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Beijing tower reflects on energy efficiency with trapezoidal glass facade

From a distance, the Beijing Greenland Center recently-completed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may look like any of the other rectangular skyscrapers that dot China's capital city. Look a little closer, however, and you'll see that the tower features an elegant trapezoidal glass facade that's claimed to improve its energy performance.

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New thrill ride proposed for NYC's Penn Station

Brooklyn studio AE Superlab has unveiled an ambitious proposal to build a new thrill ride atop NYC's Pennsylvania Station. Featuring 11 gondolas that free-fall toward the ground at a rate of over 100 mph (160 km/h), the ride would rise to three times the height of the London Eye and offer fantastic views of the area.

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Bees help shape experience inside The Hive

The Hive, an installation from sculptor Wolfgang Buttress that is made from 170,000 pieces of aluminum formed into a 17-m (56 ft) tall lattice resembling an enormous swarm of bees, is coming to London's Kew Gardens. The metal's hexagonal shapes are also honeycomb-like, with the light-, sound- and vibration-emitting structure controlled by the activity of bees in an actual beehive on the garden's grounds.Read More

Melbourne homes offer close quarters community living

A new residential development in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, is aimed at treading lightly on the ground, while fostering a sense of community among residents. 122 Roseneath St., in Clifton Hill, will offer a variety of one- to three-bedroom apartments and townhouses with small footprints.Read More

Twin sustainable skyscrapers under construction in China

Initial construction work is underway on a pair of sustainable mixed-use towers in Hangzhou, China. Rising to a height of 280 m (980 ft), the design of the Zhejiang Gate Towers project reflects Chinese characters, and the towers' facades will sport aluminum shading fins that shimmer in the sunlight.

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Top firms vie for new Museum of London project

The Museum of London has outgrown its current digs at the Barbican Estate and is set to relocate to the city's West Smithfield area by 2021. A shortlist of six potential designs for the new museum were recently unveiled, including submissions by BIG, Caruso St John Architects, and Studio Milou.

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