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China is affected by both extreme floods and water shortages, exacerbated by climate change. Landscape architect Yu Kongjian works to counter a concrete-based infrastructure that he says works against nature – trapping water within the city during floods, siphoning it away during droughts. He is advocating for the construction of “sponge cities” in China. The concept involves creating and expanding parks and ponds within urban areas to prevent flooding and absorb water for times of drought. Sponge city projects face several challenges in implementation, including lack of expertise, insufficient or inadequate planning and misspent funds, but the basic idea is a part of a worldwide trend.

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Qatar is home to some 2.9 million people, but a small fraction of that — around one in 10 — are Qatari citizens. They enjoy massive wealth and benefits fueled by Qatar’s shared control of one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas. Oil and gas have made the 50-year-old country fantastically wealthy and influential. When World Cup fans descend on Qatar this month to attend the tournament, they’ll arrive at one of the world’s newest airports, where expensive artwork, indoor water installations and luxury designer shops relay Qatar’s vast wealth. When visitors step out into the capital, Doha, they’ll see modern skyscrapers, man-made islands, architecturally stunning museums and a stream of luxury hotels.

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View of the famous Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing, one of the most beautiful places in all China. Once th home of the celebrated empress do…

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland, situated in the area of Aberdeenshire. August 29, 1935 photo. (AP Photo)

Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson have been making waves locally with their deeply researched, aesthetic architectural designs — The Mastheads, Westside Riverway Park, Kellogg Park. Now, Architectural Record, a prominent magazine of architecture and design, has featured them on its annual Design Vanguard list, which recognizes emerging architects all over the world.

A ship "sails" through the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, July 25, 1992 during opening ceremonies of the XXV Summer Olympic Games. The Barcelon…

** FILE ** The old Penn Station in New York is shown in this June 3, 1955 wide-angle file photo. In 1963 this Penn Station was destroyed, repl…

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Cypriot youths March at the head of schoolgirls during an Anti-British demonstration in Nicosia, Cyprus, May 29, 1964. The demonstrators were …

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This is a night view of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary, seen May 22, 1983. It's anniversary is May 24.…

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Pope John Paul II is held up by his secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz after being shot at by Turkish student Ali Acga and seriously wounded in Vati…