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Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

Sitting Pretty: Austrian Bus Stops Get High-Design Makeover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

A tiny Austrian village has put itself on the design map by commissioning international architects to create local bus stops. The sophisticated structures are proving popular with locals. more... Comment ]

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Converting old train stations into living spaces is all the rage in Germany. They're charming and, often, affordable -- but making these buildings livable can be more difficult than people anticipate. By Michael Kröger more... Comment ]

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Germany's Architectural Atrocities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Germany is famous for its architectural transgressions. But according to a historian who has compiled a photo collection celebrating the country's ugliest edifices, it's time we learn to embrace them. By Kristin Haug more... Comment ]

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tiananmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe. By Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing more... Comment ]

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

Welcome to "Frau Gerold's Garden," a leafy urban oasis in Zurich made out of shipping containers. Such temporary hipstervilles, which combine trendy shops with food, music and urban gardening, are popping up all over the world -- but also priming the areas for development and gentrification. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

Stairway to Hell: A Spanish Skyscraper's Elevator Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

The 47-story luxury In Tempo tower in Benidorm, Spain was hyped as the tallest residential building in the European Union. Now a series of construction snafus -- including an inadequate elevator shaft -- have turned it into a national embarrassment. By Frank Patalong more... Comment ]

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

On Shaky Ground: A German Architect Remakes Saudi Arabia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2013

Eckhard Gerber is a socially progressive, successful architect with a passion for democracy. So why is he building prestige projects -- including a new National Library -- in a repressive place like Saudi Arabia? By Susanne Beyer more... Comment ]

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Stuttgart's train station, Hamburg's concert house and Berlin's airport: Three projects in Germany are currently competing to be seen as the country's most disastrous. SPIEGEL spoke to the star architects behind the construction sites. more... Comment ]

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

The Next Disaster? Berlin Lays Cornerstone of Troubled Palace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2013

The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday on the reconstruction of the Berlin palace that was once home to Prussian rulers. The need for such a structure is debatable, and funding looks shaky. It could become yet another addition to Germany's collection of cursed construction projects. more... Comment ]

Gambling on Prora: Luxury Flats Planned for Derelict Nazi Resort

Gambling on Prora: Luxury Flats Planned for Derelict Nazi Resort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2013

The former Nazi vacation complex on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen has been largely derelict for years. But a Berlin investor wants to change that. His dream? Luxury apartments where Hitler's followers once frolicked. By Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]