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It’s pretty safe to say that many of today’s younger urban planners have a soft spot for the SimCity franchise. I wrote fondly of my time spent playing the game as a kid when the latest version of the...
For 50 years, the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury lived and wrote at 10265 Cheviot Drive, a bright yellow stucco home built in 1937 that is tucked away on a winding street in an eclectic and charming, affluent neighborhood...
The Maclean's article -- three words that when spoken anywhere in Winnipeg over the past few weeks would invariably spark a passionate and polarizing conversation. It is not often that a national periodical publishes such a charged condemnation of...
The Las Vegas Strip isn’t in Las Vegas. You’ve got to understand that before you can understand anything else about this glittering, 4.2-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard described by William L Fox as “the most aggressively branded and...
In Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, a bunch of brutalists are hanging on to Eddy Rhead’s every word. Concrete to the left of us, concrete to the right, Eddy is in modernist heaven. He introduces us to the concrete wall built...
Are the rural mansions that are cropping up across the country carbuncling Britain’s green belts, or are they adorning our fields and meadows with superb architecture? That question has jumped into focus among architects and conservationists alike after planning approval...
In 1994, the city of Tel Aviv held a festival dedicated to the Bauhaus architectural style. There was a conference, which attracted academics from all over the world; there were exhibitions and symposiums. There were even special celebratory stamps. The...
These days, finding somewhere to live in London is one of the city's biggest challenges. The Greater London Authority estimates that 49,000 new homes are required in the UK capital every year to cope with its burgeoning population. In 2013, just...
There’s all manner of bizarre, futuristic skyscrapers in the world. There’s the Gherkin in London, the twisting pretzel of the CCTV tower in Beijing, and the three-legged Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Now Vienna will get its own twisty bit...
The District of Columbia Public Library has decided it will need more space than it originally thought in its downtown main branch, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. And that means one possible configuration for its renovation and...
Could the answer to London’s congestion be a network of subterranean cycleways? A new project from design firm Gensler suggests that maybe – just maybe – it might. Dubbed the London Underline, the project would turn London’s abandoned tube...
When Pennzoil Place pierced the downtown skyline in 1975, the office tower represented the height of innovation with its trapezoid-shaped structures, sharp angles, sloping glass roofs and mirrored exterior. Forty years on, the building has evolved into an energy-efficient space...
The avant-garde's defense of the mountainous blob that Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to erect on Chicago's lakefront speaks volumes about all that's wrong with architecture today: a celebration of object-making at the expense of public space, plus...
The effectiveness of a city's transit system does not have to be connected to the dollars spent — at least not in the example set by Medellin, Colombia. Brent Toderian, a former Vancouver city planner, considers Medellin a model for...
In August 2013 Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano was named “Senator for life” by the President of Italy and he has since been busy spending his political funds on a quest to rescue the periphery areas of Italy’s...
For those of us who came to the city within the past decade, it’s hard to imagine East 14th Street without its stretch of bulky NYU dorms, big-box supermarkets, and mini-chain restaurants. But of course this wasn’t always what...
For decades, a towering former factory was hailed as, if not the center of street-art, than certainly one if its strongest facilitators. It was an oddity in the infamously informal world for its self-seeking legitimacy: boasting a curator, paid...
Frank Gehry let his fingers do the talking again in Sydney at the official opening of the Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the UTS business school. But rather than the middle finger he offered to Spanish journalists in...

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