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Vietnam’s Daring Golden Bridge Takes a “Hands-On” Approach to Tourism

14:00 - 25 July, 2018
Vietnam’s Daring Golden Bridge Takes a “Hands-On” Approach to Tourism, via News Examiner
via News Examiner

In the mountains above Da Nang, Vietnam sits a unique piece of bridge design. Winding its way around a 150-meter course lined with flowers, a golden bridge shimmers against the Ba Na Hills, supported by a pair of giant hands.

The Golden Bridge opened to visitors in early June, in the tourist retreat of Thien Thai Garden. The bridge sits 1,400 meters above sea level, an altitude which creates the illusion of a silk strip hiding in the clouds above Da Nang.

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China's New Ecology Center Takes A Crab-tivating Form

06:00 - 7 November, 2017
China's New Ecology Center Takes A Crab-tivating Form, via ChinaDaily
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Only three years after President Xi Jinping declared, no more "weird buildings," in China, a giant mimetic crab construction on Yangcheng Lake's eastern shore, adds to the world's ever-growing list of "duck" buildings.

9 Weird and Wonderful Architectural "Ducks"

08:00 - 8 July, 2017
9 Weird and Wonderful Architectural "Ducks", Collage based on a photograph of Robert Venturi. Original photograph © Denise Scott Brown
Collage based on a photograph of Robert Venturi. Original photograph © Denise Scott Brown

They exist for a reason.

Coined by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown in Learning from Las Vegas, “Ducks” are buildings that project their meaning in a literal way [1]. No architectural metaphors here - they are exactly what they look like. Many emerged alongside interstate highways, a lone doughnut or dinosaur punctuating the road trip across America. Places like Las Vegas and Macau have built their identity in the kitsch and literal language of architecture – with the duck a strong contributor. Though they get relegated to one of the weird forays of the postmodern era, ducks still make current-day appearances (like the Chicago Apple Store’s recent Macbook roof). Are they fun, kitschy, or just plain ugly? Love them or hate them, ducks have a light-hearted presence in our architectural history. Below are 9 weird and wonderful examples of buildings that make no apologies for being exactly what they are:

Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cabazon-Dinosaurs-2.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> taken by Wikimedia user Jllm06 (public domain) Image <a href='http://visitpadutchcountry.com/photos-haines-shoe-house-york-pa/'>via visitpadutchcountry.com</a> Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Big_Duck.JPG'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain) © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Basket_Factory_Longaberger.JPG'>Wikimedia user Barry haynes</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 10