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A general view shows the Kaliningrad Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Kaliningrad, Russia April 11, 2018.

Russia spent billions on the most expensive World Cup ever — take a tour of the stunning stadiums

In 11 cities across Russia, the country has built and revamped 12 stadiums that each cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Let's take a look at the venues' architectural designs.
Kim Jong-Un poses in front of the Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in June 2015.

28 photos that show North Korea’s obsession with huge, odd buildings

In a country that keeps so much under wraps, North Korean architecture ends up speaking volumes. Here's a look at some of the country's most fantastical buildings.

Here’s what could happen to America’s hundreds of dead malls

Thousands of mall-based stores — most recently Sears and Claire's — are closing around the US. Urbanism experts say they may transform into schools, gyms, food markets, and community centers.
A rendering of the American Dream Mall in Miami, Florida.

The largest mall in the US is coming to Miami, and it will have a massive indoor water park and ice rink

Miami is building a $4 billion shopping and entertainment complex — called the American Dream — that will be even larger than the Mall of America and King of Prussia. As hundreds of malls close around the US, the American Dream mall could be a more viable model for retail developments in the future.
The renovated Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep school in Waukegan, Illinois.

Before-and-after images show how an abandoned Kmart was transformed into a high school

In the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, the design firm JGMA converted an old Kmart into a bright blue-and-green high school. Before the transformation, the big-box store laid abandoned.
150 Charles, an condo complex in New York City designed by COOKFOX Architects, DPC and Alan Wanzenberg Architect & Design.

The most exceptional new homes in North America, according to architects

The American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2018 Housing Awards, considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of architecture. This year's competition features several types of homes.
Bolt Threads CEO Dan Widmaier and English fashion designer Stella McCartney stand between two models whose brown knitted pieces were fashioned from the startup's synthetic spider silk material.

How this startup went from producing a synthetic spider silk to partnering with fashion icons

The biotech company is best known for its synthetic spider silk with its new synthetic leather material, Mylo, also on the rise. In the past couple of years, Bolt Threads has partnered with brands such as Patagonia, Best Made and most recently iconic English fashion designer Stella McCartney.
A rendering of Wayaland, a conceptual city of modular, floating pyramids.

This proposed city of $420,000 floating pyramids is seeking ‘citizens’

Architecture firm Lazzarini Design Studio launched a crowdfunding campaign to build Wayaland, a city of 20 floating pyramids. Lazzarini is now enrolling "citizens" for the city.

Even the parking lot underneath Apple’s $5 billion campus is beautifully designed

According to a new dashcam video posted by a Lyft driver, Apple Park has a highly efficient system of turns, underground tunnels, and LED lighting. It's a little reminiscent of how airports direct traffic — fitting, given that the unofficial nickname for Apple Park is the "spaceship."
The Hadrian X, a brick-laying robot developed by Fastbrick Robotics.

This home-building robot can lay more than 1,000 bricks an hour — and construct a home quicker than a human

According to developer Fastbrick Robotics, the Hadrian X robot can help build a small house by laying 1,000 bricks an hour. The company said its technology can improve safety, speed, and accuracy in home construction.