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07/02/2015Herzon & de Meuron's Controversial Paris Tower Gets Green Light

Paris will see its first new skyscraper in almost 40 years after the city approved controversial construction plans first unveiled in 2008. The Tour Triangle – or Triangle Tower – has sparked debate across the low-rise French capital since Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron published designs for the 42-story tower block ahead of Paris raising the height limit on new buildings. Inside, the ...
07/01/2015Midcentury Modern Architect Donald Wexler Dies at 89

July 01--Midcentury Modern architect Donald Wexler designed several classic Palm Springs buildings, including the main terminal of Palm Springs International Airport, the Royal Hawaiian Estates development and Dinah Shore's home, purchased last year by Leonardo DiCaprio, which could be the ultimate "Mad Men" era house with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, sunken bar and massive stone ...
07/01/2015Paris can Teach London How to Swap Skyscrapers for Housing

Is Paris trying to copy London or something? There’s new evidence that the French capital has caught London’s skyscraper bug, at least. Yesterday, the Conseil de Paris approved the first tall tower to be built within the city since 1973, ending the longstanding habit of banishing them to the outlying Défense district in order to keep inner Paris’s late-19th-century appearance intact. The ...
07/02/2015Calcutta's Architecture is Unique--Its Destruction is a Disaster for the City

I was born in Calcutta, but we moved to Bombay when I was one and a half years old, maybe in early 1964. The company my father worked in had relocated its head office in the face of growing labour unrest; the move was part of the general egress of industry from the city. We continued to visit Calcutta once, sometimes twice, a year. My mother’s brother lived there with his family in ...
06/30/2015Norman Foster Wins New UK Transport Hub Competition

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design Cardiff Interchange, the city's central bus station which forms part of a wider Central Square regeneration masterplan, which is also being undertaken by the firm. Bordering a public plaza, it will be a new gateway for visitors arriving to the city by train or bus and relocated closer to the Cardiff Central train station, allowing greater ...
07/01/2015T.J. Maxx Coming to Frank Gehry-designed Building in Boston

July 01--A multilevel T.J. Maxx store appears poised to take over the high-profile Boston retail space at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Newbury Street that has been vacant since consumer electronics chain Best Buy closed its store there more than three years ago. TJX Cos. Inc., the Framingham owner of the off-price retail chain, declined comment yesterday. But the company is seeking ...
06/30/2015Heatherwick Exhibition Unveiled at Cooper Hewitt

NEW YORK (AP) — The imaginative and wide-ranging work of Britain's Heatherwick Studio may still be little-known in America, but a traveling exhibition aims to change that. "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" is now at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York through Jan. 3, the middle stop on a three-city tour. The major mid-career survey was ...
07/01/2015Menil at Crossroads, with Big Shoes to Fill as Director Leaves

July 01--Josef Helfenstein never met the legendary art patron Dominique de Menil. But he has guided and advanced her vision in ways some people didn't think were possible when he became director of the Menil Collection 12 years ago. Embracing her rare blend of humanism and activism from the start, he also understood the Menil campus' importance as a "green lung" within Houston's increasingly ...
06/30/2015Preservationists in Oklahoma City Winning Despite Bitter Defeats

June 30--A debate over the fate of historic buildings has been in the forefront of late with questions lingering on the fate of First National Center and the Union Bus Station. The truly historic part of First National Center, its 1931 Art Deco tower, is not being threatened with demolition, but another bad owner could make preservation even more challenging. But at least no one disputes ...
06/29/2015Sustainable Community Takes Shape at El Moore Project

June 29--Since its construction in 1898, the El Moore apartments in Detroit's Midtown district has played many roles: a Gilded Age home for the well-to-do, a Depression-era boarding house, and, lately, a vacant eyesore. Now it's been remade in yet another -- and perhaps its most hopeful -- guise: Detroit's most environmentally sustainable experiment in urban living. The El Moore, at Second and ...
06/23/2015Winning Helsinki Guggenheim Design 'A Wake-up Call to Architecture'

The open walkways are intended to enrich the artistic experience for everyone in society, in harmony – theoretically – with Finland’s deep social democratic roots. But the winning design for the Helsinki Guggenheim museum, announced on Tuesday, will find it hard to shake off a long-standing controversy over the cost of art in an era of austerity. Hailed as “a wake-up call to architecture” that ...
06/30/2015London's Bloomsbury Is Neighborhood of Books and Architecture

LONDON (AP) — Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it's also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and upscale boutiques that's a pleasure to explore on foot. Much of the area was developed during the 18th century, with solid Georgian houses arranged around a series of squares. It has had a literary reputation since ...
06/30/2015How to Build a City From Scratch: A Handy DIY Guide

Building a real city from scratch isn’t like playing Minecraft, Civilization or SimCity. Well, it is a little. But problems arise in reality that don’t come up in cyberspace, including vainglorious dictators, pompous architects, bureaucratic impedimenta and the fact that much of the best land is already inhabited by those intractable objects: pesky humans. Nevertheless, after studying several ...
06/28/2015Philadelphia's Very Own Stonehenge

June 28--Consider it Philadelphia's very own Stonehenge, a towering structure of mysterious origin on the Delaware waterfront that faces the morning sun, and that every summer weekend receives hordes of pilgrims who gather around its base. True, they're usually there for a music festival, not to worship at the four-story, concrete megalith draped with a "Welcome to Penn's Landing" banner. The ...
06/28/2015South Florida Co-working Centers Proliferate

June 28--Step into the retro-chic lounge, choose your seat on furnishings inspired by the '50s and '60s, and open up your laptop. Or if a desk or office is more your style, that's available, too, at Büro Group's new co-working center in northeast Miami's MiMo district. Travel north about 10 blocks, and MADE at the Citadel has an artsy vibe, with works by local artists all over the place. And ...
06/25/2015Revealed: Developers Exploit Flawed Planning System to Minimize Affordable Housing

Golden towers emerge from a canopy of trees on a hoarding in Elephant and Castle, snaking around a nine-hectare strip of south London where soon will rise “a vibrant, established neighbourhood, where everybody loves to belong”. It is a bold claim, given that there was an established neighbourhood here before, called the Heygate Estate – home to 3,000 people in a group of 1970s concrete slab ...
06/20/2015Blair Kamin: Pope Francis is an Urban Critic

June 20--Who knew? Pope Francis is an urban critic -- a tad earnest, perhaps, but as lucid and biting as they come. One of the most intriguing aspects of the pope's new encyclical on climate change is its commentary on the rapid growth of cities in the developing world, a phenomenon the pontiff lacerates as dehumanizing. Early in the document, the pope observes: "Neighborhoods, even those ...
06/26/2015Palaces for the People: Five Communist Buildings

The story of architecture under the peculiar, now long-dead system that is today called (but never called itself) communism is generally considered a story of sad decline. After the Bolsheviks seized power in October 1917, there was more than a decade of experimentation, spurred both by the possibilities of the new system (land nationalisation was popular with architects) and the hopes of ...
06/23/2015Chicago to Replace Navy Pier Ferris Wheel with Taller One

June 23--Navy Pier's Ferris wheel, an icon of the Chicago lakefront, will be dismantled this fall and replaced by a taller ride featuring temperature-controlled gondolas that will be ready in time for the pier's 2016 centennial. Pier officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were set to announce Tuesday that the new wheel will rise to a height of 196 feet, almost 50 feet taller than the current wheel. ...
06/25/2015Fisher, Kahn Buildings Auctioned for $12.2 Million

June 25--Was it a steal or a risky buy? Detroit's Fisher Building and the nearby Albert Kahn Building sold Wednesday at auction for $12.2 million, subject to verification. A real estate source identified the buyer as a team that included New York-based HFZ Capital, a major real estate investor in Manhattan, along with an unnamed metro Detroit investor as partner. The name of the winning bidder ...
06/18/2015Beverly Hills Vote to Change Historic Preservation Ordinance, Putting Homes at Risk

June 18--Historic homes and other buildings in one of California's most storied enclaves are at risk of demolition because officials have rolled back protections, preservation advocates say. After hours of sharply divided discussion, the Beverly Hills City Council voted 3 to 2 late Tuesday to alter the city's highly praised preservation ordinance. Among other changes, the revisions would set a ...
06/21/2015Kate Macintosh: One of Britain’s Great Unsung Architects of Social Housing

In a delightful courtyard garden in south London, a woman in her late 70s is speaking with calm fury. “The steamroller of big finance,” she says, “is being allowed, no, encouraged, progressively to crush out all innovative and creative, locally generated activities.” She is furious because this garden, with its fig, eucalyptus and banana trees, is now considered, in effect, to be a brownfield ...
06/19/2015Inga Saffron: Taking on the Cost of Good Design

June 19--You don't need to know the details to guess how this particular urban ritual plays out: Developer proposes high-rise tower. Neighbors hate high-rise tower. Neighbors appeal to city regulatory agencies for design changes. But city officials, skittish about losing a big development, insist the project is fine and wave it through. Cue the lawyers. Until this week, that was the story line ...
06/18/2015Arts Panel Gives Final OK to Frank Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial Design

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key arts panel has given final approval to a design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, another step toward groundbreaking. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts voted Thursday to give final approval to Frank Gehry's design. The commission gave its preliminary approval in October. A federal planning agency, the National Capital Planning ...
06/22/2015Serpentine Pavilion 2015: SelgasCano's Rainbow Wormhole

“The most important colour here is white,” says Jose Selgas, the Spanish architect of this year’s Serpentine pavilion, standing inside the psychedelic cocoon he has built with his partner Lucia Cano, which now shimmers in Kensington Gardens. He’s dressed in green trousers, a blue blazer and red and yellow high-top boots; she’s clutching a neon orange handbag, which could have been ripped ...

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