Archinect - News 2017-05-29T15:09:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149997104/christopher-gray-wry-architecture-author-researcher-dies-at-age-66 Christopher Gray, wry architecture author/researcher, dies at age 66 Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T12:48:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lf2un1qciw3akz8a.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rooting himself less in a strictly academic tradition and more in an observed, on-the-street context, architecture author and researcher Christopher Gray catalogued what he considered to be beautiful and surprising for <em>The New York Times</em> from 1987 to 2014 in his "Streetscapes" column. He also started a kind of architectural detective business known as the Office for Metropolitan History in 1975, which would research the history, deeds, old photographs and any other paperwork connected with a particular building in the days before the instant compendium of the internet. His work was often used to add depth and context to the work of other architects/critics including <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/33199/robert-a-m-stern-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robert A.M. Stern</a>, who <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/nyregion/christopher-gray-architecture-writer-and-researcher-dies-at-66.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em> quoted as saying about Gray that he "was generous with his time and always willing to share what seemed like his almost infinite knowledge of the city&rsquo;s architectural and social history.&rdquo; Gray, who died Friday at age 66 from complications due to pneumonia, leaves behind over 1,40...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13139401/for-sale-futurologist-jg-ballard-s-old-home-in-need-of-modernisation For sale: futurologist JG Ballard's old home. In need of modernisation Paul Petrunia 2011-07-12T18:00:01-04:00 >2011-07-12T18:00:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q9naay2pszit1t26.jpg" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>JG Ballard's rather drab semi-detached home in Shepperton is inextricably linked with the life of one of post-war fiction's greatest talents. Many of the country's best writers, often Ballard's disciples, visited the author during the 49 years that he lived in this sleepy suburb, where he crafted the dystopian thrillers Crash and Cocaine Nights.</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>