Essayist and novelist Pico Iyer visits Las Vegas and Pyongyang in rapid succession to find that the capital of freedom and fun is not so dissimilar from the wan capital of the Hermit Kingdom.
15 hours ago   New York Review of Books
<p>In its second meeting ever, a conference of mayors from 32 cities worldwide will meet in N.Y. to strategize on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p>
May 13, 2007   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>The first new bridge in Venice, Italy, in 70 years will first be constructed in a hangar before it is actually placed over the city's canal -- which many fear will cause the canal's banks to sink under the tremendous weight.</p>
May 11, 2007   The Independent
<p>Transportation planners in Spain have proposed building a tunnel for a high speed train system which would run directly underneath a cathedral designed in the late 1800s by Antoni Gaudí. Experts say the tunnel could cause the cathedral to crumble.</p>
May 10, 2007   International Herald Tribune
<p>Developers plan to build an 'iconic' 76-story structure in downtown Los Angeles. It would be the tallest residential tower west of Chicago and dramatically alter L.A.'s skyline.</p>
May 9, 2007   The Los Angeles Times
<p>In an effort to development more moderately priced housing, developers around Sacramento are squeezing more homes per acre and moving garages to the back alley, pleasing some planners and conservationists.</p>
May 8, 2007   The Sacramento Bee
<p>This video from <em>Architectural Record</em> looks at a new trend among developers and architects to resurrect old churches and religious buildings into condominiums.</p>
May 5, 2007   Architectural Record
<p>Houses built from used shipping containers are an increasing popular affordable housing option.</p>
May 4, 2007   MSNBC
<p>In the 20th century, the United States embraced expatriate modernists feeling the rubble of Europe. Today's eclectic style hails from around the world, and, increasingly, talent from Asia is creating bold new ideas in the post-postmodern era.</p>
May 3, 2007   The Planning Report
<p>Using a steel dock-like structure and blocks of Styrofoam, a Louisiana professor has designed housing that avoids flood-damage by moving with rising water.</p>
May 1, 2007   The Seattle Times
<p>A designer in Munich has debuted what may be the smallest all-inclusive homes in the world. At just 76 square feet, the tiny cubes come complete with two double beds, table seating for five, a kitchen, storage space, a toilet, and a shower.</p>
Apr 26, 2007   Wired