Archinect - News 2014-04-20T02:58:22-04:00 “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video Justine Testado 2014-04-18T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T15:10:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art Schools project commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to visionary architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi. Construction of the school complex immediately began and artists from all over the country attended the school. But the project was abruptly halted as soon as the Revolution came to fruition.</p><p>Forty years later, the schools continue to operate but have remained unfinished. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finally complete their unrealized dream.</p><p><strong>See the official trailer below.</strong></p><p>Also check out Archinect's previous coverage of <em>Unfinished Spaces</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Deans from past 50 years reflect on USC Architecture's legacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-03T17:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T20:49:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night, the University of Southern California's School of Architecture hosted a panel discussion with four former deans dating back to 1961, in celebration of the school's upcoming centennial anniversary. Moderated by current dean Qingyun Ma, the deans included (in chronological order): Samuel Hurst, Ralph Knowles, Robert Harris, and Victor Regnier.</p><p>Each dean briefly reflected on their tenure at USC, explaining their influence within the school and how they witnessed the architecture school's priorities shift alongside Los Angeles' urban development. Hurst characterized his deanship as highly affected by the social and urban turmoil of the 1960s, encouraging him to develop the school's social atmosphere. Knowles, who served as dean from 1973-1975, brought a timely interest in naturalistic and ecologically-conscious architecture with his research in solar technologies. Harris' time as dean established stronger ties between the university and the city of Los Angeles, initiating stu...</p> Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> MoMA will preserve Folk Art Museum's facade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T13:09:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy [...] &ldquo;We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,&rdquo; Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> "Historic Status" won't protect against demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T14:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:53:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="729" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What a National Register [of Historic Places] listing really means is a 20% federal tax credit for structural investing, along with any state tax incentives, but that's often not enough to make preservation a more appealing option over razing and starting over. [...] Listing on the National Register certainly gives something of an economic incentive for preservation, as well as a national profile for these sites [...] However, what historic sites ultimately need is sustainable funding.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tour the historic Hotel Chelsea before its renovation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-23T19:51:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T19:03:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2011, photographer Victoria Cohen heard that the Chelsea Hotel would undergo drastic renovations to the structure, which was built in 1884. She spent three weeks documenting every nook and cranny of the building and the result is Hotel Chelsea, a collection of photographs of the interior in its authentic, untouched state, as so many knew and loved it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The L.A. Aqueduct at 100 Archinect 2013-10-29T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-10-29T20:58:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 100 years, the Los Angeles Aqueduct has delivered water to a thirsty city, wending its way for more than 200 miles from the Owens Valley, through canyons and deserts, down to the modern metropolis. A feat of engineering and a product of political maneuvering, it nurtured the region's growth while leaving conflict in its wake.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Experimental architecture history exhibits spaces with smell Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-11T15:42:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:14:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In conjunction with the symposium, "Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space", the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture Division will stage the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the recent works of artisans and historians who harness scents, essences and fragrances in the reconstruction and preservation of historical spaces &mdash; An Olfactory Archive.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Probably the most under-appreciated sense in the experiential toolbox (unless you count <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proprioception</a>), smell is often maligned by aesthetic criticism as too ephemeral, too fleeting, to substantiate anything meaningful. But what if it opened the nostrils and minds of the sniffers to imagine architectural space in a new way, or represent a place's atmosphere as it once was? <em>An Olfactory Archive: 1100 - 1969</em>, presented by the Architecture Division at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, explores the atmosphere of historical spaces through smell, in an exhibition that displays reconstructed scents authored by perfumers, architects and artists (and others) who have all worked with smell in the recent past.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The work is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Test SItes: Experiments in the History of Space</em></a>.&nbsp;A selection of the featured scents is as follows:</p> <ul><li> curator&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky</a> + Herzog and deMeuron: "Rotterdam - Olfactory Object" (2004)</li> <li> perfumer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christophe Laudemiel</a>: the Straight of Bosp...</li></ul> Win a copy of "Discovering Architecture: How the World's Greatest Buildings Were Designed and Built" by Philip Jodidio Justine Testado 2013-10-09T11:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-09T11:06:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="679" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Want to brush up on some architectural history or need an entertaining coffee-table book?&nbsp; "Discovering Architecture: How the World's Greatest Buildings Were Designed and Built" released today by Universe Publishing could be just what you need--and we're giving away three copies to three lucky Archinectors!<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Discovering Architecture" by Editor in Chief Philip Jodidio of French art monthly, <em>Connaissance des Arts</em>, looks deep into the histories of 50 of the world's most famous buildings over the past two millenia and the architects who designed them.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> With 260 pages, this hardcover book offers plenty to explore: stunning photography, colorful illustrations and floorplans; die-cut overlays that focus on specific design elements; and accompanying essays on each building's construction and the social, political, geographical, and cultural contexts of their architects.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Starting today, simply answer this survey by <a href=";formkey=dHJadmRVNmZvRWxWcEZNcGZ6dlBWUFE6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">clicking here</a> for a chance to win a copy. Winners will be selected at ran...</p> A Short History of the Highrise - A fascinating and beautifully crafted interactive documentary Archinect 2013-10-08T12:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:17:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch a four-part interactive documentary about the fascinating past, present and future of high-rise living in cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A Short History of the Highrise is an interactive documentary; a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and the NY Times.</p> <p> <strong>MUD, CONCRETE, GLASS and HOME:&nbsp; Director&rsquo;s Statement</strong></p> <p> Great Cities, throughout history, have been defined by their &ldquo;Great Buildings&rdquo;: spectacular temples, banks, palaces and cultural monuments.</p> <p> But a city&rsquo;s everyday urban fabric &#8209; ordinary residential highrise buildings &#8209; can tell us more than any other built form about a civilization&rsquo;s respect for humanity.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve spent the last five years documenting them and the lives inside them, as the director of the National Film Board of Canada&rsquo;s Emmy-winning project called HIGHRISE.</p> <p> About a year ago, the project took an unexpected turn. The New York Times Op-Docs video department&nbsp; called on us to collaborate on a new iteration of HIGHRISE. They gave me rare access to their remarkable repository of undigitized photographs, an archive affectionately known as the Morgue . With the help o...</p> Exploring Los Angeles' forgotten stairways to the stars Archinect 2013-08-19T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:35:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the air, the hills of Silver Lake, peppered with bungalows, must look like a leafy game of Snakes and Ladders. Roads insinuate their way up and around the mountain slopes and connecting them all from the lowest to the highest are dozens of vertiginous stone staircases. These are the historic Los Angeles Stairs, hidden and unknown to most of the city's residents and visitors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thomas Edison's patent for the construction of all-concrete houses Archinect 2013-07-08T15:42:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:16:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Edison&rsquo;s idea: a house that could be built with one pour of cement. The process could eliminate not only the traditional work of erecting walls and roof but also much of the labor involved in finishing the interiors. Given the right mold, &ldquo;stairs, mantels, ornamental ceilings, and other interior decorations and fixtures&rdquo; would all be formed by the same giant piece of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How the U.S. Government Waged War Against the House of Tomorrow Archinect 2013-06-06T19:06:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T09:07:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Trade organizations and builders of all stripes joined in the call for a tamping down of public expectations &mdash; especially those that might get cut out of the new modern style of construction. You see, plastic and glass and steel were the future. And since wood wasn't exactly presented as the building material of tomorrow, organizations like the Arkansas Soft Pine Bureau were happy to contribute by advising the industry to tone it down...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gateway Arch 'Biography' Reveals Complex History Of An American Icon Archinect 2013-05-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:16:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="753" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than decade after Abbott's imaginative drawing, Eero Saarinen submitted a design for a gleaming metal curve to a competition, and the saga of the Arch began. Campbell, a history professor and the co-director of the Wendell Ford Public Policy Research Center at the University of Kentucky, joins Scott Simon to talk about the controversy around the design, the African-American residents who were displaced to build the Arch and whether the monument really symbolizes the opening of the West.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 Archinect 2013-04-09T18:11:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T19:42:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This exhibition charts L.A.&rsquo;s rapid transformation into one of the globe&rsquo;s most influential industrial, economic and creative capitals. From its ambitious freeway network and sleek coffee shops, to its dynamic cultural destinations and experimental residences, the vast metropolis&rsquo;s rich yet often underappreciated built environment is reexamined, promising new insight into the region&rsquo;s development and impact as a vibrant laboratory for cutting-edge design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Luxury Project Suspended: Protests in Berlin Save the Wall for Now Alexander Walter 2013-03-05T14:24:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:34:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The investor behind a controversial luxury housing complex in the German capital has suspended construction after thousands protested plans to remove a section of the Berlin Wall to accomodate the building. He will try to find a compromise at a meeting with officials later this month.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see the full photo gallery. The online petition "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Save Berlin's East Side Gallery from being torn down for luxury condos</a>" can be found on</p> Mariana Van Rensselaer, Founding Mother of Architecture Criticism Places Journal 2013-03-01T19:18:00-05:00 >2013-03-03T20:19:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whatever you want, then, go to an architect for it; not to a carpenter, or a mason, or your own still more profound incompetence. Tell him all your practical, material desires, and insist that they shall be respected... Settle your practical desires and state them clearly; and, if you will, pour out your vague aesthetic wishes; try to explain those crude artistic preferences, those misty, formless visions which you are pleased to call &ldquo;my own ideas.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, though little known today, was not only a leading architecture critic of her day but also one of the pioneers of the field in the late 19th century. On Places, Alexandra Lange analyzes her writings and her influence. As she writes, "Mariana Van Rensselaer worked out the ground rules of the fledgling profession, struggling to be a critic of greater conscientiousness, while calling upon her players &mdash; architects, clients, public &mdash; to do their jobs properly."</p> <p> In a related features, Places has republished Van Rensselaer's 1890 essay, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Client and Architect.</a>"</p> What the White House Looks Like Completely Gutted Archinect 2013-02-27T03:12:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:20:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harry S Truman inherited a White House that was in horrendous shape. After the British nearly burnt it to the ground in 1814, the construction of 20th-century innovations&mdash;indoor plumbing, electricity, and heating ducts&mdash;had also taken its toll on the structure. The building was nearly 150 years old, and it showed its age. In November 1948, the building was in a near-condemnable state... So it had to be gutted. Completely.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> WAI Think Tank Video "Généalogie d'un collage" croixe 2012-12-02T13:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T21:35:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>WAI Architecture Think Tank</strong> has released the video narrative &ldquo;G&eacute;n&eacute;alogie d'un collage&rdquo;. The video displays the creation of the collage &lsquo;Cities of the Avant-Garde&rsquo; as well as one of the poems that were developed with the iconic image.</p> <p> Music:<br> Asap Rocky &ldquo;Peso&rdquo; (2011)<br> Jan Garbarek &amp; Agnes Buen Garnas &ldquo;Rosensfole&rdquo; (1988)<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Uncovering Berlin’s Hidden Architectural History Anna Johnson 2012-11-30T02:23:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:57:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recent structural discovery that was recently found buried beneath 30 tonnes of rubble has the global industry abuzz. The architectural secret, which was dubbed &lsquo;Berlin&rsquo;s best kept architectural secret,&rsquo; is a three-storey German Music Hall Theatre, designed by famous architect and business owner Oscar Garbe and built in 1905.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Project 1984: What About the Possibility of a Kynical Architecture? croixe 2012-08-24T12:11:00-04:00 >2012-08-28T13:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>For an architect, in the instant that he has undivided attention of a patron with the power to realize his designs, literally nothing else matters; not a fire alarm, not even an earthquake; there is nothing else to talk about but architecture.</em></p> <p> -Dejan Sudjic, The Edifice Complex</p> <p> <br><em>The fully developed ability to say No is also the only valid background for Yes, and only through both does real freedom [begin] to take form.</em></p> <p> -Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>City</strong><br> Four towers rise above the city like muscular trunks in a grass field. Their scale obliterates any possible question about the intentionality of their disproportionate size. The exaggerated disparity between them and the urban fabric could not have been accidental.&nbsp; The towers were unquestionably built to be the main focus, the sole object of attention. They are by lengths the most important buildings in the city. The towers deliver an explicit message of datum and order. Visible from any point in the ci...</p> Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City Archinect 2012-04-25T01:53:00-04:00 >2012-04-27T14:13:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet. The city's Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the 870,000 photographs feature all manner of city oversight -- from stately ports and bridges to grisly gangland killings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'If Walls Could Talk': A History Of The Home Alexander Walter 2012-03-14T12:49:00-04:00 >2012-03-14T13:31:49-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The book answers questions like: Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why were kitchens cut off from the rest of a home? And did strangers really share beds as recently as a century ago? (Yes, they did.)</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> On Detroit and Ruin Places Journal 2012-01-12T15:53:00-05:00 >2012-01-13T22:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth I&rsquo;m trying to present is one about site-specific forgetting. If our history is a history of forgetting how to remember the past, as I am arguing, then the city of Detroit is the engine of our conflicted deliverance. It&rsquo;s the machinery we&rsquo;ve used for particular acts of forgetting, each connected to the place and time where the forgetting got done.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This week on <em>Places</em>, two features by Detroit residents contextualize the city's ruins.</p> <p> In "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit</a>," Jerry Herron reflects on the decline of Hudson's and the improbable hopefulness of the retrofitted car park in the Michigan theater. He critiques two recent books of ruin photography and offers an alternate reading of the city as a machine for forgetting.</p> <p> In "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Re-Photography</a>," Dave Jordano presents a slideshow of Detroit buildings and landscapes photographed in the early 1970s and in 2010.&nbsp;Photo editor Aaron Rothman notes that Jordano's then-and-now images "implicate us in the changes they depict," and work as a kind of antidote to the cool aestheticism of ruin porn.</p> History in the making: How Constantinople was built for Assassin's Creed Alexander Walter 2011-11-18T13:59:35-05:00 >2011-11-18T14:19:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Games gurus and architects have much in common: both design the movement of people through space. Assassin's Creed: Revelations, set in 16th-century Constantinople, writes that similarity large. To furnish the video-game's levels with verisimilitude, art director Raphael Lacoste and mission design director Falko Poiker turned draftsmen. They made a research trip to the city (today's Istanbul) to collect images that could be turned into computer graphics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Los Angeles is gaining a sense of history Archinect 2011-11-12T20:32:04-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All over Los Angeles, the places where artists, architects and engineers were busy in the postwar years inventing the future are being recast as monuments and historical shrines. This new attitude toward the city's recent heritage can be seen in increasingly visible battles over the fate of postwar landmarks like Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills and in nascent efforts to preserve and display artifacts from the early years of the computer and aerospace industries in Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> AJ Writing Prize: Alan Berman on what makes good architectural writing Paul Petrunia 2011-06-13T17:33:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Historians today don&rsquo;t do history, but historiography. Each aims to better the last in range of content and extremes of references, in language increasingly esoteric and dense: a babble of self referential writing that addresses only others in the lodge. Architectural writing, prone to fashion like all else in the design professions, has followed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Museums hire architects but forsake past architecture Paul Petrunia 2011-05-28T16:17:02-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="433" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Institutions including SFMOMA, the Whitney, the Barnes Foundation and MoMA plan various additions and exits, a boom for contemporary architects but a bust for architectural history.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>