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04/18/2014William Curtis on the State of Le Corbusier's Chandigarh Buildings

One of the world's foremost architectural historian and critics William JR Curtis was shocked at the state of Le Corbusier's heritage during a recent visit to Chandigarh. He tells Rohit Mullick why the threat to the city heritage is real, and why greater preservation and regulation is required, instead of running after the Unesco status. Q: How bad do you think is the condition of heritage ...
04/19/2014Conservation Innovation

April 19--The trumpet honeysuckle, a magnificent mass of coral tubular blooms, welcomes visitors at the Cypresswood Water Conservation Garden. The flowering vine -- a magnet for hummingbirds, cardinals and butterflies -- is a poster plant for this beautiful .65-acre landscape that's sustained with rainwater alone. Cypresswood is the first certified sustainable water-conservation garden in ...
04/21/2014Architects Donate Services to Make Homes of Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors More Accessible

April 21--A group of architects are donating their services to make the homes of marathon bombing survivors more accessible. Nearly 100 architects and 10 consultants have signed up to help through an effort called Renovate for Recovery, working with engineers, carpenters, designers and dozens of other volunteers to complete one project in New Hampshire, with more than a half dozen others in ...
04/21/2014Above-ground Construction Set to Start on Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's Kingdom Tower, Designed to Be the World's Tallest

Above-ground work on the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects, is due to start next Sunday. The world's largest construction firm, Saudi Binladin Group is set to start building the long-awaited 1 kilometre-tall tower on April 27 after months of testing. When the project was launched Smith spoke about his influences for the design: "What ...
04/17/2014Rice University Art Barn Gets the Wrecking Ball After All

April 17--Against the pleas of preservationists, alumni and many in the Houston arts community, demolition of Art Barn on the Rice University campus began Wednesday. Crews stopped temporarily because they hit a power line that had to be inspected. A private group of Rice alumni is working to save and find a new owner for the former Rice Museum building's metal-paneled exterior, which was more ...
04/17/2014Grimshaw Unveils World's Largest Airport Terminal

London firm Grimshaw has revealed designs for a new six-runway airport in Istanbul that can accommodate up to 150 million passengers a year. Grimshaw, in addition to Norwegian firm Nordic Office of Architecture and London studio Haptic, say the Istanbul New Airport Terminal One will become the "world's largest airport terminal under one roof", with the site covering nearly 100 hectares. The ...
04/17/2014Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Johnson Research Tower in Racine Reopens for Tours

Two American architectural gems will offer new public access beginning in May.The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wis., will open for free public tours for the first time May 2-Sept. 27 after a year-long restoration. Completed in 1950, the facility is where products such as Raid, Glad, OFF! and Pledge were developed. It closed in 1982 after gaining National ...
04/16/2014Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

April 16--'Architecture critic" doesn't fully describe the occupation of Inga Saffron, who on Monday was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, the 20th of journalism's most prestigious honors presented to The Inquirer. Perhaps "protector of the public's right to live, work, and recreate in buildings and surroundings that are functional, visually appealing, and safe" would be a better ...
04/15/2014Christopher Hawthorne: Tweaks Can't Overcome Dramatic Flaws in Academy Museum Design by Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali

April 15--For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the ...
04/15/2014Mecca Pilgrimage Gets a $227 Billion Makeover

The annual hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia -- Islam's most holy city -- is receiving $227 billion in improvements in a 30-year project. The pilgrimage, ordained by the prophet Muhammad as one of Islam's five pillars, attracted fewer than 100,000 followers annually until air travel made the journey easier. The demand for pilgrim visas is such that about 2 million people are allowed ...
04/16/2014Student Competition Kicks off Biggest Gathering of Architects in Africa

HUNDREDS of students of architecture from across the globe have submitted their futuristic visions for Durban's Warwick Avenue as the countdown begins to the biggest gathering of architects in Africa. Last week the organisers of the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress of Architects, which is expected to bring up to 6 000 delegates to the city, gathered to start preparations ...
04/11/2014Memphis Architect to Receive AIA Award for Religious Architecture

April 11--Memphis architect James F. Williamson has been selected to receive the 2014 American Institute of Architects' Edward S. Frey Award for career contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts. The national honor is given by the American Institute of Architects' Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture to an architect who has demonstrated a passion for ...
04/12/2014Court May Block SANAA Renovation of Former Department Store in Paris

To its fans, La Samaritaine - a vast art nouveau and art deco edifice on the banks of the Seine facing Pont Neuf - is one of the architectural delights of Paris. Now the bulldozers are rumbling towards the former department store to destroy the last remaining parts of its historic facade, as campaigners make a last-ditch legal challenge to stop demolition. Yesterday, judges postponed ruling on ...
04/14/2014Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

MILAN (AP) — Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events, yielding the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture. The sprawling show, which closed Sunday, is the largest in the world, ...
04/14/2014More museums to sprout up in 2014

Dubai: At least five more museums are expected to open within the year, as part of the municipality's stand towards converting old houses into cultural areas of interest. All houses that are at least 40 years old have been evaluated scientifically by Dubai Municipality, and depending on their historical relevance to the country's history, are preserved accordingly. While some old houses are ...
04/13/2014Towering Copper Memorial By London Firm Borheh Honours Iranian Philosopher

London studio Borheh has designed a copper-coated mausoleum erected in the English countryside to commemorate a revered Iranian philosopher. Created to display eight intersecting arches give a towering symmetry to the structure, built in memory of Javad Nurbakhsh, a master within a branch of Islam knows as Sufism. Chosen by Nurnakhsh himself, who spent the latter years of his life in England, ...
04/13/2014Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Renovates Historic Oklahoma City Building

April 13--Construction crews will begin setting up at the Rock Island Plow Building in Bricktown next week as work ramps up on renovating the 105-year-old, boarded up building. For Richard McKown, the $13.4 million renovation is unlike any project ever taken on for a man whose early career was spent exclusively building suburban homes. In more recent years, McKown has developed Level and the ...
04/12/2014Conflict Led to Architect's Departure from Milwaukee Art Museum Project

April 12--When he was asked to design a new building for the Milwaukee Art Museum, Jim Shields talked about steering clear of the "pitched battle" between the architectural heavyweights on the lakefront -- the expressive vocabulary of Santiago Calatrava and the sober design of Eero Saarinen. He may not have expected a pitched battle of his own. Shields, one of Milwaukee's most celebrated ...
04/11/2014Solomon Cordwell Buenz Design Unveiled for Baltimore Tower

April 11--A developer unveiled designs for the next Inner Harbor skyscraper -- a 43-story residential tower sheathed in reflective blue glass on the site of the former McCormick & Co. spice factory -- at a meeting Thursday with city officials. The renderings by a prominent Chicago architecture firm met with praise during the presentation to the city's Urban Design and Architecture Review ...
04/11/2014Reed Hilderbrand to Design Sculpture Garden for Austin Contemporary Museum

April 11--The Contemporary Austin has selected Boston-based landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand to design the master plan for the museum's historic lakeside Laguna Gloria site, museum officials announced Thursday. The architects will be charged with reconceiving the 12-acre site -- which includes the Italianate 1916 Driscoll Villa as well as surrounding gardens, woods and considerable Lake ...
04/11/2014Beer Facilities Dominate HDA Architects' Project Pipeline

April 11--When Jack Holleran and Mark Duitsman founded HDA Architects in 1986, office buildings were the upstart firm's primary focus. Beginning in the late 1980s, HDA designed Magna Place, a gleaming 10-story office building at Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and I-170 in Brentwood, and a dozen more office buildings along the Highway 40 corridor over the years. The firm also designed the region's ...
04/09/2014David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Nobel Headquarters

April 09--British architect David Chipperfield has won a high-profile competition to design a home for the Nobel Foundation in Sweden. His proposal, on which he collaborated with his partner Christoph Felger, calls for a light-on-its-feet building overlooking the water on the Blasieholmen peninsula in central Stockholm with a largely transparent facade and brass detailing. It prevailed over ...
04/09/2014Exhibition Review: Chicagoisms

April 09--In the wall text of an engaging but uneven new architecture show at the Art Institute, there's an imagined conversation between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and an unnamed adviser. "Sir," the adviser begins, "Chicago is broke. Decades of poor planning have left the city drowning in a sea of debt deeper than Lake Michigan." The mayor asks for a solution. "Well," the adviser says, "the parking ...
04/09/2014Film Producer Michael Bay Sells Jack Warner-designed Estate

April 09--Michael Bay, the "Transformers" film series producer, has sold his estate in Bel-Air for $11.45 million. The three-story clean-lined contemporary was designed by the late Jack Warner, whose architectural firm worked on the Bel-Air Country Club. The 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, library, a home theater, a wine cellar, four ...
04/08/2014Russia's Commissioner for Venice Biennale Fired for Political Column

Grigory Revzin, an architectural critic who had been selected to curate Russia's pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, announced Monday night that he had been fired by direct order from Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. "I just got a call from the Culture Ministry and was told that this morning Minister Medinsky personally decided to fire me," Revzin wrote on his Facebook ...

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