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11/17/2014Obama's Step-grandmother Aims to Build Diebedo Francis Kéré-designed Education/Health Complex in Kenya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Barack Obama's 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again. Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather, said in an interview through an interpreter ...
11/12/2014Poor, Sexy, Messy: David Chipperfield on How Berlin Became a Great City Like No Other

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin still struggles with its unsatisfactory urban form: its gaps, its duplications, and its unfinished nature. It is a city that has always been in flux, so complicated by its histories and counter-histories that its urban fabric seems to resist all attempts to reorder it. Despite this, or probably because of it, Berlin seems to have become a ...
11/15/2014Simon Jenkins: What Are the Best British Buildings of the Last Century?

In the summer of 1980 a group of us from the newly formed Thirties Society drove out of London along the Great West Road. We were told demolition squads had arrived at the splendid art deco headquarters of the Firestone tyre company. The planning minister, Michael Heseltine, was intending to list it for protection but had first informed the owners, Trafalgar House. The company sent in wreckers ...
11/15/2014Construction Starts on David Adjaye's Spiralling Stone Extinction Memorial

Construction is now underway on a memorial to extinct species of the present and future, designed by David Adjaye for the Isle of Portland, England. A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week for the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), a 30-metre-high stone spiral that will house an information and exhibition centre for the 860 species identified as extinct since the demise of ...
11/17/2014Interview with Diane Thorsen of Perkins + Will

As design director of Perkins + Will, one of the region's most successful design firms, Diane Thorsen has a lot on her plate and she seems to be managing it all quite effortlessly. Since realising the power of art as a child, it seems that Thorsen's passion for creation is stronger than any clout of stress. "I knew I wanted to be a designer from when I got my first set of colouring pencils," ...
11/18/2014American Architect Set to Be Released from Abu Dhabi Jail

American architect Dr Robert Black is awaiting release from an Abu Dhabi prison after being found not guilty of taking photographs in a restricted area. The 70-year-old appeared before a judge yesterday (Monday) according to a friend speaking on his family's behalf. Black, who had been speaking at a conference, was arrested and detailed in Al Wathba jail while out on a morning sightseeing ...
11/15/2014Blair Kamin: Alternative Site for Lucas Museum Could Help Stars Align for Everyone

Nov. 15--There's a better spot for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts than the one that led to the much-derided "Mount Lucas" design and prompted Friends of the Parks on Thursday to file a lawsuit in federal court against the plan. This site would give the museum a high-profile Lake Shore Drive address and the waterfront views coveted by its namesake, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, ...
11/05/2014Encouraging Civic Engagement Through Design

Cities seeking to encourage citizen involvement take note — the Center for Active Design has just received an $115,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund a set of design guidelines encouraging civic engagement through architecture and urban planning. The center’s “Designing for Robust Engagement” initiative aims to foster social connections, political participation ...
11/17/2014Talking Fire Alarms, Smart Thermostats: Can Technology Make Us Love Our Dull Devices?

Nearing the end of his time at Apple, Tony Fadell was building a holiday home for his family on Lake Tahoe when he tasked the architect with bringing him the most advanced thermostat available, to go with all of the latest ecological and technological devices featured in the new-build home. Fadell, who has become known as one of the "fathers" of the iPod, was not impressed with the beige ...
11/16/2014Rowan Moore: Farshid Moussavi, Where Style Meets Substance

Architecture today operates in a promiscuous haze. It is so easy to see, swap, trade and imitate ideas that it's hard to see what happened first where, what is original, authentic or new. Just as styles in fashion migrate rapidly from the catwalk to Primark so it is in architecture. There are the big names, the people recognised as originators, and what might be called hack practices, who feed ...
11/08/2014Chicago Tribune Editorial: The Lucas Museum Should Not Be on Chicago's Lakefront

Nov. 08--Last week's unveiling of plans for a Lucas Museum of Narrative Art crystallized what until now had been a disagreement about a controversial location and a structure of unknown size. The first concern will fester until the museum is sited somewhere else. The second, though, has awakened Chicagoans to the stakes for Chicago's lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel should tell the people of his ...
11/13/2014Chicago Group to Sue Over Site for Lucas Museum

Nov. 13--In a surprising legal tack, opponents of George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront said Wednesday that they will argue in federal court that the site sits on reclaimed waterways and therefore can't be handed over to a private entity. That approach is a departure from previous arguments by lakefront preservationists that construction on the shoreline defies a long-standing ...
11/12/2014Vincent Callebaut Architecture Designs Sustainable Complex for Cairo

French studio Vincent Callebaut Architects has revealed a muti-purpose complex for Nasr City in Cairo, Egypt. The project is designed to obtain a LEED Gold Plus standing and features a solar roof, green terraces, sky villas and vertical gardens and solar heating tubes. The Gate Residence is composed of 1000 apartment units with a health club and spa, fitness centre, business centre, ...
11/13/2014Miami Megaproject Would Include 60-Story Tower by Elkus Manfredi

Nov. 13--The long-awaited, and at times controversial, Miami Worldcenter megaproject unveiled plans Wednesday for its first tower, a 470-unit, 60-story lux condo that would be embedded into the planned three-level shopping mall stretching across three and a half blocks in the old Park West district. Its developer, Daniel Kodsi, says his Paramount Miami Worldcenter condo is further proof that ...
11/12/2014Urban Farming Takes Root in Downtown Los Angeles

Nov. 12--Amid the rooftops of downtown's Financial District, basil, parsley and vegetables line a raised-bed garden. The 6th floor plot, part of a trend of urban farming in downtown Los Angeles, serves a restaurant at the members-only Jonathan Club. "This was a dream of mine since I was a kid," said Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club's chief operating officer, who on Tuesday showed off the garden ...
11/12/2014Ollie Wainwright: It's Time to Show Some Love for the Pylon

'Encase your legs in nylons, / Bestride your hills with pylons, / O age without a soul," moaned John Betjeman in 1966, railing against the twin evils of the modern age as he saw them: tights and electricity transmission towers. While the Campaign to Protect Rural England might not share his distaste for synthetic stockings, it has kept alive his fight against the hated pylon, exerting a level ...
11/05/2014Studio Gang to Renovate Milwaukee Powerhouse

Nov. 05--Beloit College has unveiled designs for converting a century-old power plant on the Rock River into a recreation center with sustainable features by celebrated architectural firm Studio Gang. The design is meant to retain the industrial character of the decommissioned coal-fired electrical plant while showcasing reduced energy features -- and human energy. "We're excited to work with ...
11/11/2014Nouvel and Chipperfield in Competition to Design Hungary's New National Museum

Louvre Abu Dhabi architect Jean Nouvel is on the list of contenders to design a museum in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Other star names include David Chipperfield and Renzo Piano along with firms Mecanoo, Snohetta and Sanaa are listed for the National Gallery and Ludwig Museum after an open competition was abandoned The second contest was launched after an initial search failed to find ...
11/12/2014Historic Miami Mansion to Be Moved, Restored

Nov. 12--In a rare instance where owner, government and preservationist are all on the same page on how to deal with a historic home in Miami Beach, a 90-year-old mansion at 27 Star Island will be lifted and moved over on the same property to make way for a new home. The expansive, 10,000-square-foot home was designed by noted architect Walter DeGarmo, Florida's first registered architect. ...
11/10/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago Unveils a Plan for New Jeanne Gang Boathouse

Nov. 10--City officials Monday announced plans to build a $5.7 million boathouse, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, in the South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport. The 19,003-square-foot facility, known as the Eleanor Boathouse, will consist of a large building for storing rowing shells and a separate, smaller structure with workout spaces for rowers. The project will also include a ...
11/07/2014The Appeal of China's 'Weird' Buildings Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Erik Nilsson and Zhang Lei in Beijing, Zhao Xu in Shenyang, Peng Yining in Chongqing and Hu Yongqi in Kunming Some mock the 'weird' structures, while others say they are symbols of the country's bright future. Some love it. Some hate it. Most do both or fall in between. The modern building that looks like an ancient Chinese coin in Liaoning province's capital Shenyang rises as a symbol of the ...
11/09/2014At World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona, a Global Call for Energy-Efficiency

Nov. 09--BARCELONA, Spain -- In this Mediterranean port city where Antoni Gaudi's surreal architectural masterpieces have forever altered the skyline and raised expectations, an international gathering of sustainable building experts has plotted changes to the world's built landscape that could be as revolutionary and even more transformational. Meeting in the architectural shadow of Gaudi's ...
11/07/2014In St. Louis, Architects, Administrators and an Ex-con Debate Best Design for Prisons

Nov. 07--ST. LOUIS -- Brian Nelson, an ex-con, believes the now-closed Tamms Correctional Center in Southern Illinois was "designed to mentally destroy a person." He blames the architecture for fellow inmates in solitary confinement cutting themselves. "To me, the cell was so, so depressing," said Nelson, 50, of the Chicago area. "It was battleship gray. The whole cell. Solid concrete. I could ...
11/08/2014Richard Williams: Tokyo Olympic Stadium Debate Rages on

In Kon Ichikawa's great film of the 1964 Olympic Games, the first thing you see is a wrecking ball, smashing into the concrete facade of an old industrial building. Then the director shows you what replaced that building and the others that had once stood around it: the giant bowl of a new sports stadium, rimmed with flagpoles, fit for a modern age. If the organisers of the 2020 Games are ...
11/07/2014Arata Isozaki Condemns Zaha Hadid Design for Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Nov. 07--A revised design for the main Tokyo Olympic stadium is nothing more than a "white elephant" that's been stripped of its original designer's artistic talent and will forever burden the capital if built, internationally renowned architect Arata Isozaki said. In a statement made available to the media Wednesday, the 83-year-old Isozaki said he was "shocked" to see the revised version of ...

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