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Artist Yang Zhichao Moves from Extreme Pain to Memories

In his piece 'Chinese Bible,' the infamous artist inverts his focus away from violence to quiet introspection.<p>Yang Zhichao is popularly known as one of China's most extreme performance artists. In recent decades, a vein has emerged in the country's art scene that celebrates and explores the …

McLaren Excell adds a weathered-steel and concrete extension to a London house

A concrete floor merges with seating inside and outside this rusted steel and glass extension to a Victorian-style house in west London, designed by …

Roland Fischer’s Facades: Up-Close photos of the world’s most beautiful buildings (PHOTOS).

You might be unsure of exactly what you’re looking at when you first see the images in Roland Fischer’s series “Facades.” They could be tiles or …

Seven Leading Architects Defend the World’s Most Hated Buildings ANNABELLE SELLDORF ON THE EMPIRE STATE PLAZA, ALBANY “I know that others find it too brutal or forbidding, but I think it’s beautiful in its monumentality and starkness.“ ZAHA HADID ON THE ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER, GOSHEN, N.Y. “There is an integrity within the design that displays a commitment to engagement and connectivity.” DANIEL LIBESKIND ON THE TOUR MONTPARNASSE, PARIS “Maybe Tour Montparnasse is not a work of genius, but it signified a notion of what the city of the future will have to be.“ ADA TOLLA ON VELE DI SCAMPIA, NAPLES, ITALY “But the complex was cursed. It wasn’t built as specified; value-engineering changed the structure and reduced the interior courtyards, therefore limiting the amount of light. None of the planned public spaces, amenities, schools or offices were ever constructed.” NORMAN FOSTER ON TEMPELHOF AIRPORT, BERLIN “Monuments, if you trace their ancestry, can reveal disturbing things about the past. Nonetheless, they have enduring qualities which, viewed on their own merits, are perhaps an example to us.” AMANDA LEVETE ON THE BT TOWER, LONDON “What fascinates me is that in its time the BT Tower was a building that was entirely about its function as a telecommunications tower: Its purpose was its height.” VINCENT VAN DUYSEN ON CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS “It reversed the typical model of a museum into something that was engaging and inviting to the public. Architecture at that time needed to do things differently, like a shock. The shock liberates a lot of emotions and perceptions.” Via NYT (via archatlas)

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Shanghai art museum by Atelier Deshaus brings together vaulted columns and an industrial relic

These new shots by photography duo Hufton + Crow depict the Long Museum West Bund – a contemporary art gallery in Shanghai built around an industrial …

Dutch House Design Mimics the Experience of Walking Through Nearby Dunes

Nestled within the dune landscape of the northern Dutch islands is the aptly-titled <i>Dune House</i> designed by Marc Koehler Architects. The structure is inspired by its surroundings, and the configuration of the 591 square foot home is based on what you'd experience as you walked through the dunes. From …

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