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05/01/2015Philadelphia's Frenzied Real Estate Market Makes Any Building a Teardown Target

May 01--There's nothing fancy about the ensemble of redbrick houses that line the 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village. Built in the late 1870s, when the avenue linked country farms to city markets, the modest, wood-trimmed buildings housed working people who tended shops on the ground floor. Folks still live upstairs today, and neighborhood businesses -- bike store, nail salon, ...
04/30/2015Century-old Buffalo Building Being Converted to Apartments

April 30--Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. plans to convert the former University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center on Washington Street into 45 apartments and two floors of retail and commercial space, restoring a century-old downtown building to capitalize on the growing desire for city living near transit lines. The $15 million project, dubbed The Sinclair to harken back to the ...
05/01/2015Amid Drought, the West is No Place for a Lawn

May 01--REPORTING FROM LAS VEGAS -- When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered that California rip up 50 million square feet of lawns to conserve water amid the West's deadening drought, the Golden State gasped. Meanwhile, the Silver State yawned. Desert denizens have already been there and done that -- since 1999, in fact. A near-continuous population boom has long driven officials here to seek ...
04/29/2015Patrick Dempsey Lists His Frank Gehry-designed House in Malibu

April 29--Talk about big exits. Patrick Dempsey, whose "Grey's Anatomy" character was killed off last week, is ready to part with the ocean view from his estate in Malibu for $14.5 million. The Frank Gehry-designed Tin House sits behind wooden gates on 3.2 mountainside acres with such amenities as a rock-climbing wall, a lawn suitable for soccer practice, animal coops and hutches and a ...
04/30/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Baltimore's Urban Stadium Becomes No-fans' Land

April 30--The whiteboard in the Camden Yards press box listed some details about the Baltimore Orioles' fourth home date of the season, a Wednesday afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox. Temperature: 73F. First pitch: 2:06. Attendance: 0. With protests and unrest roiling Baltimore following the Monday funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month, ...
04/30/2015The Bilbao Effect: Is Starchitecture All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Tomasz Kacprzak, chairman of the city council of Lódz, the third-biggest city in Poland, was telling me about the time he met David Lynch. “We went to his house in California,” Kacprzak said. “He loves Lódz. He wants to build us a cultural centre.” (Lynch’s plan for a 90-acre site comprising a film studio, cinema, gallery, offices and bar in an abandoned power plant in Lódz – the city that ...
04/28/2015Foreclosed Home Built by Famed Architect Addison Mizner Listed for $1.26 Million

April 28--A Boca Raton home built in the 1920s by famed architect Addison Mizner for his brother has hit the market for $1.26 million. The 5,600-square-foot estate at 888 Oleander St. is in the Old Floresta neighborhood east of Interstate 95 off Palmetto Park Road. Boca Raton-based real estate firm GSIG LLC listed the two-story home Friday for SunTrust Bank, which foreclosed last year. The ...
04/28/2015Zaha Hadid Designs Marble Vases and Tables for Citco

Famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid has released a series of marble vases and tables for Italian stone company Citco. Each of the designs in the new series was designed by using a CNC milling machine, allowing the architect to carve away pieces from a solid block of marble. Known as Tau vases, the designs are available in five shapes and sizes, ranging for short and wide to long and ...
04/28/2015Levittown, the Prototypical American Suburb

Levittown isn’t a single building but a development of more than 17,000 detached houses. The project – started in 1947 as America’s prototypical postwar planned community – has outlived its heartiest supporters and harshest detractors to stand today as something more complicated than a monument to the glory of the American dream, or to the blandness and conformity to which that dream led. Like ...
04/24/2015St. Petersburg Chooses Pier Park Design by Rogers Partners and ASD

April 24--ST. PETERSBURG -- The arduous and sometimes contentious six-month process to choose a design team for a new waterfront pier has taken a leap forward, but it has not reached the end. Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee took a big step Thursday with the midnight decision to give top ranking for the $46 million project to the Pier Park design. It was followed by the ...
04/24/2015Detroit Neighborhoods Want Update, Aid like Downtown Gets

April 24--The transformation of Detroit into an energetic, high-tech, pedestrian- friendly destination feels a world away from a desolate East Side stretch where 64-year-old retired Chrysler worker Dmetris England was eating breakfast at Maison's Fine Food Diner, a storefront that stands next to the big cow's head in front of an abandoned dairy. How does he feel about all of that downtown ...
04/20/2015Norman Foster's New Comcast Skyscraper Collides with Philadelphia's Street-level Reality

A block away from Comcast’s downtown Philadelphia tower Pritzker prize-winning architect Sir Norman Foster is constructing a second skyscraper for the cable giant. This one is 1,121 feet tall and will complement Comcast’s still-shiny main campus, completed in 2008. The new building will be the tallest skyscraper outside Chicago and New York when finished and will have cost $1.2bn – $40m of ...
04/24/2015Kamin: Innovative Method Soap Factory Shows Historic Pullman Has a Future

April 24--When President Barack Obama declared historic Pullman a national monument in February, the focus was on the past: the company town of railroad carmaker George Pullman, the violent labor strike of 1894 and the Pullman porters who set the stage for the civil rights movement. On Tuesday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the official opening of an innovative new soap factory in Pullman, ...
04/24/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Head of CicLAvia Steps Down

April 24--Aaron Paley, co-founder of CicLAvia, the hugely popular bicycling and open-streets festival that began in Los Angeles in 2010, emailed me with news: He was planning to step down as the nonprofit organization's executive director and take on a reduced role as executive producer. Since helping to start CicLAvia, the 57-year-old Paley has been wearing two hats; he is also president of ...
04/22/2015Blair Kamin: Black Hawk Statue, Schwinn Co-founder's House, Central Park Theatre on List of Endangered Places

April 22--Illinois' most endangered historic places include a Chicago mansion built for the co-founder of the Schwinn bicycle empire and the Black Hawk statue along the Rock River, the state's leading preservation advocacy group said Wednesday in a Springfield news conference. The group, Landmarks Illinois, also called attention to the historic preservation division of the Illinois Historic ...
04/22/2015Chicago Botanic Garden Breaks Ground on New $26 Million Campus

April 22--Turning over earth is one of the most ordinary things that happens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. But sticking shovels into ground to get started on a new, 25,000-square-foot building at the Glencoe nature park is much less usual. With a scheduled groundbreaking Thursday, work on the garden's new, $26 million Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus will begin. The garden will be on its ...
04/20/2015Female Architect Builds Largest Nature Bridge in Iran

Bridges have always been close to the heart of Iranian identity. Isfahan, Iran’s top tourist destination and a former capital of Persia, boasts two spectacular bridges from the 16th century Safavid dynasty when the city was at the centre of Islamic art and culture. So it is no surprise that a new hi-tech award-winning structure has appeared in the Iranian capital, Tehran. What is a surprise is ...
04/20/2015The 606 Park, Chicago's High Line, to Open in June

April 20--A long-planned Chicago park stretching along abandoned Northwest Side train tracks will debut June 6, the city announced Monday. The idea for The 606 park and trail system, which will run along 2.7 miles of elevated tracks near Bloomingdale Avenue stretching from Logan Square through Bucktown, Wicker Park and Humboldt Park, has been around for years. A group called Friends of the ...
04/18/2015New Plans Unveiled for Redoing Blighted Bloomfield Park Outside Detroit

April 18--A developer has unveiled designs for how it hopes to transform the failed and blighted Bloomfield Park into Oakland County's next hot shopping spot and residential development. Conceptual renderings presented to local officials this week by Southfield-based REDICO call for razing most of the rusting parking garages and other half-built structures on the 80-acre site, which fronts ...
04/21/2015Jean Nouvel Loses Paris Concert Hall Court Case

Jean Nouvel has lost a court case against the Paris Philharmonie concert hall, with a French court ruling that the architect did not provide enough proof that his original designs for the building had been flouted. Nouvel first sought legal action to renovate 26 areas of the publicly funded building to his original designs, including fireplaces, facades, and the 2,400-seat concert hall itself. ...
04/20/2015Glasgow School of Art’s Restoration Brings Surprises and Unearths Secrets

A Roman sentry stands watch with a look of panic, as fireballs crash down around him and bodies lie strewn among the rubble in the last moments of Pompeii. The scene, depicted in Edward Poynter’s painting, Faithful unto Death, is still legible on a scorched postcard pulled from behind the charred remains of wooden panelling in the Glasgow School of Art last week. It was found clinging for ...
04/19/2015What Is Boris Johnson’s Architectural Legacy in London?

Classicist that he is, Boris Johnson will be familiar with the Ephebic oath, sworn by the young men of ancient Athens, that among other things they would leave their city better than they found it. Johnson is technically still mayor of London for another year, but it’s clear that his attention is now on that special corner of the capital that is the parliamentary constituency of Uxbridge and ...
04/18/2015OPINION: Jeanne Gang Does Better in Second Version of New Chicago Skyscraper

April 18--It's a good thing that the Jeanne Gang-designed Wanda Vista Tower has improved considerably since it was shown last year. In classic Chicago fashion, the public review process for the proposed riverfront hotel and condominium skyscraper is anything but squeaky clean. As the Tribune disclosed in February, executives, employees and other people associated with the project's ...
04/19/2015The Snyderman House is a PoMo Joke That's Starting to Look Smart

April 19--Having lived through the rise of postmodernism and watched its ironic, pop-art treatment of classical forms filter through the culture -- to the point where every strip mall was designed with a flattened pediment over the entrance -- I never expected to feel any sympathy for that unfortunate architectural style. But after its champion Michael Graves died last month, I realized I ...
04/17/2015Blair Kamin: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Fights for Survival

April 17--The board of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on Thursday assailed Gov. Bruce Rauner's push to eliminate the agency, saying the move could force some state historic sites to close and would hinder a program that has helped generate more than $1 billion in construction spending. "Governor Rauner and the General Assembly have a difficult task in trying to deal with the state's ...

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