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China goes west: a ghost city in the sand comes to life

Mountains have been flattened and villages bulldozed to build Lanzhou New Area in China’s wild west. Four years ago Tom Phillips met empty streets and an eerie hush, but now he finds this improbable desert mirage finally filling up<p>点击这里,阅读本文中文版<p>It was a scheme as bold and eccentric as any to emerge …

Cities

Here's why some Hong Kong skyscrapers have gaping holes

Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. …

Hong Kong

Incredible train 'disappears' through block of flats in China's 'Mountain City'

Architects and planners in a Chinese city have designed a novel way to make space for an essential train route - by building it through the centre of a block of flats.<p>The unusual train track passes directly through the 19-storey residential building in the “emerging mega-city” of Chongqing, located …

Urban Planning

Stephen King Just Revealed THE DARK TOWER’s New Movie Poster

Here it is, at last. <i>The Dark Tower</i>, a movie that we often feared would never happen is real, and it has its first poster now. It leaked online late …

Movies

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Wobbly skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness and depression, warn experts

If working in an office high-rise makes you tired and grumpy, it may not just be your job that’s to blame.<p>Skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness, sleepiness and depression because they sway slightly in the wind, experts believe, and are launching a £7 million study to gauge the impact and work out …

Construction

Put us on the map, please: China's smaller cities go wild for starchitecture

From mountain-shaped apartment blocks to the centre of braised chicken reinventing itself as ‘Solar Valley’, China’s second (and third) tier cities are hiring big-name architects to get them noticed<p>From egg-shaped concert halls to skyscrapers reminiscent of big pairs of pants, China’s top cities …

China

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: MVRDV’s Reflective Art Depot Breaks Ground in Rotterdam

Dutch firm MVRDV is known for breaking with architectural convention, and the experimental practice is now set to take its explorations to a new level in the Netherlands with an entirely new building typology. Today, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the firm’s radical addition to the Museum …

Architecture

Changes to this obscure rule could leave Midtown East streets shrouded in shadow

The streets of Midtown East could get a whole lot darker thanks to changes in a little-known equation (outside of architecture, anyway) used to …

Surfers Paradise Project To Have World’s Most Slim Fitting Architectural Design

Golden Gate Property has unveiled the architectural design for a $200 million, cutting edge residential tower on a prime absolute beachfront site in …

Design

Surreal Architectural Models by Bureau Spectacular

Currently on view at SFMOMA are a series of models by Architecture studio Bureau Spectacular that imagines architecture without the constraints of …

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City-dwellers are prone to depression – are high-rises to blame?

Residents of high-rise blocks tend to suffer from more stress, mental health difficulties and neurosis<p>Prof Colin Ellard was walking past the rows of new-build towers that dominate the west of central Toronto when he had a sudden realisation. “I was struck by how dark, sombre and sad these new urban …

Housing

Oiio imagines The Big Bend skyscraper for New York as "the longest building in the world"

In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that …

Urban Planning

One Bayfront Plaza by KPF set to become Miami's joint-tallest building

International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has revealed plans for a supertall skyscraper in Miami, which will match Foster + Partners' twin …

Architecture

New York's tallest rental skyscraper will have a rock-climbing wall, library, and basketball court

The area farthest west of midtown Manhattan was once a quiet part of town. Subway lines didn't stretch there, and many of the apartment buildings were modest in size.<p>But in the last decade, developers have been building in the area and turning it into a shiny new neighborhood full of upscale …

Urban Planning

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Why Are So Many Trump Tower Condos For Sale Right Now?

DOWNTOWN — Downtown condos can be hard to find … unless you’re looking in Trump Tower.<p>There were 62 condominiums listed for sale in the Trump …

Real Estate

Dubai firm to build world's first 3D printed skyscraper

Dubai-based construction technologies firm, Cazza, has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper.<p>The firm will be able to 3D …

3D Printing

Miami’s 1000ft-high observation tower will have base jumping and floating glass pods

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Seattle has the Space Needle, and soon Miami will have a world-class observation tower of its own. Soaring 1000 feet high, SkyRise Miami will be perched on the Biscayne Bay waterfront at the city’s Bayside Marketplace.<p>While observation towers around the globe entice …

BASE jumping

Plan for 725-foot River North skyscraper revealed

The 60-story project will feature a mix of condos, time-shares, hotel rooms, and retail<p>Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), the architecture firm behind Chicago’s John Hancock Center and Willis (Sears) Tower, is looking to once again leave its mark on the Windy City skyline with a new 60-story tower in …

Urban Planning

Apartments Above New York City’s Iconic Woolworth Building Unveiled

The luxury condos pay homage to the landmark’s history<p>Glass and steel may be taking over the New York City skyline, but the terracotta-clad Woolworth …

Architecture

Plan to light up Chicago’s Merchandise Mart is moving forward

The iconic riverfront building’s exterior facade will be transformed into a massive projection screen<p>Home to wholesale decorating showrooms, art galleries, and a technology incubator, Chicago’s 4 million square foot Merchandise Mart is preparing to take on yet another role as a giant projection …

Chicago

Skyscraper to Feature Virtual Reality Option

While the official opening date for Skyplex has been pushed back to 2020 (due to ongoing permitting), several additional attractions have been …

If skyscrapers are a proxy for economic power, what happened to western Europe?

On March 4, the London-based Financial Times ran a story (paywall) educating readers on skyscrapers, the multistory structures that have been part of most city skylines for the last 132 years.<p>Given that the first skyscraper appeared in Chicago in 1885, and the buildings were widespread across the …

Cities

9 Parking Garage Designs That Are Works of Art

Designed by some of the top firms, such as Herzog & de Meuron, these parking garages prove that even traditionally mundane spaces can be beautifully designed<p>Parking garages, arguably the most mundane of all the civic structures, usually skew heavily toward the functional end of the architecture …

Architecture

Rethinking the towers that be

Can ambitious highrise architect Jeanne Gang and big developers build a better city together?<p>There are some things we’ve all heard about apartment towers. You can’t have a neighbourhood in a high-rise. Today’s tall buildings are flimsy energy hogs. They all look the same.<p>But what if that …

Architecture

As Dubai’s Skyline Adds a Trophy, the Architect Calls It Stolen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Few cities on earth can compete with Dubai for sheer verticality. Once a forgettable port alongside the emptiness of the Arabian desert, its pale sands have proved fertile ground for all manner of skyscrapers.<p>They rise as if conjured by an obsession with Las Vegas and …

Dubai

2020 Expo is Boon for Dubai’s Developers

UAE city gets ready to welcome several new residential towers<p>After a downturn, the real estate market in Dubai is looking upbeat again.<p>The …

Dubai

Historical Photographs of the Eiffel Tower Building

These incredible pictures show the building of the Eiffel Tower in 1899, for the 1900 Universal Fair. The structure is one of the most famous …

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