Archinect - News 2016-08-28T01:17:05-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965503/the-unfinished-charm-of-the-smithsonian-s-arts-and-industries-building The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T18:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965477/back-when-architecture-was-an-olympic-competition Back when architecture was an Olympic competition Justine Testado 2016-08-26T14:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-26T14:42:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb3w0eg6fdkwazyy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may be a part of the Olympics the world forgot, but from 1912 to 1948, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) handed out medals across five creative arts categories including architecture...Following the 1948 games, the IOC abandoned the Olympic art competition due to the significantly high number of professionals entering, which went against the spirit of the games being an amateur competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963407/climate-change-will-make-finding-a-host-city-for-the-2088-olympics-incredibly-difficult" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change will make finding a host city for the 2088 Olympics incredibly difficult</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964890/now-that-the-olympics-have-ended-what-s-in-store-for-rio-s-stadiums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now that the Olympics have ended, what's in store for Rio's stadiums?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961406/how-are-london-s-olympic-grounds-being-used-4-years-later" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How are London's Olympic grounds being used 4 years later?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149959104/on-decentralizing-the-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On decentralizing the Olympics</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960427/looking-into-the-white-house-s-much-longer-history-of-slave-labor Looking into the White House's “much longer history” of slave labor Justine Testado 2016-07-28T15:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:14:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kkw4r2jnusb15ny2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think it was a wonderful moment in American history. I thought what Michelle Obama was attempting to do was to draw that link to show that it isn't just what's going on in the White House now and isn't it great that there's a black family there, but there's a much longer history that needs to be appreciated... [It was] just grueling, grueling kind of work. And nobody was really willing ... to do it. So slave labor played a massive role in getting this city built.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNWYqDU948" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">her speech</a> at the DNC on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama alluded to the White House's history of slave labor during the 1790s. NPR interviews Clarence Lusane,&nbsp;chairperson of Howard University's political science department and author of &ldquo;The Black History of the White House&rdquo;, who gives his two cents on the historically significant topic.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123209093/the-secret-service-wants-to-build-a-fake-white-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Secret Service wants to build a fake White House</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68426243/what-the-white-house-looks-like-completely-gutted" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958855/yeah-so-about-melania-trump-s-architecture-degree" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yeah, so about Melania Trump's architecture degree...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959721/moscow-s-own-version-of-pok-mon-go-will-let-you-catch-famous-figures-from-russian-history Moscow's own version of Pokémon Go will let you "catch" famous figures from Russian history Alexander Walter 2016-07-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T00:40:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ul/ul5j1o8a3f0aa0je.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has announced the launch of its own version of online game &ldquo;Pokemon Go.&rdquo; Russians will be asked to find and "catch" historical figures in the streets of the capital via an app called &ldquo;Know Moscow.Photo.&rdquo; [...] people will be able to catch and take a selfie with [...] Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Chaikovsky, [founder of the first Russian university] Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and the tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944736/moscow-s-metro-expansion-moves-ahead-of-schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959339/watch-seventy-years-of-downtown-la-s-architecture-compared-side-by-side Watch seventy years of Downtown LA's architecture compared side-by-side Alexander Walter 2016-07-22T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T23:47:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h6/h6v874b3ov31elhw.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bunker Hill, an area of roughly five square blocks in downtown Los Angeles, holds a place in city lore similar to that of the water wars or&nbsp;the construction of Dodger Stadium: beginning in 1959, it was the subject of a massive urban-renewal project, in which &ldquo;improvement&rdquo; was generally defined by the people who stood to profit from it [...] subject of this short film by Keven McAlester, which compares what the same streets in downtown Los Angeles looked like in the nineteen-forties and today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/co/cozaqk4ue0mmjn7e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9x/9xtk16s2fapmlf1b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4j/4jguy1fkp8nlm5uc.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g37yko3qk2lrpj2b.jpg"></p><p><em>Stills via YouTube.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958688/dtla-s-music-center-plaza-will-get-a-30m-remodel-its-first-since-1964" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DTLA's Music Center Plaza will get a $30M remodel, its first since 1964</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955220/historic-la-times-building-to-be-redeveloped" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic LA Times Building to be redeveloped</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954987/la-s-donut-time-the-lgbtq-landmark-in-tangerine-is-now-permanently-closed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Donut Time, the LGBTQ landmark in &ldquo;Tangerine&rdquo;, is now permanently closed</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956541/eric-owen-moss-wins-top-austrian-honor Eric Owen Moss wins top Austrian honor Julia Ingalls 2016-07-07T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-07-07T13:51:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7s5d0sa3k96btp4.jpg" width="514" height="577" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Very few people have a neutral reaction to <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/280/eric-owen-moss-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a>: in his conversation and his work, he can be abrasive, challenging, enlightening, and inspirational. For its part, Austria awarded him with its&nbsp;Decoration of Honor for Science and Art on June 21st, celebrating five decades of practice that have produced the Hayden Tract and the&nbsp;Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, among other works.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nn/nni1syk9fdco8i2u.jpg"></p><p>Culver City's Hayden Tract, which has gradually filled out with Moss' buildings since he was initially commissioned to work on the project in 1991, is arguably one of the most compact yet engrossing architectural walking tours in Los Angeles. Formerly a strip of overlooked industrial warehouses, this part of the city has in the past few decades emerged as a low-slung cultural nexus, rewarding those who take the time to note the unusual and painstakingly rendered structural details. There's a raft of cactuses suspended mid-air, the Cold War afterimage of Stealth, the glass bisected Slash and Backsla...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953217/eero-saarinen-s-cia-weapon-designing-past Eero Saarinen's CIA weapon-designing past Julia Ingalls 2016-06-22T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T23:11:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou59iq0lm1hmv9bt.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Saarinen&rsquo;s work for the spy agency mostly involved designing models of buildings and weapons that had yet to be built. He even worked on designs for the original war room in the White House. And the people at OSS claimed that he was so good at his job that he could not be replaced.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's lucky for architecture that Eero Saarinen, who was known in the CIA as "Architectural Designer (Chief, Special Exhibits Division)" wasn't so successful at his work for the agency that he couldn't be replaced, although one wonders how much of that top secret work rubbed off on his later designs...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6p3p0hxpclt98bsa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3s9g9mxxfwup1gw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zy/zyxxb4tmr8xnw4um.jpg"></p><p>For an in-depth look at trained architects who have succeeded in other pursuits:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/144981919/working-out-of-the-box-scott-paterson-of-ideo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box: Scott Paterson of IDEO</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111260780/working-out-of-the-box-anne-d-rian-architect-turned-mosaic-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Anne D&eacute;rian, Architect turned Mosaic Artist</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85837677/working-out-of-the-box-the-sugar-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: The Sugar Lab</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951568/the-new-ikea-museum-will-open-its-doors-on-june-30 The new IKEA Museum will open its doors on June 30 Justine Testado 2016-06-14T19:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:52:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqlpbpyezgqvy6h2.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the gargantuan stores of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22144832/ikea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> can already be public museums themselves, the Swedish retailer is preparing for the official opening of the IKEA Museum on June 30 in their&nbsp;&Auml;lmhult stomping grounds. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100111538/ikea-museum-set-to-open-in-sweden-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Originally expected</a> to open last fall, the&nbsp;7,000 square-meter museum will showcase the company's history and widespread influence that spans more than 70 years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5l/5ljkeyrqf4vzjcvk.jpg"></p><p>The four levels of the museum will show off iconic furniture pieces like the KLIPPAN sofa and the BILLY bookcase, some 20,000 objects from the IKEA archives, a rotating temporary exhibition area, and a gift shop. And since this is the IKEA Museum, there will be a 170-seat restaurant simply called The Kitchen (or K&ouml;ket) &mdash; which will most likely serve <em>those</em> infamous IKEA meatballs, but &ldquo;with a new modern take&rdquo;!&nbsp;</p><p>The museum will also have a new educational department called The&nbsp;IKEA Museum School Programme that will offer guided tours (in Swedish, English, and German) and workshops related to topics on&nbsp;entrepreneurship, technolo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947988/were-neanderthals-the-first-architects Were Neanderthals the first architects? Alexander Walter 2016-05-27T15:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T18:17:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/790efa2561d3a2d661f8b94c16582b71.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the stalagmite rings were older than any known cave painting. It also meant that they couldn&rsquo;t have been the work of Homo sapiens. Their builders must have been the only early humans in the south of France at the time: Neanderthals. The discovery suggested that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than anyone had given them credit for. They wielded fire, ventured deep underground, and shaped the subterranean rock into complex constructions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145283017/the-age-of-the-anthropocene-a-change-as-big-as-the-end-of-the-last-ice-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Age of the Anthropocene: a change as big as "the end of the last ice age"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107671475/a-man-renovating-his-home-discovered-a-tunnel-to-a-massive-underground-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775719/massive-tomb-complex-unearthed-in-beijing-suburb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945813/tracking-down-sears-catalog-homes Tracking down Sears Catalog Homes Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dga4nw2ancve4h9c.jpg" width="514" height="699" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Not long ago, the&nbsp;Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog&nbsp;was the ultimate marketplace, much like Amazon is today. You could even buy a house straight from the catalog. Just pick out the home you like, and voila, Sears would deliver it just for you. [...] From 1908 to 1940, Sears sold between 70,000 to 75,000 homes, so there are plenty out there, you just need to know where to look.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pi/pimh2s8d3smhasg9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;This photo shows a Sears "Magnolia" kit house in Benson, North Carolina. (Photo:&nbsp;Rosemary Thornton; image via Wikipedia)</p><p>"Sears Modern Homes offered the latest technology available to house buyers in the early part of the twentieth century. Central heating, indoor plumbing, and electricity were all new developments in house design that "Modern Homes" incorporated, although not all of the houses were designed with these conveniences. Primarily shipped via railroad boxcars, these kits included most of the materials needed to build a house. Once delivered, many of these houses were assembled by the new homeowner, relatives, friends and neighbors, in a fashion similar to the traditional barn-raisings of farming families." (via the&nbsp;Sears Catalog Home <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears_Catalog_Home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wikipedia page</a>)</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112805150/muji-s-prefab-vertical-house-now-available-for-japanese-residences" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muji's prefab Vertical House now available for Japanese residences</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118824259/the-vipp-shelter-joins-the-industrial-chic-prefab-housing-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The VIPP Shelter joins the industr...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945084/flashback-floyd-mckissick-s-unfinished-soul-city-suburb-in-nc Flashback: Floyd McKissick's unfinished “Soul City” suburb in NC Justine Testado 2016-05-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-05-16T11:55:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nlweb59ka0kp40m.jpg" width="514" height="785" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There would be homes and industry surrounded by trees, hills and lakes. Above all, there would be no prejudice, poverty or slums, according to a Soul City brochure...Despite its name, Soul City was never intended to be an all-black town, but rather, a multi-racial community built and managed by black people. [But] Portions of the area resemble a ghost town, rotting &ndash; or perhaps waiting. Could Soul City ever be resurrected?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read up on the rise and halt of Soul City, a suburb that attorney and civil rights activist Floyd McKissick envisioned for North Carolina's Warren County in the late 1960s-70s.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942639/quintessential-america-at-play-in-the-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on &lsquo;Startup&rsquo; Nation</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943543/italian-government-assigns-1b-to-cultural-preservation Italian government assigns €1B to cultural preservation Justine Testado 2016-05-03T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ug0ftdi4lcqd2e0f.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Italian government announced [May 2] that it is allocating &euro;1bn [approx. $1.15B] to major restoration and building projects at 33 museums, monuments and archaeological sites across the country, including Pompeii, the earthquake-stricken city of L&rsquo;Aquila and the Uffizi galleries in Florence. [C]ulture minister Dario Franceschini described the funding, which will continue until 2020, as the &ldquo;biggest investment in cultural heritage&rdquo; in Italy&rsquo;s history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941900/better-than-ever-mackintosh-building-will-reopen-in-2018-along-with-campus-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Better than ever: Mackintosh Building will reopen in 2018 along with campus expansion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940808/what-architecture-means-to-zena-howard-project-leader-of-the-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Justine Testado 2016-04-14T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T00:24:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2h/2h262g26qntzzajx.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"And to me, as an African American, just realizing that this has actually come to be, that there's an actual National Museum for African American History and Culture on the Mall of Washington, D.C., and this museum should have happened years and years ago, but the realization that finally in America we're at a place where we can accept it ... It's one of the most prominent sites on the Mall. It's not somewhere tucked away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architect Zena Howard talks about what first drew her to architecture, the National Museum for African American History and Culture on which she worked as Senior Project Manager, and her outlook on the status of women in architecture.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939790/read-an-excerpt-from-the-new-where-are-the-women-architects-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read an excerpt from the new &ldquo;Where Are the Women Architects?&rdquo; book</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129867356/an-angry-passion-round-up-of-global-tributes-to-charles-correa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935028/how-the-pritzker-prize-came-to-be How the Pritzker Prize came to be Justine Testado 2016-03-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T23:32:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxdj1rymrg8shskk.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As native Chicagoans, it&rsquo;s not surprising that our family was keenly aware of architecture [...] While the architecture of Chicago made us cognizant of the art of architecture, our work with designing and building hotels made us aware of the impact architecture could have on human behavior. So in 1978, when we were approached with the idea of honoring living architects, we were responsive. &mdash; Thomas J. Pritzker</p></em><br /><br /><p>A brief history on the family behind "the architecture profession's highest honor", and how the prize was established.</p><p>For more, check out Archinect's most recent coverage on the Pritzker Prize:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145812094/why-is-the-pritzker-such-a-big-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why is the Pritzker such a big deal?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/145673128/aravena-s-pritzker-a-critical-round-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aravena's Pritzker: A Critical Round-Up</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730933/making-a-pritzker-laureate-martha-thorne-executive-director-of-the-pritzker-architecture-prize-gives-us-an-inside-look-at-the-prestigious-award-on-archinect-sessions-48" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145643352/chilean-architect-alejandro-aravena-director-of-this-year-s-venice-biennale-named-2016-pritzker-prize-laureate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, director of this year's Venice Biennale, named 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vhf2dv7v9i6puk8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can&rsquo;t be neatly scripted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.</p><p>More in relation to urban growth:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T01:11:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30pnxfvfn6s71ez8.jpg" width="514" height="945" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Architectural Guide China</em>&nbsp;is a unique travel guidebook that presents up-to-date insight into the rich architectural histories in Eastern China's megacities, which continue to create widespread impact through rapid urbanization, population growth, and the consequential effects on the natural environment.</p><p>In this volume of <em>Architectural Guide</em>, authors&nbsp;Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel, and Jacqueline Gargus give an architectural overview of nine major urban sites in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau. If you're planning a trip to any of those places, this book can definitely come in handy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/km/kmgt8rfintt0hqn6.jpg"></p><p>Thanks to <a href="http://www.dom-publishers.com/en/Architectural-Guides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOM-publishers</a>, Archinect is giving away Architectural Guide China to three of our readers!</p><p>Read on for more about the book, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qy4jd101joy8d93.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/844zeso2f3pj40ff.jpg"></p><p>"The 'Reform and Opening' era affected these metropolises in different ways and has influenced the existing structures of dynastic capitals, trade centers, former European colonies and discovery areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The volume contains 620...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148439614/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-2016-sah-fellows Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2016 SAH Fellows SAH1365 2016-02-18T18:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:07:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgo98hvg9g09uzg9.jpg" width="514" height="160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians will induct Barry Bergdoll, Diane Favro, Richard Longstreth and Therese O&rsquo;Malley as SAH Fellows at its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sah.org/conferences-and-programs/2016-conference---pasadena-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Annual International Conference</a>&nbsp;in Pasadena. Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians are those individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history, which may include scholarship, service to SAH or stewardship of the built environment. The 2016 SAH Fellows, all past presidents of the Society, will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 7. Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://sah.org/sah-fellows" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sah.org/sah-fellows</a>&nbsp;for more information.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Barry Bergdoll</strong>&nbsp;is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History at Columbia University, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. He is also curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where from 2007 to 2013 he served as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. At MoMA he organized, curated and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy The architectural vestiges of white supremacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:59:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcw8ebsvqni4mtkf.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inequity built into The Lyric Theatre's very architecture is a painful reminder of [Birmingham's] ugly past as one of the most segregated places in America. But it also serves as a living history lesson [...] Across the South, people are struggling with similar questions: What does a changing region do with the vestiges of back-alley service windows, segregated waiting rooms, dual water fountains and abandoned schools that once formed the skeleton of a society built on oppression?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wait long enough, and anywhere can become a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dark tourism</a> site. More from the tricky territory of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a title="Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a title='"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141818923/saudi-arabia-s-uneasy-relationship-with-its-cultural-heritage-of-mecca-and-medina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li><li><a title="The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141208175/the-queen-s-architect-listen-to-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-2-with-jens-bertelsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147438358/excavating-ancient-rome-beneath-london-s-streets Excavating ancient Rome beneath London's streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-05T17:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T17:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/34/34954b4d545c6d7311369166c2c2784a.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During an excavation for a new office development&nbsp;at 21 Lime Street, a team from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) found the millimeter-thin fresco nearly 20 feet below street level. Dating to the late 1st century AD, and the first decades of London, it&rsquo;s one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain. [...] The rare, ornate wall painting is likely to have decorated a reception room for party guests at the home of a wealthy Roman citizen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="http://www.mola.org.uk/blog/discovery-ornate-roman-fresco-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> issued by MOLA explained, &ldquo;The fate of this rare wall painting was literally sealed in the ground ...&nbsp;In AD 100, construction of the 2nd Forum Basilica, the main civic center&nbsp;for the city and the largest Roman building ever built north of the Alps, began. In advance of construction of the Forum the area was flattened. The painted wall was deliberately toppled and the Forum immediately built over it, incredibly preserving the fresco for nearly 2000 years.&rdquo;</p><p>More excavations from the News:</p><ul><li><a title="Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143512405/fear-grows-over-isis-threat-against-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-libya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a title="After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142896624/after-over-a-thousand-years-underwater-two-egyptian-cities-will-be-exhibited-at-british-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum</a></li><li><a title="Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture</a></li><li><a title="A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107671475/a-man-renovating-his-home-discovered-a-tunnel-to-a-massive-underground-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a title="Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105400021/medieval-frescoes-uncovered-and-displayed-in-rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument Justine Testado 2016-01-14T15:31:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:50:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/ti6xcjsniruggzvg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 45 years, Iran's most famous modern monument, the Azadi (Freedom) Tower in Tehran, has been the backdrop to every major news story coming out of the country...Hossein Amanat was a rising star in Iran's architectural scene when, in 1966, he won a national competition to design the monument...Its historical pull, he believes, lies in the tower's evolution as a 'symbol of Iran'...that is both intensely Iranian and Islamic at the same time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125817966/the-young-woman-who-designed-tehran-s-new-popular-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway Justine Testado 2016-01-11T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T20:40:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg" width="514" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most recently, Archinectors had the chance to win a copy of <em>African Modernism</em>. Published by Park Books, the book is a visual investigation of post-colonial nation building in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. The book's editor, architect Manuel Herz, also&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">took a moment with Archinect</a> to share more details about <em>African Modernism</em>.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li>Mark - Portland, OR</li><li>Claude - &nbsp;Gainesville, FL</li><li>Melanie - Dallas, TX</li></ul><p>Congrats to all the winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p><p>If you're in Chicago,&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>'s accompanying exhibition, "Architecture of Independence", will be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grahamfoundation.org/public_exhibitions/5407-architecture-of-independence-african-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Graham Foundation</a>&nbsp;starting January 28.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway Justine Testado 2016-01-07T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T16:16:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s43i2pnd9amvibov.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company promised to &ldquo;faithfully reproduce&rdquo; several beloved artifacts in the lobby, including wall tapestries, paper lanterns and sliding doors, the lacquered furnishings and map of time zones...But those plans have done little to assuage the concerns of preservationists, many of whom contend that Tokyo is destroying its greatest postwar architectural assets to accommodate the 2020 Olympics and a recent surge in tourism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times profiles the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo, which began reconstruction last September, much to the dismay of preservationists worldwide. The Times covers its modernist legacy and the pressures of the real estate and tourist market that Tokyo can't avoid.</p><p>Previous news about the Hotel Okura:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141014066/hurry-if-you-want-to-own-a-piece-of-tokyo-s-iconic-modernist-hotel-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries Win "African Modernism", a book that investigates nation building in five African countries Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T18:45:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/po2hh8p084x5f3b7.jpg" width="514" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several African countries gained hard-fought independence from their colonizers during the 1950s and 1960s, and one way the countries expressed their new national identities was through architecture. The book&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>&nbsp;delves into this relationship between architecture and the complexities of nation building, particularly in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l09jffvv3uahuv9k.jpg"></p><p>Edited by architect <a href="http://manuelherz.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manuel Herz</a>&nbsp;and published to accompany the Vitra Design Museum's <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/african_modernism_to_take_the_spotlight_at_vitra_design_museum_starting_feb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture of Independence" exhibition</a>, the hefty 640-page book features 103 buildings with brief description texts, images, site plans, floor plans, and sections, as well as significant&nbsp;photo contributions from Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster &mdash;&nbsp;who each documented the buildings in their current state.&nbsp;The book also features essays that focus on different aspects and topics regarding post-colonial Africa, which are illustrated with images and documents. If you're in Chicago, the Architecture of Independence exhibition wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143988201/see-2-000-years-of-urban-growth-around-the-world-with-this-interactive-map See 2,000 Years of Urban Growth Around the World With This Interactive Map Alyssa Alimurung 2015-12-22T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-22T19:20:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rc8u9akd6cj5c57t.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in 1 A.D., ancient civilizations like the Mayans experienced &ldquo;urban booms&rdquo; of their own. This mind-boggling interactive map made by Esri puts thousands of years of global population growth into perspective, ultimately showing us that NYC is kind of just a blip on the radar&mdash;or in this case, the 2,000-year timeline of life.</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/143354152/the-birth-and-death-of-privacy-3000-years-of-history-told-through-46-images The Birth and Death of Privacy: 3000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images Orhan Ayyüce 2015-12-14T11:35:00-05:00 >2016-05-02T17:37:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/robvz8au39xz0htq.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Privacy may actually be an anomaly&rdquo; ~ Vinton Cerf, Co-creator of the military&rsquo;s early Internet prototype and Google executive.</p><ul><li>Privacy, as we understand it, is only about 150 years old.</li><li>Humans do have an instinctual desire for privacy. However, for 3,000 years, cultures have nearly always prioritized convenience and wealth over privacy.</li><li>Section II will show how cutting edge health technology will force people to choose between an early, costly death and a world without any semblance of privacy. Given historical trends, the most likely outcome is that we will forgo privacy and return to our traditional, transparent existence.</li></ul><p>Internal Walls (c. 1500 AD): Most homes didn't have walls separating the rooms until the development of the brick chimney, which needed support beams.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*5MiWesuarroBdus4OjoETg.png"></p><p>Source: Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture In An English Landscape (p. 78).</p><p>&ldquo;A profound change in the very blueprint of the living space&rdquo; ~&nbsp;<em>historian Sarti Raffaella, on the introduction of the chimney.</em></p><p><a href="https://medium.com/the-ferenstein-wire/the-birth-and-death-of-privacy-3-000-years-of-history-in-50-images-614c26059e#.2l4vaclcx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Read on t...</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142899884/stonehenge-may-have-originated-in-wales-new-study-suggests Stonehenge may have originated in Wales, new study suggests Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-08T13:52:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T13:53:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/re2kk8k48rsylbpq.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>archaeologists have found several recesses in rock formations in Wales that match the size and shape of Stonehenge's bluestones, leading to theories that the monument may have been erected in Wales first, before being moved to its present site in Salisbury Plain. The researchers also discovered evidence of what they described as &ldquo;a loading bay" from where the massive boulders could have been dragged away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wales is over 130 miles / 209 kilometers from Stonehenge's current site in Salisbury Plain &ndash; a distance that would have taken Neolithic people over 500 years to transport the monoliths over, according to Professor Mike Parker Pearson,&nbsp;a British late prehistory professor at UCL who led the study.</p><p>Researchers involved in the project find it unlikely that, after the bluestones had been removed the quarry, the harvesters would have immediately set a course for Salisbury Plain. What is perhaps more likely is that the stones were used for a monument in Wales first, and were then transported to their current site through a massive coordination effort with people living in both areas.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the latest theories is that Stonehenge is a monument of unification, bringing together people from across many parts of Britain," Pearson told <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/07/stonehenge-first-erected-in-wales-secondhand-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141822131/explore-the-history-of-brooklyn-in-one-block Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/le60193lqkizqdw8.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132953936/how-an-egalitarian-incubator-music-venue-hopes-to-revive-brooklyn-s-art-scene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125832455/mapping-brooklyn-making-sense-of-the-world-through-art-and-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118506903/urban-omnibus-travels-the-brooklyn-queens-divide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115731033/can-nyc-create-a-new-neighborhood-without-displacing-an-old-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113348899/bed-stuy-in-memoriam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141299783/scroll-through-the-new-new-york-skyline-with-this-interactive-infographic Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic Justine Testado 2015-11-17T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/33/3372nbsmapormkua.jpg" width="514" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Evidently, the Big Apple is packed with big buildings, and several more are on the way. National Geographic created a spiffy interactive infographic called "The New New York Skyline" that envisions which towers are sprouting up along the Manhattan skyline in the next few years. Scroll sideways and hover your cursor over the color-coded towers to read some factoids about these newcomers. You can also switch from "Skyline View" to 3-D view for spots like the One World Trade Center Complex, Hudson Yards, and "Billionaires' Row" at 57th Street Corridor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9yh4n4dt0n3e0pz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/98/98ym6l5molofwz7m.jpg"><br><em>Screenshots via National Geographic.</em></p><p>Check out the graphic <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/new-york-city-skyline-tallest-midtown-manhattan/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More infographics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733125/infographic-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-countries-to-live-in" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in</a></p><p><a title="Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111501222/budget-busters-ranking-the-world-s-most-overbudget-monuments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments</a></p><p><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110407197/where-are-the-women-measuring-progress-on-gender-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p><p><a title="35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102785435/35-of-the-world-s-palaces-gathered-into-one-quaint-interactive-infographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140875923/take-the-10-to-the-110-to-the-101-why-southern-californians-say-the-before-freeway-numbers "Take the 10 to the 110 to the 101": Why Southern Californians say "the" before freeway numbers Justine Testado 2015-11-11T13:14:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:13:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qrx8fmqd28cdlxw.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Southern Californians have a distinctive &mdash; 'Saturday Night Live's' Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny &mdash; way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405. Why the definite articles?...Most of North America, in fact, omits the 'the' before route numbers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about L.A. freeways on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways</a></p><p><a title="Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135818686/largest-wildlife-overpass-in-u-s-proposed-for-l-a-s-101-freeway-could-ease-area-s-roadkill-problem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem</a></p><p><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></p><p><a title="Southern California not so sprawling after all" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p><p><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></p>