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04/17/2015Blair Kamin: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Fights for Survival

April 17--The board of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on Thursday assailed Gov. Bruce Rauner's push to eliminate the agency, saying the move could force some state historic sites to close and would hinder a program that has helped generate more than $1 billion in construction spending. "Governor Rauner and the General Assembly have a difficult task in trying to deal with the state's ...
04/17/2015Saffron: Tacky Digital Kiosks Will Diminish Philadelphia's Downtown

April 17--Councilman Mark Squilla's political base lies deep in South Philadelphia and along the Delaware waterfront, in what are still called the "river wards." But that didn't stop him last month from driving through a major bill allowing two free-standing, high-definition digital billboards in the heart of Center City. The tacky digital kiosks will diminish Philadelphia's downtown, bathing ...
04/16/2015Wainwright: How Developers are Hiding Behind Shrubbery

Spring has sprung and developers are getting green-fingered. Across London, their planning applications are sprouting leaves and bursting into bloom. They’re promising trees on bridges and jungles in the clouds, sky-gardens and life-giving linear parks, along with a whole network of green ribbons weaving through town. Who could say no to this fecund vision for London? What mean-spirited ...
04/16/2015Who Should be Building Britain’s Homes?

For the first time in decades, we’re going into a general election where housing is a key issue for voters. On 17 March, at the Methodist Central Hall in London, people attending the biggest rally for housing in recent memory heard politicians commit themselves to ending the housing crisis within a generation. But while housing is at last on the political agenda, most of the debate is about ...
04/15/2015Kamin: Chicago's Apartment Boom Needs More Top-shelf Architecture

April 15--This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings -- the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station -- are the latest products of the ...
04/09/20155 Most Pissed Off Architects

Angry architects have been causing quite a stir lately, from Frank Gehry's infamous middle finger to Hadid's recent law suit. Whether frustrated about what others have to say about them, or at how their works have turned out, there is nothing holding these architects down. Here is a list of the top most angry architects as of late: 5. Zaha Hadid Zaha Hadid filed a lawsuit against New York ...
04/10/2015Review: Latin America in Construction at MoMA

Sixty years ago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened a landmark exhibition: Latin American Architecture Since 1945. That survey of the region’s buildings was part of a larger, Rockefeller-backed advocacy of Latin American culture at the museum during the first years of the cold war – but since then, MoMA has never again mounted a full-scale study of the region’s architecture. Now, at ...
04/14/2015Jeanne Gang-Designed Skyscraper Could be Third-tallest—or Fifth-tallest—in Chicago

April 14--The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower -- a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. Backed by China's Wanda Group and Chicago's Magellan Development Group the new version of the tower ...
04/14/2015King's Cross Airport? The Outlandish Plans for London that Almost Got Built

London has a great number of magnificent buildings and structures that came and went, that were demolished or destroyed. Buildings such as the original Palace of Westminster, Old St Paul’s Cathedral, the Euston Arch or the Crystal Palace are only available to us as paintings or photographs, tantalising in their absence. But there are other ways in which the development of the capital could ...
04/14/2015Architects Design Footwear Using 3D Printing

UNStudio has unveiled its new shoe design for footwear brand United Nude called UNX2, that will be part of the exhibition Re-inventing Shoes during Milan Design Week 2015. Founder of UNStudio, Ben van Berkel said: "We were particularly interested in the kinds of images the shoe could create, both when static and when in motion. When the wearer is still, the curve of the foot can be glimpsed ...
04/10/2015Christopher Hawthorne: The Architectural Context of LACMA's 1965 Design

April 10--It's one of those tidbits of Los Angeles architectural history that can seem minor or hugely emblematic, depending on the context. In April 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its new campus on Wilshire Boulevard, designed by increasingly prolific hometown architect William Pereira. That same year, the museum, through its book-printing arm, published "Architecture in ...
04/11/2015Architects like Miami's Rene Gonzalez Could Help Builders Cope with Global Warming

April 11--To meet the daunting design challenge posed by rising seas, prominent Miami architect Rene Gonzalez, whose spare, sensuous Modernist houses you wish you could afford, has embraced and refashioned a forgotten tropical approach to architecture: elevating the homes off the ground. These are not boxy Keys houses perched awkwardly on stilts, as if they'd been hoisted up by a crane, nor ...
04/08/2015Is Toronto's Underground City A Solution to Crowded Megacities?

When Toronto transit riders disgorge on any number of subway platforms in the downtown business district, they enter a realm that knows no season. A vast subterranean network of passageways connect dozens of office towers, attractions, hotels and shops. On a recent winter afternoon, swarms of office workers, purposeful in their step and comfortably dressed for temperature-controlled comfort, ...
04/10/2015Inga Saffron: Waiting for a Design to LOVE

April 10--For almost two weeks, a poll on Philadelphia Magazine's Property website has been asking, "Which LOVE Park design do you love?" It refers to four drawings that were shown by landscape architects from Hargreaves Associates at a March 24 public meeting. That event ended with city Deputy Parks Commissioner Mark Focht also asking the audience to pick their favorite. This may sound like ...
04/10/2015In Battle for Buyers, Miami Developers Sell Starchitects and Over-the-Top Luxury

April 10--Real estate is war -- and for residential developers in Miami, luxury is the weapon of choice. Today's condo towers aren't just offering the high ceilings, rooftop pools and European appliances of building cycles past. Instead, their amenities are the stuff of whimsy, fantasy and incredible wealth: Cigar lounges, dog walkers and monumental sculptures by Jeff Koons. Glass between the ...
04/08/2015Architect Amanda Levete Chosen to Design MPavilion 2015

A British architect, Amanda Levete, has been chosen to design the second annual MPavilion in Melbourne, it was announced on Thursday. The pavilion, erected from 6 October to 7 February in the Queen Victoria Gardens before being moved to a permanent location in Melbourne, will be like “a forest canopy in the heart of the city”, said Levete. The structure will be sheathed in large translucent ...
04/08/2015Step into Zuckworld: Rollerblading and Selfie Stumps at the New Facebook HQ

A big blue thumbs-up sign stands at the entrance to 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, California, signalling the home of the biggest social network in the world. It is an appropriately oversized symbol of positivity for a website that began just 11 years ago, but whose membership now comprises one-fifth of the entire global population, having monetised friendship into a business worth more than ...
04/08/2015Head of Eisenhower Memorial Commission to Step Down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower plans to resign and says a Kansas senator should lead the effort. In a letter Tuesday to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, 93-year-old Rocco Siciliano of Los Angeles said he plans to step down as chairman. He said Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas should be the next chairman. Eisenhower ...
04/08/2015Architects of New Milwaukee Bucks Arena Aim to 'Embrace Modern Architecture'

April 08--The Milwaukee Bucks released preliminary designs Wednesday for a new modern arena with a dramatically curved roof, inspiring many to respond with relief about what the structure would not be. With an Atomic Age-like swoop that rises and falls over the structure, the design is meant to evoke a wave and connections to Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River and the arcing free throws of its ...
04/06/2015Facebook Reveals Plans for More Gehry-designed Office Buildings

April 06--MENLO PARK -- Facebook's campus expansion is showing no signs of slowing down. The same week Facebook employees moved into a new Frank Gehry-designed building with a massive green roof, the social media giant submitted plans to Menlo Park for the construction of two office buildings on the 58-acres it purchased from TE Connectivity last year. "We believe our project will positively ...
04/07/2015L.A. Photography Show Looks at How Design Responds to Disaster

April 07--Rising tides. Regular floods. Torrential rains. Not to mention the occasional tsunami that can wreak havoc across continents. Roughly 44% of the human population lives within 93 miles of a coast, according to the United Nations Atlas of the Oceans. This represents more people than inhabited the entire planet in 1950. And it is creating an unprecedented challenge for governments, ...
04/06/2015Long-gone Portland Public Market Building Once Stood Tall

April 06--As plans move along toward the possible construction of the James Beard Public Market at the west end of the Morrison Bridge, some long-time Portlanders will remember another public market in the same neighborhood. The Beard Public Market, if it is built, will be just a baseball throw northwest of where one of the city's most ambitious -- and star-crossed -- efforts in the realm of ...
04/07/2015Tokyo Turns Focus to Delivering 'Sustainable' 2020 Olympic Games

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have promised the most innovative, impeccably run and "sustainable" games ever. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts are growing whether they will deliver on the last pledge. On Tuesday, the World Wide Fund for Nature and others backing use of renewable energy and other standards, including Masato Mizuno, the sports-goods ...
04/05/2015Applause for Haworth Tompkins's National Theatre Makeover

There is a view of architecture, not much heard now, that it is like symphonic music, a sculpture, or a poem. It is a hard-won composition of parts and whole, with harmonies, contrasts and resolutions. It is ideally taut and considered, such that every detail contributes, and nothing can be added or taken away without changing the totality. With buildings, there are the obvious complications ...
04/04/2015Heatherwick's London Garden Bridge is a Misuse of Funds Say Critics

It was heralded as a potential architectural wonder, a corridor of green across the river Thames, but an escalating backlash is now threatening to wreck plans for London’s £175m garden bridge. Before a crucial judicial review into the project next month, local campaigners against the bridge have called for a parliamentary inquiry into the “misuse of public funds” over a scheme that once came ...

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