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You know you’ve got problems when even the locals won’t visit

The Eden Project, Cornwall. Tumbleweeds not shown.

Via The Eden Project.net

Government research in the UK has uncovered just how few Brits visit attractions in their own country. The YouGov survey presented a list of the country’s top 10 attractions and asked respondents how many they’d visited. Sixteen percent said that they hadn’t visited any of them. One of the poorest performing attractions was The Eden […]

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How do you repurpose an old school into an awesome community asset and local attraction? Check out Ivywild

The Ivywild elementary school in Colorado Springs, Colorado was built in 1916 and, when it closed in 2009, the neighborhood was fairly downtrodden. Then the magic happened.  Thanks to the visionaries: Joe Coleman and Mike Bristol (and architect Jim Fennell). Three years of construction and about $5 million later, it has now reopened as a multi-use facility […]

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UK’s crappiest attraction is also its most shortlived – Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland closes down after only one day

Two kinds of Santas

Via The Daily Mail

The families who arrived for the first day of the Winter Wonderland festival in Milton Keynes were promised ‘all the magic of the holiday season’. What they got, however, were skinny Santas, reindeer without antlers … and an ice rink made out of plastic sheets. Organisers received so many complaints from furious customers that they shut the […]

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Stonehenge turns it all the way up to 11

Druids celebrating at Stonehenge

Via Telegraph.co.uk

Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle made famous by Spinal Tap, has finally got the visitor centre it deserves. English Heritage has spent £27 million to create a fully immersive visitors centre, bristling with ancient artifacts and sensitively designed to fit into the rolling landscape of Salisbury Plains. Busy roads have been diverted and grassed over […]

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How do you protect your attraction from attracting the wrong sort? London’s Eros statue becomes seasonal snow globe to ward off vandals

Eros Statue Snow Globe Piccadilly Circus

Via Westminster Council

How do you protect a Grade 1-listed statue that Londoners, soaked in Christmas spirit, love to clamber on each festive season? Simple. Surround it with PVC and turn it into the world’s largest snow globe. “Protecting Eros is the annual festive challenge,” says Nick Thompson at Westminster City Council. “A couple of years ago someone […]

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For Sale: One Spanish Ghost Airport

La Mancha's ghost airport

Via indpendent.co.uk

Fancy becoming the man in La Mancha? A barely used airport in the region that cost over 1.1 billion euros to build has gone on sale for a minimum price of 100 million euros. Ciudad Real’s Central Airport opened in 2008 but went bankrupt last year after it failed to draw enough traffic. Know locally as […]

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Lego helping transform architecture into icons; Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands joins elite club

It may be one of the ultimate compliments for any architect: letting kids recreate your masterpiece in tiny plastic building blocks.  Lego’s architecture line includes Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water home, Adrian Smith’s Burj Khalifa.  Now it’s Moshe Safdie’s turn to enter the club with his 57-floor, three tower in Singapore: Marina Bay […]

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