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04/23/2014Police Halt Renovation of Moscow Constructivist Masterpiece

Police were called to constructivist masterpiece Narkomfin on Tuesday after continued 'illegal' repair works were documented by architectural enthusiasts, despite Moscow's Department of Cultural Heritage issuing an injunction for them to stop last week. "The works which began, have ended. Inspection stopped all works," the head of Moscow's Department of Cultural Heritage, Alexander Kibovsky, ...
04/24/2014Austrian Architect Hans Hollein Dies at 80

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian architect and designer Hans Hollein, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize whose work ranged from big museums through tiny shops to furniture and sunglasses, has died. He was 80. A spokeswoman for Hollein's family, Dorothea Apovnik, said he died in Vienna Thursday after a long illness. Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer described Hollein as "a master ...
04/24/2014Site of Unbuilt Richard Meier Condo in Beverly Hills on Market

April 24--One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country -- the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills -- is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the ...
04/23/2014Luis Vidal's New Heathrow Terminal 2 Set for Opening

LONDON (AP) — The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year. The new facility was hailed as a cornerstone of Heathrow's revitalization when shown to reporters Wednesday ahead of the June 4 opening. Lead architect Luis Vidal said its extensive use of natural ...
04/22/2014The Living Wall Biofilter Turns Ten Years Old

The living wall biofilter, a Canadian invention that improves air quality and reduces energy costs, turns a decade old this spring. The sustainable solution features an installation of tropical plants adorning offices, academic, commercial and civic buildings, and works to create a healthy indoor environment and lowers the carbon footprint. Developed by Dr. Alan Darlington and introduced ...
04/23/2014Design of California Detention Center Spurs Litigation

April 23--SAN BERNARDINO -- The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county counsel to enter into litigation with the architectural and engineering behind the High Desert Detention Center expansion project in Adelanto. County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle made the announcement following a closed session discussion with supervisors prior to Tuesday's board meeting. He said the board authorized ...
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 ...

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