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Eerily Beautiful Photos of Churches in Ruin

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Dietmar Eckell captures religious buildings in varying states of decay

Dietmar Eckell has a thing for ruins. The German photographer travels the world to capture eerily beautiful photos of decaying things and places, from forgotten military sites and decomposing cars to crashed planes and abandoned buildings. Of the many excellent photo series on his website, God's Ruin is one of our favorites. The collection of images stunningly depicts ancient churches and......read more

City Camouflage by Roeland Otten

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Dutch designer disguises ugly public buildings in urban spaces

What to do with public eyesores in the inner city? It should come as no surprise that the Dutch have dreamed up a novel way of beautifying them. Designer Roeland Otten, best known for the amazing ABChairs he released in 2010, uses the power of camouflage to disguise ugly public buildings in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. If you're picturing drab green military canvas draped over buildings, think......read more

24H>Architecture: Children's Activity Center in Thailand

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Flowing bamboo building references the anatomy of a manta ray

Located on Koh Kood, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, the Children's Activity and Learning Centre was designed by Dutch firm 24H>Architecture as part of Soneva Kiri Resort. In a design inspired by the anatomy of a manta ray, the building is a vertiable paradise for visiting kids, providing them with a space to eat, learn, discover, and play -- while raising their ecological awareness.......read more

Freakish Photos of a Building Thawing

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Photographer Gary Jensen captures melting icescapes inside a Chicago cold storage facility

Since the 1920s, Fulton Market Cold Storage Company has operated in a ten-story refrigerated warehouse in Chicago’s meatpacking district. Last summer the company decided it was time to start anew in a state-of-the-art suburban facility, so the building was sold to developers. But before being transformed into glassy modern offices, it had to be defrosted. Famed architecture firm Perkins +......read more

RX Made For the Kickstarter Win

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Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange set to launch collection of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill. According to their website, the outfit has......read more

Floating Architecture Addresses Rising Seas

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With climate change threatening coastal communities, floating buildings move from science fiction to reality

From unpredictable floods to rising sea levels, the earth-altering phenomena induced by climate change are changing the way humans coexist with water. Urged on by the demands of global warming, architects and city planners are responding to the challenge with buildings that sit on or above the shifting seas. Aqua-architecture has a long history in the Netherlands (a full third of the country......read more

Brad Moore: Familiar

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Irony-infused photos of plants and buildings in inland SoCal

Perusing the Old Faithful blog the other day, we came upon these photos from a 2007 series called Familiar by Brad Moore, shot among the post-war architecture of inland California. With a restrained, less-is-more aesthetic and a keen sense of irony, Moore's photos capture the interplay between buildings and plants in the suburban landscape. From his statement: The following......read more

Massive Solar Tower Planned for Arizona Desert

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EnviroMission project will be twice the size of the Empire State Building

It seems like great ideas are popping up all over the place in the renewable energy field, and here is another example. Australian clean energy outfit EnviroMission is planning to build a solar tower that is twice the height of the Empire State Building in the middle of the Arizona desert. This 2,625 foot tall spire will produce 200 megawatts of power, enough to power 150,000 homes. So how does......read more

Shipping Container Office Building

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Permanent, multistory structure erected in Providence, R.I.

In Providence, R.I., a new office building has lifted the challenging task of shipping container construction to new heights. The first permanent, multistory structure in the U.S. made entirely from shipping containers cost owner Peter Case $1.8 million to build, about half of what he would have paid for a conventional structure. Divided into two sets of offices, the three-story complex has an......read more

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