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Efforts fail to save historic Alaska theater from demolition

Aug. 04, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Demolition is scheduled to begin this week on a once-opulent downtown Anchorage movie theater designed by the architect of Hollywood’s famed Pantages Theater. Anchorage entrepreneur Austin “Cap” Lathrop opened the 4th Avenue Theatre, with nearly...

Major renovation at Miami's historic Vizcaya Village

Jul. 30, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, 300,000 visitors tour the spectacular, century-old Italianate palace of Vizcaya and its 32 lavishly decorated rooms in Miami’s Coconut Grove. They stroll through the extensive formal gardens and take in the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. Yet they don’t get to see...

Supreme Court Justice Breyer has options as a retiree

Jul. 07, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until last week when he swore in Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, his successor on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer had a rigorous, intellectually challenging job with the highest of stakes. Now the 83-year-old retiree has no briefs to read and no opinions to write. ...

Trial opens in deadly collapse of Italy's Morandi Bridge

Jul. 07, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Fifty-nine people went on trial Thursday for the 2018 collapse of Genoa’s Morandi bridge, accused of manslaughter and other charges in the deaths of 43 people. The defendants include former executives and technical experts of the company that manages many of...

Japanese architect Ban wins prestigious Spanish prize

Jun. 23, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of a prestigious Spanish prize Thursday for his pioneering work on designing temporary shelters for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards gave...

New park in central Bangkok gives Thais needed green space

Jun. 19, 2022 01:23 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Bursting with trees, ponds, plants and birdlife, a new inner-city park is delighting residents of Thailand’s bustling, congested capital. Every day, crowds visit Benjakitti Forest Park to savor a taste of nature in the heart of Bangkok. It’s part of a drive to...

Japan's landmark capsules coming down to sit in museums

May. 27, 2022 01:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nakagin Capsule Tower, a building tucked away in a corner of downtown Tokyo that is made up of boxes stacked on top of each other, is an avant-garde honeycomb of science-fiction-era housing long admired as a masterpiece. It’s now being demolished in a careful...

Homes: Storage that goes well beyond the utilitarian

May. 18, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

You might think of storage cabinets as utilitarian. But designers are forever fascinated with how a simple cupboard can be built, dressed and adorned in ways that showcase craftsmanship and inventiveness. There are sleek, low-slung consoles with jewelry-esque handles. Swanky...

Wenders making a film about fancy public restrooms in Japan

May. 11, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Wim Wenders is making a film about high-end public toilets in Japan that will have what the renowned German director calls “social meaning” about people in modern cities. “My first reaction was, I must admit: What? Toilets? Chotto mattene,” he said Wednesday,...