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Marina Bay Sands hotel is seen at sunset on June 11, 2018 in Singapore.

20 of the most outrageous-looking skyscrapers of all time

Skyscrapers have gotten taller, more expensive, and a lot more elaborate over the past few decades. Business Insider has rounded up 20 of the most outrageous-looking towers; some have been in use for years, while others will likely never see the light of day. Take a look.
A rendering of Diamniadio Lake City in Senegal

Senegal is building a $2 billion futuristic city to help cut down on overcrowding in Dakar — check out its abstract design

Diamniadio will span 4,000 acres and include transit access to Dakar. The development is part of a larger plan to reduce congestion and overcrowding in the capital city, which is home to three million residents.
Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' summer home in Holland, Michigan.

Why Betsy DeVos’ summer home looks like a ‘beached whale,’ according to an architecture critic

Kate Wagner, author of the popular blog "McMansion Hell," explains why Betsy DeVos' summer home is an extreme example of bad architecture. She describes the mansion as a "beached whale."
A rendering of the J.L. Hudson site redevelopment in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit is building a $1 billion ‘city within a city’ on the site of a dead department store

On the site of a former department store, Detroit megadeveloper Bedrock plans to build an 800-foot-tall tower with 1 million square feet of retail, office, residential units, and public space. Its architects call the development a "city within a city."
An aerial view of Charlotte, North Carolina, a city that has seen recent economic growth.

These 3 American neighborhoods are emerging as economic powerhouses

There are many, unexpected places around the US that are rapidly emerging as new economic centers, according to a recent report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
An artistic rendering of a Dweller home.

A startup is building $125,000 backyard ‘granny flats’ that can be constructed in less than a month

A new Portland, Oregon-based startup, called Dweller, designs and builds affordable tiny homes that reside in backyards. The idea is that aging parents can have independence and the option to live near their adult children.
An aerial view of CU Park in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok is sinking, so it built a park that holds a million gallons of rainwater to help prevent flooding

Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than one centimeter a year and could be below sea level by 2030. To help prevent future flooding in the city, a local university built an 11-acre park that can hold up to a million gallons of rainwater.
A general view of the J. Edgar Hoover building, the FBI's Washington, DC, headquarters.

Trump is reportedly ‘obsessed’ with remodeling the FBI’s brutalist headquarters — here’s why the architectural style is ...

An anonymous source told Axios that Trump wants to remodel the FBI's headquarters with the level of detail he would use when he ran the Trump Organization. But there might be a good reason why the building is brutalist, one of the most contentious architectural styles in modern history.
Urban planners were concerned that the highly secure building would be a "dead space" on heavily trafficked, historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW. An arcade, accessible by the public on the E Street NW side of the building, ran along the east, south, and west sides of the structure. It was intended that the public would be permitted to stroll along this arcade, view parades from it, and seek refuge from the elements there. The arcade was closed to the public almost as soon as the building opened. The offices fronting the arcade are not used for security reasons. The arcade has been disparaged by architectural critics as dark and forboding.

Trump is reportedly ‘obsessed’ with redoing FBI HQ and treating it like a Trump Tower project

Trump, a real estate mogul before entering politics, has long prided himself on successful remodeling projects that revitalized swaths of New York City during the 1970s and onward. Trump's employees came to know him as a micromanager during that time.

Disappointing photos show what can happen to billion-dollar mega-developments

Developers don't always execute megaprojects — even ones that are worth billions of dollars — as planned. Often, the larger the development, the more that can go wrong, like sinking towers, budget overruns, and failures to attract residents.