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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 ...
07/20/2014First Modular Apartment Building in NYC Opens

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital. Called the Stack, the building near Manhattan's northern tip aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, ...
07/20/2014Frank Gehry's Heretical Proposal

July 20--Frank Gehry, the renowned architect, has proposed something radical, heretical, in the Rocky world: changing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum is about to begin a 10-year renovation, for the most part undeniably fabulous. Most changes are inside, subterranean, excavating beneath the east terrace and fountain, doubling exhibit space, filling it with light. The ...
07/15/2014MakerBot Printers Debut at Home Depot

July 15--Home Depot has big news for DIY-enthusiasts: It is now selling MakerBot 3-D printers in 12 locations, including two in Manhattan. The home improvement store started selling MakerBots on Monday as part of a pilot program to make 3-D printing accessible to everyone. "Traditionally, the users of 3-D printers have been architects, engineers, industrial designers, people in those kinds of ...
07/17/2014Deborah Berke, SHoP, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Compete for Cummins Engine Commission in Indianapolis

July 17--Cummins Inc. hasn't revealed even a back-of-the-napkin sketch of what its regional headquarters in Downtown Indianapolis might look like, but one thing is certain at this point: It won't be locally designed. The engine maker said today it's picked three small to mid-sized New York City architectural firms to compete for the contract to design the $30 million multi-story building and ...
07/17/2014British Oddsmakers Favor Piano's Shard Over Hadid's Aquatic Centre for Stirling Prize

A soaring glass shaft goes head to head with a swooping grey stingray in the race for the best building of the year, as the Shard squares up against London's Olympic swimming pool. These bombastic signature buildings, by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid, are in the running against Birmingham's vast new public library, a theatre in Liverpool and two higher education ...
07/12/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago's Millennium Park, 10 Years Old and an Economic Boon

July 12--Millennium Park, which turns 10 Wednesday, is the best thing former Mayor Richard M. Daley ever did. But as this month's titillating trial over a controversial contract for the Park Grill shows, the popular park has never fully detached itself from charges of wild overspending. They cling to the spectacle-filled public space like chewed pink bubble gum stuck to the sole of an elegant ...
07/17/2014Amazon Adds Another Chunk of Downtown Seattle Office Space

July 17--Amazon.com has taken another big chunk of office space in downtown Seattle, according to several real-estate sources. The Seattle-based tech giant recently signed a 10-year lease for 1915 Terry Ave., which is owned by Seattle Children's Research Institute. Amazon will occupy the entire 270,000-square-foot building. The building has been mostly vacant for a few years. Constructed in ...
07/16/2014Randall Stout Dies at 56

July 16--An East Tennessee native who gained a national reputation as an architect has died at the age of 56. Randall Stout was a 1976 graduate of Halls High School who earned a bachelor of architecture from the University of Tennessee and a master of architecture from Rice University. He went on to work at the high-profile firms of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Frank O. Gehry and Associates, ...
07/15/2014Carolina A. Miranda: What the 9/11 Museum Could Learn from Two Latin American Memorials

July 15--It is difficult to say at which point during my visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum I went from somber to irritated. Was it at the umpteenth piece of mangled wreckage? Or at one of the overwhelming displays, cluttered with everything from a man's watch to singed papers to a carbonized telephone, amid all the requisite news photos and portraits of the dead? Maybe it was the barrage of ...
07/11/2014Inga Saffron: Is Philadelphia an 'Over-successful' City?

July 11--It wasn't long ago that Philadelphia's movers and shakers were lamenting that the city was being ignored by international retailers. Those chains finally discovered the city, and now they're colonizing the shopping districts around Rittenhouse Square and the West Philadelphia universities at a stunning pace. Sometimes, the only way to be sure you're not at the King of Prussia Mall is ...
07/11/2014Exhibition in Brief: George Nelson in Tokyo

July 11--Best known for being the design director of the Herman Miller furniture company, George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most influential figures in modern American design, whose collaborations with Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard and Charles and Ray Eames, to name a few, resulted in some of the most iconic industrial design of today. He was also, however, an architect, author, ...
07/13/2014Road Trip! Frank Lloyd Wright Design in Buffalo

July 13--Buffalo seems to be built of the Wright stuff. Spread throughout the city are a collection of homes and buildings -- some that were only dreams of architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- that in some way rivals the cluster in the Chicago area, says Mary F. Roberts. She is the executive director of the Martin House Restoration Corp., the group that was founded in 1991 to restore the ...
07/13/2014Exhibition Review: 'Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture' at London's Design Museum

In one of the more toe-curling moments in cinema, in Indecent Proposal, the architect played by Woody Harrelson stands in front of his rapt, cute students and, as a back-to-front slide of Le Corbusier's Ronchamp chapel flicks by, purports to quote Louis Kahn. "Even a brick," breathes Harrelson, "wants to be something. It aspires. Even a common, ordinary brick wants to be something more than it ...
07/13/2014New Jersey Town Experiments with Solar Infrastructure

July 13--On sunny days the roof of Moorestown's new town hall and public library heats up, and so does the water in the faucets below. "It got up to 180 degrees over the winter," Catherine Ward said after climbing a steep yellow ladder last week to inspect the building's rooftop solar array. "By the time they opened the building [in April], they had to dial it back to 140." It was the first ...
07/12/2014Alexandra Lange Reviews 'Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture' by Justin McGuirk

"Considering ideal conditions is a waste of time," Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner write in their 2005 book, Informal City: "the point is to avoid catastrophe.". The two architects, partners in the international practice Urban-Think Tank, are known for the cable car system they designed for Caracas, connecting barrios in the hills with the city in the valley. Part of the allure of ...
07/13/2014Preservationists Rally Behind Miami Modern District

July 13--When lawyer and developer Shepard Broad created the town of Bay Harbor Islands 60 years ago from two mangrove clumps in the middle of Biscayne Bay, he recruited an all-star crew of local architects for a bold undertaking. Over a dozen years, they forged a showcase of modern architecture with a decidedly subtropical twist on the town's East Island -- a cohesive collection of dozens of ...
07/11/2014New York Investment Firm Buys Beaux-Arts Old Wayne County Building in Downtown Detroit

July 11--A New York investment partnership has bought the classic Old Wayne County Building in downtown Detroit, an architectural marvel that dates to the city's pre-automotive days, but has stood empty since Wayne County moved into the Guardian Building almost five years ago. The Old Wayne County Building Limited Partnership, a group affiliated with the Farbman real estate firm that has owned ...
07/09/2014Zaha Hadid Revisits Controversial Tokyo Design

Zaha Hadid Architects confirms that it is currently modifying its design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium. The firm is revisiting the competition-winning design after budget changes and persistent criticism from the Japanese public who recently held a 500-person street protest. Famed Japanese architects like Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma and Sou Fujimoto criticised the design saying it was too big in ...
07/09/2014Tokyo Architect Claims Zaha Hadid Stadium Canopy Has Design Flaw

July 09--The planned replacement for Tokyo's National Stadium -- already under fire for its massive size and cost -- is now facing further criticism: safety. The current design has a major flaw in its retractable canopy, says Tokyo architect Takashi Moriyama, a consultant on public buildings, who alleges that the designers twisted its description to get around building regulations. "I think ...
07/10/2014Design for Dubai Mall Borrows from Cities

For the desert city-state that has the tallest building in the world, as well as the biggest flower garden and largest aquarium on the planet, plus islands shaped like palm trees, buildings in the shape of sails, and an entire archipelago shaped like the world itself, there was only one obvious next step: building an entire city indoors. Unveiled this week (although there's no timeframe for ...
07/03/2014Philadelphia Newcomers Fight Car-centric Development

July 03--Philadelphia is a city in a state of churn. Newcomers in their 20s and 30s are filling up rowhouses by the hundreds, transforming whole neighborhoods overnight. Thanks to an influx of immigrants, more languages than ever pepper our streets. Hardly a week goes by without the opening of a new chef-driven restaurant, but good luck getting a last-minute reservation on Saturday evening. ...

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