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

by Kaori Shoji

“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 ...

Chinese buy up overseas real estate

Jan 23, 2015

Chinese buy up overseas real estate

What do New York’s most famous hotel, the Lloyd’s of London building and the headquarters of the U.K.’s top law firm have in common? They are all owned by Chinese insurers. This new breed of buyers, who weren’t allowed to invest overseas before 2012, ...

Cuba to reopen twin of U.S. Capitol building as relations warm

Jan 11, 2015

Cuba to reopen twin of U.S. Capitol building as relations warm

Fidel Castro’s rebels swept into Havana 56 years ago this month and went to work purging the U.S. legacy from a capital that had been a virtual outpost of Washington. The Havana Hilton became the Havana Libre. Neon Coca-Cola signs were torn down. And ...

Developers look to create underground park in NYC

Nov 28, 2014

Developers look to create underground park in NYC

Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private planners inspired by the High Line’s success are now looking deep under ...

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

Nov 6, 2014

Renowned architect condemns Olympic stadium design

by Tomohiro Osaki

A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a “white elephant” that’s been stripped of its original designer’s artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available ...