February 8, 2012 Historic buildings in Beijing are being demolished in the pursuit of quick profit. Even the home of the architect who urged Mao Zedong to preserve Beijing's old city has fallen to the wreckers' ball, sparking considerable outrage. And the epidemic of destruction is spreading to new buildings, too.
February 4, 2012 Miles Davis was honored with a postage stamp, but his childhood home has fallen into disrepair. Only a few homes of the talented and famous become tourist meccas like Graceland or Monticello. Architecture, beauty and politics all play a role.
January 19, 2012 The U.S. housing industry has yet to recover from the last recession, but you wouldn't know that by looking at rising home prices in California's still-prosperous Silicon Valley. By being conservative with his ventures, James Witt has made a successful business out of rebuilding Palo Alto homes.
December 28, 2011 KJZZWith many boomtime developments now just dusty wastelands, Sun Belt suburbs like those outside Phoenix are shifting gears. Some planners argue for a radical option called "smart decline" — letting empty lots go back to nature and even, in some cases, tearing down infrastructure.
December 3, 2011 An artist with an idyllic childhood might be as rare as a house with walls made of air, but both play a part in the story of architect John Lautner. Aesthetically influenced by his Northern Michigan upbringing, Lautner's designs have been featured in several films, including The Big Lebowski.
November 23, 2011 KCURThe Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
November 4, 2011 After eight years of renovations, the Islamic galleries at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art have finally reopened. Its 15 rooms consist of some 1,200 objects that cover everything from architecture and interior design to images of living things — which Islam discourages — and calligraphy.
October 3, 2011 Some of the most creative thinkers of the 20th century lived, worked and played at the Chelsea. Now, the building has been sold and just a handful of longtime residents remain. Still, it is a building with a "life force," says 20-year resident Scott Griffin.
September 15, 2011 WVXUPresident Obama will visit the Brent Spence Bridge, which runs between Ohio and Kentucky on one of the nation's busiest trucking routes, to push his jobs creation plan next week. Officials estimate it will cost $2.4 billion to reconfigure the bridge. The question remains: Who will pay?