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The Ultimate List of Sites Declared World Heritage in Mexico

Vista del Conjunto de Teotihuacán desde la Pirámide de la Luna. Jackhynes [Public domain]. Image via Wikimedia Commons Vista del Conjunto de Teotihuacán desde la Pirámide de la Luna. Jackhynes [Public domain]. Image via Wikimedia Commons

According to a statement published on the UNESCO page, the UNESCO World Heritage List is a legacy of monuments and sites of great natural and cultural wealth that belongs to all of humanity. The Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List fulfill a function of milestones on the planet, of symbols of the awareness of States and peoples about the meaning of those places and emblems of their attachment to collective property, as well as of the transmission of that heritage to future generations.

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Holzhausen Zweifel

Holzhausen Zweifel
PROGR-Courtyard . Berne Holzhausen Zweifel Architekten . photos: © Marco Frauchiger Within the historic center of Berne the PROGR courtyard forms an inspiring contrast to the otherwise clean and orderly UNESCO-heritage surroundings. A former school building as playground for the contemporary and independent cultural scene of Berne. In front of this mighty background the variety … Continue reading Holzhausen Zweifel

Architecture Guide: 24 Must-See Le Corbusier Works

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Le Corbusier was a pioneer of the Modernist Movement in architecture. Throughout his career, he undertook an array of projects all around the world. See below for 17 of his works that have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, as well as many more of his other popular pieces. Hopefully, someday you get to go and see them yourself!

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Haunted Hotel: Unfinished Abandoned Okinawa Resort Inn

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

The reputedly haunted Nakagusuku Hotel in Okinawa, Japan freaked-out construction workers so much, they walked off the job before the hotel was even finished.

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The ruins of the Nakagusuku Hotel in Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa are a rare example of a structure seemingly cursed by fate and doomed to failure BEFORE it could even open for business. Remember the creepy “sacrilegious” housing development in the movie Poltergeist? It’s sorta like that, but in real life.

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Foster + Partners Designs "House of Wisdom" Library in Sharjah

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Foster + Partners has unveiled their design for the House of Wisdom, an iconic library and cultural center for Sharjah, this year’s UNESCO World Book Capital. Located on the Sharjah International Airport Road, ten kilometers from the city center, the two-story scheme “embodies a sense of clarity and lightness, with a large floating roof cantilevering on all sides of a transparent rectilinear volume.”

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Foster + Partners Design a House of Wisdom for Judah's Scroll in Sharjah

The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released their design for a library and cultural center alongside The Scroll, a new piece of public art by British sculptor Gerry Judah. Called the House of Wisdom, the project coincides with Sharjah being named this year’s UNESCO World Book Capital. Aiming to be a new cultural quarter in the city, the House of Wisdom was made to establish and retain connections with the outside.

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Valerio Olgiati

Valerio Olgiati
Pearling Path Visitors Center . Muharraq Valerio Olgiati . photos and plans: © archive olgiati Pearling Path Visitor Center at the heart of Muharraq, a UNESCO World Heritage List site. _

Architecture as Cultural Identity: A Town in Bolivia Gets Bold & Bright

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

Whether you love it or hate it, the divisive architectural style taking over the Bolivian city of El Alto is certainly a departure from the norm, injecting bold shapes and colors into an otherwise average cityscape. Local architect Freddy Mamani, who has spent the last 18 years developing the signature style he calls “Nuevo Andino” (“New Andean”), felt that El Alto was too “monochrome.” Each of his buildings is like a unique sculptural work of art aiming to enliven the city and pay homage to ancient indigenous motifs of the area.

Rio de Janeiro named the First World Capital of Architecture

Rio de Janeiro. Image via Creative Commons Rio de Janeiro. Image via Creative Commons

UNESCO has named Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020. In keeping with UNESCO’s recent partnership agreement with the UIA, UNESCO designates the World Capital of Architecture, which also hosts the UIA’s World Congress. The World Capital of Architecture is intended to become an international forum for debates about pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.

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Saudi Arabia is Planning a Major Art Oasis in the Desert

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is reported to be in discussion with U.S auction house Sotheby’s regarding the creation of a major cultural center, to be situated in the country’s archaeologically-rich region of Al-Ula. As reported by Bloomberg, the center would sit in close proximity to the ancient UNESCO World Heritage city of Mada’in Salih, among elaborate 2000-year-old sandstone buildings.

The link with Sotheby’s centers on the company’s co-chairman Allan Schwatrzman, who also sits on the advisory board of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula which aids the region’s development. Schwatrzman is also the leader of Art Agency Partners, Sotheby’s art advisory firm, which has submitted its vision for the major arts and cultural complex.