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Rome launches SOS for historic sites

Rome - Rome on Tuesday issued a 500-million-euro SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital's iconic historic sites and avoid the risk of some falling into ruin.

Hadid's oyster-shaped terminal to open in Italy, after her death

Rome - One of the final works of Zaha Hadid, the acclaimed Iraqi-British architect who died suddenly last month, will be posthumously inaugurated in Italy on Monday.

Gaza's architectural heritage fades, but one man resists

Gaza - A surprise awaits beyond a black door adorned with a silver lotus flower at the end of a tangle of alleyways in Gaza's chaotic Old City.

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid dies aged 65

London - The world's most famous female architect Zaha Hadid, whose works include the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics, died on Thursday from a heart attack aged 65, her company said.

Moore's Law ending as Intel abandons 'tick tock' CPU cycle

Intel is changing the way it releases new processors, an alteration that could end Moore's Law. It will extend the lifetime of each process it releases instead of following its traditional "tick tock" cycle. Three phases will now be involved.

Gold dome lifted onto future Russian Orthodox cathedral in Paris

Paris - A huge golden dome was hoisted into place Saturday atop a Russian Orthodox cathedral being built in Paris, as Russian and French dignitaries looked on.

Istanbul's venerable Grand Bazaar to get much-needed facelift

Istanbul - Over 500 years old, surviving fire and earthquakes, it welcomes up to 400,000 people a day and takes pride in being the world's most visited destination -- more popular than the Eiffel Tower.

Alejandro Aravena: the star of social housing

London - Award-winning Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has built a global reputation not by designing prestige buildings but by creating social housing, distancing his craft from purely aesthetic concerns.

Photo Essay: Architectural highlights of Amsterdam Special

Amsterdam - Amsterdam is a beautiful city with impressive buildings, a concentric network of canals, and friendly people. Digital Journal presents the key things to see in a day.

Kipling to Jinnah: Mumbai's crumbling colonial homes

Mumbai - Hidden behind a blanket of trees at the back of a university in Mumbai lies the dilapidated, but once grand, former home of writer Rudyard Kipling.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

New York - Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize Wednesday, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Mecca crane collapse highlights city's development boom

Mecca - The deadly collapse of a construction crane in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca has highlighted the controversial pace of high-end urban development in the birthplace of Islam.

Hundreds protest smashing of 'Mephistopheles' in St Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - More than a thousand Russians rallied in Saint Petersburg on Sunday after a century-old bas relief of a mythical demon was destroyed amid fears of increasing religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Intel's new processors offer 20% more power, 30% more battery

Next month, Intel will be unveiling a new range of processors for desktops and mobile devices. A leak has revealed we can expect 10-20 percent improvements in performance while saving 30 percent battery, creating an all-new generation of powerful devices.

Poland learns to love Stalin's unwanted gift

Varsovia - Polish TV presenter Robert Bernatowicz used to hate Warsaw's colossal Palace of Culture, an unwanted gift from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that opened 60 years ago this week. But that was before he broke into the building.

Top court approves Istanbul development that sparked protests

Istanbul - Turkey's top administrative court has removed its block on the controversial redevelopment of an Istanbul park that in 2013 sparked the most serious anti-government protests in years, a pressure group said Thursday.

French architects chosen for Helsinki Guggenheim museum

Helsinki - A design by a French studio, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, has been selected for the future Helsinki Guggenheim museum, the foundation supporting the Finnish bid for the project announced Tuesday.

Breaking hearts, breaking chains: Paris removes 'love locks'

Paris - Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, Monday began the heart-breaking process of removing tens of thousands of "love-locks", padlocks chained to the city's bridges by love-struck couples.

Micro-apartments: A new concept in New York

New York - New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: micro-units, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations.

Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

Montreal - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Choach - The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.

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.
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