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07/28/2015Hadid's Firm Offers Support for New Olympic Stadium

The firm of Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, whose design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium was scrapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe due to soaring costs, said Tuesday it has offered support for a review of the venue building plan in a letter sent to Abe. "Starting the design process again does not tackle any of the fundamental issues that have led to an increased estimate in budget for ...
07/27/2015Steve Lackmeyer: Demolition of OKC'S Union Bus Station

July 27--Downtown's Union Bus Station is the first building to be torn down among nine set to disappear as site work begins for the future 499 W Sheridan tower. It was the only planned demolition on the block bounded by Main Street, Sheridan, Hudson and Walker Avenues to be challenged in court, although the challenge was unsuccessful. The demolition by Midwest Wrecking started Saturday, one ...
07/27/2015Kobi Karp Making Waves in Miami's Evolving Design Scene

July 27--Kobi Karp moved to Miami in the late 1980s to work as an architect because of its prime location -- near the Caribbean, that is. "It was Miami Vice and Scarface days; there was really no work being done here," said Karp, 52, who started out with British firm Lane Pettigrew Wood Karp on Lincoln Road. What a difference two decades makes. These days, the more than 80 employees who make ...
07/27/2015Zaha Hadid Collaborates With Musician Pharrell Williams on Adidas Shoe Collection

Zaha Hadid is collaborating with musician Pharrell Williams on his Adidas "Supershell" collection. Hadid, who has been named "Queen of the curve" by many, she will be incorporating these curves on the shoe's rubber toe cap. Colour-wise, the Supershells will be offered in both black and white. Of the alliance, Williams said, "I'm a huge fan of Zaha's, I've always been. She's one of the most ...
07/26/2015Inga Saffron: Modernist/Art Deco Architect Ralph Bencker's Embellished Doors

July 26--Historians will debate whether Ralph Bencker was a modernist or Art Deco architect. Like so many practitioners in the 1920s and '30s, he combines the sensibility of both in his work, which can be found throughout Philadelphia. But his best-known design, the R.W. Ayer Building on Washington Square, now the Ayer condos, is distinguished by its emphasis on sculptural embellishment. ...
07/24/2015Inga Saffron: Reviving Religious Buildings Takes Creativity

July 24--Hoping to dissuade the Historical Commission earlier this month from landmarking Fishtown's beloved St. Laurentius church, parish attorney Michael V. Phillips reeled off a litany of reasons that its preservation was doomed to fail. The 19th-century building is no longer a working church. Its brownstone facade requires expensive repairs. If the Polish Catholic church received city ...
07/23/2015Zaha Hadid Wants to Play Part in New Olympic Stadium Plan

Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid still wants to be involved in the construction planning for the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Japan Sports Council revealed on Thursday. Jim Heverin, a director from Hadid's firm, conveyed the wishes on a visit to Japan, the JSC said, a little under a week after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scrapped an existing building plan over its ...
07/23/2015Three Years Later, London's Olympic Legacy

Some of the starkest images from the financial fall of Greece have been of its 2004 Olympic Games buildings : abandoned stadiums and peeling paint telling tales of broken promises and soured dreams. Whatever else might be said about London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park three years after the 2012 Olympics, it is no tumbleweed vista. The broader issue, though, is whether it is helping to ...
07/23/2015Blair Kamin: Trump Buildings Are Latest Stop on Chicago 'Disaster Tour'

July 23--Prompted by Donald Trump's rants about Mexican immigrants and his comments questioning Sen. John McCain's status as a war hero, readers have emailed me with a question: Is now the time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to force the bloviating, bombastic New Yorker to take down the ugly sign on his Chicago riverfront tower? My answer: Forget it. The city approved the sign and for the foreseeable ...
07/21/2015Designing for Happiness in Santa Monica

Those who envision themselves living in Santa Monica, the wealthy and politically progressive coastal enclave west of Los Angeles, no doubt envision themselves living happily there. It would seem to have everything: miles of coastline with beaches open to all, the striking Santa Monica mountains just to the north, plenty of equally striking southern-Californian architecture (its many celebrity ...
07/21/2015The Guardian [OPINION]: Japan’s "Heave-Ho" of Olympic Stadium A Win for the People

The Japanese have decided to scrap their planned Olympic stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid. Costs have ballooned, the public disliked it and the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, listened to the “voice of the people” and gave it the heave-ho. Hooray. How refreshing – what a sensible decision. Better still, they’ve been mocking Hadid’s design, recasting it as a hairdryer, a spacecraft, a footbath, a ...
07/22/2015Tokyo Governor Promises Cooperation on Olympic Stadium

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, who has been critical of the way the central government has handled the project to build the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics in the capital, pledged Wednesday to cooperate over the construction of the centerpiece as he met with Olympics minister Toshiaki Endo. In his first talks with Endo since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last Friday he will send the original ...
07/20/2015No Comeback in Sight for Midcentury A-frame Houses

July 20--Many midcentury styles have made huge comebacks -- gingham, cat-eye glasses, fringe and the kind of furniture found on the "Mad Men" set. But not A-frames. This triangular-shaped style is the architectural equivalent of polyester bell bottoms -- they're not coming back. Architecture expert Virginia Savage McAlester spends just a few paragraphs of "A Field Guide to American Houses" ...
07/21/2015Construction to Start Early 2016 on Japan's Olympic Stadium

Japan will start construction of a new centerpiece stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next January or February, sports minister Hakubun Shimomura said Tuesday. After crafting a new plan, including costs and functions needed, for the national stadium by this fall, Japan will choose a new design and builder through an international competition in a bid to complete the stadium by ...
07/21/2015Steve Lackmeyer: Sculptures Once Again Stand Guard Over The Oklahoman Offices

July 21--About six months have passed since The Oklahoman moved back downtown to 100 W Main, but for various reasons, the address didn't seem real yet -- not complete -- at least not until this week. Maybe it was the ongoing construction on all sides of our new home at Century Center. The landscaping wasn't completed until a couple of weeks ago, and the construction crews were still a constant ...
07/19/2015Blair Kamin: Chicago's Landscape Architecture

July 19--Given its preeminent role in the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is often called a laboratory of modern architecture. This summer, the city has put on new mantle: It has become a nationally significant testing ground for public space. Eleven years after the triumph of Millennium Park, with its luminous Bean and raucous Crown Fountain, Chicago has dedicated three major public spaces ...
07/19/2015Report Finds Marin City's Golden Gate Village Worthy of Landmark Status

July 19--A new architectural analysis of the Golden Gate Village housing complex says the buildings should be eligible for federal and state historical landmark status. The assessment comes as Marin Housing Authority looks at the 55-year-old, 296-unit complex and decides a course of action for its future. Golden Gate Village needs $16 million in repairs, and federal funds to do that work are ...
07/19/2015Gardens Restored at Frank Lloyd Wright House Near Pittsburgh

July 19--MILL RUN -- Eric Kobal stretches across a lush planter to examine a brown leaf on a rhododendron he planted in this garden on the Pottery Terrace at Fallingwater. The sound of running water is never far away here, especially this year as Bear Run, the stream that runs under the famous property, is flowing fast and high after a summer of plentiful rain. For three years Mr. Kobal has ...
07/17/2015Japan Scraps Pricy Stadium Plan and Cancels Contract with Hadid

TOKYO (AP) — Japan scrapped the design of the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Games because of soaring costs Friday and said it will reopen bidding for a new plan, in a stunning reversal that leaves the 2019 Rugby World Cup without a main venue. "We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told ...
07/17/2015Inga Saffron: Philadelphia's Navy Yard Home to Best New Architecture

July 17--It has been 15 years since the Philadelphia Navy Yard was turned into a suburban-style office park. Lured by the promise of free parking and easy highway access, dozens of companies now make their home there, employing some 12,000 people. The development is widely considered an economic success. If your only experience of the Navy Yard has been a fleeting glimpse from I-95, it may ...
07/16/2015Tadao Ando Questions Rise in Stadium Cost at Thursday Press Event

Renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando said Thursday he does not know why the construction costs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium have become so high after he chose the design of the main stadium as chairman of the design competition committee. "I myself want to ask why (the cost) cannot be lowered," he said at a packed press conference, referring to the surge in the building costs for the ...
07/16/2015RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the UK's 2015 Riba Stirling Prize has been announced. Britain's best buildings in 2015 are Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Darbishire Place, Peabody housing by Niall McLaughlin Architects; Maggie's Cancer Care Centre Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects; NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; University of Greenwich Stockwell Street by ...
07/15/2015Stirling Prize 2015 Shortlist Highlights Housing Crisis in UK

Some of the most expensive luxury flats in London will go head to head with a social housing scheme in the same city, in the race to win the Stirling prize for best building of the year, on a shortlist that reflects the vivid extremes of the UK’s desperate housing crisis. The sharply sculpted glass towers of Neo Bankside, by Lord Richard Rogers’ practice, RSH+P, teeter above Tate Modern on the ...
07/15/2015Fifth Ave.'s First Day Without FAO Schwarz

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks danced on a large floor piano there in the movie "Big." Multitudes of children wandered through the aisles over the years, hopped up on sugar from the candy store and wide-eyed with delight at the giant stuffed animals and other toys. And a fair number of parents winced at some of the price tags. FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue, probably the best-known toy store in the ...
07/15/2015At $2B, Tokyo Olympic Venue May Become World's Costliest Stadium

TOKYO (AP) — When the dust settles on the marquee venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could well be the most expensive sports stadium in the world. The latest cost estimate of 252 billion yen ($2 billion at current exchange rates) would push it beyond the current record-holder, the $1.6 billion MetLife stadium completed in 2010 for the New York Jets and Giants football teams. What ...

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