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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.

Avoiding a Greek tragedy for Athens' modernist architecture

Atenas - Although in the shadow of its ancient hilltop Parthenon, Athens is also home to elegant architectural gems from the 19th and 20th centuries which marked its emergence as modern Greece's capital.

Architects, refugees team up on tiny houses in Berlin

Berlin - Troubled to see a long queue of asylum seekers shivering for hours on a winter's day outside Berlin's notoriously chaotic registration centre, Van Bo Le-Mentzel decided to take action.

Eritrea's 'city of dreams' given UNESCO heritage listing

Varsovia - The people of Eritrea have long said their capital Asmara is like no other city in Africa, and on Saturday the UN agreed, designating it a World Heritage site.

Erdogan's Istanbul opera house plan sparks excitement, controversy

Istanbul - On the buzzing Taksim Square of Istanbul, the focal point of the modern city, a giant disused building looms over visitors, its glass windows broken and a few tattered advertising banners flapping disconsolately in the breeze.

Unpacking a legend: NY spotlights Frank Lloyd Wright

New York - From a skyscraper twice the height of today's tallest building to self-sufficient farms designed to offset the Great Depression, a New York exhibition is spotlighting the hidden projects and dreams of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Out with the old: 'Saigon's' disappearing colonial architecture

Ho Chi Minh - They formed the charming backdrop to Graham Greene's sin-filled Saigon in "The Quiet American", but the colonial-era buildings of Vietnam's biggest city are fast disappearing -- sparking fears it is losing its unique charm.

Pei, creator of Louvre pyramid, reaches his century

Paris - The modernist architect I. M. Pei, who was once pilloried for plonking a glass pyramid into the courtyard of the Louvre, turns 100 Wednesday with his controversial creation now an icon of the French capital.

Desert X exhibition reflects earth, sky, state of world

Los Angeles - A house clad in mirrors pops out of the California desert. It blends into the landscape, reflecting a kaleidoscope of the urban grid and arid valley of Palm Springs -- to the delight of photographers and selfie-seekers.

Development plan raises fears for Moscow Le Corbusier gem

Moscow - A striking combination of glass, curves and straight lines -- the Tsentrosoyuz building in downtown Moscow stands as a monument to modernist architecture and the genius of its famed designer Le Corbusier.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

Three Spanish architects win the Pritzker Prize

Barcelona - Three relatively unknown Spanish architects -- Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta -- on Wednesday won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for modern works that are deeply rooted in their local surroundings.

Italy goes bananas over tropical trees next to Milan Duomo

Rome - The sudden appearance of a cluster of palm trees next to Milan's famous cathedral has sparked a row over the use of non-native plants beside an iconic Italian landmark.
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