Archinect - News 2015-05-29T20:24:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121532238/mvrdv-approved-to-redesign-the-70s-vandamme-nord-block-in-montparnasse-paris MVRDV approved to redesign the '70s Vandamme Nord block in Montparnasse, Paris Justine Testado 2015-02-25T15:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T16:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayxv10c0s34slo51.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MVRDV officially got the green light from the City of Paris for their plans to restructure the Vandamme Nord at Ga&icirc;t&eacute;-Montparnasse in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Built in the early 1970s by French architect <a href="http://www.pierre-dufau.com/realisations.cfm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Dufau</a>, the mixed-use complex is located on a triangular island bordered by Rue Mouchotte, Avenue du Maine, and the rail tracks to Gare Montparnasse.</p><p>The Vandamme was once a landmark as one of the largest urban projects at the time, but -- with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dying malls</a> continuing to be the norm -- its glory days faded away as it failed to keep up with a changing urban society.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xsxtpkc1im0adsl.jpg"></p><p>Aiming to renew a sense of place within the Montparnasse district and improve public accessibility, MVRDV plans to give the building a new fa&ccedil;ade as well as completely reorganize and open up the building's internal program. The complex will be broken up into a collection of "boxes" inserted in the existing structural frame that will vary in size, program, color, and materials, and will also be flexibly designed for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112334716/grimshaw-gruen-s-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-for-implementation Grimshaw + Gruen's L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved for implementation Justine Testado 2014-10-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T14:08:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The L.A. Metro Board of Directors officially approved the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in downtown L.A. to advance from planning to implementation. For the past two years, Metro has worked with a consultant team led by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> to expand the iconic station, which is registered as a national historical landmark. Since Union Station opened in 1939, ridership continues to approach 110,000 trips per day and is expected to increase up to nearly 197,000 per day by 2040. L.A. Metro purchased the station in 2011.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzarh8kozm2h8nrn.jpg"></p><p>The master plan development program consists of 3.25 million sq. feet of the Union Station property. The plan includes the preservation of the historic station, renovations to the station's perimeter, and adding new commercial developments like retail, hotel, and housing.</p><p>With today's approval, Metro can begin its initial implementation strategy for near-term projects, which includes a programmatic environmental review of the recommended trans...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91389596/redesigned-grand-avenue-project-wins-l-a-county-supervisors-blessing Redesigned Grand Avenue project wins L.A. County supervisors' blessing Archinect 2014-01-16T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-18T20:13:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b21f26dbb4406f0a35db395b8f1312a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles County supervisors gave their blessing Tuesday to a reimagined design for a proposed mix of high-end apartments, businesses and public space across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $750-million plan to redevelop that portion of downtown's Grand Avenue nearly screeched to a halt in September, when a panel of city and county representatives overseeing the project rejected the design presented by developer Related Cos.</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/84300066/skinny-shop-designed-tower-higher-than-empire-state-building-wins-city-approval Skinny SHoP-designed tower, higher than Empire State Building, wins city approval Archinect 2013-10-16T15:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-19T10:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9958fa49b847d493bc0f65aaa9105ff5.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower would have only been 697 feet until the developers bought Steinway Hall &mdash; a deal that allowed for the building&rsquo;s height to double, but also gave the Landmarks Preservation Commission the final say. The approval was a no brainer, members said. &ldquo;It represents the best of both worlds of new construction and design and historic preservation,&rdquo; Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said Tuesday. Fellow commissioner Fred Bland called the combo &ldquo;daring and smart.&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/84287158/cupertino-council-clears-huge-apple-spaceship-campus-for-liftoff Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff Archinect 2013-10-16T11:31:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T20:57:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b7b6fb11c26776e11c9458cca519057.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple's proposed new spaceship-shaped headquarters got a super-charged blast-off Tuesday night when the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2.8-million-square-foot behemoth beside Interstate 280, fulfilling a dream of co-founder Steve Jobs, hatching an iconic landmark for Silicon Valley, and promising more congestion in an already traffic-challenged region for decades to come.</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>