Iran Journal: UNESCO places Trans-Iranian Railway on World Heritage List.

by Ron Bernthal In summer, 2021, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee added the Trans-Iranian Railway to the organization’s World Heritage List during its 44th session. The Trans-Iranian Railway connects the Caspian Sea in the northeast with the Persian Gulf in the … Continue reading

France opens for U.S. travelers, here’s what’s new.

Ron Bernthal France opened its borders to U.S. citizens in early June, 2021, and by the end of June most Covid restrictions were dropped (see graphic at bottom of page). The information below is from the France Tourism Development Agency, … Continue reading

Amsterdam Journal: A new floating residential community is more than just houseboats.

by Ron Bernthal Schoonschip, a unique floating residential community project in the Buiksloterham district of Amsterdam, is managing to catch the attention of local residents, and many EU residents as well, in a city where canals and houseboats are as … Continue reading

Bucharest Journal: Rooftop running track is one of many building amenities, says Swedish developer Skanska.

by Ron Bernthal With new office construction in Romania rapidly increasing throughout the country, developers are competing with their peers by adding more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly features to their projects, including tenant amenities like easy access to public … Continue reading

Tom Kundig: New book showcases architect’s global reach in 29 projects.

by Ron Bernthal Like his large body of work, even the title of a new book celebrating the wide-ranging portfolio of American architect Tom Kundig – “Working Title” – is both smart and subtle. Published in 2020 by Princeton Architectural … Continue reading

Austin Journal: Nicely designed new stadium for soccer-loving city.

by Ron Bernthal Opened in spring 2021, Austin’s new Q2 Stadium is a modern stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place, in the North Burnet section of North Austin. The Q2 Stadium is Austin’s first major league sports stadium and home … Continue reading

London Journal: Mixed-use community hub in city’s Westminster district.

by Ron Bernthal The Copenhagen-based architectural firm Henning Larsen, whose urban project, “105 Victoria Street,” is located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace, will contain not just office space, but a reinterpretation of the typical commercial building lobby as … Continue reading

New York City Journal: A park along the Hudson will create Manhattan’s first public beach.

by Ron Bernthal New York City’s Hudson River Park Trust has begun construction on Gansevoort Peninsula, a riverfront park designed by the noted landscape firm James Corner Field Operations that will be home to  Manhattan’s first public beach. Construction began … Continue reading

Kolonaki Journal: Yes, stunning design and pain chocolat are quite compatible at new Athens bakery.

by Ron Bernthal One of the nicest looking bakeries in the world opened in December, 2020, in the city of Athens, Greece. The bakery is not only beautifully designed by the Athens-based firm called en-route-architecture (e-r-a), with designers Katerina Kourkoula … Continue reading

Brno Journal: Designers save Brutalist building in Czech Republic.

by Ron Bernthal In May, 2021, the Czech Republic-based Chybík + Krištof Architects and Urban Designers announced the completion of the redesigned Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal in Brno, Czech Republic. Self-initiated in 2011, this redesign and restoration project saw the … Continue reading