London mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered a review into Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed £185m Garden Bridge project. Read here.

Friday

• British football club Everton is working with US design firm Meis Architects to create a vision for a proposed new stadium. Read here. Read here.

• New York’s American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has been granted first approval for its US$325m (€288.8m, £248.6m) expansion. Read here.

• Italian architect and spa designer Alberto Apostoli has created a wellness centre in the south of France that evokes a medieval crypt. Read here.

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Here are some of the stories that appeared on CLAD this week, from Francis Ford Coppola’s private island retreat to a new energy-producing paving slab. Monday • Renowned street artist Phlegm has created an eight-storey mural in Toronto, bringing art to the city’s busiest intersections. Read here. • Legendary Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola has opened a private Caribbean island to create a “Robinson Crusoe experience”. Read here. Tuesday •
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