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 ...

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 ...