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08/26/2014Steve Lackmeyer: When Public and Economic Interests Conflict

Aug. 26--A reader participating in last week's OKC Central Live Chat prompted a long-overdue discussion of the stress that exists between a public wanting to know details of downtown development and the developers who sometimes wish silence would prevail as long as possible. The reader, "a friend to some urban developers," said he was privy to their disdain over observers demanding constant ...
08/27/2014Blair Kamin: Illinois Town Uses Dutch Concept to Revitalize Its Core

Aug. 27--The Fox River town of Batavia may be the last place you'd expect to find a radical experiment in resuscitating a dying downtown. And yet, by American standards, a block-and-a-half stretch of Batavia's River Street is radical indeed. This stretch, which runs parallel to the river, has no curbs, no traffic stripes and no crosswalks. Instead, a continuous carpet of red and brown bricks ...
08/28/2014Plan to Convert Houston Astrodome into Indoor Park Will Depend on Details

Aug. 28--Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's proposal to turn the Astrodome into "the world's largest indoor park" and recreation area is definitely feasible, a local architect said Wednesday, but also one whose fate -- and cost -- will be dictated by the details. Kinder Baumgardner, president of SWA Architects, the firm behind several public projects in Houston involving parks, said plenty of ...
08/20/2014Inga Saffron: New Philadelphia Plaza Combines Park, Architecture

Aug. 20--The plan for Dilworth Plaza -- to be renamed Dilworth Park -- is really two projects rolled into one. At street level, the goal is to create a welcoming civic space where office workers, tourists, and residents can relax in the shadow of City Hall. Down below will be a big, new waiting room for subway riders. Some notable features: To enhance views of City Hall's lavish Beaux-Arts ...
08/24/2014On My Radar: Amanda Levete's Cultural Highlights

Stirling prize-winning architect Amanda Levete worked with Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989. She designed the shimmering carapace of Selfridges in Birmingham and the media centre at Lord's cricket ground. In 2009, she founded Amanda Levete Architects, where commissions have included the Victoria & Albert Museum extension. Next month, as part of the London ...
08/25/2014NBBJ Conceives Santiago Calatrava-inspired Shading System

International architecture firm NBBJ have launched a new prototype for a shading system known as Sunbreak. Inspired by Santiago Calatrava's garage door design from 1985, the user-controlled sunshades lead to low energy costs and give buildings dynamic appearances throughout the day. Currently, technology is centred around automatically regulating solar gains in buildings, but this leads to the ...
08/20/2014Italian Architect Of 'Putin's Palace' Granted Russian Passport

By Luke Johnson August 20, 2014 The Kremlin has granted Russian citizenship to an Italian architect linked to a billion-dollar project in southern Russia widely referred to as "Putin's palace." Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded citizenship to Italian architect Lanfranco Cirillo in an August 16 decree published three days later on the Russian government's website. Cirillo helped build ...
08/25/2014Zaha Hadid Sues New York Review of Books Over Qatar Criticism

Leading British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books over an article she claims accuses her of "showing no concern" for the deaths of hundreds of migrant construction workers in Qatar, where she has designed a football stadium for the 2022 World Cup. The award-winning architect filed a lawsuit in Manhattan supreme court last week, accusing the highbrow magazine and ...
08/22/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago Architect Gerald Horn Dies at 79

Aug. 22--Chicago architect Gerald Horn began his career helping design daring modernist houses in California. Toward the end of his working life, he crafted a California house whose airy, sun-bleached exterior reflected his passion for precisely honed details and the sport of sailing. Mr. Horn, 79, died of cancer in that house Saturday, Aug. 9, his wife, Caryl, said Thursday. Between those ...
08/21/2014Fumihiko Maki's Aga Khan Museum to Open Next Month

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto will open its doors to the public on September 18. It is dedicated to presenting an overview of the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions that Muslim civilisations have made to world, the Aga Khan said. The museum's permanent collection of over 1,000 objects includes masterpieces that reflect a broad range of artistic styles and materials. The ...
08/21/2014Seattle Architecture Firm Callison Bought by Dutch Giant

Aug. 21--Seattle-based architecture firm Callison, one of the largest in the U.S., said it will be acquired by Dutch design giant Arcadis as it seeks to tackle an increasingly hungry global market. Callison has 1,000 employees in 11 offices worldwide, including about 400 in Seattle. The trade publication Building Design+Construction ranked Callison as the fifth-largest architecture firm in the ...
08/20/2014Remembering Andrew MacMillan, 1928-2014

Architect and Educator Born: December 17, 1928 Died: August 16, 2014 ANDY Macmillan, who has died aged 85, was the last surviving partner of Gillespie Kidd and Coia, the notable modernist Glasgow architectural practice that operated in the middle of the last century, and was also a charismatic and popular professor of architecture and head of school at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in ...
08/20/2014Architecture World Pays Tribute to Andy MacMillan

Modernist designer Andy MacMillan has died after suffered a brain haemorrhage while judging this year's Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Awards The architect joined Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1954 from the Scottish East Kilbride Development Corporation, where he formed a partnership with Isi Metzstein. Neither architect was fully qualified, yet by 1956 they had ...
08/19/2014Colleges Add Luxury Touches to New Stadiums

AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lining the brightly lit hallways of Populous, one of the leading architectural firms behind college sports, there are hundreds of scale models and graphic renderings of college football stadiums in various stages of renovation and construction. There are blueprints for Kyle Field at Texas A&M, in the midst of a $420 million redevelopment. There's a ...
08/19/2014HOK Acquires Kansas City-based 360 Architecture

Aug. 19--HOK, an architecture, engineering and design company with offices in 23 cities around the world, on Tuesday announced it will have a Kansas City footprint again with its acquisition of 360 Architecture. The Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, a leading designer of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation centers and entertainment districts, will re-energize HOK's sports-facility ...
08/20/2014Moscow's Renowned Shukhov Tower Will be Saved

Moscow's renowned Shukhov tower, a Soviet-era structure known as Russia's Eiffel tower, has been saved by local authorities from plans to dismantle it. In a rare step by municipal authorities to preserve historic architecture, Moscow's city hall drafted an order on 10 July stating that the location, architectural composition, unique engineering solutions and original steel beams of the ...
08/20/2014Populous Picked to Design $35M Columbia, S.C., Stadium

Aug. 20--Columbia decided Tuesday to pay a Missouri-based architectural firm $2 million to design and oversee construction of the stadium in the Bull Street neighborhood. City Council voted to hire Populous Inc. of Kansas City for $2,025,000. Architects are to meet with city staffers as well as with master developer Bob Hughes and minor league team owner Jason Freier for them to review the ...
08/18/2014Oklahoma City's Quirky Milk Bottle Building Will be Restored

Aug. 18--A quirky Oklahoma City landmark since 1930, the milk bottle grocery building at NW 23 and N Classen is being restored to its original appearance. "The windows have been boarded up for a long time and they are going to completely redo the inside and get it ready for another tenant," said Catherine Montgomery, preservation architect at Preservation & Design Studio, who has assisted with ...
08/19/2014Scottish Architect Andrew MacMillan Dies at 85

TRIBUTES were paid to the leading architect Professor Andrew MacMillan after his sudden death on Saturday. Mr MacMillan, 85, died in Inverness during the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland's (RIAS) Andrew Doolan Awards, which he was chairing. His family are planning to hold his funeral in private. Details of an event to celebrate his life will be announced shortly. Mr MacMillan was ...
08/19/2014Client Tries to Build Unrealized Frank Lloyd Wright House in England

ADOCTOR's dream to build a house using a design by a world famous American architect is to be decided by a planning inspector. The property is earmarked for green belt land in the Wraxall countryside. Dr Hugh Pratt fell for the nature-inspired designs of Frank Lloyd Wright - a master of 20th century architecture. Dr Pratt put forward plans for his dream house at Tyntesfield Springs - including ...
08/18/2014Ennead Will Design New U.S. Embassy in Turkey

Washington, DC The Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected Ennead Architects of New York, New York as the architect for the new U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The multi-building complex will be situated on a nine-acre site in the Karakusunlar neighborhood, and will include a chancery, U.S. Marine Corps residence, warehouse, support annex, utility ...
08/16/2014Calatrava Building at Florida Polytechnic University Opens

Aug. 16--Florida Polytechnic University launched with a bang on Saturday, a pyrotechnics display highlighting the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology Building as dignitaries and the general public enjoyed the grand opening of the state's 12th public university. Poly leadership was joined by Gov. Rick Scott; renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the IST building; former ...
08/18/2014What Kind of Prison Might the Inmates Design?

Aug. 18--SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto). All the students wore orange. And on this final day, their paper models were taking shape. Architect Deanna VanBuren adjusted a piece of tracing paper over Anthony ...
08/16/2014Striking Modernist Buildings in Lexington, Kentucky

Aug. 16--Controversy over the demolition of several Mid-Century Modern buildings on the University of Kentucky campus this summer marked a change in Lexington's conversation about historic preservation. It made it clear that a building doesn't have to be more than a century old to be architecturally or historically significant enough to be worth saving. Architect Sarah Tate was most upset by ...
08/14/2014Amale Andraos Appointed First Female Dean at a Columbia's GSAPP

Aug. 14--BEIRUT -- Lebanese architect Amale Andraos has been appointed as the new dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University in New York City. Andraos, who has been teaching at Columbia since 2011, is the first woman to become a dean at the school, according to the statement released by the university Tuesday. Before Columbia, she taught at ...

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