Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

Sep 24, 2016

Hiroshi Sambuichi: The nature of architecture

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What is most remarkable about Hiroshi Sambuichi’s work is the sensation of air and wind movement that the shapes of the architect’s buildings encourage. The experience is testament to Sambuichi’s philosophy that architecture should work in harmony with the environment surrounding it so that ...

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Sep 23, 2016

Famed section of Great Wall of China marred by 'ugly repair job'

Chinese officials are being pilloried over the smoothing-over of a crumbling but much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in the name of restoration. The widely mocked project involved an 8-kilometer (5-mile) unrestored Xiaohekou section ...

Builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

Sep 15, 2016

Builders go back in time to construct a castle the medieval way

Blacksmiths, stonemasons and quarry men are hard at work in a Burgundy forest building a 13th-century-style castle using the most basic tools and materials, replicating the methods used hundreds of years ago to better understand them. Forgoing all modern technology, workers use hammers to ...

Mega-projects transforming Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia

Aug 28, 2016

Mega-projects transforming Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia

Turkey is seeking to “build the future of Istanbul” with ambitious projects including the third bridge spanning the Bosphorus Strait linking Europe and Asia, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan says. The bridge — once hailed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “star project” — ...

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Aug 28, 2016

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for he high death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster. As questions mount over the deaths of nearly 300 people, prosecutor ...

Japan's architects are building a better future

Aug 20, 2016

Japan's architects are building a better future

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Home-security AI cats; talking walls equipped with motion sensors; communal-living apartment blocks that promote harmonious relations; and outdoor living-room spaces powered by solar energy siphoned off hybrid cars — these previews of our future, currently on display at “House Vision 2,” sound like science ...

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

Aug 11, 2016

Sydney Opera House to get an acoustic upgrade

The Sydney Opera House is set to undergo a multimillion-dollar overhaul, with an emphasis on improving its acoustics, which have been described as worse than an aircraft hangar, officials said Thursday. The 247 million Australian dollar ($190 million) revamp is the biggest since Australia’s ...

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers ecology fears

Jul 31, 2016

Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers ecology fears

A planned multibillion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future owing to China’s economic woes and warnings of environmental catastrophe. Forest City, a $42 billion futuristic “eco-city” of high-rises and ...

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 ...