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Footballers Struggle With Architecture

The modern architectural powerhouse partnership that is ex-footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are having a bit of a bad time with designing buildings, after public reaction to their planned bronze Manchester twin towers likened the £200m development to a vertical catastrophe that would straddle the area like the legs of a giant idiot caught doing a metaphorical wee on the streets below. Read More >>

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New York’s City-Funded Tech Hub Looks Like a Prison Built by Ikea

On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $250 million project that aims to “create a central convening point for technology training and networking” as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future. As evidenced in the designs released by the mayor’s office, 14th street’s new tech tower looks like what would happen if you asked Ikea to build a white-collar prison. Read More >>

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Building Apple’s New Campus Sounds Like a Damn Nightmare

Steve Jobs was known for his perfectionism, insistence on innovation, megalomania, and making workers’ lives miserable. Now that he’s gone, Apple’s quality control has continued to slide. But Jobs’ final project, a new corporate headquarters, may be his most demanding tantrum of all. Read More >>

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North Greenwich Tube Station is Getting a New Name

The tube station by The O2 arena is being renamed in 2020, but not to acknowledge that it's the best place to disembark if you're going to see One Direction live. It's being named after a ridiculously fancypants new billion-pound building springing up next door. Read More >>

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Elon Musk on Digging Big-Ass Tunnel: ‘We Have No Idea What We’re Doing’

Disruption is a core tenet of the tech industry. Presumably, this is why billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has embarked on a new project to disrupt solid ground. Over the weekend, Musk began digging a big-ass hole on SpaceX properties to start testing out how to build a high-speed tunnel underneath Los Angeles. Read More >>

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Watch a Reinforced Steel Rod Break Like a Weak Little Twig

Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you’ll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges, and other structures even stronger. The rods aren’t designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow motion camera. Read More >>

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Why We Should Build Our Cities Upwards, Not Outwards

Why should we build taller cities? Because cities with taller buildings are cool as hell. Read More >>

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Surrey Swimming Pool Wins Design Award for Wonky Roof

We thought they were only closing swimming pools due to problems caused by money and paedophiles, but apparently not; there's a new Olympic size one in Surrey just opened and it's got such a lovely posh and lavish roof it's won an award. Read More >>

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Why Are American Cities So Much Different Than European Cities?

European cities like Paris are much, much older than American cities like New York, and that age difference has led to many interesting differences in the layout of each city. For example, the wealthy population of America often live in suburbs away from the city while in Europe, the rich live inside the city. Why is that? Read More >>

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Men Weeing on a Church are Rotting it Away

The world's tallest church in the city of Ulm, Germany, faces turning into a not very high at all pile of rubble in the future thanks to the sword work of local men. Read More >>

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Behind London’s Wall of Steel: Designing the Thames Barrier

The large, stainless steel ‘hoods’ on each pier of the Thames barrier are what make this London landmark so instantly recognisable to both tourists and locals alike. But while people may find it easy to recognise, they might not necessarily understand how it works. Read More >>

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This Tiny House Costs £909 and Takes Just Three Hours to Build

As a general rule, I don’t believe in miniaturising things for the sake of miniaturising them, and that includes dogs and baked goods. (Golf is fine.) But this tiny house is an exception. Read More >>

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Unsellable 196-Foot Picnic Basket Marked Down to £3.76 Million

According to some, the future of architecture is wood, but in Newark, Ohio, the future has already arrived—in the form of big, dumb picnic basket that’s also an office building no one will buy. Read More >>

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Watch 116 Excavators Demolish a Massive Overpass in Just One Night

Finding 116 excavators to demolish an ageing 24-year-old overpass in just one night is all but impossible — unless you live in China. Read More >>

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Living in an Aeroplane Hangar Isn’t Such a Bad Idea

Adam Kalkin is an architect in New Jersey who found the smartest way to expand his home: cover it in a bigger house. Read More >>