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01/30/2015Ten Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Will be Nominated for United Nations List of Significant World Sites

Jan. 30--Ten Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, including the Robie House in Chicago and Unity Temple in Oak Park, will be nominated by the federal government Friday to a United Nations list of the world's most significant cultural and natural sites, a U.S. Interior Department spokeswoman said. If the group nomination is approved, the Wright buildings would be the first examples of ...
01/29/2015Jeff Lewis of 'Flipping Out' Sells Renovated Wallace Neff-Designed House

Jan. 29--Jeff Lewis, the interior designer and "Flipping Out" star, has sold his gated house in Hollywood Hills for $2.895 million. Originally designed and built in 1937 by architect Wallace Neff, the extensively renovated house sits on a third-acre knoll with city views. Diagonal-paned windows retain the home's Tudor roots. Lewis spent two years refurbishing the two-story house, combining ...
01/30/2015Traveling Architecture Exhibit Makes Joplin Stop

Jan. 30--Ever wondered what architectural influences inspired the design of a building in which you might work or live? A new traveling exhibit at the Joplin Museum Complex surveys the state's rich history of public architecture, ranging from the towering Gateway Arch in St. Louis to a low-profile rest stop on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County. The exhibit, "Blueprints for Democracy: Public ...
01/25/2015Blair Kamin: New Chicago Hotel by Rockwell is a Stylish Restoration of Former Bank Building

Jan. 25--Visual whimsy is in short supply among the sober skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. That's one of the reasons the just-opened, winningly playful Virgin Hotel is a plus for the cityscape. The hotel occupies the handsomely refurbished Old Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Ave., a structure that may appear as drab as a banker's pinstriped suit. Look closely, however, and you'll see a ...
01/29/2015Taft Building, an Aging Hollywood Hot Spot, Gets a Makeover

Jan. 29--Hollywood's first high-rise office building has been restored to its former glory, buttressing the ongoing revival of the legendary intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The Taft Building, opened in 1924, has undergone a $15-million renovation that shored up its seismic strength and uncovered historic architectural details that were under wraps for decades. The 12-story building has ...
01/29/2015Detroit Design Pioneer Ruth Adler Schnee Wins Kresge Prize

Jan. 29--To tell the truth, she really wanted to be an architect, but fate had other plans. Ruth Adler Schnee, whose family escaped Nazi persecution in Germany and settled in Detroit when she was a teenager, was the first woman to earn a graduate degree in architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. But in the mid-1940s, no architectural firm would hire a woman. "We don't want a beauty ...
01/28/2015Construction Underway on Canada's First Holocaust Memorial Designed by Libeskind

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument, under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the ...
01/28/2015Much-Delayed Miami Beach Convention Center Overhaul Faces New Hurdles

Jan. 28--The much-delayed renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, once a $1 billion project coveted by leading developers and legendary architects, now has only one firm bidding on the venture in the heart of Miami Beach. It's a disappointing development for the City Commission and staff, who have touted the progress of this latest effort to modernize the center, a process that began ...
01/27/2015Once Ubiquitous, Parking Garages in U.S. Cities Fall to the Wrecking Ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, ...
01/23/2015Saffron: Snohetta's $190 Million Library at Temple University Will be Most Expensive in School's History

Jan. 23--Temple University has spent a billion dollars over the last decade transforming itself from a commuter college into a residential school that can draw students nationally. It's added glassy classroom buildings, a ritzy skyscraper dorm, and amenities such as cafés and rock-climbing walls. Yet, for all the flash, it was never clear how the expensive parts were supposed to fit together. ...
01/27/2015London's Landmark Centre Point Building to Become Luxury Apartments by Rick Mather

Work has begun to convert London's landmark Centre Point building into luxury flats. The former office building has been a focal point on the skyline for five decades, and at various times a symbol of the property industry's failings and of protest against the capital's lack of affordable housing. Now it will be turned into 82 one to five-bedroom apartments with pool, spa and fitness ...
01/26/2015Exhibition Looks at Role of Robots in Architecture

About 100 years ago, French artist Villemard depicted his vision of the year 2000 on a series of postcards named "Utopie." Among his audacious imaginings are whale-propelled submarines and firemen with artificial wings. While many of his predictions seem outlandish today, one that is bearing out is the important role of robots in creating architecture. This is the central theme of the Robotic ...
01/26/2015No Space Needle or Gateway Arch: What Defines Orlando's Skyline?

Jan. 26--ST. Louis has the Gateway Arch. Chicago has the Willis Tower and the Bean. Seattle has the Space Needle. And San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. Why doesn't Orlando have a skyline that stands out? Members of a City Hall task force say Orlando needs to plan ahead for more iconic architecture and trumpet its other strengths so downtown has a unique and identifiable brand outside ...
01/26/2015Paralyzed Architect Communicates by Drawing Plans of Houses

An architect paralysed by a stroke communicates with the outside world with the only thing he can remember - drawings and plans of houses. Phil Jones, 68, was left unable to move down his right side and without the ability to speak, read or write after the brain haemorrhage in 2005. But he has since developed a unique method of interacting with his wife Deana to tell her what he needs - using ...
01/21/2015John Gallagher: Detroit's Empty 1960s Hammer-and-Nail Tower Finding New Life After Threat of Demolition

Jan. 21--Recently slated for demolition, the iconic 12-story Professional Plaza tower in Midtown Detroit will find new life as a 75-unit residential apartment and retail building in a $20-million project headed by Detroit-based Roxbury Group. David DiRita, a principal in Roxbury, said the renovation, to be known as the Plaza, could be ready for residents to move in by late 2016. There will be ...
01/22/2015Portland Affordable Housing Advocates Want Better Deal with Waterfront Developers

Jan. 22--Affordable housing advocates pressed Portland's urban renewal agency Wednesday to guarantee that low-income housing will be developed in the South Waterfront District even as city officials shifted their focus to the nearby RiverPlace. At issue is Portland's failure to transform the area south of downtown into the mixed-income community promised in 2003, when the City Council set a ...
01/22/2015Philadelphia's Athenaeum Launches Competition to Design New Building

Jan. 22--It might seem a perverse exercise to some, but one of Philadelphia's most venerable institutions, the Athenaeum, has sponsored an architectural competition -- Looking Forward: Reimagining the Athenaeum of Philadelphia -- seeking designs for a new building. Not to worry. The bookish Athenaeum, situated in a splendid National Historic Landmark Italianate brownstone on Washington Square ...
01/16/2015Inga Saffron: Mediocrity Behind the Rodin Museum Masterpiece

Jan. 16--The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. ...
01/22/2015Pittsburgh Plans to Restore 1903 Stock Exchange Building

Jan. 22--When the Stock Exchange Building on Fourth Avenue, Downtown, was built in 1903, critics called it a "swagger bank" because the brawny neoclassical architecture made a big impression despite its small footprint. A century later, Point Park University is looking to return some of that swagger with plans to restore the vacant building and integrate it into the school's Pittsburgh ...
01/18/2015Detroit Knight Finalists Propose Projects for Blighted Land Across City

Jan. 18--Erin Kelly is looking for a few good men -- and women -- as long as they cut hair or cut grass. She's working on a plan for them to work on the same clients: vacant lots in Detroit. The thirtysomething landscape architect, who works for Detroit Future City, submitted a proposal that is among 126 finalists for the first Knight Cities Challenge, which solicited ideas to make communities ...
01/21/2015Buffalo's School of Architecture Launches Real Estate Development Program

Jan. 21--With construction and development activity surging in Buffalo in the last few years, the University at Buffalo is hoping to promote more professional development in the field through a new graduate degree program in real estate development. Beginning in September, UB's School of Architecture and Planning will offer a new master of science degree in architecture specializing in real ...
01/21/2015Famed Architect Henry C. Trost's Downtown El Paso Building Undergoes Renovation

Jan. 21--One of famed architect Henry C. Trost's downtown El Paso building's is about to get a facelift. The facade of the W. S. Hills building, sandwiched between San Antonio and Texas avenues, will be restored to how it looked in 1926 when Trost & Trost designed the former department store. Crews have already abated asbestos and removed mold, and work restoring the building's exterior will ...
01/20/2015Carolina Miranda: Michael Hayden Turns on His L.A. Light Sculpture After a Decade in the Dark

Jan. 20--When the International Jewelry Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1980s, The Times' architecture and design critic John Dreyfuss described the building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, as an "overwhelming loser." The saving grace? A 270-foot neon sculpture by light artist Michael Hayden, which Dreyfuss described as "beautiful, fascinating and dazzling." "Generators of ...
01/20/2015Devo's Gerald Casale Puts Neutra Home up for Sale

Jan. 20--Gerald Casale of Devo has listed his Richard Neutra-designed house in Hollywood Hills West at $3.5 million. Sited on a steep hillside with views of the Los Angeles Basin, the restored International-style home was designed by Modernist architect Neutra and built in 1936 for Los Angeles Examiner printer Joseph Kun. The Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument is considered a prime example ...
01/17/2015Chile's Plan for First Gaudi Building Outside Spain Gets Off Drawing Board

Curved lines and coloured tiles have made Antoni Gaudi one of the world's best-known architects, and millions of people flock to Spain each year to visit his buildings. Now, nearly a century after his death, Chile is set to become home to Gaudi's first completed project outside his native country. The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, has said the city of Rancagua, about 50 miles south of ...

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