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A First Look Inside Robert A.M. Stern's 20 East End Avenue Photos

As the craze for modern, amenity-rich luxury buildings continues to sweep New York, a certain trope has emerged: sleek, contemporary spaces with hip details meant to draw young, affluent crowds. Not so at Robert A.M. Stern's 20 East End Avenue, the Upper East Side's newest destination residence, …

Amazing images of the world's greatest cities before they were cities

Like all living things, cities have lifespans.<p>Some, like Paris, are ancient — over 2,000 years old. Others are adolescent in comparison.<p>Here are the maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journeys of our greatest cities.<p><i>Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this story.</i>

Urbanism

Ancient green building technique helps ease West Africa housing crisis

Semi-arid regions of Africa face unique obstacles in their efforts to address a growing housing crisis. For years people built roofs with bush …

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 …

Kengo Kuma’s Wooden Mobile Home for Snow Peak Is a Minimalist Dream

In collaboration with Japanese outdoor goods manufacturer Snow Peak, architect Kengo Kuma has developed a timber mobile home based on minimalism and …

15 Buildings That Have Unique And Creative Facades

Building exteriors usually aren’t all that exciting. They may look nice but rarely are they creative enough to make you stop and really appreciate …

18 Ultra-Modern Houses from India

Interior Designers and the Architects create draw plans and concepts which are then brought to life by the General contractors. Furthermore, the …

House Design

This House Built On A Single Column Can Rotate 360-Degrees

Recently on display at the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, was this unique piece of architecture. Designed and built by …

This Restaurant Is Designed Like A Floating Nest

Surrounded entirely by water and seeming to float right on its surface, this special seating space is one of the three restaurants at the Mar Adentro …

17 Pictures Of The Recently Opened Casa Cook Hotel In Rhodes, Greece

Casa Cook is a new hotel brand by travel company Thomas Cook, that just opened its first location on the picturesque island of Rhodes, Greece.<p>This …

NASA Orbit Pavilion Brings the Sounds of Space to Earth

With help from architects and the design team at STUDIOKCA, NASA is bringing the sounds of space to the public with the <b>NASA Orbit Pavilion</b>. Based on …

New York City

Zaha Hadid Architects regenerates Praque’s urban site adjacent to Masaryk Railway Station

<b>Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has revealed its new plans for urban site in Praque, Czech Republic adjacent to Masaryk Railway Station.</b> Zaha Hadid …

This New Tower in Dubai Could Be The World's Tallest

Dubai developer Emaar Properties has unveiled details of a new record-setting tower that is expected to be the tallest building ever.<p>For now, Emaar …

Japanese minimalism: John Pawson's crisp white residential offering in Okinawa

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15 Awesome Examples Of Homes In The Desert

1. This home with a guesthouse and studio in Capitol Reef, Utah.<p>Design and photography by Imbue Design.<p>2. This home enjoys desert views from almost …

Dame Diva Zaha Hadid will build no more | Iraq

Sober and savvy; perfectionist and flamboyant; commanding respect and oozing authority: Zaha Hadid was the soul of an Arab poet in the spirit of a European artist.<p>The verb "to be" does not quite yet fit into the past tense of "was" in a sentence with Hadid. Nor indeed do the birth and death dates …

30 Most Colorful Cities Around the World

Many of the world's most iconic metropolises are filled with towering skyscrapers and shiny glass-and-steel facades, but not all cities are gray concrete jungles. From the candy-colored buildings of Havana, Cuba to the blue-painted houses of Jodhpur, India, many urban areas have embraced vivid hues …

Cape Town

Top 20 City and Architecture Photos on 500px So Far This Year

At the end of every year, we do a “Best of *inset year here*” series, where we count down the top 10 most popular photos in every single category. …

Homage to brutalist icon inspires a habitat made of pixels

"With King Street West, we wanted to find an alternative to the tower and podium you see a lot of in Toronto and revisit some of Safdie's …

Smog-Eating Surfaces Poised to Expand Beyond Architecture

Urban thinkers are conceiving of pollutant-absorbing roads and textiles

Dubai’s Damac renames Versace-cobranded tower in London

These architects wanted to work outside, so they made a mobile office in a caravan

Architecture firm Studio106, wanted to be able to enjoy the nice summer weather that New Zealand has to offer, without leaving their office.<p>They …

How Will We Live In 2116?

Super-skyscrapers, virtual holidays (involving electrodes stimulating the senses) and Hologram pets may seem like elements of a sci-fi movie, but according to Samsung’s SmartThings Future Living Report, they are likely to exist a century later. Put together by space scientist Dr. Maggie …

Planetary Habitability

THAT House / Austin Maynard Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In a Nutshell<p>The site is neighboured by huge houses. We were asked to provide the family with ‘just the …

15 Iconic Buildings Celebrate the Monumental Modernism of Louis Kahn

The 116th anniversary of Louis Kahn’s birth is today, and with it comes a chance to reflect on one of architecture’s most influential figures of the 20th century. The American passed away under sad circumstances in 1974, but his distinctive, monumental style and cultural impact across the globe …

Architecture

'The Big Lebowski' Porn House Will Become an Art Space

Eccentric owner of the Jackie Treehorn house, James Goldstein, just donated his pad to LACMA.<p>I’m a Lebowski, you’re a Lebowski, and now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a Lebowski, too. LACMA just announced its receipt of an endowment for the Sheats Goldstein Residence, better known …

santiago calatrava to build observation tower in dubai

<b>santiago calatrava chosen to build observation tower in dubai creek harbor</b><br>image © santiago calatrava<p><b>spanish engineer and architect santiago calatrava</b> …

Skyscrapers

sou fujimoto among 23 architects chosen to 'reinvent' paris

<b>architects david chipperfield and sou fujimoto are among the winning designers chosen as part of réinventer paris — an initiative aimed at developing</b> …

Architecture

Club Med Villas de FinolhuLocated on the island of Gasfinolhu,...

Club Med Villas de FinolhuLocated on the island of Gasfinolhu, Club Med Villas de Finolhu is an all-inclusive Maldives resort consisting of 52 …

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.<p>Le Corbusier’s plan may not have had such power if he hadn’t put it on paper. The French modernist architect wanted to reform the polluted …