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1. Statue Of Liberty, New York Regarded as one of the famous sculptures in the world, the Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States from the people of France. Since 1886, the statue has been with the United States and today it stands as an insignia of liberty and democracy. The statue’s copper torch was later replaced 24-carat gold torch which is noticeable from a distance. Established in: 1886 Most popular features of Statue Of Liberty: 225-ton w, 305 feet, and 6 inches height, 154 steps from the head to the pedestal, and the tablet reads JULY IV MDCCLXXVI (July 4,...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Union South While football stadiums and arts centers are great for bringing in revenue and connecting with the larger community, the interests and opinions of students are not always front and center. One building where they are is a student union. However, that doesn’t mean those structures aren’t without especially when one of them costs almost $95 million (2011 dollars) to build. Created with the input of some 36,000 students, Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) is a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, 277,000-square-foot, LEED-Gold-certified student union with an art gallery, bowling alley, climbing wall, billiard hall,...

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Quick, when you think of amazing buildings, what image comes to mind? Is it anything like one of the Most Amazing Campus Buildings assembled here? We are betting that at least a few of our Top 25 entries matched your mental picture. Our collection of impressive buildings, though, has one major difference you may not have thought of: the grandiosity of these structures is justified. Their excesses, even when they involve hundreds of millions of dollars, are necessary and well worth it! To qualify as an amazing campus building, we settled on four categories or criteria: (1) cost; (2) size...

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Mosques have existed for more than a millennium as places of worship for Muslims all around the world. To this day, the beauty and rich history of these sacred places continues to inspire visitors. We list 10 stunning mosques from all over the world that will take your breath away. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque Robert Byron once said that the city of Isfahan in Iran was beautiful enough to rival Athens and Rome, yet due to its geographical distance from the Western world, it is seldom explored. It is the location of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque built between 1602 and 1619 during the...

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As part of our new, occasional series of conversations, artist Katrín Sigurðardóttir talked with associate editor Frances Richard about the ways in which built space and organic forces interact with systems of representation; the seductions of the model and the mock-up; and the slippery distinctions between art and architecture. Their conversation was conducted by email, and edited for publication. Frances Richard: I’m writing to begin our conversation, Katrín, about art-making — specifically, your own practice in sculpture and installation — and to think together about how that practice explores ideas embedded in or coded by architecture and design. In fact, we...

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