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03/30/2015Autodesk Moving Into Boston

March 30--Silicon Valley software design giant Autodesk is moving into Boston, and will open up its new Seaport District office to startups and researchers, focused on the construction industry's innovation needs. "The Seaport area for us is a perfect location because of the creative activity that's going on right now," said Autodesk spokesman Paul Sullivan. "We really wanted to be in the ...
03/30/2015What Use is the London Skyline Campaign?

As with many campaigns in London against what’s being built and what’s getting knocked down, the Skyline Campaign deserve some sympathy but at the same misses much of the main point. Launched a year ago and backed by the Observer and Architects’ Journal, it issued a founding statement signed by 70 ”public figures” including lots of architects, a hedge fund founder, a few artists, some ...
03/28/2015Thom Mayne's Tower in the Alps Draws Ire

March 28--Release a rendering of a very tall, very shiny glass tower looming over an idyllic mountain village and the Internet goes bananas. That's what happened earlier this week when Morphosis Architects of Los Angeles released its design renderings for a new luxury hotel in Vals, a low-key spa town in the Swiss Alps. The design, conceived by Morphosis founder Thom Mayne, would check in at a ...
03/27/2015Menil Breaking Ground for Innovative Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

March 27--The Menil Collection breaks ground Friday on its first new art building in 20 years, once again catapulting the small organization to the forefront of the architecture world. The Menil Drawing Institute will be the first free-standing facility in the U.S. built for the conservation, study, exhibition and storage of works on paper, an increasingly appreciated medium that can be the ...
03/27/2015Boutique Extended-Stay Hotels by Morris Adjmi Take Shape in Philadelphia

March 27--When most people think of extended-stay hotels (if they think of them at all), they might envision a cheaply furnished room in a desolate location -- cold comfort for bleary business travelers and depressed divorcées. But, this underserved niche has received an extreme makeover in recent years, powered in large part by Philadelphia-based Korman Communities and its luxurious AKA ...
03/25/2015World's Tallest Mural Coming to Building in Detroit

March 25--Businessman Dan Gilbert is commissioning what promises to be the world's tallest mural on the side of his First National Building in downtown Detroit. The mural by New York-based artists How & Nosm will measure 351 feet high and about 80 feet wide, according to Robin Schwartz, a spokewoman for Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services, an arm of his Rock Ventures/Quicken Loans network ...
03/26/2015Cesar Pelli's Red Building at Pacific Design Center Finally Gets Tenants

March 26--Internationally renowned architect Cesar Pelli envisioned three striking towers in West Hollywood -- clad in bright blue, green and red. They would flout convention in the commercial development world, where builders usually stick to conservative designs for fear of offending the firms targeted as tenants. That was back in the 1970s. It only took him half a century to realize his ...
03/24/2015Peter Zumthor's Plan for LACMA Undergoes Makeover

March 24--It still crosses Wilshire Boulevard. But in other ways, architect Peter Zumthor's plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has undergone a significant makeover. Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks. It now features ...
03/22/2015Rowan Moore: After the Riots, Tottenham's Problematic Regeneration Involving A New Stadium, Shops, and 10,000 Homes

In 1985 the most horrifying of the decade’s riots took place on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London. If its name sounds like something from The Archers and if its location on the edge of a rustic park is also farm-like, there its bucolia ends: it is a large, isolated and forbidding system-built concrete estate. Modernist architecture took the blame for the violence, despite ...
03/22/2015The 100-year Story of Miami Beach

March 22--In the beginning there was a slender sandspit of mangroves and swamp, mosquitoes and crocodiles, palmetto scrub and sea-stroked beach. And Carl Fisher said, "let dry ground appear." So he spent a good part of his fortune to put fearsome machines to work for 15 years pumping up muck from Biscayne Bay, and it was so. Carl Fisher called the dry ground "Miami Beach" and saw it was good, ...
03/22/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Toyo Ito's Architecture Beckons a Critic to Asia

March 22--Jet lag can do strange things to a person. But it wasn't just a mixed-up body clock that had me awake at 3 a.m. during a trip to Japan a few years ago, madly scrolling through online ferry schedules and trying to plot a route by train, boat and taxi to a new architecture museum on the southern island of Omishima. It was also a long-standing interest -- OK, maybe an infatuation -- ...
03/19/2015Outrageous Performance Artist Transitions into Architecture with Kids' Playspace

A three storey-high creature peers out from the corner of a new leisure centre in east London, casting a beady gaze towards Barking town square. Incarcerated behind the glass facade, this strange monster looks half robot, half skeleton, a fantastical pipe-cleaner model of tubes and wires scaled up to the size of a building. The gaggle of children pawing at the window can barely believe this ...
03/21/2015Blair Kamin: Rejecting "Plop Architecture" in Chicago

March 21--"Plop architecture" is the name I gave to one of the biggest urban design faults of Chicago's pre-recession building boom. It was my pejorative description of the graceless combinations of hulking condo towers crudely stacked atop massive parking garages. The blank-walled garages weren't just eyesores. They were energy wasters, encouraging people to drive instead of using bus and ...
03/22/2015Inga Saffron: The Uptown, An Exuberant Art Deco Theater, Escapes the Wrecking Ball

March 22--This has been a heartbreaking year for Philadelphia's historic cultural venues. Chestnut Street's Boyd Theater, the glittering survivor of Hollywood's golden age, is being hacked apart and turned into a development site. Developers have been granted permission by the Nutter administration to do the same to South Street's Royal Theater and Broad Street's Blue Horizon, as long as they ...
03/22/2015A Chance to Revive Main Street in Niagara Falls

March 22--NIAGARA FALLS -- Richard A. Hastings once talked about creating a 1900s-themed general store in the vacant former Jenss building on Main Street. Hastings also spoke at one point of establishing a barbecue restaurant on the former department store site. A year and a half ago, a long-shot deal to locate the National Comedy Hall of Fame in the four-story building quietly fizzled out. ...
03/19/2015Taking a Look at Populous's Arena Playbook

March 19--If we want to understand the stakes for a new downtown arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, we only need to refer to the playbook of the massive international architecture firm recently hired to lead the design process. "They can shape our towns and cities more than almost any other building type in history, and at the same time place a community on the map," states the second chapter of ...
03/20/2015Saffron: Co-working Space That's Funkier, Cheaper

March 20--In the old days -- like maybe 10 years ago -- people who wanted to start a business would rent an office, hang out a shingle, hire a receptionist, and get down to work. Now, people of an entrepreneurial persuasion launch a start-up, join a co-working space, and find collaborators, often while making coffee in said space's communal kitchen. The way we work is changing, so it makes ...
03/19/2015Burma's Bizarre Capital: A Super-sized Slice of Post-apocalypse Suburbia

Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Burma, it could be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries. On either side of the street, a seemingly endless series of giant detached buildings, villa-style hotels and shopping malls look like they have fallen from the sky, all painted in soft pastel colours: light pink, baby blue, beige. ...
03/19/2015Design, Bitches' Colorful Aesthetic is All Over the Map

March 19--Don't tell architects Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson that their spaces are minimalist. And don't even think about using the phrase "urban chic." The two Los Angeles women behind Design, Bitches, the firm that designed Superba Snack Bar and Superba Food + Bread in Venice, the Coolhaus brick-and-mortar ice cream stores, Oinkster on Vine and the Springs in downtown L.A., are ...
03/18/2015Chicago City Council Passes Obama Library Ordinance

CHICAGO (AP) — With President Barack Obama saying he wants to build his library in Chicago but that "some entanglements" might stand in the way, the City Council voted to do away with the only entanglement many said they knew about — voting to give the city control of two pieces of park land so it can be used for the library if the president wants it. Approval of the ordinance proposed by ...
03/14/2015Ten Ways to Solve Britain’s Housing Crisis

“Every day I cry,” says an activist on a stall in Stratford, east London, that is shared by housing campaign Focus E15 and the Revolutionary Communist party. “How many thousands of people are suffering?” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has said that problems with housing are the “biggest risk” to the UK economy. The CBI agreed, saying: “A perfect storm is brewing in the housing ...
03/16/2015NBBJ Designs Skyscrapers that Cast No Shadows in London

LONDON'S skyline is about to change dramatically as the only way to build is upwards. Hundreds of skyscrapers are being planned for the capital over the next decade and some fear that could cast a large shadow over the city. Now architects have come up with an innovative new building design however, which can regulate the amount of light around a tower, meaning Londoners will be able to bask ...
03/18/2015Snow Problems in Boston Send a Chill Through 2024 Olympic Bid

March 18--REPORTING FROM BOSTON -- The hundreds of grumpy commuters crammed into South Station vented to one another as they waited to see whether their trains would be canceled or delayed. The snowiest winter on record had already exposed deep gaps in this city's infrastructure and soured public will toward an event that Boston leaders hope will happen here in nine years: the 2024 Summer ...
03/17/2015Inside Beijing's Airpocalypse – a City Made 'Almost Uninhabitable' by Pollution

The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era. A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on an artificial pitch, criss-crossed with colourful markings and illuminated in high definition by ...
03/13/2015Chicago Tribune: Find a New Lucas Museum Site While You Can

March 13--The ruling stops well short of saying that filmmaker George Lucas cannot put a museum on Chicago's lakefront. U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah only rejected a City Hall motion to quash a lawsuit objecting to such a land grab for the benefit of the "Star Wars" creator. But Darrah's 19 pages plainly imperil Mayor Rahm Emanuel's effort to put a Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts on ...

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