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Modern Architecture

Mecanoo replaces Foster + Partners on New York Public Library renovation

The New York Public Library has selected Mecanoo – the Dutch architecture firm behind Europe's biggest library – to lead the renovation of its iconic …

The Design Capital of the Netherlands

After being nearly wiped off the map by the Luftwaffe in World War II, <b>Rotterdam</b> bounced back with a creative confidence few European cities can match.<p>You see it in the <b>Erasmus Bridge</b>, which looks like a giant modernist swan, and in Piet Blom’s <b>iconic cube houses</b>—you can visit Number 70, but the rest …

Rotterdam

The Bacteria That Turn Amoebas Into Farmers

Most people think of bacteria as germs, signs of filth, or unwanted bringers of disease. Slowly, that view is changing. It is now abundantly clear that the bacteria that live on the bodies of other creatures help their hosts by digesting food, providing nutrients, protecting against disease, …

Biology

Chicago’s Polish Triangle

Next to Warsaw, <b>Chicago</b> has the world’s second largest Polish population.<p>The <b>Polonia Triangle</b>, center of the city’s original Polish Downtown, is the Illinois city’s oldest, most prominent Polish settlement, full of local Polish shops and restaurants.<p>Though the years have taken their toll, the area …

John Paul II

Made for each other: Net Zero and Passive House

Net Zero Energy building is hot in North America these days; that’s where people put enough grid-connected solar panels on their roof so that over …

Architecture

Students use scaffolding to build Urban Spa in a Mexican park

Students from the Institute of Architecture and Design Chihuahua have used scaffolding, wood and fabric to turn a disused park fountain into a shaded …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly1 day agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …

Men's Fashion

Sustainable Food Production Would End Lake Erie Dead Zones

Changing Planet<p>Summer fun should include diving into refreshing, clear oceans and lakes. But for communities around the western side of Lake Erie, the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America, this tradition is likely to yet again be disrupted by a severe algae bloom.<p>Blooms …

Sustainability

BIG unveils transport hub for one of Sweden's biggest cities

The Västerås Travel Center by Bjarke Ingel's firm BIG will bring together trains, buses, taxis and bicycles as part of an ambitious redevelopment …

PROMENADA / Enota

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Velenje "Promenada" is an important city space and a vital city thoroughfare. It is one of the …

How to Drastically Improve Your Architectural Renderings

<i>These days, the production of architectural renderings is something of a digital arms race, as the more sophisticated visualization becomes, the more</i> …

New Site Revealed for BIG and Heatherwick-Designed Google HQ Expansion

Google has found another way to realize its futuristic Mountain View headquarter's expansion. As the San Jose Mercury News reports, the search engine …

Mountain View

Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct / HASSELL

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct celebrates the unique concentration of Afghan businesses in …

OMA Among 5 Shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor

MVRDV, OMA and DP Architects are among five shortlisted teams competing to design the Singapore Rail Corridor. Spanning the island south to north, …

Snøhetta team to design river walk next to America's second largest waterfall

Architecture and landscape firm Snøhetta has been appointed to develop plans for a new public access route along Willamette Falls in Oregon, the …

Google reveals new site for Mountain View headquarters by BIG and Heatherwick

Google has found another way to begin construction on its vast Silicon Valley campus designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio – despite losing its …

Herzog & de Meuron presents an alternative to "pompous and unsustainable" Expo pavilions

<b>Milan Expo 2015:</b> this trio of wooden pavilions was designed by Herzog & de Meuron to showcase the principles of the Slow Food movement, which …

OMA, Renzo Piano, BIG and Steven Holl build Lego structures for Olafur Eliasson installation

Architects including Steven Holl and Bjarke Ingels have created Lego buildings for an installation by artist Olafur Eliasson on the High Line in …

"The building appears to have just fallen from Mars and landed there"

<b>Comments update:</b> Zaha Hadid's shimmering new building for a historic site at the University of Oxford was accused of being "obnoxious" this week. …

NEXT Architects' bat-friendly bridge to have winter roosts built into its concrete structure

The Vlotwateringbrug by NEXT Architects will span a river that forms an important natural pathway for the local bat population, and provide shelter …

UNStudio completes first buildings for new Singapore university campus

Dutch architecture office UNStudio has completed the first two buildings of a major new university campus in Singapore, designed as a seamless …

Architecture

Zimoun installs motorised wooden seesaws inside Austrian church

The sounds of 150 mechanical seesaws striking the floor of a former church in Austria reverberate around its nave in this installation by Swiss …

"This spectacle of power was an inversion of the socialist city"

<b>Opinion:</b> Stalinist Russia turned its military parades into architecture, creating a peculiar form of pomp that still resonates in modern Moscow and …

Ralph Pucci's fashion mannequins "mirror how we want to see ourselves"

An exhibition at New York's Museum of Arts and Design celebrates the work of Ralph Pucci, whose mannequin designs chronicle changes in visual culture …

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Named European Museum Of The Year

Amsterdam's <i>Rijksmuseum</i>, which was comprehensively restored and reimagined by Spanish practice Cruz y Ortiz over the course of a decade, has been …

China Set to Open World’s Longest and Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge

China will soon finish construction on what will be the world’s tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge, floating 300 meters above a canyon in …

6 Winners Selected for OISTAT Competition to Design a Floating Theatre in Germany

Out of 197 entries from 38 countries, six proposals have been chosen as the winners of the <b>2015 OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition</b>, which sought …

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Modern Architecture