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Descend, Eat, Marvel: Europe's first underwater restaurant

For the chef and diners alike, each meal beneath the waves at Europe's first underwater restaurant is a thing of wonder.

Battered Athens turnaround a tall order for new mayor

Athens - Battered by the crisis that ravaged the rest of Greece, Athens will have a new mayor on Sunday and a challenge to reverse the fallout from the country's long recession.

'Angry glances in the street': how Paris met Pei’s Louvre pyramid

Paris - The modernist architect I. M. Pei, who has died aged 102, was once pilloried for plonking a glass pyramid into the courtyard of the Louvre, but his controversial creation is now a landmark of the French capital.

I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

New York - I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old.

I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102

New York - I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old.

Tired to trendy: architects give Russian provinces urban makeover

Belgorod - For decades, the banks of the river flowing through the Russian city of Belgorod were in a sorry state of disrepair. "It was hard to get down to the water, and it was really filthy in places," said architect Jezi Stankevic.

French will have say on Notre-Dame restoration: minister

Paris - French citizens will be consulted on how Notre-Dame should be rebuilt after the iconic cathedral was ravaged by a fire on April 15, Culture Minister Franck Riester said Friday.

French want Notre-Dame rebuilt as it was: survey

Paris - A narrow majority of French people want the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral to be rebuilt exactly as it was, a survey said Tuesday.

On American hard drives, a precise 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

On American hard drives, the most accurate 3-D model of Notre-Dame

Washington - At Vassar College in the United States, a university team gathered the week before the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to plan an ambitious project: inventorying about a terabyte of 3-D modeling data of the famed Gothic masterpiece.

Downtown Cairo battles to keep cosmopolitan heritage alive

Apo - Cairo's downtown, with its old European-designed buildings, is wrestling to preserve its cultural heritage as Egypt readies a new capital in the desert.

Qatar 'stronger' despite Gulf dispute, says emir as he opens vast museum

Doha - Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said Wednesday his country had become "stronger" since the start of a Gulf diplomatic crisis almost two years ago, as he formally opened the country's national museum.

Japan's Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker prize, the 'Nobel' of architecture

New York - Japanese architect Arata Isozaki has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, considered architecture's highest honor, for a lifetime of work that found global resonance while mining local traditions.

Varanasi's temple corridor destroys old neighbourhood

New Delhi - India's ancient city of Varanasi is clearing the way for a grand temple corridor by razing hundreds of houses, wiping away its oldest neighbourhood and upsetting locals.

Romanian engineer who saved churches during communist era dies

Bucharest - Engineer Eugeniu Iordachescu, who devised an ingenious method to save Romanian churches threatened with destruction during the communist era, has died aged 89, the Romanian Patriarchy announced Sunday.

Activists call for 'Hitler balcony' destruction in Vienna

Vienna - Activists are calling for a little-remembered balcony on the front of Vienna's town hall to be destroyed because it is where Adolf Hitler gave a speech in 1938, Austrian media reported Wednesday.

Bulgaria urged to save communist-era architectural 'masterpiece'

Bulgaria - Perched like a vast flying saucer on a central Bulgarian mountainside, Buzludzha is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago.

Foreigners snap up Istanbul's iconic waterfront mansions

Istanbul - They are among Istanbul's most iconic sights -- magnificent waterside mansions strung out along the Bosphorus as the waters of the strait dividing Europe and Asia lap almost at their front doors.

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.
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