September 8, 2012 Dancer Carlos Acosta left Cuba and went on to become a star with London's Royal Ballet. With the help of a renowned British architect, he hopes to return to his homeland and revive a long-abandoned, landmark ballet school. But his plans are facing opposition, including from the original architect.
August 14, 2012 KJZZThe Arizona city already logs more days over 100 degrees than any U.S. city, and climate researchers predict Phoenix will grow hotter still in the coming decades. Planners are taking the projections seriously, and are looking for ways to adapt the city and its residents to a hotter, drier reality.
August 9, 2012 The eye-catching, shiny buildings that line cityscapes can be deadly for birds. Architects are experimenting with new designs that preserve the beauty — while also preserving the birds.
August 8, 2012 Modern architecture loves glass. But glass also kills tens of millions of birds every year when they collide with windows. Now, researchers are trying to learn what birds can see, in an attempt to build better, more bird-friendly buildings.
August 8, 2012 Glass buildings kill millions of birds each year when the animals crash into windows. By studying how birds interact with buildings, architects and ornithologists are trying to create special features designed to keep birds alive.
August 4, 2012 Thanks to one trailblazing industrialist, more than 60 of Columbus' buildings — including schools, churches and even a jail — were designed by a veritable who's who of modern masters. As one local tour guide puts it, "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."
June 15, 2012 For the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities. What draws people to them? What changes when people live closer together? Investigating the future of our urban zones, and what cities offer toward a sustainable future.
April 18, 2012 Originally built as a tourist attraction for the 1962 World's Fair, the Needle's design was inspired by an abstract sculpture of a dancer. As the city celebrates the structure's golden anniversary, the Jetsons-era tower is getting a fresh coat of paint to return to its original glow. "You still kind of believe in that future," says one fan.