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Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry's distinctive style.

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UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

UK Parliament Floats Plans to Put Solar Panels on Big Ben’s Face

London’s iconic Big Ben clock tower might be getting a solar facelift. The Guardian reports that the House of Commons is looking into plans that would add solar panels to the landmark’s clock face.

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WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

Built at the end of the client's garden, this cedar-clad writer's retreat is a quiet sanctuary that preserves views to the yard and maximizes natural light through skylights and frameless glazing. The

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London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London's very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

Double decker Routemaster buses are as iconic to London as the old estate cabs, but they might not be on the roads for much longer. Transport for London (TFL) wants to scrap one of the last two routes

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Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

The platform's design was inspired by the Finnish Laavu, a traditional shelter intended for temporary residence during fishing and hunting trips. The Laavu was typically a primitive, triangular shape made

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King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

King’s Cross: Renovating London’s Largest Transport Hub

Designed by Lewis Cubitt and unveiled in 1852, London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of Britain’s biggest and most well-known transport hubs. The station took its name from the King's Cross

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Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden's massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA's dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye on every aspect of domestic and foreign policy,

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Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

In order to develop these extraordinary structures, the London-based studio first made several paper models based on Origami shapes. The small humble designs were then translated into real life structures

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Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ever dreamed of owning a melodic melon, harmonious horseradish, or pitch-perfect pineapple? The Ototo synthesizer developed by London-based Dentaku allows musicians of any level to turn the produce aisle

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Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

London’s controversial Shard building will soon be joined by a 27-storey residential tower also funded by investors from Qatar. Not surprisingly, Italian starchitect Renzo Piano has been picked to

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Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

The Thames Baths Project, envisioned in collaboration with structural engineers Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is visionary yet achievable. The plan consists of a series of

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Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster just unveiled plans for the SkyCycle, a "cycle utopia" that soars up and above the congested streets of London. The three-story high bicycle highway is

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Alex Chinneck’s Miner on the Moon Looks Like a Building Flipped on its Head in London

Alex Chinneck’s Miner on the Moon Looks Like a Building Flipped on its Head in London

The unique artist managed to "flip" the building's facade by placing the shopfront and its front doors where the roof should be and placing the roof along the pavement. Brick slips and rendered

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More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

A crowd of over 1,000 cyclists gathered outside Transport for London headquarters on Friday to protest what they say is dangerous transport infrastructure in the city. The protest comes after a rough

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Artist Alex Chinneck’s Mind-bending Building Facade Slides to the Ground

Artist Alex Chinneck’s Mind-bending Building Facade Slides to the Ground

London-based artist Alex Chinneck creates spectacles that combine illusion, humor, and design. In his work entitled "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes" he fabricated a facade that appears

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KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

Construction on the new US Embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake broke ground this week. Slated to be completed by 2017 and located at a former industrial

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Gehry and Foster Selected to Add Architectural Icons to London’s Battersea Power Station

Gehry and Foster Selected to Add Architectural Icons to London’s Battersea Power Station

Los Angeles-based firm Gehry Partners and British architects Foster & Partners have been chosen to design the third phase of the Battersea Power Station mixed-use development. The ambitious and

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Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world's first urban aquaponic farm 'powered' by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai's Fuel Cell Farm seeks to

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at

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London’s Historic Crystal Palace to be Rebuilt by China’s ZhongRong Group and Arup

London’s Historic Crystal Palace to be Rebuilt by China’s ZhongRong Group and Arup

The original Crystal Palace was designed for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, and moved to the south eastern neighborhood of Bromley shortly after. There it was used as a glittering public

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Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

Greenpeace Unveils the World’s Largest Polar Bear – And It’s Bigger Than a Double-Decker Bus!

The three-ton marionette was created by Christopher Kelly and will be operated by  a team of over 15 puppeteers from the inside. 30 volunteers will help to haul the bear through London on a route that

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8 Great Green Designs Coming to Tent London 2013 at the London Design Festival!

8 Great Green Designs Coming to Tent London 2013 at the London Design Festival!

Tent London will bring together two floors of pure design - including over 200 companies from 25 countries, 8 gallery shows and 40 super global brands present a vast and diverse range of furniture,

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

Earlier this June, the transatlantic speed record-holding solar catamaran was converted into a scientific platform to collect data between on the Gulf Stream between Oostende and London. The researchers

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World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

World’s Largest Polar Bear Puppet to Lead a Global Day of Arctic Action

As the ice sheets melt from climate change, Shell is poised to begin a new drilling campaign in the Arctic. That is, if they can make their way past a polar bear the size of a double-decker bus.

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On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

Sebastião Salgado's exhibition of breathtakingly poetic images at London's Natural History Museum is a must see for both  environmentalists and fine art photography lovers. The exhibit is comprised of

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Nomad’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Project Highlights the Overlooked Healing Properties of Our Urban Environment

Nomad’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Project Highlights the Overlooked Healing Properties of Our Urban Environment

The high-rise blocks and grubby victorian streets in London's East End accommodate a culturally rich and varied population, but not so much in the way of biodiversity. The Phytology project, by arts

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Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple's back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton

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