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A Home for Killers Is Now a Museum. In 1924, architects created a modern house for a wealthy family in Beirut, Lebanon.

A Home for Killers Is Now a Museum

People called it the Yellow House. The building was well known for its unusual style. But after 1975, when a civil war struck Beirut, the Yellow House became known for another reason. The building stood at the intersection of what was known as the city’s "Green Line.” Louis Khan Helped Define Modern Architecture. I’m Steve Ember.

Louis Khan Helped Define Modern Architecture

And I’m Barbara Klein with the VOA Special English program, People in America. Today, we tell about Louis Kahn. He is considered one of the most important American building designers of the twentieth century. Louis Kahn helped define modern architecture. Architecture is the art and science of designing and building structures such as houses, museums, and office buildings. Why Do Buildings in Kenya Keep Collapsing? Two buildings collapsed recently in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

Why Do Buildings in Kenya Keep Collapsing?

Now, many Kenyans are worried about the safety of buildings around the country. Officials from the National Construction Authority are travelling around the country and inspecting building projects. The NCA says it has forced 500 such projects to suspend work since August. Some of the closures were for safety reasons. Others were ordered because inspectors found poor quality building materials. Kiến trúc sư, xin anh đừng vẽ cây trên mái nữa! Chicago Architect Jeanne Gang Named MacArthur Fellow for her ‘Striking Structures’ DOUG JOHNSON: Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Special English.

Chicago Architect Jeanne Gang Named MacArthur Fellow for her ‘Striking Structures’

I’m Doug Johnson. Today we listen to new music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers… And we visit an unusual New York City park that lies more than seven meters above the island of Manhattan. But, first we tell about a building designer who just won a big prize. Architecture for Humanity Helps Poor Communities. This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

Architecture for Humanity Helps Poor Communities

Slums are densely populated areas of housing where people live in poverty and dirty conditions. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that by two thousand twenty, a billion and a half people will live in slums. These are among the people that a group called Architecture for Humanity wants to help. Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit organization based in California. The World's 10 Places 'On the Rise' Some of World's Most Famous Buildings, All in One Museum. Or download MP3 (Right-click or option-click and save link) DOUG JOHNSON: Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Special English.

Some of World's Most Famous Buildings, All in One Museum

I’m Doug Johnson. Today, we answer a listener question about the British music invasion in the nineteen sixties. But first, we visit a special architecture exhibit in Washington, D.C. [The World's 10 Places 'On the Rise' ] - [VOA - Voice of America English News] The World's 10 Places 'On the Rise' Earlier this month, we introduced you the top American destinations ‘on the rise.’

[The World's 10 Places 'On the Rise' ] - [VOA - Voice of America English News]

New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency. New Tool for Mapping Buildings' Energy Efficiency Architects, engineers and building supervisors will soon be able to quickly collect information that once took weeks to measure and process.

New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency

Scientists have developed a device to gather information about building interiors – the design and exact measurements of a building. The scientists are with the University of California, Berkeley. Their invention connects to a backpack that can be carried on a person’s back. The device requires only one pass through a building to create a three-dimensional, or 3D, model of the structure. Some of World's Most Famous Buildings, All in One Museum. Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design. Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore Area: 463.0 sqm Project Year: 2013 Photographs: Marc Tey Photography Design Team: Robin Tan, Cecil Chee, Sean Zheng, Shirley Tan, Eileen Kok Structure: GCE Consulting Engineers M&E: LAC Engineers & Associates Q S: KH Lim Quantity Surveyors Landscape: Nyee Phoe Flower Garden Pte Ltd This house sits on high ground, and the rear of the site has wonderful views overlooking the greener and more affluent residential addresses in Singapore.

Far Sight House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

Our client’s brief was to design a home of two stories, with an attic, and importantly a roof terrace facing the rear and overlooking the valley. The house is expressed by coupling two forms; a tall and narrow single-room width block housing the master bedroom, study and attic-living and the wider block at the rear accommodating two children bedrooms side by side. Semi-detached houses tend to suffer from gloom in the deep central parts of the house. Six Building Designers Who Are Redefining Modern Architecture. STEVE EMBER: I’m Steve Ember.

Six Building Designers Who Are Redefining Modern Architecture

SHIRLEY GRIFFITH: And I’m Shirley Griffith with EXPLORATIONS in VOA Special English. Today we tell about six building designers widely considered some of the top architects at work today. They are Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and Eduardo Souta de Moura. They have all created important examples of modern architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for World Heritage List. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for World Heritage List Frank Lloyd Wright is often called the father of American modern architecture.

He designed buildings and homes across the United States for more than 70 years. He created most of his works from 1900 through the 1950s, but his open-living spaces and imaginative designs still appear very modern today. Last week, the United States nominated 10 of his buildings for the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – or UNESCO – World Heritage List.

The World Heritage List recognizes the most important cultural and natural sites worldwide. The 10 properties included in the United States’ proposal, titled “Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright,” were built between 1906 and 1969. Louis Kahn, 1901-1974: He Helped Define Modern Architecture. STEVE EMBER: I’m Steve Ember. BARBARA KLEIN: And I’m Barbara Klein with the VOA Special English program PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Today, we tell about Louis Kahn. He is considered one of the most important American building designers of the twentieth century. STEVE EMBER: Louis Kahn helped define modern architecture. Architecture is the art and science of designing and building structures such as houses, museums, and office buildings. Brighton Townhouses / Martin Friedrich Architects. Architects: Martin Friedrich Architects Location: Brighton, Australia Design Principal: Martin Friedrich Project Architects: Michael Ceckiewicz , Kris Treagus and Prashanth Iyer Area: 519 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Derek Swalwell, Courtesy of Martin Friedrich, Gerard Warrener Buldier: 1186 Pty Ltd Structural Engineer: Vayco Structures Landscaping: Jack Merlo Design Joinery: Touch wood cabinetry Metal Work: Hiba design and construct Electrical Contractor: Eslec Total Site Area: 697 sqm total From the architect.

In today’s world, while requiring their indoor areas to provide for a comfortable and perhaps luxurious lifestyle, many people no longer want or need the maintenance of large gardens. These two townhouses in an affluent, Bayside suburb of Melbourne have been designed to be the perfect answer for this lifestyle. The main entry areas opens onto a fully glazed wall orientated to view the pool beyond.

a21house / a21 studio. Architects: a21 studio Location: Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 40.0 sqm Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki “Every morning, the first thing that I would like to have is drawing first lines in a comfortable and joyful mind. I used to dream of an office-house for not travelling in a frequent traffic-jam and highly polluted place like Hochiminh City. I do not reluctantly think of green, environmentally sustainable or eco- architecture….

I simply want our studio like a wild-cage which is bathed in sunlight, inundated by rain-water, fully surrounded by tree… and non-frontier space … And we are like wild beasts in cage, stay temporary momentary but thirst for living.”