Mitsubishi Estate plans Japan's tallest building near Tokyo Station

Aug 31, 2015

Mitsubishi Estate plans Japan's tallest building near Tokyo Station

Mitsubishi Estate Co. says it will construct a 390-meter-high building, making it Japan’s tallest, as part of redevelopment project near Tokyo Station. The structure will overtake the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas in the city of Osaka. Mitsubishi Estate hopes the new building will serve both ...

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jan 22, 2015

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own. For now, the bitterly cold valley ...

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 ...