Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Mar 9, 2015

Mice, smog and MPs: U.K. parliament faces urgent repairs

Behind the neo-Gothic splendor of Big Ben, Britain’s Houses of Parliament is crumbling and overrun with mice, prompting its top official to warn the building may have to be “abandoned” without urgent renovations. Leaking roofs mean members of parliament have to use waste paper ...

Chinese buy up overseas real estate

Jan 23, 2015

Chinese buy up overseas real estate

What do New York’s most famous hotel, the Lloyd’s of London building and the headquarters of the U.K.’s top law firm have in common? They are all owned by Chinese insurers. This new breed of buyers, who weren’t allowed to invest overseas before 2012, ...

Cuba to reopen twin of U.S. Capitol building as relations warm

Jan 11, 2015

Cuba to reopen twin of U.S. Capitol building as relations warm

Fidel Castro’s rebels swept into Havana 56 years ago this month and went to work purging the U.S. legacy from a capital that had been a virtual outpost of Washington. The Havana Hilton became the Havana Libre. Neon Coca-Cola signs were torn down. And ...

Developers look to create underground park in NYC

Nov 28, 2014

Developers look to create underground park in NYC

Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line’s success are now looking deep under ...

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

Nov 6, 2014

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

by Tomohiro Osaki

A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a “white elephant” that’s been stripped of its original designer’s artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available ...

Old toilets become London cafes

Oct 9, 2014

Old toilets become London cafes

With spiraling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential gold mines, the city’s forgotten spaces — including 19th-century public toilets — are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Many Victorian urinals remained abandoned for decades after World War II. But ...