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The original starchitect

American architect Louis Kahn is back in the spotlight with a new exhibition and the completion of a project he designed 40 years ago. Khuroum Bukhari looks back at the visionary’s life and legacy.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 11:22pm

Magnum opus

Payal Uttam looks at Frank Gehry's Opus Hong Kong, which promises to stun with both its looks and its prices.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Campaign to save Trieste's iconic Caffe San Marco

In its heyday, the Caffe San Marco was one of the fixed points on the vibrant intellectual map of Trieste, frequented by writers James Joyce and Italo Svevo and poet Umberto Saba. Decades later, in a world increasingly dominated by quick caffeine fixes and multi-ingredient beverages, the historic Viennese-style coffee house has remained a beloved part of the port city in Italy's northeast.

31 May 2013 - 5:12am

Tech firms' trophy office plans may signal high point in their fortunes

While much of corporate America is retrenching on the real estate front, the four most influential technology companies in the US are each planning headquarters that could win a Pritzker Architecture Prize for hubris.

29 May 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Intelligent designs: greener thinking

Bennetts Associates is a London-based architecture practice known for its highly sustainable approach to construction and a portfolio that includes theatres, offices, universities, hotels and historic conservation.

10 May 2013 - 7:32am

Design duo foster debate on the built environment

One of the more creative projects to emerge in art-obsessed Hong Kong this year is an intriguing installation by architects Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu Kar-san, of ESKYIU studio.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

Rockbund cultural hub to balance traditional and modern architecture

With no shortage of new dramatic architectural landmarks in China, it is notable that one of the most intriguing design projects to emerge in recent years is not a monumental skyscraper, but the restoration and subtle extension of a historic contemporary-art museum on the northern tip of the city's famed Bund.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Hong Kong's heritage policy needs muscle

The government likes to portray Hong Kong as a city with a clear strategy on heritage conservation. Thanks to growing public awareness and conservation efforts, more than 1,000 buildings and monuments are graded as worthy of protection. The result may sound reassuring in a place known for its strong appetite for tearing down old blocks for redevelopment. But a closer examination by the government auditor shows the situation still leaves a lot to be desired.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Internet lights up as new People's Daily HQ erected

The shape of the new headquarters of the People's Daily, the Communist Party's main propaganda machine, has sparked heated discussion online for looking a bit too phallic.

The building is still under construction in Beijing, but at its current stage, documented widely in pictures on social media sites, its shape is certainly suggestive.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:15pm

Bank of China Tower is among world's top corporate HQs, German firm says

There are no dollar signs or references to money, but the striking Bank of China Tower in Admiralty screams economic might, according to a new list of the world's most eye-catching corporate headquarters.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:58am