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01/23/2015Saffron: Snohetta's $190 Million Library at Temple University Will be Most Expensive in School's History

Jan. 23--Temple University has spent a billion dollars over the last decade transforming itself from a commuter college into a residential school that can draw students nationally. It's added glassy classroom buildings, a ritzy skyscraper dorm, and amenities such as cafés and rock-climbing walls. Yet, for all the flash, it was never clear how the expensive parts were supposed to fit together. ...
01/27/2015London's Landmark Centre Point Building to Become Luxury Apartments by Rick Mather

Work has begun to convert London's landmark Centre Point building into luxury flats. The former office building has been a focal point on the skyline for five decades, and at various times a symbol of the property industry's failings and of protest against the capital's lack of affordable housing. Now it will be turned into 82 one to five-bedroom apartments with pool, spa and fitness ...
01/26/2015Exhibition Looks at Role of Robots in Architecture

About 100 years ago, French artist Villemard depicted his vision of the year 2000 on a series of postcards named "Utopie." Among his audacious imaginings are whale-propelled submarines and firemen with artificial wings. While many of his predictions seem outlandish today, one that is bearing out is the important role of robots in creating architecture. This is the central theme of the Robotic ...
01/26/2015No Space Needle or Gateway Arch: What Defines Orlando's Skyline?

Jan. 26--ST. Louis has the Gateway Arch. Chicago has the Willis Tower and the Bean. Seattle has the Space Needle. And San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. Why doesn't Orlando have a skyline that stands out? Members of a City Hall task force say Orlando needs to plan ahead for more iconic architecture and trumpet its other strengths so downtown has a unique and identifiable brand outside ...
01/26/2015Paralyzed Architect Communicates by Drawing Plans of Houses

An architect paralysed by a stroke communicates with the outside world with the only thing he can remember - drawings and plans of houses. Phil Jones, 68, was left unable to move down his right side and without the ability to speak, read or write after the brain haemorrhage in 2005. But he has since developed a unique method of interacting with his wife Deana to tell her what he needs - using ...
01/21/2015John Gallagher: Detroit's Empty 1960s Hammer-and-Nail Tower Finding New Life After Threat of Demolition

Jan. 21--Recently slated for demolition, the iconic 12-story Professional Plaza tower in Midtown Detroit will find new life as a 75-unit residential apartment and retail building in a $20-million project headed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group. David DiRita, a principal in Roxbury, said the renovation, to be known as the Plaza, could be ready for residents to move in by late 2016. There will be ...
01/22/2015Portland Affordable Housing Advocates Want Better Deal with Waterfront Developers

Jan. 22--Affordable housing advocates pressed Portland's urban renewal agency Wednesday to guarantee that low-income housing will be developed in the South Waterfront District even as city officials shifted their focus to the nearby RiverPlace. At issue is Portland's failure to transform the area south of downtown into the mixed-income community promised in 2003, when the City Council set a ...
01/22/2015Philadelphia's Athenaeum Launches Competition to Design New Building

Jan. 22--It might seem a perverse exercise to some, but one of Philadelphia's most venerable institutions, the Athenaeum, has sponsored an architectural competition -- Looking Forward: Reimagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia -- seeking designs for a new building. Not to worry. The bookish Athenaeum, situated in a splendid National Historic Landmark Italianate brownstone on Washington Square ...
01/16/2015Inga Saffron: Mediocrity Behind the Rodin Museum Masterpiece

Jan. 16--The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. ...
01/22/2015Pittsburgh Plans to Restore 1903 Stock Exchange Building

Jan. 22--When the Stock Exchange Building on Fourth Avenue, Downtown, was built in 1903, critics called it a "swagger bank" because the brawny neoclassical architecture made a big impression despite its small footprint. A century later, Point Park University is looking to return some of that swagger with plans to restore the vacant building and integrate it into the school's Pittsburgh ...
01/18/2015Detroit Knight Finalists Propose Projects for Blighted Land Across City

Jan. 18--Erin Kelly is looking for a few good men -- and women -- as long as they cut hair or cut grass. She's working on a plan for them to work on the same clients: vacant lots in Detroit. The thirtysomething landscape architect, who works for Detroit Future City, submitted a proposal that is among 126 finalists for the first Knight Cities Challenge, which solicited ideas to make communities ...
01/21/2015Buffalo's School of Architecture Launches Real Estate Development Program

Jan. 21--With construction and development activity surging in Buffalo in the last few years, the University at Buffalo is hoping to promote more professional development in the field through a new graduate degree program in real estate development. Beginning in September, UB's School of Architecture and Planning will offer a new master of science degree in architecture specializing in real ...
01/21/2015Famed Architect Henry C. Trost's Downtown El Paso Building Undergoes Renovation

Jan. 21--One of famed architect Henry C. Trost's downtown El Paso building's is about to get a facelift. The facade of the W. S. Hills building, sandwiched between San Antonio and Texas avenues, will be restored to how it looked in 1926 when Trost & Trost designed the former department store. Crews have already abated asbestos and removed mold, and work restoring the building's exterior will ...
01/20/2015Carolina Miranda: Michael Hayden Turns on His L.A. Light Sculpture After a Decade in the Dark

Jan. 20--When the International Jewelry Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1980s, The Times' architecture and design critic John Dreyfuss described the building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, as an "overwhelming loser." The saving grace? A 270-foot neon sculpture by light artist Michael Hayden, which Dreyfuss described as "beautiful, fascinating and dazzling." "Generators of ...
01/20/2015Devo's Gerald Casale Puts Neutra Home up for Sale

Jan. 20--Gerald Casale of Devo has listed his Richard Neutra-designed house in Hollywood Hills West at $3.5 million. Sited on a steep hillside with views of the Los Angeles Basin, the restored International-style home was designed by Modernist architect Neutra and built in 1936 for Los Angeles Examiner printer Joseph Kun. The Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument is considered a prime example ...
01/17/2015Chile's Plan for First Gaudi Building Outside Spain Gets Off Drawing Board

Curved lines and coloured tiles have made Antoni Gaudi one of the world's best-known architects, and millions of people flock to Spain each year to visit his buildings. Now, nearly a century after his death, Chile is set to become home to Gaudi's first completed project outside his native country. The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, has said the city of Rancagua, about 50 miles south of ...
01/18/2015Rowan Moore: Seven New Towers is Last Thing East London Needs

It's not a beautiful word, localism, but it's an ideal with whose basics it is hard to disagree: that local residents and businesses should have a say in what happens to their communities, and that decisions on things such as planning should, where practical, be devolved to local government. It is one of the few remnants of David Cameron's "big society" that is still breathing any sort of ...
01/16/2015Wyoming State Capitol Renovation by HDR Architecture Proves Costly

Jan. 16--CHEYENNE -- Lawmakers say it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the project to renovate and expand the State Capitol and adjacent Herschler Building will come within the budget the Legislature set last year. "I don't think we can hit the budget of $259 million at this point in time," said Sen. Tony Ross, R-Cheyenne, who co-chairs the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group. ...
01/18/2015Rowan Moore: Resurrecting Scotland’s Most Significant Modernist Building

There is no place like it, on these islands, for the mutual battery of multiple forces, for the thumping, pummelling and attrition of creation and destruction, the incessant beating of weather, vandals and arson against rocks of obstinate architecture. It is like watching medieval knights club each other to death yet stay standing. It is a mud-wrestle of culture and nature. Only the scorched, ...
01/18/2015Mystic Seaport Unveils Plans for Bold New Exhibition Building by Centerbrook Architects

Jan. 18--Just when we might have thought Mystic Seaport would have a hard time topping its Charles W. Morgan summer -- taking a 19th-century whaling ship out sailing -- the museum broke ground on a new project that will transform a major part of its campus and help remake the main tourism corridor into Mystic. The seaport has somehow made topping the great Charles W. Morgan summer of 2014 look ...
01/16/2015Wainwright: Jean Nouvel's Spaceship Crash-lands in France

Some compare it to a pile of broken paving stones. Others to a rusty spaceship crash-landed on the edge of the city. The architect of Paris's new Philharmonie concert hall, Jean Nouvel, promised it would be "one of the most remarkable symphonic buildings existing". Remarkable indeed, for its escalating budgets, endless delays and bitter rows, which climaxed this week when Nouvel boycotted the ...
01/15/2015Populous Shows Off New Digs in Kansas City

Jan. 15--The concrete walls are coming down and glass "curtains" are going up on the exterior of the 49-year-old Board of Trade building at 4800 Main. It's the signal that significant modernization is happening inside as well as Populous prepares to move into its new home in October. The Kansas City-based architecture firm, a world leader in sports stadium and arena design, will occupy about ...
01/16/2015Architect One Unveils Pocket Park Designs in Topeka, Kansas

Kids can play on mini-trains and adults will have more places to sit in the shade when downtown renovations are finished, according to an announcement Thursday morning. Scott Gales, vice president of Architect One, unveiled two new pocket park designs at Downtown Topeka Inc.'s annual meeting. He also showed miniature mock-ups of some of the planned statues of famous people with a Topeka ...
01/16/2015L.A. Preservation Group Tries to Save Pioneering Googie-style Norms Building

Jan. 16--Fans of modern architecture are pushing to make the retro, angular building that has long housed Norms on La Cienega Boulevard a historic and cultural monument, worried that the beloved '50s building could be at risk. Those fans won an initial victory Thursday when a Los Angeles city commission unanimously voted to begin the process of considering the Googie-style restaurant as a ...
01/15/2015As Celebrated John Madin-Designed Building Torn Down, Another Nearby Set for Rebirth

AS architect John Madin's most famous building is torn down in one part of the city, across Birmingham another is set for a renaissance. An office designed by the renowned city architect, who died in 2012, looks set for a new lease of life as a block of student bedrooms in a project expected to create around 40 jobs. The news comes just days after work started on the demolition of arguably his ...

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