In our New Icons issue, on newsstands now, we spotlight four futuristic buildings that are redefining the architectural landmark: the undulating Ma Yansong-designed Harbin Opera House in China; a dinosaur museum by Teeple Architects that seems to emerge from the prairies of Alberta; Bing Thom‘s Surrey, B.C., aquatic centre immersed in sunlight and innovation; and Hariri Pontarini‘s ethereal Bahá’í Temple in Chile, a legacy intended to last centuries.
On the smaller side are six communal spaces that aim to connect citizens to nature, their cities and each other, including a multi-use wooden structure overlooking a mountainous region in rural China, a community centre made from discarded construction materials in a remote Vietnam village and an Israeli pavilion that promotes cloud gazing.
With the prospect of driverless cars becoming a reality sooner than later, we asked 10 industry experts for their opinion on how an autonomous fleet will impact our cities. Also featured: a defunct sawdust factory in Brooklyn takes on a second life as a performance venue and concert hall; Daan Roosegaarde’s louvered smog-eating tower; and highlights from IIDEXCanada.
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