World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in southwest China

A bridge suspended above a Chinese river by more than half a kilometre has now opened to the public – becoming the highest of its kind in the world. The Beipanjiang Bridge is raised 564 metres above the Beipan River in mountainous southwest China, making it the highest bridge ever built. Designed by a team

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The Climate Tile by Tredje Natur aims to stop cities flooding

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen will be a testing ground for the Climate Tile, which was created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur and has been in development since 2014. Designed to be used alongside

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Beautifying the Border proposal replaces US-Mexico fence with landscaping

Miami firm DOMO Architecture + Design has created renderings that show a series of landscaped features along the border between the USA and Mexico instead of a fence or wall. The Beautifying the Border project suggests a series of landscaped features that the studio hopes would be less imposing than the present setup. “Currently, there

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Mirrored and transparent viewpoints proposed for China’s Zhangjiajie forest

French studio Martin Duplantier Architectes has proposed a series of bridges and viewpoints for Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – the site of the world’s longest and highest glass bridge. In Martin Duplantier Architectes’ €5 million (£4.2 million) plans for the park in China’s Hunan Province, mirrored structures perch on top of quartzite sandstone columns and span cliff edges.

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Sleth extends postmodern town hall in Denmark with curving glass volumes

Scooped glass wings form this extension designed by Danish studio Sleth for a postmodern town hall in Tønder, southern Denmark. Sleth won a competition to extend and renovate Tønder Townhall, which was originally designed by Danish modernist Jakob Halldor Gunnløgsson. Completed in 1981, the patterned brick building is considered locally to be of postmodern style. The 3,000-square-metre extension intentionally contrasts the

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“With a good culture war, you can ignore the real reason why British transport architecture is so grim”

The problem with Britain’s railway stations isn’t anything to do with style, it’s that they are all just malls waiting to happen, argues Owen Hatherley in his latest Opinion column. It never usually bodes well when a government minister decides to pass judgment on architecture. And so it was when John Hayes – the newly appointed transport minister

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Slender wood-clad footbridge by DVVD arcs over Paris’ Boulevard Périphérique

A+Awards: another of this year’s winners at the Architizer A+Awards is a wood-sided bridge that connects Paris with the suburb of Aubervilliers. Designed by French architecture studio DVVD, the bridge gently curves over the busy dual carriageways at a point north of the city centre. “We designed it as a thin recognisable line overflying the

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Elongated cabins by Kamvari Architects to be built along Trans-Siberian Railway

Kamvari Architects has won a contest to design pit stops along the world’s longest railway line, by proposing a series of wooden cabins that look like elephants’ trunks. The London-based studio won first prize in the competition calling for customer facilities at points along the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 9,289-kilometre route that connects Moscow with the Russian Far East. The studio’s winning

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Bourgeois Lechasseur erects memorial on fish factory ruins in Quebec

This monument to seamen by Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects stands on the site of a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Called The Place des Gens de Mer, or The Square of Seafarers, the memorial is situated in the heart of Cap-aux-Meules – a village in the Magdalen Islands. Part of the Quebec

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“How Donald Trump will solve America’s infrastructure problems is completely unclear”

Hillary Clinton’s plans to improve infrastructure in the USA weren’t ambitious enough, but at least she had plans, says Aaron Betsky in this Opinion column. America needs a lot of work. Its roads and bridges are crumbling. Its airports are a mess. It has virtually no long-distance public transportation system. Below the surface, sewers and

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BIG wins Paris Metro competition with looping station design

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed its plans for a loop-shaped station on a new stretch of the Paris Metro.  BIG designed the Pont de Bondy station with French studio Silvio d’Ascia Architecture. The station will form part of the Grand Paris Express, a new set of lines that will extend the city’s existing metro system by 200 kilometres. One section of the

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BIG reveals full designs for Dubai Hyperloop in new video

Bjarke Ingels Group has today unveiled its designs for the world’s first Hyperloop high-speed transportation system in Dubai, which is to feature pods that travel at “near supersonic speed”. In the design, a fleet of cubic pods transport passengers to Hyperloop’s main transport hub before being loaded into larger capsules, which travel through a network of elevated tubes to

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BIG-designed Hyperloop to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes

Hyperloop One has released a new teaser video revealing that its new high-speed transportation system designed by Danish firm BIG will connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes. The video, released today ahead of the official unveiling of the plans on 8 November 2016, shows the Hyperloop linking Dubai with key cities across the United Arab Emirates

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Rasem Kamal proposes warren of subterranean services for Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing

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Legorreta defies Trump wall proposal with bold purple bridge across US-Mexico border

Rather than building a wall along Mexico’s border as suggested by US presidential candidate Donald Trump, Mexican firm Legorreta has created a terminal and bridge that make the crossing quicker. Legorreta’s Cross Border Xpress (CBX) bridges Otay, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico – between the existing San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings. Clad in bold purple panelling, the 14,788-square-foot

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Grimshaw’s Heathrow Airport expansion gets government go-ahead

British firm Grimshaw has been given the go-ahead for its Heathrow expansion plans, as the government approves a third runway at the UK’s busiest airport. Grimshaw was selected from a line-up of potential designers Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy to develop the £16 billion expansion plan earlier this year. The British government’s decision to support the additional runway puts

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Wavy red ribbons form Lucky Knot bridge by NEXT Architects

NEXT Architects has completed an undulating red footbridge in Changsha, China, that offers pedestrians a variety of different routes across the Dragon King Harbour River. Beijing and Amsterdam studio NEXT Architects designed the Lucky Knot bridge for Changsha’s Meixi Lake district – a 6.5 million-square-metre development masterplanned by Kohn Pedersen Fox for the southwest of the city. At 185 metres long

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Emre Arolat expands Turkey’s Yalikavak Palmarina for megayacht owners

A+Awards: the next in our series of winners from this year’s Architizer A+Awards is Emre Arolat Architecture’s restoration and expansion of facilities for wealthy visitors at a Turkish marina. Yalikavak Palmarina is located on Turkey’s south coast, which has seen a boom in tourism over the past few years. “Yalikavak is one of the lagoons

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BIG teaser video reveals Hyperloop plans for Abu Dhabi and Dubai

In this exclusive video from BIG, partner Jakob Lange discusses how its plans for a Hyperloop high-speed transportation system between Abu Dhabi and Dubai will transform how people live.  Jakob Lange is director of BIG Ideas, a unit at the Danish firm focusing on technically demanding and experimental projects – including the “grand vision” for Hyperloop One. The high-speed transportation system will

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Minimalist morgue by Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes features textured concrete walls

Corduroy-textured walls enclose planted courtyards at this funeral home in Spain’s Catalonia region by Barcelona practice Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes. The morgue is located next to a cemetery in Sant Vicenç de Castellet, a town located 50 kilometres north of Barcelona. Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes wanted the building to act an extension of the walled graveyard, so enclosed it with ribbed

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Trump’s Mexican border wall envisioned as Barragán-inspired pink barrier

Mexican firm Estudio 3.14 has visualised the “gorgeous perversity” of US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the countries’ border. In response to the controversial proposal, a group of interns at the Guadalajara-based studio came up with a conceptual design that would celebrate Mexico’s architectural heritage. The giant solid barrier would

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CHROFI wins Australian conservatory contest with “hovering cube” design

Sydney studio CHROFI has won a competition to create a new conservatory at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra with plans for a raised cube dressed in curtain-like glazing. The Ian Potter National Conservatory contest called for a centre to both display and conserve rare and threatened tropical plants. It will also form a key attraction for the botanical gardens in Canberra,

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Copper scales cover fire station in French Alps by Studio Gardoni Architectures

Panels of shimmering copper form the scaly skin of this fire station in Chamonix, which is designed by Studio Gardoni Architectures to reflect the massive Alpine peaks that rise behind it. The Chamonix fire station is located in the valley of the Massif of Mont Blanc – a mountain range in the Alps bordering France, Italy and Switzerland. Lyon studio Studio Gardoni Architectures wanted

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Enormous helix-shaped ramps lead into Amsterdam car park

A pair of 30-metre spiralling ramps provide access to this multi-functional car park in Amsterdam by Dutch studio Benthem Crouwel Architects. Located at an intersection between Amsterdam’s business district and one of the city’s busiest motorways, the construction serves as the new main parking area for the RAI Convention Centre. Connecting this giant car park to

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Awadh Shilpgram is a crafts hub influenced by traditional Indian architecture

Architecture studio Archohm has completed a campus for promoting crafts in the Indian city of Lucknow, featuring a cluster of grass-roofed workshops and a spiralling shopping arcade (+ slideshow). Awadh Shilpgram was designed by Archohm to accommodate almost 200 shops dedicated to crafts from around the region and beyond, alongside craft courts for hosting workshops, an More

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Knight Architects unveils design for Finland’s longest bridge

UK firm Knight Architects has revealed its plans for a bridge that will span over a kilometre across a bay in Helsinki, making it the longest bridge in Finland (+ slideshow). Bridge specialists Knight Architects worked with engineering firm WSP Finland to design the tram, cyclist and pedestrian bridge named Kruunusillat, which translates as Crown Bridges. The €259 million (£223 million) crossing will stretch More

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London mayor launches inquiry into finances of contentious Garden Bridge

The controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge is to come under further scrutiny, as London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a review to assess whether the project provides value for money. The inquiry will look at whether the bridge proposed across London’s River Thames has been a suitable use of public money, and review whether governmental departments dealt with the project More

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Shell-like roofs provide shelter at Pforzheim Central Bus Station

Stuttgart architecture studio Metaraum has completed a bus station in the German city of Pforzheim, featuring curving canopies that swoop up and over waiting areas (+ slideshow). The Pforzheim Central Bus Station sits adjacent to the city’s main railway station and forms part of a masterplan aimed at improving traffic flow and raising the architectural quality of More

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Koen van Velsen Architects creates patchwork brick walls for new bus and rail station in Holland

Koen van Velsen Architects has created a new transport hub in Dutch city Breda, featuring a huge entrance canopy and a variety of brickwork styles (+ slideshow). The vast Breda public transport terminal contains a bus and train station. It forms part of the wider urban development of the city, which is in the south of the Netherlands, More

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Closure of world’s highest and longest glass bridge “not a big deal” says organiser

The management team behind a 430-metre-long glass bridge in China say its forced closure just 13 days after opening is completely normal. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Tourism Management told Dezeen it was no “big deal” that the hugely popular attraction closed within a fortnight of opening. They said overwhelming visitor numbers coupled with their lack of management experience had led to the More

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World’s tallest and longest glass bridge closes after just two weeks

A 430-metre-long glass bridge in China has closed after just 13 days after opening due to being “overwhelmed” by visitors.  The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge by Tel Aviv architect Haim Dotan is believed to be the world’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Thousands flocked to the attraction when it opened on 20 August 2016, but less than two weeks later More

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Beersheba station bridge in Israel is shaped like a pair of eyes

Tel-Aviv firms Bar Orian Architects and Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers have built a bridge in the Israeli city of Beersheba, featuring arches that create the shape of two eyes (+ movie). The 210-metre-long bridge traverses a series of railway tracks, providing a link between the Beersheba North Railway Station and the Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park. Bar Orian and Rokach Ashkenazi won an More

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Calatrava’s Oculus at the World Trade Center photographed by Hufton + Crow

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s vast ribbed structure that soars over the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York is captured in these images by British photography duo Hufton + Crow (+ slideshow). Known as the Oculus, the building is designed to bring light down into the subterranean rail station and shopping centre that quietly More

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World’s tallest and longest glass bridge opens in China

A 430-metre-long glass bridge has been constructed across a deep canyon in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (+ slideshow). Designed by architect Haim Dotan, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is believed to be the world’s longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Glass panels are set into its walkway, giving visitors vertigo-inducing views and photo opportunities of the canyon below. Steel More

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UK government renews support for Garden Bridge but reduces offer by £6 million

The UK government has pledged its continuous support for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge, but has reduced its financial guarantee from £15 million to £9 million. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has extended the offer to underwrite funding for the £185 million project proposed across London’s River Thames. The new offer is valid for an unlimited time period, but is More

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Pedevilla Architects creates rose-hued fire station for an Alpine village

Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has used red pigmented concrete to give an Alpine fire station in South Tyrol a muted yet distinctive colouring (+ slideshow). The building’s pigmented concrete shell is intended as a twist on the fire station’s traditional blazing red colouring, and a spiralling staircase replaces the customary fireman’s pole. “All surfaces have been realised with pigmented More

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Virtual reality movie offers a preview of Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge

The team behind London’s controversial Garden Bridge have released a short film that allows viewers to experience the project in virtual reality (+ movie). The two-minute movie released by the Garden Bridge Trust transports users to the centre of the plant-covered structure proposed by British designer Thomas Heatherwick across London’s River Thames. It offers an opportunity to see some of the proposed More

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Penda and Arup design Olympic bridge made up of intersecting rings

Architecture studio Penda has teamed up with engineering firm Arup to design a bridge made up of overlapping rings for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Designed to span the Gui River, the bridge will create a new direct route between central Beijing and Zhangjiakou, a district to the northwest of the city where many outdoor competitions will take More

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Grimshaw unveils vision to expand London’s Heathrow Airport

Architecture studio Grimshaw has been selected to plan the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport as it pushes forward with its bid to build a third runway. Grimshaw was selected ahead of Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK and Benoy to develop the £16 billion expansion plan for the UK’s busiest international airport. Described as “visionary” and “sustainable but affordable”, its designs were praised for pushing More

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SOM unveils masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station district

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill has unveiled its vision to transform the Beaux-Arts 30th Street Station and its surrounding area in Philadelphia (+ movie). SOM’s masterplan covers a 175-acre (70 hectares) area around the station, which is currently the third busiest in the US and projected to see a further increase in transit activity. More

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Latest Garden Bridge alternative features four leaf-shaped “stepping stones”

British architect Crispin Wride has released his own concept for a Garden Bridge in London, which he claims is more cost-efficient than Thomas Heatherwick’s proposal and the alternative suggested by Allies and Morrison. Wride wants to utilise the redundant piers beside Blackfriars Bridge to create a series of four leaf-shaped platforms across the River Thames, each containing its own garden. These platforms would sit between More

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UK needs infrastructure spending to succeed after Brexit, says Sadie Morgan

Brexit crisis: architect and government adviser Sadie Morgan has called on the UK government to stick to its infrastructure investment plans as it prepares to leave the European Union. Her call comes amid fears that costly spending on railways, roads and airports could be axed as a result of the EU referendum vote. “We need to More

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London mayor suspends Garden Bridge construction over funding concerns

London mayor Sadiq Khan has frozen a building project for the Thomas Heatherwick-designed Garden Bridge to ensure no more public money is committed to the £175 million scheme. Khan has temporarily blocked construction at Temple tube station, where works were due to start to strengthen the existing structure so it can withstand the weight of the new River Thames More

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Haptic adds faceted skin of perforated metal to car park in London’s Olympic Park

London studio Haptic has re-clad a utilitarian multi-storey car park in the London 2012 Olympic Park, using triangular metal panels that produce ever-changing patterns of light and shadow (+ slideshow). The car park formed part of the infrastructure for the Olympic Games, which were hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London in 2012, at More

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Huge timber steps form bridge built by students across a river in rural China

This stepped timber bridge was designed by a team of architecture students from the University of Hong Kong to provide a meeting place for residents of a rural community in southern China (+ slideshow). Wind and Rain Bridge links two banks of a river on the outskirts of Peitian, a village in China’s Fujian province. Designed by course leader Donn Holohan to be constructed More

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Dune-shaped car park by Royal HaskoningDHV doubles as a flood defence

Curving windows peep above the ground to bring light into this underground car park in South Holland, which is covered in grassy hillocks to replicate a dune landscape (+ slideshow). A team of architects and engineers from Dutch firm Royal HaskoningDHV designed Underground Parking Garage for Katwijk, a coastal town in South Holland. They integrated the building into the existing More

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Denton Corker Marshall completes “expressive yet dignified” Australian Embassy in Jakarta

Denton Corker Marshall has built the new Australian Embassy in Jakarta, adding an assortment of metals mined in Australia and acoustic panels decorated with national landmarks (+ slideshow). The Australian firm aimed to create an “expressive yet dignified” representation of the nation’s character for the complex, which is Australia’s largest diplomatic post. To achieve this, the firm chose to use diverse shapes More

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Ohyun Kwon proposes megastructure to house 1,400 creatives in Seoul

Graduate shows 2016: a gridded megastructure contains a creative workforce of 1,400 in this proposal by Royal College of Art graduate Ohyun Kwon to address the housing crisis in the South Korean capital. Entitled Short-term Housing for New Labour in Seoul, the project proposes an alternative to the so-called “gosiwon” – the low-cost, month-to-month rental rooms occupied by city workers with unreliable employment. Instead, it suggests More

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Provencher Roy to restore Montreal’s Alexandra Pier and cruise terminal

An early 20th-century pier in central Montreal is to receive an overhaul by local firm Provencher Roy, which will add a towering beacon and a public promenade (+ slideshow). Jutting out into the Saint Lawrence River, the 305-metre-long Alexandra Pier – which encompasses the Iberville International Passenger Terminal – will be transformed to provide a More

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Huge slender canopy shelters passengers at Santa Pola Bus Station

Architects Manuel Lillo and Emilio Vicedo have completed a bus station in the Spanish town of Santa Pola, featuring a huge metal roof that tapers to form very thin edges on each side (+ slideshow). Lillo and Vicedo, both based in nearby Alicante, collaborated to design the facility, which is located alongside a busy roundabout at the More

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Allies and Morrison proposes alternative Garden Bridge at existing Blackfriars crossing

Architecture firm Allies and Morrison has revealed an alternative to Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge for London – planting trees on the existing Thames crossing at Blackfriars. The London studio believes the 32-metre-wide Blackfriars Bridge could easily be reconfigured to create a public garden spanning the River Thames, providing a much cheaper solution than Heatherwick’s £175 million proposal. Like the Garden Bridge, it could More

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Oblique glass pyramid thrusts skyward from SOM’s leadership centre at US military campus

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has completed a new building on the grounds of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, featuring a glass skylight resembling the tail-fin of a jet that points towards the North Star (+ slideshow). The Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) is situated on the historic campus of the US Air Force Academy, More

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Kiku Obata leads revival of historic district in a rural Illinois town

London and St Louis-based design studio Kiku Obata & Company is overseeing the redevelopment of an ageing downtown district in the US heartland, in a rural town where big-box stores have taken over (+ slideshow). The studio is helping revive the historic central business district of Mount Sterling – a town with 2,000 residents in Brown County, Illinois, More

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Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). Ratti’s team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a prototype robot called Luigi, which is able to collect samples from city sewers, as part of a project More

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LAN Architecture completes French town hall with a perforated metal skin

Perforated steel mesh wraps this town hall in northwest France by LAN Architecture, creating a skin that changes from opaque to transparent when illuminated at night (+ slideshow). Paris-based LAN Architecture – whose previous projects include a gymnasium with a copper-hued facade and a renovation of a Brutalist tower – designed the municipal administration and training building for the town of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande. The majority of More

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Norman Foster reveals vaulted Droneport prototype at Venice Architecture Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Foster + Partners has unveiled the first full-scale prototype of its Droneport concept at the Arsenale, which is designed to transport medical supplies to remote regions in Africa using unmanned flying vehicles (+ slideshow). The structure is the inaugural project from the Norman Foster Foundation, set up by the British architect to anticipate technological advances More

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Graves reached using GPS proposed for bushland cemetery near Sydney

The bereaved will be able to find the location of their loved ones’ graves using GPS in this cemetery without headstones, proposed by Australian firms CHROFI and McGregor Coxall for Sydney (+ slideshow). The pioneering cemetery model stems from the firms’ belief that attitudes towards death are changing as society becomes increasingly secular, and that the More

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Buro Koray Duman finds uses for neglected space under elevated New York highway

Food trucks and a sports facility are included in these conceptual schemes by Buro Koray Duman for a derelict space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a major elevated highway in New York (+ slideshow). Titled Under the BQE, the schemes are focused on a forlorn parcel that sits under a stretch of the highway, known as the BQE, More

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Substance Architecture clads Iowa car park in a golden screen

This multi-storey parking garage in Des Moines, Iowa, by local firm Substance Architecture features a yellow-coloured aluminium screen that permits air flow while blocking views of cars (+ slideshow). Titled Corporate Campus Parking Facility, the open-air garage is situated in an office park in West Des Moines, a suburban community within the Des Moines metropolitan area. The car More

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“Railroad stations are our contemporary architecture of democracy”

Opinion: the golden age of airports is over, says Aaron Betsky. Railways have trumped air travel with better-designed terminals that are the epitome of contemporary democracy. We are living in a new Terminal Age. Not since trunk lines erected their ornate termini in European cities in the third quarter of the 19th century have we More

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Local Architecture transforms 1960s house into Swiss embassy for Ivory Coast

Angular concrete columns surround this extension to a 1960s villa in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan, which Local Architecture has reconfigured to house the Swiss embassy (+ slideshow). The mid-century residence was once home to the Norwegian ambassador, and stands in grounds dotted with mature trees in the city’s affluent Cocody district. Lausanne-based Local Architecture’s primary challenge was to convert and More

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Miami Beach should lobby to resurrect Zaha Hadid’s parking garage, says Craig Robins

Miami developer Craig Robins has called on the local community to push for the construction of a car park designed by Zaha Hadid, which was rejected by city officials just weeks after her sudden death. Miami city commissioners rejected the plans for the spiralling design and voted to solicit new proposals in April, five years More

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Aerial cable car proposed for Chicago by Marks Barfield and Davis Brody Bond

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond have teamed up to design an aerial “gondola” that would stretch over the city of Chicago and serve as a major tourist attraction. Dubbed the Chicago Skyline, the cable car would transport passengers from the city’s Navy Pier to the Riverwalk and Millennium Park, right by the downtown district More

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UAE plans manmade mountain to increase rainfall

The United Arab Emirates is considering proposals for an artificial mountain that could help increase the country’s rainfall. Researchers are exploring different approaches to creating more rain in the country, according to reports. One option is to construct an artificial mountain, which would increase cloud production and make it possible to create rain on demand. A team at the National More

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects plans leaning, plant-covered towers for Bac Ninh city hall

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has designed a city hall for the Vietnamese city of Bac Ninh comprising a pair of planted towers, which lean together at the centre to frame a series of elevated viewing decks (+ slideshow). The Vietnamese studio, which is known for its plant-covered architecture and bamboo structures, designed the two verdant blocks for a seven-hectare-site More

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Bureau SLA updates former naval base in Amsterdam with flag-inspired window screens

Geometric screens based on flag designs flank the windows of this former marine base in Amsterdam, which Bureau SLA has converted into offices to mark the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (+ slideshow). The boxy three-storey structure, known as Building 27E, was once an education facility for marines at the old naval base. Bureau SLA was commissioned More

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes “oyster-like” ferry terminal in Salerno

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its first completed building since the death of its founder, a new maritime terminal for ferries and cruise liners in Salerno, Italy (+ slideshow). Described by the London-based firm as being “like an oyster”, the Salerno Maritime Terminal features an undulating concrete outer shell and an interior formed of gently sloping ramps. “Like an More

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Concrete and slatted-timber morgue by AE Arquitectos overlooks a Spanish harbour

AE Arquitectos has combined exposed concrete, white render and slatted timber for this morgue in Spain’s Asturias principality, which features terraces overlooking a harbour (+ slideshow). The Morgue of Jove by local studio AE Arquitectos is a 2,800-square-metre funerary facility located beside a hospital and facing an industrial port in the city of Gijón. Designed to allow family members and loved ones More

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Zaha Hadid’s car park project in Miami Beach will not get built

The late Zaha Hadid’s designs for a spiralling car park and public plaza in Miami have been rejected by city officials, five years after the architect was hired for the project. Miami city commissioners rejected the plans during a meeting last Wednesday and voted to solicit new proposals. The architect died unexpectedly aged 65 on 31 March in More

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ZGF wraps Stanford University power plant in metal screens

Oregon-based ZGF Architects has used a variety of design elements to help minimise the visual impact of a new energy facility on Stanford University’s scenic campus (+ slideshow). Called the Central Energy Facility, the building encompasses 125,600 square feet (11,700 square metres). It is located on the west side of Stanford University’s main campus in More

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