Chengdu plans to launch artificial moon to replace its street lights

The Chinese city of Chengdu is planning to launch an illumination satellite disguised as an artificial moon within the next two years, as a replacement for its street lights. The satellite would imitate the glow of the real moon while emitting a more powerful light, able to illuminate the city’s streets at night. Wu Chunfeng, chairman

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils revised design for Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin

Swiss architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron has released renders of its updated plans for the Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin. The studio led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron presented its revised designs for the art museum – set to be built alongside the Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie – to the public

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen wraps earthquake-resistant Christchurch library in golden screen

Christchurch Central Library has been designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen as a “symbol of hope, unity, and rebirth” for the city in New Zealand, which was ravaged by an earthquake in 2011.  Partially covered by a golden facade screen the new library is called Tūranga, which means “site or “foundation” in Maori. The earthquake-resistant library, designed by Danish firm

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Álvaro Siza clads International Design Museum of China in red sandstone

Blocks of red sandstone cover the volumes of a new design museum designed by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira on the Chinese Academy of Art campus in Hangzhou, eastern China. The 16,000-square-metre museum was commissioned to house the fine art college’s already sizeable collection of pieces, which had been bolstered by the acquisition of original

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Tonkin Liu shrinks architectural shell lace structure to create prototype windpipe stent

Architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu have created a prototype stent that adapts to a patient’s throat for use after tracheal transplant surgery. Tonkin and Liu, founders of London-based architecture studio Tonkin Liu, adapted the design of their single surface structural technology – called the shell lace structure – to create the stent. Unlike the

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Tonkin Liu shrinks architectural shell lace structure to create prototype windpipe stent

Architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu have created a prototype stent that adapts to a patient’s throat for use after tracheal transplant surgery. Tonkin and Liu, founders of London-based architecture studio Tonkin Liu, adapted the design of their single surface structural technology – called the shell lace structure – to create the stent. Unlike the

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Kengo Kuma stacks shipping containers to create drive-through Starbucks in Taiwan

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has stacked 29 recycled shipping containers to make a Starbucks coffee shop alongside a shopping centre in Hualien, Taiwan. The multi-storey structure has full height windows and skylights set into the white-painted containers to create a 320-square-metre cafe. Containers stacked four high at right angles to each other abut the soon-to-open Hualien Bay Mall,

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Inuce completes pink pebbledash church hall in Fuzhou

A pastel-pink church hall has been added to the 1930s-built Huaxiang Church in Fuzhou, western China, featuring rooftop amphitheatres that offer open-air services. Architecture studio Inuce, which has offices in China and Switzerland, designed the church hall and community centre to accommodate the growing number of Christians in the local area, who no longer fitted inside

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Promontorio’s brick-clad Lubango Center rises above an Angolan town square

Brown brick facades of Promontorio’s tower in the Angolan town of Lubango recall the tones of traditional African rammed-earth buildings. The international architecture firm, which was founded in Lisbon in 1990, was tasked with designing the Lubango Center for a prominent site next to the main square of the capital of Angola’s Huila district. The nine-storey, mixed use

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David Shrigley’s inflatable Swan-things collapse and spring to life in 12-minute cycles

British artist David Shrigley has filled a gallery in Stockholm’s Spritmuseum with giant inflatable swans, which inflate and deflate in cycles of 12 minutes. Shrigley created the Swan-things for the Spritmuseum, after the gallery gave the artist free reign to do whatever he wanted in their exhibition space. “I wanted to fill the space with

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