Architecture

Christchurch’s New Central Library is Practically Earthquake-Proof

Christchurch’s New Central Library is Practically Earthquake-Proof

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s new central library in Christchurch, New Zealand, is a made-for-place masterpiece that is inspired by the local culture and landscape. It’s also built to stand up against earthquakes. 

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19 hours ago

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Fumihiko Maki Creates an Aesthetic Outlier in Shenzhen

Fumihiko Maki Creates an Aesthetic Outlier in Shenzhen

Synonymous with sweatshops and sprawl, the Chinese city of Shenzhen is banking on Fumihiko Maki’s elegant seaside culture complex to legitimize its brand of unfettered creativity.

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SCHAUM/SHIEH’s Sculptural Facade Defines Houston’s Transart Foundation

SCHAUM/SHIEH’s Sculptural Facade Defines Houston’s Transart Foundation

A recent addition to Houston’s museum district, the Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, packs a multifunctional venue into a sculptural white structure.

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BIG Unveils New Renderings – and Interior Designs – for KING Toronto Condos

BIG Unveils New Renderings – and Interior Designs – for KING Toronto Condos

Bjarke Ingels and Westbank have unveiled new images of KING Toronto’s architecture, interiors and details – and introduced the city to a next-generation gesamtkunstwerk.

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5 days ago

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Can Toronto Benefit from a Chief Design Officer? Yes.

Can Toronto Benefit from a Chief Design Officer? Yes.

Pointing to the example set by cities like Seoul, London and Los Angeles, Alex Josephson and Nicola Spunt of Toronto architecture firm Partisans make a case for the appointment of a Chief Design Officer on the eve of Toronto’s mayoral election.

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7 days ago

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Fixing Social Housing (in Six Easy Lessons)

Fixing Social Housing (in Six Easy Lessons)

John Lorinc looks at what cities around the world are doing to make quality shelter more accessible to more people – and how to avoid past mistakes while they’re at it.

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8 days ago

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This Contemporary Studio is (Delightfully) Haunted by its Past

This Contemporary Studio is (Delightfully) Haunted by its Past

In Hertfordshire, England, the ruins of an 18th century cottage have been converted into a contemporary studio by Kate Darby and and David Connor. But the home’s ancient bones, and the stories they tell, have been preserved.

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12 days ago

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This Korean Retiree’s Home Combines Eastern and Western Influences

This Korean Retiree’s Home Combines Eastern and Western Influences

When Architect K was tasked with designing a house for a Korean retiree, it reimagined the traditional vernacular of the hanok in a modern way.

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15 days ago

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Building Permanence: Germany’s Attempt to Design Stable Refugee Housing

Building Permanence: Germany’s Attempt to Design Stable Refugee Housing

The key to integrating massive numbers of refugees, Germany has found, is stable housing that accommodates families of all sizes. But will the rest of the world – and Germany itself – take heed?

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15 days ago

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The Bahrain Centres for Traditional Music Are Defined by a Metallic Veil

The Bahrain Centres for Traditional Music Are Defined by a Metallic Veil

On the island nation of Bahrain, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen shrouds the Bahrain Centres for Traditional Music with a metal curtain, providing glimpses at the performances within.

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21 days ago

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