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The uncompromising works of starchitect Zaha Hadid

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has passed away suddenly from a heart attack in Miami, Florida, following her hospitalization for bronchitis. Hadid was 65 years old and is widely considered the most important female architect of all time. Let's look back on some of her most memorable works.Read More

A look inside Slack's new Asian outpost

Few startups have rocketed to fame like instant messaging service Slack. Since its 2014 launch, it has amassed more than two million daily users and now sits among the likes of Snapchat and Airbnb as one of Silicon Valley's uber rich success stories. And with explosive growth comes the millions of dollars, ventures into new regions and apparently, swanky new offices tucked away inside old breweries. Gizmag was on hand as Slack cut the ribbon at its new Melbourne headquarters to have a little poke around.Read More

Wembley Theatre puts a new spin on theater in the round

You're likely familiar with the concept of "theater in the round," in which the stage is surrounded by the audience on all sides. London's new Wembley Theater, however, will turn that on its head, with the audience surrounded by the stage and seated on a 360-degree rotating turntable.Read More

Aurora, the interactive kinetic ceiling

Architect and designer Behnaz Farahi likes movement. Last year she created a 3D-printed shirt that responds to the way a person looks at it. Now, she's taken her responsive design ethos a bit higher — all the way to the ceiling to be exact. Farahi has installed a kinetic ceiling at the University of Southern California that reacts and moves in response to the people walking beneath it.Read More

Small wooden hut will make beachgoers see stars

Here's an interesting little shelter by London and Melbourne-based practice George King Architects. Dubbed Stargazer's Cabin, it will soon be installed on a beach in Eastbourne, England, and will glow like a lantern and represent star constellations on its facade.Read More

Homage to brutalist icon inspires a habitat made of pixels

In what Bjarke Ingels says will be a striking departure for the city's architecture, the Danish architect has designed a homage to Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 for Toronto, Canada. King Street West will appear like a mass of undulating pixels flowing up and over buildings that are already on the site.
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Clay Roof House keeps cool with a twist of terracotta

Malaysia's Drtan Lm Architect was recently commissioned to undertake an extensive renovation of an old dilapidated house. The firm quickly found that the home contained a large number of intact terracotta tiles and the decision was made to recycle them into a sun-shading brise soleil.Read More

Hole in the ground wins skyscraper competition

Imagine standing on the edge of New York's Central Park and looking down into a 1.3-sq mile (3.4-sq km) sunken expanse of mountains and lakes. This is the award-winning concept dreamt up by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu, who have envisioned digging down to the bedrock of the park to create a more natural landscape.Read More

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