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That number may seem small compared to Chicago or Los Angeles, both of which have vacant lots numbers in the tens of thousands, according to estimates. But for a city gripped by a perpetual and worsening affordable housing crisis–and an administration that plans to build 300,000 units of affordable housing in the next decade–it’s large enough to spur a debate around how the city should be handling these vacant spaces.
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Florence Knoll Bassett, the American designer who pioneered the modern open-plan office, passed away on 25 January

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wutopia lab has transformed the concierge room of tourism company aranya in qinhuangdao, china, into a striped information center. replacing its original skin with a semi-transparent glass, the architects have created a translucent box surrounded by a solid wall that acts as the intermittent space between inside and outside in the form of a courtyard.
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pico colectivo reveals a new outside structure that is meant to unite the community —  ‘implant on the roof’ at on of the facilities of madrid’s do it yourself institute is a program that generates use value in the periphery of a building. the extension beyond the interior produces a space on the margin, as a way to question the lack of common places and more autonomous and free spaces in our cities.
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danish firm johansen skovsted arkitekter transforms a cottage and shed sited in the protected landscape of denmark. initially built in 1905, the project is situated among historic vacation homes carefully placed along slopes of overgrown moraine and sand dunes, rising from surrounding flatlands. the reconstruction’s ambition is to recreate the sense and atmosphere of being in the heritage building before it was left unused and timber infestation made restoration unavoidable. the structure, originally built as a pair of log cabins, is reimagined as a wooden light-frame construction, with an exterior maintaining the protected expression of the original house. the new interior interprets memories and accumulated features for contemporary conditions, informed by the modern structure.

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London-based designer Keiichi Matsuda imagines how augmented reality will define the workstation of the future in short film Merger

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When traveling, it is a given that I will visit at least one museum dedicated to art. Most often it is someplace new—either an institution that has previously escaped my radar, or one that belongs to a city I have not yet explored. Although I enjoy viewing institutional collections, I am perhaps mos

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swiss architecture firm leopold banchini partners with noura al-sayeh of the bahrain authority for culture and antiquities (BACA) in the design of bahrain’s ‘house of architectural heritage.’ the project serves as an exhibition and archival space, showcasing the area’s architectural ancestry through the exposition of the neighboring heritage buildings. the narrow concrete structure is opened along each long axis to frame the exterior walls of the existing adjacent buildings, exhibiting the ancient construction in detail as a museum piece.
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100 east 53rd street, a slender new york skyscraper designed by foster + partners, is nearing completion in midtown manhattan. the 63-story residential tower is located on the corner of lexington and 53rd street, in close proximity to two 20th century modernist icons: SOM’s ‘lever house’ of 1952 and mies van der rohe’s ‘seagram building’, completed in 1958. the new structure boasts a minimalist geometric form, designed to complement these distinguished neighbors.
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São Paulo-based architect Silvia Acar Arquitetura has unveiled a tiny minimalist cabin tucked into a lush Brazilian forest. Camouflaged in the tree canopy and set off the ground on stilts, the one-room Chalet L is a simple, 67-square-feet one-room cabin, entirely designed to offer the basics while disconnecting from the usual hustle and bustles of life.
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Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has completed The Wave, a striking wave-shaped apartment complex that has made splashes internationally long before the project was finished. Located in Vejle, Denmark, the award-winning building was designed as an extension of its surroundings, from the waterfront location to the rolling, forested hills that rise from Vejle Fjord. The Wave’s sculptural silhouette comprises five rounded towers that create a new visual landmark for the town and are visible from rail, road and sea.
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the first images of the 29th annual ICEHOTEL have been revealed, featuring suites sculpted out of ice and snow from the free-flowing arctic river torne. ICEHOTEL is the first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and is reborn in a new guise every winter.
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An artificial intelligence can now create extremely realistic-looking human portraits and it raises lots of questions.

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Start the new year off right–with insightful books on everything from computer history to animal evolution, chosen by design leaders.

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If you’re in London between now and January 6th be sure to make a stop at the recently opened Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross to see Space Frames, a festive light installation designed by Studio Mieke Meijer. Inspired by functional industrial architecture, as well as the abandoned industrial buildings of Roy Letterlé and Mieke Meijer’s hometown of Eindhoven, the huge light installation also takes cues from the arches and bold outlines of the venue itself.
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A network of subterranean concrete galleries forms the UCCA Dune Art Museum, which OPEN Architecture has completed in Qinhuangdao, China.

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There’s not much that hasn’t already been said of 3D printing or the predicted revolution that promised to transform manufacturing and put a MakerBot in every home. While the technology continues to evolve, with new applications like cutting-edge medical uses and building-size structures, it has yet to truly overtake industrial production in the mainstream market–though not for lack of effort.
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eight years after its premiere, ‘the clock’ finally arrives at the TATE modern in london where it will be screened until 20 january 2019, including an overnight 24-hour screening on 1-2 december! the california-born, swiss-raised and london-based marclay, originally debuted the acclaimed installation at the white cube gallery in london in 2010. the looped supercut is a 24-hour montage of thousands of film and TV clips of clocks, edited together to show the actual time (to which it can be locally synchronized). playing to huge crowds across the world since it’s first release, it has become the most popular video art work ever and also won the coveted golden lion award at the 2011 venice art biennale.
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