Milano pre Expo: the city square of the future

" Pre-Expo Milan inaugurates 17 thousand square metres at Portello; New York opens micro-plazas: a new architectural concept of the plaza is breaking down differences and going beyond fads and new technologies. The city square, plaza or piazza measures the democracy of a community, and is not just a passageway but a vital link holding together the urban and social fabric of the city. "

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Singapore: the skyline of the garden city designed to be the city of the future

" Singapore: the skyline of the garden city designed to be the city of the future "

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In discovery of the work of Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban

" Seventh Japanese architect awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2014 An unusual but important itinerary to discover a different side of architecture. Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize for architecture, is known as the architect who works with cardboard, bamboo, cloth, recycled plastic and paper by-products and locally available materials. Shigeru Ban’s architecture is lightweight, and can be taken apart and taken elsewhere, primarily to house refugees, providing relief to innocent victims of civil wars and natural disasters. Innovation and empathy: architecture which is designed not to make a profit but to respond to humanitarian causes. In the words of Renzo Piano, who became the second Italian architect to receive a Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1998, “architecture is a service, an art that makes things we need” "

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Brazil 2014: The new World Cup Football stadiums.

" Architects and engineers are creating a new look for Brazil’s stadiums ready for World Cup Football, with futuristic construction and restyling projects. The World Cup in Brazil will be remembered for its futuristic architecture. Architects including Populous, Anibal Coutinho and American architecture and design studios such as Gensler and HKS have all been busy working on development of Brazilian infrastructure in preparation for the kick-off of the 2014 World Cup. "

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ISAY WEINFELD’s Architecture in Brazil

" Isay Weinfeld, Oscar Niemeyer, Marco Kogan and the Campana brothers are the architects and designers best representing Brazilian creativity today. The city of New York, always eager to keep up with the latest developments, has just organised an anthological exhibition about the work of Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, one of the most interesting contemporary architects, whose residential and commercial projects are changing the look of cities like San Paolo. Weinfeld’s minimalist style is inspired by Brazilian design of the ’50s. "

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Bookshop architecture the world over

" A bookshop is a place where the explorer in all of us can enjoy all the excitement of “travel”, particularly shops featuring beautiful contemporary and modernist architecture. It’s hard to decide which are the world’s most architecturally interesting bookshops, but we have chosen to include the ones that follow in our itinerary. "

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Dubai tours and attraction: Burj Dubai and Palm Island

" A gateway between east and west, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city, a centre of finance and trade, the new Eldorado. An amazing city where records are broken, where towering skyscrapers, six-lane motorways, fast cars and bridges over the sea are the order of the day, showing off the country’s wealth and advanced technology.   Artificial islands, shopping centres with ski hills inside, super-size everything: this itinerary reveals the essence of luxury and demonstrates that anything is possible, leading the way to discovery of iconic architectural projects that awe and amaze. "

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Architecture for books.

" A tour of European bookshops where contemporary and modernist architects have taken over the spaces of old churches, theatres and railway stations to create bookshops that are worth visiting even if you don’t want to buy any books. Firmin, the mouse in Sam Savage’s book, symbolically represents this magical process of cultural nourishment fed by the words and images contained in books which are, in turn, found in places where architecture places a primary role. "

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Switzerland: architecture lives here

" Contemporary museums designed by architects Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron. Switzerland is not a particularly big country, but it offers a unique concentration of art, design and top quality architecture. "

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