Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral needs urgent repairs

Jul 6, 2017

Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral needs urgent repairs

Victor Hugo would be appalled to see the ravages inflicted by time, pollution and weather on his beloved Notre Dame, the soaring cathedral that adorns the heart of Paris. The celebrated French novelist wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," published in 1831, largely to draw ...

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

Jun 18, 2017

Stay or go? Deadly London fire puts scrutiny on high-rise rule

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don't automatically run for the stairs. Stay put and wait for instructions. That is ...

First Japan House opens in Brazil

Apr 30, 2017

First Japan House opens in Brazil

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London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo. There is little at first sight that seems to unite these three cities, which are diverse in geography and climate as well as architecture, cuisine and atmosphere. Yet these metropolitan hubs will soon be connected by one unexpectedly common thread ...

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for timber ...

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Hemp used for world's first 'bio-based' bridge

While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it — as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel. They have used hemp — a variety of cannabis which ...

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 ...