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Civic structures shape cities - the best examples of institutional architecture stand out from the crowd and declare themselves as objects rather than infill. From sensational schools, colleges and universities to magnificent museums, theaters and opera halls, here are some buildings well worth viewing (and visiting should you ever find yourself in the relevant city!).
Transformer Theater: Deserted House, Upcycled in Disguise
This incredible transforming theater, built from salvaged pieces of a deserted home, is more than meets the eye. A community theater in disguise, its contents ...
War and Peace: 15 Repurposed Military Structures
Aircraft hangars, flak towers and bunkers that sat empty for decades have been transformed for surprising uses, like climbing towers and water parks.
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Sky Park: Design Idea Floats City Block Over Penn Station
Out of four recent proposals for a radical overhaul of Penn Station in New York City, this concept is far and away the most dramatic.
Earthscraper: Inverted Pyramid Spans 1000 Vertical Feet
Skyscrapers shoot up in most cities, but what are developers to do in growing places where new building construction is limited to less than ten stories tall?
Alternative Landmarks: 12 Monuments As They Almost Were
Major landmarks around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the Lincoln Memorial, could have been dramatically different if these proposals were accepted.
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Algae-Fueled Building: World’s First Bio-Adaptive Facade
Bio-reactors and micro-algae sound like the stuff of science fiction, but this is the real deal: biomass built into panel glass on an actual working structure.
World’s Most Powerful Man-Made Tornado in a Museum
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany hosts quite a spectacle when it demonstrates the awe-inspiring power of its tornado fire safety system.
Origami Shelter: Instant Flat-Pack Architecture on Demand
Take a structure, strip away all of the non-essentials, and squeeze out every last unused bit of air space, and what do you get? Essentially, a flat-folded ...
Performance Architecture: 10 Dramatic Opera Sets & Stages
These massive floating opera stages in Austria are so incredible, it'd be hard not to stare at them the whole time instead of watching the performances.
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Revealing Historical Photos Show US White House Gutted
The already-aging White House had been retrofit with a maze of modern amenities like plumbing, electricity and heating - none of which were factored into the ...