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Architecture expos are often futurist fantasias of design — but this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale imagines how humanity’s first art can house (and treat) us all better.

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What happens when a city is managed almost completely by private corporations? Visit Gurgaon, India, a boomtown of millions without a citywide system for water, electricity or even public sewers.

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In 2012, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez. She describes the challenges inherent in undertaking a daunting, historic project.

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Architect Ole Scheeren is fed up with the rigid, hierarchy of the skyscraper. He hopes his buildings will change the way we think about soaring towers.

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British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick describes how to bring a human scale and whimsical sensibility to urban life, to create a fabulous future fit for us all.

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Supertall buildings have become just another part of the urban scenery. They are, writes science fiction writer Bruce Sterling, “stunningly factual, immediately obvious, impossible to overlook.” But what of the unbuilt towers of the future? What might *they* look like. With his customary lyricism, Sterling describes four classes of future skyscraper.

Plunge into the deep Balinese jungle and you might suddenly find a bamboo building soaring above you. Made from a frankly unlikely building material, the ethereal structures are the brainchildren of designer Elora Hardy and her team. Take a look.