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Saudi Arabia offers US$133m in loans to create 50 new attractions

Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has pledged to provide SAR500m (US$133m, €112m, £96m) worth of loans to companies, in order to create new attractions and entertainment projects in the country. GEA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the country's Social Development Bank (SDB), which will see soft financing opportunities being made available to investments that contribute towards the growth and sustainability of the Saudi attractions and entertainment sector and "increase its local content". The MoU outlines the collaboration
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Kengo Kuma-designed Hans Christian Andersen House opens in city of Odense

The new H.C. Andersen House, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, has opened its doors to visitors in the Danish city of Odense. Dedicated to the life of the celebrated author – famous for his fairytales, such as the Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling – the US$62m visitor attraction consists of both indoor and outdoor spaces. The attraction is located on the site of Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood home in Odense, which first opened as
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Kew Gardens establishes new 'living laboratory' to study biodiversity

Kew Gardens has established a "living laboratory" at its wild botanic garden at Wakehurst, UK. The move is part of a research project to explore the benefits of biodiversity in the UK. The Wakehurst site is open to visitors and includes a number of botanical attractions to explore – such as the 150-acre Loder Valley Nature Reserve, an area called The Wetlands and a six-acre American Prairie. As well as the botanic garden, the 500-acre Wakehurst site includes the Millennium
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Kanva completes CA$25m redesign of Montreal's 'living museum', the Biodome

Work has been completed on the redevelopment of Montreal's Biodome – a science museum which occupies the site of the former velodrome built for the 1976 Olympic Games. The Biodome allows visitors to walk through replicas of five ecosystems found in the Americas – a tropical rainforest, a maple forest, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, a sub-Antarctic island environment, and the Labrador Coast. Biodome is one of four attractions located within the city's "museum district" – the other three being
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Heatherwick's Little Island – an 'urban park on stilts' – opens on Hudson River

Little Island, an urban park built on stilts on the Hudson River in New York City, has opened to the public. Designed by Heatherwick Studio, in partnership with Arup and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA), the 1.1-hectare (11,000sq m) park and performance venue features 540 metres of pathways and a range of performance spaces. Little Island’s distinct exterior is supported by 132 "tulip-like" concrete piles. Each tulip’s shape is unique and has a different weight load capacity to hold the
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Eden Project signs deal for Dundee site

The Eden Project has signed a memorandum of understanding with the owners of its preferred site for a planned Eden Project Dundee attraction. The proposed site – the former Dundee Gasworks – is located close to the Dundee waterfront on the bank of the River Tay and is less than a mile away from V&A Dundee and the city's main train station. The agreement between Eden Project and the site's owners, National Grid and SGN, follows the completion of a six-month
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Visitors to the German pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 used a “seedboard” to interact with the physical and digital exhibits

Why immersion matters

"These places share the idea that the space is never a space in and of itself. It’s only a themed or immersive space when the visitor interacts with and completes it"

Immersion is vital in the leisure sectors. We look at the keys to immersing guests in a space
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The Scottish Design Galleries feature around 300 exhibits telling the story of Scottish design

V&A Dundee

Has Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee been worth the wait?
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Guests travel through an oversized pantry that replicates scenery from the Ratatouille film

Making a play

"Young kids want to try activities aimed at older children, but the older ones still enjoy the physical play aimed at the younger group"

Architects from Walt Disney Imagineering reveal the secrets of kid-centric design
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Shove by Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips

Banksy’s Dismaland

"There was a huge amount to see at Dismaland, and I found the experience both enjoyable and unsettling."

It generated massive amounts of hype, as well as an estimated £20m for Weston- Super-Mare, but was Banksy’s Dismaland worth a visit? We found out
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The Cloud Forest Dome features an artifical, plant-covered mountain, which visitors can climb

Interview: Paul Baker

"We hit on the idea quite early on that we would like to put a mountain inside the Cloud Forest Dome, because that's not something you do very often!"

The Wilkinson Eyre director on the challenges of designing Singapore’s award-winning cooled conservatories
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The site was cluttered and confusing

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

"Thomas Heatherwick has a long relationship with Bombay Sapphire"

With a long-standing relationship, Thomas Heatherwick and Bombay Sapphire had a shared vision for the gin maker’s new attraction. We find out how they worked together to create this unique project
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This installation sees the Glass Rotunda turned into a digital art piece

Light fantastic

Tokyo-based digital art collective is on a mission to change the way we interact with art
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