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Arata Isozaki: Zaha Hadid's Tokyo Stadium Will Be "A Disgrace"

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has hit out at the redesign of Zaha Hadid's Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, branding it "a monumental mistake" that has left him "in despair".

In a lengthy statement released to the media, 83-year-old Isozaki – one of Japan's leading architects – said he was "shocked" to see the lack of "dynamism" in Zaha Hadid's newest proposal for the 80,000-seat stadium, which was recently redesigned following protests over the original scheme.

Isozaki likened the new proposal to "a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away".

Ouch. Almost as brutal as me, Arata! Somewhat surprising when you consider that the two architects only recently 'collaborated' on the Citylife luxury complex in Milan, Italy.

Read the full story over on Dezeen, along with a plethora of colourful comments from readers...

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