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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 ...
09/09/2014New High-End Housing for Downtown Buffalo

Sept. 09--The newest addition to downtown Buffalo's upscale living options is now open for business. Architect Jake Schneider has completed his $13.5 million conversion of a former candy factory and adjacent grocery warehouse into the bicycle-themed Apartments at The Hub. The historic renovation of the two buildings into a single apartment complex at 149 Swan St. creates 50 spacious high-end ...
09/09/2014Righting an Architectural Wrong from the 1950s in Downtown Detroit

Sept. 09--It's been called the worst act of architectural vandalism in Detroit's history. But, at least in a small way, it appears to be on the way to being reversed. Back in 1958, a chunk of stone fell off a cornice of an older building at 1448 Woodward, killing an 80-year-old woman on the street below. The City of Detroit responded with a new ordinance requiring the inspection of all ...
09/05/2014Eight Highlights of the Seattle Design Festival

Sept. 05--Is sitting the new smoking? What sane way is there to cope with Seattle's phenomenal growth? And if you see a "Mobile Couch Armada" coming toward you, should you jump out of the way or climb aboard? These questions and many others will be addressed at the Seattle Design Festival, which runs Sept. 5-19, 2014, at various venues around town. The festival uses workshops, tours, films, ...
09/07/2014Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Design for Trio of Skyscrapers in Brisbane, Australia

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for three residential towers set for the riverfront in Brisbane, Australia, as part of a larger development designed by the architects. The Toowong development will include the three tapered towers that contains 486 apartment and eight villas. "The design tapers each structure to minimise their footprint and open the riverfront to the public; creating ...
09/04/2014Gehry Revises Design for Eisenhower Memorial in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections delayed the project. On Thursday, Gehry's Los Angeles-based team proposed eliminating metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square, along with some columns. The designers are trying to win approval from the National Capital ...
09/05/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago's Old Buildings Present Challenges

Sept. 05--The historic South Loop church from which a piece of a stone gargoyle fell Thursday, striking and killing a mother of two, has a glittering architectural and artistic past. Yet the stream of wealth that paid for and maintained it no longer flows freely, a problem that plagues aging religious buildings nationwide. Chicago's elite once worshipped in the Second Presbyterian Church, a ...
09/03/2014Norman Foster, Fernando Romero Design Selected for $9.2B Mexico Airport

MEXICO CITY (AP) — British architect Norman Foster and Mexico's Fernando Romero have had their design chosen for Mexico City's new $9.2-billion airport, which is expected to quadruple the current airport's capacity to 120 million passengers per year, authorities announced Wednesday. Communications and Transportation Department Secretary Gerardo Ruiz said both architects were picked by a ...
09/03/2014Dubai Design Industry Learned Lessons from Economic Downturn

Dubai architects, developers and contractors learned hard lessons from the global economic downturn that will help to avoid the same mistakes taking place, according to a panel at the Leaders in Construction 2014 event. Bishoy Azmy, CEO of Dubai-based Al Shafar General Contracting, said: "I think it's a good thing that a lot of us still remember the tragedies of the last crisis. There is a lot ...
09/04/2014Palo Alto Eyes Design Competition for New Bike/Pedestrian Bridge

Sept. 04--Palo Alto is poised to kick off a design competition for a "landmark and iconic" bicycle and pedestrian bridge. On Monday, the City Council is expected to approve an approximately $185,000 contract with the American Institute of Architects California Council, or AIACC, to oversee the five-month contest. "This is a unique opportunity to showcase the city's commitment to innovation, ...
08/29/2014Kurt Meyer, Champion of L.A.'s Architectural Treasures, Dies

Aug. 29--Architect Kurt Meyer not only designed numerous commercial buildings in Los Angeles noted for their Mid-Century style, he was also a champion of saving the city's architectural treasures. But at first, the Swiss-born Meyer wanted nothing to do with L.A. He arrived in 1949 with his first wife, Rosemary. "He went out early one morning to drive around and came back and said, 'Pack up, ...
08/29/2014Remote Norwegian Island an Unlikely Setting for Art, Architecture, Music Festival

The world's largest sauna, a black metal band playing tunes on rocks, deer hide drums and a goat horn, and experimental films projected on to a giant rack designed for drying fish. These are just some of the attractions provided to lure visitors to Salt, the world's first Arctic arts festival. From today, the 400 inhabitants of Sandhornoya, a remote Norwegian island 90 minutes' drive from the ...
09/03/2014Britain's Worst New Building

A Tesco supermarket topped with hundreds of apartments and wrapped in striped metal cladding has been named Britain's worst new building. The ignominious gong, known as the Carbuncle Cup, has been awarded to the Woolwich development, in south-east London, for a design the judges have dubbed "oppressive, defensive, arrogant and inept". The prize is organised by the architecture website Building ...
08/29/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia Building a Hard-Won Lift for Neighborhood after Union Showdown

Aug. 29--The scene at the Loft District's new Goldtex building couldn't have been more tranquil. Workers were wrapping up construction, patching cracks in the concrete and nestling shrubs into planters. A notice on the window of the retail space heralded the opening of a restaurant. Residents skipped down the front steps, off to their Center City jobs. It's hard to believe that only two years ...
08/30/2014Jeanne Claire van Ryzin: Studio Balcones Tell Stories in Landscape

Aug. 30-- Landscape architects Ilse Frank and Jennifer Orr, co-founding partners of Studio Balcones, would be the first to say that a landscape has its own story to tell. Little surprise, then, that a visit to the Studio Balcones office begins outside. And though it's a coincidence, the 1910 building in which the firm offices -- one of 11 buildings that compose the Bremond Block Historic ...
08/31/2014Frank Lloyd Wright School's Future Divides Leaders

PHOENIX (AP) — The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing. The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the school, ...
08/31/2014Zaha Hadid's Wangjing Soho Complex in Beijing Nears Completion

The Wangjing Soho complex designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for real estate developer Soho China is nearing completion and is scheduled to open later this year. The retail and office complex, located in Beijing, China beside the main road that winds down from Beijing Capital Airport to the city centre, is a series of three large pebble shaped buildings. When the architect and design team ...
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 ...

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