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03/03/2015Miami Herald's Iconic Building Demolished

March 03--She's gone. By the time the last girder was down on Tuesday, there was nothing but blue sky where the Miami Herald's hulking headquarters stood for half a century. As if she'd never been there at all. She was the grande dame on Miami's bayfront when they started taking her down, chunk by chunk, in a strange, slow-motion demolition that took a full year and a half. But then she was ...
03/03/2015AECOM, James Corner Among Finalists for Milwaukee Lakefront Redesign Project

March 03--Nothing says Milwaukee like the lakefront, the place where the urban fabric meets a curve of freshwater, and several internationally recognized architects and designers will compete to transform it. Called the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, the urban design project promises to refashion and make more coherent a stretch of lakefront in and around existing cultural structures, such as ...
03/04/2015Oklahoma City Scraps Site for New Convention Center by Populous

March 04--The chosen site for a new convention center and conference hotel is being scrapped by the Oklahoma City Council after determining Tuesday too much was at risk to continue with a condemnation action against a partnership led by Bob Howard and Fred Hall. The city began condemnation proceedings against REHCO LLC last June in what originally was described as a "friendly action" by Cathy ...
03/04/2015Christian Science Church Building in Miami One Step Closer to Being Saved

March 04--Biscayne Boulevard's grand Christian Science church came one big step closer to getting saved on Tuesday, when Miami's historic preservation board endorsed a significantly tweaked proposal to suspend a parking garage for a new condo next door over the historic building. A month after balking at a previous version of the blueprint, which preservationists complained seemed to "crush" ...
03/04/2015Zaha Hadid Listed as One of Most Powerful Arab Women of 2015

Iraqi-born, London-based starchitect Zaha Hadid has been listed as the 21st most powerful Arab woman of 2015 by Arabian Business (AB) magazine. AB said the architect "followed up 2014's unveiling of Qatar's first World Cup stadium with incredible designs for Beijing's new airport terminal, scheduled to open in 2018, and the Bee'ah Headquarters in Sharjah, to name but two. "[Hadid] is enjoying ...
02/27/2015Gallagher: Detroit's Blight-free Vision Curtailed as Money Dries Up

Feb. 27--Hopes that the city could rid itself of blight in as little as five years have faded as abundant savings from the bankruptcy reorganization did not materialize and federal funds for the job are now drying up in a tight city budget. Mayor Mike Duggan delivered the sobering reality check on Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber's Detroit Policy Conference, saying the city will ...
03/03/2015Gehry-designed Guest House on the Road Again

March 03--Come spring the Winton guesthouse will be on the road again. And for $1 million or so, it could roll up your driveway. Designed by Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, the award-winning three bedroom home -- which looks like a cluster of minimalist sculptures -- was moved in 2011 from a hill overlooking Lake Minnetonka to a field outside Owatonna. On May 19 it will be auctioned by ...
02/27/2015Wainwright: Google's New Headquarters is a Futuristic Greenhouse

The future of work, according to Google, will take place in woodland glades and wildflower meadows, next to trickling streams and verdant allotments, among bike paths and yoga classes and gushing fountains, with fresh produce on tap. It will be a pastoral utopia-with-WiFi, all safely swept beneath a series of gigantic glass tents. Silicon Valley’s mother of all tech companies has today ...
03/03/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Google's New Headquarters Design Takes Transparency to New Levels

March 03--As an architect, what do you give the company that has everything? More to the point, what do you design for the company that is everywhere, that has become digitally ubiquitous? If you're Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the rising-star architects tapped to design the new Google headquarters in Mountain View, you begin by covering all of your bases, philosophical, practical and ...
03/01/2015Oliver Wainwright: The Forgotten Architectural Masterpieces of African Modernism

Afield of triangular roofs pokes up above the horizon on the outskirts of Dakar, like a forest of wigwams that have been baked to stone under the scorching sub-Saharan sun. They sit on a triangular concrete plinth, from which bigger triangular pavilions protrude, accessed by flights of triangular steps from the dusty streets, along which triangular gutters jut out. It could be Toblerone Town, ...
02/24/2015John Gallagher: New Windows, New Life for Derelict Michigan Central Station?

Feb. 24--The derelict Michigan Central Station, an object of fascination for gawkers and dreamers alike, may rank as the building with the most broken windows of any ruin in Detroit. But that may be changing with Chamberlain Glass & Metal of St. Clair reaching agreement with the Moroun family that owns the landmark to produce replacement windows. New windows would mark a major step forward for ...
02/28/2015Blair Kamin: New Chicago Tower by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Skillfully Deals with Challenging Site

Feb. 28--So many historic buildings in Chicago are being turned into hotels these days that it almost comes as a surprise to see a new hotel stretch into the sky. The glass-sheathed, 50-story Loews hotel and apartment tower, whose hotel portion opens Monday, turns out to be a welcome addition, though it lacks the sort of eye-grabbing shape that turns up in silhouette renditions of the skyline. ...
02/27/2015Inga Saffron: Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote "Loose Play"

Feb. 27--Given the ice crust encasing our streets right now, this might seem to be a strange moment to ponder what makes a good playground. A kid is lucky to gulp a few breaths of fresh air in the minutes between school and home. It feels as if it will be months before the slides are warm enough to touch again. When the thaw does come, as it inevitably will, most children will race out to the ...
02/26/2015John Gallagher: Detroit Blight Removal Needs More Money

Feb. 26--Detroit's blight removal efforts could face a financial bottleneck later this year unless a new source of money is found to continue it, Mayor Mike Duggan said this morning. Speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Detroit Police Conference at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Duggan said the city has enough money through federal funding to run its blight removal demolition program ...
02/19/2015Seattle May Cap Rents on Some Micro Apartments at $618 a Month

Feb. 19--These days, most Seattle apartments rent for at least $1,000 a month. Some are much pricier. But a bill under consideration by the City Council would establish a cap of about $600 a month for some of the city's smallest rental homes. The new cap would apply only to micro-apartments -- which officials have rebranded as "small efficiency dwelling units" -- priced to satisfy the terms of ...
02/24/2015Architect of Record Named for New University of Iowa Museum of Art

Feb. 24--IOWA CITY -- A highly-anticipated permanent replacement for the University of Iowa's flood-devastated Museum of Art building now has an architect on board. Project developer H+H Development Group of Iowa City has identified BNIM Architects of Des Moines and Kansas City as "architect of record" for the new museum, the university announced Monday. The firm was chosen, in part, for its ...
02/26/20153D-printed Cities: Is this the Future?

The words “we print architecture’s future” adorn the wall of a showroom on the outskirts of Suzhou, a rapidly urbanising city in eastern China. Arranged around the room are samples of odd-looking concrete wall of varying thickness. Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation. It ...
02/21/2015First New Eichler Home in Decades has Already Sold

Feb. 21--A Palm Springs home built using Joseph Eichler's original blueprints is under contract to sell for $1.29 million. The newly built Modernist design, considered the first true Eichler home developed in 40 years, came to market on Tuesday. According to real estate brokers and developers Troy Kudlac and Ross Stout of KUD Properties Inc., which handled the listing side, it sold that day ...
02/24/2015Wainwright: Wild Designs and Fierce Opposition to New Bridge in London

There are waterfalls and go-faster striped cycle lanes, funhouses and fairy lights, as well as a handful of odd things to which no words can do justice. A diverse assortment of 74 designs has been unveiled for a new bridge across the Thames, to span the river from Nine Elms to Pimlico in southwest London, providing a “distinctive gateway” to this rapidly changing part of the city. “We want not ...
02/24/2015Billionaire Peter Sperling Sells 1920s Estate

Feb. 24--Peter Sperling, son of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, has sold a Montecito estate formerly owned by actress Jane Seymour for $10.5 million. Designed by architects William A. Edwards and Joseph Plunkett and completed in the late 1920s, the 3.34-acre compound contains a 4,904-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, a pool house, a caretaker's cottage, a tennis court, a pool ...
02/22/2015Ray Bradbury Home's Destruction by Thom Mayne Has LA Re-examining its History

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was the house where Ray Bradbury wrote "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and when the bulldozer came to knock it down literary scholars and preservationists were aghast. The bright yellow home with the big bay windows where the author lived and worked for 54 years wasn't the first Los Angeles landmark to be flattened of course. The statuesque Ambassador Hotel, where ...
02/19/2015The Best Designs of 2014: Texting Cows, Life-saving Toilets, Selfie Buildings, and More

One is the ultimate vanity project, the other processes excrement – yet both have been hailed as designs of the year. The former is a billion-euro building of such complexity that new machines had to be invented to twist glass in the previously unimaginable ways it required. This is Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, a building as lavish and precisely tailored as the handbags on ...
02/19/2015Frank Gehry Will Design Interiors for New Facebook Office in Seattle

Feb. 19--Four years after opening a small engineering office in Seattle, Facebook now has more than 500 employees in the city. The update came from Paul Carduner, head of the Seattle office, during a news event Wednesday. "We love it here. We're here to stay," he said. Facebook scheduled the event before word leaked out that would cement that stay: The company plans to relocate the Seattle ...
02/20/2015Blair Kamin: Obama Designates Historic Pullman District as City's First National Monument

Feb. 20--It's understandable if Chicagoans are skeptical about President Barack Obama's designation of the historic Pullman factory district as the city's first national monument. Thursday's ceremony can't change the fact that Pullman sits some 15 miles from downtown, far from the glitter of Millennium Park, and is flanked by violence-plagued neighborhoods like nearby Roseland. Even so, it ...
02/22/2015Inga Saffron: Italian Bankers Row in Philadelphia

Feb. 22--In the late 19th century, when thousands of Italian immigrants were pouring into South Philadelphia to make their fortunes, Seventh Street was transformed into a bustling bankers row. By 1897, there were 25 rowhouse-size banks between Bainbridge and Washington Avenues, all competing to provide newcomers with loans, money transfers, even railroad and steamship tickets. The immigrant ...

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