Archinect - News 2015-01-28T19:27:58-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119437423/monuments-men-u-s-army-struggles-to-recruit-enough-heritage-specialists-for-conflict-areas Monuments Men: U.S. Army struggles to recruit enough heritage specialists for conflict areas Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T16:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-28T16:56:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31aaf863c51a949f8b7de87650c8894.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of &ldquo;Monuments Men and Women&rdquo; to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. [...] It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts. [...] With extremist groups such as Islamic State using the destruction of cultural heritage as a tool of war, such expertise is needed more than ever.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119349796/smithsonian-to-open-satellite-space-in-london Smithsonian to open satellite space in London Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T13:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T13:46:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/0268facd8e0073c2bf1a62c1277bd372.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution authorized museum officials to explore opening its first-ever international exhibition gallery. [...] go-ahead to "develop terms for an agreement" with the London Legacy Development Corp. to create a new exhibition space in London at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to the 2012 Games and a new cultural center. In the Smithsonian&rsquo;s 168-year existence, this site would be the first international venue to house a long-term exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119344971/zaha-hadid-and-new-york-review-of-books-martin-filler-resolve-legal-dispute Zaha Hadid and New York Review of Books/Martin Filler resolve legal dispute Archinect 2015-01-27T12:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T13:31:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo60sk1aq7svigx7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a highly publicized five-month battle, the dust has finally settled on the lawsuit that Zaha Hadid filed against New York Review of Books (NYRB) and critic Martin Filler.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The following announcement was released:</p><p><em>On January 22, 2015, following extensive settlement negotiations, Ms. Zaha Hadid withdrew her lawsuit against the&nbsp;</em>New York Review of Books<em>&nbsp;and Mr. Martin Filler. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which remain confidential, Ms. Hadid has accepted the apology of the&nbsp;</em>New York Review of Books<em>&nbsp;and Mr. Filler, and is pleased to announce, <strong>in conjunction with the settlement, the donation of an undisclosed sum of money to a charitable organization that protects and champions labor rights</strong>.</em></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a> - Aug 22, '14</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107420491/martin-filler-issues-a-retraction-regarding-his-mistake-in-his-critique-of-zaha-hadid" target="_blank">Martin Filler issues a retraction regarding his "mistake" in his critique of Zaha Hadid</a> - Aug 25, '14</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs Nam Henderson 2015-01-27T00:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T17:34:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97xic4h6x3q7il0q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our business is more regional and high-end focused,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There are gradients of dead or dying or flat, but anything that&rsquo;s caught in the middle of the market is problematic."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Nelson D. Schwartz explores 'The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls'. One response is articulated by Professor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arch.gatech.edu/people/ellen-dunham-jones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ellen Dunham-Jones</a>&nbsp;who has proposed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/ellen_dunham_jones_retrofitting_suburbia?language=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Retrofitting Suburbia</a>&nbsp;- whereby dying malls are rehabilitated, dead "<em>big box</em>" stores re-inhabited and parking lots our transformed into thriving wetlands.</p><p>Previously <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/22843/the-lifestyle-center-cometh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69132643/dead-malls-and-the-return-of-main-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76593872/dead-malls-get-new-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118813755/between-two-and-three-dimensions-panelists-discuss-the-relationship-between-architecture-and-photographic-representation-at-the-la-photo-fair-2014 Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014 Nicholas Korody 2015-01-26T15:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T15:20:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2y/2y8rntk6w9q7xbpp.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s very little real architectural information that we get from a photograph,&rdquo; the photographer <a href="http://www.grantmudford.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grant Mudford</a> claimed during a panel last Friday hosted by <a href="http://www.photola.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo LA</a>, an annual photographic exposition. In its 24th year at <a href="http://the-reef.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the REEF</a> in the historic LA Mart building, Photo LA provides a space for both international and local galleries to showcase both contemporary and historic photography. The panel focused on the changing &ldquo;human experience of space&rdquo; of its host city, bringing together a variety of photographers, curators, and writers to consider the dynamic relationship between photography and architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/mv/mv83cw92m5o8cijn.jpg"></p><p>Mudford&rsquo;s co-panelists seemed to largely agree with his assertion; they spent the hour primarily discussing the various difficulties lurking behind architectural photography. At the forefront of the conversation was the expression itself, as well as its sibling the &ldquo;architectural photographer.&rdquo; Without any hyphen to serve as tether, the two words in juxtaposition seem locked in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119252599/what-is-interior-urbanism-a-review-of-monu-21-by-claudia-mainardi-and-giacomo-ardesio What is Interior Urbanism? - A Review of MONU #21 by Claudia Mainardi and Giacomo Ardesio MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T13:52:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2z/2zpgu6dehaz3iw81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 1969 Reyner Banham in his book <a href="http://books.google.es/books/about/Architecture_of_the_Well_Tempered_Enviro.html?id=kkI5pgQHM7cC&amp;redir_esc=y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment</strong></a> marked the shift between the concept of interior to that of an artificial environment. Technology and new human needs in fact had become an integral part of architecture, defining a new paradigm to describe indoor space, that it was not any longer a concern of the singular living-cell but rather of its internal atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/426c6j0qhtct7gsi.jpg"></p><p>The <strong><a href="http://www.monu-magazine.com/issues.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issue 21 of MONU</a></strong> describes the current development and the extreme consequences of what this Interior Urbanism means. As <a href="http://cargocollective.com/brendancormier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em><strong>Brendan Cormier</strong></em></a><em> </em>emphasizes in his article <strong>Some Notes Towards an Interior Archipelago</strong>: &ldquo;90% of our lives are spent inside. Urban life is an interior affair.&rdquo; This statement manifests the necessity to invert the canonical approach to read and plan cities, unfolding a new possible stream of research which considers how architecture affects our everyday life.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptg020ff9sza3ven.jpg"></p><p>Climate, or the need to erase the atmospheric conditions, is one of the trigger factors of the production o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119039951/frank-lloyd-wright-s-hollyhock-house-to-reopen-once-again-in-february Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February Justine Testado 2015-01-23T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T02:03:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83wyyvc3mjsqg0vf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the heart of Hollywood's Barnsdall Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House will officially reopen on February 13, as recently announced by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the Barnsdall Park Art Foundation. This isn't the first time the iconic house has been restored, but the latest renovation focused on bringing back the house, and all its decorative details, to its original early 20th century state. The conservation effort took place from 2008 to 2014 and cost $4,359,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ij8bvobem7qdre3q.jpg"></p><p>The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first residence in Los Angeles. Pennsylvanian oil heiress and arts enthusiast Aline Barnsdall commissioned Wright to build the house -- which was named after her favorite flower -- as her own venue for producing avant-garde plays. It later became a performing arts complex including Barnsdall's private residence. Construction began in 1919 but came to a halt in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, primarily due to costs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59e4ix3plz5f1fpl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jybvp9ywes8tbyvu.jpg"></p><p>Nonetheless, the hou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119043175/quo-vadis-charleston-architecture Quo vadis, Charleston architecture? Alexander Walter 2015-01-23T14:15:00-05:00 >2015-01-28T17:58:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h5a5rakotqrn83p.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Long accustomed to basing its reputation on the grandeur of its old buildings, the city now finds it almost impossible to agree on how to build new ones. In recent months, traditionalists have blocked efforts to introduce contemporary architecture in the historic core [...]. Modernists are rolling their eyes at new buildings that copy traditional styles, arguing that they pervert a record of architectural progress long documented in mortar and stone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't miss these heated discussions on the subject matter:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59031955/new-clemson-university-architecture-building-set-to-test-charleston-s-limits-on-context" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Clemson University architecture building set to test Charleston's limits on context</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118967683/the-calvert-journal-asks-experts-how-to-fix-moscow The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cu5zfv5r685gap6g.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118901375/treatise-why-write-alone-to-debut-at-the-graham-foundation-this-friday "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" to debut at the Graham Foundation this Friday Justine Testado 2015-01-21T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:25:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1req6csc5amcyuow.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The upcoming publication and exhibition "<em>Treatise: Why Write Alone?</em>" at the Graham Foundation in Chicago utilizes the architectural treatise as a platform for experimentation, theoretical inquiry, and debate through the collective works of 14 emerging designers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/163c2yey161zyrzw.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <em>Bureau Spectacular (Jimenez Lai),"Inside Outside In-between," 2014-15.</em></p><p>Bureau Spectacular founder Jimenez Lai developed the exhibition after receiving a recent grant from the Graham Foundation. Based on the idea, "Why Write? And why write alone?", the exhibition will display over 200 new and recent drawings, models, multimedia installations, and site-specific wall drawings that will fill the galleries of the Graham Foundation's historic Madlener House.</p><p>The exhibition will feature the works of:</p><ul><li><strong>Bittertang</strong> (Michael Loverich &amp; Antonio Torres), New York, NY</li><li><strong>Bureau Spectacular</strong> (Jimenez Lai), Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>CAMES/Gibson</strong> (Grant Gibson), Chicago IL</li><li><strong>Design With Company</strong> (Stewart Hicks &amp; Allison Newmeyer), Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>Fake Industries Architectu...</strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118901374/mapping-the-city-maps-through-the-eyes-of-street-artists Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T17:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:26:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4h/4hlswys1ear0f2l6.jpg" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street artists are showing how they&rsquo;d map cities differently in a new show that lets visitors step into their clandestine worlds. [...] Mapping the City, an exhibition of the responses by 50 international street artists to being asked to map their cities &ldquo;through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance&rdquo;. Conventional cartography this is not.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118817793/susan-sontag-on-beauty-vs-interestingness Susan Sontag on Beauty vs. Interestingness Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-20T18:52:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:21:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/ph5qkd9ljasfuqlk.jpg" width="484" height="477" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The perennial tendency to make of beauty itself a binary concept, to split it up into &ldquo;inner&rdquo; and &ldquo;outer,&rdquo; &ldquo;higher&rdquo; and &ldquo;lower&rdquo; beauty, is the usual way that judgments of the beautiful are colonized by moral judgments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Susan Sontag would have been 82 years old this week. Here is a link to some of her illuminating writings as pointed by Maria Popova. We could use some of these ideas applying them to architecture as we, hopefully, move towards more "interesting" criticism after a period of sling-shotting and targeting the walls of the obvious.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118811331/seeking-identity-through-city-fonts Seeking identity through city fonts Alexander Walter 2015-01-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:17:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e3102bbf699e9632df70e2284917a74.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decimated by manufacturing losses, some smaller cities are turning for help to an unlikely group of people: typeface designers. Can new fonts really breathe life into the postindustrial city? [...] Type has a lot of effect on the atmosphere of a place, he says, calling it &ldquo;the voice of the city&rdquo;: &ldquo;I think cities that don&rsquo;t have this very dynamic energy, they don&rsquo;t feel the need to change their identity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118747065/rem-koolhaas-and-dasha-zhukova-share-what-s-in-store-for-the-new-garage-museum Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum Justine Testado 2015-01-19T18:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:12:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lozaj9mmheo8yamu.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In The Wall Street Journal Magazine's upcoming February issue, writer Tony Perrottet tells the history and potential of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and its location in Moscow's Gorky Park, as he visits the site to meet with&nbsp;art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas. Founded by Zhukova in 2008, the Garage will move from its current location in a Shigeru Ban-designed pavilion to the former Soviet-era Vremena Goda that Koolhaas is converting into the new 58,000 sq.foot Garage Museum, set to open this June. Zhukova invested in the renovation project aiming to connect Moscow to the international art scene.</p><p>In conversation, Zhukova talks about the interests and knowledge of global culture in Moscow's youth, and their influence in shaping the Garage. Koolhaas talks about his design approach in restoring the decaying Vremena Goda amidst current museum-design trends. He also looks back to the time he spent in the U.S.S.R during the 1960s.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109328884/garage-museum-teaches-an-old-building-new-tricks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118735754/so-gentrification-is-just-a-myth-after-all So gentrification is just a myth after all? Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:44:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f7v5wu87olpb4ib.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s time to retire the term gentrification altogether. Fourteen years ago, Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard of the Brookings Institution wrote that gentrification &ldquo;is a politically loaded concept that generally has not been useful in resolving growth and community change debates because its meaning is unclear.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s even truer today. Some U.S. cities do have serious affordability problems, but they&rsquo;re not the problems critics of gentrification think they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's your take on John Buntin's <em>Slate</em> piece?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-20T15:28:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3jb2l3ovzzsub3b9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This map shows the difference in living costs around the world using figures from the world's largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. The Consumer Price Index, used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities. The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The top five cheapest countries are: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Algeria.</p><p>The most expensive countries are: Switzerland, Norway, Venezuela, Iceland, and Denmark.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5p5xt8a89g61vtfj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733119/what-happened-to-alexandria-s-cosmopolitanism What happened to Alexandria's cosmopolitanism? Nicholas Korody 2015-01-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:06:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c54upyoo5l93ll7c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Africa used to be a civilizational crossroads in which Muslims, Christians, and Jews not only lived alongside one another but also shared one another's language and culture. This mingled society, formed from many intense particularities, is what we call cosmopolitanism. It was born in the Middle East, and it now seems to be disappearing there, including from the one place where the cosmopolitan ideal reached its supreme realization: Alexandria.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118506903/urban-omnibus-travels-the-brooklyn-queens-divide Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/1442699b1c27aa5cfe9cf849854880e6.jpg" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a researcher interested in the intersection of urban form and place, Joseph Heathcott set out to explore how one of New York&rsquo;s borders shapes the lived experience and physical environment of its surroundings. Through historical research, photography, and deep observation, he traces the city&rsquo;s only major internal land boundary &mdash; the Brooklyn-Queens border &mdash; and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition Archinect 2015-01-15T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b77e125e04f1f620d84c7ccf18fbde41.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a hearing earlier today, Los Angeles&rsquo; Culture Heritage Commission voted to consider granting Historic-Cultural Monument status to Norms Coffee Shop on La Cienega. This would protect the iconic building in the Googie modern style until a final decision is made by the commission. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the new owners of Norms were issued a demolition permit on January 5, triggering a wave of outrage from architectural preservationists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f74tndob5fbwgjqd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building that housed the world&rsquo;s first Taco Bell is under &ldquo;imminent threat of demolition,&rdquo; according to the Downey Conservancy [...] Although Downey is more famously recognized as the site of the oldest operating location for [McDonald's], it is Taco Bell that built its very first location within the city. [...] &ldquo;The [Conservancy] recognizes that the building&rsquo;s current location may not be the best for its future and, as such, is also looking at opportunities to relocate"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Why does this matter? Not because Taco Bell is inherently newsworthy, but because fast food spots are arguably Downey's local urbanism icons. The city in southeast Los Angeles County is known for its Googie fast-food joints, historic McDonald's and drive-ins (as well as the birthplace of the Apollo space program) &ndash; so the Taco Bell is in good company. While not as iconic as a Googie structure, the Taco Bell is still emblematic of Downey's postwar California urban planning, awash in asphalt oceans where cars were king. Perhaps the chain's success in peddling drive-in fast food around the world may actually have perpetuated that kind of urbanism.</p><p>The building is currently vacant, leading Downey Conservancy to take up the preservation case, planning to possibly relocate it to &ldquo;another site within the city&rdquo;. Taco Bell has even joined the cause, despite not even being the building&rsquo;s most recent tenant, with the hashtag #SaveTacoBell. I wonder if <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> is tracking this.</p><p>Meanwhile,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal Justine Testado 2015-01-15T15:45:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:51:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6u7qlsn63gch4gui.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The rural village of Sinthian in southeastern Senegal is home to the THREAD arts center, a new artists' residency and cultural community space set to open this March. The idea for the arts center originated from the long-term efforts of doctor and local Sinthian leader, Magueye Ba, who spearheaded the project with environmental sustainability expert Moussa Sene and The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The project has already gained deserved recognition with a selection for the 2014 Venice Biennale and an AIANY award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z1v0tvfc94hy706o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vz1i1amkoacuzbvt.jpg"></p><p>Designed pro-bono by New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect, the art center's design incorporates local materials and building customs. While local masons and villagers provided their expertise on working with bamboo, brick, and thatch, Mori rendered those materials into a contemporary geometric design that complements its surrounding flat landscape. The structure's most notable feature is its inverted roof that can collect and retain rainwater to provide for 40% of the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T20:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4i/4ioerl2q623mucnd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hours before the official inauguration of the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall on Wednesday, its architect, Jean Nouvel, declared his intention to boycott the gala because he said the towering, 386 million euro (about $455 million) building is not ready to open. [...] Mr. Nouvel wrote a column that appeared on the website of the French daily Le Monde denouncing the &ldquo;contempt&rdquo; of the concert hall managers for &ldquo;the architecture, the work of the architect and the architect.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction escalated in the days preceding the opening but large parts of the Philharmonie are still not complete, including the restaurant and exhibition space. The inaugural concert will feature the Orchestre de Paris, with dignitaries and French president Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande among the&nbsp;attendees, and&nbsp;"will be dedicated to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and related killings."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118351090/is-istanbul-heading-for-renewed-protests-over-gezi-park Is Istanbul heading for renewed protests over Gezi Park? Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:27:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnewqia4j4l7fpb9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now the barracks plan has been revived. [...] Will one of central Istanbul&rsquo;s few remaining green spaces become a symbol of consumerist might and the weakness of people power? Activists have pledged to take to the streets should the plan go forward. &ldquo;If this project really comes to pass despite the high level of objection from the public, that will create a second wave of uprisings, and this time it will be more influential,&rdquo; said Eyup Muhcu, the head of Turkey&rsquo;s main architects&rsquo; union.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287877/gezi-park" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118349482/knight-cities-challenge-announces-its-selection-of-126-finalists Knight Cities Challenge announces its selection of 126 finalists Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T15:07:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/326be6895f359021caa50799c5294cf8.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How do you choose 126 good ideas for cities from the more than 7,000 proposals submitted to the first Knight Cities Challenge? It wasn&rsquo;t easy. &nbsp;But, as of today, we&rsquo;ve asked 126 happy finalists to submit final applications in three weeks with more details about their ideas. [...] Each of the 26 Knight communities had at least one applicant named as a finalist, and Detroit had the largest number of applicants: 1,365! Detroit also had the largest number of finalists: 25.</p></em><br /><br /><p>These are the 126 finalists for the inaugural <a href="http://knightcities.org/" target="_blank">Knight Cities Challenge</a>:</p><p><strong>Aberdeen, S.D.</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Aberdeen SD Welcome and Relocation Center</strong>&nbsp;by Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce (Submitted by Gail Ochs): Strengthening newcomers&rsquo; attachment to Aberdeen by creating a new welcome and relocation center.</li></ul><p><strong>Akron, Ohio</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Akron League of Creative Interventionists Headquarters</strong>&nbsp;by the League of Creative Interventionists (Submitted by David Swirsky): Establishing a space for the creative community to hold meetings, workshops and programs, and brainstorm interventions designed to break down barriers between diverse populations.</li><li><strong>Better Block International Hostel and AirBnB</strong>&nbsp;by Team Better Block (Submitted by Jason Roberts): Strengthening the city&rsquo;s sense of place by turning a vacant property into a cultural hub and hostel centered on a specific immigrant population.</li><li><strong>Chickadee Society</strong>&nbsp;(Submitted by Chris Horne):<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Fostering a love for Akron through a subscription service that delivers Rubber City goods and opportunities ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118347874/foster-partners-designed-expansion-of-the-norton-museum-of-art-has-already-raised-half-of-its-funds Foster + Partners-designed expansion of the Norton Museum of Art has already raised half of its funds Alexander Walter 2015-01-14T13:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:27:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27ffdb6be1f995c97d22d8ed81acd3d4.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, prepares to break ground on its Foster + Partners&mdash;designed expansion in 2016, the institution has launched the second phase of its capital campaign, which has already raised nearly $34 million, more than half of the museum's $60 million goal. [...] "Foster + Partners' plan pays homage to the Museum's past by restoring the clarity and symmetry of the original building, but also looks to its future as a leading museum in Florida" [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/118315710/what-s-my-line-frank-lloyd-wright-game-show-guest What's My Line? Frank Lloyd Wright, game show guest Orhan Ayyüce 2015-01-14T11:48:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:30:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7paq4f3q69pq8i5.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Panel- What you do has anything to do with law? FLW- Unfortunately yes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Noted: Ladies of the panel don't usually get up to shake the mystery guest's hand but for Frank they do. Is that a sign how noble architect(ure) was?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tb/tb5meqgs8p0r9cvj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118342247/oamaru-is-a-new-zealand-town-dedicated-to-steampunk Oamaru is a New Zealand town dedicated to steampunk Archinect 2015-01-14T11:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/1270f0fbfd6cd63175381002321ccc8a.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We went to Oamaru, New Zealand to see the blue penguins (and they were super cute), but it was the town's dedication to Steampunk that really got us fired up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Forget <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115279170/this-new-steampunk-luxury-apartment-building-for-new-york-should-fill-you-with-unbearable-shame" target="_blank">steampunk condos</a>, New Zealand has it's own steampunk town.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118277129/museum-of-fine-arts-houston-unveils-its-steven-holl-designed-450m-expansion-plan Museum of Fine Arts Houston unveils its Steven Holl-designed $450M expansion plan Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T15:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:51:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qd5uj720ru64yvhx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Buoyed by some of the largest donations in the city's history, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will unveil a $450 million project today that envisions its campus as the cultural heart of the city. [...] The project, by Steven Holl Architects, is the most exciting in the institution's 90-year history, board chairman Richard Kinder said. The plan, named the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, is so transformational that in five years Houstonians might not recognize the 1000 block of Bissonnet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36686966/mfah-hires-steven-holl-architects-to-design-expansion" target="_blank">MFAH hires Steven Holl Architects to design expansion</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118275523/it-s-a-bumpy-start-for-mons-as-european-capital-of-culture-2015 It's a bumpy start for Mons as European Capital of Culture 2015 Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:49:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/2812400907a030e05e92972d42c810cf.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only one of the new buildings is ready, its centrepiece artwork had to be dismantled after bits fell off &ndash; and people are more excited about getting their first Ikea. [...] A &euro;155m new station, designed by Santiago Calatrava as a swooping sci-fi bird, is so far no more than a concrete foundation slab. It replaces a much-loved 1950s station by a local architect, and it&rsquo;s now optimistically scheduled to open in 2018, having escalated to four times its original budget.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117964089/libeskind-opens-his-latest-building-in-belgium-today-is-it-a-snooze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Libeskind opens his latest building in Belgium today. Is it a snooze?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118197559/a-look-at-the-growing-influence-of-immigrants-on-the-american-housing-market A look at the growing influence of immigrants on the American housing market Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8083c3c2f26a3db7c68d87528f8194e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some remain cynical about homeownership, the U.S.'s foreign-born population still regards it as a symbol of attaining the American Dream. [...] Last year, immigrant households made up 11.2 percent of owner-occupied housing according to the JCHS&mdash;that&rsquo;s up from only 6.8 percent in 1994.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>