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Glass skyscrapers: a great environmental folly that could have been avoided

Henrik Schoenefeldt, University of Kent   New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that skyscrapers made of glass and steel “have no place in our city or our Earth anymore”. He argued that their energy inefficient design contributes to global warming and insisted that his administration would restrict glassy high-rise developments in the city. […]

NASA announces winner of their 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

Life on Mars has long been a favourite of science-fiction lovers and extraterrestrial enthusiasts. It’s, been the mainstay for horror movies and novels and, at times, if you think about for just long enough, it is a pretty scary concept. On May 4th, coincidentally on what’s become known as Star Wars Day, NASA announced that […]

After approval of the LACMA’s new building, a petition calls for reconsideration

Just over a month ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed $650 million remodel of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in a unanimous vote. The vote seemingly settled years of hurdles that have stalled the go-ahead on the project. Now, though, a new petition may further postpone the […]

Europe’s tallest skyscraper in the making and in the countryside

The Shard in London is soon-to-be knocked out of first for the tallest skyscraper in Europe. A recently announced skyscraper will see the Shard and raise it 10.4 meters…literally. The proposed 320-meter skyscraper will soar over the surrounding countryside of Brande, Denmark. If you’ve never heard of Brande, you aren’t alone. The town in rural […]

LACMA gets the green light for their Peter Zumthor overhaul

In a press release issued on April 9th, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) announced that they had received the okay from the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on their Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). Approval of the FEIR was the largest hurdle for the LACMA during the planning of their […]

“La Pyramide” turns 30

When the Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei’s a 22-meter-high pyramid of glass in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum was first erected, the French were shocked by its revolutionary design. The architecture critic in the daily Le Monde called it “like an annex of Disneyland or bringing Luna Park back from the dead.” Others, as […]

A rose in the desert: Qatar’s National Museum, designed by Jean Nouvel

This week, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) in Doha opened to the public. The ambitious architectural project, designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, draws on the Gulf’s twin elemental influences of sand and sea, invoking Qatar’s heritage while celebrating its transformation in recent decades. This daring, multifaceted building promises a glimpse into the […]