In a former bicycle shop near Alexanderplatz, in central Berlin, a band of artists runs an unofficial annex of the city planning department. The walls are covered with architectural renderings, and maps are spread on plywood tables around the room. In a large display window, overlooking a boulevard where Soviet tanks once rolled on parade, is a scale model of the project they are working on: a mixed-use neighborhood center with art studios, offices, and apartments for thousands of people.
In October 2013, much of the government of the United States was shut down for sixteen days as Congress fought over funding for the Affordable Care Act. On the very first day of that shutdown, the American Institute of Architects published a statement declaring that its members were “extremely disillusioned with the current state of affairs in the nation’s capital.” The AIA was especially concerned about firms working on federal construction projects; yet the national organization, whose policy priorities include healthy communities
Since the 1950s, Latin America’s jet-set crowd has flocked to Uruguay’s Maldonado coast for warm-weather getaways. Earning the moniker “the Hamptons of South America” is one such beachside resort town, Punta del Este, where pristine sands, a robust nightlife, and a laid-back attitude have long enticed vacationers. During the city’s Golden Age (from the midcentury until the 1990s, when travel was cheap and even military dictators chose to dip their toes in Punta’s bay), celebrities and politicians mingled with elite
The evolution of the bookstore has produced a number of spaces that stand apart from the rest: Paris’s Shakespeare and Company, The Strand in New York, and El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires are but a few that bibliophiles will enthusiastically list as their favorites. Now there’s a new store that rightfully deserves a place in the canon, China’s Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore. The bookstore features M.C. Escher–like stairs. The 36,000-square-foot store is located in Chongqing, the rapidly developing capital