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  • Rem Koolhaas video: 'I've seen Britain transformed for the better by Europe'

    The revered architect and theorist is on a mission to explain why being a part of Europe is good for the national interest - and lovers of coffee I was present in Britain when it became part of the EU and I’ve lived in London for a very long time since, so I can say that I’ve really experienced the incredible extent to which Britain has become a much better place. Continue reading

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  • Rob Ball's Funland: British seaside towns – in pictures

    “To me, the seaside is heady and joyous all year round,” says photographer Rob Ball. “We have memories of family holidays or time spent by the coast, so we all have a connection to it.” Ball has published three books of coast-based photos since moving to Whitstable on the north coast of Kent more than a decade ago. His latest, Funland, captures more than 35 British coastal communities, from Arbroath on Scotland’s North Sea coast to Torquay on the English Riviera. “I like how seafronts have...

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  • IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible

    From his provocative Louvre pyramid to his inverted wedge for Dallas, the Chinese-American architect was too modern for his time – but his angular marvels look perfect now So bold were IM Pei’s designs, they were often regarded as wilfully controversial, designed to shock. But Pei himself never saw it like that. He was possibly the last living link to such founders of modernism as Le Corbusier and Bauhaus stalwarts Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, all of whom he met. He carried their torch,...

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  • In pictures – IM Pei's finest works

    IM Pei, one of the most celebrated and prolific architects of the 20th century, has died aged 102. The son of a prominent Chinese banker, he favoured stone, steel and glass in his creations that bore his hallmark geometry and reverence for light Continue reading

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  • I.M. Pei, designer of the Louvre's pyramid, dead at 102

    I.M. Pei, who was revered as one of the last great modernist architects, has died, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners confirmed. He was 102 years old. Although he worked mostly in the United States, Pei will always be remembered for a European project: his redevelopment of the Louvre Museum in Paris in the 1980s. He gave us the glass and metal pyramid in the main courtyard, along with three smaller pyramids and a vast subterranean addition to the museum entrance. Pei was the first foreign architect...

  • 6 of I.M. Pei’s Most Important Works

    The architect’s legacy includes some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the Louvre Pyramid.
  • I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

    I.M. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre museum in Paris with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102

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  • I.M. Pei, architect who designed the Louvre Pyramid and added elegant buildings to landscapes worldwide, dies at age 102

    I.M. Pei, architect who designed the Louvre Pyramid and added elegant buildings to landscapes worldwide, dies at age 102

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  • IM Pei: celebrated architect behind Louvre pyramid dead at 102

    Pei, whose portfolio included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century IM Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died. He was 102. A spokesman at Pei’s New York architecture firm confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Continue reading

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  • I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102

    Mr. Pei, a committed modernist, was one of the few architects equally attractive to real estate developers, corporate chieftains and art museum boards.
  • Critic’s Notebook: Chicago Finds a Way to Improve Public Housing: Libraries

    Other cities have combined books and subsidized housing, but the outgoing mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has embraced the concept with three striking new projects.
  • Rediscoveries: A Villa Built During Milan’s Fascist Period Finds a Second Life

    Born in the troubling Italian era, one classic Piero Portaluppi home has reopened as a contemporary art gallery.
  • The 50 most beautiful Apple stores outside the United States (AAPL)

    To understand Apple's global retail footprint, it helps to see it for yourself. We've compiled a list of the most beautiful Apple stores outside the United States. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's hard to believe Apple's first physical retail stores only debuted in 2001. As of 2019, Apple has more than 500 stores in 24 countries around the world. In many ways, Apple stores have come to represent Apple's own products: beautiful, and meticulously crafted around the...

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  • Rooftop pool? Notre Dame proposals defy traditionalists

    Designs from architects around world also suggest glass, crystal and metal spires An architecture firm has proposed replacing the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral with a swimming pool, as France prepares to launch an international competition to restore the fire-damaged gothic edifice to its former glory. After the roof and spire of Notre Dame were damaged in a fire watched worldwide in April, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said he was open to a “contemporary gesture” in rebuilding it “more...

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  • Sterile or stirring? Britain's love-hate relationship with new towns

    Paternalistic social engineering or make-Britain-great-again utopianism? A new archive film compilation takes a look at the UK’s controversial postwar towns “People sometimes say to me, ‘You must get a terrific kick out of having been responsible for a huge thing like a new town,’” said Sir Frederick Gibberd in an interview in 1982, 35 years after he created the new town of Harlow. “Well, I get a lot of misery out of it, in fact. I go around and think, ‘My god, that’s unbelievably bad, and it...

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  • City with a female face: how modern Vienna was shaped by women

    The Austrian capital has been pioneering ‘gender mainstreaming’ for nearly 30 years. How did the city come to be so far ahead – and could its gains be lost? At 240 hectares, the neighbourhood of Aspern, Vienna, is one of the largest urban developments in Europe. By the time it is complete in 2028, it is due to be home to 20,000 people, plus another 20,000 workplaces, and with an explicitly family-oriented design. Centred on an artificial lake and with half of the entire area devoted to public...

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  • 'There is less fear': restoration of Kabul repairs the ravages of war

    Afghanistan rebuilds the old town and creates register of dwellings to promote peace and help residents feel safer Amir Gol first arrived in Kabul after fleeing his home – a Taliban stronghold – in Nangahar. He had no idea where to settle, so he rented a small mud house and started collecting and selling used plastic to make a living. Almost a decade later, little has changed for the 60-year old father of eleven. He sits cross-legged on a cushion outside the house he rents for 600 Afghani (£5) a...

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  • Pot shots: the plant photographs of Luigi Ghirri – in pictures

    Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri created his project Colazione sull’Erba (Breakfast on the Grass), images of trees, pots and plants in Modena, in 1972-74. The title is inspired by Edouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, but instead of focusing on nature’s bucolic side, Ghirri portrays its manmade aspects. He later wrote that “the mythical image of nature and home takes centre stage” in the series, which is being published in a new book. Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino has said...

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright home in Rockford to get visitors' center

    There are plans to open a visitors' center in Rockford for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, which opened as a museum four years ago

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  • ‘The Palingenesis project, derived from the Greek word for “rebirth” and “regeneration,” aims to blend in naturally as a single stroke between the roof and spire’

    Vincent Callebaut Architectures has unveiled images of their tribute to Notre-Dame Cathedral following the fire that badly damaged the historic structure.

  • Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?

    A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, indoor air may matter more than we have realized.
  • 'I see any dinosaur, I buy it': at home with the embattled owner of the Flintstone house

    Florence Fang’s colorful home is a landmark for many in California’s Bay Area. But the town of Hillsborough is suing her, declaring the property a ‘public nuisance’ When Florence Fang purchased a new house in Hillsborough, California, in 2017, her first thought was to landscape the property with cherry trees. But cherry trees did not “fit” with the look of the house, so she kept thinking. Her next idea, not uncommon among wealthy Californians, was to plant a vineyard and make her own wine. A...

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  • Algiers Dispatch: Algeria’s Turmoil Adds New Obstacle to Saving the Historic Casbah

    A plan to restore the Ottoman-era district offended some for inviting help from the French, former colonizers. But the famed warren continues to decay.
  • So You Want to Blow Out Your Brooklyn Brownstone

    Meet Elizabeth Roberts, go-to architect for the open kitchen and other 21st-century modifications to 19th-century spaces.