Archinect - News 2015-11-30T17:32:15-05:00 Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T13:38:05-05:00 <img src="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Screenshots via National Geographic.</em></p><p>Check out the graphic <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic</a></p> "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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p><p><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></p> Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-10T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:33:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[On Thursday, November 5], the Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously voted to recommend Chicago Landmark status to the Marina City complex. [...] A resolution will be drafted and will head to the Chicago City Council in December for a final vote.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This seems like a done deal.&nbsp;As quoted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>, Commission on Chicago Landmarks chairman, Rafael Leon:&nbsp;"everybody recognizes those buildings around the world, that the moment that they see it, they see Chicago. I&rsquo;m so glad that we have gotten to the point of designating these buildings as landmarks.&rdquo;</p><p>For the lead-up to Marina City's landmark status:</p><ul><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> Explore Manhattan When It Was Just Forests and Creeks With the 1609 Welikia Map Alyssa Alimurung 2015-09-28T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T14:28:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Welikia Project, formerly known as the Mannahatta Project, has gotten a powerful update that now lets you explore New York City's historic ecology using a satellite map that imagines how Manhattan might have looked back in 1609&mdash;and all the years between then and now.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Owen Hatherley's history of communist architecture remains "under the spell of socialism" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-10T13:52:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T13:52:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="790" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To [Hatherley], architecture is the physical manifestation of politics. It is power literally in bricks and mortar. In this respect he is unusual and, I believe, right. But he is handicapped at every turn by his belief, worn on his sleeve, in the nobility of the socialist cause. This can be an asset as he wrestles manfully to evoke the spirit of places from which most of us would turn in horror.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from British architecture writer Owen Hatherley <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and on communist architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a title="Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's &quot;victims of communism&quot; memorial" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's "victims of communism" memorial</a></li><li><a title="Creepy Photos of Russia&rsquo;s Crumbling Communist Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creepy Photos of Russia&rsquo;s Crumbling Communist Architecture</a></li><li><a title="Czech Communist architecture may be protected" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Czech Communist architecture may be protected</a></li></ul> Master architect M.N. Ashish Ganju on working to achieve "good architecture" Justine Testado 2015-09-03T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T13:07:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju is a thought leader in Indian architectural philosophy...Based in New Delhi, Ganju cares about the fact that over a quarter of Delhi&rsquo;s population lives outside the law in unauthorised colonies. He lives and works on the urban fringe, to demonstrate by example the principle of urban renewal by citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a recent&nbsp;<em>Forbes</em> interview, esteemed architect M.N. Ashish Ganju&nbsp;looks back on his career over the last few decades --&nbsp;from the history of Indian architecture, his most notable projects, to his current efforts to instill citizen-led urban renewal in the outskirts of the country.</p><p>You can also read some of Ganju's writing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"An Angry Passion": Round-Up of Global Tributes to Charles Correa</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Correa, legendary Indian architect, dies at 84</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai's Dharavi 'slum': Opportunities &amp; challenges</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></p> Why we blame buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-28T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:40:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Accepted wisdom has it that the continuing social unrest in the banlieues, as these suburbs are called, is a direct result of their built form: repetitive slabs and blocks of modern housing, often in large isolated estates. [...] In fact, environmental determinism accompanied the very making of the French suburbs in the postwar period and the development of modern urbanism more generally. Why is it that we assign so much power to buildings?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Heneghan Peng-designed Palestinian Museum to open in May 2016 Justine Testado 2015-08-21T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:28:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new museum dedicated to the history and culture of Palestine over the last two centuries is due to open in May next year in Birzeit...In a controversial move, the planned launch date coincides with the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, when the Israeli state was established in 1948 and more than 750,000 Palestinians went into exile. 'The decision to open the museum on May 15 is designed to underline the enduring importance of the Nakba to the museum&rsquo;s work,' says [museum director] Jack Persekian</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Israel-Palestine: Hope through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings</a></p><p><a title="After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></p> New Orleans deliberates how to dismantle statues of U.S. Confederate figures Justine Testado 2015-08-18T09:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T23:09:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The question of the monuments&rsquo; removal comes after several US states...have withdrawn the Confederate flag, acknowledging it as a symbol of racial hate...The [statues] are on public land 'which means that African American tax money is being used to maintain them', [says Carol Bebelle, co-chair of the Mayor&rsquo;s committee for racial reconciliation]. 'What does it mean to be a city that pays tribute to part of its history that was about oppressing the major portion of its population?'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">That new Texas Confederate Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive</a></p><p><a title="Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning</a></p><p><a title="Building the First Slavery Museum in America" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building the First Slavery Museum in America</a></p> Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> "En Pointe" by Heather Roberge strikes a balance between past and present Nicholas Korody 2015-07-15T11:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T22:17:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In his <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Untimely Meditations</a>, </em>Friedrich Nietzsche asserts, &ldquo;&hellip;We must seriously despise instruction without vitality, knowledge which enervates activity, and history as an expensive surplus of knowledge and a luxury&hellip;&rdquo; History must be at the service of living, he advocates, not the other way around. At the same time, history has its uses, and total amnesia is neither possible nor desirable. The German philosopher wrote in an era he perceived as detrimentally historicist; we, on the other hand, are coming out of a period of unhistorical thinking, where the past seems to have become obscured by a <em>fin de si&egrave;cle </em>fog, the discharged by-product of technological novelty &ndash;&nbsp;at least according to one possible reading.</p><p>Spurred by the development of computer-aided design technologies, the architectural styles at the vanguard of the last few decades have largely abandoned historicist tendencies, reveling instead in the vast potentials of parametric modeling. But, the novel quickly loses its shiny ve...</p> U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level Justine Testado 2015-06-26T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:12:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Recently, people were more worried about preserving their jobs, not preserving their history...Now a new generation is aware there was a history that came before them...Not a lot of our history has been preserved. People without a history can be erased.' &mdash; Mark Meinke, co-founder of the Rainbow Heritage Network</p></em><br /><br /><p>History was made today in American civil rights with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Supreme Court ruling</a> that legalizes same-sex marriage across all 50 states. The ruling is a major push toward marriage equality in the U.S., but like several historically marginalized communities, one giant obstacle that the LGBTQ community continues to face is cultural preservation and protection, in addition to spreading the awareness of that historical legacy both externally and internally.</p><p>You win some and unfortunately lose some in the unpredictable nature of preserving heritage sites, but proactivity is key. One such group is the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rainbow Heritage Network</a>, a developing coalition of over 400 preservationists and gay rights activists who advocate for the protection of LGBTQ heritage sites in the U.S. as one of their primary missions. Reportedly established only this past January, the group is working to gain more traction in their long-term efforts to protect LGBTQ sites on a local, state and federal level.</p><p>For starters, Rain...</p> New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T19:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:56:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year&rsquo;s list of America&rsquo;s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is our most diverse list ever. Several of the places on the 2015 list focus on chapters in our history that have sometimes been overlooked, reinforcing the message that preserving the full American experience means everyone has a seat at the table and that all voices are heard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2015 List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,&nbsp;comprises:</p><ul><li>A.G. Gaston Motel, Alabama</li><li>Carrollton Courthouse, Louisiana</li><li>Chautauqua Amphitheater, New York</li><li>East Point Historic Civic Block, Georgia</li><li>Fort Worth Stockyards, Texas</li><li>Grand Canyon, Arizona</li><li>Little Havana, Florida</li><li>Oak Flat, Arizona</li><li>Old U.S. Mint, California</li><li>South Street Seaport, New York</li><li>The Factory, California</li></ul> First glimpse at Diller Scofidio + Renfro's prelim designs for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Justine Testado 2015-05-15T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T23:16:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever your feelings are toward the Olympic Games, plans for the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame</a> in Colorado Springs are pushing forward so far. For starters, the Museum unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's initial design concepts for the 60,000 sq.ft building, set to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.&nbsp;DS + R is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the team who won</a> the commission in a competition last fall.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>DS + R's design includes 20,000 sq. feet of exhibition space showing off artifacts, media, sports science technology and interactive exhibits that depict the history of the Games and the stories behind famous American Olympic and Paralympic athletes. And of course, the museum will include a theater, gift shop, cafe, and a broadcast studio.</p><p>"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the [museum] spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries,' Elizabeth D...</p> A history of department stores Nam Henderson 2015-03-30T13:59:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T14:07:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With their brilliant use of electric lighting &ndash; something Mendelsohn had learned from the look of American city streets at night &ndash; bold architectural graphics and photogenic forms, the Schocken stores were admired by a new generation of European architects and castigated by the Nazis, who came to power in 1933</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jonathan Glancey examines how from Victorian London to Soviet-era Moscow, they have changed the way we shop and have shaped global culture.</p> Schindler Lab Initiative recounts intricate process behind Schindler House artistic interventions Justine Testado 2015-03-24T10:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This publication documents an exhibition-oriented initiative that prompts artists and architects to develop installations highlighting Rudolph M. Schindler&rsquo;s domestic experiment...Visitors often ask detailed questions. They are curious about Schindler&rsquo;s thought process when designing and constructing the house; how the house has been used, understood, and canonized throughout the decades; and how the house is holding up today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For years, the Schindler House in West Hollywood has served as a cultural backdrop for a multitude of MAK Center exhibitions that have -- in turn -- continuously reinvented the experience of the house and also uniquely demonstrate the ongoing need to preserve the house. Whether engaging with the house itself, examining its use as a domestic space, or reflecting on its 93-year-old history as a modernist icon, every one of these artistic interventions resulted from a meticulous process of discussion, debate, and creative problem solving -- all of which the MAK Center chronicles in an online publication known as the Schindler Lab.</p><p>First initiated in 2011 by MAK Center consultant and cultural producer Sara Daleiden, the Schindler Lab is divided into sections that starts off with the Schindler House's architecture and history. The publication then goes on to present the variety of perspectives, proposals, and after-thoughts that architects, designers, artists, curators, and administrators...</p> Was Rome really a "City of Marble"? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-09T16:38:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T16:02:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural historian Diane Favro of [UCLA], has employed advanced modeling software to reconstruct the city of Rome in its entirety over the period of the rule of Augustus Caesar, from 44 B.C. to A.D. 14. According to legend, Augustus boasted, &ldquo;I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble&rdquo;... She found that only a small proportion of the buildings in Augustan Rome were converted from brick to marble, and that they would have been difficult to see from ground level.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Favro explains that while much of Rome was left untouched by Augustus' urban project, the traffic caused by bringing the large quantities of Carrera marble through the city likely created the illusion "that Rome had been transformed into marble."</p> The sudden rise & fall of Oregon's second largest city Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:25:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders.&nbsp;Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous disaster&mdash;that would come later&mdash;but because of raw, unabashed racism. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was always meant to be a temporary housing project, a superficial solution to Portland&rsquo;s wartime housing shortage.&nbsp;[...] In a few short years, Vanport went from being thought of as a wartime example of American innovation to a crime-laden slum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t CityLab</a></p> How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s easy enough to blame economic forces for the postwar destruction of slave markets, but not for the persistent concealment of their history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the South has no shortage of memorials to the Lost Cause, while memorials to the slave trade remain few and far between. [...] After the Civil War, Johnson says, &ldquo;the price of moving forward for the white United States was the forgetting of slavery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Design archives of Jackie Kennedy's Wexford House to be auctioned Justine Testado 2015-02-06T20:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:13:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over 400 pieces that archive the construction and design of the presidential Kennedy family's Wexford House will soon be up for sale at a live auction on February 19 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts that will be hosted by Boston-based auction company RR Auction. Bidding begins February 12-18.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The vast collection consists of three large binders and two large folders that contain oversized building plans, paperwork, photographs, magazine tearouts with Jackie's written design notes, and handwritten correspondence that covers almost all the construction and design aspects of the Wexford House -- including 10 letters that Jackie penned herself. The collection spans from 1961-64 with emphasis on 1963, the main year of construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The story behind the Wexford House reads like a saccharine yet bittersweet tale of the elusive American Dream. Named by Jackie as a nod to JFK's Irish roots, the Wexford House was constructed from late 1962 and completed in the summer of 196...</p> "Textscape" depicts the evolution of printing in 3D-printed documents Justine Testado 2015-01-13T14:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:51:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Textscape" by interdisciplinary artist and University of Hawaii at Manoa educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hongtao Zhou</a> is a visually engaging work of 3D text documents that nods to one of the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China: printing. The letter-sized documents examine how the role of printing has shifted from duplicating text to producing objects, thanks to the rise of 3D printing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reflecting Zhou's background in furniture design, sculptural installation, and architecture, the documents are 3D depictions of their respective subject matters, such as cities or landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Zhou&nbsp;&mdash; and a group of participating artists consisting of Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere and Chin Fang Chen from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture&nbsp;&mdash; created additional Textscapes "written" in braille, different languages, calligraphies, and number systems with the intention to turn the pastime of reading into an interactive process and into works of art that can be widely appreciated.</p> How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></p> Don't forget to register for YAC's Rome Community Ring competition Justine Testado 2014-12-22T18:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:40:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Late registration began today for Young Architects Competitions' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rome Community Ring</a>. If you want a chance to win, make sure to register by <strong>January 19, 2015</strong> and submit your entries by <strong>January 26</strong>, <strong>2015</strong>.</p><p>Students and professionals are encouraged to share their ideas on how to revive one of Rome's historical treasures, the 19th-century <a href="!forte-portuense/c10ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forte Portuense</a>, into a new cultural space for public recreation. Proposed designs must also include room for potential urban development. Built between 1877 to late 1881, Forte Portuense is one of several military fortresses and has remained preserved since military authorities abandoned the site in 1967.</p><p>Winners and cash prizes totaling &euro;15,000 will be awarded when the competition ends in March 2015. An awards ceremony and exhibition will follow.</p><p>For more important competition details, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previous YAC competitions:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wine Culture Centre</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Quake Visions</a></p> Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism Justine Testado 2014-12-12T15:23:00-05:00 >2015-04-28T11:00:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture was chosen to design Canada's future National Memorial to Victims of Communism in Ottawa...The team was selected out of six finalists at the end of the two-phase national design competition held this summer. The memorial will pay tribute to the more than 100 million people around the globe who suffered or perished under communist dictatorship, as well as educate the public about the heavy consequences caused by communism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a national memorial, it will also signify Canada's role in offering refuge to those who escaped that oppression. It will be located on Confederation Boulevard beside the Supreme Court of Canada, the Library and Archives Canada, the Peace Tower, and other key federal institutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's &quot;victims of communism&quot; memorial" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protesting context, not form, of Ottawa's "victims of communism" memorial</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind design wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition</a></li></ul> Steven Holl's Kennedy Center Expansion Project in D.C. breaks ground Justine Testado 2014-12-05T18:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T22:23:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the saying goes, history likes to repeat itself. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. broke ground yesterday on the Kennedy Center Expansion Project. The ceremony also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Center's original groundbreaking in 1964.&nbsp;</p><p>The event featured remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter,&nbsp;Kennedy Center Trustee (and John F. Kennedy's granddaughter) Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, as well as Steven Holl. During the ceremony, Rubenstein used the same gold-plated shovel that President Lyndon B. Johnson used to break ground for the Center on December 2, 1964.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy designed the expansion with BNIM Architects. The Expansion Project, which was announced in 2013 and is being paid for entirely by private funds, will be built south of the current facility as an interactive space for artists to engage with the community. Th...</p> The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC Archinect 2014-11-17T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:57:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is one of Washington, DC's most conspicuous mysteries. Unbeknownst to the thousands of commuters and residents that pass by its rusted gates daily, below this sprawling parcel of land lies a series of vast underground caverns built in the early 20th century by the Army Corps of Engineers as a natural purification facility for DC's turbid water supply.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Unusual Spaces</em>&nbsp;series visits mysterious abandoned silos and underground reservoirs at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, just 2 miles north of Capitol Hill in DC.</p> Bed-Stuy In Memoriam Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:48:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home. They are collages fashioned from layer upon layer of small accretions that we plaster and paint onto our environments. Sometimes, this paint is literal [...] rich diversity of murals in memoriam found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn &mdash; public artworks that reflect a particular history of violence, racial prejudice, and, in some cases, the mixture of the two.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy Prices Soar</a></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro named as design architect for U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs Justine Testado 2014-11-04T18:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:16:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro was announced as part of the winning team who will design and build the new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado...the $60 million project will display artifacts, media, technology, tell the stories of American Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and share the historical significance and national pride spurred by the Olympic Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning team includes:</p><ul><li>Diller Scofidio + Renfro from New York (design architects)</li><li>Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver (architect of record)</li><li>Gallagher and Associates from Washington, D.C. (exhibit designers)</li><li>Pacific Studio of Portland, Oregon (exhibit fabricators)</li><li>GE Johnson of Colorado Springs (general contractor)</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On the other hand, some members of the local Colorado Springs design community were critical in that museum officials seemed inclined toward selecting an out-of-town design architect during the request for proposals.</p><p>Read more about the museum on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> An illustrated history of Canberra, the Australian capital designed by American architects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-25T20:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:27:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Cartoonist and journalist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eleri Mai Harris</a> tells&nbsp;the story of Canberra's creation by architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin (who also happened to be married to one another, and worked with Frank Lloyd Wright).</p><p>Read the piece in full, gorgeous watercolor on <em>Medium</em>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Utopian City That Wasn't:&nbsp;How two American architects won a competition to design Australia&rsquo;s capital in 1912</a></p>