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Minecraft to be given free to every school in Northern Ireland

Every secondary school in Northern Ireland is to receive free copies of the massively popular computer game Minecraft after the title was recognised for its unique educational potential and ability to teach children about the world.

Italy seeks to block regional 'anti-mosque law'

Rome - The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

Day after his death, German architect Frei Otto wins top prize

Washington - German architect Frei Otto was named as winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, a day after his death at the age of 89, organizers of architecture's top honor said.

Vatican offered stolen Michelangelo papers for cash

- A thief who stole two historic and hugely valuable documents written by Michelangelo offered to return them to the Vatican's archives for cash, a spokesman for the Holy See revealed on Monday.

Italy sells off Mussolini buildings to fund Fuksas's cloud

Rome - Cash-strapped authorities in Rome are to auction off four Mussolini-era public buildings to fund the completion of a long-delayed but eagerly-awaited new conference centre by acclaimed architect Massimiliano Fuksas.

French court blocks renovation of iconic Paris building

Paris - A French appeals court on Monday blocked the renovation of the iconic former Parisian department store La Samaritaine, saying its modern makeover would clash with its historic surroundings.

Never a fan of heights, Paris rejects triangle skyscraper

Paris - Wary of a public that has never really forgiven them for blighting their view with a skyscraper 40 years ago, Paris authorities narrowly rejected plans for a 43-storey triangular-shaped building on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan planning to expand palace with residence

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to expand his already controversial new presidential palace with a 250-room residency building, Ankara's top architect was quoted as saying Thursday.

Erdogan's grand palace: Costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?

Ankara - For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Even the Turkish deputy prime minister admits the costs ran a little high.

Erdogan's vast new palace to cost over $600 million

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grandiose new presidential palace is costing Turkey more than $600 million, nearly twice previous estimates, the country's finance minister said Tuesday.

Photo Essay: Streets of Cusco's historic San Blas neighborhood Special

Cusco - Clinging to the hillside just above the historic center of the city, the San Blas neighborhood is the oldest residential area of Cusco, Peru and a paradise on earth for those that love to walk.

Erdogan unveils Turkey's controversial new presidential palace

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara that has been denounced as an environmental blight and evidence of his autocratic tendencies.

Erdogan to unveil Turkey's controversial new presidential palace

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on Wednesday set to unveil his new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara, denounced by ecologists as an environmental blight and by the opposition as new evidence of his autocratic tendencies.

Eiffel Tower dazzles with ultra-modern glass floor

Paris - Visitors at the Eiffel Tower were left giddy Monday as the mayor unveiled a new glass floor on Paris's best-known landmark, offering millions of tourists another perspective on the world's most-visited city.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Op-Ed: Building design and fabrication goes virtual

Just like most everything else in our society today, virtual reality has taken over in the fields of architecture, interior design and construction.

Video: Experience North Korea with 'Enter Pyongyang'

Pyongyang - As the capital of North Korea the city sees massive amounts of commerce and activity. "Enter Pyongyang" is trying to give viewers an idea of just what goes on in from day-to-day.

India works on a railway bridge taller than the Eiffel Tower

If the project is successful it will be, by far, the tallest railway bridge ever created. Trains are vital to the economy of India so it makes logical sense that they would begin work on a massive project such as this.

Amsterdam revolts against Libeskind Holocaust memorial

Amsterdam - Amsterdam residents fearing the loss of a popular park have rejected a multi-million-euro Holocaust memorial by famed US architect Daniel Libeskind, forcing officials to rethink the plan.

Op-Ed: Visionary designer Karim Rashid is out to change the world

Industrial designer and architect Karim Rashid marches to the beat of his own drum, and wants to make everything he touches beautiful and unique.

Swiss building provides refuge for the hypersensitive

Adliswil - No smoking, no perfume, no mobile phone use -- the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long.

Lighting costs Rio's iconic Christ statue tip of thumb

Rio De Janeiro - The iconic statue of Jesus overlooking Rio de Janeiro, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks, has lost a thumb tip to lightening, a report said Friday.

Officials in Beijing suburb build Kremlin copy

Beijing - Local officials in a Beijing suburb have built themselves a white-walled, gold-domed office complex resembling Moscow's Kremlin, state media reported, prompting anger among Chinese who condemned the lavish buildings.

Photo Essay: Amsterdam, tapestry of old and new architecture Special

Amsterdam - Unlike Hongkong, Montreal and a few other cities, Amsterdam does not have an internationally known and recognized skyline. Instead, the Dutch capital is more like a tapestry where sometimes the architecture is very modern, then again charmingly old.

Dutch Architect plans 'endless' house using 3D printer technology

A Dutch architect hopes to use 3D printer technology to ‘print off’ a futuristic 12,000 square feet ‘endless’ house. Janjaap Ruijssenaars of Universe Architecture aims to complete construction of his concept 'Landscape House' in 2014.

Upside down house: A Polish village’s topsy-turvy tourist draw

A house constructed entirely upside down is now a tourist attraction for the tiny village of Szymbark in northern Poland. As well as presenting topsy turvy from the exterior, the house’s internal contradictions proved problematic during construction.

Photo Essay: A architectural treasure — Scarritt-Bennett Center Special

Nashville - The Gothic architectural style of the Scarritt-Bennett Center has intrigued visitors and native Nashvillians for nearly ninety years.

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer dies aged 104

Rio De Janeiro - The modernist Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer perhaps best known for the striking design of many buildings in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, has died aged 104.

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright House faces demolition

Phoenix - A Phoenix home designed by iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright faces imminent demolition, if the home is not granted historic designation soon!

Photo Essay: The neoclassical Schermerhorn Symphony Center Special

Nashville - The Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN is as well known for its distinctive architecture, grand chandeliers and amazing acoustics, as it is for the wonderful music.
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Edward Durell Stone's Fulbright Furniture. Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Ark. Feb. 15, 2011.
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Vol Walker Hall, Fay Jones School of Architecture. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Ark.
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Amsterdam's passenger terminal for the arriving cruise ships.
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A futuristic building by Ludwig Erhard Bau
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Bench designed by Edward Durell Stone. Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas. Feb. 15, 2011
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The old clock at Central Station evokes memories of Venice.
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Old and new meet at Museum Square: the venerable Concert Hall not far from the more modern Van Gogh Museum .
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The French Stock Market (La Bourse) in Paris
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Exterior view of straw bale library in Mattawa, Washington taken in 2008 (constructed 2002 by IronStraw Group).
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Unique architecture of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center
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