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03/05/2015Allied Works Architecture Unveils Light-filled PNCA Building in Portland

March 05--Compared to its former home in a windowless warehouse, the new location of the Pacific Northwest College of Art is a lightshow of arching windows, soaring skylights and gleeming marble walls. But, it took nine years and $34 million. On Thursday, Mayor Charlie Hales joined project managers and the media on a tour of the private college's new home on the North Park Blocks, near Union ...
03/06/2015Inga Saffron: Developer Roland Kassis Transforming Fishtown into Hip Haven

March 06--Every changing neighborhood in Philadelphia seems to have one: a developer who dominates the scene. In Northern Liberties, it's Bart Blatstein. In Newbold, it's John Longacre. In Point Breeze, it's Ori Feibush. On South Broad Street, it's Carl Dranoff. They amassed their real estate holdings when the neighborhoods were cheap, then became the masters of their destinies when the places ...
03/05/2015Blair Kamin: Mega Mural Puts Riverfront High-rise on the Map

March 05--How do you put your building on the map? You put a map on the building, of course. A really big map. That's what you see at the once-forgettable 300 S. Wacker Drive office building, where a mega-mural map covers a formerly blank concrete wall along the Chicago River. The mural map, a vertical sliver more than 400 feet tall, portrays the bending river, the crisscrossing street grid ...
03/05/2015SHoP Architects Conceives One-of-a-kind Detroit Building for Dan Gilbert

March 05--Businessman Dan Gilbert plans to reinvent the now-vacant Hudson's site in downtown Detroit with a uniquely designed building meant to attract attention around the world. Just how ambitious those plans are can be glimpsed in what an early design for the site shows -- a cutting edge glass-and-ceramic design, including a facade that could open in the summer, and a combination of retail, ...
03/04/2015Wainwright: Boris Johnson's Duplicitous Handling of London's Garden Bridge

It was billed as a miraculous no-strings-attached gift to London, a fairytale forest on a bridge that would be entirely paid for by private sponsors. But this sparkling new “tiara on the head of our fabulous city,” as Joanna Lumley, cheerleader for the garden bridge, has called it, is turning out to be a rather costly crown. In a confidential letter obtained by the Guardian it has emerged that ...
03/04/2015Christian Science Church Building in Miami One Step Closer to Being Saved

March 04--Biscayne Boulevard's grand Christian Science church came one big step closer to getting saved on Tuesday, when Miami's historic preservation board endorsed a significantly tweaked proposal to suspend a parking garage for a new condo next door over the historic building. A month after balking at a previous version of the blueprint, which preservationists complained seemed to "crush" ...
03/03/2015Miami Herald's Iconic Building Demolished

March 03--She's gone. By the time the last girder was down on Tuesday, there was nothing but blue sky where the Miami Herald's hulking headquarters stood for half a century. As if she'd never been there at all. She was the grande dame on Miami's bayfront when they started taking her down, chunk by chunk, in a strange, slow-motion demolition that took a full year and a half. But then she was ...
03/03/2015AECOM, James Corner Among Finalists for Milwaukee Lakefront Redesign Project

March 03--Nothing says Milwaukee like the lakefront, the place where the urban fabric meets a curve of freshwater, and several internationally recognized architects and designers will compete to transform it. Called the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, the urban design project promises to refashion and make more coherent a stretch of lakefront in and around existing cultural structures, such as ...
03/04/2015Oklahoma City Scraps Site for New Convention Center by Populous

March 04--The chosen site for a new convention center and conference hotel is being scrapped by the Oklahoma City Council after determining Tuesday too much was at risk to continue with a condemnation action against a partnership led by Bob Howard and Fred Hall. The city began condemnation proceedings against REHCO LLC last June in what originally was described as a "friendly action" by Cathy ...
03/04/2015Zaha Hadid Listed as One of Most Powerful Arab Women of 2015

Iraqi-born, London-based starchitect Zaha Hadid has been listed as the 21st most powerful Arab woman of 2015 by Arabian Business (AB) magazine. AB said the architect "followed up 2014's unveiling of Qatar's first World Cup stadium with incredible designs for Beijing's new airport terminal, scheduled to open in 2018, and the Bee'ah Headquarters in Sharjah, to name but two. "[Hadid] is enjoying ...
02/27/2015Gallagher: Detroit's Blight-free Vision Curtailed as Money Dries Up

Feb. 27--Hopes that the city could rid itself of blight in as little as five years have faded as abundant savings from the bankruptcy reorganization did not materialize and federal funds for the job are now drying up in a tight city budget. Mayor Mike Duggan delivered the sobering reality check on Thursday during the Detroit Regional Chamber's Detroit Policy Conference, saying the city will ...
03/03/2015Gehry-designed Guest House on the Road Again

March 03--Come spring the Winton guesthouse will be on the road again. And for $1 million or so, it could roll up your driveway. Designed by Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, the award-winning three bedroom home -- which looks like a cluster of minimalist sculptures -- was moved in 2011 from a hill overlooking Lake Minnetonka to a field outside Owatonna. On May 19 it will be auctioned by ...
02/27/2015Wainwright: Google's New Headquarters is a Futuristic Greenhouse

The future of work, according to Google, will take place in woodland glades and wildflower meadows, next to trickling streams and verdant allotments, among bike paths and yoga classes and gushing fountains, with fresh produce on tap. It will be a pastoral utopia-with-WiFi, all safely swept beneath a series of gigantic glass tents. Silicon Valley’s mother of all tech companies has today ...
03/03/2015Christopher Hawthorne: Google's New Headquarters Design Takes Transparency to New Levels

March 03--As an architect, what do you give the company that has everything? More to the point, what do you design for the company that is everywhere, that has become digitally ubiquitous? If you're Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the rising-star architects tapped to design the new Google headquarters in Mountain View, you begin by covering all of your bases, philosophical, practical and ...
03/01/2015Oliver Wainwright: The Forgotten Architectural Masterpieces of African Modernism

Afield of triangular roofs pokes up above the horizon on the outskirts of Dakar, like a forest of wigwams that have been baked to stone under the scorching sub-Saharan sun. They sit on a triangular concrete plinth, from which bigger triangular pavilions protrude, accessed by flights of triangular steps from the dusty streets, along which triangular gutters jut out. It could be Toblerone Town, ...
02/24/2015John Gallagher: New Windows, New Life for Derelict Michigan Central Station?

Feb. 24--The derelict Michigan Central Station, an object of fascination for gawkers and dreamers alike, may rank as the building with the most broken windows of any ruin in Detroit. But that may be changing with Chamberlain Glass & Metal of St. Clair reaching agreement with the Moroun family that owns the landmark to produce replacement windows. New windows would mark a major step forward for ...
02/28/2015Blair Kamin: New Chicago Tower by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Skillfully Deals with Challenging Site

Feb. 28--So many historic buildings in Chicago are being turned into hotels these days that it almost comes as a surprise to see a new hotel stretch into the sky. The glass-sheathed, 50-story Loews hotel and apartment tower, whose hotel portion opens Monday, turns out to be a welcome addition, though it lacks the sort of eye-grabbing shape that turns up in silhouette renditions of the skyline. ...
02/27/2015Inga Saffron: Redesigning Playgrounds to Promote "Loose Play"

Feb. 27--Given the ice crust encasing our streets right now, this might seem to be a strange moment to ponder what makes a good playground. A kid is lucky to gulp a few breaths of fresh air in the minutes between school and home. It feels as if it will be months before the slides are warm enough to touch again. When the thaw does come, as it inevitably will, most children will race out to the ...
02/26/2015John Gallagher: Detroit Blight Removal Needs More Money

Feb. 26--Detroit's blight removal efforts could face a financial bottleneck later this year unless a new source of money is found to continue it, Mayor Mike Duggan said this morning. Speaking at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Detroit Police Conference at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Duggan said the city has enough money through federal funding to run its blight removal demolition program ...
02/19/2015Seattle May Cap Rents on Some Micro Apartments at $618 a Month

Feb. 19--These days, most Seattle apartments rent for at least $1,000 a month. Some are much pricier. But a bill under consideration by the City Council would establish a cap of about $600 a month for some of the city's smallest rental homes. The new cap would apply only to micro-apartments -- which officials have rebranded as "small efficiency dwelling units" -- priced to satisfy the terms of ...
02/24/2015Architect of Record Named for New University of Iowa Museum of Art

Feb. 24--IOWA CITY -- A highly-anticipated permanent replacement for the University of Iowa's flood-devastated Museum of Art building now has an architect on board. Project developer H+H Development Group of Iowa City has identified BNIM Architects of Des Moines and Kansas City as "architect of record" for the new museum, the university announced Monday. The firm was chosen, in part, for its ...
02/26/20153D-printed Cities: Is this the Future?

The words “we print architecture’s future” adorn the wall of a showroom on the outskirts of Suzhou, a rapidly urbanising city in eastern China. Arranged around the room are samples of odd-looking concrete wall of varying thickness. Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation. It ...
02/21/2015First New Eichler Home in Decades has Already Sold

Feb. 21--A Palm Springs home built using Joseph Eichler's original blueprints is under contract to sell for $1.29 million. The newly built Modernist design, considered the first true Eichler home developed in 40 years, came to market on Tuesday. According to real estate brokers and developers Troy Kudlac and Ross Stout of KUD Properties Inc., which handled the listing side, it sold that day ...
02/24/2015Wainwright: Wild Designs and Fierce Opposition to New Bridge in London

There are waterfalls and go-faster striped cycle lanes, funhouses and fairy lights, as well as a handful of odd things to which no words can do justice. A diverse assortment of 74 designs has been unveiled for a new bridge across the Thames, to span the river from Nine Elms to Pimlico in southwest London, providing a “distinctive gateway” to this rapidly changing part of the city. “We want not ...
02/24/2015Billionaire Peter Sperling Sells 1920s Estate

Feb. 24--Peter Sperling, son of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, has sold a Montecito estate formerly owned by actress Jane Seymour for $10.5 million. Designed by architects William A. Edwards and Joseph Plunkett and completed in the late 1920s, the 3.34-acre compound contains a 4,904-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, a pool house, a caretaker's cottage, a tennis court, a pool ...

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