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German Researchers Create Biomimicry Pavilions

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have designed two pavilions for the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany, with the goal of imitating nature, or biomimicry.


London's Holocaust Memorial Design Changed

Designs for London’s anticipated Holocaust Memorial have been adjusted following a recent outcry from park management and the public about the original design’s impact on the surrounding Vic...


Notre Dame Laser Scans to Help with Reconstruction

Digital scans of the Notre Dame Cathedral could prove integral to the historic landmark’s rebuilding, according to officials. Digital 3D scans taken by the late Andrew Tallon of New York’s V...


Giant Optical Illusion Created at Louvre Museum

Earlier this month, for the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s iconic glass pyramid, French street artist JR created an optical illusion that made the pyramid look like it was sinking into a c...


85-Foot Graffiti Sculpture Set Ablaze for Festival

Artist duo Pichi and Avo—otherwise known as PichiAvo—known for their work that combines classical art with graffiti, recently created an 85-foot sculpture for Valencia’s Fallas Festival.


Part of NYC's $25B Hudson Yards Unveiled

An opening ceremony on Friday (March 15) morning marked the official public debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, showcasing the eastern half of the project, which i...


Development Plans Released for PA Arena Site

The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins recently announced to this city the development plans for a 28-acre site that used to house the team’s former arena.


Architect Tapped for 2019 Serpentine Pavilion

The architect for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion structure—a project erected each summer in London’s Hyde Park—has been selected as Japanese architect Junya Ishigami.


Parks Authority Officially Objects to Holocaust Memorial

The run-around surrounding David Adjaye’s Holocaust Memorial plans continues as London’s Royal Parks authority, the charity that manages the Parks, has officially objected to the Adjaye Asso...


Controversy over Holocaust Memorial Continues

Designer Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates is speaking out against criticism of his controversial designs for the Holocaust Memorial in Westminster.


Kiewit Tapped to Lead $290M NE Riverfront Project

Omaha, Nebraska’s Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority voted earlier this month to tap Kiewit Corporation (also based in Omaha) as the construction manager for the city’s $290 m...


Final Designs Submitted for UK Holocaust Memorial

Final design images have been released for London’s Holocaust Memorial project, which is slated to take shape in the Victoria Tower Gardens, beside the Houses of Parliament.


Leaning Tower of Pisa is Tilting Less

The committee that monitors Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa has recently confirmed that the monument, famous for its tilt, has straightened by about 1.5 inches.


India Opens $430M World's Tallest Statue

On Oct. 31 India unveiled its newest statute—the tallest statue in the world. Named the Statue of Unity, the 597-foot bronze giant depicts India’s first deputy prime minister, Sardar Vallabh...


Firm Building Museum Inside Sand Dune

OPEN Architecture, working in collaboration with the UCCA, China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art, recently revealed progress on a new museum made of concrete that will ...


Judge Asked to Block Obama Center Construction

Several months after a lawsuit was filed to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million, Chicago-based Obama Presidential Center, a federal judge is being asked ...


Plastic Whale 'Skyscraper' Breaches in Belgium

Brooklyn-based architecture firm StudioKCA is making waves with its installation for this year’s Bruges Triennial event in Belgium with a four-story-tall whale “Skyscraper,” made from 150 mi...


Activists Trying to Stop $500M Obama Center

A federal lawsuit to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center, to be located in Chicago, was filed May 14, stemming from concerns ov...


Space Needle Deck to Reopen After Renovation

Later this month, visitors to Seattle’s most iconic site will see the result of a yearlong, $100 million project as the Space Needle's new observation deck is revealed.


Canadian Terminal Combines Art, Function

A construction process that mixed architecture firms with artists has resulted in Toronto’s new expanded subway system.


3-D Printed Heart to be Opened in Times Square

Love lives in Times Square, and it’s taken the shape of the world’s largest Fresnel lens, a public installation that was made to look like a heart to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


Firms Hired for Obama Center, Renderings Released

An updated design for the Obama Presidential Center was released late last week, arriving on the heels of the announcement that a collective of diverse construction firms had been hired to t...


Bucket Installation Makes Waves into Canada

One Bucket at a Time, the flexible, temporary pavilion that drew attention at Mexico’s architecture event Mextropoli 2017, has since moved to Canada, where the design team breathed some new ...


Pavilion of Buckets Crests in Mexico City

A wave of buckets crested in Mexico City earlier this year, acting as a temporary installation to inspire residents to reclaim public spaces.


Riverside Pavilion Lights Up Leisure

For just a matter of weeks, two-color pavilion highlights the shore of the River Thames, providing a space for dining and entertainment that brings lively socializing back into an industry-d...


National Building Museum Hosts Hive Installation

A structure of silver and magenta tubes is being hosted in Washington, D.C.


Robotic Woven Canopy Envelops Courtyard

An installation of knitted light is on display at the Museum of Modern Art.


Tombs Inspire Architecture Project in Japan

Nendo recently unveiled the CoFuFun Plaza, the company’s first venture into public space design.


Sprawling NYC Project Features Interactive 'Vessel'

Needing a landmark to punctuate the sprawl of the biggest private real-estate project ever conceived, London-based Heatherwick Studio created a structure that its architects envisioned as “a...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Library Gilding Restoration

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline by featuring a select nomination each day, giving you a...


Philly Museum Begins Gehry's Nearly $200M Renovation

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has begun “unclogging its arteries” with the recent groundbreaking of the Core Project—a $196 million plan that will add a grand total of 90,000 square feet to...


Man Paints over Historic Clock Tower

A man has been charged with criminal and willful damage after he painted over a historic clock tower at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.


Legislators Seek to Stop 'Blacklist' Rule

Some members of Congress are working on a strategy to roll back a pending rule that would subject federal contractors to increased scrutiny regarding past labor and safety violations.


Bill Seeks to Stop ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

A rule requiring contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations may be rolled back under a new bill.


Town Paints Bridge by the Numbers

When a Denver neighborhood sought to paint a bridge to beautify the structure, increase safety and prevent graffiti, artist Michelle Brown crowdsourced the effort, making it a fun and intera...


Roof Panel Caves in Rain, Injures 2

Engineers are trying to determine what caused a plastic panel on a new roof installation in Manchester, England’s Victoria Station to partially collapse Tuesday (Oct. 18), injuring two peopl...


Philly to Test Anti-Pee Paint

Seeking to solve complaints of occasional "human waste" on its subway system, Philadelphia is looking to test the impact of a special clear coating that not only resists urine, but repels it...


Philadelphia Ponders Anti-Pee Paint

Following in the footsteps of Hamburg, Germany, and San Francisco, Philadelphia is opting to explore use of a paint that should help discourage public urination in its subway system.


The Art of Worksites

Often, construction sites are accompanied by signs noting that they’re a temporary eyesore necessary to bring about a permanent improvement. But what if the construction site is the improvem...


Richmond Seeks to Paint the Drains

It’s not so unusual to find artists painting murals on the sides of buildings, bridge abutments, roadway barriers or water towers. But can you make art out of storm drains?


Judge: Ark Builders Get Tax Break

Calling it a victory for freedom of religion, a creationist group in Kentucky is celebrating a judge’s decision that the state cannot prevent the group from collecting sales tax incentives j...


Bridge Work Could Dry Niagara Falls

With a gushing flow visited by millions each year, it seems nothing could shut off the splash of Niagara Falls—except maybe bridge construction.


Huge Mural Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

With an official dedication ceremony on the national holiday that honors Martin Luther King Jr., a public art movement unveiled a 40,000-square-foot mural commemorating the civil rights lead...


Contractor Sues Architects for Overruns

A general contractor who worked on a multi-million dollar renovation of a city-owned auditorium in Charleston, SC, has accused three design firms and a project management company of negligen...


Aim of Design to Dignify War Casualties

Described by its designer as a “place of remembrance,” the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is nearing the end of its construction phases.


NEWT to Bring Architecture to Life

Have you ever wondered what color sounds like?


Architect Shows St. Louis Stadium Plans

A St. Louis-based international architect has revealed its plans for a new NFL stadium in its hometown—even though no one is sure if the city will have a team to play there by the time it is...


City Paints a Wee Prevention Tactic

San Francisco is coating building exteriors oft treated as public urinals with a fresh finish designed to splash urine back on the source.


Orange Paint Job Puzzles City Leaders

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA—City leaders in the town of Winslow are seeing red—or orange, rather—since a mysterious paint job popped up on some city-owned property.


Fed-Up Town Makes Buildings Pee Back

Revelers with swollen bladders should be ready to wear what they relieve on the buildings of St. Pauli.


Paint Punishes Pee Perps

A water-repellant coating is helping a town in Germany pee back on late-night revelers who relieve themselves in public.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


Plans for Commercial Lead Rule Return

After a hiatus of nearly two years, federal regulators are taking a baby step toward a new rule for controlling lead-paint hazards in commercial and public buildings.


EPA Unveils Next Round on Lead Rule

It’s time for U.S. contractors on public and commercial projects to gear up for the next round of proposed lead-safe rules at those worksites.


How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

Can a chair make the difference between a lively, beloved park and a desolate one? Amanda Burden thinks so.


 
 
   

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