Swimming in an ocean of books. Renovation of Shanghai Book City by Wutopia Lab | The Strength of Architecture

Project description by Wutopia Lab

“No man is an island; every book is a world.”

The Bookshop on the Shore

The Shanghai Book City, referred to by netizens as the “Crystal Palace,” officially reopened with a new look on October 28, 2023, after undergoing a two-year closure for renovations.

The bookstore is for those who do not read.

In China, the number of people who maintain a reading habit is far less than those who do not read. The limited number of readers alone cannot save bookstores. Therefore, book cities need to be designed for more non-readers, enticing them

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new splash pad, indoor train

PHOENIX (AZFamily) — One of the most iconic Valley parks is undergoing a major renovation complete with a splash pad and huge indoor train structure. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale is getting this big makeover just ahead of the park’s 50th anniversary!

The City of Scottsdale shared these renovation renderings with Arizona's Family
The City of Scottsdale shared these renovation renderings with Arizona’s Family(City of Scottsdale)

“During the summer months, we saw a huge dip in attendance as you can imagine it’s hot out and we didn’t have any indoor space for kids to kind of cool off and families to enjoy so it’s important that we bring that element

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Allegheny College marks start of Reis Hall renovation | News

The planned start of a multimillion-dollar renovation to one of Allegheny College’s historic and iconic buildings kicked off Tuesday with a ceremonial indoor groundbreaking.

Renovations to Reis Hall, dormant since the fall of 2018, will begin in the coming months to transform it into the new Phil St. Moritz Center for Innovation at Reis Hall.

Reis Hall was Allegheny College’s library building from 1902 until 1976 when its Lawrence Pelletier Library opened.

Reis Hall then was administrative offices, housing the college’s counseling center, registrar and informational services, and other departments. Reis was shut down in 2018 when Allegheny began renovations

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Carnegie Music Hall reopens after eight month renovation

Andrew Carnegie’s “greatest gift to Pittsburgh,” the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland, is just steps away from Pitt’s campus and has recently reopened after renovations to replace seats, add air conditioning and to make the space compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“If Carnegie Music Hall was a gift to the Pittsburgh community almost 130 years ago, our purpose in renovating it has been to increase the value of that gift by making it a space accessible to all while preserving the splendor of its original design,” Steven Knapp, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, said.


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Studio Aisslinger completes “nature-loving” renovation of Hotel Seegarten

Designer Werner Aisslinger has renovated a lakeside hotel in Germany’s Sauerland region, adding hydroponics and locally sourced materials including wood and terrazzo to craft interiors informed by the surrounding nature.

Hotel Seegarten is owned and operated by TV chef Olaf Baumeister, who took over the traditional inn from his parents in 1992 and has overseen its transformation into modern boutique accommodation.

Seating space within Hotel Seegarten in Germany
Werner Aisslinger has renovated a boutique hotel in the Sauerland

Werner Aisslinger’s studio was influenced by the hotel’s location overlooking the Sorpesee lake when developing its “nature-loving” concept for the guest rooms and public areas.

This includes Baumeister’s Seegarten

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Renovations begin on Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, home of the Maple Leafs and Raptors – Toronto

Emphasizing the entertainment in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is the main reason for significant renovations to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

Keith Pelley, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, swung a sledgehammer through a wall on the 100-level concourse on Tuesday morning as part of a ceremonial groundbreaking at the home of the NHL’s Maple Leafs and NBA’s Raptors. Pelley said that how fans experience in-person sporting events has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, with a greater level of engagement expected for their entertainment dollars.

“If we were just in the sports business, we probably wouldn’t have had

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Italy’s One Euro House Dream: The renovation reality

For many people, living in a historic town in Italy seems like an unaffordable dream.

But thanks to an ambitious social experiment you can live la dolce vita in Sicily for just one euro!

This week on Foreign Correspondent reporter Natalie Whiting travels to the Sicilian towns where people are arriving from all over the world to snap up abandoned houses for virtually nothing.

And their arrival is helping to solve one of Italy’s biggest problems.

The country has the oldest population in Europe with deaths now far outstripping births and huge numbers of young people are leaving for better

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