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Building and Construction

Have you ever dreamt of living in floating house in which you simply cast off and sail away? Well now's your chance. For one week only, Airbnb is offering the opportunity of a night's stay at a house that is floating along the River Thames in London, UK.

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A new arts venue in Manchester, UK, not only promises to deliver a world-class program of theater, film and visual art, but is high-tech, sustainable and very clever. Home is a purpose-built facility with exhibition, screening and performance spaces, as well as a bar and cafe.

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled a luxury apartment building planned for Huajuco Canyon, Monterrey, Mexico. The original brief for the Esfera City Center project demanded 12 residential towers. But presumably an architect with Hadid's clout can choose to do what she thinks best, and she designed a nine-story complex comprising a total of 981 apartments spread over 136,000 sq m (1,463,891 sq ft) instead.

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Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to transform a large stretch of unused raised highway in Seoul, South Korea, into a pedestrian-friendly skygarden. The Seoul Skygarden is due for completion in 2017 and will also include some retail spaces, such as cafés, flower shops, and street markets.

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Guy Hollaway Architects is looking to take skateparks to another level with the unveiling of plans for a new multi-story skatepark in Folkestone, UK. The architects believe it may be the first skatepark of its kind anywhere in the world, with plans for the building also including facilities for trial cycling, boxing and climbing.

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The winner of a tender for a major new hotel development in Amsterdam was announced last week. It will be based at the Amsterdam RAI exhibition and conference center. Designed by architects OMA, the Nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel is designed to be an attraction in itself and will have a striking twisted design.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is one of Britain's greatest-ever engineers. His first project was the Rotherhithe Shaft, the starting point for London's Thames Tunnel. The tunnel was the first in the world known to be built underneath a river and the shaft is now set to become a theater.

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Earlier this month saw the official opening for Buenos Aires' new city hall. Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno is the first office development in Argentina to have been designed by Foster + Partners. It is also the first LEED Silver certified public building in the country. Read More
Since opening in 2013, Seattle's Bullitt Center has been claimed to be the world's greenest commercial building. Now, it's been awarded Living Building certification, a mark that's regarded as the highest standard of building sustainability. Read More
A building in Nanjing, China, has become a colorful addition to the city's skyline. The International Youth Culture Centre features an LED system from Philips that has 700,000 nodes and a palette of 16 million colors. Despite this, it reportedly costs less than €114 (US$122) per day to light. Read More
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