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Italian architect Renzo Piano presents Genoa bridge plan

Rome - World-famous Italian architect Renzo Piano on Friday presented his plan for a replacement for the motorway bridge outside Genoa that partly collapsed in August, killing 43 people.

'Heaven-guided' underground maze proves Armenian tourist draw

Sarukhan - When Tosya Gharibyan asked her husband to dig a basement under their house to store potatoes, she had little idea the underground labyrinth he would eventually produce would prove to be one of Armenia's major tourist draws.

China 'waterfall' skyscraper hit by torrent of ridicule

Bejing - A skyscraper in southwest China that boasts what its owner calls the world's largest man-made waterfall has become the latest example of over-the-top architecture to draw national ridicule.

A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

Atenas - "The Acropolis? It's that way." Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of this unique but little-known hillside neighbourhood in the heart of Athens.

Kennedy Center to open US arts campus in 2019

Washington - Between a parkway and a busy freeway, Washington's Kennedy Center will open a massive campus next year where the public can view up close how art is made.

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

Istanbul - Looking up at the giant wooden edifice looming over him, Erol Baytas shakes his head."I don't think it will survive another winter," he says, broken tiles and boards strewn at his feet.

Swedish court rejects 'gigantic' Nobel centre

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Tuesday ruled against the construction of the huge Nobel Center which critics such as King Carl XVI Gustaf fear would damage a historic area in the capital of Stockholm.

Swedish court rejects 'gigantic' Nobel centre

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Tuesday ruled against the construction of the huge Nobel Center which critics such as King Carl XVI Gustaf fear would damage a historic area in the capital of Stockholm.

The long haul to restore Soviet model for collective living

Moscow - Neglected and abused, Moscow's Narkomfin apartment block, a Soviet masterpiece admired around the world, is finally being restored to its original, pioneering state.

Famed Istanbul modern art museum enters new era

Istanbul - It's a busy afternoon at Istanbul Modern, Turkey's premier modern art museum, and the gallery is packed with visitors taking selfies or discussing the artworks in hushed tones.

Pritzker prize goes to Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi

New York - Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, a pioneer of low-cost housing design, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize on Wednesday, considered architecture's Nobel equivalent.

Pritzker prize goes to Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi

New York - Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, a pioneer of low-cost housing design, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize on Wednesday, considered architecture's Nobel equivalent.

Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

Singapore - The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolised Singapore's growth from a port town to an affluent city-state has sparked soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history.

Back on track: Trains to return to historic Istanbul station

Istanbul - Built in the first decade of the 20th century as Europe's gateway to the east, Istanbul Haydarpasa railway station stands proudly on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, its gothic towers looming over the waters.

Paris Grand Palais to get half-billion-euro facelift

Paris - France unveiled a spectacular near half-billion-euro ($613-million-dollar) overhaul of one of its beloved buildings Monday, driving a new pedestrian boulevard through the Grand Palais in Paris to link the Champs Elysees with the River Seine.

US embassy's new 'off location' digs

London - The new US embassy in London is located in a former post-industrial wasteland on the south side of the River Thames -- a world away from its historic home in the capital's luxurious Mayfair district.

Turkey reopens iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria on Sunday reopened the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

Turkey to reopen iconic 'Iron Church' after revamp

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria are Sunday due to reopen the Bulgarian St Stephen's Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, in a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbours.

India's 'Miami': Putting Mumbai's Art Deco on the map

Mumbai - The seafront is lined with brightly coloured buildings boasting curved corners, stylish balconies and exotic motifs but this isn't Miami's famous Art Deco district -- it's Mumbai.

A clever response to rising sea levels and increased urbanization

With 70 percent of the world's population forecast to be living in urbanized areas by 2050 and the added fact that 90 percent of the world's largest cities are located along coastlines, we are forced to reimagine our future.

Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall coastal village

Newquay - In his long wait to become Britain's king, Prince Charles has pursued his passion for architecture. His latest brainchild is a new neighbourhood in a deprived area of Cornwall in England's southwestern corner.

Top Polish politicos 'dream' of demolishing Stalinist palace

Warsaw - Two senior Polish politicians want an iconic Stalinist-era tower in the heart of the Polish capital razed to the ground, as the country's rightwing government seeks to banish all traces of the communist era from public life.

Russia's pre-Revolutionary estates crumble in neglect

Moscow - Boris Netchaeff's family estate was once the image of aristocratic life in pre-Revolutionary Russia but is now a long-neglected site where teenagers hold what he calls "Satanist parties".

Jean Nouvel: From napkin sketch to Abu Dhabi's architectural triumph

Paris - The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened its doors on Wednesday, started life as a simple sketch on a restaurant napkin, says French architect Jean Nouvel.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a new opera house in Istanbul, lashing out at critics of the plan and saying the building would be a symbol for the city.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a brand new opera house in Istanbul, saying the new building would be a symbol for the city.

Architect addressing rising sea levels through urban design

Rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and biodiversity loss are now a reality for many cities across the U.S. and any more urbanization will result in more wetlands, trees and flora and fauna losses. One New York architect is doing something about this.

Dubai announces launch of massive Mars Science City project

Dubai - The AED$500 million (US$140 million) simulation of a city on the Martian surface will cover 1.9 million square feet, making it the largest space stimulation city ever built and will provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on Mars.

Legal highs: Rooftop tours offer fresh look at Saint Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - Standing on a roof in central Saint Petersburg, Marta Granadeiro gasped as she watched the statues on the Hermitage Museum's facade gleam in the sunset.

Horse-mad Turkmenistan claims to break strange world record

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan claimed Tuesday that the Central Asian country had broken a niche world record by building the world's "largest horse head sculpture" ahead of a sporting event it is preparing to host.
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