Archinect - News 2015-11-30T10:19:13-05:00 The creative fight to save a masterpiece of Lexington modernism from the wrecking ball Alexander Walter 2015-11-19T12:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T12:11:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built in 1962, the People&rsquo;s Bank has distinct glossy, off-teal bricks and a sawtooth, vaulted rooftop. The building is not only one of the finest remaining examples of Googie commercial architecture in Kentucky &mdash; it is one of the finest examples in the nation. However, after years of neglect, locals are working to ensure that the building isn&rsquo;t leveled into a movie theater parking lot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: University of Kentucky, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-27T12:42:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:28:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="731" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the University of Kentucky College of Design.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are upcoming events only. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 27</em><br>2:30 pm<br><strong>Design Chat - School of Interiors</strong><br>Mary Lee O'Bryan / The Design Studio - Louisville, KY<br>Jennifer Dumesnil / Swope Design Group -&nbsp;Louisville, KY<br>at Pence Hall, Room 209</p><p><em>Mar 6</em><br>9 am - 3 pm<br><strong>HPGO Symposium: Rebranding Historic Preservation</strong><br>Andrew Hurley / Author of "Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner-Cities" - St. Louis, MO<br>John-Mark Hack / Partner of Marksbury Farm - Midway, KY<br>Ro...</p> The PLAY LOUNGE - UK/CoD students transform Lexington's 2013 Beaux Arts Ball Archinect 2013-09-19T19:30:00-04:00 >2013-09-25T09:32:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Jason Scroggin, of Lexington, KY-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.)</a>, has shared with us the project <em>The PLAY LOUNGE</em>&mdash;the result of a fabrication course Scroggin taught last Spring at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Kentucky College of Design</a>, School of Architecture.</p> <p> The resulting objects were then part of Lexington's annual Beaux Arts Ball (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>The PLAY LOUNGE is the result of a graduate elective course entitled Tectonics, Typology, and Distribution taught by UK/CoD Assistant Professor Jason Scroggin (DOTS) in Spring 2013 that investigates participatory design and interactive manufactured objects.&nbsp; The class is treated as a laboratory for exploring these issues through research, discussion, and fabrication.&nbsp; An analysis of simple toys set up the discussion and acts as the motivating driver for a series of material constructs that consider new relationships between digital design and assembly processes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm.&nbsp; ...</em></p> SCAPE Wins Lexington Town Branch Commons Competition Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T18:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A five-member jury has selected the winner of the Town Branch Commons Design Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. The brief calls for the creation of a long, serpentine park following the path of a historic stream in downtown Lexington. From a shortlist of five finalists, the entry "Reviving Town Branch" by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture team was chosen as the winning proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Other finalists were Coen+Partners, Minneapolis; Civitas, Denver; Inside Outside: Petra Blaisse, Amsterdam; and JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects, Copenhagen.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five teams shortlisted for Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky</a></p> Five teams shortlisted for Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky Archinect 2012-11-26T15:15:00-05:00 >2013-02-06T18:48:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A public symposium will be held in February where the final proposals will be displayed. The final design will be chosen by a jury. "People can expect some high-level proposals", said Speaks. "We will be the beneficiaries, and the city will get a high-quality project."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The lead firms on each of the five teams are:</p> <ul><li> Civitas, a Denver-based firm of architects, urban designers and planners</li> <li> Coen+Partners, a landscape architecture practice based in Minneapolis.</li> <li> Inside Outside, a design firm with offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that addresses interior and exterior space.</li> <li> JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects, which focuses on architecture and design from large-scale planning to furniture, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.</li> <li> SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, a landscape architecture and urban design studio in New York City.</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCAPE Wins Lexington Town Branch Commons Competition</a></p> Rainbow Massimal by Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin Alexander Walter 2012-07-31T14:35:00-04:00 >2012-08-02T20:04:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lexington, KY-based Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.) has sent us images of its installation "Rainbow Massimal", one of the attractions at Lexington's 2012 Beaux Arts Ball and winner of a 2011-12 A' Design Award.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UK design dean: Rupp redo would invigorate city's brand Archinect 2012-01-23T13:54:00-05:00 >2012-01-23T13:59:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="237" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force hired Gary Bates and his firm, Space Group, as master planners for the district. The group's final report to the Urban County Council and Lexington Center Board is scheduled for the end of January. The initial results from Space Group's study are compelling and should be implemented. How that might happen, and more importantly, how the proposals will be funded, are questions now on the table.</p></em><br /><br /><p> UK/CoD Dean Michael Speaks discusses the value of Space Group's Rupp Arena proposal.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arena master planner: Rupp could be renovated if convention center moved</a></p> Architect Jeanne Gang no longer involved with CentrePointe, developer says Archinect 2011-10-27T20:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-07T19:02:03-04:00 <img src="" width="434" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, hired in March to come up with a new design for downtown Lexington's empty CentrePointe block, is no longer involved in the project, developer Dudley Webb said Thursday. Webb said Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects were hired to do a master plan for the block "and share her vision of what she thought this project might be."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arena master planner: Rupp could be renovated if convention center moved Archinect 2011-08-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2012-01-23T13:59:38-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gary Bates, one of three founders of Space Group, a 12-year-old architecture and urban planning firm based in Oslo, Norway, was chosen over 13 other firms earlier this month by the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force's Planning and Design Committee.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jeanne Gang's initial proposal for a block in the center of Lexington KY is well-received Steven Ward 2011-06-04T16:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-07T19:02:43-04:00 <img src="" width="293" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It's more about listening to people and hearing what they say is important," Gang said... "And it's also to say, 'Hey, this is a new day because we are starting this again.' It's not going to be the same building that you saw before that looked like it could be anywhere, Atlanta or wherever," she said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A block on which several historic buildings were razed for a project that then never happened (with accompanying scandal) has a new opportunity for something special. &nbsp;Gang's plan gets high marks from local critics for her interaction with the community, the attention to the existing urban scale, and for her initiative to involve Kentucky architects in some of the individual projects that arise out of the process.</p> <p> More <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>