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02/19/2015Seattle May Cap Rents on Some Micro Apartments at $618 a Month

Feb. 19--These days, most Seattle apartments rent for at least $1,000 a month. Some are much pricier. But a bill under consideration by the City Council would establish a cap of about $600 a month for some of the city's smallest rental homes. The new cap would apply only to micro-apartments -- which officials have rebranded as "small efficiency dwelling units" -- priced to satisfy the terms of ...
02/24/2015Architect of Record Named for New University of Iowa Museum of Art

Feb. 24--IOWA CITY -- A highly-anticipated permanent replacement for the University of Iowa's flood-devastated Museum of Art building now has an architect on board. Project developer H+H Development Group of Iowa City has identified BNIM Architects of Des Moines and Kansas City as "architect of record" for the new museum, the university announced Monday. The firm was chosen, in part, for its ...
02/26/20153D-printed Cities: Is this the Future?

The words “we print architecture’s future” adorn the wall of a showroom on the outskirts of Suzhou, a rapidly urbanising city in eastern China. Arranged around the room are samples of odd-looking concrete wall of varying thickness. Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation. It ...
02/21/2015First New Eichler Home in Decades has Already Sold

Feb. 21--A Palm Springs home built using Joseph Eichler's original blueprints is under contract to sell for $1.29 million. The newly built Modernist design, considered the first true Eichler home developed in 40 years, came to market on Tuesday. According to real estate brokers and developers Troy Kudlac and Ross Stout of KUD Properties Inc., which handled the listing side, it sold that day ...
02/24/2015Wainwright: Wild Designs and Fierce Opposition to New Bridge in London

There are waterfalls and go-faster striped cycle lanes, funhouses and fairy lights, as well as a handful of odd things to which no words can do justice. A diverse assortment of 74 designs has been unveiled for a new bridge across the Thames, to span the river from Nine Elms to Pimlico in southwest London, providing a “distinctive gateway” to this rapidly changing part of the city. “We want not ...
02/24/2015Billionaire Peter Sperling Sells 1920s Estate

Feb. 24--Peter Sperling, son of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, has sold a Montecito estate formerly owned by actress Jane Seymour for $10.5 million. Designed by architects William A. Edwards and Joseph Plunkett and completed in the late 1920s, the 3.34-acre compound contains a 4,904-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, a pool house, a caretaker's cottage, a tennis court, a pool ...
02/22/2015Ray Bradbury Home's Destruction by Thom Mayne Has LA Re-examining its History

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the house where Ray Bradbury wrote "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and when the bulldozer came to knock it down literary scholars and preservationists were aghast. The bright yellow home with the big bay windows where the author lived and worked for 54 years wasn't the first Los Angeles landmark to be flattened of course. The statuesque Ambassador Hotel, where ...
02/19/2015The Best Designs of 2014: Texting Cows, Life-saving Toilets, Selfie Buildings, and More

One is the ultimate vanity project, the other processes excrement – yet both have been hailed as designs of the year. The former is a billion-euro building of such complexity that new machines had to be invented to twist glass in the previously unimaginable ways it required. This is Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, a building as lavish and precisely tailored as the handbags on ...
02/19/2015Frank Gehry Will Design Interiors for New Facebook Office in Seattle

Feb. 19--Four years after opening a small engineering office in Seattle, Facebook now has more than 500 employees in the city. The update came from Paul Carduner, head of the Seattle office, during a news event Wednesday. "We love it here. We're here to stay," he said. Facebook scheduled the event before word leaked out that would cement that stay: The company plans to relocate the Seattle ...
02/20/2015Blair Kamin: Obama Designates Historic Pullman District as City's First National Monument

Feb. 20--It's understandable if Chicagoans are skeptical about President Barack Obama's designation of the historic Pullman factory district as the city's first national monument. Thursday's ceremony can't change the fact that Pullman sits some 15 miles from downtown, far from the glitter of Millennium Park, and is flanked by violence-plagued neighborhoods like nearby Roseland. Even so, it ...
02/22/2015Inga Saffron: Italian Bankers Row in Philadelphia

Feb. 22--In the late 19th century, when thousands of Italian immigrants were pouring into South Philadelphia to make their fortunes, Seventh Street was transformed into a bustling bankers row. By 1897, there were 25 rowhouse-size banks between Bainbridge and Washington Avenues, all competing to provide newcomers with loans, money transfers, even railroad and steamship tickets. The immigrant ...
02/19/2015Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects Unveil First Houston Project in Twenty Years

Feb. 19--Share A New York-based architecture firm responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Houston has designed its first project here in nearly 20 years for a prime piece of property in the heart of Montrose. The seven-story, 34-unit midrise building designed by Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects was envisioned with floor-to-ceiling glass and undulating curves. Plans include ...
02/19/2015Pei Cobb Freed's $680 Million Super Luxury Boston Tower Moves Ahead

BOSTON, MA - February 19, 2015 - HFF announced today that is has arranged construction financing and joint venture equity totaling $680 million for the 61-story Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston, the tallest building to be constructed in New England since the early 1970s. HFF worked on behalf of Carpenter & Company, Inc. to secure the $500 million construction ...
02/19/2015Schumacher: Great Architecture Needed for New Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Feb. 19--Amid the debates about a new downtown arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, one question remains largely untouched: Will we get great architecture? Nothing will define the project -- and its impact on Milwaukee -- like the design. Peter Feigin, the Bucks' new president, recently said he'd like the multipurpose arena, expected to cost between $400 million and $500 million, to look like it ...
02/20/2015Historic Handicraft Guild Building in Minneapolis May be Repurposed by Developer

Feb. 20--Village Green and Pratt Ordway Properties are proposing an 18-story apartment tower at the corner of 10th Street and Marquette Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis, less than a block off Nicollet Mall and atop the historic Handicraft Guild building. The developer is proposing to tear down two of the existing, low-slung buildings and repurpose the 108-year-old Handicraft building, facing ...
02/18/2015Alex Andreou: Anti-homeless Metal Spikes and Hostile Architecture Toward the Destitute

More than 100 homeless people are “living” in the terminals of Heathrow airport this winter, according to official figures – a new and shameful record. Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have warned that homelessness in London is rising significantly faster than the nationwide average, and faster than official estimates. And yet, we don’t see as many people sleeping rough as in previous ...
02/18/2015Make It Right Foundation and Six Kansas City Firms Design Contemporary Housing Prototypes

Feb. 18--In 2013, Kansas City set out to transform the abandoned and decrepit Bancroft Elementary School into beautiful apartments, complemented by ultramodern apartment buildings next door. Now, the neighborhood is headed to the next level. Six local architecture firms are teaming up to bring the same revival to a model block in the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood, mixing sleek ...
02/19/2015Nonprofit Plans Kenyan Clinic Modeled After Marcel Breuer House

Feb. 19--When Chris Larson burned down his life-size replica of a St. Paul house designed by famed modernist architect Marcel Breuer at the Northern Spark art festival in 2013, it was quite a spectacle. One of the reasons for the burn was to open a door to possibilities -- to unleash potential. Little did he know that open door would lead to Kenya. "It's like when you burn the fields to ...
02/17/2015Sneak Peak of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Broad Museum in L.A.

Feb. 17--Hundreds of people poured into downtown over the weekend for a one-day only sneak peek of the Broad museum, which is scheduled to open officially in September. Though Eli Broad's new museum has yet to be completed -- there is still construction detritus all around and neither the escalator nor the guest elevator was operational -- the public nonetheless turned out to see what lay ...
02/17/2015Architect Pietro Belluschi Exhibition on Display Through April

Feb. 17--Architectural models tell a story. They are created to inform clients about the features of future buildings, some of which may never materialize in real life. These scaled-down, three-dimensional structures, made of wood or cardboard, also communicate the designer's philosophy and vision. Once the building is erected, the models become part of the archive, often never displayed. The ...
02/17/2015Home of the Day: A Space in Silver Lake by Barbara Bestor

Feb. 17--Set above the Silver Lake Reservoir, this wood-clad contemporary by architect Barbara Bestor was built for screenwriter Michael Ferris in 2006. Rich walnut paneling and walls of glass lend an open and airy ambiance to the free-flowing design. A rooftop deck centers on views extending from the downtown cityscape to the Hollywood sign. Location: 2312 Baxter St., Los Angeles, 90039 ...
02/14/2015Vacant Art Deco Building in Downtown L.A. to Become Creative Offices

Feb. 14--A long-vacant Art Deco-style building on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is making a comeback amid the revival of the city's historic entertainment district. The six-story tower at 537 S. Broadway opened in 1931 as an outpost of F.&W. Grand-Silver Stores, a national chain of five-and-dime stores that sold discounted household goods. The building also once held Hartfield's Department ...
02/15/2015Rowan Moore: What Architect Could Restore Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Masterpiece?

The news last May that the Glasgow School of Art was burning was, for many people who care about British architecture, as close to hearing that an actual human friend was in danger as any threat to inanimate building materials can be. First there was the news, and with it the hope, that it was minor. Then hearing that it was serious, then that it was confined to one part, then hearing that ...
02/15/2015John Gallagher: M-1 Rail's Tech Center Under Construction in Detroit

Feb. 15--The M-1 RAIL team has released architectural renderings of the 19,000-square-foot Penske Tech Center, the operational center of the streetcar line that is now under construction on Woodward Avenue toward a late 2016 opening. The Penske Tech Center is where M-1 Rail's computer and communications systems, its vehicle maintenance, and its operations team will be based. The Tech Center ...
02/12/2015Architect Robert Robinson Taylor Inducted into the Postal Service's Black Heritage Stamp Series

Feb. 12--WASHINGTON -- Robert Robinson Taylor, believed to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the nation's first academically trained black architect was inducted into the Postal Service's Black Heritage Stamp series today as the 38th honoree. His great granddaughter, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett joined Postmaster ...

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