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09/21/2014Rowan Moore: Heneghan Peng’s Greenwich School of Architecture a Generous, Confident Building

It's often easy to spot the architecture department at universities: it's the one in the really ugly building. Or else it has some bizarre structure attached, the relic of a short-lived and forgotten fad promoted by an ex-professor. Sometimes they are statements of serious architecture, by architects conscious of the opportunity to show future generations of young minds how to do it, for which ...
09/21/2014UNStudio to Design Stations Qatar Railway Project

Dutch firm UNStudio has been appointed as principal architect for Qatar's new Integrated Railway Project (QIRP), with the first phase including 35 stations, all designed by the firm and phase 2 to feature another 60. The project is part of Qatar's goal to create "a service which encourages the use of public transportation as a valid alternative to private transportation for the population of ...
09/22/2014Turning Parking into Parks

Sept. 22--Most days Houston has about 9,000 on-street parking spaces. On Friday, drivers made do with only 8,995 or so. The other five space were transformed for the day from uninspiring slabs of asphalt into tiny, temporarary parks in celebration of Park(ing) Day. The unofficial holiday, launched in San Francisco in 2005, has grown into a global event, with hundreds of independent groups ...
09/21/2014Inga Saffron: Ground-level Greatness

Sept. 21--One of the unexpected pleasures of the new Independence Beer Garden at Sixth and Market is that it creates the perfect vantage for admiring the sensuous geometry of its host, Pietro Belluschi's 1964 office building. Casual Adirondack chairs and picnic tables are arrayed around the building's base, providing up-close-and-personal views of his remarkable torquing concrete columns and ...
09/21/2014Local Group Advocates for Rooftop Gardens in Sacramento

Sept. 21--A loosely knit group of local architects, designers and planners has been busy touting one of Sacramento's least talked about assets -- its rooftops. The Rooftop Alliance advocates for the development of urban rooftop gardens be they of the vegetable or flower variety, or just a communal public space. In Sacramento, there are only about a dozen rooftop gardens, said Tristan Osborn, ...
09/21/2014Exhibition Review: Gaile Robinson on Thomas Heatherwick at the Nasher in Dallas

Sept. 21--If you worry about the future, despair at the state of the world and dread the headlines, you are certainly not alone, but all is not hopeless. Recently an exhibit opened at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas of work by Thomas Heatherwick, a British designer and architect who shines a brilliant beacon of hope that things can be better -- much, much better. He is imaginative, ...
09/18/2014'Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association' Exhibition Opens in St. Louis

Sept. 18--Architecture as a discipline serves an invaluable function in society -- at the most basic level, applying its principles generally guarantees that the building you just walked into won't suddenly collapse. But what's lost on many people is the fact that, beyond its practical uses, architecture is an art. And like all of the arts, it has its stars. Early drawings by some of today's ...
09/18/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia's Historic Delaware Station Is Ripe for Reinvention

Sept. 18--The similarities between the massive, decaying Delaware Station next to Philadelphia's Penn Treaty Park and the Franklin Institute on Logan Square may not be immediately obvious, but they are really sister buildings. Both were designed by Philadelphia architect John T. Windrim in the early 20th century, and dressed in the classical drapery of the past. Yet both serve as temples to ...
09/11/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia School Crisis Dire for Us All

Sept. 11--Last month, a smart young writer at the Washington Post named Lydia DePillis wrote a provocative article about cities and families that lit up every urbanists' social-media feed. In it, she observed something parents have known for a long time: Kids are expensive. "Why, from a purely economic standpoint, would a city on the make try to attract families at all?" she asked. The ...
09/17/2014Blair Kamin: After 'Awful' Trump Tower Sign, Chicago Mayor Proposes Restrictions Along River

Sept. 17--To prevent another big sign like the one Donald Trump attached to his riverfront skyscraper, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce legislation allowing new signs along the waterway but substantially reducing their size, according to a copy of the proposed ordinance made available to the Tribune. In June, through a spokesman, Emanuel called the Trump sign "awful" and "in very poor taste," ...
09/12/2014Blair Kamin: The Force of Great Expectations Is with Ma Yansong

Sept. 12--When "Star Wars" creator George Lucas unveils plans this fall for a Chicago museum, the building's chief architect, China's Ma Yansong, will face some of the most intense scrutiny of his fledgling career. Ma is 39, a relatively young age in a profession dominated by the 50-and-older crowd. He already has made an international reputation with boldly sculpted buildings like the ...
09/13/2014Sandy Hook School Progress Hailed by Neighbors and Newtown Officials

Sept. 13--NEWTOWN -- Deanna Galanis is delighted with the fast-track progress to bring a neighborhood school back to Sandy Hook. "We miss it desperately," said Galanis, whose teenage daughter, Paige, is a former student. Galanis and some of her Riverside Road neighbors might be concerned about disruption from installation of utility poles or damage done by contractors as they widen the road ...
09/15/2014Five Firms Vie to Design Kansas City Music and Dance Conservatory

Sept. 15--Five architectural and design teams are competing to win the first phase of the proposed downtown campus for the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. UMKC officials expect to select the winner within days. Competing teams are: ? BNIM Architects with Ann Beha Architects ? El Dorado Inc. with Ennead ? Helix Architecture with HGA ? Hoefer Wysocki ...
09/16/2014The Rise of Open House: From Australia to Israel, Cities Show off Architectural Gems

The gilded opulence of a Buenos Aires ballroom, the hidden tunnels beneath Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, and the cavernous innards of the biggest gasometers in Europe are some of the off-limits sites that can be glimpsed around the world thanks to the phenomenon of the Open House weekend. The initiative, which started in London in 1992 and celebrates its 22nd edition this week, has spread to a ...
09/13/2014First Ladies' Key Role in Presidential Libraries

Sept. 13--In just over a century and a half, the concept of a presidential library has evolved from a small room in a home where first lady Sarah Polk kept her late husband's letters and mementos into multimillion-dollar complexes that house thousands of official records from the presidents' years in office. But presidential libraries are no longer just a means of preserving the legacy of the ...
09/15/2014Where Will Obama's Presidential Library Be? There Are Four Finalists

Sept. 15--The Barack Obama Foundation on Monday announced four locations as potential sites for President Obama's presidential library and museum. Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago are all set to submit official proposals to house the library. Each of the universities demonstrated in initial proposals the ability ...
09/14/2014John Gallagher: Gunnar Birkerts' Dream Project Finally Opens

Sept. 14--During a half-century architectural career in Detroit, Gunnar Birkerts crafted many notable buildings, from the elegant 1300 Lafayette residential tower in Detroit to Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor and the University of Detroit Mercy administration building. Birkerts, 89, moved to the Boston area to be near family a decade ago, but local fans of his work will be happy to hear that ...
09/15/2014Death of the Desk: The Architects Shaping Offices of the Future

In what was to be his last public appearance before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs outlined the thinking behind Apple's new headquarters - a 71-hectare (177-acre) campus with an enormous O-shaped building for 13,000 employees at its heart. Jobs told Cupertino council in California that this was an opportunity to construct "the best office building in the world". The donut-like plan by Norman ...
09/12/2014Copenhagen Helps Pittsburgh Put Its People First

Sept. 12--If success is measured by the company he keeps, Mayor Bill Peduto is banking hard on the prestige and expertise of Danish urban design group Gehl Architects. "There is a universe of cities and professionals -- even politicians -- who are part of this new urban theory that says, through design and planning, you can create opportunity for places to succeed," Peduto said. "Certainly ...
09/12/2014Blair Kamin: Several Grand Openings on Deck for Major Cities

Sept. 12--The fall architectural calendar is packed with major events in Chicago, New York and Shanghai. Here are 10 worth watching. Reclaiming the lower Manhattan skyline: More than 13 years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the 104-story One World Trade Center will open and officially replace Chicago's Willis Tower as America's tallest building. The new skyscraper, designed by David ...
09/10/2014Richard Rogers Designs Abu Dhabi Towers

Celebrated British architect Sir Richard Rogers is set to design his first ever project in the Middle East, a luxurious residential tower in Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Island. Unveiled by Taiwanese real estate developer Farglory, the project will be the only residential complex located on the island and is set for completion by 2020. Sir Rogers, who is known for designing projects such as London's ...
09/10/2014Argentina Plans Latin America's Tallest Building

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina says it will build the tallest building in Latin America. President Cristina Fernandez says the 1,165-foot (355-meter) tower is expected to cost around $300 million and will serve as a center for the entertainment industry, including television and movies studios "Hollywood" style. Architectural plans released Wednesday depict it as being in the shape ...
09/10/2014Blair Kamin: Jeanne Gang to Help Plan Chicago Museum Campus

Sept. 10--The Chicago Park District has tapped acclaimed architect Jeanne Gang to help it develop a long-range plan for the Museum Campus, the district will announce Wednesday. The plan takes on added import because Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to give "Star Wars" creator George Lucas 17 acres just south of the lakefront campus for the filmmaker's proposed museum of narrative art. On the peninsula ...
09/07/2014Water Wars: Has the Sun Set on L.A.'s Swimming Pools?

The Mojave desert stretches in all directions, sand and scrub as far as the eye can see, with no road or trail, no marker or signpost, to indicate that here, in the middle of a wilderness furnace, sits a swimming pool. The pristine pool, five feet deep, five feet wide and 11 feet long, is no California mirage. It is an art installation. An Austrian artist, Alfredo Barsuglia, created the ...
09/06/2014Inga Saffron: Revamped Park Has Many Irresistible Features, But It's Stiff, Uncomfortable

Sept. 06--They've reconstructed the space in front of Philadelphia's palatial City Hall, furnished it with a cafe, a high-tech spray fountain and movable chairs, and rebranded it Dilworth Park. But the vast granite prairie is still very much a plaza, with all the weaknesses the word implies. There is no doubt that this important civic space, once a smelly, run-down municipal embarrassment in ...

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