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09/29/2014Design Map to Show Best of Switzerland in Tokyo

Tokyo is brimming with examples of Swiss design from architecture to fashion and a limited-edition map has collected these locations together for the first time, as Japan and Switzerland celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations. Using the Swiss Design Map, which will be distributed at selected locations and online from Wednesday, Tokyoites will be able "not only to learn about Swiss design ...
09/29/2014Tim Bryant: Washington University Architecture Students Working on St. Louis Railway Exchange Rehab Plans

Sept. 29--Architecture students at Washington University are working this fall to come up redevelopment plans for the enormous, and empty, Railway Exchange Building in downtown St. Louis. The effort is scheduled to conclude with a public presentation of plans Dec. 10. Graduate students in the university's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts are undertaking the project in cooperation with ...
09/29/2014New Los Angeles Skyscrapers Will No Longer Be Required to Have Helicopter Landing Pads

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated since the 1950s. The reform of Fire Department "Regulation No. 10" was announced Monday by Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials ...
09/28/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia's New Gem

Sept. 28--Let New York gloat about completing the High Line. Philadelphia is about to debut a linear park that might be even more impressive: the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. As wonderful as the High Line is, it merely allows people to wend their way through Manhattan a few stories above its bustling streets. When the latest segment of the Schuylkill Banks trail opens to the public Thursday, ...
09/28/2014Rowan Moore Reviews 'Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age' at the Barbican Art Gallery

There is a photograph in the Barbican's new Constructing Worlds exhibition of a building by the Mexican architect Luis Barragan which, amazingly, is in black-and-white. What's amazing about this? It's just that Barragan's work is about nothing if not colour, the ochres and hot pinks with which he saturated sunlit walls. An image of grey shapes like this one by Hiroshi Sugimoto is hardly about ...
09/28/2014Wisconsin Firm Wins Acclaim for Middle East Design Work

Sept. 28--As part of its growing international business, Madison-based Flad Architects is playing a key role in two potentially transformative projects in the Middle East. The projects, in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, involve planning and design work for buildings in the science, health care and education sectors -- specialty fields for Flad and areas in which those countries have big goals but ...
09/20/2014Blair Kamin: Two Stories for Two Wright Houses in Chicago

Sept. 20--Frank Lloyd Wright's houses enchant us with their inventive geometry yet torment many of their owners with leaking roofs and other functional woes. Like all landmarks subject to the passage of time and the pounding of the weather, they require a mix of sensitive treatment and substantial funding to creatively make the past a part of the present. Two variations on that theme are ...
09/24/2014Kansas Senator Quits Eisenhower Memorial Project

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of planning and millions spent to build a memorial near the National Mall honoring the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a key lawmaker who has helped oversee the project from the start is stepping away. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has resigned from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission as the panel votes Wednesday on how to move forward after years of ...
09/23/2014Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City's Evolving Image Boosts Pace of Change

Sept. 23--While interviewing the development and design team for the new OGE Energy Corp. headquarters project, I was struck by how Oklahoma City is benefiting from its ever evolving image and reputation. Graham Wyatt had never visited Oklahoma City prior to his architectural firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, being named a candidate for the project (a competition the New York firm ultimately ...
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 ...

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