Architecture

July 22, 2018

Futuristic Bookstore in China Designed to Bring Readers Into a Cloud

Xi'an, an ancient Chinese city known as the home of the Terracotta Warriors, has gotten a dose of modernity thanks to a new bookstore. Designed by Shanghai-based Wutopia Labs, the futuristic interior of the Zhongshu Bookstore was created using nearly 10,000 feet of curved steel bookcases to show off the reading materials. The white interior, which is filled with curves to soften the space, includes a children's library and public reading room.

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July 9, 2018

3D Sketchbook Drawings of Famous Landmarks Pop Off the Page

A post shared by CityLiveSketch (@citylivesketch) on May 10, 2018 at 3:29am PDT Italian artist Pietro Cataudella takes urban sketching to the next level by combining his architectural drawings of famous landmarks with photos of their real-life surroundings. The project, called CityLiveSketch, features a series of 3D drawings that seem to jump from the artist’s journals like pages in a pop-up book. Cataudella began his project in 2014 while living in his hometown, Sicily.

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June 12, 2018

France Is Building an “Alzheimer’s Village” for Patients to Live in Freely

In southwestern France, a revolutionary project is underway to build a facility that allows Alzheimer's patients to live comfortably. The Village Landais Alzheimer in Dax will be a space where those with Alzheimer's will live freely, without medication, in an enclosed enclave designed to mirror the freedom they enjoyed while maintaining safety. The project was inspired by a similar site in the Netherlands, which spurred then-local MP Henri Emmanuelli to take up the cause.

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May 31, 2018

Watercolor Paintings Capture the Beloved Monuments of Cities Around the World

Polish architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska is known for her incredible watercolor paintings of famous cities and architectural monuments around the world. We've been following her work for years, from her moody paintings of European monuments to watercolors of international skylines. Now she's back with a new set of impressive watercolors that capture the cityscapes and monuments of beloved cities in the United States and Europe.

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