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The future has arrived; it’s unfolding now in Unit 7 at a nondescript industrial complex just north of Pearson Airport in Mississauga. That’s where a new aquaponic farming operation, Aqua Greens, is setting up business. Proprietors Pablo Alvarez and Craig...
Andrew Norman is rhapsodizing over Frank Gehry's house in Santa Monica, where a few months ago Norman was given what the famous architect calls "the full Monty," a tour inside and out, accompanied by ample commentary from Gehry and...
Perfect for the urban-planning wonk who wants to build a personal city—or the destructive child who'd like to stomp one to bits—are these tiny, customizable dioramas, which include skyscrapers that can be hacked to glow in the dark. The adult...
Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. But unlike them, his seemingly simple abode is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes—and at a cost of less than $4,000...
A New York Times editorial written by architect Steven Bingler and former Metropolis magazine executive editor Martin Pederson faulted modernist architecture for its disinterest in creating “artful, harmonious work that resonates with a broad swath of the general population.”...
The UNFINISHED House

The UNFINISHED House

You first see it, this unlikely vision, shortly after turning onto Canyon View Drive, a gently rolling street lined by the kind of anonymous homes that define American suburbia. What is peeking up over the horizon is something decidedly different,...
Lots of billionaires own huge houses in the Hamptons. Ira Rennert's is in a league of its own. His estate, called Fair Field, is said to sport 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, three dining rooms, three swimming pools, a 164-seat theater,...
No expense was spared in making Blub, a huge swimming pool complex, one of West Berlin’s most popular public amenities. But the latest investment will ensure it’s a strictly private affair. Abandoned to rats and graffiti since its closure...
Starbucks, the iconic coffee roaster and retailer, has grown into a $15 billion company, with more than 19,000 locations in more than 60 countries. You can spot that familiar green-and-white logo from Saudi Arabia to Switzerland, in a Dubai...
With the cranes gathered on the skyline and a new city comprehensive plan in the works, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray decided it was time to check in on the city’s urban villages and find out, with apologies to former...
Preservationists and Ray Bradbury fans were shocked when the late author’s former home in Cheviot Hills was suddenly torn down. And design buffs were bemused when the perpetrators turned out to be architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe...
“Since the late sixties, when Soviet-style central economic planning gripped the imagination of India’s policymakers, Indian urban planning has been all about replacing markets by planning. Urban planners have attempted to ‘design’ cities instead of enabling their growth. And...
In a little over five years, Tokyo will host the world’s greatest athletes for the first time in half a century. But before a single foundation stone has been laid, the Japanese capital, host of the 2022 Olympics, has...
I've always been partial to architectural mountains—from the Mayans to Bruno Taut—so I was delighted to see the hilly design that Beijing-based MAD Architects has proposed for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. Others were less so....
Ambitious plans for a "city in the city" skyscraper that could house apartments, offices, shops and parks have been revealed. The award-winning proposal "Endless City" drawn up by Beijing based firm SURE Architecture could see a tower of up to...

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