With the addition of minarets, Hagia Sophia was converted from a Christian basilica to an Islamic mosque.
Adaptive reuse and recycling of heritage architecture may be all the rage, but are not new. Making new buildings from old has a long history in the ancient world.
In many cities, the only direction to go is up.
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George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now Trump has his eponymous tower. Can it stimulate a more creative, sustainable approach to building skyscrapers?
The building in Braunau Am Inn, Austria, where Hitler was born.
In the past, demolishing the dictator’s residences created a void exploited by Nazi sympathizers.
It’s not just you suffering from overcooled offices.
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Poor thermostat settings are making people uncomfortable and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, an analysis shows. What can be done about this?
The new One World Trade Center building, made with high-performance concrete.
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Tragedies involving building collapses prompt structural engineers to figure out what happened, and how to prevent it from recurring.
The magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Italy has already cost more than 200 lives.
Yesterday’s earthquake in central Italy has resulted in many deaths. But it is not the earthquake that claims victims but our built infrastructure. Why is this so?
A housing complex in Thailand with air conditioners.
Global temperatures are poised for another record-breaking year. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, the use of air conditioning is poised to increase dramatically.
The cracks are starting to show.
Reinforced concrete is everywhere. But unlike plain concrete, which can last for centuries, reinforced concrete can deteriorate in decades as the reinforcing bars succumb to rust.
A former colleague of the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid pays tribute to her ‘great presence’.
Here’s how scientists are seeking to turn the building blocks of life into the building blocks of … well, buildings.
Jeremy Corbyn wants UK politics to be less theatrical – but the Palace of Westminster is the perfect stage for confrontation.
The freedom of the space outside can be a seductive distraction.
Had the Romans, Chinese and English of old seen our buildings, built around views that distract from the interior and our interior lives, they would not have been surprised by modern discontent.
London’s famous Shard is one big window, but bricks and wood are more efficient.
Air conditioning alone won’t make global warming more bearable – architects must reinvent the window.
Every time and MP coughs, a gargoyle dies.
Some wild ideas have been put forward for the UK’s seat of power over the years.
Burntwood School is up for the prestigious architectural prize.
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A university building and a school are two of the six buildings shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
Kathmandu’s Darbar Square was one of the worst affected by the earthquake.
Hundreds of monuments of the Kathmandu Valley’s World Heritage sites were completely destroyed on April 25. Here’s the story of a few of them.
The initials ‘ES’ on the parapets are those of Elizabeth Talbot, who built Hardwick Hall.
Women played a far greater role in designing, commissioning and building country houses, gardens and parklands than was once imagined.
Different inside and out.
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It is 1529. Cardinal Wolsey leaves his palace at York Place, giving way to the triumphant Anne Boleyn, who holds court in the long gallery. But this York Place is not the princely residence of the Archbishops…
City planners are looking to redevelop the eastern part of midtown Manhattan. How can they preserve its character, economic importance, and functionality?
Good historians know that history rarely teaches clear lessons. When it does, we should heed them. In the 1920s, urban visionaries completely refashioned midtown Manhattan, making it the most modern and…
Is Doomsday Preppers simply a freakish version of Grand Designs?
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Environmental catastrophe, economic collapse, global pandemic … does it feel like the world is ending? If you think Armageddon is near and are trying to get ready, you are not alone. National Geographic…