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05/27/2015NYC Approves KPF Skyscraper Next to Grand Central

NEW YORK (AP) — City officials cleared the way on Wednesday for construction of a new, 65-story Manhattan skyscraper after the developer made an unusual tradeoff: a promise to make sweeping upgrades to nearby Grand Central Terminal that would allow more rush-hour trains on the subway's busiest lines. New York City Council members unanimously approved a change to zoning law that will allow One ...
05/28/2015Norman Foster's Hong Kong HSBC Headquarters Tore up the Rule Book

Banks don’t very often play a starring role in protests, unless they are providing the windows to be smashed, the Mammonic effigies to be burned, or the slick corporate infrastructure from which banners may be strung. Which makes the headquarters of HSBC Bank in Hong Kong, Norman Foster’s £700m oil rig of colonial capital, an unusual case. For a year from 15 October 2011, the sloping granite ...
05/27/2015Bjarke Ingels Youngest Architect to Give Royal Academy Lecture

Danish designer Bjarke Ingels, 40, is set to be the youngster ever person to deliver the Annual Architecture Lecture at London's Royal Academy of Arts. The founder of architecture firm BIG has been confirmed as the speaker for the 25th annual lecture at the Royal Academy on 13 July. Previous speakers include Lord Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Rem Koolhaas. Last year saw Pritzker ...
05/27/2015One World Trade Center Observatory Looking Squarely to the Future

If you blink a couple times, or let yourself be distracted by your ears popping as the high-speed elevator rises 102 floors in 47 seconds, you might very easily miss it. The only mention of the Twin Towers, and their destruction on 9/11, flashes past you in a heartbeat. Related: New York's One World Observatory - in pictures It comes towards the end of a multimedia depiction of 500 years of ...
05/25/2015Gehry-Designed Building Will Test Hong Kong Apartment Market

Hong Kong developers are poised to find out just how much the city’s booming stock market has pushed up demand for luxury housing.Swire Properties is seeking buyers for six apartments at its Frank Gehry-designed building priced as high as HK$520 million ($91.8 million).Wheelock & Co and Nan Fung Group pulled together an international team of architects to create its “ultra-luxury” house and ...
05/22/2015Chicago Athletic Association Now a Hotel with Ceilings Like an Ice Cave

May 22--In Chicago, the city that wrecks, May is proving to be an uncharacteristically sweet month for anyone who revels in watching rich but dormant layers of the city's architectural past come back to life. Last Tuesday, a long-vacant art deco gem, the old Chicago Motor Club Building at 68 E. Wacker Place, reopened as a stylishly renovated Hampton Inn. Yes, that same Hampton Inn chain that ...
05/18/2015Pittsburgh's Skinny Building, 10 Other Downtown Landmarks Get New Facades

May 18--At 5 feet 2 inches wide and 80 feet long, the Skinny Building is easy to miss on a walk through Downtown. But today it was the center of attention. Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation officials, and others gathered near the corner of Wood Street and Forbes Avenue this morning to celebrate the makeover of the Skinny Building and the former John M. Roberts and ...
05/21/2015Inga Saffron: Replacement for Art Deco Boyd Theatre Not Worthy of the Block

May 21--Ever since Pearl Properties quietly scooped up the doomed Boyd Theatre on Chestnut Street in October, Philadelphia has been left to guess its intentions. Would Pearl install a modern movie house behind the facade, as the city was promised during a financial-hardship hearing at the Historical Commission? Would the company replace the theater with a retro, 1920s-style apartment tower? ...
05/21/2015Jean Nouvel: 'Architecture is still an art, sometimes'

“Everything will become infrastructure bathed in artificial light and energy,” wrote French theorist Jean Baudrillard in America, part-travelogue, part-cultural critique, in 1989. “The brilliant superstructure, the crazy verticality will have disappeared. New York is the final fling of this baroque verticality, this centrifugal eccentricity, before the horizontal dismantling arrives, and the ...
05/19/2015Chicago Motor Club Building, an Art Deco Gem, Revived as Hotel

May 19--It's a delicious little throwback to a time when Henry Ford was turning out Model A's on his assembly lines and architects were celebrating machine technology with the exuberant, streamlined forms of Art Deco. The old Chicago Motor Club building, which reopened Tuesday as one of the classiest links in the architecturally déclassé Hampton Inn hotel chain, is not the biggest or the most ...
05/15/2015LA Architects Chee Salette Picked to Design Tucson Memorial

May 15--A Los Angeles-based architecture firm will design a master plan for El Presidio Park and the Jan. 8th memorial, a panel established to pick the team said. On Friday the panel put together by the January 8th Memorial Foundation and Tucson Pima Arts Council chose Chee Salette Architecture Office to finalize designs for the proposed memorial. The company was among the four finalists to ...
05/15/2015Grayson Perry's Essex House is Bonkers

At the end of a dirt track in Wrabness, where Essex dissolves into the muddy flats of the river Stour, a silvery pregnant woman hovers above a field, gleaming in the afternoon sunshine. Next to her floats a wheel, a big ceramic egg and a mysterious crystalline beacon, like an odd assortment of lucky charms emptied from a cracker and scaled up into rooftop ornaments. They are the crowning ...
05/17/2015The Wagner Free Institute of Science's Best Specimen is the Roof

May 17--The Wagner Free Institute of Science is famed for its collection of animal and fossil specimens housed in rows of 19th-century glass cabinets. But one of the museum's greatest scientific works is neither animal nor vegetable. It's mineral: the patented iron-and-wood truss that holds up the roof. The Wagner's main exhibit hall is such a spectacular sight it's doubtful many visitors have ...
05/14/2015Zaha Hadid Plans Mexico Housing Project

Zaha Hadid has presented plans for her company's first work in Mexico, a high-density housing project in the city of Monterrey. The brief from the client originally called for 12 residential towers, but the London-based practice proposed an alternative low-rise design with 981 units arranged around three sides of the rectangular site. The project also includes a 30,000m 2 park with a café, gym ...
05/13/2015Portland Triangle House by Robert Oshatz

May 13--Oregon architect Robert Oshatz designs houses that are far from conventional. Instead of a tidy box with a pitched roof, he has curving walls, soaring ceilings and windows poking to the sky. Pity the appraiser who has to measure out square footage in an Oshatz house since there's nothing square about them. And how to explain that top floors are wider than bottom floors? One word: ...
05/15/2015Saffron: The Next Mayor and Philadelphia Development

May 15--Three words that peppered the 2007 mayoral campaign: Planning. Zoning. Waterfront. Three words that hardly have been mentioned in the current mayoral campaign: Planning. Zoning. Waterfront. You could argue that the lack of serious debate on these formerly hot topics signals that Mayor Nutter has successfully dealt with the issues, so now we're moving on. Or, you could take the radio ...
05/11/2015OMA Transforms Distillery into Fondazione Prada Spot in Milan

After seven years of work, the Fondazione Prada is now open to the public, designed by Dutch firm OMA, led by founder Rem Koolhaas as well as Chris van Duijn and Frederico Pompignoli. The project is a milestone for OMA's long term work with Prada, resulting in a 19,000m2 campus dedicated to art. Harmonising both new and regenerated architecture, the project was commissioned by Fondazione ...
05/12/2015Design Collective Assemble Makes Turner Prize 2015 Shortlist

Ok, Mister finger-on-the-pulse, down-and-dirty art critic, what are you going to say about the artists in this year’s Turner prize shortlist, none of whom have you seriously looked at or thought about? Once, I passed Assemble’s temporary cinema in a disused petrol station on London’s Clerkenwell Road, but never visited. Last year, at the Liverpool Biennial, I was invited to take part in a ...
05/11/2015Chris Burden, Who Pushed the Limits of Art, Dies at 69

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Chris Burden stood in front of a camera in 1971 and had a friend open fire on him with a rifle he was making a bold statement to the world: a new artist had arrived, one who was willing to push the limits of art as far as his imagination would take it. Over the next 44 years, that imagination would prove all but limitless as Burden had himself nailed to the back of a ...
05/11/2015Twin Cities Suburbs Race to Build Big Sports Facilities

May 11--Mark Windschitl admits it took some convincing to bring him around. When he first heard the idea of creating a regional curling center, the mayor of Chaska recalls, "I thought, 'What are we thinking about?'?" A plan to put in new playground equipment, trails, picnic shelters and redo a beach at a city park had morphed into a much more ambitious venture that also encompassed a ...
05/09/2015Kamin: Dear Obama, Take Care in Selecting Architect for Your Library

May 09--Dear President and Mrs. Obama: With the Barack Obama Foundation getting ready to announce Tuesday that the Obama presidential library and museum will be built in Chicago, you've got a big decision to make: Who's going to design this building, which will be the most important architectural commission in a city that is globally renowned for its architecture? There's speculation that ...
05/07/2015Louis Vuitton and Other Luxury Brands Use Architecture That Pushes Boundaries

The space age is back next season – on Bond Street, at least. A nostalgia which has embraced 70s bohemia and 90s minimalism is making way for an intergalactic aesthetic, with Louis Vuitton the latest fashion power player to turn his catwalk into a spaceship. A hit combination of Louis Vuitton’s Parisian glamour and the brutalist flying saucer desert chic of the late Bob Hope’s Palm Springs ...
05/01/2015Eastern Market's Shed 5 Opens with Upgrades

May 01--Eastern Market this weekend celebrates the completion of its $8.5-million renovation and upgrade of its Shed 5 that includes the creation of a community kitchen likely to play an important role in Detroit's growing food economy. The community kitchen will provide a commercial-quality facility for food entrepreneurs to develop, test, and produce new food offerings without having to buy ...
05/07/2015Gilbert Plans 337 New Townhouses and Apartments Near Downtown Detroit

May 07--A large swath of Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood next to downtown would be transformed into a high-density arrangement of mostly market-rate housing under a plan unveiled this afternoon by a development partnership that includes billionaire Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Development Co. The $70-million project, as first reported Tuesday on freep.com, compasses 8.4 acres and calls for 337 ...
05/06/2015Illegal Casino Site Makes Historic Fort Worth's Endangered Places List

May 06--Top O'Hill Terrace, the underground illegal gambling operation in Arlington that was closed down in the 1940s, has been named to Historic Fort Worth's 2015 Most Endangered Places list. The property, at 3001 W. Division St., made the list for the first time. So did the former Meissner-Brown Funeral Home at 2717 Avenue B in Fort Worth's Polytechnic neighborhood, and Barron Field, at 1180 ...

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