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Top 10 most beautiful mosques from around the world

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Mosque being a place of worship for Muslims worldwide, typically incorporate traditional designs and a strict structure including a dome and minarets. But with the world turning to contemporary design, where does that leave classical mosque designs?
Globally, countless architects and designers showed us that sticking to the typical guidelines to designing mosques is not the only way of presenting this place of worship- mosques are also forms of architecture that can be interpreted through modern design.
10 most beautiful mosques from around the world to celebrate the beauty of Islamic design.

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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Top 10 parametric buildings around the world


The Hangzhou Tennis Center Hangzhou, China, 2015 by NBBJ and China Construction Design International (CCDI).


Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), Beijing, China, 2007 by PTW Architects, CSCEC, CCDI, and Arup.

What is a Parametric Building?

To identify a parametric building, we should first know the technical meaning of the word ‘parameter’. Parameter as stated in the Oxford dictionary is “A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation.” Hence, parametric design is a generative process that employs basic parameters in a specific formula. The formula contains mathematical functions of algorithms that are generated digitally through scripting and coding to accomplish successful design, or to find a suitable solution for architectural design problem. .

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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Top 10 skyscrapers to be completed in 2015


OKO South Tower, Russia, by SOM

The building from Moscow-City to make the top 10 is a 352-metre tower by skyscraper veteran SOM, whose portfolio extends from Chicago’s Willis Tower and John Hancock Center, to One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa. The OKO South Tower is one of two faceted skyscrapers underway on the site, connected at the base by a transparent crystalline structure. The complex will include a four-star hotel, offices and apartments..

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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‘Clean the Air. Let the Future Breathe Again’ – Smoke to Illustrate Dangers of Air Pollution

Projection on Smoke

The project helps illustrate how crucial the issue of air pollution is for future generations


xiao zhu uses factory smoke to illustrate dangers of air pollution

Xiao Zhu is a chinese company dedicated to providing clean air to its citizens. The country sees more than 500,000 die every year from causes related in some way to extreme levels of airborne contaminants. Like most socially conscious businesses, entering better products into the market is often only a small part of a larger equation; true change lies within education and protest. To make an impact, xiao zhu needed to show the people of china how crucial the issue is, and they did so in the most direct means possible.

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Article Written by : Nick Brink

GIF & Image courtesy of : Xiao Zhu

Source : Designboom

VS Carre X an interactive Light & Sound cube


visualsystem-13Light and Sound Cube

For the opening ceremony of the Croisement Festival in Guangzhou China, Visual System has imagined “VS Carre X” : an interactive cube of 3 meters, built by Grand, and projecting light reacting according to the sound. This installation was animated by an original score by Thomas Vaquié which maximises the public’s immersion in this big exterior dispositive.

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Article Written by : Par Donnia le

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Penda creates landscape of purple pillars in a Chinese park


Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music

Visitors to a park in Xiangyang are greeted by over 500 bright purple fins, which are dotted with LEDs and play traditional Chinese music from internal speakers.The fins are clad in sheets of perforated stainless steel in four shades of purple, representing the tones found in the flowering trees. LEDs shine through the tiny holes in the steel at night, illuminating the entrance and reflecting off pools of water, while speakers installed in some of the square-sectioned shafts play traditional Chinese music.

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Article Written by: Jessica Mairs

Photo courtesy of: Xia Zhi

Source: Dezeen

Lighting Up the Night

I’m sure most of you have seen those beautiful images of Earth at night, including the latest ones from the Suomi-NPP Satellite. They’re a great illustration of how much of the planet’s surface we humans dominate.

But how is that domination changing over time in fast-growing Asia? That’s a question Christopher Small of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory has explored using satellite data. The beautiful image at the top of this post is the result of his research. I’ll explain the details in a minute. But first, the overall findings…

As described in a paper Small published recently with a colleague in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, between 1992 and 2009, south and east Asia experienced an 18 percent increase in the number of spatially distinct lights, and an 80 percent rise in the lighted area.

For China and India specifically, the changes were even more significant. While the number of lights in both countries increased by 20 percent, the lighted area expanded by a whopping 270 percent. (China’s increase came later than in India.)

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Written by: Tom Yulsman

Source: Discover Magazine