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07/31/2014Architects Reward Mackintosh Blaze Firefighters

SCOTLAND'S top architectural body has made a donation to firefighters' charities as a gesture of thanks for their efforts at the Glasgow Art School fire. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) donated pound(s)1500, split between two charities linked to fire personnel. The charities were the Fire Fighters Charity and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Family Support Trust. ...
07/31/2014Fifa To Monitor Qatar's Treatment of Laborers Building 2022 World Cup Venues

Fifa, football's world governing body, has said it will monitor Qatar's treatment of migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup facilities closely, following revelations that labourers building a stadium have been earning as little as 45p an hour and working up to 30 days a month. A Fifa spokesman said the federation had "repeatedly urged the Qatari authorities to address any unacceptable ...
07/29/2014Norman Foster's Gherkin Building Put up for Sale

LONDON (AP) — One of London's most recognizable office buildings has been put up for sale. The Norman Foster-designed tower, nicknamed The Gherkin for its distinctive pickle-like shape, is expected to generate interest all over the globe. Accountancy firm Deloitte LLP was appointed receiver of the skyscraper this year after one of the building's owners, Germany's Immobilien AG, went into ...
07/27/2014Steve Lackmeyer: What's Next for Downtown Oklahoma City?

July 27--A 220-foot-high amusement ride might or might not become a reality in Bricktown, but the overall momentum downtown is unquestionably giddy as the city moves beyond the 20th anniversary of the original Metropolitan Area Projects. The initiative, more commonly known as MAPS, consisted of a five-year, one-penny sales tax designed to add life back to the urban core of Oklahoma City. ...
07/28/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia Church Saved by a Bolt of Lightning

July 28--Trinity Memorial Church at 22d and Spruce Streets was failing in the summer of 1994, and the few dozen remaining congregants knew it. They talked about selling off the oak pews, or even the chocolate-brown Victorian building itself, but the conversation kept going in circles. The members of the little Episcopal church just couldn't agree what to do. Then, in the midst of their ...
07/30/2014Skyscrapers: The Barometers of Economic Doom

Skyscrapers are usually considered signs of success, steel-framed declarations of triumph. But they're equally associated with corporate hubris, architectural ego and recession - the latter tallied via the Skyscraper Index, which plots the striking correlation between the completion of a new "world's tallest building" and the arrival of a global economic downturn. The failure of Norman ...
07/29/2014Aecom Acquires Major Stadium Builder

July 29--Los Angeles architectural engineering firm Aecom Technology Corp. -- which has worked on sports stadiums for the Olympics, the World Cup and the NBA -- announced Tuesday that it had acquired Hunt Construction Group, a major stadium builder. The announcement comes two weeks after Aecom announced a $6-billion deal to acquire rival engineering and construction giant URS Corp. of San ...
07/28/2014Blair Kamin: Studio Gang Architects, MAD Architects To Design Star Wars Museum in Chicago

July 28--"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here. Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD Architects, will ...
07/28/2014MAD Architects and Studio Gang Will Design George Lucas Museum in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Monday that Beijing-based MAD Architects would be the principal designer for the site, while Chicago's Studio Gang would design the landscape and a bridge to the city's Northerly Island nature area. The "Star Wars" creator ...
07/26/2014Blair Kamin: Michael Van Valkenburgh Brings Fresh Spin to Chicago Park

July 26--Strolling through Maggie Daley Park, stubble on his face and a yellow hard hat covering his graying red hair, Michael Van Valkenburgh paused before the contours of an undulating ice skating loop that will weave through a stand of evergreens. "I see little Olympians in production here," said Van Valkenburgh, the park's chief designer, as his brown eyes settled on the concrete path for ...
07/23/2014Carolina A. Miranda: Comic Series Envisions the Los Angeles of 2094

July 23--A Los Angeles where endless loops of freeway have been built over the Pacific Ocean, where traffic jams are so epic they make the Sepulveda Pass on Friday afternoon look like child's play, where life is a continuous reality show, where immigrants don't apply for citizenship -- they audition. That is the L.A. of 2094 as envisioned by a comic book series devoted to a new incarnation of ...
07/24/2014Jane Duncan Named RIBA President

Jane Duncan will become the third female president of the Royal Institute of British Architects after narrowly beating Oliver Richards She will take over the two-year presidency from Stephen Hodder on September 1 2015, after receiving 52% of the vote. Duncan will be the 75th RIBA President. She said: "I am delighted to be elected and to have the mandate from RIBA members to undertake my ...
07/25/2014Report: New Istanbul Airport Could Lead to Ecological Disaster

İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's project to build a third airport in İstanbul, for which 70 ponds in the city are being emptied, may result in ecological disaster for the city and prolonged droughts, according to Baran Bozoğlu, president of the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects' Chambers (TMMOB). Speaking to the Hürriyet daily on Friday, ...
07/27/2014Lebanese Architecture Firm's Venice Biennale Project Nominated for World Architecture Festival Prize

Museum of Civilizations by Lebanese firm GM Architects, currenly exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, has been nominated for a WAF (World Architecture Festival) award in Singapore, under the future projects competition entry. The building is half-way between a museum and an archaeological dig as it would cut through layers of rock to expose the different time periods of Beirut's ...
07/20/2014Rowan Moore Reviews 'Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture'

The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to their peers. In the 2012 edition, however, the Golden Lion awarded to the best exhibit went to something whose fascination was not primarily to do with the input of professional architects. This was the Torre David, in Caracas, a 1990s office tower left ...
07/25/2014Victoria Thornton: Why I'm on a Mission to Open London's Skyscrapers to the Public

THIS is an exciting time for Londoners; we live in one of the world's great cities, and one that is changing more rapidly than at any time in its history. This change is evident all around us, as new places and spaces appear, new buildings replace old, and London's parameters are re-defined. I launched Open House in 1992, with the objective of improving public awareness and appreciation of the ...
07/27/2014Turkish Firm Autoban Designs International Terminal for Baku Airport

Turkish architecture studio Autoban has designed the international terminal at Azerbaijan's Heydar Aliyev Airport in the country's capital of Baku. The international terminal is now marked by large wooden cocoon-like structures that span across all the passenger areas inside the triangular building. "The main idea was to make it different from other airports," Autoban cofounder Seyhan Ozdemir ...
07/23/2014Clemson Architecture Students Design Bridges and Drainage to Rebuild South Carolina Botanical Gardens

CLEMSON, S.C. - After a nearly unprecedented flood destroyed the site, the South Carolina Botanical Garden is almost as good as new — because of the work of more than a dozen Clemson University architecture students. While garden staff worked to restore the thousands of plant species wiped out by the July 2013 flood, the students spent the past year designing and building trails, bridges and ...
07/24/2014Guide Catalogs Chicago's Architectural Evolution

July 24--There isn't a city in the U.S. that's been a better laboratory for architectural inventiveness than Chicago. The Windy City has been known for its great buildings for generations. But where has the vision of Chicago been directed in the last 10 years? In the last decade, the profession as a whole has seen advances in computer design, faced an historic economic downturn and confronted ...
07/21/2014Carolina A. Miranda Reviews 'Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013'

July 21--An injured woman is pulled out of a protest in Peru in 1960. A boy lies next to a bent bicycle, a cinematic puddle of blood pooling next to his head in Mexico City, 1958. A crowd gathers before a hanged man at a plaza in La Paz, Bolivia, in 1946 -- yet another moment of intense unrest in a country plagued by coups. This trove of images can be found on view as part of the exhibition ...
07/19/2014Nasher Sculpture Center to Present Thomas Heatherwick Architecture and Design Exhibit

The Nasher Sculpture Center will present Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Thomas Heatherwick Studio from Sept. 13, to Jan. 4, 2015. In a release Nasher Director Jeremy Strick said, "Thomas Heatherwick's distinctive work speaks to a unique approach; one in which innovations in form and function emerge synergistically from innovations in the way things are made. The sculptural ...
07/21/2014SOM to Unveil Design for West Palm Beach Train Station

July 21--All Aboard Florida's $29 million train station in downtown West Palm Beach will be under construction by late December as the express passenger service pushes forward on its unprecedented project to connect Miami with Orlando by rail. Plans scheduled to be unveiled today show a sleek narrow facility of glass and steel that will stretch between Datura and Evernia streets to the west of ...
07/20/2014Rowan Moore: The Stirling Prize Should Go to...

As often, this year's Stirling prize shortlist sets out to compare what can't be compared - as if one had to decide what is better between, say, a shirt, a piece of cheese, an app, some nice music or a chair. It's in the nature of such awards. The underlying absurdity is part of the fascination. Do you, for example, go for the building on the list that, 100 years from now, will be the most ...
07/22/2014Singapore Landmark Undergoes Restoration

W Architects has undertaken renovation work on one of the most important historical sites in Singapore. Over the last 158 years the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall has been home to performing arts and seen history and human drama take place within its walls during its role as a town hall, a hospital and war crimes court. The regeneration work – commissioned by the Singapore government – was ...
07/20/2014Blair Kamin: Design Biennial Promises to Bring World of Ideas to Chicago

July 20--The torrent of architectural news in the last few weeks -- the Lucas Museum, Wrigley Field signs, plans for a new skyscraper -- has obscured what may turn out to be the biggest story of all: Chicago's push to host an architecture biennial next year. Expected to showcase cutting-edge ideas for cities and buildings, the global exhibition, billed as North America's largest survey of ...

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