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04/28/2015Levittown, the Prototypical American Suburb

Levittown isn’t a single building but a development of more than 17,000 detached houses. The project – started in 1947 as America’s prototypical postwar planned community – has outlived its heartiest supporters and harshest detractors to stand today as something more complicated than a monument to the glory of the American dream, or to the blandness and conformity to which that dream led. Like ...
04/24/2015St. Petersburg Chooses Pier Park Design by Rogers Partners and ASD

April 24--ST. PETERSBURG -- The arduous and sometimes contentious six-month process to choose a design team for a new waterfront pier has taken a leap forward, but it has not reached the end. Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee took a big step Thursday with the midnight decision to give top ranking for the $46 million project to the Pier Park design. It was followed by the ...
04/24/2015Detroit Neighborhoods Want Update, Aid like Downtown Gets

April 24--The transformation of Detroit into an energetic, high-tech, pedestrian- friendly destination feels a world away from a desolate East Side stretch where 64-year-old retired Chrysler worker Dmetris England was eating breakfast at Maison's Fine Food Diner, a storefront that stands next to the big cow's head in front of an abandoned dairy. How does he feel about all of that downtown ...
04/20/2015Norman Foster's New Comcast Skyscraper Collides with Philadelphia's Street-level Reality

A block away from Comcast’s downtown Philadelphia tower Pritzker prize-winning architect Sir Norman Foster is constructing a second skyscraper for the cable giant. This one is 1,121 feet tall and will complement Comcast’s still-shiny main campus, completed in 2008. The new building will be the tallest skyscraper outside Chicago and New York when finished and will have cost $1.2bn – $40m of ...
04/24/2015Kamin: Innovative Method Soap Factory Shows Historic Pullman Has a Future

April 24--When President Barack Obama declared historic Pullman a national monument in February, the focus was on the past: the company town of railroad carmaker George Pullman, the violent labor strike of 1894 and the Pullman porters who set the stage for the civil rights movement. On Tuesday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the official opening of an innovative new soap factory in Pullman, ...
04/24/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Head of CicLAvia Steps Down

April 24--Aaron Paley, co-founder of CicLAvia, the hugely popular bicycling and open-streets festival that began in Los Angeles in 2010, emailed me with news: He was planning to step down as the nonprofit organization's executive director and take on a reduced role as executive producer. Since helping to start CicLAvia, the 57-year-old Paley has been wearing two hats; he is also president of ...
04/22/2015Blair Kamin: Black Hawk Statue, Schwinn Co-founder's House, Central Park Theatre on List of Endangered Places

April 22--Illinois' most endangered historic places include a Chicago mansion built for the co-founder of the Schwinn bicycle empire and the Black Hawk statue along the Rock River, the state's leading preservation advocacy group said Wednesday in a Springfield news conference. The group, Landmarks Illinois, also called attention to the historic preservation division of the Illinois Historic ...
04/22/2015Chicago Botanic Garden Breaks Ground on New $26 Million Campus

April 22--Turning over earth is one of the most ordinary things that happens at the Chicago Botanic Garden. But sticking shovels into ground to get started on a new, 25,000-square-foot building at the Glencoe nature park is much less usual. With a scheduled groundbreaking Thursday, work on the garden's new, $26 million Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus will begin. The garden will be on its ...
04/20/2015Female Architect Builds Largest Nature Bridge in Iran

Bridges have always been close to the heart of Iranian identity. Isfahan, Iran’s top tourist destination and a former capital of Persia, boasts two spectacular bridges from the 16th century Safavid dynasty when the city was at the centre of Islamic art and culture. So it is no surprise that a new hi-tech award-winning structure has appeared in the Iranian capital, Tehran. What is a surprise is ...
04/20/2015The 606 Park, Chicago's High Line, to Open in June

April 20--A long-planned Chicago park stretching along abandoned Northwest Side train tracks will debut June 6, the city announced Monday. The idea for The 606 park and trail system, which will run along 2.7 miles of elevated tracks near Bloomingdale Avenue stretching from Logan Square through Bucktown, Wicker Park and Humboldt Park, has been around for years. A group called Friends of the ...
04/18/2015New Plans Unveiled for Redoing Blighted Bloomfield Park Outside Detroit

April 18--A developer has unveiled designs for how it hopes to transform the failed and blighted Bloomfield Park into Oakland County's next hot shopping spot and residential development. Conceptual renderings presented to local officials this week by Southfield-based REDICO call for razing most of the rusting parking garages and other half-built structures on the 80-acre site, which fronts ...
04/21/2015Jean Nouvel Loses Paris Concert Hall Court Case

Jean Nouvel has lost a court case against the Paris Philharmonie concert hall, with a French court ruling that the architect did not provide enough proof that his original designs for the building had been flouted. Nouvel first sought legal action to renovate 26 areas of the publicly funded building to his original designs, including fireplaces, facades, and the 2,400-seat concert hall itself. ...
04/20/2015Glasgow School of Art’s Restoration Brings Surprises and Unearths Secrets

A Roman sentry stands watch with a look of panic, as fireballs crash down around him and bodies lie strewn among the rubble in the last moments of Pompeii. The scene, depicted in Edward Poynter’s painting, Faithful unto Death, is still legible on a scorched postcard pulled from behind the charred remains of wooden panelling in the Glasgow School of Art last week. It was found clinging for ...
04/19/2015What Is Boris Johnson’s Architectural Legacy in London?

Classicist that he is, Boris Johnson will be familiar with the Ephebic oath, sworn by the young men of ancient Athens, that among other things they would leave their city better than they found it. Johnson is technically still mayor of London for another year, but it’s clear that his attention is now on that special corner of the capital that is the parliamentary constituency of Uxbridge and ...
04/18/2015OPINION: Jeanne Gang Does Better in Second Version of New Chicago Skyscraper

April 18--It's a good thing that the Jeanne Gang-designed Wanda Vista Tower has improved considerably since it was shown last year. In classic Chicago fashion, the public review process for the proposed riverfront hotel and condominium skyscraper is anything but squeaky clean. As the Tribune disclosed in February, executives, employees and other people associated with the project's ...
04/19/2015The Snyderman House is a PoMo Joke That's Starting to Look Smart

April 19--Having lived through the rise of postmodernism and watched its ironic, pop-art treatment of classical forms filter through the culture -- to the point where every strip mall was designed with a flattened pediment over the entrance -- I never expected to feel any sympathy for that unfortunate architectural style. But after its champion Michael Graves died last month, I realized I ...
04/17/2015Blair Kamin: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Fights for Survival

April 17--The board of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on Thursday assailed Gov. Bruce Rauner's push to eliminate the agency, saying the move could force some state historic sites to close and would hinder a program that has helped generate more than $1 billion in construction spending. "Governor Rauner and the General Assembly have a difficult task in trying to deal with the state's ...
04/17/2015Saffron: Tacky Digital Kiosks Will Diminish Philadelphia's Downtown

April 17--Councilman Mark Squilla's political base lies deep in South Philadelphia and along the Delaware waterfront, in what are still called the "river wards." But that didn't stop him last month from driving through a major bill allowing two free-standing, high-definition digital billboards in the heart of Center City. The tacky digital kiosks will diminish Philadelphia's downtown, bathing ...
04/16/2015Wainwright: How Developers are Hiding Behind Shrubbery

Spring has sprung and developers are getting green-fingered. Across London, their planning applications are sprouting leaves and bursting into bloom. They’re promising trees on bridges and jungles in the clouds, sky-gardens and life-giving linear parks, along with a whole network of green ribbons weaving through town. Who could say no to this fecund vision for London? What mean-spirited ...
04/16/2015Who Should be Building Britain’s Homes?

For the first time in decades, we’re going into a general election where housing is a key issue for voters. On 17 March, at the Methodist Central Hall in London, people attending the biggest rally for housing in recent memory heard politicians commit themselves to ending the housing crisis within a generation. But while housing is at last on the political agenda, most of the debate is about ...
04/15/2015Kamin: Chicago's Apartment Boom Needs More Top-shelf Architecture

April 15--This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings -- the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station -- are the latest products of the ...
04/09/20155 Most Pissed Off Architects

Angry architects have been causing quite a stir lately, from Frank Gehry's infamous middle finger to Hadid's recent law suit. Whether frustrated about what others have to say about them, or at how their works have turned out, there is nothing holding these architects down. Here is a list of the top most angry architects as of late: 5. Zaha Hadid Zaha Hadid filed a lawsuit against New York ...
04/10/2015Review: Latin America in Construction at MoMA

Sixty years ago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened a landmark exhibition: Latin American Architecture Since 1945. That survey of the region’s buildings was part of a larger, Rockefeller-backed advocacy of Latin American culture at the museum during the first years of the cold war – but since then, MoMA has never again mounted a full-scale study of the region’s architecture. Now, at ...
04/14/2015Jeanne Gang-Designed Skyscraper Could be Third-tallest—or Fifth-tallest—in Chicago

April 14--The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower -- a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. Backed by China's Wanda Group and Chicago's Magellan Development Group the new version of the tower ...
04/14/2015King's Cross Airport? The Outlandish Plans for London that Almost Got Built

London has a great number of magnificent buildings and structures that came and went, that were demolished or destroyed. Buildings such as the original Palace of Westminster, Old St Paul’s Cathedral, the Euston Arch or the Crystal Palace are only available to us as paintings or photographs, tantalising in their absence. But there are other ways in which the development of the capital could ...

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