Archinect - News 2014-04-19T00:40:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/97027499/saudi-royal-family-could-pay-for-restoration-of-roman-monuments Saudi royal family could pay for restoration of Roman monuments Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T14:28:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e29dab095ea71038e84218f78c7b516.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A training barracks used by Roman gladiators and the 2,000-year-old mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus could be restored with money from the Saudi royal family, in the latest effort by Italy to secure funding for its crumbling cultural heritage. In a deal brokered by Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, the Saudi royals are to provide millions of euros to pay for the restoration of some of the capital's neglected monuments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96045569/greece-protests-over-government-plans-to-sell-off-historic-national-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96481965/first-major-guastavino-exhibition-opening-at-mcny-on-march-26 First major Guastavino exhibition opening at MCNY on March 26 Justine Testado 2014-03-25T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5eql6pnezu68ykmn.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The upcoming "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile" exhibition&nbsp;will showcase&nbsp;the works of Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. that helped shape the architectural identity of New York City.&nbsp;</p><p>Opening at the <a href="http://www.mcny.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of the City of New York</a> on March 26, the exhibition will share the story of the Guastavinos, whose family legacy graces the vaulted and tiled ceilings of over 200 historic NYC buildings like the Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, Carnegie Hall, and the Bronx Zoo's Elephant House.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5r/5rd0dvcref25z2tc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpgredkscq4s9psc.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition was first&nbsp;organized by MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf from MIT before MCNY expanded it to feature 20 major Guastavino projects throughout NYC's five boroughs. The exhibition will include never-before-seen drawings and materials, an 11 ft x 15 ft replica of a Guastavino vault, contemporary photos by Michael Freeman, and a video gallery installation that lets viewers "visit" Guastavino spaces.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bub90ios08ifpxi5.jpg"></p><p>"Palaces for the People" will run until...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96045569/greece-protests-over-government-plans-to-sell-off-historic-national-buildings Greece protests over government plans to sell off historic national buildings Alexander Walter 2014-03-19T20:55:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05cfa60528d175db55986250851881f4.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greece's cultural gems have become the focus of renewed protest on the streets of Athens following the cash-strapped government's announcement of plans to include prime properties around the Acropolis, and other landmark buildings, in its privatisation programme. Furious opponents marched through the city centre at the weekend to denounce the "illegal sale" of the country's heritage.</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/94907060/lan-chosen-to-restructure-iconic-grand-palais-in-paris LAN chosen to restructure iconic Grand Palais in Paris Justine Testado 2014-03-04T21:48:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qg/qgvenand625crrnc.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Grand Palais is due for a contemporary touch-up from French firm LAN, who recently won the competition to restructure and expand the monument...Looking beyond the museum's Beaux-Arts style, LAN highlights the museum's durability and flexibility in an effort to bring out the building's full potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of LAN's winning proposal below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bej9uj529z2mgad.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3vqe6lewkkts5yq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwm1n98liqgt2h4f.jpg"><br><br><strong>Drawings:</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2w9u4o2safi8wge.jpg"><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lubyhj65w2ylfq1v.jpg"><br><br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h5/h5zj04jq2h6anaaj.jpg"><br><br>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/lan_chosen_to_restructure_iconic_grand_palais_in_paris/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93445971/rex-s-five-manhattan-west-is-the-latest-revamp-for-an-evolving-nyc REX's Five Manhattan West is the latest revamp for an evolving NYC Justine Testado 2014-02-12T19:58:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T13:28:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kixvx94c860nf5k0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1887657/rex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REX</a> recently unveiled their scheme for redesigning the historic <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5861704/davis-brody-bond-llp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody</a> building on 450 West 33rd St in New York. The $200 million project consists of repositioning, re-cladding and interior renovation -- making it yet another addition to major redevelopments to NYC's evolving neighborhoods and when adaptive reuse continues to be on the rise. Construction is expected to be complete in 2016.</p><p>Check out some project details the architects sent us:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1t1n27o02dbxfbiw.jpg"></p><p>"Designed by architecture firm Davis Brody (now Davis Brody Bond) and completed in 1969, 450 West 33rd Street (450W33) is an exemplar of late Brutalist architecture. The edifice&rsquo;s structure is effectively a steel bridge spanning the Penn Station rail lines leading to Hudson Yards, supporting a cast-in-place concrete column-and-slab frame. The building&rsquo;s enclosure was originally composed of precast concrete fill-in panels with integrated windows."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmhtpm2a2q3vdt5e.jpg"></p><p>"During the 1980s, the building&rsquo;s hard beauty was neutered when its external structural elements...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93320193/top-three-teams-prep-for-final-design-presentation-of-mlk-library-renovation Top three teams prep for final design presentation of MLK Library renovation Justine Testado 2014-02-10T20:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T13:55:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgh8po9yuw3ngjp8.jpg" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. is one step closer to finding the architectural team for its major renovation project -- and competition is stiff [...] After submitting their proposals, the top three teams will have one final presentation to persuade the review panel and the public this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the MLK Library's Great Hall.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Team 1: Mecanoo + Martinez and Johnson</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2nhohavkpnh05a3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lt/ltrsjpnbcqb64tyd.jpg"><br><br><strong>Team 2: Patkau + Ayers Saint Gross</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6pexdlxq03hle0k.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82bqrywocug87mjh.jpg"></p><p><strong>Team 3: STUDIOS + Freelon</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6sdzohs4umh3el2.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ra31u8halgt3ey6e.jpg"></p><p>Get more details about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/finalist_design_ideas_for_mlk_jr._memorial_library_renovation/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85448700/50th-anniversary-of-nyc-penn-station-demolition-to-be-honored-by-staged-reading-and-panel-highlighting-the-debate-on-historic-preservation 50th anniversary of NYC Penn Station demolition to be honored by staged reading and panel highlighting the debate on historic preservation Justine Testado 2013-10-31T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T18:39:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj5m5jzx1o8bwd3m.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station&rsquo;s demise. [...] Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece [...] On the 50th anniversary of that great loss, The Eternal Space will pay tribute to the station and the gifted photographers who worked to immortalize it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects, historians, and all urban enthusiasts are invited to a free evening event that will acknowledge the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/lights_camera_demolition_nycs_penn_station_recalled_on_stage_in_pictures/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the demolition of NYC's Pennsylvania Station</a> on Nov. 6 at the AIA | NY Center for Architecture. Hosted by <a href="http://cfa.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA | NY</a>, the program will begin with a live reading of selected scenes from <a href="http://theeternalspaceplay.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Eternal Space</em></a>, a two-man stage play set during the Penn Station's demolition, which began on Oct. 28, 1963.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2bosdin5syvf30z.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The play presents a dialogue on the value of old vs. new, past vs. present, and all the timeless arguments that come with them that last to this day. The Eternal Space also points out the ongoing yet overlooked debate on the preservation of historic structures in New York and throughout the U.S. Never-published photography of the demolition from some of the subject's most notable photographers will provide the scenic backdrop for the staged reading.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/64pxmxnjsp514b3i.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The reading will be followed by&#8203; a panel discussion &mdash; moderated by <a href="http://ny.curbed.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a> Senior Editor Hana Alberts ...</p>