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Design Firm Suggests Turning Penn Station Into Roller Coaster

Many New Yorkers have schlepped to Penn Station to take a train out. We’ve sat in the waiting room, bored, and said to ourselves, I know what would improve my experience better. If only I could go on a 1,200 foot amusement-park ride before my train arrived.


Facebook's New Gehry Building Includes The World's Least Functional Bike Bridge

In 2012, Frank Gehry and Mark Zuckerberg posed for a series of photos that sealed their intertwined fates: Gehry, arguably the world’s most famous architect, would design a new campus for Zuckerberg, arguably the world’s most powerful not-lizard person. Surely with all this money and talent coalescing like a hunk of molten aluminium, Facebook’s new HQ would garner universal “Likes“. Instead it’s more “Sad” than “Wow”.


Iconic Architect Eero Saarinen Designed Weapons And 'Devices' For The CIA

Eero Saarinen designed some of the most iconic American buildings of the 20th century. The arch in St Louis? That was him. The TWA terminal at JFK airport? That was him too. And it wasn’t just buildings. Saarinen also designed the furniture that would define futurism of the 1960s, like the tables in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Bjarke Ingels Built A Real-Life Minecraft Structure In London

Each year, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion heralds the beginning of summer in the UK with a temporary structure installed in a London garden. This year, the pavilion was designed by Bjarke Ingels, the Danish superstar architect who was recently brought onboard to design Hyperloop One stations. Depending on where you stand, it’s either a very convincing take on a contemporary Minecraft cathedral, or a fancy modern house for Q*bert.


Chicago Might Plug Its Giant Hell Pit With A Highway-Straddling Skyscraper

There’s a giant abandoned hole punched in the Chicago landscape. Here’s a plan to make that hole a lot less holey.


Jesus' Tomb Is Finally Getting The Restoration That Bickering Monks Delayed For 200 Years

The are many reasons one might put off a much-needed home improvement project. Budget. Can’t find the right contractor. When it came to the tomb where Christians believe Jesus was buried, it was two centuries of infighting between some very possessive monks.


Apparently It's Possible To Live In An Apartment With Too Good Of A View

A building boom of supertalls skyscrapers in New York City is resulting in some of the highest residential units in the world — we’re talking apartments that are at a dizzying 90 stories and higher. So where does that leave the people who live in the former-tallest residential buildings? Don’t worry, they’re just fine in their 80th floor apartments — because the view there is supposedly better.


Space-Saving Lounge Chairs Disappear Right Into This Tiny Deck

To help maximise the living space in a 37-square-metre apartment in Honk Kong, the designers at Liquid Interiors came up with a clever way to make its tiny rooftop deck feel far more spacious: a pair of lounge chairs that disappear right into the wooden plank flooring.


An Artist Has Made The Louvre's Pyramid Disappear

Now you see it, now you don’t. Street artist JR’s latest work has seen him shroud the large pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris with material that, at a glance, makes it look like the structure has disappeared altogether.


How NYC's Super Skinny Skyscrapers Stack Up Next To The World's Tallest Buildings 

Over the last two decades, a new type of building has invaded New York City: The super skinny supertall known as a “super-slender.” This new generation of skyscrapers range from 50 to 100 stories, are almost uniformly filled with luxury housing — and some are wedged into the city with astoundingly tiny 13.72m-wide footprints.


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