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This Enormous Chinese Government Building Was Built For Just 8 People

This sprawling, seven story government building was recently built in the village of Yungai. Nice right? The problem is, the building begins to look a little ostentatious when you consider that Yungai, an impoverished village on the outskirts of the city of Changsha in the central province of Hunan with […]
This Enormous Chinese Government Building Was Built For Just 8 People
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Undulating ‘Blobitecture’ Is The Latest Trend In Building Design

“Blob” buildings are taking over the world. That’s according to Emporis, a database of construction projects, which has made a list of some of the most spectacular examples of blob architecture or so-called “Blobitecture.” The free-flowing form has popped up all over the planet in the past decade, thanks to […]
Undulating ‘Blobitecture’ Is The Latest Trend In Building Design
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See The View From The Tops Of The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

[credit provider=”Flickr/ estatesgazette” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7508665178/”] It seems like every year architects and engineers push boundaries and shatter records to erect the new tallest building.The Burj Khalifa was named the tallest building in the world in 2010 at 2,717 feet, and the London Shard’s observation tower opened on the tower’s 72nd floor […]
See The View From The Tops Of The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers
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Dutch Architect Plans To Build A 12,000-Square-Foot 3D Printed House

[credit provider=”PROJECT: LANDSCAPE HOUSE” url=”https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254730964596400.55309.136282756441222&type=3″] Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has designed a 12,000-square-foot “house with no beginning or end,” and he plans to build the entire thing using only a 3D printer.The conceptual two-story Landscape House from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam was created to look like the famous Möbius strip, […]
Dutch Architect Plans To Build A 12,000-Square-Foot 3D Printed House
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The Incredible Modernist Architecture Of Oscar Niemeyer

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oscarniemeyer.jpg”] Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect who is considered by many to be the father of modern architecture, died today.After 76 years of continuous work, Niemeyer died at the age of 104.
The Incredible Modernist Architecture Of Oscar Niemeyer
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‘Green’ Homes Are Actually Hurting The Environment

[credit provider=”concreteforms via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/concrete_forms/523765240/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Newer homes are remarkably energy tight thanks to superior insulating materials that are in wide circulation today.The energy savings can be substantial – homeowners can use up to 60% less energy in the most efficient green homes.
‘Green’ Homes Are Actually Hurting The Environment
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Skyscrapers Are Skinnier Than Ever

[credit provider=”Wikipedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:One_Madison_Park_from_Madison_Square_Park.jpg”] It’s not new that being thin is trendy.Maybe a little more shocking is that this trend is also true in the real estate market.
Skyscrapers Are Skinnier Than Ever
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The Otherworldly Architecture Of Zaha Hadid

[credit provider=”Zaha Hadid Architects” url=”http://www.zaha-hadid.com/people/zaha-hadid/”] Zaha Hadid has been a pioneer in the field of architecture, becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004.Hadid, who was born in Iraq in 1950, recently told Glamour, “I always wanted to be an […]
The Otherworldly Architecture Of Zaha Hadid
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Here’s What The New Ultra-Luxury Highrise By The United Nations Will Look Like

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Rubenstein Public Relations”] The developers of new luxury highrise 50 United Nations Plaza held an official groundraising ceremony on 46th Street and 1st Avenue today, and from a newly released rendering, the building looks like it will be fantastic.But that’s to be expected from Zeckendorf Development, who […]
Here’s What The New Ultra-Luxury Highrise By The United Nations Will Look Like
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VISUALIZED: See The Coolest Buildings Of 2012

[credit provider=”ingenhoven architects + Architectus / H.G. Esch, Hennef”] From New York City’s Freedom Tower to Singapore’s Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, we’ve found the coolest buildings of 2012.We took into account innovation, creativity, structure, sustainability and buzz and we asked architects, engineers, designers, critics, and academics to […]
VISUALIZED: See The Coolest Buildings Of 2012
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The 25 Coolest New Buildings Of The Year

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Shard_Inauguration.jpg”] It has been a phenomenal year in the world of architecture, with architects and engineers pushing the boundaries of innovation and design.Click here to go straight to the buildings >
The 25 Coolest New Buildings Of The Year
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The World’s Most Mysterious Buildings

[credit provider=”Flickr/jonas.lowgren” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonas_lowgren/5915449226/”] Mysteries come in many forms: ancient, modern, unsolved, and unexplained. But the world’s most mysterious buildings are a physical force to be reckoned with.They’ve become popularised on websites like abandoned-places.com,weburbanist.com, and the granddaddy of them all, atlasobscura.com, an exhaustive user-generated and editor-curated database of the unusual. 
The World’s Most Mysterious Buildings
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Housing Starts Miss Expectations At 750K

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=aerial%20housing&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1339426696&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=7b8d57a5660b497dba14f4f921a9d040&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] UPDATE:Housing starts increased to the second highest level since 2008 but missed economists’ loftier projections, new data out of the Census Bureau shows.
Housing Starts Miss Expectations At 750K
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Home Builder Confidence Jumps To Six Year High

[credit provider=”Joe Raedle/Getty Images”] UPDATE:A key indicator of home builder confidence rebounded to its highest level since June 2006, new data from the National Association of Home Builders shows.
Home Builder Confidence Jumps To Six Year High
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Why US Embassies Look Like Fortresses

[credit provider=”State Department”] The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is an unusual building.For one thing, as you can see in the centre photo above, it’s over 10 stories high — most embassies are much shorter. For another, it’s right in the middle of downtown Cairo, in a posh area called Garden […]
Why US Embassies Look Like Fortresses
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Building Permits Surge To Four Year High

[credit provider=”Joe Raedle/Getty Images”] UPDATE:Building permits in the United States surged 6.8 per cent to a four year high last month, new data from the Census Bureau shows.
Building Permits Surge To Four Year High
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The 10 Tallest Skyscrapers That Are Being Built Right Now

[credit provider=”Copyright Gensler”] Architects around the world are reaching to infinity and beyond with new construction.Emporis, a database of construction projects, just released a list of the 10 tallest skyscrapers that are currently under construction, meaning they have a foundation laid.
The 10 Tallest Skyscrapers That Are Being Built Right Now
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A Chinese Company Plans To Build The World’s Tallest Building In Just 90 Days

[credit provider=”BSB” url=”http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CH0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.broad.com%3A8089%2Fenglish%2Fdown%2Fen_sky_city.pdf&ei=VD7fT8WYCYuA6QGkvZ2qCw&usg=AFQjCNGszKOMeDQ28azew_uPeuY9VBTw6Q”] The Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, took five years to construct.But Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese construction company, says it will build the world’s new tallest building—the so-called Sky City in Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan Province—in just 90 days.
A Chinese Company Plans To Build The World’s Tallest Building In Just 90 Days
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Architects And Engineers Say These Are The Most Amazing Tall Buildings Of The Year

[credit provider=”Flickr/paul_bica” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/5890431924/”] In 2011, 88 new towers over 200 meters (656 ft.) high were built in the world–a record number, compared to the 32 new towers built in 2005. There are another 96 new towers slated for completion this year, with China being the biggest builder.But with so many […]
Architects And Engineers Say These Are The Most Amazing Tall Buildings Of The Year
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The 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites In America

[credit provider=”National Trust For Historic Preservation” url=”https://nthp.widencollective.com/DirectorAccount.html”] Take a long, hard look at these pictures, because the places in them could soon be gone.The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of most endangered places in America. Two of the sites on the list this year are […]
The 11 Most Endangered Historical Sites In America
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Poor Carpenter Builds An Incredible Treehouse In The Wilds Of Canada

[credit provider=”Image courtesy of Joel Allen “] Joel Allen was just 26 when he quit his job as a software developer to pursue his lifelong dream of inventing a get-rich-quick scheme.Things didn’t pan exactly as planned: He ran out of money, fell in love and found his calling as a […]
Poor Carpenter Builds An Incredible Treehouse In The Wilds Of Canada
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MOVE OVER, BURJ: The Next Generation Of Skyscrapers Is Coming

[credit provider=”Skyscraper centre”] Step aside, Burj Khalifa and Freedom Tower—the next generation of skyscrapers is coming and they’re absolutely phenomenal.These are the 10 tallest proposed buildings in the world, according to the Skyscraper centre, and while they’re not yet a reality, even the thought of them is impressive.
MOVE OVER, BURJ: The Next Generation Of Skyscrapers Is Coming
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How A Chinese Company Built A Three-Story Building In Just 9 Days

[credit provider=”BBC” url=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18066615″] A Chinese building company has erected a three-story high rise using pre-made parts in only nine days, reports Xiaoun Yao of BBC News.The company, Broad Sustainable Building, said that the building should have been done in 24 hours, but heavy rain, a delivery problem and a national holiday […]
How A Chinese Company Built A Three-Story Building In Just 9 Days
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Homebuyers Don’t Know Whether To Buy A New Home Or Build One

[credit provider=”Flickr / kelviin” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2863977365/in/photostream/”] A number of important decisions are involved in the purchase of a home. But one of the most basic decisions is the first one, which will impact the rest of the process: buy an existing home or build one from scratch?U.S. News spoke with housing […]
Homebuyers Don’t Know Whether To Buy A New Home Or Build One
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These Two Enormous Skyscrapers Are The Parisian Plan To Show London Who’s Boss

[credit provider=”Foster + Partners” url=”http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/465/Default.aspx”] Hermitage Plaza, a new development in the Parisian neighbourhood of La Défense, was granted planning permission by French authorities this week.The development will include two huge 93 story towers as well as multiple shops, cafes and a public plaza.
These Two Enormous Skyscrapers Are The Parisian Plan To Show London Who’s Boss
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The 10 Best New Landmarks Around The World

[credit provider=”Flickr via thetravelguru” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetravelguru/6203390713/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] This post originally appeared at Travel + Leisure.What do the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper, and Mexico City’s Museo Soumaya have in common? All opened in the last five years and surged to the top of T+L’s first landmarks survey—proving that some structures are instant classics.
The 10 Best New Landmarks Around The World
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INTRODUCING THE AZERBAIJAN TOWER: Soon To Be The World’s Tallest Building

[credit provider=”Avesta Group / PR”] We brought you the news last month that Azerbaijan was planning to build the world’s tallest building at 3,645 feet — taller than both the Burj Khalifa and the upcoming Kingdom Tower to be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Now, News.az brings us more information on […]
INTRODUCING THE AZERBAIJAN TOWER: Soon To Be The World’s Tallest Building
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The World’s Tallest Building Is Now A ‘Distressed’ Property

[credit provider=”Antony Wood, CTBUH” url=”http://www.ctbuh.org/HighRiseInfo/ImageDatabase/tabid/60/language/en-GB/Default.aspx”] At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, but since its opening two years ago, it has struggled to profit from its grand reputation.As Angela Shah reports for The New York Times, investors are calling the Burj “distressed,” as the […]
The World’s Tallest Building Is Now A ‘Distressed’ Property
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The Price Tag For The New World Trade centre Has Ballooned To $3.8 Billion

[credit provider=”Flickr/Erik Daniel Drost” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/6279265195/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] Blame high security costs, new leasing cost estimates, and protracted construction: One World Trade centre has become the world’s most expensive office tower, Eliot Brown reports for The Wall Street Journal.The price tag for the building, which is being constructed by the Port Authority of New […]
The Price Tag For The New World Trade centre Has Ballooned To $3.8 Billion
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A Peek Inside The Vast Global Real Estate Portfolio Of The Church Of Scientology

[credit provider=”The Church of Scientology” url=”http://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/grand-opening-scientology-ideal-organisation-opens-tampa.html”] According to the official Scientology website, there are over 8,500 Scientology Churches, Missions and affiliated groups in 165 countries around the world.That’s a lot of space for a religion that was born out of a science fiction novel.
A Peek Inside The Vast Global Real Estate Portfolio Of The Church Of Scientology
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7 Dream Structures That Were Never Built

Visions of towering skyscrapers that would become the tallest in the world, ideas of glass performing arts centres that showcased culture, and buildings that would serve to revitalize cities.
7 Dream Structures That Were Never Built
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A Look Inside The World’s Most Expensive Building

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:101_Tower.jpg”] Constructed from 1999 to 2004 at a cost of $1.8 billion, Taipei 101 is the most expensive skyscraper ever built.But it won’t hold that record for much longer.
A Look Inside The World’s Most Expensive Building
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Take A Look At London’s Ambitious — And Controversial — Plans For A Floating Park

[credit provider=”http://londonriverpark.org” url=”http://londonriverpark.org/gallery/”] London’s proposed Riverpark been compared to New York City’s High Line — an ambitious attempt to user the cities space in a way that is both creative and useful for visitors and residents.The park would sit on the Thames, rising and falling with the tide, and creating […]
Take A Look At London’s Ambitious — And Controversial — Plans For A Floating Park
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The Most Expensive Buildings In The World

[credit provider=”kevinmarsh via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmarsh/413075657/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Real estate may be expensive, but sometimes the buildings constructed on top of that land are far pricier.Construction started this week on Yongsan Landmark Tower in downtown Seoul, South Korea, which is expected to cost a record-breaking $3.43 billion to build.
The Most Expensive Buildings In The World
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Review Of Irish “Ghost Towns” Finds Over 2,000 Unfinished Developments

[credit provider=”AP”] THE LATEST National Housing Survey has found that although 701 developments have been completed over the past year, more than 2,000 remain unfinished.Of the 2,876 developments inspected in the survey, 2,066 are still unfinished and almost 90 per cent of those were mainly inactive sites at the time […]
Review Of Irish “Ghost Towns” Finds Over 2,000 Unfinished Developments
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15 Historic Monuments To Visit Before They Disappear Forever

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] Historic monuments often don’t have a long shelf life in today’s culture. The Taliban destroyed 1500-year-old Buddhas in 2001 and historically-significant buildings are frequently razed. In recognition of this,  the World Monuments Fund has released its 2012 Watch list of sites facing “current preservation issues.”
15 Historic Monuments To Visit Before They Disappear Forever
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These Are The Fastest Elevators In The World

[credit provider=”via Mitsubishi” url=”http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2011/0928_zoom_01.html”] Mitsubishi is setting records. The company was recently hired to install in China’s Shanghai Towers what will become the world’s fastest elevators.The elevator is expected to travel at 59 feet per second, beating the record of 55 feet per second currently held by Taipei Towers.
These Are The Fastest Elevators In The World
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BlackRock And LaSalle Are Selling Their London Skyscraper

[credit provider=”Kevin Hutchinson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/hutchike/2130174/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Tower 42, one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers, is being put up for sale by its owners BlackRock and LaSalle, reports Property Week.The tower, which is being sold for £290 million ($456 million), looks to be another prized asset in London’s fast moving property market.
BlackRock And LaSalle Are Selling Their London Skyscraper
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Google, Skype, And Other Office Spaces Of The Future

[credit provider=”Scott Brownrigg”] Most of the companies for whom those offices were created are already broadly known: perhaps anyone can recognise a part of their brand identity incorporated into their offices.But what is more important, they have seemingly become pioneers in a very different, contemporary office culture which throws away […]
Google, Skype, And Other Office Spaces Of The Future
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The Next Generation Of Skyscrapers

[credit provider=”Yheu-Shen Chua” url=”http://openbuildings.com/buildings/re-imagining-the-hoover-dam-profile-38678″] Skyscrapers are a building type unmatched in scale, boldness and social implications. Their historical youth – marked by engineering ambition and architectural idealism – has conditioned us into thinking they are all about the competition to conquer new heights in a sky that has no limits.Click […]
The Next Generation Of Skyscrapers
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Here’s What The World’s New Tallest Building Will Officially Look Like

[credit provider=”via AS + GG” url=”http://smithgill.com/#/news/kingdom_tower_announcement”] Architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill just released the first official rendering of Kingdom Tower, the tallest planned building in the world (via Dezeen).The skyscraper will rise above Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea, and reach a height of over 3,280 feet.
Here’s What The World’s New Tallest Building Will Officially Look Like
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BIGGER THAN BURJ: The Next Set Of Ridiculous Record-Breaking Skyscrapers

[credit provider=”menainfra” url=”http://www.menainfra.com/news/city-of-silk/”] Will we ever see a building taller than Burj Khalifa?Inevitably we will — although it might not happen until the global economy rises to another bubble. Various analysts have identified the relationship between record-breaking skyscrapers and financial crisis.
BIGGER THAN BURJ: The Next Set Of Ridiculous Record-Breaking Skyscrapers
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Check Out The Jaw-Dropping Views From The New World’s Tallest Hotel

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong” url=”http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HongKong/Default.htm”] Hong Kong is now home to the tallest hotel in the world (via ET). The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which opened today, has 118 floors and stands 1,600 feet tall with spectacular views of Victoria Harbor.On the hotel’s 118th story, floor-to-ceiling windows allow […]
Check Out The Jaw-Dropping Views From The New World’s Tallest Hotel
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The 14 Coolest Buildings Of The Year

[credit provider=”Courtesy of Archdaily” url=”http://www.archdaily.com/building-of-the-year/2010/”] Four of the coolest buildings of 2010 were built in America, according to voters at ArchDaily.Three award-winning buildings were built in Portugal.
The 14 Coolest Buildings Of The Year