Visitors welcome Tokyo museum's UNESCO World Heritage listing

Jul 18, 2016

Visitors welcome Tokyo museum's UNESCO World Heritage listing

Visitors to a Tokyo art museum designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier have welcomed UNESCO’s decision to add it to the World Heritage list, with many lining up before its 9:30 a.m. opening. Ai Masuda, a 19-year-old college sophomore who came from Yokohama together ...

Tokyo's Le Corbusier building makes UNESCO heritage list

Jul 17, 2016

Tokyo's Le Corbusier building makes UNESCO heritage list

An art museum in Tokyo and 16 other buildings designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier are to be added to the World Heritage list, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced Sunday. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee recognized buildings in seven countries, ...

UNESCO raises alarm over Malian earthen town, Uzbek monuments

Jul 14, 2016

UNESCO raises alarm over Malian earthen town, Uzbek monuments

The U.N.’s cultural agency on Wednesday added Mali’s legendary earthen buildings to its heritage-in-danger list, saying a lack of security was preventing conservation of the site, and also expressed concern over the impact that tourism is having on monuments in Uzbekistan. Mali’s old towns ...

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

May 7, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

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If you’ve visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you’ve probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s “Emerald Necklace,” the grounds of ...

Slender towers rise to dizzying heights on NYC skyline

Feb 22, 2016

Slender towers rise to dizzying heights on NYC skyline

In New York City, there’s no escaping the pressure to be taller and thinner — not even for the skyscrapers. Changes in building technology and materials in recent years have made it possible to build slender towers that are among the tallest in the ...

Playboy Mansion up for sale for $200 millions, reports say

Jan 10, 2016

Playboy Mansion up for sale for $200 millions, reports say

The Playboy Mansion, reputedly host to some of America’s most raucous parties and other shenanigans too graphic for print, is up for sale for $200 million, U.S. media said Saturday. Home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, 89, the notorious building will be listed ...

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

Jan 5, 2016

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

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The exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea,” currently at 21_21 Design Sight and curated by fellow architect Tsuyoshi Tane, crams in a lot, but it’s not exactly a linear retrospective. Rather, it’s an upward look at a man on a tightrope — a ...

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

Jan 3, 2016

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve — the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years — has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region. Hundreds of gleaming ...