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Is It a Forest or a City? Actually, It's Both

Experimental 'Forest City' to be complete in China in 2020

(Newser) - A new city being built along the Liujiang River in China's Guangxi Province will include houses, recreational spaces, offices, hotels, schools, and a hospital—and yet it's "unlike any before," per Inhabitat . The Liuzhou Forest City, to be connected to the much larger city of Liuzhou... More »

Original Owners Selling Their Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Got $1.4M? You just have to deal with Minnesota winters

(Newser) - A house recently listed for sale in a Minneapolis suburb is causing a bit of a stir. That's because, almost 60 years ago, Paul and Helen Olfelt worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in the year before his death to build their dream home in St. Louis Park; now in... More »

Futuristic Skyscraper Is Out of This World

What if your office traveled thousands of miles a day?

(Newser) - Building from the ground up is so last century. Skyscrapers of the future could very well hang from an asteroid placed into orbit over Earth, suspended over a landscape their occupants parachute down to as part of their commute home. Sound bonkers? Wackadoo? Out of this world? Popular Mechanics uses... More »

Planned Skyscraper Will Morph Before Your Eyes

Dynamic Tower in Dubai would feature rotating apartments

(Newser) - An architect's bold vision or a crazy idea doomed to never get off the ground? Time will tell in Dubai. The city is known for its impressive architectural feats, but one structure in the works has the potential to be more awe-inspiring than the rest. Dynamic Architecture is designing... More »

New Apple HQ Takes Attention to Detail to Insane Heights

18 months to figure out door handles, 30 pages of guidelines on wood use

(Newser) - It turns out applying the same design principles used to make a smartphone to a 2.8 million-square-foot building can make for a truly bizarre construction experience. Reuters reports Apple's new headquarters, the creatively named Apple Campus 2, is Steve Jobs' final project for the company he co-founded. Fittingly,... More »

The NSA (Probably) Has a Base in This Creepy NYC Building

The Intercept reports that the AT&T Building is a key surveillance site

(Newser) - For decades, the NSA has operated a sophisticated intelligence-gathering operation out of the ominous AT&T Building in Manhattan, the Intercept reports. The windowless building, located at 33 Thomas St. in lower Manhattan, has long attracted attention from New Yorkers curious about its purpose. When the New York Times reported... More »

Couple Claim Their House Is Being Mimicked a Mile Away

Construction temporarily postponed in the interest of 'professional courtesy'

(Newser) - In 2005, Long Island couple Seth and Rivka Fortgang built their dream home in the village of Lawrence and copyrighted the architectural plans to ensure that it remained truly one-of-a-kind. Now Rivka, an interior and exterior designer who envisioned the whole project, says her business and reputation are suffering because... More »

Amazon's New Building Will Resemble ... the Amazon

It'll include 40 to 50 trees, plus 'treehouses'

(Newser) - Amazon is revamping its Seattle headquarters, adding several new buildings, including a 524-foot-tall tower with a dog park perched on top, per Silicon Beat . But the pièce de résistance is a skeletal-like structure made up of three conjoined spheres ( Bloomberg likens them to "melted-together Milk Duds"... More »

One of World's Seven Wonders Stands a Bit Askew

Engineer speculates Egyptians plotted out pyramids on grid to achieve precision

(Newser) - Scientists scanning and mapping the Giza pyramids say they've discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the world's Seven Wonders, is a bit lopsided. And really, just a bit. The pyramid's exact size has stumped experts for centuries, as the "more than 21... More »

Influential 'Queen of Curves' Architect Is Dead

Zaha Hadid dead from sudden heart attack at the age of 65

(Newser) - Zaha Hadid, the literally and metaphorically groundbreaking architect who reshaped the design landscape with what the New York Times describes as "buildings of extravagant sculptural invention, spectacles of curving, swooping, unprecedented forms," died at the age of 65 in Miami on Thursday. Hadid had been taken to a... More »

Pornographer's House From Big Lebowski Donated to Museum

'An exceptional example of domestic architecture and a tremendous legacy'

(Newser) - In the cult favorite film The Big Lebowski, the house nestled in the hills of Los Angeles—complete with flying topless women and lewd doodles—belonged to "sleazy pornographer" Jackie Treehorn, Reuters reports. In real life, in belongs to—in the words of Fortune —"fashion devotee and... More »

Behold, the World's 'Best' Building

31 six-story blocks make up Singapore's Interlace

(Newser) - If the best view from your apartment is into your neighbors' living room, prepare to be envious of the residents of Singapore's the Interlace —the winner of the World Building of the Year at the eighth annual World Architecture Festival. Designed by Netherlands-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture and... More »

This 3-Bedroom Home Literally Snaps Together

Clemson University's 'Indigo Pine' designs wows at solar decathalon

(Newser) - Imagine building a zero-energy home. Now imagine building said house without the use of power tools or nails using files sent right to your inbox. That's the idea behind Clemson University's "Indigo Pine" design —one of 14 houses presented at this year's US Department of... More »

China Just Built a 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

Company that erected Mini Sky City wants to build world's tallest building next

(Newser) - Nineteen atriums, office space for 4,000 workers, and 800 apartments are all housed in the new Mini Sky City in China's Hunan province—a 57-story architectural feat that took its builder just 19 working days to erect, the AP reports. The glass-and-steel structure was put up by Broad... More »

Skyscrapers Soared Their Way to a Record 2014

97 buildings reach beyond some 650 feet

(Newser) - Last year was a special one for skyscrapers: Ninety-seven new buildings were 200 meters (about 656 feet) or taller, a survey finds. That's a new record, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat , which conducted the study; the previous record, in 2011, was 81. For the... More »

EU Parliament's Buildings So Confusing They Make People Cry

Politicians complain they're often late to meetings due to disorienting layouts

(Newser) - Hidden elevators, spiral staircases that twist into each other, and clocks throughout the building that are usually a few minutes off: It sounds like some nightmarish MC Escher-Lewis Carroll architectural collaboration, but for members of the European Parliament, it's just a hellish day at work. EU politicians are complaining... More »

'Tacky' Trump Sign Causing Chicago Uproar

Trump says his giant name is 'great for Chicago'

(Newser) - Donald Trump isn't taking kindly to suggestions that slapping his name in 20-foot tall illuminated letters on the side of Chicago's second-tallest building might be a little tacky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel—who thinks the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago is an "architecturally tasteful building scarred by... More »

Huge Lego Tower Breaks World Record

Budapest swipes honor from the USA

(Newser) - Lego lovers will be stoked by this news: Budapest, Hungary, is now home to a 114-foot-tall Lego tower to rival the city’s most picturesque architecture, CNN reports. The Guinness Book of World Records has put its official stamp on the project, declaring the multi-colored structure—which features a profile... More »

South Korea Is Building 'Invisible' Skyscraper

Uses cameras and LED screens to disappear from sight

(Newser) - Superpowered skyscrapers seem to be all the rage these days. London has one that can melt cars , and now South Korea is planning to build one with the power of invisibility. The country's government recently gave the go-ahead for the construction of a 1,476-foot structure called "Tower... More »

Most of World's Tallest Buildings Rely on 'Vanity Height'

For 61%, useless space gets them to the magic number

(Newser) - How do architects get their buildings into the ranks of the world's tallest? Stick an ornamental spire on top. A new study picked up by i09.com shows just how common the practice is: Of the world's 77 "supertall" buildings—those above 300 meters, or 984 feet—... More »

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