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Many people who have visited the continent would agree that Africa exemplifies the power of nature at its finest. Not many locales compare to this continent’s vast grasslands, beautiful bodies of water, distinct animal life, and unique vegetation.As significant investments in technology, tourism, and innovation continue to be made in Africa, there’s been a push (in some circles, at least) to ensure that development has as little effect as possible on natural surroundings. Contemporary movements such as biomimetic architecture—a design philosophy that looks to nature for inspiration in solving man-made problems—are gaining prominence in certain corners of the world. For...

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Central Park (New York City) Designing a skyscraper in New York is an experience unlike building in nearly any other city in the world. The combination of architectural history, coupled with the sheer volume of foot traffic walking past (and flying above) buildings in the Big Apple, makes their presence a vital part of the city's identity. So when the Chicago-based architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill was tapped to design the Central Park Tower, it recognized the sky-high expectations. Slated to be completed in 2020, Central Park Tower will be a shocking 1,549 feet tall, making it the...

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We’re all walking or driving past any number of skyscrapers and buildings as if they didn’t exist, their glass and steel and concrete façade bleeding into the gray of a city’s horizon. Yet, to the keen eye, studying a city’s architecture is a path to better understanding the people of that area—both their current needs and their aspirations for the future. From the Pyramids of Giza to Manhattan’s mighty skyscrapers, the creativity and engineering involved in the molding of solids over voids, and vice versa, is the crux of architecture, and should be appreciated as such. What are buildings but...

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Architecture, both new and old, defines city skylines and has a lasting impact on our perceived memory of a place. And while historic architecture has its own charm, it’s no secret that, at its best, modern architecture has the ability to be inspiring. Examples abound, including almost any building designed by figures such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Santiago Calatrava, and Frank Gehry, among others. Their buildings, much like a force of nature, have the ability to transform a neighborhood (almost always for the better). Many refer to this as the Bilbao effect, a term coined after a Frank Gehry–designed...

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Every year, Ttsands flock to major architectural landmarks around the world in appreciation of human engineering. We cross deserts to glimpse the pyramids. We climb mountains to set foot in Machu Picchu. A structural wonder worthy of a pilgrimage exists on every continent. Below are the top 7 places to study and admire architecture: 1. Athens, Greece One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens is home to some of the most revered structures in the history of architecture. In creating the Classical Style, the Greeks established some of the founding principles for today’s buildings, guaranteeing their spot in every architectural...

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