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Golucci Interior Architects creates

A former house in Beijing's old town is transformed into a specialist fan shop with a minimalist oak-lined interior, in this project by Golucci Interior Architects. Located at the end of a hutong – the tightly packed courtyard neighbourhoods that are typical in Beijing 

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Plat Asia's Forest Dining Club immerses diners in Chinese woodland

Beijing-based architecture studio Plat Asia has completed a restaurant in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao featuring three glass-walled dining rooms that look out onto a surrounding forest. Plat Asia, founded in 2010 by Baoyang Bian and Donghyun Jung, designed the Forest Dining Club 

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Metric turns bomb-blasted banana warehouse in Barcelona into triplex apartment

Crumbling brick surfaces hint at the rich past of this triplex apartment in Barcelona, designed by architecture studio Metric with arch-shaped openings and warm oak floors. The three-floor apartment is set within a former warehouse in Barcelona's up-and-coming Sant Antoni neighbourhood. 

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Wood, stone and adobe create cosy interior for Lima's Mérito restaurant by Ghezzi Novak

This compact dining spot in Lima is designed by local studio Ghezzi Novak as a snug space, decorated with natural materials that reflect the authenticity of the food. Mérito recently opened in the Barranco district of the Peruvian capital, an area renowned for its arts scene and nightlife. Serving local cuisine, the restaurant is squeezed into an old building, spread across two floors that each has a compact plan.

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Snøhetta picked to expand Nebraska's largest art museum

Architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected to extend the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, which comprises a pink marble 1930s building and a pavilion by Norman Foster. The expansion of the Joslyn Art Museum – the Midwestern US state's largest art museum – is intended to accommodate a growing artwork collection of over 12,000 works, public programmes, and visitor numbers that have increased since the museum introduced general free admission.

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10 Australian interior designers create bespoke spaces inside National Gallery Victoria

Rollerskating rinks, national anthems and the humble table are just some of the points of reference for contestants in this year's Rigg Design Prize exhibition, which celebrates the best of Australian interior design. The triennial prize – which has been hosted by Australia's National Gallery Victoria(NGV) since 1994 – sees 10 of the country's most prominent interior designers and decorators create a bespoke room within one of the gallery's exhibition spaces.

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Promontorio adds spiral concrete staircase to 1980s office building in Lisbon

Portuguese studio Promontorio has transformed a 1980s office building in Lisbon into a high-tech headquarters featuring a spiralling concrete staircase. The firm, which has offices in Lisbon as well as five other countries, designed the building for GS1 – a non-profit organisation that develops and maintains global standards for business communication tools including barcodes and QR codes.

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Buro Koray Duman revives interiors of The Village Den restaurant in New York

New York firm Buro Koray Duman has redesigned the interiors of an iconic eatery in Manhattan's West Village, which has been taken over by celebrity chef Antoni Porowski. The Village Den reopened earlier this month under the supervision of Porowski and hospitality veterans The Metric, who recently rose to fame as the food and wine expert in Netflix show Queer Eye.

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Coloured curtains contrast against white walls at Artek's Helsinki headquarters

SevilPeach has designed the headquarters for Finnish furniture brand Artek, with vivid theatre-style curtains and pale surfaces serving as a backdrop for its collection of minimalist tables and chairs. The office occupies the fourth floor of a converted 19th-century apartment building along Mannerheimite, a major street in central Helsinki.

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Manhattanville: Everything you need to know about Renzo Piano's Columbia Campus

To contrast the cloistered acropolis of Columbia University’s morningside heights campus, Renzo Piano offers a fresh, contemporary vision of what it means to make a campus in the heart of New York city. The growing Manhattanville was initially conceived out of the idea that today’s campus must foster a relationship with the surrounding community. 

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Yield balances minimal and earthen materials in homeware collection

Florida design studio Yield has launched a broad set of furniture and household goods, many of which are made in the US. Based in St Augustine, Yield founders Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant aim to produce their products locally wherever possible. The duo's latest range includes the Duotone tables, made from precision-machined solid brass.

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Dominique Coulon adopts terracotta tones for riverside retirement home near Basel

Textured brick facades are complemented by terracotta-toned communal spaces in this elderly housing complex, completed by French office Dominique Coulon & Associés in a suburb of Basel. The Strasbourg-based studio, led by architect Dominique Coulon, designed Housing for Elderly People for a site on the banks of the Rhine river.

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Franklin Azzi Architecture converts Nantes warehouses into art school

A pair of former warehouses topped with saw-toothed roofs have been transformed into a school for fine arts by Franklin Azzi Architecture, in the French city of Nantes. The Nantes Saint-Nazaire Higher School of Fine Arts, which is shortlisted in the Civic and Cultural Building category of the 2018 Dezeen Awards, provides facilities for 500 students within the two converted warehouses.

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Skandium Townhouse shows how your home could be more eco-friendly

A high-end furniture store has been transformed into an eco-friendly home full of sustainable Scandinavian products for London Design Festival. Skandium Townhouse, a concept store housed inside a four-storey house in Brompton, is currently calling itself Eco Townhouse.

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Monochromatic living spaces feature inside Palm Beach House in Sydney

Australian studio Alexander & Co kept to a restrained palette of black, white, and grey for the renovation of this waterfront holiday home in Sydney, so as not to distract from the view out to sea. A monochromatic colour scheme features throughout the interior of the 310-square metre property, called Palm Beach House

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Triangles of light animate perforated aluminium facade of Tel Aviv home by Pitsou Kedem Architects

Light and movement can be glimpsed through triangular openings in the white aluminium facade of D3 House, a Tel Aviv home designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects. The three-storey, 670-square-metre property is located in Herzliya Pituach, a luxurious beachfront neighbourhood to the north of the city.

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Carl Hansen & Son opens store in London's Pimlico

Classic shades of forest green and dark grey create a muted backdrop for Carl Hansen & Son's furniture in its Pimlico store, which has opened as part of the Danish brand's UK expansion. The store will be Carl Hansen & Son's second standalone retail space in London, joining its Clerkenwell showroom. It opened last week to coincide with London Design Festival.

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Sella Concept avoids South American cliches in retro-themed London restaurant Piraña

Red-painted timber and metal contrast with jade terrazzo in Piraña, a bar and restaurant in Balham, London, created by design studio Sella Concept. The venue is owned by brothers Alastair and Nicholas Heathcote, who have set up a number of successful bars and restaurants across the UK capital in the past five years.

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10 extraordinary homes you can explore during Open House London

More than 800 buildings open up their doors for Open House London this weekend, including an assortment of unique houses and residential projects. Dezeen editor Amy Frearson reveals the 10 you should visit while you can, including a house with red metal walls and a micro flat.

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O'Donnell + Tuomey and Nikken Sekkei on RIBA shortlist for world's best building

Buildings in Brazil, Hungary, Japan and Italy have been shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects for its International Prize 2018. Three of the four shortlisted projects are educational facilities – Toho Gakuen School of Music by Nikken Sekkei, Central European University by O'Donnell + Tuomey, and the Children Village by Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero.

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Architecture cutting knife ErgoKiwi alleviates "unbearable" hand cramps

Architecture graduate Sean Riley has designed a curvy cutting knife to spare architects from the hand cramps, bruising and sore knuckles endured while making models. Described by Riley as the "perfect extension" of the hand, the ErgoKiwi tool features a dip on the underside for the thumb to slot into, and a curved top that provides a resting spot for the forefinger.

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Ström Architects unveils renderings of British seaside getaway

Expanses of glazing meet darkened wood in this contemporary holiday home designed by British practice Ström Architects, which will be erected on the Isle of Wight coast. Island Rest house will be set within a sloping creek that overlooks the Solent, a 20-mile strait of water that divides the Isle of Wight from mainland England.

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Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in immersive virtual reality

Virtual technology practices have partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation to scan Wright’s winter home and studio, ‘Taliesin West’. This project marks the first Wright property that one can experience using these scanning technologies.The foundation allows the public to freely ‘roam’ the property and explore the interior of Taliesin West The foundation allows the public to freely ‘roam’ the property and explore the interior of Taliesin West 

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America's best new landscape architecture projects revealed

The American Society of Landscape Architects has announced its top new landscape architecture projects in the US, including a remote art centre in Montana, the bustling Chicago Riverwalk, and an 85-acre park along the Brooklyn waterfront. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) –  the association for landscape architects in the United States – revealed the winners of this year's Professional Awards on 30 August 2018.

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Facebook reveals expanded California campus designed by Frank Gehry

Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters is a "new kind of architecture", according to architect Frank Gehry, who has completed a major extension of the social media giant's campus. Facebook released new photography and a video revealing Gehry's extension of its Menlo Park campus in Palo Alto, California, yesterday, 4 September 2018.

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Unknown Architects reveals original details of home in the Netherlands

Dutch practice Unknown Architects has given this 20th-century home in Leiden, the Netherlands, an understated overhaul to draw attention to its historic quirks. Corner House sits on the bend of a residential street in the Burgemeesterswijk neighbourhood. 

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Paz Arquitectura expands Guatemala forest retreat with new living spaces and huge terrace

Paz Arquitectura has extended a small cabin on the outskirts of Guatemala City, flanking the existing structure with two additional volumes connected by a terrace and a glass walkway. The La Cabañita, or Little Cabin, project began in 2016 and was completed earlier this year by the Guatemala City-based studio.

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Collective Office founder converts Chicago factory into his apartment and studio

Chicago architect Jeff Klymson has designed a home for himself inside an old industrial building in the city, while reserving the ground floor for the studio of his firm Collective Office. The office-cum-residence is located in Chicago's South Loop neighbourhood, inside a former factory built in 1889.

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Flower Cage House is a Bangkok home with a facade of olive trees

A steel grid containing 102 olive trees fronts this extension to a house in Bangkok, designed by locally based architecture office Anonym. Called Flower Cage House, the project involved extending a typical, 10-year-old detached house, by adding a new room above a carport.

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Architect denies plagiarising Kengo Kuma for Bangkok airport terminal design

Duangrit Bunnag has defended his competition-winning design for a new airport terminal in Bangkok, which detractors claim copies Kengo Kuma's work. The Thai architect's studio, DBALP, won the competition to design a new terminal for Suvarnabhumi airport, with plans for a canopy of stepped timber arches that some online commenters have likened to Kuma's Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in Japan.

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Jamie Bush mixes custom designs and "vintage finds" in San Francisco Residence

Los Angeles architect Jamie Bush has overhauled this house in San Francisco with an eclectic array of furniture and items, to make it look like a collection amassed over time. Bush designed the interior for the speculative house – a property built to be sold – in the Californian city's Noe Valley. 

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Renzo Piano volunteers to design "beautiful" new bridge for Genoa

Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to design a structure to replace the collapsed Ponte Morandi bridge in his hometown of Genoa. Piano told the Observer magazine it was too early to talk about the particulars of the new design, but that the new bridge must stand as a both a memorial and an embodiment of a "positive moment of unity and cooperation".

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Make inserts public gardens between office towers at London Wall

Architecture studio Make has completed a pair of office buildings in the City of London, alongside a series of pocket gardens traversed by sinuous pre-weathered steel bridges. The studio, founded by architect Ken Shuttleworth, oversaw the design of the two office towers and the surrounded public realm for developers Brookfield Properties and Oxford Properties.

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Amos Rex's bulging underground galleries create playful landscape in Helsinki plaza

JKMM Architects designed a series of domed subterranean galleries for the soon-to-open Amos Rex museum in Helsinki, which bubble up through the ground to create a playful outdoor landscape. The Helsinki-based practice renovated Lasipalatsi, a functionalist 1930s building in the Finnish capital, to provide a new home for the former Amos Anderson Art Museum, now called Amos Rex.

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Renovated 1950s São Paulo apartment is arranged around planted lightwells

Brazilian studio Cupertino Arquitetura has renovated this mid-century apartment in São Paulo for the grandchild of its former owner, turning a pair of disused outdoor spaces into gardens in the process. The Tucumã Apartment is a 100-square-metre residence on the ground floor of a building completed in the city in 1953.

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Collins and Turner's Barangaroo House is surrounded by curving timber-clad balconies

Tiered balconies clad in charred timber dowels enclose restaurants designed "in the round" to provide views across Sydney's redeveloped Barangaroo South precinct. The Barangoo House building is situated at the southern entry point to the large urban regeneration project, which was masterplanned by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and includes a trio of skyscrapers designed by the London-based firm.

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Hutch Design reconfigures Hackney mews to create space-saving family home

Architecture office Hutch Design has renovated and extended a mews house in north London, incorporating folding walls, mirrors and hidden storage to make the most of the compact space. The studio, founded by Craig Hutchinson in 2017, updated the two-bedroom house situated off Broadway Market in Hackney for a professional couple with two young children.

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Karen Stein to present World Architecture Day oration at Sydney Opera House

The NSW Architects Registration Board (NSWARB) has announced the full program for the 2018 Sydney Architecture Festival, which includes an array of events, tours and exhibitions. A major highlight will be writer, editor and former Pritzker Prize juror Karen Stein’s oration on the last day of the Sydney Architecture Festival

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Henley Halebrown creates concrete-and-brick student halls for garden-like site

London-based Henley Halebrown referenced both Georgian and modernist buildings when creating this Stirling Prize-shortlisted group of brick-clad student halls at the University of Roehampton's parkland campus. Architecture studio Henley Halebrown designed the masterplan for the university's campus, which is located in a southwest suburb bordered on one side by Richmond Park.

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for Malta's tallest building

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed visualisations of a 112 metre-high tower, planned for Paceville on the northern coast of Malta, which would be the country's tallest building. Named Mercury Tower, the 31 storey building would be 14.5 metres higher than the nearby Portomaso Business Tower – currently the tallest building on the Mediterranean island.

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Russell Jones creates pared-back concrete house in a Dutch forest

Living spaces at this house in Waalre, the Netherlands, are contained within a cluster of concrete structures that incorporate large openings framing views of the surrounding forest. London-based architect Russell Jones was commissioned to develop a proposal for a site within a fir-tree woodland that forms part of the affluent area immediately south of Eindhoven.

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Smiljan Radić uses lantern-like skin to disguise concrete frame of Chilean theatre

A translucent concertinaed shell conceals the gridded concrete interior of this theatre designed by Chilean architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano for the city of Concepción. The Teatro Regional del Bíobío stands on the edge of the Biobío River that runs through the Chilean city. 

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Six buildings that create a buzz with honeycomb-patterned facades

Several architecture projects have recently been proposed or completed with hexagonal grids across their fronts. Here are half a dozen examples covered with six-sided shapes. Hexagonal frames cover the curved portions of these glass skyscrapers in Singapore, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren for the city-state's Kampong Glam neighbourhood.

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Tokyo's new Hotel Okura will recreate iconic rooms from the original

A modernist hotel that featured in 1960s James Bond film You Only live Twice is being rebuilt to be more earthquake-proof, reopening in Tokyo next year. Despite a global campaign to save the the Hotel Okura Tokyo, it was demolished three years ago to make way for a bigger and more shock-proof design.

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MoMA's Toward a Concrete Utopia exhibition presents the architecture of Yugoslavia

The impressive monuments, ambitious masterplans and unrealised visions of architects across socialist former Yugoslavia are the subject of an exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 explores the use of building and urban planning to create a national identity for the country during its 45-year existence.

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GMR sans SkyTrax rating disqualified for Philippines airport project

GMR group, which is looking to bid for operations and Maintenance contract of Clark International Airport in the Philippines has been disqualified as it does not have required ranking by SkyTrax, aninternational air transport rating organisation.

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Schemata Architects contrasts original features with modern interventions for Japanese office

Schemata Architects, headed by Jo Nagasaka, has converted a traditional house in Kamakura, Japan, into an office featuring modern fitted furniture. The building is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood in a city just south of Tokyo, surrounded by lush gardens.

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Studio Unltd turns light-filled warehouse into Bavel restaurant in LA

Los Angeles-based Studio Unltd has used influences from Morocco to Turkey for the interiors of this Middle Eastern restaurant in the city's Arts District. Located in a former warehouse, Bavel was designed by Studio Unltd and restaurant chef Genevieve Gergis with modest, light interiors alongside old-world accents.

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Urban Agency completes pigmented-concrete extension alongside Irish cottage

This concrete extension to a traditional cottage in Ireland's County Kerry was treated with iron oxide to give it a russet hue that complements colours found in the surrounding landscape.

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V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale

Visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk the "streets in the sky" of London's Robin Hood Gardens, as the V&A museum has shipped a huge chunk of the brutalist housing estate to Italy.

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Michael Anastassiades creates modular lighting system based on jewellery chains for Flos

The Arrangements lighting collection by Michael Anastassiades features strips and loops of LEDs in geometric shapes that combine to create chains, chandeliers and hanging walls of light.

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Six installations worth seeing at Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

With Clerkenwell Design Week kicking off tomorrow, Dezeen's Natashah Hitti picks out six of the best installations to see, including a pop-up street of pink townhouses and a pavilion made from layers of interwoven string.

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Family apartment in Kiev blends Japanese and Ukrainian design influences

Sergey Makhno has overhauled his duplex apartment in Kiev with the intention of creating a "a bridge between Japanese minimalism and Ukrainian aesthetics."

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5 Winners Named in Russia's Competition to Develop Standard Housing Concepts

At the third meeting of the Living Environment Forum in Kaliningrad, Russia—this year centered on the theme "All About Housing"—the organizers presented the winning projects in the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design.

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LOT creates tropical garden within Brooklyn coffee house Devoción

Verdant foliage, handmade tiles and wooden decor give rise to a Colombian-infused atmosphere in this urban cafe, created by LOT Office for Architecture for boutique coffee roaster Devoción. The Devoción coffeeshop is located in downtown Brooklyn.

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Canada Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine Architecture & Restoration of the Canada Pavilion

After close to 60 years of exhibitions featuring the work of some of Canada’s most celebrated artists and architects, the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy is undergoing a major, $3-million restoration.

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Step inside a quirky wine wonderland in South Australia

Amidst the rolling green countryside in South Australia, a Rubik’s Cube of a building rises above the vineyards. Just 45 minutes outside Adelaide, the family-owned, small-batch d’Arenberg Winery has been in McLaren Vale since 1912. 

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Flokk's HÅG Futu chairs designed to "seamlessly blend" into any working environment

Norwegian furniture manufacturer Flokk has added two new Futu office chairs to its HÅG Task collection, which are designed to help workers stay alert and focused. Flokk has designed the two new work chairs with all technical elements integrated into the shape to make them as compact as possible.

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Black concrete boxes form Casa Bruma in rural Mexico

Nine dark-coloured blocks circle a forest clearing that acts as a courtyard for this home by Mexican architects Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez. Canales and Rodríguez collaborated on the 6,500-square-foot (604-square-metre) Casa Bruma project, which serves a holiday home for a young family.

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12 Traditional Rooms by Suzanne Kasler Interiors

Discover the designer's work, from an enchanting haven in Tennessee to her own Atlanta home. Mixing high and low, traditional and contemporary, new and old to create signature interiors and products that convey a sophisticated simplicity. 

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See Inside the World's Most Exciting New Design Hotel

To call the Blue Lagoon one of Iceland’s most popular attractions would be a colossal understatement. Even if you’ve only spent a minute scrolling through Instagram, your feed will be clogged up with images of the famed pool of iridescent geothermal water.

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Bjarke Ingels Takes Role as Chief Architect at WeWork

WeWork has announced that Bjarke Ingels will be its new Chief Architect. Ingels, who has taken the architecture world by storm since founding BIG in 2005, will continue in his role as Founding Partner and Creative Director of his firm.

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Studio Strato creates cosy reading den in renovated Rome apartment

A reading room with a daybed and porthole window is built into the living room of Pointing House, a one-bedroom apartment in Rome designed by Studio Strato. Studio Strato, a Rome-based architecture firm founded in 2007 by Martino Fraschetti and Vincenzo Tattolo, designed the interior in collaboration with architect Maria Clara Ghia.

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Glass study extends from hilltop home in Wyoming by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

A glazed box containing a study cantilevers from the contemporary rural Jackson Residence by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which overlooks a river valley in the American West. The house is located in the scenic town of Jackson, Wyoming, a favoured spot for holiday homes and retirement dwellings. 

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Arjaan de Feyter uses moody material palette for Belgian lawyers office

Interior architect Arjaan de Feyter kept to a material palette of blackened steel, dark walnut and deep-green marble to create this pared-back office for a lawyer near Antwerp, Belgium. The office is located within one of four new mixed-use blocks called The Cubes, which occupy the site of a recently redeveloped malt distillery.

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Sweeping staircase forms centrepiece of engineering office by Studio Ben Allen

Studio Ben Allen has inserted a spiralling plywood staircase in the centre of an office in Birmingham, England, which is designed to get workers moving. The London architecture studio was commissioned to expand the offices of global engineering firm Cundall in a way that would improve the health and wellbeing of its workers.

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Studio Twenty Seven showcases furniture made entirely from Italian limestone

A series of matching stoneware designs by French designers Francesco Balzano and Valériane Lazard is on display at Studio Twenty Seven gallery in Miami. The limited-edition Primitif collection is the result of a collaboration between the designers, and includes eight pieces all made of the same material.

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Matthijs la Roi and BART//BRATKE Design "Cultural Jewel" Concert Hall in Nuremberg

BART//BRATKE & Matthijs la Roi Architects have released images of their proposed new concert hall in Nuremberg, Germany. The “Nuremberg Konzerthaus” seeks to extend the historically rich heritage of the Meistersingerhalle municipal center, contributing a unique musical experience to the cultural city.

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CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan's Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China's mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province's capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula.

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Collapsable skyscraper for disaster zones wins conceptual design competition

A team of Polish architects designed this concept for a foldable skyscraper that could be delivered by helicopter to offer relief in remote disaster zones. The collapsable tower named Skyshelter.zip was designed by Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk, and has been named the winner of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

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"Vertical village" by Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel to be built in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won the competition to build a new mixed-use development in Paris with their design called Vertical Village. Japanese architect, Fujimoto collaborated with the two French architects to design the complex that will be built almost entirely from wood and will stand as a "new gateway" to the suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois.

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Hufft Architects' Kansas City residence is influenced by Marcel Breuer

The mid-century-modern architecture of a nearby Marcel Breuer residence provided cues for a family home by Hufft Architects in the American Midwest. Encompassing 6,500 square feet (604 square metres), Baulinder House is located in Mission Hills – a residential neighbourhood of Kansas City, on the Kansas side of the state border.

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Steel Frame and Wood Frame: The Benefits of Dry Construction Systems

You have to consider many factors when designing an architectural project in order to ensure quality and value. The construction technique is in most cases the first item to be evaluated, because it is the one factor that properly materializes the proposed design and determines the efficiency of the project in terms of time, costs, labor, finishes and final quality.

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Phillip K Smith III and COS create wall of mirrors in historic Italian palazzo

American artist Phillip K Smith III has worked with fashion brand COS to install a faceted mirror structure in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo, as part of Milan design week 2018.

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Hem's new furniture range included a sofa that can be packed into boxes

Hem is continuing to explore how high-end design can flat-packed, with the launch of a sofa and a conference table that can be shipped in standard boxes. The Swedish furniture brand is showing five new products in Milan this week, all of which are designed for easy delivery.

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Architectural exhibition held at Nashik

Idea Architecture college has recently held Excel 2018 a annual architecture exhibitionrecently. The event got huge response and students from various college and professional visited the event. The exhibition also displayed famous structures from various part of the world which are known for its architectural beauty. 

 

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NBBJ completes "vertical campus" for Tencent's headquarters in Shenzhen

At the Shenzhen headquarters of Chinese tech giant Tencent, twin skyscrapers are connected by sky bridges designed to help employees meet. Architect NBBJ designed Tencent's Global Headquarters specifically to prevent the 10,000 workers of the technology firm from getting siloed in their different departments.

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Twelve Architects reveals plans for Siberian airport with tented roof

Pitched roof elements reference traditional reindeer herder tents in Twelve Architects' design for Novy Urengoy Airport, in Russia. The London-based architecture practice has secured the contract to redevelop the airport near Novy Urengoy, in north-west Siberia. According to the practice pointed roofs and vaulted interiors will echo the shape of the traditional tent, called a chum, used by the Uralic reindeer herders of the region.

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Amanda Levete Architects Unveil Oxford University Addition

London-based AL_A, spearheaded by Amanda Levete, have revealed their design for two new buildings at the Wadham College site of the historic Oxford University in England. The Dr. Lee Shau Kee Building and William Doo Undergraduate Centre will provide much-needed space for undergraduate services to support the University's access programs as well as new gathering places for the student body.

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Sculpture By The Sea by Gjøde & Partnere Arkitekter Transforms Cottesloe Beach Into Floating Desert Island

On The Desert Island in Cottesloe Beach, Australia, a 72-meter wall of mirrors partitions out a section of the sand, creating a cove of its own. The wall faces the Indian Ocean, and the curved reflection of sand merging with the soft-blue waters and the horizon beyond creates an illusion of an enclosed space; a desert island floating in an endless sea.

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Belgian Architect Aude-Line Dulière Wins Harvard GSD’s 2018 Wheelwright Prize

Brussels-based architect Aude-Line Dulière has been named as the winner of Harvard GSD's 2018 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 fellowship supporting travel-based research and investigative approaches to contemporary design.

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GROHE smartcontrol shower pairs intuitive design with intelligent technology

GROHE have continuously exceeded consumer expectations to shape new, dream-worthy yet accessible desires within bathrooms and individually progress the status quo of the market. their luxury sanitary collections astound by pairing appealing aesthetics with technology-led innovation.

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners reveals visuals for new Toronto skyscraper

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has released the first visualisations of The HUB, a skyscraper that will "hover" above a historic building in Toronto, Canada. Renders show an external steel structure supporting the building and allowing it to cantilever over the Toronto Harbour Commission Building, a six storey building erected on the site in 1917.

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Green Building Initiative buys global rights to Green Globes rating system

Nonprofit Green Building Initiative (GBI) has purchased the global rights to the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Green Globes sustainability rating system for commercial and multifamily projects, according to the organization. 

 

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Stained glass dividers brighten London co-working space inside former church

Surman Weston has converted a Victorian church in London's Islington into a colourful co-working space that doubles as the architecture studio's own office. The British practice turned the former methodist church into an open-plan office, using stained glass screens and panels on the suspended staircase to allude to the building's history.

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Balkrishna Doshi wins Pritzker Prize 2018

Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi has been named the 2018 laureate of the Pritzker Prize, architecture's most illustrious award. Balkrishna Doshi, one of India's most influential 20th century architects, is the 45th recipient of the Pritzker Prize. He is the first Indian architect to be awarded the prize.

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This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density

The protective fortress, winding cobblestone streets, and medieval urban layout are all characteristics of many coastal European towns. But when exploring the French town of Saint-Malo, it is difficult to believe that this is hardly the original city. What separates Saint-Malo from many other European towns located by the sea—aside from its striking location jutting out from the coastline—is the complex history of how it was heavily destroyed in World War II, but rebuilt to its original aesthetic.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ Reimagining Architecture exhibition opens in Melbourne

An exhibition of Zaha Hadid Architects’ work spanning 40 years will be open to the public in Melbourne from 4 November to 20 December. The Melbourne presentation is the third leg of an exhibition that was first shown at the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival from 10 to 26 July and then in Singapore from 5 to 15 August. The exhibition is divided into three parts. 

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World’s top 100 architecture practices 2018

UK-based architectural newspaper Building Design has released its 2018 ranking of the world’s top 100 architecture firms (WA100). The annual list is compiled from surveys sent to 1,250 practices worldwide and practices are ranked by the number of fee-earning architects they employ. Four Australian practices made the top 100 this year. Bates Smart is Australia’s largest practice in the rankings, appearing at equal 40th place, up from 45th in 2017. 

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France Will Soon Have Its First Vertical Forest Tower

With the ever-growing population and limited amount of space to house them, a lot of forests have to be cut down to make space for living premises. This overpopulation and deforestation has led to an increase in pollution. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, the need for a clean and pollution free environment has given rise to apartment blocks that serve a dual function. Besides providing living space to the general populace, they act as air cleaning towers.

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Now You Can Buy Your Favourite Supercar From This Giant Vending Machine In Singapore

Working just like any regular vending machine, this vending machine installed in Singapore gives you cars instead of soft drinks and chips. The futuristic 15-story showroom has been opened this December by the famous used car seller in Singapore, the Autobahn Motors. The building has currently 60 slots for vehicles on display, making it worthy of the title, “world’s largest luxury car vending machine”.

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This 80-Story Skyscraper In Chicago Will Be Constructed Entirely Out Of Wood

Unlike any regular skyscraper, this skyscraper is going to use wood in its construction. Researchers at Cambridge University, engineers at Thornton Tomasetti and architects at Perkins + Will are aiming to design a timber skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, which they would like to call the River Beech Tower since it would be located along the Chicago River.

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This Cylindrical Church Stays Cool In Summers Due To Its Genius Design

They have created another life changing structure by drawing inspiration from the traditional design elements. The church uses an African drum design and a circular floor plan. It also uses other design features like baked bricks, wall openings, and ventilation towers to ensure natural cooling of the structure in Malawi’s subtropical heat.

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UNStudio’s Remodelled Facade For Canaletto Tower Creates

UNStudio has completed its new residential tower in London by remodelling the building's façade with clustering and material variations that gives a different type of depth and privacy. 

 

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Medical waste to produce durable, sustainable concrete

The thousands of tonnes of plastic waste created each year in Australia through dialysis treatment could breathe new life into the construction industry, according to researchers at Deakin University.

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Frank Gehry to Design a New Youth Orchestra Center for LA Philharmonic

Frank Gehry will design a new center for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, a youth-outreach program established in 2007 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

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The Pool to make Australian premiere in Melbourne

Australia’s 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition will be presented for the first time in Australia at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in August.
The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity by Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holiday of Aileen Sage Architects with Michelle Tabet of consultancy company Left Banks Co., was originally commissioned by the Australian Institute of Architects and displayed in the Denton Corker Marshall-designed Australian Pavilion.
The original installation featured a 60-square-metre pool, filled with water 30 centimetres deep, and the voices of eight prominent Australians discussing their relationship with pools, piped into the pavilion.
 

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Seidler’s only Melbourne tower earns heritage gong

A Harry Seidler-designed office tower at 1 Spring Street in Melbourne, formerly known as Shell House, has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register.
“Shell House has been loved by architects, designers and the general public for a long time. It is the only high-rise tower designed by Harry Seidler in Victoria. It is a fitting corner piece to the Hoddle Grid and a landmark CBD building,” said Stuart MacIntyre, chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

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‘Good intentions’ or ‘cruel hoax’? Budget 2017’s housing affordability plan draws vexed reactions

In its 2017–18 budget, the federal government released what it called “comprehensive plan to address housing affordability.” While promising “no silver bullet,” the government claimed its plan was “designed to improve outcomes across the housing spectrum.”

The plan includes measures such as a $1 billion National Housing and Infrastructure Facility (NHIF), releasing surplus Commonwealth land for housing, a Western Sydney City Deal that will provide opportunities for planning and zoning reform, as well as a range of financial incentives

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Parkorman by Dror

We set out to create a park that dissolves the anxiety and fear that often accompanies an unfamiliar environment through a network of conditions that fosters unconditional love.We imagined the most profound experience delivered through the lightest touch; an effort that preserves the lush forest and leaves every tree in place, as mandated by the city.

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Future uncertain for Fuksas, GMB’s Canberra convention centre

Plans to construct a new national convention centre in Canberra designed by Italian practice Fuksas Architecture and local practice Guida Moseley Brown Architects (GMB) are in doubt after the ACT government withdrew funding for the preparation of a business case for the project in its mid-year budget update.

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Hayball designs first vertical government high school in Victoria

The Victorian government has announced construction has begun on a new $43-million high school in Richmond designed by Hayball. The new Richmond High School will comprise a four-storey academic precinct on Highett Street and a sports precinct on Gleadell Street, 

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How the NMAAHC Became the Greenest Museum in Washington DC

This article, originally titled "DC’s Museum Of African American History Is The City’s Greenest," was originally published on Lance Hosey's Huffington Post blog. It is part of a four-part series about the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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World’s Highest Bridge Is Now Open For Vehicular Traffic

This marvel of engineering connects the Beipanjiang Valley and stretches between the Yunnan to the Guizhou provinces. The once five-hour journey has been brought down to an hour and a half, as people can now walk on this 4,400 feet long bridge at the mind-boggling height equal to a 200 story building.

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8 Abandoned Buildings That Have Been Transformed Into Stunning Structures

Most of the times, old architecture is shrugged off as being beyond redemption and past their time. Look some magnificent examples of how people can discover and unveil beauty out of seemingly redundant and useless buildings.

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This Is The Technical Reason Why Stairs In Medieval Castles Were Always Built In A Clockwise Direction

The basic reason behind the design of the castle was to provide maximum protection to the inhabitants. The hidden secrets of the looping, narrow and clockwise stairwells was also to act as a defender against the approaching armies.

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President Xi Jinping said China's approach to regulating its red-hot property market will include financial, fiscal, tax, land, and regulatory measures as Beijing looks to develop a long-term mechanism for an industry 

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Developers, funds target China demand for co-working space amid startup boom

 Real estate developers and financial investors are capitalising on fast-rising demand for leasing of "co-working" spaces in China, as Beijing encourages startups and small businesses in a bid to offset slowing 

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These Recycled Plastic Sidewalks Can Harvests Energy From The Sun

In an urban world essentially turning into a concrete jungle, a Hungarian startup called Platio has come up with a colourful pavement system aimed to bring back the colours in people’s life.

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China's Sany Group to invest $2 billion in Gujarat; signs MoU

Chinese conglomerate Sany Grouptoday signed an MoU with the Gujarat Government to invest a staggering $2 billion over the next five years in various energy and infrastructureprojects in the state.

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Twisting Shanghai Tower Declared As The World’s Best Skyscraper

The world’s second tallest building, Gensler’s Shanghai Tower has been declared the world’s best skyscraper by information specialist Emporis in its annual skyscraper awards.The mega tall skyscraper soars at an astounding height of 632 m (2,073 ft) and entails twists 

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UK house-building hits post-financial crisis high

Britain built the largest number of new homes since the global financial crisis during the year to the end of March, annual figures showed on Tuesday, as the economy picked up and the government took steps to tackle Britain's housing shortage.

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Irish commercial property surge will make room for Brexit: Report

New office space planned for Dublin over the next five years can accommodate more than 100,000 extra workers and any companies seeking to relocate as a result of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, 

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Square Yards opens offices in Toronto & Vancouver

Square Yards is opening new offices in Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. This is company’s 12th international office.The company plans to use Canada offices as a gateway to the US markets.“Using Canada as focal point, we aim to delve deep into North American markets. Economic recovery in conjunction with higher demands has made Canada, 

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Vancouver October home sales slide in wake of foreign buyer tax

Vancouver home sales, which have been hit by a tax on foreign buyers, fell for a third consecutive month in October, dropping nearly 40 percent from a year earlier, the city's real estate board said on Wednesday.

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London builders turn to funds as property prices drop

High-end property developers in London are restricting the supply of homes to prevent further price falls by selling entire apartment blocks to funds for rental, according to agents and investment managers.

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UK Sept commercial property values fall slightly: MSCI IPD index

UK commercial property values slipped in September but at a slower pace than in July and August, a closely-watched index showed, suggesting concerns about the impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union are easing.

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UK Sept commercial property values fall slightly: MSCI IPD index

UK commercial property values slipped in September but at a slower pace than in July and August, a closely-watched index showed, suggesting concerns about the impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union are easing.

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Manhattan office market booming as asking rents set record: Report

The cost of renting office space in Manhattan set new records in the third quarter amid strong leasing activity that was driven by a job creation rate in New York that exceeds the nationwide average, according to brokerage Colliers International.

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Thailand's WHA Corp to launch $230 million industrial park REIT

Thailand's biggest warehouse developer WHA Corp said on Monday it plans to launch a real estate investment trust (REIT) worth 8.02 billion baht ($230 million) in November with underlying assets in industrial estates of its Hemaraj unit.

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China to restrict credit growth with rising real estate prices

China has said it will control credit growth and take active measures to promote healthy development of housing market as real estate prices rose in 100 cities sparking concerns over property bubble.

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Brazil homebuilders regain confidence for new launches in 2017: VivaReal

Brazil's depressed home building market could see the start of an upswing next year as developers regain confidence, Lucas Vargas, chief executive of online classifieds VivaReal, told Reuters

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Peter Zellner to launch Free School of Architecture

Zellner is now in the process of launching a new educational endeavor to hopefully carry out some of the changes he’d like to see made. His new project, theFree School of Architecture (FSA), will launch in the summer of 2017 as a “tuition and salary free” school seeking to “explore the edges of architectural education.” The Architect’s Newspaper talked to Zellner about FSA as he prepares for its inaugural semester.

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China property tycoon warns on real estate bubble

China's richest man, real estate magnate Wang Jianlin, has warned the country's property market is the "biggest bubble in history" -- the latest alarm bell to be sounded on the world's second largest economy.

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Indestructible Bridges Might Become A Reality Thanks To This New Design Technique

The structures designed using the form-finding technique, are held up the forces of tension, which implies no bending stress. The presence of bending stress is the major point of weakness in other constructions.The research of Professor Lewis hints of a future where the buildings and bridges would not come under complex stresses owing to loading

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Brock Commons – The World’s Tallest Wooden Residential Tower Nears Completion

The 53-meter tall Brock Commons will be the world’s tallest wooden building upon its completion.The wooden residential tower is now several months ahead of its schedule and is nearing completion at an incredible speed. The 18-storey structure will house 272 studio blocks and 33 four-bed units that could accommodate 404 students.

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U.S. home builder sentiment index highest in 11 months

 A private gauge on U.S. home builder sentiment unexpectedly rose in September to its strongest level in 11 months, prompted by renewed interest in home purchases following a summer lull.

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Donald Trump's India real estate biz to impact US foreign policy?

Donald Trump's investments in real estate overseas, including in Indian cities of Pune and Gurgaon, could have implications on America's foreign policy if the Republican presidential nominee wins the elections and occupies the White House next January, a major US weekly said.

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Trump Hotel quietly opens close to White House

 A renovated historic building in downtown Washington which served as a post office a few blocks away from the White House opened quietly as a "Trump Hotel".

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British property website Zoopla's annual earnings go beyond forecasts

Property website Zoopla said annual earnings would hit the top end of forecasts, boosted by a higher number of property listings and growth in its price comparison service, confounding predictions that Brexit would freeze the market

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Dubai ruler's firm plans mega mixed-use development project

A company controlled by Dubai's ruler has unveiled plans for a vast mixed-use development that will create thousands of new homes and hotel rooms.

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China Vanke plans to buy Shanghai office tower from Carlyle for $369 mln

China Vanke Co Ltd is seeking to buy Central Plaza in Shanghai from private equity firm Carlyle Group for around 2.46 billion yuan ($368.94 million), Basis Point reported on Friday, quoting sources.

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British landlords scope out office bargains as Brexit vote bites

British landlords were bracing for a drop in commercial property values due to an exodus of tenants after Britain voted to exit the European Union. While property prices fell in sympathy with the glum market sentiment,

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Chinese property investment overseas more than doubles in H1: CBRE

Chinese invested $16.1 billion in overseas real estate in the first half of the year, more than double the amount in the same period last year, real estate consultancy CBRE said on Thursday.

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Prices of UK homes for sale see biggest fall in 9 months in August: Rightmove

The price of homes for sale in England and Wales fell in August, posting the biggest drop since November, as the summer lull added to uncertainty surrounding Britain's decision to leave the European Union, property website Rightmove said on Monday.

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US homebuilder sentiment rises in August as sales improve

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about the housing market this month, reflecting strong growth in new-home sales and prices.

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Foreign buyers fuel surge in Canadian office building sales

Foreign buyers are helping to drive a jump in sales of top-tier Canadian office buildings, industry players say, with a soft currency and the country's relative stability helping attract interest from abroad.

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Saudis prepare rules for real estate funds amid housing push

Saudi Arabia's capital markets regulator issued draft rules for exchange-listed real estate funds on Tuesday as the kingdom tries to draw more private investors into its

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Oz man wins island resort for $49 in raffle draw

A lucky Australian man has won a multi-million dollar tropical island resort replete with lush forests, caves and coral reefs for $49 in a unique raffle sale that sparked a global frenzy.

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This three-sided concrete skyscraper can withstand earthquakes and stand for 2,500 years

Mexican architecture practice L. Benjamin Romano Arquitectos (LBRA), working alongside working alongside engineering firm Arup’s New York office, has produced an earthquake-resistant skyscraper designed to last 2,500 years.

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Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, to open in January 2017

The much-anticipated Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will open to the public in January 2017, fourteen years after the Swiss architecs began the project.

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Jewel Changi Airport wins International Architecture Award

The Jewel Changi Airport has been accorded the 2016 International Architecture Award, according to a media release by its developers. The award was given out by The Chicago Athenaeum, an international museum of architecture and design

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A Dutch design firm created a house that's made out of cardboard and built to last for a century

Cardboard is usually thought of as disposable and temporary, but a design firm in Amsterdam uses the humble material to build houses that are supposed to last for 100 years.

It's called a Wikkelhouse, and it's the flagship creation of the whimsical firm, Fiction Factory

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Manhattan office leasing still strong but correction under way

Office leasing activity in Manhattan remains strong but tell-tale signs - such as rising landlord concessions and companies that renew contracts rather than take new space - indicate a market in correction, realtor Cushman & Wakefield said Tuesday.

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A Dutch design firm created a house that's made out of cardboard and built to last for a century

Wikkelhouses aren't just made out of regular old cardboard. They're made by wrapping 24 layers of high-quality paperboard around a house-shaped frame. In fact, the Dutch verb "wikkelen" means "to wrap."

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UAE's mind-numbing floating homes offer glimpse of future

After constructing man-made islands, the Emiratis have upped their game by making residential properties float. Constructed by Holland-based engineers, the Waterlovt are a set of houseboats with state-of-the-art facilities.

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Some buyers using "Brexit clauses" to drop UK commercial property deals

Some commercial property buyers are invoking "Brexit clauses" written into contracts agreed before Britain voted to leave the European Union, allowing them to walk away from the deals.

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Norway's June housing prices rise 0.8 pct, 2016 growth seen higher

Norwegian seasonally adjusted housing prices rose by 0.8 percent in June from May, a real estate industry association said in a statement on Tuesday.

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US home prices climb in April; 7 cities set new records

U.S. home prices scaled new heights in April, with seven cities - including Boston, Charlotte, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle - setting record highs

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After Brexit, London holds out hope for Indian buyers in UK’s realty market

 London property market, facing headwinds over the past one year, is expected to slow down further after Britain decided to exit the European Union, property experts have warned.
 

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Germany embraces glitzy offices to shake up corporate culture

 Major German companies are investing in ambitious new buildings designed to attract top staff and encourage innovation, seeking to create a more dynamic corporate culture and keep pace with U.S. rivals despite investor concerns about the cost.

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British Columbia eyeing proposals to cool red-hot housing market

British Columbia is studying a number of options to address housing affordability in the Vancouver area, a provincial spokesman said, though he declined to comment specifically on renewed calls for a tax on vacant homes.

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Ultra-rich still hungry for high-end real estate investments in North America: Citi

 The centi-millionaires and billionaires who are clients of Citigroup Inc's private bank still want to invest in the fanciest real estate in North America, despite recent signs that segments of the high-end market have begun to cool.

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A torrent of new projects on Staten Island are reshaping the once-forgotten borough

Staten Islanders have a name for the impatient dance that visitors do when they get off the ferry at St. George to wait for the next boat back to Manhattan: The “Staten Island Shuffle.” The name reflects the perennial difficulty of getting newcomers to venturebeyond the island’s welcome gate.

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Now a 3D printer to make 'endless' houses

A Dutch architect Wednesday unveiled a unique 3D printer with which he aims to construct a large building "without beginning or end" shaped like an infinite loop. 
 

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Greg Lynn uses Microsoft HoloLens to visualize architecture at this year’s Venice Biennale

The HoloLens, which is aided by tech firm Trimble’s mixed reality technology, allowed Lynn to holographically visualize and navigate the space. “It actually changes the way you think about design” said Lynn, who added that the lens meant he could fully comprehend the scale of the site

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Cool, cheap and green: Polystyrene homes catch on in Kenya

Justus Opiyo lives in one of around 50 polystyrene houses in a new development in Kajiado County, southeast of Nairobi, and says it has a major advantage over his previous homes.

 

 

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IKEA to sell 23 retail parks across Europe

 The shopping centre arm of furniture giant IKEA is putting up for sale 23 outdoor retail parks across Europe, timing the sale to coincide with a commercial property market boom driven by low interest rates.

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U.S. new home sales race to eight-year high, prices soar

New U.S. single-family home sales surged to a more than eight-year high in April and prices hit a record high, offering further evidence of a pick-up in economic growth early in the second quarter.

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IKEA to sell 23 retail parks across Europe

The shopping centre arm of furniture giant IKEA is putting up for sale 23 outdoor retail parks across Europe, timing the sale to coincide with a commercial property market boom driven by low interest rates.

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Movable Walls: A Solution for Small Homes

Sometimes you need an extra room, or you need to expand the living room, or you need an independent workspace. Why shouldn’t you?

The solution does not have to involve sacrifice. The solution is to change the walls: Instead of having fixed walls, make them movable.

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Parliament House architect Romaldo 'Aldo' Giurgola dies at 95

The architect who won a competition to design new Parliament House in Canberra, Romaldo Giurgola, has died at age 95.

Giurgola, better known as Aldo, was born in 1920 and studied architecture in Italy.

Later he moved to the United States, where he became a key member of the Philadelphia School of Architecture.

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This Rotating Tiny House In US Soaks Up Sunshine All Day Long

PATH is bringing a new meaning to the sustainable architecture and design with the new rotatable house called 359.

The house has been developed in Portland, USA and it can be manually rotated to soak up or shun the sun rays, thus making it warmer in winters and cooler in the summer season.

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Attention, tech-buffs! Seven ways to turn your abode into a 'smart home'

Bill Gates's house, Xanadu 2.0, in Medina outside Seattle, is probably the earliest smart home we know of. Even today, the technology inside the house like a pool with underwater music system, digital walls with changing artworks and more can make your jaw drop. But there are now ways to harness new technology and turn your home into a 'smart one'. Consider these.

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World's largest IT storage company EMC in race to develop smart cities in India

The world's largest IT storage company is in the race for developing smart cities in India, offering their services to the central and state governments, according to senior officials of the company.

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This is How Modern Bridges Are Constructed In The US

Considering the advances that have been made in the technology and science department, it doesn’t come as a big surprise when you see construction industry achieving the miracles that it currently is. With the advances came more cost-effective methods and more approaches to constructing some really amazing structures.

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Dubai Land Department Overhauls Dubai’s Building Classification System

A complete overhaul of Dubai's building classification is currently underway, led by Dubai Land Department's (DLD) Technical Affairs Department. The DLD's state-of-the-art Building Classification System (BCS) has so far enabled the surveying of 20,000 plots of land, and more than 120,000 units including apartments, offices, retail, schools, and public amenities. This was done via a bespoke smart online system built in-house for the BCS project.

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China's property prices may slide in 2nd half of 2017 says CASS

China's property prices may slip in the second half of 2017 if the overall economic growth rate keeps sliding, a prominent government think-tank said on Thursday.

"If macroeconomic growth continues to slide, property prices may once again fall overall in the second half of 2017," the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in its "blue book" report on China's property market.

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Millennials are leaving these 10 big American cities in droves because of high home prices

High home prices are pushing three groups of people out of big, expensive cities: low-income workers, people in rural-based industries, and millennials.

Trulia data scientist Mark Uh examined how the affordability crisis is pricing out various income groups.

Using data from the 2014 5-year US Census American Community Survey, Uh looked into migration patterns away from the biggest - and often most expensive - cities.

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UK house price growth cools after land tax changes - Nationwide

British annual house price growth cooled in April after the government introduced extra taxes on second home purchases, according to a survey from mortgage lender Nationwide on Thursday.

House price growth cooled to 4.9 percent year-on-year from 5.7 percent in March, slightly less than forecast in a Reuters poll.

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Intervest Offices & Warehouses to sell 5 buildings in Brussels periphery

Intervest Offices & Warehouses starts portfolio reorientation through divestment of 5 buildings in the Brussels periphery.

It has entered into a sales agreement for 4 office buildings and a semi-industrial building in Brussels periphery.

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Snøhetta's MAX IV Laboratory Landscape Set to Open in June

Snøhetta's MAX IV Laboratory Landscape Design will open in June on the edge of Lund, Sweden. Selected for the project in 2011, Snøhetta’s design fills 47-acres (19 hectares) of formerly agricultural lands northeast of the city, and is the first project in a larger masterplan to transform the Brunnshög area into a “Science City.” The MAX IV national laboratory is a synchrotron facility with two electron storage rings, and is jointly operated by the Swedish Research Council and Lund University.

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Can You Guess How Much the Architect of the Most Expensive Train Station on Earth Was Paid?

The World Trade Center Transit Hub-aka The (other) Oculus-has already gone down in history as the most expensive train station , ever. The grand total was $4 billion, about twice what it was supposed to cost, and more than the skyscraper adjacent to it. But there might be another record-breaking figure associated with this project. I couldn't believe how much the architect got paid.

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Dubai property prices fell 10% in March quarter: JLL

Dubai residential property prices fell 10 percent in the first three months of the year because of a strong dollar and as buyers had less cash to spend following the oil price slump, industry consultants JLL said in a report on Tuesday.

The Dubai real estate sector has softened since late 2014 after a three-year boom fed by an influx of cash from politically unstable Arab nations.

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Donald Trump forays into commercial realty in India, inks deal with IREO for Gurgaon project

The Trump Organization has signed its first commercial office deal in India with private equity fund and developer IREO in Gurgaon. 

The American real estate firm founded by Donald Trump, the front runner for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States, will lend its name to a new high-end 600,000-700,000 sq ft office building on Gurgaon's Golf Course Extension Road, which will be built by IREO alongside a retail complex for about Rs 1,000 crore. 

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Now design a tiny house on an app and get it delivered in months

Becoming a tiny house homeowner is now as easy as tapping away at an iPad.

Blu Homes, a California-based prefab home manufacturer, just launched a new line of micro houses that shoppers can customize on an app and get delivered to their property in a matter of months.

The cost starts at $250,000, depending on the logistics of delivery, installation, and the user's design modifications.

 

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Kengo Kuma’s Carbon Fiber Curtain Makes Buildings Earthquake-Proof!

Earthquakes? No longer a problem for Japanese fabric manufacturer Komatsu Seiren, whose showroom facility in Nomi, Japan, has been fitted with a carbon-fiber curtain designed by the architect Kengo Kuma. This innovative reinforcement provides added stability to the building, protecting it from damage wrought by earthquakes.

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Shenzhen, Shanghai home sales plunge after rules tightened

Home sales in the red-hot property markets of Shanghai and Shenzhen tumbled sharply in the week after authorities made it tougher to buy homes in the cities to prevent a property bubble, surveys by a major Chinese realtor show.

After Shenzhen and Shanghai property prices had jumped 57 percent and 20.6 percent in February from a year earlier, local governments tightened downpayment requirements for second homes and raised the eligibility bar for non-residents to buy in the cities

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London has 436 tall buildings in the pipeline

The Shard in London Bridge is the city's tallest building at 310 metres (1,016 feet).

London has at least 436 tall buildings in the pipeline, and almost half of its citizens aren't happy about it.

According to a YouGov survey conducted by Historic England, an English Heritage group, 48% of Londoners think the influx of towers will have a "negative impact" on the city's skyline.

A further 60% said they would like a say over whether tall building construction could go ahead in "historically significant" parts of London.

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Britain is pulling some desperate moves to stop a steel industry extinction

Britain's steel industry is on the brink of extinction and the government is now pulling in some desperate measures to stop this from happening.

On Sunday, Britain's business secretary Sajid Javid outlined some radical incentive plans to try and get someone to buy Tata Steel, which is putting up its entire UK business up for sale.

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Blackstone appoints Asia real estate head Christopher Heady as APAC chairman

Blackstone Group has appointed Christopher Heady, its head of Asia real estate business, as chairman of its Asia-Pacific businesses, according to a report by Bloomberg. 

Heady, who played a key role in expanding the group's real estate business in the region, will continue to lead the company's Asia real estate division. He will be supported by Jan Nielsen, who will serve as chief operating officer for all businesses. 
 

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This one major stat shows how investors think Britain's property prices are going to crash

K investors are running scared of property funds right now.

A lot of people have wondered whether the UK's property market is due for a massive slowdown, but figures from the Investment Association (IA) this week gave the biggest indication it could happen very soon.

Property funds saw a net retail outflow of 119 million ($171 million) in February.

According to the IA's report, that's the largest outflow since November 2008.

 

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China home prices extend gains in March - surveys

Growth in China's new home prices quickened in March, two private surveys showed on Friday, evidence that housing prices are continuing to heat up even amid government cooling steps.

Prices of new homes in 288 cities in March rose an average 5.6 percent from a year earlier, the eighth straight month of gains, a poll by property services firm Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC) showed. The rise in March was faster than an increase of 4.3 percent in February.

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Design firm Yabu Pushelberg enters Indian luxury realty market

International design firm Yabu Pushelberg, known for its work at marquee hotels like the Four Seasons in Toronto and the W in New York, has set its sights on the Indian luxury realty market.

The 35-year-old firm, led by designer duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, is venturing into India with plans to make the country one of its top three markets in five years.

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Why Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch still isn't sold

n May 2015, Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch hit the market. The 12,598-square-foot French Normandy-style home sits on 2,698 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley. It has six bedrooms, a four-acre lake with a waterfall, a pool house, three guest houses, a tennis court and a movie theatre and stage. Asking price back then? $100 million.

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The oil crash has created America's worst housing markets

Most of the worst housing markets in America have one thing in common: oil.

The oil crash is making housing markets in energy-producing areas much worse than most other places.

Nationwide's Health of Housing Markets Report for the first quarter showed that nationally, housing-market activity is still healthy. At best, it's in a "Goldilocks" state, according to Nationwide chief economist David Berson.

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Phum Baitang bags the Asia Hotel Design of the Year award

The Asia Hotel Design Awards (AHDA) 2016 received over 130 entries from 60 projects in 12 different countries across Asia and the Pacific. In the end, two hotels dominated the ceremony, bagging almost all the awards between them.

The awards ceremony was held recently at Singapore’s The South Beach, a hotel by renowned French designer Philippe Starck.

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Foldable house? Yes, this may be possible soon

Scientists at Harvard University have designed a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated.Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch. Harvard researchers say it may be possible!

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Now, 'smart wallpaper' to heat and power your house

Scientists have developed new moth-inspired, ultra-thin graphene sheets which can be used in 'smart wallpaper' that could generate electricity from waste light or heat, and power a host of applications at home.

Using a technique known as nanotexturing, which involves growing graphene around a textured metallic surface, researchers from the University of Surrey in UK took inspiration from nature to create ultra-thin graphene sheets designed to more effectively capture light.

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No more weird architecture’: Chinese directive draws line in the sand on ‘strange’ buildings

No more “weird” architecture, gated communities or illegal structures will be built on the mainland, according to an urban blueprint released by the central government of China.

The directive from the State Council came 2 months after leaders met for the Central Urban Work Conference, which ended with a commitment to tackle urban ills such as pollution, public safety and traffic jams.

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AIA Survey Shows that Non-Residential and Sustainable Construction Are Increasing

A set of reports by the AIA show an expected increase in spending on non-residential design for 2016 and 2017, as well as an emergence of more sustainable building technologies.

“Emerging technologies are becoming the dominant force in how buildings are being designed,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Buildings in their own right are becoming far more energy efficient, and certain technologies are increasing both the efficiency of the people using the buildings and the project delivery methods in which buildings are being designed and constructed.”

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World's priciest home: O.C. designer creates a plan for $500 million L.A. 'giga-mansion'

McClean’s path from Laguna Beach architectural assistant to designer of West Los Angeles trophy homes has been a steady progression fueled, colleagues and past clients say, by his eye for detail, his talent with pencil and paper, and his unflagging professionalism.

McClean said he never set out to produce what may be Southern California’s biggest and ritziest mansion. He merely dreamed as a wee lad in Dublin of designing beautiful homes. 

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The 'Manhattan of the Desert': Shibam, Yemen's Ancient Skyscraper City

Walking through narrow chaotic alleys dwarfed by soaring towers, few would estimate the age of Yemen's city of Shibam at nearly 1,700 years. Located in Yemen's central Hadhramaut district, Shibam has roots in the pre-Islamic period, and evidence of construction dating from the 9th century.

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Winners of Concordia Lighthouse Competition Announced

Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has announced the winners of its Concordia Lighthouse Competition, which sought to pay tribute to the Costa Concordia Disaster of 2012 when a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany, causing 33 deaths.

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Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie” Tower in London Leveled with Even More Complaints

Following the controversy over its curved façade, which focused the sun’s rays into dangerous beams, Rafael Viñoly Architects 39; 20 Fenchurch Street (dubbed the Walkie Talkie) has now been hit with more accusations - this time of increasing the wind in the area, and of breaking agreements on its public sky garden, local press have reported.

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Can you guess why architects built this road bridge circular instead of straight?

Before the $11 million Laguna Garzon bridge was built, the only way travelers could take a glimpse of the lagoon was via a raft crossing. Architects have designed an innovative bridge that gives travelers the chance to soak up the stunning view as well as getting them across the water. Before Rafael Vinoly Architects built the $11 million Laguna Garzon bridge in Uruguay, the only way travelers could take a glimpse of the blue lagoon was via a raft crossing.

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New footage shows the hidden underground shops, canals and tube station beneath Manchester's streets

Air raid shelters, communications bunkers and an underground river are among the many discoveries under the city. Ever wondered what it would be like to explore Manchester’s forgotten underground tunnels and experience the history beneath our streets? Well now you can, the Manchester Evening News reports . This footage was filmed by local man Paul Powers, an explorer of man-made structures, and takes you on a walking tour through a section of the mysterious subterranean passageways.

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Bamboo Might Just Be the Construction Material of the Future

Bamboo might just be the perfect natural building material. It’s abundant: The plant can grow up to four feet per day, and, when harvested, it regrows without having to be replanted. Not to mention, it’s two to three times stronger than steel. But few architects have explored the plantr squos untapped potential as a construction mainstay. Enter Penda, a Beijing- and Vienna-based architectural firm that has been perfecting its blueprints for a modular bamboo structure for several years.

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