Jul 1, 2014

Whole town up for sale in South Dakota

Prospective buyers who want to be masters of their own domains could turn to southwestern South Dakota, where an entire town can be purchased for $399,000. The owner of Swett (pronounced “sweat”) is selling the roughly 6-acre (2.5-hectare) town, which includes a tavern, a ...

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Jul 1, 2014

Rome's Trevi Fountain gets face-lift

Rome unveiled the most drastic face-lift for the Trevi Fountain in its 252-year history on Monday, the latest in a series of privately funded restorations to Italy’s prized landmarks. The stone rendering of Tritons guiding the shell chariot of water god Oceanus will be ...

Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Jun 14, 2014

Pritzker-winning architect Ban sticks to disaster areas

Architect Shigeru Ban has formally accepted the 2014 Pritzker Prize with a vow to continue supporting people in stricken areas around the world, saying building designers have a responsibility to people caught up in disasters. “An earthquake doesn’t kill people, but the collapse of ...

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

Mar 31, 2014

Detroit project creates 'blank canvas'

The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that bulldozers will soon level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor residents pleaded with the city to demolish vacant homes ...

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

Jan 20, 2014

Strong quake jolts New Zealand's North Island

A strong magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattled New Zealand Monday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake, which struck at 3:52 p.m., was centered in the North Island about 115 km northeast ...

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

Jan 19, 2014

Pyramid, Versailles and now Sky City

A Chinese multimillionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work due to safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 ...

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Jan 10, 2014

Mumbai bets on airport revamp to boost global standing

Mumbai will unveil its lavish and long-awaited new airport terminal Friday, part of a $2 billion revamp that aims to challenge India’s reputation for shoddy infrastructure and boost the financial capital’s status. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the terminal in the city’s north, ...