'Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia'

Jul 7, 2015

'Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia'

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July 18-Oct.12. Even before he could hold a pencil, Oscar Niemeyer was drawing in the air with his fingers. His talent blossomed decades later and he became a renowned architect, receiving international acclaim in 1941 for the Pampulha Architectural Complex in the Brazilian city ...

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

Jun 21, 2015

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

The world’s second-tallest building, Shanghai Tower, will soon open in the Chinese financial capital with a twist — a 120-degree twist, to be exact. A triangular “outer skin” twists around a circular core, sending the glass-and-steel tower spiraling 632 meters (2,086 feet) into the ...

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

Jun 17, 2015

Robot to 3-D print Amsterdam bridge

A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3-D printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction projects. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3-D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge ...

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

May 29, 2015

Seoul's rooftop gardens are oases in busy capital

From stylish, manicured creations to small vegetable plots, gardens are taking to the rooftops of the South Korean capital of Seoul — bringing dashes of spontaneity and color to the skyline of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. With help from the ...

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

May 24, 2015

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

Deep in the English countryside, rows of trees are being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape with years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lamp shades and other items such as mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a ...

One World Observatory: a sneak preview

May 21, 2015

One World Observatory: a sneak preview

New York’s One World Trade Center on Wednesday treated invited guests to a sneak peek at the panoramic views from the observation deck atop the newly opened tower, which rises 1,776 feet (521 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. The “pre-opening” of the ...

Empty mega-complex reflects unfulfilled ambition in China

May 21, 2015

Empty mega-complex reflects unfulfilled ambition in China

As the wind whistles through half-finished skyscrapers and over empty boulevards, a development billed as China’s answer to Manhattan at times bears out the “ghost town” label some have given it. Chinese officials hope the towers of the Yujiapu Financial District will one day ...

Urban planning

| May 20, 2015

Urban planning

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“Inside Architecture — Dare mo Shiranai Kenchiku no Hanashi” is a fascinating look at the relationship between money and city planning, economy and architecture. The filmmaker behind this formidable documentary is 38-year-old Tomomi Ishiyama, a Fulbright scholar who studied at New York City University ...

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 ...