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08/28/2015Inga Saffron: It's What Makes Subaru a Tax Dodge

Aug. 28--Over the years, New Jersey officials have come up with one scheme after another to revive Camden, the state's poorest city. First, there was the entertainment zone along the Delaware waterfront. Now, there is the Gateway District off Admiral Wilson Boulevard, near Campbell Soup. All have involved oodles of tax breaks, acres of surface parking, and relatively few jobs for the ...
08/28/2015First Look at Gehry's Vision for L.A. River Makeover

Aug. 28--Reporters are being offered a first look Friday at the work renowned architect Frank Gehry has done in preparation for what officials are calling a "comprehensive vision" for redeveloping the Los Angeles River. Gehry, the L.A.-based architect behind such iconic structures as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, has spent months on the groundwork for a ...
08/27/2015Japan Considers Capping Cost of Olympic Stadium at 155B Yen

The Japanese government plans to cap the cost of building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at 155 billion yen ($1.29 billion), much lower than the 252 billion yen projected under a recently scrapped plan, government sources said Thursday. The cap will be part of a new National Stadium construction plan the government will finalize at a meeting of Cabinet ministers on Friday after ...
08/05/2015The City Applauds Seattle's Art Fair

Who knew Paul Allen cared this much about art? He has emerged as Seattle art's mega-patron. | By Jen Graves When the clock struck 6 p.m. on Sunday night and the loudspeaker announced, "Seattle Art Fair is now closed," the few hundred stragglers still standing inside CenturyLink Field Event Center clapped and cheered. They were exhausted, relieved, exhilarated, and already nostalgic. The fair ...
08/26/2015Blair Kamin & Dahleen Glanton: Worldwide Search to Select Obama Library Architect

Aug. 26--The foundation tasked with building the Barack Obama Presidential Center will cast a global net in its search for an architect, asking designers from the United States and overseas to compete for the prized Chicago commission, officials said Wednesday. The officials on Wednesday issued a request for qualifications to architects who may vie for the project. It asked them to submit ...
08/26/2015Terrain Biennial Shows Off Art—and Suburban Front Porches

Aug. 26--If you didn't make it to Venice this summer and won't get to Istanbul in the fall, don't despair. There's always Oak Park. Oak Park? Yes, Oak Park. Reachable by the Green and Blue lines, a handsome suburb famous for its cluster of Frank Lloyd Wright homes and, now, the city's funkiest and most ambitious biennial. The Terrain Biennial, presently in its second year, was founded by ...
08/26/20152020 Tokyo Olympics: IOC Demands Earlier Stadium Opening

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) demanded on Tuesday that Japan complete its new national stadium by January 2020, three months earlier than planned. "It won't be easy to shorten the construction schedule," said Olympics minister Toshiaki Endo after IOC vice-president John Coates pressed Japan to complete the stadium six months before the start of the summer Games. The commission ...
08/24/2015LA Times Architecture Roundup: Islamic State militants destroy World Heritage Site in Syria, sneak peek of the Broad exhibition, LA versus Bay Area tech architecture

Aug. 24--Islamic militants destroy a 2,000-year-old temple in Syria. A pair of L.A. architects defend a new design proposal for the L.A. County Museum of Art. And a prominent architect criticizes the decision to not build a Zaha Hadid-designed stadium in Tokyo. Plus: Banksy's take on Disneyland, tourists get freaky with a Nicki Minaj statue in Vegas and a photographer captures the treadmill ...
08/23/2015Inga Saffron: Germantown's Market Square

Aug. 23--As you rumble along the cobblestone avenue into the historic heart of Germantown, the street suddenly opens up to reveal a charming town common that looks more New England than Philadelphia. Known as Market Square, the half-acre park at Church Lane is bordered by an evocative mix of early American architecture. You can easily imagine Martha Washington haggling over produce brought in ...
08/23/2015Blair Kamin: Rahm Emanuel's Favorite Chicago Architecture

Aug. 23--Ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel to name his favorite Chicago designs, and here are the answers you'll get: --333 West Wacker Drive, 1983, by New York architects Kohn Pedersen Fox. The iconic, green-glass wall of this office building mirrors a curve in the Chicago River while its notched walls echo the Loop's street grid. "It's an incredible reflection of the city," the mayor said. --Jay ...
08/22/2015Nevada Museum of Art Opens Lake Tahoe Exhibit in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first major historical art survey of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra's infamous Donner Pass takes an ambitious trip through two centuries, highlighting the roles of Native Americans and railroad barons and the tourists and scientists trying to halt the loss of clarity in the azure waters. "Tahoe: A Visual History" opened Saturday at the Nevada Museum of Art, featuring more than ...
08/22/2015How Edye Broad's 'Eye' Drew Billionaire Husband into Art World

Aug. 22--The nude in the silver frame calls no attention to herself amid the colors and splashes of Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and other 20th century masters hanging in a well-lighted house beyond the pepper trees. But the Matisse drawing, an elegant work of quiet power, is one of Edye Broad's favorites. She and her husband, Eli, a billionaire accustomed to getting his way, disagree over the ...
08/23/2015Blair Kamin: Mayor Burnishes Chicago's Architectural Stature

Aug. 23--As Mayor Rahm Emanuel toured the soon-to-open Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Library on Thursday, his intense brown eyes gazed up to a circular skylight, then settled on a curving wall of glass with a drop-dead view of the downtown skyline. "Just look at this window -- the size of that. You don't see that at some of the other libraries," the mayor observed, referring to the ...
08/20/2015George F. Will [OPINION]: Proposed Eisenhower Memorial is a Monstrosity

WASHINGTON - We could wearily shrug, say "Oh, well," and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials. This saga of arrogance and celebrity ...
08/18/2015Olympic Stadium Cost Estimated at 346 Billion Yen in 2013

The cost of constructing a National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under a now-scrapped design was estimated to be 346.2 billion yen ($2.8 billion in the current value) in 2013, notably higher than the 300 billion yen figure the government has given so far, according to documents submitted to a government meeting Wednesday. The figure is also sharply higher than the 130 billion yen the ...
08/18/2015Blair Kamin: Chicago Historic District Saved by Real Estate Sale

Aug. 18--A developer who planned to tear down a building in a new Old Town historic district has sold the three-story structure to a buyer who will renovate it, a city official and architectural preservationist said Monday. Developer Sebastian Barsh of Castlerock Properties, who obtained a demolition permit for 159 W. Burton Place, sold the property Friday to a resident of 155 W. Burton, ...
08/18/2015Steve Lackmeyer: Development Momentum Building in Northeast OKC

Aug. 18--Forgive some folks on the east side of downtown if they remain just a bit skeptical as the good news keeps coming for those who have seen decades pass since the last major retail center was built in the predominantly black community. Blame the "white flight" of the 1970s. Blame racism. Blame ignorance. Blame a development community that seemed to have no qualms about building grocery ...
08/17/2015LA Times Roundup: Brutalist Architecture on 99% Invisible, Gehry's River Plan

Aug. 17--The musical life of an unassuming L.A. roller rink, the auteur crowdsourcing his latest epic film and what Frank Gehry has in store for the Los Angeles River (nothing to do with undulating titanium). Plus: the cultural legacy that Watts wrought. That, and much more, in the Roundup: -- The 50th anniversary of the Watts riots has inspired a wave of interesting reports on its cultural ...
08/16/2015New York Road Trip: Buffalo's Renaissance

Aug. 16--Newell Nussbaumer says Buffalo is becoming a place "where people come to live their dreams." He calls himself a "grassroots activist" and is the editor of buffalorising.com, a website that has chronicled developments he and other enthusiasts are calling the "Buffalo renaissance." Restaurants are opening. Hotels are going up or being rebuilt. The city's harborfront has a new industry: ...
08/15/2015Blair Kamin: City's Soundscape About More Than Just Decibels

Aug. 15--Noise is in the news these days, especially with some O'Hare International Airport and Wrigley Field neighbors complaining that they're victims of decibel attacks from screaming planes and blaring videoboards. However these disputes are resolved, one thing is certain: The quality of sound, both good and bad, is among the most significant, yet least-discussed, aspects of the human ...
08/16/2015Frank Fitzpatrick: An Empty Warehouse Where Baker Bowl Once Stood

Aug. 16--A century after it opened as a Ford assembly plant, 29 years after it was abandoned, the distinctive triangular building looms lonely at the seedy intersection of Broad and Lehigh, like the last vestige of a once-thriving forest. But while automobiles, military helmets, and men's suits were manufactured there during its 72-year working existence, the strikingly beautiful structure's ...
08/13/2015Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rare, World-Renowned Wasmuth Portfolio

Fans of American architecture have a new way to see the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s Wasmuth lithograph design portfolio, a collection of commercial and residential lithograph prints of his most famous works is on exhibit at SC Johnson’s Racine headquarters. The portfolio includes the Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, NY; the Robie House in Chicago; and Unity Temple in Oak ...
08/14/2015Inga Saffron: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Glassy, Apple-esque, Cheesecake Factory

Aug. 14--The Cheesecake Factory's design sensibility, like its menu, is founded on the belief that too much is never enough. In contrast, the architects at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson operate on the presumption that you're usually better off with less. That thinking has informed their coolly minimalist designs for the Apple stores, most notably their wispy glass cube in Manhattan. But development ...
08/12/2015Blair Kamin: Chinese Sculpture Resembles Chicago's Bean

Aug. 12--Already the target of ridicule for its knockoffs of the Eiffel Tower and other world landmarks, China's latest exercise in copycat design has a distinctly Chicago flavor: It bears a striking resemblance to The Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. Located in the oil-rich Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the stainless steel sculpture will open at the end of August, the online version of ...
08/12/2015Steve Lackmeyer: Blighted Shopping Center to get Makeover in OKC

Aug. 12--When the Northeast Shopping Center first opened in the early 1960s, it was a source of pride for northeast Oklahoma City -- home to a Safeway grocery store, Cherry's Cafeteria, a TG&Y and the same sort of variety retailers featured in similar developments popping up throughout the city. But by the 1990s, the shopping center was a ghost of its former self, littered with empty ...

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