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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 »

Office Temperatures Are 'Sexist'

Temperatures are based on the male metabolism, study says

(Newser) - A man and woman work in the same room all day long. One is perfectly comfortable while the other is freezing her tush off. Sound strange? Nope, it's just daily life in offices, according to a new study that says our average building temperature is outdated and favors the... 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 »

California OKs Nation's Greenest Building Code

New rules on plumbing, waste go into effect next year

(Newser) - A California commission has approved rules designed to make the state's new buildings some of the greenest in the country. The building code, known as Calgreen, requires among other things that builders use high-tech plumbing, recycle half their overall waste, and use low-pollutant paints and floorings. The rules go into... More »

Goodbye, Sears Tower; Hello, Willis Tower

Iconic skyscraper gets rebranded with new lease

(Newser) - Sears Tower is to be rechristened Willis Tower in accordance with a new lease signed by insurance firm Willis Group Holdings, the Chicago Tribune reports. The company plans to move some 500 associates into multiple floors. It says its $14.50-per-square-foot move means big real-estate savings, and the name change... More »

Architect: Crunch Will Topple 'Wow Factor' Buildings

Architect believes financial meltdown will cause building 'mood shift'

(Newser) - Attention-seeking skyscraper projects are likely to be early victims of the financial crisis, architect David Chipperfield predicts in a Bloomberg interview. "Wow-factor" buildings like London's "Shard of Glass" have proliferated during years when there's been plenty of money around, but a shift in mood is likely to... More »

Behold, the Worst Building Ever

105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang draws Esquire 's scorn

(Newser) - The Ryugyong Hotel in downtown Pyongyang is surely one of the worst architectural failures in history, Eva Hagberg writes in Esquire: Not only has the 105-story building—which sucked up an estimated 2% of North Korea’s annual GDP from 1987 to '92—never opened, but the pyramidal “hotel... More »

Best New Buildings of 2007

BusinessWeek profiles the top 10

(Newser) - Looks weren't all that mattered to BusinessWeek and Architectural Record in choosing their 2007 architectural awards. "Contribution to business" was important, too. Their top picks:
  1. InterActive Corp. Headquarters, New York—Gehry Partners
  2. Young Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto—Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
  3. US Census Bureau Headquarters, Suitland,
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Dubai Tower is World's Tallest

$1B skyscraper at 1,680 feet; final height will be over 2,200 with 160 floors and 56 elevators

(Newser) - An unfinished skyscraper in Dubai is now scraping the sky at 1,680 feet, surpassing Tawain's Taipei 101 as the world's tallest building. The Burj Dubai, which began construction in September 2004, will cost $1B and consist of more than 160 floors and 56 elevators when completed in 2008. More »

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