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10/23/2014Blair Kamin: Illinois Institute of Technology Offers Another Major Architecture Award

Oct. 23--By virtue of its jaw-dropping stock of landmark buildings, Chicago is a global architecture capital. Now it's becoming an architecture awards capital. On Wednesday night, the Illinois Institute of Technology announced the first winners of its new award for architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It goes by the unwieldy name of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize -- or the snappy MCHAP, ...
10/24/2014Inga Saffron: Autocratic Leadership Vs. Community Gardens

Oct. 24--Four decades after settling in West Philadelphia, John Lindsay still speaks bluntly in the Yankee rhythms of his native Boston. After he got wind that a developer was eyeing his community garden at Powelton Avenue and Wiota Street, Lindsay responded by erecting a small billboard under one of his ornamental pear trees. "Jannie Blackwell wants 12 houses built here," it declares. For ...
10/22/2014'Silicon Beach' Brings Tech Boom to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach." In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa ...
10/28/2014Blair Kamin: Northwestern University's New Perkins+Will Parking Garage a Winner

Oct. 28--When Northwestern University cut down a stand of trees last year to make way for a parking garage and visitor center along Lake Michigan, it seemed as if the university was bumbling into a new version of the madness that inspired Joni Mitchell's famous lyric, "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Opponents fretted that the multilevel structure would loom over Clark Street ...
10/27/2014Charles Rennie Mackintosh Kitchen to Be Sold at Auction

IT IS enough to make the neighbours green with envy and decline an invitation to tea. The vogue for a designer kitchen is set to be eclipsed with the sale of items unheralded in the competitive world of interior design: a fitted kitchen by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.In what is believed to be a world first, a selection of kitchen units designed by the celebrated architect and designer is set to ...
10/25/2014Gehry Gets Sweary After Architecture Query Irks

Frank Gehry, one of the world's most celebrated and critiqued "starchitects", described 98% of modern architecture as "shit" and gave a journalist a middle-finger salute at a press conference. Gehry, 85, architect of renowned buildings such as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, which opened to glowing reviews in Paris this month, was in Oviedo in northern Spain to ...
10/24/2014Studio Gang-designed Theater Breaks Ground

Oct. 24--The groundbreaking of the new, Studio Gang-designed Writers Theatre in Glencoe took place on Tuesday. Principal architect Jeanne Gang was on hand, alongside artistic director Michael Halberstam, executive director Kathryn M. Lipuma, and numerous members of the Writers Board of Trustees. To date, Writers Theatre has raised $26.5 million toward its $31 million campaign goal. The theater ...
10/26/2014In Philadelphia, a Booming Market for $1 Million-plus Homes

Oct. 26--New construction in Center City is booming, particularly projects by builders of $1 million-plus single-family homes. In fact, developers can barely keep up with demand from empty-nesters, émigrés from the suburbs, upwardly mobile families with children, and One Percenters who want to replicate 5,000-square-foot homes in an urban neighborhood. "People want new construction," said ...
10/22/2014Bureau Architecture Méditerranée Unveils Designs for Algeria Parliament

Bureau Architecture Méditerranée has revealed designs for the new Algerian Parliament, organised around a large public plaza that connects the historic and modern parts of the city. The complex is made up of buildings for the People's National Assembly, the National Council (Senate), the Chamber (Congress) as well as a residence for legislators. The public plaza is said to be "a symbolic ...
10/13/2014Is Indianapolis Apartment Boom a Design Bust?

A booming apartment market is transforming downtown's streetscape and bringing hundreds of new residents. But as the mostly low-rise buildings go from construction to occupied, a new question is emerging: Will their architecture and materials stand the test of time? Architects and developers who spoke with IBJ gave a mixed grade to downtown's new residential structures. Many worry about the ...
10/24/2014Undermined by Iron Ore Excavation, Swedish Town to Be Rebuilt Two Miles Down the Road

Towns don't often decide to pack their bags, get up and move down the road. But that's exactly what Kiruna in northern Sweden is having to do - to avoid being swallowed up by the Earth. "It's a dystopian choice," says Krister Lindstedt of White architects, the Stockholm-based firm charged with the biblical task of moving this town of 23,000 people away from a gigantic iron ore mine that is ...
10/17/2014Blair Kamin: One World Trade Center 'A Bold but Flawed Giant'

Oct. 17--NEW YORK -- Ever since that awful day, when the hijacked jetliners tore into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the decision to rebuild was made, the question lurked: Could a new skyscraper deliver more than just a blunt statement that Americans won't be intimidated by terrorists? Thirteen years later, we have the answer: A bold but flawed giant, opening next month, which ...
10/23/2014$92M Restoration of Burnham-designed Detroit Skyscraper Almost Complete

Oct. 23--A new French-American style restaurant called the Grand Cirque Brasserie will open early next year in the newly remade David Whitney Building near Grand Circus Park, developers announced today. The latest of Detroit's architectural gems to be restored, the David Whitney Building was built in 1915 and designed by the firm of famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The 19-story tower ...
10/19/2014Rowan Moore: Everything and the Bling from Frank Gehry

On the site of a former bowling alley in the Bois de Boulogne, next to the goat mountain, pagoda and enchanted boat rides of a charming children's park, two powerful personalities meet. One is Frank Gehry, the 85-year-old architect from Los Angeles, the other Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, whose personal net worth is estimated at $29.6bn (pounds ...
10/21/2014Morocco's First Solar Power Plant to Start Operating in 2015

Morocco's First Solar Power Plant to Start Operating in 2015 Zlatica Hoke October 21, 2014 12:35 AM WASHINGTON- Morocco has announced that its first solar energy plant will begin operating next year. The plant is part of a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at satisfying the growing needs for energy in the North African kingdom. The Nour 1 thermo-solar plant is the first of five that Morocco ...
10/20/2014Mahlum Architects Designs New Middle School in Oregon

Oct. 20--When the architects for Beaverton's new middle school stand on the open field where their design will rise, they see a building that will not only hold thousands of students, but also will help the kids learn as well. Long gone are the days of prison-like schools with few windows, rigid seating and tight quarters. Architects want to know how teachers teach, how students learn and even ...
10/19/2014Inga Saffron: In Philadelphia, A Stairway That's Heaven

Oct. 19--Sometimes a single part of an architectural design can explain the whole. At Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, the building's entire aesthetic sensibility is summed up by a humble staircase tucked off to the side of the lobby. Unlike the grand flights of steps in a big art palace, the purpose of the Barnes stairwell is more functional than ceremonial: transporting visitors from the ...
10/20/2014French President Officially Opens Louis Vuitton Fondation by Frank Gehry

French president François Hollande officially opened a new cultural centre by French luxury brand Louis Vuitton on Monday. French luxury brand magnate (LVMH) Bernard Arnault says the Fondation - http://www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/- was a dream come true. The new culture centre comprises galleries for a permanent contemporary art collection - including works from Arnault's own collection, but ...
10/19/2014Philip Johnson's Fort Worth Water Gardens Turns 40

Oct. 19--FORT WORTH -- In the hidden corners of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, there is still an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown. On a weekday stroll through the 4 1/2-acre park, people can be seen reading books, checking their phones or simply staring into the cascading water. At it turns 40 on Sunday, this middle-aged landmark has carved out a memorable, if ...
10/20/2014Kansas Architecture Students Build Their Own Auditorium

LAWRENCE -- An auditorium that was created by architects-in- training at The University of Kansas has opened on the Lawrence campus. The first lecture was conducted Friday at the Forum at Marvin Hall, which houses the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. The hall previously didn't have an auditorium, leading to lecture classes taking place across the campus, the Lawrence Journal-World ...
10/17/2014Liverpool's Revived Theatre is Surprise Choice for Stirling Prize

Parked like a redbrick ocean liner, with its four chimneys poking proudly on to Liverpool's skyline, the Everyman theatre, designed by Haworth Tompkins architects, has won the pounds 20,000 Stirling prize for the best building of the year. It is a surprise choice for the prize, awarded by Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba), beating off the bookies' favourite of the LSE's student ...
10/17/2014ARCADIS Completes Callison Acquisition

October 17, 2014 -- ARCADIS (Euronext: ARCAD), the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, today announced that it has completed the required steps to reach closure of the acquisition of Callison, the 1,000 people high level architectural and interior design consultancy with offices in the United States, China, Europe, Middle East and Mexico. The acquisition was ...
10/15/2014Lego Reveals New Architecture Series

The latest buildings to join Lego's architecture series are the Lincoln Memorial from Washington D.C. and New York City's Flatiron building. The Lincoln Memorial was originally designed by Henry Bacon and houses the world-famous Lincoln statue sculpted by Daniel Chester French, while the Flatiron Building was originally referred to as the Fuller Building and is a landmark of the New York ...
10/16/2014Hadid and Foster Design Jumeirah Group China Projects

Zaha Hadid and Lord Norman Foster are among the architects working with Dubai-based Jumeirah Group on upcoming projects in China. Foster + Partners has designed Jumeirah Wuhan a mixed-use development which comprises high-end office space, retail, residences, parks and a luxury hotel. It is set to open in 2020 The project features 200 guest rooms including 23 suites, an all-day dining and ...
10/12/2014Buffalo's Albright-Knox Gallery Moving Ahead with Snøhetta Expansion

Oct. 12--Last week, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery took an important step toward what is likely to be its first major expansion in 52 years, making a forceful case before gallery members that its existing exhibition space is woefully inadequate for its growing collection. Now that the gallery has all but declared its intention to expand and to host a series of meetings with its members and the ...

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