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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 ...
06/22/2015A final farewell to an Old Chicago Loop Railhouse

June 22--The 119-year-old Loop "L" station house at Madison Street and Wabash Avenue, a Chicago icon to some but a dilapidated eyesore to others, will begin to be taken down this week. It will be an extra-careful demolition process that is expected to continue until mid-July, city transportation officials said. Instead of calling in traditional wrecking crews, special attention will be paid to ...
06/19/2015Should Mies' Farnsworth House Move?

June 19--With its white frame of steel seemingly hovering over a verdant landscape, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House is elegant simplicity defined. But protecting the modernist landmark from the floodwaters of the Fox River is turning out to be anything but simple. In the latest twist in the debate over the house's future, its owner, the Washington-based National Trust for ...
06/18/2015Richard Neutra's Blufftop Hees House Hits the Market

June 18--Known as the Hees House, this streamlined, glass-sheathed home in the Pacific Palisades was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra and completed in 1950. Neutra's signature style is evident in the clean lines, open space and a stone hearth that divides the living and dining rooms. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass run parallel with the coastline, giving way to panoramic ocean ...
06/18/2015Housing Schemes Toasted in RIBA Awards

The number of houses being built across the country may still be at the lowest level since the 1920s, but completed schemes contain, surprisingly, some of the best buildings erected this year, judging by the results of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual awards. Of the 37 projects given a national prize – and which will go on to compete for a place on the coveted Stirling prize ...
06/15/2015Urban Commons have Radical Potential

It has become fashionable to talk about the “urban commons”, and it’s clear why. What we traditionally conceive of as “the public” is in retreat: public services are at the mercy of austerity policies, public housing is being sold off and public space is increasingly no such thing. In a relentlessly neoliberal climate, the commons seems to offer an alternative to the battle between public and ...
06/17/2015Afterlives of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions

As the Serpentine Gallery prepares to open its annual summer pavilion, dusting off the champagne flutes for its glitzy VIP receptions next week, the first ever pavilion in the 15-year-old programme is playing host to a parallel summer party of a rather different kind. Three hundred miles south-west, in a far-flung corner of Cornwall, the zig-zagging roof of Zaha Hadid’s experimental marquee is ...
06/15/2015Knight Arts Challenge Names 70 Finalists

June 15--A project documenting the stories of Iraqi women refugees in Detroit through writing, drawing and photography. The creation of a contemporary chamber opera inspired by both Bach and Beyonce. An idea to commission the internationally known artist James Turrell to create one of his signature skyspaces of architectural space and light along the Detroit riverfront. These are three of the ...
06/17/2015Life Goes on in Wake of Flooding Along Chicago Riverwalk

June 17--Days after Chicago finished a new stretch of the downtown Riverwalk, a signature project of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, city officials scrambled to reopen it by Wednesday morning after heavy rains pushed sewage-laced floodwaters over portions of the popular pedestrian pathway. A dark brown substance caked large sections of the walk Tuesday morning, along with debris including baseballs, ...

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