Archinect - News 2014-12-21T21:52:01-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T18:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecctuvx48cyhpfd6.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through six decades of assault [...] the apartment building on Upper Pansodan endured, its graceful arches and colorful patios sacrificing little of their elegance and charm to the torments of time, nature, and repression. Then in 2013, three years into Myanmar's unprecedented political and economic opening up, the building succumbed to a force that proved too great to resist: development.</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/112418302/california-s-at-risk-cultural-landscapes-include-watts-towers California's 'at-risk' cultural landscapes include Watts Towers Alexander Walter 2014-10-29T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:55:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/703d7cf9b3f3a26fbfbad6fcea7e735c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three sites in California &mdash; the Watts Towers, Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree and the "Bay Lights" installation on the Oakland-Bay Bridge &mdash; have been named to a list of 11 "at-risk" sites by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] "Landscapes often die quiet deaths when you're dealing with the elements," says foundation President Charles Birnbaum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a065c5496642108e76b4ffb5a91c9af.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unesco, which for too long has been silent on the growing environmental threat to Venice and its evident mismanagement, as revealed by the exposure of massive corruption in the construction of its flood barriers, has at last shown its teeth. At the meeting of its World Heritage Committee in Doha this June it passed important resolutions that show that it intends to call the Italian government to account and put Venice on its World Heritage at Risk list if it is not satisfied.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108022943/neo-classical-falls-foul-of-brazil-s-love-of-baroque Neo-Classical falls foul of Brazil’s love of Baroque Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d308a37dba5b9a9e58a26c59d5e4dc1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the free-flowing talent of Costa, Niemeyer, Burle Marx and Athos Bulc&atilde;o, Bras&iacute;lia&mdash;the only city built in the 20th century that is listed by Unesco&mdash;has captivated the world since 1960. But the federal capital has not made Modernism sacred in the country as a whole and the protection of Modern architecture is still in its infancy.</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/106554869/eastern-ukraine-s-museums-told-to-hide-their-collections Eastern Ukraine’s museums told to hide their collections Alexander Walter 2014-08-14T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/583571b44987a8c03ba78ca41e23e94f.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Culture officials in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine have ordered museums to put their most valuable pieces into storage, and some institutions have closed to the public, as fighting continues between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Ukraine&rsquo;s culture ministry has also asked that the media refrain from &ldquo;emphasising objects of cultural heritage&rdquo; to avoid their being targeted [...].</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/106402302/london-skyline-campaigners-dismay-as-unesco-ignores-risk-to-westminster London skyline campaigners' dismay as Unesco ignores risk to Westminster Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T13:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e53c7b660bf07a8d45ebdd64b09c2f0.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The march of London's skyscrapers looks set to continue unchecked after the UN watchdog charged with protecting sites of international importance delayed a move to place parliament &ndash; which is being obscured by a rash of new towers &ndash; on its endangered heritage list. Unesco was due to put Westminster on its List of World Heritage in Danger when it met recently in Doha, Qatar.</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/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T15:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/sow8ub4xq7m33s76.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country's ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can -- and are risking their lives to do so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/263868/syrian-conflict" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T08:44:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1f79424da5cc7036b1062c8b81c70b7.jpg" width="300" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. [...] Nicholas Penny, the director of the National Gallery in London, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation, the architect Norman Foster and his wife Elena also endorse the appeal which has been launched by the Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice [...].</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/104708117/us-museums-provide-emergency-support-for-syria US museums provide emergency support for Syria Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:19:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f0802ba47b7c1650f43d989271f2a8d.jpg" width="484" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>US museums are teaming up with the Syrian Interim Government&rsquo;s Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian museum collections and stem the loss of cultural heritage amid the country&rsquo;s ongoing civil war. Late last month, experts from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Pennsylvania Museum&rsquo;s Penn Cultural Heritage Center quietly organised a three-day training session for curators, heritage experts and civilians in an undisclosed location outside of Syria.</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/101167412/letting-a-mighty-nave-breathe-in-full-view-of-a-neighborhood Letting a Mighty Nave Breathe, in Full View of a Neighborhood Alexander Walter 2014-06-05T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e8ec1d4f6b2c0fa6867ed7af0f4ced5.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Workers are digging the foundation for a twin-towered apartment building that will obscure the great flying buttresses and stained-glass windows of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights. Preservationists, neighbors and architects are justly up in arms. [...] Even the developer laments how the approval process for new buildings in New York spews out too many projects that nobody really likes.</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/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered Alexander Walter 2014-06-05T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85f3badea6fd38ebe93dc36583440db0.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar &mdash; or Burma, as it was known &mdash; poor and isolated. There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia. [...] remarkable architectural heritage, which has come into the cross hairs of developers trying to cash in on rising land prices.</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/98438848/le-corbusier-s-chandigarh-vulgarized Le Corbusier's Chandigarh "vulgarized" Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:42:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dl/dly0idf2wyj0v40r.jpg" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] architectural historian William J R Curtis has set off the alarm bells by warning about the looming threat of destruction on Chandigarh's architectural heritage, terming the damage to buildings as "vulgarization" and "massacre." According to Curtis, there is a clear and present danger to the legacy of city creator Le Corbusier and that the restoration measures are needed to be taken now.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curtis believes that astronomical rise in land prices has posed the greatest threat to heritage in an increasingly materialistic society where there is a "price for everything and value of nothing."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98436419/czech-communist-architecture-may-be-protected Czech Communist architecture may be protected Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:41:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cd267818e2b651bda5d75f18f7345f1.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new commission for cultural heritage protection, an adviser to the Czech National Heritage Institute (NP&Uacute;) director, has recommended that the state start protecting relatively young works of architecture from the second half of the 20th century [...] &ldquo;Unlike the architecture of the interwar Czechoslovakia, the post-war architecture has been omitted by protection programs so far, also because its valuable pieces are more difficult to distinguish."</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/94960111/church-school-and-power-plants-make-chicago-s-endangered-building-list Church, school and power plants make Chicago's endangered building list Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T14:08:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T14:10:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/319a5f4a14ed2eaf36c543a6363c70db.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Catholic church, a theater and one of the nearly 50 schools closed by Chicago Public Schools last year are among the most endangered buildings in the city, a local preservation group said today. Preservation Chicago today released its Chicago 7 list, an annual collection of seven local, historic properties in danger of being lost to demolition or decay.</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/90836061/as-myanmar-opens-up-to-modern-world-historic-buildings-are-at-risk As Myanmar opens up to modern world, historic buildings are at risk Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-01-09T14:07:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9095f4e5f222427ab868f29ff8f2c1a2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hundreds of colonial-era structures have been destroyed in recent years to make way for modern ones like the Centrepoint tower. Completed last year, the glassy 25-story skyscraper looms over a historic block that includes the dilapidated 100-year-old Supreme Court building and City Hall, which, with its white paint and intricately tiered roof, draws easy comparisons to a wedding cake. The condition of many older buildings makes them targets for tear-down.</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/85780576/abitare-china-34-hutong-adaptation Abitare China#34 | HUTONG/adaptation Metropolitan Monk 2013-11-04T23:36:00-05:00 >2013-11-04T23:39:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/prft7dngmdz6hpis.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> ABITARE China magazine invited <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> to guest edit its 34th issue on the topic of "(re) Design Heritage &ndash; Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City." Published in October 2013, MovingCities took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of China and the city of Beijing &#21271;&#20140;: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong &#32993;&#21516;.</p> <p> Formal definition of hutong: <em>Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.</em></p> <p> MovingCities choose "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/hutong-adaptation-abitare-china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUTONG /Adaptation</a>" as the unifying theme for this themed issue, wishing to approach this much debat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82852295/norman-foster-designed-warehouse-featured-in-james-bond-film-joins-uk-heritage-list Norman Foster-designed warehouse, featured in James Bond film, joins UK heritage list Archinect 2013-09-27T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/6595c2337aa83fa7295c46c5568e4c1f.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A yellow-roofed warehouse that featured in a James Bond film has been given listed status. The Spectrum building, formally the Renault Distribution Centre, in Swindon, was designed by Sir Norman Foster and features yellow steel 'umbrella masts' and a yellow roof around the single-storey glass-walled warehouse. Built in 1980, the building featured as the backdrop to scenes in the 1984 James Bond film, A View to a Kill. It has been given Grade II* listing.</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/54692984/in-a-growing-city-like-abu-dhabi-what-makes-a-building-worth-keeping In a growing city like Abu Dhabi, what makes a building worth keeping? Archinect 2012-08-03T18:13:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:50:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55844fd0e68ecd70c3b3d5cd7e996fa.jpg" width="462" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London has its gracious Victorian mansions, New York has its elegant brownstones and Paris has its ornate Empire-style buildings. But what architectural legacy will future Abu Dhabi residents have to remind them of the city's early boom period? The fear is that Abu Dhabi's headlong modernisation will eliminate all evidence of the city's evolution, leaving nothing significant to bridge the gap between the pre-oil age and the skyscraper city currently being built.</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/49254877/wang-shu-blasts-demolition-culture-in-china Wang Shu blasts demolition culture in China Archinect 2012-05-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2012-05-29T02:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c022795ae714d1dba5ac715f3c9d38e.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese winner of architecture&rsquo;s most prestigious award has criticised the wanton demolition that has left many of the nation&rsquo;s cities fragmented and almost unrecognisable to their citizens. The comments from Wang Shu, who will on Friday receive the 2012 Pritzker prize in a ceremony in Beijing, highlight widespread complaints in China about urban planning amid a process of urbanisation that saw more than 20m rural dwellers move to cities last year alone.</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/43266229/in-tel-aviv-bauhaus-rules In Tel Aviv, Bauhaus rules Alexander Walter 2012-03-30T18:12:00-04:00 >2012-04-07T16:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g3/g3hp78sdc8wx6116.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Israel&rsquo;s ages-old city, Jerusalem, is rightly famous for its warm, honey-colored limestone architecture. But its lazily hip rival, Tel Aviv, has lately begun garnering attention for a contrasting &mdash; and equally abundant &mdash; assemblage of cool and creamy Bauhaus buildings.</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>