Archinect - News 2014-04-17T00:13:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98032091/as-demolition-of-folk-art-museum-begins-archinect-reflects-on-historical-implications As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-16T22:13:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noymct2t6afeb3gu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The axe is set to fall on the American Folk Art Museum -- after months of controversy and protest, MoMA initiated its expansion and began <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140414-MoMA-Begins-Demolition-Folk-Art-Museum.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93445049/moma-will-preserve-folk-art-museum-s-facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the museum's distinctive fa&ccedil;ade will be preserved</a>, but it's unlikely to abate the sour feelings of those who oppose both the loss of the FAM, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's expansion designs.</p><p>When <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71018337/moma-to-raze-ex-american-folk-art-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA first announced it would raze the FAM</a> in April of 2013, the news resonated not only as a blow to preservationism and sustainability, but as an issue of architectural ethics and institutional monopolies. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71052733/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkmoma</a> became a rallying post for protest and alternative proposals, and the widespread news coverage brought architectural drama to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">front page</a>.</p><p>But pro-con feuding aside, the Folk/MoMA issue implicates difficult questions of architecture's responsibilities -- to preservation, sustainability, other architects, and the public&rsquo;s opinion. Architects and Archinect c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door Coming Soon to MoMA, Lots of Knocking Next Door Archinect 2014-04-14T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-16T08:03:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2r3xpg44kx8sxjee.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s controversial decision to demolish a neighbor, the former American Folk Art Museum, is about to become reality. On Monday, scaffolding and protective netting will begin to go up around the folk art building, at 45 West 53rd Street, the museum confirmed on Friday. [...] The building&rsquo;s facade will be removed first, panel by panel, and taken to storage. Its future remains uncertain. Demolition is expected to continue through the summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/268657/folkmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446480/germany-plans-to-raze-towns-for-brown-coal-and-cheap-energy Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy Archinect 2014-02-13T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T18:25:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48a6345501963fcc4092cec7972f0749.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atterwasch is tiny, its single street lined with sturdy brick and stone houses. The village has a single church whose bells peal out at noon each day, a small volunteer fire department, and a cemetery with a special section devoted to German soldiers who died nearby in the closing months of WWII. Atterwasch may soon be gone. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, hopes to relocate the village and its residents in order to strip-mine the ground underneath for lignite, or "brown coal."</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/92844618/historic-status-won-t-protect-against-demolition "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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzuue8d07dwldi1u.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91617873/building-faces-wrecking-ball-so-does-couples-friendship Building Faces Wrecking Ball. So Does Couples’ Friendship. Archinect 2014-01-19T17:24:00-05:00 >2014-02-21T12:37:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c819c316255d0b524cf94dced0929c3c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;All of us who knew them thought this was going to be pretty much a slam dunk &mdash; that they would save the Folk Art Museum,&rdquo; said Peter Wheelwright, a former chairman of the architecture program at Parsons, the New School for Design. &ldquo;I knew they were capable of doing it and that, because of their friendship, that they would make a sincere, genuine, wholehearted effort.&rdquo;</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/90010992/demolishing-the-ghosts-of-a-housing-crash Demolishing the ghosts of a housing crash Nam Henderson 2013-12-29T21:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-29T21:33:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gb/gbs6hkcjqxh3mekt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"During that time, Ireland allowed a kind of honor code building inspection. The result is that many people paid high prices for houses that are fire hazards or sinking in bogs or are built with faulty foundations or missing drainage systems, a problem that is even harder and more expensive to solve."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Suzanne Daley examines how Ireland is addressing the problem of ghost estates, unfinished leftovers from the booming days of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_Tiger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celtic Tiger</a>. Government has embraced demolition as one solution, especially for homes which were never finished and which would cost too much to complete. However, given the scale of the problem, current demolition plans are not adequate to the need.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89829630/important-buildings-we-lost-in-2013 Important Buildings We Lost in 2013 Archinect 2013-12-27T12:56:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T14:45:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/693db45f415fb1c19b7a413cbac9b190.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of the contested demolitions in 2013 involved structures that were once considered innovative, but just a few decades later, have been labeled "obsolete." This fact heats up some food for thought: Just how future-proof are the "futuristic" buildings that are being proposed and built now?</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/87009741/blighted-cities-prefer-razing-to-rebuilding Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding Alexander Walter 2013-11-20T20:11:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:02:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5f1c9f253a04946e747b5ec16aaf546.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shivihah Smith&rsquo;s East Baltimore neighborhood, where he lives with his mother and grandmother, is disappearing. The block one over is gone. A dozen rowhouses on an adjacent block were removed one afternoon last year. [...] For the Smiths, the bulldozing of city blocks is a source of anguish. But for Baltimore, as for a number of American cities in the Northeast and Midwest that have lost big chunks of their population, it is increasingly regarded as a path to salvation.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In light of yesterday's decision to allocate a chunk of the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase mortgage settlement to anti-blight measures across the country, I also recommend <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=246201801" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this NPR interview</a> with Jim Rokakis, director of the Thriving Communities Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.</p> <p> <em>NPR host Melissa Block: "How much do you figure it cost to tear down a house?"</em></p> <p> <em>Jim Rokakis: "It's an average of about $10,000 a home. So in a state like Ohio where there's still around 85 to 90,000 vacant, abandoned, never-to-be-reoccupied houses, it's an 815, $900 million problem."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85320829/plan-to-raze-five-paul-rudolph-buildings-in-buffalo Plan to Raze Five Paul Rudolph Buildings in Buffalo davvid 2013-10-30T10:55:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T23:02:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awrymvmnja575rzz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Buffalo Planning Board will be reviewing plans to construct 48 apartments in eight new buildings next week. The complex at 270 Niagara Street sits in the shadow of City Hall. It currently contains 472 units on 9.5 acres and was completed in 1972.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov 6, 2013 in Buffalo the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.city-buffalo.com/files/1_2_1/city_departments/SPlanning/Planning/Agendas2013/Meeting1161.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planning Board</a> will meet to review plans submitted by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.norstarcompanies.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norstar Development </a>that will&nbsp;demolish five buildings of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Rudolph_(architect)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph</a>-designed Shoreline Apartments to make room for eight new residential buildings. The is being described as "Phase 1," and the details of the later phases have not yet been made public.</p> <p> The Shoreline Apartments project was designed by Paul Rudolph and completed in 1974. It was featured in the September 1972 edition of Architectural Record.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84213969/prentice-hospital-could-become-modern-architecture-s-penn-station-moment Prentice Hospital Could Become Modern Architecture’s ‘Penn Station Moment’ Archinect 2013-10-15T12:58:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T06:29:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/jspl20davqhv4z3y.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, as Goldberg&rsquo;s famous work is pulled apart by wreckers, nothing about its loss seems symmetrical or graceful. Within 40 years, the building transitioned from a proud symbol of civic renewal and design innovation to the victim of old-fashioned Chicago politics. The controversy surrounding the demolition of Prentice, however, injected the preservation movement into an urban design discussion with a presence not seen in a long time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-10-12/news/ct-met-kamin-prentice-1013-20131012_1_prentice-women-bertrand-goldberg-prentice-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Prentice comes down, stakes rise on its replacement</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78412774/interactive-decay Interactive Decay Andrew Davis 2013-08-07T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ip8c5tf4a4ei793.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Thanks to Data Driven Detroit, there is now an interactive map of the city's demo activity, covering both planned demolitions and those that have taken place since 2010."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The schadenfreude of Detroit is now interactive! Come one and all to experience the most fascinating cartographic advancement since the invention of Google street view. It is not altogether the best month for Detroit with the recent claim of bankruptcy now making its way through the courts. However, the truth of the city's decay should not have been a surprise given the decades long depression afflicting Detroit. The only reason the country has cause to look now is because it is afraid the sickness will spread.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74185431/giant-demolition-job-as-two-mile-viaduct-in-china-is-blown-up Giant demolition job as two mile viaduct in China is blown up Archinect 2013-05-29T18:08:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:11:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agxq0o9aw9pnvqe5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The demolition took place at night in the Chinese city of Wuhan. With 100,000 volt wiring running alongside the viaduct and 30 major gas pipelines underneath it, explosives experts were faced with a task requiring particular precision. The two mile long viaduct was the longest concrete bridge ever demolished in China.</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/74124101/the-pier-st-petersburg-s-iconic-inverted-pyramid-closes-this-friday-to-be-demolished-in-august The Pier, St. Petersburg's iconic inverted pyramid, closes this Friday, to be demolished in August Archinect 2013-05-28T20:24:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:13:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p2/p2fdxjie9zt0d4w1.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The modernist five-story glass and steel structure was an attempt by city leaders to shake off the city&rsquo;s image as a retirement destination. Even more radical was its inverted pyramid shape, chosen by architect William B. Harvard to make the most use of the limited space at the pierhead without blocking views of the city and Tampa Bay.</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/73363586/miami-herald-obituary-writer-pens-a-farewell-to-the-miami-herald-building Miami Herald obituary writer pens a farewell to the Miami Herald building Archinect 2013-05-17T13:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T20:37:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v59k2v9hseppok7i.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One Herald Plaza, the bayfront behemoth from which generations of journalists fanned out across South Florida &mdash; and at times the world &mdash; to cover the news, passed into history on Thursday after succumbing to a real estate deal. &hellip; She was 60.</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/72439452/moma-s-history-of-demolishing-potential-landmarks MoMA’s History of Demolishing Potential Landmarks Archinect 2013-05-03T19:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T13:39:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jc/jcssjx20jx13ayqu.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MoMA&rsquo;s plan can hardly be a surprise, because its entire history since 1937 is based on demolishing potential landmarks.</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/71431552/barry-bergdoll-talks-about-the-decision-to-demolish-the-folk-art-museum Barry Bergdoll talks about the decision to demolish the Folk Art Museum Archinect 2013-04-17T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-04-26T17:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7txkv1x18t97kxk.jpg" width="200" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of MoMA's architecture and design department, told AN that the decision was an administrative, rather than a curatorial one. He called the decision &ldquo;painful&rdquo; for architects and others who appreciate Williams and Tsein&rsquo;s work, and acknowledged that museums have a responsibility to the art in their care&mdash;including architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> He says the building &ldquo;was designed as a jewel box for folk art,&rdquo; and could not reasonably be altered to fit a different collection and a different purpose.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc215336125cb35c126e7f85ec24f463.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68762419/japanese-eco-friendly-building-demolition-method-harvests-energy-as-it-destroys Japanese Eco-Friendly Building Demolition Method Harvests Energy As It Destroys Archinect 2013-03-04T10:45:00-05:00 >2013-03-14T03:56:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xe/xebzmakvouwxdz5o.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than using cranes to take the building apart from the outside, they start from the inside, taking the structure apart floor by floor from the top down. A crane inside the building lowers materials harvested from each floor to ground level, generating electricity to power other equipment in the process. So with Tecorep, higher buildings are actually an advantage, since the crane can generate more electricity lowering materials over longer distances.</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/65286186/cyclorama-building-at-gettysburg-will-be-demolished Cyclorama building at Gettysburg will be demolished Archinect 2013-01-11T13:58:00-05:00 >2013-01-17T14:36:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e129b409b32b37ddbe7c330a6d84c0a.jpg" width="514" height="216" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Park Service said Thursday that it would begin demolishing the Cyclorama building as soon as February, clearing the site ahead of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. The site will be restored to its 1863 appearance, complete with a period apple orchard and replicas of the wood fences that once crisscrossed the fields, park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said. The massive painting that the building once housed has been separately preserved.</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/62793956/18th-century-french-chateau-razed-by-mistake 18th-Century French Chateau Razed 'By Mistake' Archinect 2012-12-05T11:45:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T11:46:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/190u1k896bzscsdy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mayor's office in Yvrac said Wednesday that workers who were hired to renovate the grand 13,000-square-meter (140,000-square-foot) manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up. "The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy," said former owner Juliette Marmie. "The whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Via rfuller in the Forum: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/62791137/chateau-de-bellevue-destroyed-by-idiots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chateau de Bellevue destroyed by idiots.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62659082/lone-chinese-home-destroyed-farmer-accepts-deal Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer accepts deal Archinect 2012-12-03T11:32:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T11:32:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m1/m1hfw9ogskwykbzv.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation. Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/62123448/chinese-highway-builds-around-nail-house-protesting-development" target="_blank">Chinese Highway builds around "Nail House" protesting development</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49254877/wang-shu-blasts-demolition-culture-in-china Wang Shu blasts demolition culture in China Archinect 2012-05-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2012-05-29T02:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c022795ae714d1dba5ac715f3c9d38e.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese winner of architecture&rsquo;s most prestigious award has criticised the wanton demolition that has left many of the nation&rsquo;s cities fragmented and almost unrecognisable to their citizens. The comments from Wang Shu, who will on Friday receive the 2012 Pritzker prize in a ceremony in Beijing, highlight widespread complaints in China about urban planning amid a process of urbanisation that saw more than 20m rural dwellers move to cities last year alone.</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/46297760/lloyd-wright-s-palos-verdes-moore-house-demolished-today Lloyd Wright's Palos Verdes Moore House Demolished Today Archinect 2012-04-26T00:13:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T18:27:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vh12w3uustsi5n82.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a short day of demolition, the Lloyd Wright-designed Moore House in Palos Verdes Estates is gone. The city council denied an LA Conservancy appeal of the demo last night and the Conservancy's Director of Communications Cindy Olnick tells us she's just heard from the city that the deed is now completely done.. the current owner bought it in 2004 and says he never even knew who Wright was. For years now the owner has been trying to tear the house down and build a Mediterranean-style house...</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/42890487/robin-hood-gardens-set-for-demolition Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition Archinect 2012-03-27T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-03-27T12:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/8654da62d985b3d81da57ddeacff986e.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For all its Brutalist charm and rigid adherence to the now-outmoded &lsquo;streets in the sky&rsquo; concept, Robin Hood Gardens was an easy target for those who call architects hypocrites eager to champion crumbling estates they wouldn&rsquo;t dare live in themselves. Many of the current residents can&rsquo;t wait to be rid of it: a consultation in 2008 found that over 75% supported its demolition.</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/37247429/shady-beijing-developers-demolish-the-home-of-china-s-father-of-modern-architecture Shady Beijing Developers Demolish the Home of China’s “Father of Modern Architecture” Archinect 2012-02-07T13:15:00-05:00 >2012-02-07T15:02:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25365294d067f4b246aeef1a1607a48f.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Liang Sicheng (1901-1972) is known as China&rsquo;s &ldquo;Father of Modern Architecture,&rdquo; but he expressed strong sentiments throughout his career when it came to preserving the country&rsquo;s heritage and identity. In the 1950s, when Beijing was selected as the nation's capital, he lobbied to keep its ancient buildings intact and urged the government to build an entirely new city instead. The ruling party disagreed, and ancient Beijing has become a distant memory.</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/35634892/demolition-looms-for-architectural-gem-in-west-fort-worth Demolition looms for architectural gem in west Fort Worth Archinect 2012-01-24T14:04:00-05:00 >2012-01-24T16:19:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/0055a7195d501820167276337c74973b.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the 8,400-square-foot residence known as the Andrew Fuller House and designed by modernist A. Quincy Jones may be doomed to a wrecking ball. The city has issued a demolition permit to the Frost Bank trust department, which is officially listed as the owner but is acting on behalf of Amon Carter III, the grandson of former Star-Telegram Publisher Amon G. Carter Sr.</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/31433721/there-goes-the-neighborhood There Goes the Neighborhood Alexander Walter 2011-12-19T01:51:36-05:00 >2011-12-27T15:35:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6a52483c32e1493d51a73f619ea8cb2e.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Across America, recession-fueled foreclosures and plummeting home values have left countless properties abandoned and vulnerable to looting. As Scott Pelley reports, the problem has gotten so bad in Cleveland, Ohio, that county officials have demolished more than 1,000 homes this year - and plan to demolish 20,000 more - rather than let the blight spread and render nearby homes worthless.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Watch the entire segment from CBS 60 Minutes <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7392090n" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22938566/a-modern-masterpiece-no-longer-used-will-soon-disappear-at-kennedy-airport A Modern Masterpiece, No Longer Used, Will Soon Disappear at Kennedy Airport anthony dong 2011-10-06T09:50:37-04:00 >2011-10-09T10:07:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0c/0cx9brksmx3rpzmt.jpg" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given his stature, the demolition of Terminal 6 arguably ranks as the most significant loss of a transportation building in New York since Pennsylvania Station was razed in the early 1960s. Mr. Cobb does not think of the two events as analogous, however. &ldquo;This is not pure greed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is the myopic view of engineers. They just can&rsquo;t figure out how to reuse it and they don&rsquo;t put enough value on it to figure out how to reuse it.&rdquo;</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/17764570/mgm-targets-foster-designed-harmon-tower-in-vegas-for-demolition MGM Targets (Foster-designed) Harmon Tower in Vegas for Demolition Archinect 2011-08-22T11:41:59-04:00 >2011-08-22T11:43:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00dffda1b1ba2718991e68d484a4b4ad.jpg" width="262" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MGM Resorts International on Monday said it wants to destroy its Harmon building &mdash; an unfinished condo-and-hotel tower riddled with construction engineering problems. Designed by famed architect Norman Foster, the Harmon is part of the Las Vegas Strip&rsquo;s $9 billion CityCenter project...</p></em><br /><br /><p> As we reported 3 years ago, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85515/vegas-harmon-hotel-gets-cut-in-half" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas' Harmon Hotel gets cut in half</a>.</p>