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11/23/2014Inga Saffron: Philadelphia's Castles in the Air

Nov. 23--Considering that the old granary on 20th Street, north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was originally a concrete storage bin for wheat and corn, it puts on some grand airs. Topped by an array of towers, it commands the site like a great medieval fortress or a 1920s Gothic skyscraper, proof that powerful architecture exists even in the humblest buildings. The granary's crenellated ...
11/20/2014Restoration of Philip Johnson's GenAM Building in St. Louis to Finish Next Year

Nov. 20--Rehab work at the historic GenAm building is on schedule for completion in March as headquarters for Laclede Group. Tarlton Corp., a general contracting and construction management firm, is heading the job. Koman Group, the project's developer, has a long-term lease with Laclede to occupy the six-story building at 700 Market Street. Architect Philip Johnson designed the building, ...
11/23/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago Seminary Rebirth a Sophisticated Mix of Old and New

Nov. 23--One of the finest new works of architecture in Chicago isn't a brand-new, "look at me" building by a globe-trotting architectural star. It's a subtle, sophisticated mix of old and new, from a relatively obscure Boston architect, that teaches valuable lessons about how aged buildings can be creatively reinvented and stitched into the fabric of our lives. If you've spent time at the ...
11/22/2014Will Self: Are the Hyper-rich Ruining the New Tate Modern?

I blame it all on Marcel Duchamp - for reasons I'll make clear in the appropriate place; in the meantime, let me say I have irrationally fond memories of Bankside Power Station. I worked in Southwark in the late 1980s, and when the weather was fine my colleagues and I would eat our lunch on the embankment in front of the old hulk. It had ceased generating electricity almost a decade before, ...
11/22/2014Oliver Wainwright: British Architects Unveil Arctic Library

It's an unusual view to behold from a municipal library. The midday sun hangs just above the horizon, casting a heavenly glow across the water, beneath a sky streaked with pink, orange and blue. A foreground of fishing huts and boats completes the picture, which could come straight from a Visit Norway tourist brochure. But this is an unlikely project: a new pounds 110m library and concert hall ...
11/19/2014Blair Kamin: Chicago Mayor's Riverfront Sign Law Contradicts Embrace of Lucas Museum

Nov. 19--How can Rahm Emanuel protect the riverfront from Trump wannabes but allow Mr. "Star Wars" to nuke the lakefront? To put it another way, was it right for the mayor to bash Donald Trump for slathering a monster-sized sign on his Chicago River skyscraper, then coddle George Lucas after the filmmaker proposed to erect a ridiculously overscaled mountain of a museum along Lake Michigan? The ...
11/17/2014Obama's Step-grandmother Aims to Build Diebedo Francis Kéré-designed Education/Health Complex in Kenya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Barack Obama's 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again. Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather, said in an interview through an interpreter ...
11/12/2014Poor, Sexy, Messy: David Chipperfield on How Berlin Became a Great City Like No Other

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin still struggles with its unsatisfactory urban form: its gaps, its duplications, and its unfinished nature. It is a city that has always been in flux, so complicated by its histories and counter-histories that its urban fabric seems to resist all attempts to reorder it. Despite this, or probably because of it, Berlin seems to have become a ...
11/15/2014Simon Jenkins: What Are the Best British Buildings of the Last Century?

In the summer of 1980 a group of us from the newly formed Thirties Society drove out of London along the Great West Road. We were told demolition squads had arrived at the splendid art deco headquarters of the Firestone tyre company. The planning minister, Michael Heseltine, was intending to list it for protection but had first informed the owners, Trafalgar House. The company sent in wreckers ...
11/15/2014Construction Starts on David Adjaye's Spiralling Stone Extinction Memorial

Construction is now underway on a memorial to extinct species of the present and future, designed by David Adjaye for the Isle of Portland, England. A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week for the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), a 30-metre-high stone spiral that will house an information and exhibition centre for the 860 species identified as extinct since the demise of ...
11/17/2014Interview with Diane Thorsen of Perkins + Will

As design director of Perkins + Will, one of the region's most successful design firms, Diane Thorsen has a lot on her plate and she seems to be managing it all quite effortlessly. Since realising the power of art as a child, it seems that Thorsen's passion for creation is stronger than any clout of stress. "I knew I wanted to be a designer from when I got my first set of colouring pencils," ...
11/18/2014American Architect Set to Be Released from Abu Dhabi Jail

American architect Dr Robert Black is awaiting release from an Abu Dhabi prison after being found not guilty of taking photographs in a restricted area. The 70-year-old appeared before a judge yesterday (Monday) according to a friend speaking on his family's behalf. Black, who had been speaking at a conference, was arrested and detailed in Al Wathba jail while out on a morning sightseeing ...
11/15/2014Blair Kamin: Alternative Site for Lucas Museum Could Help Stars Align for Everyone

Nov. 15--There's a better spot for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts than the one that led to the much-derided "Mount Lucas" design and prompted Friends of the Parks on Thursday to file a lawsuit in federal court against the plan. This site would give the museum a high-profile Lake Shore Drive address and the waterfront views coveted by its namesake, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, ...
11/05/2014Encouraging Civic Engagement Through Design

Cities seeking to encourage citizen involvement take note — the Center for Active Design has just received an $115,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund a set of design guidelines encouraging civic engagement through architecture and urban planning. The center’s “Designing for Robust Engagement” initiative aims to foster social connections, political participation ...
11/17/2014Talking Fire Alarms, Smart Thermostats: Can Technology Make Us Love Our Dull Devices?

Nearing the end of his time at Apple, Tony Fadell was building a holiday home for his family on Lake Tahoe when he tasked the architect with bringing him the most advanced thermostat available, to go with all of the latest ecological and technological devices featured in the new-build home. Fadell, who has become known as one of the "fathers" of the iPod, was not impressed with the beige ...
11/16/2014Rowan Moore: Farshid Moussavi, Where Style Meets Substance

Architecture today operates in a promiscuous haze. It is so easy to see, swap, trade and imitate ideas that it's hard to see what happened first where, what is original, authentic or new. Just as styles in fashion migrate rapidly from the catwalk to Primark so it is in architecture. There are the big names, the people recognised as originators, and what might be called hack practices, who feed ...
11/08/2014Chicago Tribune Editorial: The Lucas Museum Should Not Be on Chicago's Lakefront

Nov. 08--Last week's unveiling of plans for a Lucas Museum of Narrative Art crystallized what until now had been a disagreement about a controversial location and a structure of unknown size. The first concern will fester until the museum is sited somewhere else. The second, though, has awakened Chicagoans to the stakes for Chicago's lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel should tell the people of his ...
11/13/2014Chicago Group to Sue Over Site for Lucas Museum

Nov. 13--In a surprising legal tack, opponents of George Lucas' proposed museum on Chicago's lakefront said Wednesday that they will argue in federal court that the site sits on reclaimed waterways and therefore can't be handed over to a private entity. That approach is a departure from previous arguments by lakefront preservationists that construction on the shoreline defies a long-standing ...
11/12/2014Vincent Callebaut Architecture Designs Sustainable Complex for Cairo

French studio Vincent Callebaut Architects has revealed a muti-purpose complex for Nasr City in Cairo, Egypt. The project is designed to obtain a LEED Gold Plus standing and features a solar roof, green terraces, sky villas and vertical gardens and solar heating tubes. The Gate Residence is composed of 1000 apartment units with a health club and spa, fitness centre, business centre, ...
11/13/2014Miami Megaproject Would Include 60-Story Tower by Elkus Manfredi

Nov. 13--The long-awaited, and at times controversial, Miami Worldcenter megaproject unveiled plans Wednesday for its first tower, a 470-unit, 60-story lux condo that would be embedded into the planned three-level shopping mall stretching across three and a half blocks in the old Park West district. Its developer, Daniel Kodsi, says his Paramount Miami Worldcenter condo is further proof that ...
11/12/2014Urban Farming Takes Root in Downtown Los Angeles

Nov. 12--Amid the rooftops of downtown's Financial District, basil, parsley and vegetables line a raised-bed garden. The 6th floor plot, part of a trend of urban farming in downtown Los Angeles, serves a restaurant at the members-only Jonathan Club. "This was a dream of mine since I was a kid," said Matthew Allnatt, Jonathan Club's chief operating officer, who on Tuesday showed off the garden ...
11/12/2014Ollie Wainwright: It's Time to Show Some Love for the Pylon

'Encase your legs in nylons, / Bestride your hills with pylons, / O age without a soul," moaned John Betjeman in 1966, railing against the twin evils of the modern age as he saw them: tights and electricity transmission towers. While the Campaign to Protect Rural England might not share his distaste for synthetic stockings, it has kept alive his fight against the hated pylon, exerting a level ...
11/05/2014Studio Gang to Renovate Milwaukee Powerhouse

Nov. 05--Beloit College has unveiled designs for converting a century-old power plant on the Rock River into a recreation center with sustainable features by celebrated architectural firm Studio Gang. The design is meant to retain the industrial character of the decommissioned coal-fired electrical plant while showcasing reduced energy features -- and human energy. "We're excited to work with ...
11/11/2014Nouvel and Chipperfield in Competition to Design Hungary's New National Museum

Louvre Abu Dhabi architect Jean Nouvel is on the list of contenders to design a museum in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Other star names include David Chipperfield and Renzo Piano along with firms Mecanoo, Snohetta and Sanaa are listed for the National Gallery and Ludwig Museum after an open competition was abandoned The second contest was launched after an initial search failed to find ...
11/12/2014Historic Miami Mansion to Be Moved, Restored

Nov. 12--In a rare instance where owner, government and preservationist are all on the same page on how to deal with a historic home in Miami Beach, a 90-year-old mansion at 27 Star Island will be lifted and moved over on the same property to make way for a new home. The expansive, 10,000-square-foot home was designed by noted architect Walter DeGarmo, Florida's first registered architect. ...

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