A design change to One World Trade Center might jeopardize its plans to become the tallest U.S. building.
The Eiffel Tower. The Colosseum. The Taj Majal. The Pyramids.
This month Road to Rio: A Green City journey is touching down in the United Arab Emirates. In the wake of an inconclusive United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, CNN's Rima Maktabi, Leone Lakhani and Nick Glass head to Abu Dhabi, soon-to-be host city of the World Future Energy Summit. The capital's conference center will host the likes of Ban Ki Moon from January 16-19, 2012.
Architect Zaha Hadid's opera house in the Chinese city of Guangzhou hits the high notes of design.
It took more than five years to build, but since its opening last year, the Guangzhou Opera House has become the jewel among the sprawling Chinese megacity's bland urban landscape.
Jerusalem may be steeped in thousands of years of history, but the much younger Tel Aviv in Israel is increasingly a draw for culture lovers.
In December 2003, landscape architect Peter Walker was ready for retirement, but a chance to work on the 9/11 Memorial put the brakes on that.
The actress calls their home a "spiritual endeavor"Â
"It takes a half hour to get anywhere," said the clerk at the rent-a-car place when I asked him how far from the airport to my uncle's neighborhood in Sun City. He was right. That buzzy restaurant you read about is a half-hour away. The Phoenix Art Museum? Half-hour.
It is the curse of every curious traveler -- you're walking through a new town and you can sense the history, you can smell the restaurant, you can hear the train you're meant to catch, but you have no idea how to get there or discover more.
An eye-catching spiral skyscraper with a garden on every level is being planned for Abu Dhabi.
Who said it's the thought that counts? Throughout history, romantics have constructed elaborate monuments to show just how much they cared -- though the love-story endings weren't always so happy.
Icon is a monthly arts series that promises viewers a journey into the worlds of visual arts, architecture, literature, music, photography, dance, opera, fashion and design, accompanied by interviews with their innovators and influencers as diverse as I.M. Pei, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.
The drink of choice for creative types through the ages, wine is now making significant inroads into the realms of contemporary culture.
What happens when you give thousand of cans of food to really creative people? How about a "canned" tornado or an "uncanny" sculpture of an apple being eaten by ants.
Contemporary and often abstract, Minsuk Cho's buildings can baffle, delight and dazzle.
Architect Minsuk Cho designed the South Korean pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
The actor hangs from Dubai's 2,717-foot-high Burj Kahlifa skyscraper while filming the new Mission: Impossible
Icon meets the La Biennale man of the year, Rem Koolhaas and looks back at some of his achievements.
From derelict car factory to thriving cultural hub: That's the trajectory a tiny island on the River Seine in Paris is set to be transformed into a haven for contemporary art.
A dress made out of recycled waste; a collection of clothes composed of fresh flowers; a synthetic outfit that looks like wave of water around the body.
Exclusive: Icon meets architect I.M Pei at the Louvre to talk about his famous pyramid.
It's 27 years since award-winning architect I.M. Pei began work on his glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Imagine that you could double the size of your apartment as a reward for saving electricity, water and gas. It's an idea proposed by the Seoul-based design collective Randomwalks and architect Lee Min-soo for the green redevelopment of Incheon, outside the South Korean capital.
Fireworks light up Dubai for a celebration of the world's tallest building.
Things are looking up in Dubai. Way, way up.
IME goes inside Abu Dhabi?s iconic Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan Mosque and looks at F1 preparations at the new Yas Marina Circuit.
With all the pomp and money befitting its status as the world's richest city, Abu Dhabi will soon unveil its new Formula One track on Yas Island, a spectacular entertainment destination emerging from the turquoise waters off the coast of the Emirati capital.
Architect Kengo Kuma on how his work is dedicated to reclaiming the traditions of Japanese architecture.
"For architects, perfection is necessary," said Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
South Korea's Samsung Construction is planning to build the tallest building in the world. CNN's Stan Grant reports.
The tallest building in Boston sold for $660.6 million at a foreclosure auction in New York Tuesday -- about half the price it sold for just three years ago.
There aren't many cutting-edge urban architecture firms in Carmel Valley, Calif., a placid expanse of gnarled oak trees and steep, grassy hills about 120 miles south of San Francisco. But this is where you'll find Rana Creek, a 14-year-old, $6.5 million company that converts city buildings into countryscapes.
Sim Van der Ryn has been a leader in sustainable architecture for over 40 years. As well as creating a portfolio of inspiring green designs -- notably the 1977 Bateson Building in Sacramento -- he is also a teacher and an author. His most recent book "Design for Life" traces his ancestral and ecological design roots. Principal Voices talked to Van der Ryn about the passion which continues to consume his life.
In November we step inside the world of design as show host Becky Anderson searches for the Spirit of Architecture.
What if the outside of a building worked more like a leaf?
China's tallest building, the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center, will open to the public on Saturday, 14 years after its developer began the project
Tucked away in a corner of the church of Saint-Eustache in Paris is a colorful if not particularly attractive bas-relief dating from 1969. The work of British sculptor Raymond Mason, it depicts a crowd of boisterous market porters bearing fruit and vegetables and pushing laden handcarts. Occasionally, you will catch an older visitor pausing quietly in front of the piece and heaving a little sigh. That is because it captures the moment when the great food market of Les Halles was exiled to the suburbs -- forever.
A 75% stake in the famed Chrysler Building once owned by a German fund has been sold to an Abu Dhabi group, Prudential Financial, Inc. confirmed Wednesday.
The renowned architect tells CNN about the importance of creating intelligent buildings that are both environmentally and socially sustainable.
The legendary 20th century architect, Frank Lloyd Wright once described his profession as the "mother art". In the 21st century, architects and designers are increasingly turning their attentions to Mother Nature as a source of inspiration for their creations.
It's easy to overlook the impact buildings have on greenhouse gas emissions, but the places where we live and work contribute over 30 percent of global greenhouse emissions.
The Pritzker Prize goes to a man whose signature is buildings that grow out of their surroundings
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With home values tumbling and the mortgage market still in crisis, you'd think that Billie and Rodney Wylde would shelve their plans to build their North Carolina dream home - at least until the market stabilizes.
Before following his father into the property business, Minoru Mori dreamed of becoming a novelist. So when he returned from an October 1993 visit to Shanghai talking excitedly of a plan to construct the world's tallest building on the impoverished east side of the city's Huangpu River, rivals in Tokyo snickered that Mori had rekindled his interest in fiction.
Sometimes you're up, sometimes, you're down. Who has had a good week, and who has had a shocker?
When she hears people express a reluctance to paint their rooms in vivid hues because they believe it is inappropriate to the age or architectural style of their house, designer Susan Sargent waves away their concerns as though swatting flies.
CNN International airs "Countdown Beijing," a special week of programming running August 4-12.
CNN spoke to Ken Yeang, an architect and ecologist, and the principle of the UK practice of Llweleyn Davis Yeang about his work to combine high rise architecture and environmental awareness.
This Where Are They Now feature and others like it can be found in the July 2nd issue of Sports Illustrated.
Pam and Mark Elmore weren't in the market for a home last summer. But when the Bend, Ore. couple happened to stop by a newly built house with a 1,000-square-foot patio, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen - fridge and range included -and a fire pit, they immediately realized they had to have it.
This month on Quest... the architects! In the words of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren, "architecture aims at eternity". With this in mind, host Richard Quest tracks down some of the gifted designers who shape our world and visualize the future. It's a Quest to Build!
AR: Anjali Rao TA: Tadao Ando
Khaldoon Khalifa al Mubarak is a man in a hurry. The 31-year-old, American-educated developer steps on the gas of his silver Audi and zooms past a hole in the ground crawling with construction work...
Just an hour by train from Paris, the former capital of Flanders marries Gallic traditions with the 21st-century design sensibility of its Low Country neighbors.
Over the past three decades, Santiago Calatrava has built more than 40 structures, ranging from bridges to train stations to museums. His best work has an emotional resonance rarely found in modern...
Paris was spurned in its bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, but you wouldn't know it amid the bustle of construction along the Seine. This spring, the city is positively abloom with museum openings and renovated architectural treasures.
Driving through nearly any area east of the Mississippi, travelers wouldn't have to go far before they came upon a house that could be plucked up, carried thousands of miles away to a limestone bluff overlooking the Aegean Sea and look like it belonged there.
The Scene meets Santiago Calatrava to hear how the Spanish architect is putting his ideas into practice in his hometown of Valencia.
One of an elite group of architects whose work is an almost instantly recognizable global brand, Santiago Calatrava has been described as a "poet of glass and steel."
Not only do homeowners want bigger kitchens, they want more of them.
It must be pretty cool to be able to say that you live in a saltbox. It sounds something like living in a shoe. But just what the heck is a saltbox house anyhow?
The Scottish Parliament building, which was completed three years late and 10 times over budget, has won the UK's most prestigious architecture award.
It's after midnight in Chicago, and Tom Pritzker looks totally wiped. He spent today running the family's hotel, industrial, finance, and real estate empire, said to be worth more than $15 billion. Tonight he has hosted an awards ceremony and dinner for the Pritzker Prize, the so-called Nobel Prize for architecture. Now it's the afterparty at the bar of one of the family's newest hotels, the Park Hyatt Chicago. The room is narrow, with high ceilings, large windows, and dark wood floors--basically a wide hallway that doubles as a watering hole. Moving from table to table, Tom and his cousin Nick, the family real estate guru, bump into a friend, architect Frank Gehry. "You know, I really have always hated this hotel," Gehry says, only half-jokingly, about the building's design. "When are you going to let me design one of your new hotels?" Tom shakes his hand with a smile and slight chuckle. "Don't worry, Frank," he says. "We'll find you a great project. We're building a lot these days." It's big news to hea
CNN talks to architectural luminary Will Alsop about modern architecture's expanding horizons.
Thanks to an onslaught of home design magazines, TV shows and coffee-table books, real estate buyers these days are not only savvier about architecture, they'll pay a premium for a house designed b...
As an icon of a city, it is as instantly recognizable as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge.
The skyscraper space race has a new competitor. The foundation has been laid for the Burj Dubai tower, a 2,300-foot-tall, five-million-square-foot spear tip, which upon completion in 2009 will jut ...
ARCHITECTURAL BRIO SURE WORKS FOR INSTITUTIONS like New York City's Guggenheim Museum, which reaped heaps of attention for its wavy, titanium-clad outpost in Bilbao, Spain, designed by architect Fr...
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, owns a home in Woodside, Calif. that most people would consider a pretty decent place to live.
When the Guggenheim Foundation opened a museum here in 1997, it knew the building would be a landmark. But even the project's biggest boosters could not have foreseen how it would transform Bilbao itself.
In some ways, Mary Still is a typical weight-loss success story. She changed her eating habits, started working out and dropped 82 pounds in a year.
BEND, Ore. (CNN/Money) - Durable, functional and austerely beautiful are three characteristics that may come to mind when you see a Craftsman-style house.
When Prada opened its $40 million Manhattan flagship, hotshot architect Rem Koolhaas promised a radically new shopping experience. And he kept the promise--though not quite according to plan. Custo...
On Dec. 19, New York Governor George Pataki joined developer Larry Silverstein and architects David Childs and Daniel Libeskind at Federal Hall in lower Manhattan to unveil the long-awaited design ...
Even if you're not a design snob, you can look around and see other people in the country leaning that way. Target sells housewares by Michael Graves and Philippe Starck. The new Disney Concert Hal...
From the game-day blimp, Houston's new Reliant Stadium--home of the Houston Texans, the National Football League's newest franchise--looks positively dangerous. With its retractable roof agape, it ...
On his very best day as a hotshot computer programmer, Bill Gates would never, ever have been described as the "Frank Gehry of software." So why does Frank Gehry--the boldly creative architect who'...
If you want a peek at the Next Big Thing in computing, check out Web calendars. Many Internet portals now offer online calendars that keep track of your appointments, reminders, and to-do lists. Li...
Deep within a Mountain View, Calif., technology park, somewhere inside the headquarters of Silicon Graphics Inc., I encounter a noisy cluster of software engineers drinking champagne. It's 3 P.M. o...
My friend Jennifer lives in Oak Park, Ill., a town that happens to have a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright houses. So every time I visit, she sticks me in the car and takes me on a little tour, saying, "L...
The pages arrived without fanfare or warning, sliding almost furtively out of our fax machine. Yet here they were: the first drawings of what will ultimately become our family's new house.
I've always hated voice mail. That's a dislike that baffled me for years, given that I am someone who has always embraced cutting-edge technologies. Recently, however, I figured out the reason--voi...
My object in living is to unite My avocation and my vocation As my two eyes make one in sight. --Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time"
Disney on 42nd Street? The mind boggles. In February 1994, when the Walt Disney Co. announced it would be staging theatrical productions on "the Deuce"--the porn-plagued, drug-infested, crime-ridde...
If this spring your fancy is turning to tomato seeds and trowels, join the club. According to a recent Gallup survey, gardening now shares top billing with swimming and walking as one of the three ...
Last year, the typical American family spent about $282 on furniture, though even at that level, sales totaled $26.8 billion. This year, the big drop in interest rates -- almost a point since Elect...
Eric Hernandez and Jose Luis Hernandez have a lot in common: the same last name (although they are not related), Mexican backgrounds and a love of architecture. Jose Luis owns his own architecture ...
The turning point in Larry Arney's life came through a chance encounter over breakfast one morning in 1988. At the time, the young architect was heading a group of 10 volunteers who cooked for Atla...
''This is the generation of American architects,'' proclaims Philip Johnson, at 80 the nation's foremost master builder. Now in their 30s and 40s, all have made their names young in a field where t...