My day in the world's biggest building—a Chinese mall you've never heard of
The slogan of the New Century Global Center, the recently completed largest building in the world by floor space, sounds at first like a Chinglish-y misfire: “The One of Everything.” But as I spent a day wandering around the structure, located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the catchphrase started to take on a kind of brilliance.
The social history—and private-sector big money—that explains why granite countertops and fire pits are part of today's new dorms.
Today's forward-looking college campus is home to dorms that boast amenities like flat-screen televitions, state-of-the-art exercise rooms, and tanning salons. At the same moment that the cost of college is increasingly the object of scruitiny, dorms are going upscale. Why is this happening? Here's an explanation. Below, a sampling of some recent developments.
Turn abandoned big-box stores into cultural institutions
How to turn today’s abandoned Walmarts into tomorrow’s award-winning libraries, museums, and churches.
The long, strange history of the building that sparked the Istanbul protests
The proposed building in Taksim Square actually has a long and storied history.
She shared the work with her husband. She should share the prize, too.
Never mind the politics: It's clear, even to a non-fan, that Denise Scott Brown shared the work that earned her husband architecture's top prize.
An architect with a sense of the body
Architecture, by definition, lives a world of big money. Buying land. Commissioning, then giving rein to, while reining in the designer. Doling out fees for structural engineers, HVAC technicians, lighting consultants, work permits. Excavating. Selecting, procuring, shipping various building materials to the site. Paying construction workers, site overseers, project managers. It takes a lot of cash.
New Media, New Community Centers
The transition away from card catalogs hasn't killed the library: it's spurred the innovation of new community centers.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has come under a storm of criticism, most recently in yesterday's New York Times, for ambitious projects that come in wildly over-budget and in need of repairs.