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These Bus Stops Leftover from the Soviet Union Are So Wonderfully Bizarre

The Soviet Union. The USSR. The Iron Curtain. The Eastern Bloc. Lenin. Stalin. The Communist Party. The KGB. The Cold War. And awesomely designed bus stops? Apparently and bizarrely and awesomely, that’s one of the legacies of the Soviet Union. Photographer Christopher Herwig’s excellent photo book Soviet Bus Stops documents the design of local bus […]

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Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere Dome Might Get a Twin Made of Plants

Montreal’s Expo 67 was the most successful World’s Fair in history, a vision of the future laced with monorails and space-age architecture. Its stunning centerpiece was the Biosphere, a 250-foot tall geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, which remained on the site after the fair left town. For the 50th anniversary of the Expo, one […]

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Can You Guess How Much NYC Paid the Architect of the Most Expensive Train Station on Earth?

The World Trade Center Transit Hub—aka The (other) Oculus—has already gone down in history as the most expensive train station , ever. The grand total was $4 billion, about twice what it was supposed to cost, and more than the skyscraper adjacent to it. But there might be another record-breaking figure associated with this project. […]

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Carbon Fiber Noodles Could Save a Building From an Earthquake

Seismic retrofitting is a major endeavor that requires bracing and bolting an older building to its foundation so it doesn’t shake apart in an earthquake. But depending on a building’s age and what materials it’s made of, a traditional retrofit has the potential to destroy a structure in a different way—aesthetically. A Japanese company believes […]

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One of the World’s Top Architects Is Giving Away His Most Famous Designs for Free

Earlier this year the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was named the winner of the Pritzker Prize, the top honor in the field, in recognition of his revolutionary affordable housing projects. This week, Aravena made the designs for four of those structures open-source, in a move that could help cities everywhere with their housing troubles. Read […]

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This Super-Efficient Building High in the Rocky Mountains Has No Central Heat 

The quest to build the world’s most energy-efficient buildings largely plays out in temperate regions or in big, heat-generating cities. That’s what makes this new building in Colorado so impressive: It’s located at high elevation in a location that gets about 90 inches of snow per year—yet, amazingly, it uses no central heating at all. […]

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Photoshop Contest: Who Should Be the New Owners of the Country’s Only Basket-Building?

Life’s a picnic, or at least that’s what Ohio basket manufacturer Longaberger believed when it custom-built this headquarters for the company in the shape of its “Medium Market Basket.” Now the picnic’s over: The business is moving out, and the building is in danger of foreclosure. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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Zaha Hadid Was One of the Most Polarizing Architects of Our Time

Zaha Hadid has died suddenly at age 65 from a heart attack. The first female architect to achieve notable celebrity, her prolific and geographically diverse commissions mean that Hadid will likely remain the best-known female architect on the planet for many years. But her work was also incredibly controversial— not just the design of her […]

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