Archinect - News 2017-07-23T16:32:37-04:00 RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-01T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T17:59:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the destruction of the Bavinger House is not surprising. Back in 2011, the home appeared to suffer damage in a storm, and when a crew with News 9 attempted to see the house, they were &ldquo;greeted with gunfire.&rdquo; [...] the house remained something of a mystery (it sat on private property, accessed by a rural road) until last July, when PraireMod reported that it had been contacted by Bob Bavinger&rsquo;s son, Boz, who claimed to be putting the property up for sale for the price of $1.5 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our own Donna Sink reported on the 2011 damage to the house:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goff's Bavinger House collapses</a>. 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A photo on the College of Architecture's Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his apology (posted below), Dean Graham wrote, "I asked a number of my Muslim friends around the campus and in Norman to see if my wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way, and the answers were all resoundingly 'no.'" Still, his sartorial choice was controversial enough to generate three or four complaints to the president's office.</p><p>The University of Oklahoma maintains a study abroad program in Dubai focusing on building design and construction. In his apology, Dean Graham states he purchased the clothing during a visit there.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Dean Graham correctly notes in his letter, the keffiyeh and thawb are not specifically religious, but&nbsp;rather everyday attire in much of&nbsp;the Middle East, particularly the Arabia peninsula and the Levant. He compares the use of this clothing to "what my Scottish ancestors and family who wear kilts currently do," and to Texans wearing cowboy boots and hats.</p><p>Dean Graham contends he "tried to use the time I wore the attire as an educational exe...</p> KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa Justine Testado 2015-03-11T21:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:12:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An old two-story warehouse on 202 S. Guthrie may appear as just another underdeveloped property for people driving through the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. But for locally based Kinslow, Keith &amp; Todd architects, the current 28,000 sq.ft parking structure has enough potential to become the base for a funnel-shaped tower dubbed as the "Tornado Tower."</p><p>Considering that Tulsa has a fairly long <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">history of tornadoes</a>, a tornado-shaped tower may not seem so outlandish. KKT architects conjured up the Tornado Tower for <em>Tulsa People </em>magazine's recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Reimagining downtown"</a> article, which states that KKT wanted to design an iconic Oklahoma-themed building that would open up people's perspectives on buildings and of Tulsa. While some may see it as an ideal space for weather forecasting and research purposes, the tower would surely attract plenty of tourism to the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And rightly so. Located near the BOK Center and Cox Business Center, the 250-300 feet tall mixed-use tower would consist o...</p> Donate to Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Moore, Oklahoma Archinect 2013-05-22T13:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-30T10:24:04-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture for Humanity is working with local and regional construction professionals to begin assessments and support rebuilding work after an F-4 tornado ripped through the heart of Moore, OK and surrounding communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture for Humanity focuses on helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster. The agency is currently working on rebuilding efforts post Superstorm Sandy and rebuilt in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist in long term-reconstruction to help rebuild Moore and the surrounding communities. The agency works to incorporate resiliency and disaster mitigation strategies, leaving communities safer and stronger than before.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> &ldquo;After the Haiti earthquake students from Moore West Junior High raised funds for the organization to help rebuild schools for displaced students. Our thoughts are with the entire community of Moore, OK and those affected,&rdquo; said Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder, Architecture for Humanity.</p> Goff's Bavinger House collapses Donna Sink 2011-06-23T23:15:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="333" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architectural oddity either fell to a recent microburst of high winds in Norman, or at the hand of the owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mystery surrounds the current condition of the work of an odd genius.</p>