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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 »

'World's Thinnest House' Unveiled in Warsaw

Urban home is just 5 feet at its widest

(Newser) - The future of urban living may be just a few feet wide, says Polish architect Jakub Szczesny, creator of the "world's narrowest home." The Warsaw home, squeezed into a narrow gap between two buildings, is five feet wide at its widest and three at its narrowest, but... More »

Facebook Building Office Designed by Frank Gehry

Company hopes to break ground in 2013 on renowned architect's vision

(Newser) - A little sliding stock isn't keeping Mark Zuckerberg from thinking big about Facebook's future. The company has enlisted world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design its first custom-built office site, reports AllFacebook . Gehry envisions one giant building "that manages to avoid the look of a warehouse or hangar... More »

Antenna Spat May Cost WTC Site 'Highest Tower' Title

Ornamental casing might be scrapped

(Newser) - The owners of the One World Trade Center tower are feuding with the tower's architects over the 408-foot antenna that will protrude from its roof, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Port Authority and developer Douglas Durst want to dispense with an ornamental white shell that was originally supposed... More »

The 13 Most Worthless Majors

Want a job? Avoid fine art, according to 'Daily Beast' list

(Newser) - Hey, college students: If your life plans include getting an actual job, you may want to avoid the stars of the Daily Beast 's "most useless" majors list. Majors are ranked in terms of employment, taking into account unemployment rates among recent and experienced grads, earnings, and likely... More »

Architecture Majors Can't Find Jobs

Liberal arts grads aren't faring much better

(Newser) - Students majoring in the liberal arts or architecture may want to rethink their degree choices in light of the job market. Recent college grads armed with those academic credentials experienced higher rates of unemployment, a new study out of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce shows. From the... More »

Architects Apologize for Design Echoing 9/11

Dutch firm says towers supposed to evoke cloud

(Newser) - A Dutch architecture firm is apologizing for the design of a new luxury high-rise it announced last week, after people complained it was reminiscent of the exploding World Trade Center on 9/11, reports Reuters . Called The Cloud, the development in Seoul, South Korea, called for two white high-rises of 54... More »

Irish Bank Sues to Foreclose on Chicago Spire

Ireland could own under-construction skyscraper

(Newser) - It's supposed to be one of America's iconic skyscrapers, but Chicago's problem-plagued Spire is a step closer to being Irish-owned today after a lender filed to take possession of the under-construction project, the AP reports. Anglo Irish Bank has filed a $77 million foreclosure lawsuit against Irish developer Garrett Kelleher,... More »

Vegas Hotel 'Death Ray' Burns Tourists

Design flaw bounces sunlight, scorches swimmers

(Newser) - Guests have been getting scorched by a phenomenon that staff at Las Vegas' new Vdara hotel have nicknamed "the death ray." The glass skyscraper magnifies the sun's rays into a shifting hot spot around the hotel's pool area strong enough to burn skin, singe hair, and melt plastic... More »

Rhino City Planned in Sudan

South Sudan aims to rebuild cities in the shapes of animals

(Newser) - South Sudan is expected to become the world's newest independent country after a referendum next year, and planners are working to give it an eye-catching capital. Officials unveiled a $10 billion plan yesterday to rebuild the city of Juba in the shape of a rhino, and rebuild the region's second-largest... More »

London Plans 'Rival Eiffel' for Olympics

Boris Johnson unveils plans for 400-foot 'Hubble Bubble'

(Newser) - London is building a tower for the 2012 Olympics that officials hope will become as iconic as the one Gustave Eiffel built for the 1889 World's Fair. The 400-foot-tall structure of coiled metal, designed by artist Anish Kapoor, will tower over the Olympic site in East London. The spiral "... More »

Gehry Gambles Big in Las Vegas

Swirling, crumpled new clinic building is certainly unique

(Newser) - Designing a building that outdoes the already delirious Las Vegas skyline is no easy trick, but Frank Gehry is the man for it. Gehry tells the AP he wanted the nearly complete swirling stainless steel structure he built for the Cleveland Clinic's brain center to stand out from what he... More »

$1B US Embassy in London 'Far From Subtle'

Security challenges noted, but critics remain blah

(Newser) - Architecture critics aren’t too impressed with the winner in the US State Department’s competition to design its next London embassy. “Cool, remote and far from subtle” reads the Guardian ’s headline; “all the glamour of a corporate office block,” harrumphs Nicolai Ouroussoff for the... More »

Celebrity Pads for Rent

If you have obscene amounts of money, Bruce Willis' home can be yours

(Newser) - Looking to vacation like the rich and famous? Well, why not do it in the living room of an actual rich and famous person? Many celebrities rent out their palatial and seldom-used residences, Travel + Leisure explains. Some have fallen on hard economic times, but most just want to defray... More »

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