Archinect - News 2016-06-25T11:59:31-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953071/an-ode-to-brutalism An ode to Brutalism Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-22T13:59:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism will never happen again. Our stock of Brutalism is limited, and sadly under constant attack. The demolition and &lsquo;refurbishment&rsquo; of great buildings by Rudolph, I M Pei, Denys Lasdun and other giants of the movement should be taken as seriously as would the loss of buildings by Donato Bramante, Christopher Wren or Frank Lloyd Wright. Brutalism deserves far better than the wrecker&rsquo;s ball: it was the pinnacle of world architecture through all of history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings #SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings Alexander Walter 2016-06-02T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened. "Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation. [...] The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website <a href="http://www.sosbrutalism.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sosbrutalism.org</a>. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/10981807/goff-s-bavinger-house-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goff's Bavinger House collapses</a>. See below for a shot of the demolition scene:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dn/dnyeirziljkanwse.jpg"></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="It's easier now to tear down &quot;historic homes&quot; in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a title="Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></li><li><a title="Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144438812/whatever-the-architecture-memorializing-a-structure-for-its-memories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942979/mumbai-high-rise-at-the-center-of-adarsh-society-scam-to-be-demolished-high-court-rules Mumbai high-rise at the center of Adarsh Society scam to be demolished, High Court rules Alexander Walter 2016-04-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vm/vm0dtao01i103xiv.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an order that sends a strong message against corruption, the Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Union Environment Ministry to demolish 31-storey Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society. [...] The society, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and war widows, was converted into a 100-metre-tall building with politicians, bureaucrats and army officers allegedly conspiring to get flats allotted to them in the cooperative society at below-market rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adarsh_Housing_Society_scam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about the&nbsp;Adarsh Housing Society scam and corruption scandal.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146810440/top-13-floors-of-india-s-tallest-skyscraper-were-built-illegally-high-court-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 13 floors of India's tallest skyscraper were built illegally, High Court says</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937900/india-on-the-brink-what-s-in-store-for-the-country-s-architectural-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">India on the brink: what's in store for the country's architectural future</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145577538/world-s-first-slum-museum-is-coming-to-mumbai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first Slum Museum is coming to Mumbai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-29T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T11:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The uncertainty looming over the building&rsquo;s future is serving as a call to action for preservation groups in Atlanta and around the world who are beginning to mobilize. [...] Ironically, to gain the Breuer building, Atlanta lost its original Carnegie Library. [...] As evidenced by the transformation of the former Whitney Museum into the Met Breuer, it is clear that with a careful restoration, Breuer&rsquo;s works can be an iconic piece of the urban fabric in which they reside</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architecture and Design Center has begun a <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-marcel-breuer?source=c.em.cp&amp;r_by=15391034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition</a> to protect the library, and has since garnered 1,023 signatures of 2,000 needed.</p><p>The petition states: "We ask that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees take actions to protect the Central Library and Library System Headquarters Building, located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, from demolition and damaging renovation, whether the Library System maintains ownership or sells the building. We also ask that the building is renamed to honor its architect, the internationally renowned Marcel Breuer."</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the bruta...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941650/the-root-of-london-s-housing-crisis-lies-beyond-its-borders The root of London's housing crisis lies beyond its borders Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-20T20:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T22:55:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3btcb5rk4it7tlhj.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2008 the financial crisis was caused by the sub-prime property crash in the US. Today London is facing a super-prime crisis. [...] the market in London and parts of the south-east does not respond to local demand, because it is fuelled by the demands of global capital flooding into London, much of it from highly dubious sources, as the Panama Papers reveal. If London has been shown to be a hub of global money laundering, the property market is its driving force.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on London's housing crisis:</p><ul><li><a title="A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></li><li><a title="Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938943/stock-bricks-to-brutalism-housing-design-in-poplar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar</a></li><li><a title="London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938805/london-s-housing-crisis-is-creating-a-chasm-between-the-rich-and-poor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's housing crisis is creating a chasm between the rich and poor</a></li><li><a title='Bank of England proposes new limits for "buy-to-let" landlords' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937011/bank-of-england-proposes-new-limits-for-buy-to-let-landlords" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bank of England proposes new limits for "buy-to-let" landlords</a></li><li><a title="Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis? " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935882/could-a-pop-up-village-in-south-east-london-be-the-answer-to-the-city-s-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could a pop-up village in south-east London be the answer to the city's housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title='"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme? Justine Testado 2016-02-19T14:36:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:40:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dyi33p5ij2z2mu0r.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'Preservation is good, but it doesn&rsquo;t allow any opposing force,' says Bench. 'If you save a few beautiful buildings, it&rsquo;s not as if the stuff that really should go then gets demolished. Instead, we end up putting the pressure on the buildings that are quite good, but not quite good enough to be deemed historical.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architects David Bench and Jonathan Chesley share the thought process behind their "Taking Buildings Down" competition proposal, which was one of the winning entries in the Storefront for Art and Architecture's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99429053/winners-of-the-competition-of-competitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Competition of Competitions</a> in 2014.</p><p>"[R]ather than ask for new architectural developments, the pair wondered what kind of submissions they might receive if they called for architects to dream-up a demolition scheme?"</p><p>More recent news about demolition:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct Justine Testado 2016-01-28T15:13:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T15:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftpotnd0stw7qg4l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Final farewells were visible all over the 6th Street Viaduct on Wednesday. Spinning tire trails were burned onto the bridge's asphalt deck; declarations of love and poetry were scribbled onto its concrete railings and incomprehensible graffiti was blasted across its high metal arches...Demolition of the crumbling bridge is scheduled to begin this week and could take up to nine months to complete, as crews cart away more than 110,000 tons of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"While I'm more aware that the closure will cause delays, believe me, it will be worth it in the long run,&rdquo;&nbsp;Mayor Garcetti tells the L.A. Times.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139050479/say-goodbye-to-the-sixth-street-viaduct-along-the-l-a-river-at-forumfest-2015-oct-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to the Sixth Street Viaduct along the L.A. River at ForumFest 2015, Oct. 25</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled "Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled Justine Testado 2016-01-21T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T18:40:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bzsdlziw0yq068c.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The more period commentary on these spaces you read...the more you see the hotel's owners are falling into the very trap the interiors were engineered to escape: banality, anywhere-ness, the flimsiness of changing fashion...Are the current going to rip out the mirror and replace it with barn wood and mason jars? Just wait. Stop the unpermitted demolition. Landmark this interior and, in doing so, remind people of its undated and undateable wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange writes about the&nbsp;Ambassador Grill &amp; Lounge and Hotel Lobby at the United Nations Plaza Hotel (now known as ONE UN New York), which is currently planned for reconstruction and where illegal exploratory demolition has reportedly begun. The remodeling plan has sparked outcry from advocates, who recently filed a Request for Evaluation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the iconic Roche Dinkeloo-designed interior.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141449075/carry-out-world-s-first-taco-bell-is-being-rescued-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence "Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" – say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T19:29:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T15:38:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83y7z0plagnx6g81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hotel plan by the Procaccianti Group Inc. [...] is being welcomed by construction-trades unions, city officials and surrounding business owners. But Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will miss the Fogarty building. It&rsquo;s not ugly, he said, it&rsquo;s just &hellip; different. At about 50 years old, he said the Fogarty building is in the most dangerous time in a structure's life: when it&rsquo;s too old to be hip but too young to be venerated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sadly the architectural design of the proposed extended stay high-rise hotel that has been OKed by Providence City Council last December to replace the Fogarty building could not be any more generic and bland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5whddeqc27ab8mws.jpg"></p><p>What do you think, Archinectors? Do we have Providence locals here among our readers that can share their memories of the Fogarty's glory days?</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015 Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015 Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T10:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a1tyiryhz0txcat.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism lost the good fight in 2015. [...] Demolition on another building by Johansen began late last year as well: Stage Theater, once known as the Mummers Theater, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman&lsquo;s Steve Lackmeyer called the 1970 project the number-one modernist building in the city that should have been spared. [....] Preservationists had hoped to turn it into a children&rsquo;s museum. Models of the building show what a delightful museum it might have made [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brutalike stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145195457/another-bittersweet-look-at-hotel-okura-s-legacy-as-redesign-is-underway Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway Justine Testado 2016-01-07T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T16:16:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s43i2pnd9amvibov.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company promised to &ldquo;faithfully reproduce&rdquo; several beloved artifacts in the lobby, including wall tapestries, paper lanterns and sliding doors, the lacquered furnishings and map of time zones...But those plans have done little to assuage the concerns of preservationists, many of whom contend that Tokyo is destroying its greatest postwar architectural assets to accommodate the 2020 Olympics and a recent surge in tourism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times profiles the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo, which began reconstruction last September, much to the dismay of preservationists worldwide. The Times covers its modernist legacy and the pressures of the real estate and tourist market that Tokyo can't avoid.</p><p>Previous news about the Hotel Okura:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141014066/hurry-if-you-want-to-own-a-piece-of-tokyo-s-iconic-modernist-hotel-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign Justine Testado 2015-12-16T18:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T18:47:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjf88ryashxn64a4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise [residential] buildings [in Tianjin, which] are up to 30 floors taller than originally planned...It&rsquo;s the latest blow to the [city], which saw a devastating explosion at a warehouse in its port in August...state media pointed out that...the scale of illegal construction meant the building was unsafe, [deeming] the 'completely corrupt project' [as] unusable, and to be demolished was 'its destiny.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141014066/hurry-if-you-want-to-own-a-piece-of-tokyo-s-iconic-modernist-hotel-okura Hurry if you want to own a piece of Tokyo's iconic modernist Hotel Okura Alexander Walter 2015-11-13T14:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T14:51:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9xz2o7tyqwixfb1i.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those former guests and architectural buffs who lamented the demolition of the iconic Hotel Okura Tokyo, they can soon preserve a piece of it in their homes. Hotel officials plan to sell on the Internet some of the furniture and fixtures used in the guest rooms and restaurants during the main building's 53-year history, with the proceeds going to charity. [...] The 11-story main building, which opened in May 1962 [...], was called &ldquo;a masterpiece of Japan&rsquo;s modernism architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140423858/the-winners-of-this-year-s-critical-halloween-at-the-storefront-for-art-and-architecture The winners of this year's Critical Halloween at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-04T19:49:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:30:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qsvgagv7bhs0i73l.jpg" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year, Critical Halloween celebrates a feared ghost of art and architectural production. This year, we explore DEMO, which operates simultaneously as an abbreviation, a prefix, a verb, and a noun. &nbsp; From acts of collective will (DEMOnstration) to institutional erasure (DEMOlition), DEMO invites guests to intellectually examine ideas, issues, and objects&nbsp;in art, architecture, and design with a focus on those that should get a dose of DEMO.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Critical Halloween, an annual event hosted by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, is a hybrid party, critical debate, and costume contest. Each year, the organizers announce a "spooky" architectural issue or concept, which is then interpreted by design aficionados and practitioners from around the city. Then an esteemed jury selects the winners of a series of theme-appropriate categories.<br><br>This year, the theme was "DEMO" &ndash; as in demonstration, but also demolition, demon, demos, democracy, demography, etc. The jury comprised Keller Easterling, author of&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft&nbsp;</em>and other notable titles, Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics, Andres Jacque of the Office for Political Innovation, and Beatrice Galilee, the architecture and design curator at the Met.<br><br>The Storefront has also teamed up with the art website Hyperallergic to host a "Democratic People's Choice Award" and you can vote <a href="http://hyperallergic.com/250052/do-your-democratic-duty-and-vote-for-your-favorite-2015-critical-halloween-costume/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><em>So, without any further ado, the winners of the 2015 Critical Halloween costume contest...</em></p><p><strong>Best Ove...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135346122/it-s-lights-out-at-the-old-okura-reconstruction-of-the-iconic-tokyo-hotel-starts-next-week It's lights out at the old Okura: reconstruction of the iconic Tokyo hotel starts next week Alexander Walter 2015-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T15:05:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e2gova57fqjxpak.jpg" width="514" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo&rsquo;s venerable Hotel Okura is getting a remake, starting next week. Over the course of the past 53 years since its opening on May 20, 1962, the Okura, located in Toranomon, has earned an unsurpassed reputation both at home and abroad as a luxury hotel to represent Japan. The hotel said in a statement that it will maintain the Japanese traditional aesthetics and the basics of the architecture style of Hotel Okura.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></li></ul><p>And before the wrecking ball ends an era of Japanese 1960s Modernism to make way for the <em>new</em>, shiny, 41-story, $836M Okura Hotel,&nbsp;here a few more impressions of all its glory on the way out.</p><p>Rest in peace, old friend, and say hi to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29855/demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the ones we've lost</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1l/1lumj7kdc18zwvyd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2myk5ksaigtecxuk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7k2xx8ro5o0yojj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4glgmcz2uko837x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/pxfqg5ye3cix1gux.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gcmx4rhkzrrp6ytr.jpg"></p><p>All images via <em>Monocle Magazine</em>'s <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition site.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134799180/arrested-development-london-s-tallest-building-to-be-slated-for-demolition Arrested development: London's tallest building-to-be slated for demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:29:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e139f0631e5f9f814221a101669d557d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Pinnacle skyscraper&nbsp;grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling. Often referred to as The Stump, its stunted lift core has stood as a concrete folly ever since work halted more than three years ago. Its days are numbered. Scaffolding is now climbing up the core in preparation for demolition. The replacement building will have a very&nbsp;different design. The old core must be pummelled to rubble and a new one constructed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from London's skyline:</p><ul><li><a title="London's oligarch-transformation continues with a &quot;sky pool&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a title="Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133418255/artist-carsten-h-ller-to-wrap-world-s-longest-tunnel-slide-around-the-arcelormittal-orbit-tower-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London</a></li><li><a title="Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again &mdash; this time it's wind!</a></li><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129095383/as-the-okura-says-sayonara-tokyo-doesn-t-seem-to-care-much As the Okura says sayonara, Tokyo doesn't seem to care much Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-11T00:15:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6t52nin7g9tn56rj.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hotel Okura, built in 1962 in time for the 1964 Olympics, is slated to be torn down in September to make way for a bigger, fancier Okura, in time for the 2020 Olympics. (The less-good, less-famous southern wing of the old Okura, added in 1973, will be allowed to stay.) [...] There will never be this particular hush again in the middle of Tokyo. You will have to have been there to know what you will soon miss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126054273/artist-bedecks-decrepit-bates-motel-in-ghost-white-before-eventual-demolition Artist bedecks decrepit Bates Motel in ghost-white before eventual demolition Justine Testado 2015-04-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:57:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozdba6291tojl21w.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project [titled 'Projection'], announced last October, is probably the first time in a long time that the old inn (aka the Sunset Pacific) has gotten so much attention. The Bates&mdash;whose nickname is as much a callback to 'Psycho' as it is to the motel's location near the intersection of Bates and Sunset&mdash;has been vacant for decades, except for the squatters and the occasional, totally fun-looking, likely illegal party</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Vincent Lamouroux went all out in covering Silver Lake's Bates Motel in stark white limewash for his piece titled, <em>Projection</em>, which officially opens on April 26. As of now, the derelict landmark will eventually be razed to make room for three mixed-users.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125433971/envisioned-as-tallest-tower-in-turkey-ankara-s-partially-built-republic-tower-is-now-heading-for-demolition Envisioned as tallest tower in Turkey, Ankara's partially-built Republic Tower is now heading for demolition Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dh/dhvfwcxecyvma39b.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Started in 2003 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo&#287;an and intended to be Turkey&rsquo;s tallest tower, the partially-constructed Republic Tower in Ankara&rsquo;s Ke&ccedil;i&ouml;ren district will now be demolished after the Ankara Municipal Assembly rejected its zoning plan. [...] First started in 2003 and stalled since 2008, the 144-meter tall tower which has already cost TRY 27 million (USD 10 million) will now be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own Thom Mayne razing Ray Bradbury's house to build his own Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T12:42:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fa437243d061ad807295e5941435e5f.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ray Bradbury's] Cheviot Hills house ... hit the market last May, and sold in a little over a month for $1.765 million [...] the buyers were Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis, and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. [...] the new property owner's plan is to demolish Bradbury's house to put in a new house with three underground levels&mdash;one of which will hold a swimming pool&mdash;and two stories above ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CurbedLA also points out that, according to <a href="http://morphopedia.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphopedia</a>, this will be Mayne's first residential project in LA in more than ten years.</p><p>More photos via <a href="http://file770.com/?p=20397?michpun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">File 770</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:25:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/107402795/better-economy-means-more-homes-being-razed Better economy means more homes being razed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:14:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67cdd14a3f1e1c6e55aaf333afe1354e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball. But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5175f031ae94c4f7a3b3852f7df5b52.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>5 Pointz, New York City&rsquo;s &ldquo;graffiti mecca,&rdquo; is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive residential condo complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling Alexander Walter 2014-08-21T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f33df22e114df804a8e92c64292c28b.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Turkish Council of State has ordered three luxury apartment blocks to be bulldozed amid widespread outrage. But will it have any impact on the country&rsquo;s unstoppable, and often unlawful, construction boom?</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/106634364/farewell-to-the-old-okura Farewell to the Old Okura Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T12:58:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5ev1d2zsxkczcy67.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the planned destruction of the Hotel Okura building in Tokyo to make way for a larger 38-story glass tower has brought cries of protest in Japan and elsewhere in the world. Monocle, the wide-ranging global magazine, has started a petition to save the old Okura on behalf of &ldquo;all lovers of modern Japanese architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Monocle's <a href="http://savetheokura.com/" target="_blank">savetheokura.com</a> petition website is still up, but it seems that the fate of Ol' Okura has been sealed.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105940560/mysterious-google-barge-destined-for-the-scrap-yard Mysterious Google barge destined for the scrap yard Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d1fbf33ae648dbfaeca53cd48317052.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s no smooth sailing for at least one of Google&rsquo;s mysterious barges. Parts of the $4 million boat, located in Portland, Maine, are being sold for scrap, a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Fortune. Google&rsquo;s three barges sparked a media storm of inquiries when they first appeared in 2013, raising questions about their purpose. Were they floating data centers? A secret lab to design and launch Google&rsquo;s next stunning project?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105478812/requiem-for-a-nightmare Requiem for a Nightmare Alexander Walter 2014-07-31T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T14:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44b994abce3bc8050040a954d82f86c3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week came the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leaving its home in Washington, D.C. [...] Most importantly, from the perspective of thousands of D.C. residents, the District will finally be rid of the FBI's dark architecture. I will be sad to see the building go, as the city will almost certainly demand. Not only could it still potentially be put to good use, but whatever replaces the FBI Building will be regular, orderly, safe, and worse.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/105329323/long-beach-moves-forward-on-southern-california-s-first-freeway-removal-project Long Beach Moves Forward on Southern California’s First Freeway Removal Project Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1af6608c6ace3aed01c610575368dc35.jpg" width="510" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been named one of the top &ldquo;Freeways Without Futures&rdquo; in the nation and described as a &ldquo;perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.&rdquo; [...] Now, nearly half a decade later, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP with an estimated bid value of $225K. It marks a major event in Southern California&rsquo;s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104246142/in-praise-of-lacma-s-vulgar-architecture In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbsut8kg1xlczd3b.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</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>