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12/19/2014Christopher Hawthorne: Best Architecture of 2014

Dec. 19--Here is Christopher Hawthorne's look at the best of architecture in 2014. Progress on remaking the Los Angeles River. The feds chipped in and momentum flowed; in a twist unimaginable even three years ago, river backers are now on Gentrification Watch. San Rocco. The architectural journal, based in Milan, winningly says this about itself: "San Rocco is not a glossy magazine. San Rocco ...
12/20/2014Blair Kamin: Jeanne Gang's Wanda Tower Design Needs Work

Dec. 20--When Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week pronounced the proposed Wanda Vista tower by architect Jeanne Gang "a great building," he didn't just misjudge a promising but problematic preliminary design for what would be one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers -- he gave away the store. The planned 88-story, $900 million hotel, condominium and retail tower, which is backed by China-based Wanda ...
12/21/2014Architectural Alphabet: An A to Z of Architects and Their Creations in Illustrated Postcards

Published a bit late to be a stocking filler, but perhaps a nice January present for a design-aware secularist, Archibet is a book of 26 postcards by Federico Babina. It runs from Aalto to Zaha, by way of big names such as Gropius and Foster, and slightly more recherche ones such as Adalberto Libera, author of the wonderful 1930s Casa Malaparte in Capri. Also Quincy Jones, not to be confused ...
12/21/2014Populous Promises New South Carolina Baseball Stadium Will Have 'Wow' Factor

Dec. 21--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Take it from Mike Sabatini, a senior architect for Populous, the design firm for Columbia's new baseball stadium at the Bull Street development. Spirit Communications Park is going to be a home run. Sabatini, the lead designer for the ballpark, has an impressive track record. Some of his more recent projects include Citi Field, home of the New York Mets that opened ...
12/16/2014Oliver Wainwright: 'Airpocalypse' Forces Beijing Children to Play Beneath Closed Domes

A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Children charge after a football on an artificial pitch illuminated in high definition by the glare of bright white floodlights. The action takes place beneath a gigantic inflatable dome. "It's a bit of a change having to go through an airlock on the way to class," says Travis Washko, director of sports at the British School of ...
12/18/2014Blair Kamin on Chinese Developer's Plans for 89-Story Jeanne Gang Tower

Dec. 18--Something was missing Wednesday when city officials unveiled drawings of a Chinese developer's plans for a massive, mixed-use skyscraper along the Chicago River: the 89th floor. As currently conceived, the building would be 88 stories tall -- not 89, as had been widely reported. In China, eight is considered a lucky number. Many Chinese skyscrapers are 88 stories tall. The Beijing ...
12/18/2014Blair Kamin: A Chinese Developer Plans for A Massive Skyscraper on Chicago River

Dec. 18--Something was missing Wednesday when city officials unveiled drawings of a Chinese developer's plans for a massive, mixed-use skyscraper along the Chicago River: the 89th floor. As currently conceived, the building would be 88 stories tall -- not 89, as had been widely reported. In China, eight is considered a lucky number. Many Chinese skyscrapers are 88 stories tall. The Beijing ...
12/18/2014Gensler Renovates Four-Year-Old L.A. Office Complex for Creative Tenants

Dec. 18--A large office complex in Playa Vista that has been vacant since it was completed during the last real estate downturn is finally roaring to life with a dramatic $8-million makeover intended to enhance its appeal to firms in creative industries. The unusual move of breaking apart and reconfiguring a 4-year-old office complex appears to be paying off for new landlord Clarion Partners, ...
12/18/2014New Aloft Hotel to Open in David Whitney Building in Detroit

Dec. 18--The dormant David Whitney Building, a landmark 1915 tower near Grand Circus Park, reopens soon as a boutique hotel, the latest addition to the greater downtown revitalization. The Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney Building is scheduled to welcome its first guests in a few days. Plans announced earlier this week to open Thursday were delayed. The latest of Detroit's architectural gems ...
12/16/2014Businessman Dan Gilbert Spares Historic Detroit Bank from Neglect

Dec. 16--Detroit's long-suffering architectural preservationists were celebrating Monday upon news that businessman Dan Gilbert will save one of the city's true gems. Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services said Monday it had purchased the elegant State Savings Bank building at 151 W. Fort St., perhaps the city's finest example of the Beaux-Arts style that flourished more than a century ago ...
12/17/2014Chinese Developer Plans 89-Story Chicago Tower Designed by Jeanne Gang

Dec. 17--Chicago officials are expected to announce this week that a Chinese developer is moving ahead with plans for an 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower, to be designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, according to sources close to the deal. Beijing-based Wanda Group reportedly plans to invest $900 million in the project, which is likely to house an ultra-luxurious hotel, ...
12/15/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago's Maggie Daley Park a Seed with Potential to Blossom

Dec. 15--At this awkward stage in its young life, the new Maggie Daley Park brings to mind a gangly teenager. Energetic? Absolutely. Graceful? Not yet. It's strange to come upon this park, whose towering, tripod-shaped light masts resemble giant praying mantises or chopsticks. From a distance, it doesn't look much like a park at all. Indeed, when viewed from a passing car on Lake Shore Drive, ...
12/12/2014Inga Saffron: Is Philly Velodrome Proposal Just Another Public Land Grab?

Dec. 12--A century ago, when bicycle races were all the rage, velodromes were as common as baseball diamonds. Racers demonstrated their endurance by pedaling through grueling, six-day marathons -- while fans demonstrated theirs by bellying up to the velodrome's bar. Say the word velodrome today, and many people draw a blank. Even as other forms of bicycling gain in popularity, track racing ...
12/12/2014Proposed Arquitectonica Tower Would Be Among Tallest in Miami

Dec. 12--A developer has submitted plans to the city of Miami for a modern 77-story tower called World Trade Center Of The Americas at 340 Biscayne Blvd., according to a report in The Next Miami. At it's highest point, the tower would reach a height of 953-feet, making it one of the tallest in Miami. The project's architects, Arquitectonica, told the Miami Herald that the developer is in ...
12/14/2014Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City Keeps Growing Up

Dec. 14--© Copyright 2014, The Oklahoman The downtown skyline keeps growing. Just weeks after the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority agreed to a deal with Chicago-based Clayco that will result in two office and two apartment towers, Houston-based Hines is preparing to build a 27-story tower designed by the renown architects who imagined Devon Energy Center. Hines, which also developed Devon ...
12/10/2014Hadid Says Japanese Architects Are "Hypocrites" for Tokyo Stadium Criticism

Zaha Hadid strikes back at Japanese architects about their criticism of her Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium design. The Iraqi-born architect tells Dezeeen: "I think it's embarrassing for them, that's all I can say. I understand it's their town but they are hypocrites." Hadid had won the competition to design the 80,000 seat Japan National Stadium in 2012, beating out competition including Japanese ...
12/11/2014Blair Kamin: Studio Gang Architects To Design Expansion to NYC's Museum of Natural History

Dec. 11--Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architects, have been selected to design a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The six-story, $325 million addition, which has yet to be designed and which requires approval from city agencies, is to contain exhibition space as well as labs and theaters. The museum's existing complex is ...
12/12/2014Architecture Students Devise Rehabs of Empty Railway Exchange Building In St. Louis

Dec. 12--Student architects set loose on the Railway Exchange Building were instructed to think creatively in devising plans to revive the huge, empty structure in downtown St. Louis. They succeeded. Nine graduate students at Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts proposed repopulating the building with stores, residences, a hotel and in at least one plan, parking. Some ...
12/10/2014Zaha Hadid and Japanese at Loggerheads Over 'turtle-like' Olympic Stadium

Zaha Hadid has stoked an international row over her design for Tokyo's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic stadium by branding eminent Japanese architects who criticised her scheme as hypocrites. The Iraqi-born, London-based architect hit back after two years of complaints about her design for an 80,000-seat arena by some of Japan's leading architects that included warnings it would be "a monumental ...
12/09/2014Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City's First National Center Continues to Languish

Dec. 09--Nothing, it seems, happens easily with First National Center. The downtown landmark has languished for a quarter century since it lost its anchor tenant, the remains of First National Bank, which have passed from one institution to another (now Bank of America). As reported Saturday, a New York investor is preparing to file a lien on the property claiming that Aaron Yashouafar, who ...
12/07/2014Inga Saffron: Venetian Vision in Philadelphia Alley

Dec. 07--Center City's grimy alleys are the equivalent of Philadelphia's attic, stuffed with forgotten architectural treasures. And there may be no richer trove than the stretch that runs behind the former Lits Bros. department store. There's now a parking garage at one end and a prison at the other, but with your eyes half-closed, the alley almost suggests a canal in Venice, canopied by its ...
12/03/2014Zaha Hadid Designs Steel Ribbon Advertising Billboard

Outdoor advertising company JCDecaux have commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a roadside billboard that moves beyond the traditional rectangular advertising format. Intended to stand alongside a main route in west London, Hadid's billboard has been revealed as a twisted steel structure, which the architect says crosses the line between media platform and public art. The sign will ...
12/07/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago Theatre at 125, Still an Architectural Gem

Dec. 07--It's easy to pick the instant when Chicago's ongoing run of architectural greatness began. That moment isn't Oct. 8-10, 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed the downtown and sparked a revolutionary rebuilding. Nor is it March 1, 1884, when a permit was issued to build the Home Insurance office building, the first large commercial building supported by a skeleton of metal, not ...
12/04/2014Vice President Biden Breaks Ground for $100M Steven Holl Kennedy Center Expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first major expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is commencing nearly 50 years after construction began on the cultural center, with a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday led by Vice President Joe Biden. The $100 million expansion will add space for arts education, programs, rehearsals and interaction between artists and audience members. It also ...
12/03/2014Inga Saffron: Philly Cyclists Push for Velodrome in Olmsted Park

Dec. 03--A group of Philadelphia bicycle-racing enthusiasts is speeding ahead with plans for an ambitious, Olympic-class arena that is intended to position the city as the leader of the nation's growing track-cycling culture, while also providing space for the public to learn and practice the sport. But to realize the $100 million velodrome, whose swooping form would echo the banked curves of ...

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