Archinect - News 2016-05-27T08:30:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944245/khartoum-s-urban-planning-secrecy-sparks-protest Khartoum's urban planning secrecy sparks protest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-09T13:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:31:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8pzjza8iy74nqox.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Khartoum Planning Project-05, or KPP-05] state[s] that heritage buildings will be taken over for cultural, recreational and tourism functions. The government ministries that currently occupy such buildings will be moved elsewhere. There&rsquo;s nothing in the plans to demonstrate a clear strategy for preserving these buildings' heritage. [...] There have been no proper consultation processes. This has undoubtedly led to the current flux of protest and anger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943710/how-jane-jacobs-continues-to-be-an-influential-force-in-city-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Jane Jacobs continues to be an influential force in city planning</a></li><li><a title="Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138955443/africa-s-challenges-and-opportunities-to-get-urbanization-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's challenges and opportunities to get urbanization right</a></li><li><a title="Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145115960/africa-s-urbanization-must-chart-a-unique-course" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's urbanization must chart a unique course</a></li><li><a title="Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149277698/rem-koolhaas-and-kunl-adeyemi-sit-down-with-guardian-cities-to-discuss-lagos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos</a></li><li><a title="Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134485774/chinese-urbanism-takes-root-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944193/vanna-venturi-house-s-new-owner-plans-to-preserve-property Vanna Venturi House's new owner plans to preserve property Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-08T23:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:28:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iw/iwrxhtnijmj5estg.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the buyer&rsquo;s name and official selling price will be kept anonymous until June, the real estate agency behind the sale, Kurfiss Sotheby&rsquo;s International Realty, confirmed that the new owner is from the area and apparently wants to preserve the property as it has been maintained thus far. The last known price of the house was $1,500,000 back in March.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ol><li><a 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 href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143058935/golden-years-saluting-joint-creativity-with-denise-scott-brown-on-archinect-sessions-45" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Years: Saluting joint creativity with Denise Scott Brown, on Archinect Sessions #45</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131958103/the-vanna-venturi-house-is-for-sale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vanna Venturi House is for sale</a></li></ol> 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/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T19:26:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:35:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de6ykhjexeypwb4m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m on a walking tour with two dozen international architects and urban designers, as we imagine a theoretical future for Havana. The walk is part of a charrette&mdash;an exercise that gives professionals and community members a voice on urban development when there is no formal mechanism to do so, as has been the case in crumbling Havana. [...] As the Cuban government slowly loosens restrictions on private enterprise, one wonders if the gentrification of Havana is inevitable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:45:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54b4cgxbc1ajlytu.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though the [Vanna Venturi] house has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Stecura said it is being sold without any protections against alterations inside or out. [...] Cross your fingers and hope for the best. [...] there is no broader strategy in place &mdash; in the museum world or among the nation's leading historic preservation groups &mdash; to protect the most important works of 20th-century residential architecture from the vagaries of the market</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</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="&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="Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015" 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/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T15:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T19:47:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9g6vx64jzrmtybdx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Downton Abbey is just down the road from us,"&nbsp;Mockler-Barret said.&nbsp;&ldquo;And we&rsquo;re so jealous of Lord and Lady Carnarvon. Although they won&rsquo;t tell us how much they&rsquo;ve made from 'Downton Abbey,'&nbsp;I think they&rsquo;ve done quite well out of it.&rdquo; But that&rsquo;s the fairytale. The residents of Milton Manor will be happy if they can just patch up their inheritance and avoid the&nbsp;humiliation and disgrace&nbsp;of losing the ancestral seat after 250 years of family ownership.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139474587/meet-the-preservationist-trying-to-revolutionize-historic-house-museums" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the preservationist trying to revolutionize historic house museums</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135184637/rowan-moore-on-the-seemingly-erratic-decision-making-in-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation</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/149937531/frick-collection-puts-forward-rfq-to-invited-architecture-firms-in-new-revision-plan Frick Collection puts forward RFQ to invited architecture firms in new revision plan Justine Testado 2016-03-31T20:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:23:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41fjd3fix82nb86h.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With The Frick Collection&rsquo;s garden saved, the museum is moving forward with a new preservationist-friendly plan for expansion...The Frick Collection, looking to realize a revised expansion for the institution, has put forward a request for qualifications to a chosen group of architectural firms. The Frick plans to announce its selected finalist later this year, and plans to reveal designs in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Museum director Ian Wardropper tells&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/25/arts/design/frick-collection-will-revise-renovation-to-preserve-garden.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;20 firms have been invited to submit RFQs.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128787239/frick-collection-drops-controversial-expansion-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England Ellen Hancock 2016-03-30T11:39:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7dd7cb07945c93dd74ca0e68ef421c5.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A &ldquo;strikingly elegant&rdquo; office building in the north east of England is set to be demolished after losing its protected status just a year on from being listed. It will be the latest in a series of important modernist buildings in the area to be flattened in recent years.</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/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List Alexander Walter 2016-03-21T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:49:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4micurxbfcyir1t.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Shukhov Tower, a 1920s broadcast transmission tower in Moscow that is a landmark of modernist structural engineering, has been placed on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch list of endangered global cultural heritage sites. Activists in Moscow organized two days of events over the weekend to observe the tower&rsquo;s 94th birthday [...] At a Kremlin meeting last December, Mr. Putin praised activists for rallying to save cultural heritage sites and dressed down officials for not doing enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Shukhov Tower, also known as Shabolovka Tower,&nbsp;previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108102544/russia-s-shukhov-tower-is-saved-following-a-91-smartphone-vote-in-favor-of-keeping-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia's Shukhov Tower is saved following a 91% smartphone vote in favor of keeping it</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106941872/moscow-puts-iconic-shukhov-tower-on-protected-landmark-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95870906/architects-try-to-save-a-tower-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935242/venice-lagoon-declared-most-endangered-heritage-site-in-europe Venice Lagoon declared most endangered heritage site in Europe Alexander Walter 2016-03-17T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-03-17T15:37:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxq778ylp063mavp.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Venice Lagoon is the most endangered heritage site in Europe, declared the pan-European heritage organisation Europa Nostra at an event today [...]. Rising sea levels, swelling number of tourists, large cruise ships in the lagoon, the erosion of the sea bed, dredging deeper channels and the lack of an agreed management plan for Venice has created a perfect storm of threats to the city&rsquo;s preservation. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111418436/unesco-threatens-to-put-venice-on-its-heritage-at-risk-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104939599/leading-museum-directors-artists-and-architects-call-on-italian-government-to-ban-giant-ships-from-venice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading museum directors, artists and architects call on Italian government to ban giant ships from Venice</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94810431/how-we-picture-a-city-venice-and-google-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How We Picture a City: Venice and Google Maps</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934108/architect-behind-matrera-castle-restoration-argues-criticism-is-prejudiced Architect behind Matrera Castle restoration argues criticism "is prejudiced" Justine Testado 2016-03-10T18:22:00-05:00 >2016-03-21T14:15:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxf85yjtrkhadns.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recently completed restoration project [of Spain's Matrera Castle] has provoked an incredulous reaction from some locals and a Spanish conservation group... However, Carlos Quevedo, the architect who oversaw the restoration of the castle...pointed out that the project had been painstaking, professional, and legal...'I do think that some basic, accurate information can help avoid some of the prejudices that spring from a simple image.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>Spain is having another cultural kerfuffle over the recent restoration of the ancient Matrera Castle in Cadiz. While locals and preservation groups are mocking and criticizing the makeover, architect Carlos Quevedo says that it was done to prevent further structural collapse.</p><p>More about historic preservation:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat</a></p><p><a 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></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/149044981/as-ho-chi-minh-city-develops-rapidly-historic-colonial-architecture-comes-under-threat As Ho Chi Minh City develops rapidly, historic colonial architecture comes under threat Alexander Walter 2016-02-26T14:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:01:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx9z5nsjuzg9x1tx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I realized is that they have very little power,&rdquo; Mr. Viet, 28, said of his fellow urban planners. &ldquo;The fates of the buildings were being decided by someone else.&rdquo; [...] when Ho Chi Minh City&rsquo;s property market perked up after a slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis, dozens of prewar buildings &mdash; spanning the colonial to modernist eras &mdash; were razed to make room for new ones. As the city&rsquo;s modest skyline grows, residents are watching with a mixture of awe and trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130333304/hanoi-s-alleys-struggle-to-accommodate-their-new-neighbors-high-rise-developments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanoi's alleys struggle to accommodate their new neighbors: high-rise developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101164993/as-myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105251391/inside-the-famous-phnom-penh-cinema-that-has-become-a-living-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside the famous Phnom Penh cinema that has become a living nightmare</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vhf2dv7v9i6puk8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can&rsquo;t be neatly scripted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.</p><p>More in relation to urban growth:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148500636/preserving-san-francisco-s-only-frank-lloyd-wright-building-inside-and-out Preserving San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright building, inside and out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-19T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T00:18:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/317869f246072b4599aefa62a7de778e.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Planning] department completed a draft report last month on how to expand the existing landmark designation to include aspects of the interior that date back to Wright&rsquo;s 1948 design. [...] &ldquo;If anything, the inside is more important than the exterior,&rdquo; said Turner, a professor emeritus of art at Stanford University. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of Wright&rsquo;s most exquisite designs, and it&rsquo;s almost exactly the way it was originally.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on architecture's caped crusader, Frank Lloyd Wright:</p><ul><li><a title="Watch (an animated) Frank Lloyd Wright talk about arrogance in this new short" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148271716/watch-an-animated-frank-lloyd-wright-talk-about-arrogance-in-this-new-short" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch (an animated) Frank Lloyd Wright talk about arrogance in this new short</a></li><li><a title="Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147823826/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-major-grant-for-charnley-persky-house-conservation-management-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan</a></li><li><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144499048/frank-lloyd-wright-s-sturges-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-50-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years</a></li><li><a title="In the Neighborhood of an American Master" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143760404/in-the-neighborhood-of-an-american-master" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In the Neighborhood of an American Master</a></li><li><a title="Another Frank Lloyd Wright house is discovered in Madison" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139819759/another-frank-lloyd-wright-house-is-discovered-in-madison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Frank Lloyd Wright house is discovered in Madison</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3e/3e25cf3b58b938d82effb738a161e93e.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it's tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/marina0212.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147438358/excavating-ancient-rome-beneath-london-s-streets Excavating ancient Rome beneath London's streets Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-05T17:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T17:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/34/34954b4d545c6d7311369166c2c2784a.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During an excavation for a new office development&nbsp;at 21 Lime Street, a team from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) found the millimeter-thin fresco nearly 20 feet below street level. Dating to the late 1st century AD, and the first decades of London, it&rsquo;s one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain. [...] The rare, ornate wall painting is likely to have decorated a reception room for party guests at the home of a wealthy Roman citizen.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="http://www.mola.org.uk/blog/discovery-ornate-roman-fresco-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> issued by MOLA explained, &ldquo;The fate of this rare wall painting was literally sealed in the ground ...&nbsp;In AD 100, construction of the 2nd Forum Basilica, the main civic center&nbsp;for the city and the largest Roman building ever built north of the Alps, began. In advance of construction of the Forum the area was flattened. The painted wall was deliberately toppled and the Forum immediately built over it, incredibly preserving the fresco for nearly 2000 years.&rdquo;</p><p>More excavations from the News:</p><ul><li><a title="Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143512405/fear-grows-over-isis-threat-against-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-libya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a title="After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142896624/after-over-a-thousand-years-underwater-two-egyptian-cities-will-be-exhibited-at-british-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After over a thousand years underwater, two Egyptian cities will be exhibited at British Museum</a></li><li><a title="Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture</a></li><li><a title="A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107671475/a-man-renovating-his-home-discovered-a-tunnel-to-a-massive-underground-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City</a></li><li><a title="Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105400021/medieval-frescoes-uncovered-and-displayed-in-rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146660050/the-unexpected-survival-story-of-the-last-shotgun-house-in-santa-monica The unexpected survival story of the last "shotgun" house in Santa Monica Nicholas Korody 2016-01-26T14:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rrhp89c7jxr1kbyn.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Small houses can tell big stories," read the apt white words on the pamphlet's blue cover. The shotgun house's Ocean Park neighborhood had once been full of such modest dwellings. It was a working-class place &mdash; home to carpenters and painters and people who washed other people's laundry. But that kind of history most often is erased over time, as little houses make way for bigger ones. Ordinary people often don't chronicle their lives &mdash; and when they leave, their stories do too.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/orgxhuh62203bla9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1tecuyfi1ow6d8s.jpg"></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><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></li><li><a 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; is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146578071/selling-architectural-history-in-a-new-york-market Selling architectural history in a New York market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:34:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcj9sb3fchk8kgyr.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As an architectural historian, Ms. Clark, 30, has studied buildings throughout New York City in pursuit of her doctorate. [...] Working for JDS, Ms. Clark felt she could have more than a theoretical effect on architectural history. &ldquo;I think real estate in many ways is the story of New York, how the city grows and changes,&rdquo; she said. [...] As soon as JDS considers acquiring a property, Ms. Clark heads to the archives ... to start developing a case for or against the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of architectural history and New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal</a></li><li><a title="The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143992226/the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-updating-midtown-ny-s-aging-office-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers</a></li><li><a title="Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it</a></li><li><a title="The Digital Future of Architectural History" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82526606/the-digital-future-of-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Digital Future of Architectural History</a></li></ul> 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/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months Destruction of Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months Alexander Walter 2016-01-20T17:01:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T14:03:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8cg64cjx168dm3kj.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Iraq&rsquo;s earliest Christian monastery has been destroyed by Isil extremists. [...] This seems to have occurred in September 2014, three months after the site on the southern outskirts of Mosul was seized by Isil forces. [...] If the near-total destruction of Mar Elia is confirmed, 16 months after the event, it is worrying that it went unreported, since it suggests that other Christian sites may have also been destroyed without publicity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143512405/fear-grows-over-isis-threat-against-unesco-world-heritage-site-in-libya" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fear grows over ISIS threat against Unesco World Heritage site in Libya</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li></ul> 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/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory Nam Henderson 2016-01-11T23:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T12:11:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6ql3enk84abjx93j.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Their biggest challenge was securing the house&rsquo;s foundation....Other work included stabilizing the walls by injecting adhesive between the lath and plaster with a veterinarian&rsquo;s needle and transforming a small bathroom into an elevator shaft</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jori Finkel profiles Carlie Wilmans&nbsp;founder of 500 Capp Street Foundation. The foundation was established to&nbsp;stabilize and preserve 500 Capp Street (exterior, interior,&nbsp;site-specific&nbsp;installations) in San Francisco, which was the longtime home and studio of the Conceptual artist David Ireland (1930-2009).</p><p>On a related note, check out the discussion regarding&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, from Archinect Sessions #47</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T18:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T09:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i0r0oei6ywvwwdd.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is fervently hoped that when the 45th president takes the oath of office outside the Capitol on 20 January 2017, a $60m project to restore the building&rsquo;s august cast-iron dome will have been completed. [...] &ldquo;There&rsquo;s never been a major renovation of the dome. It&rsquo;s important work and was long overdue. It apparently has a thousand cracks and pieces have been falling off for years but, once this work is done, it should be good for another 150 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/na/nakz768zglcrquvu.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96639076/u-s-capitol-building-to-receive-much-needed-facelift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120619339/history-breaks-down-the-lincoln-memorial-s-bizarre-rejected-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History breaks down the Lincoln Memorial&rsquo;s bizarre rejected designs</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/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T17:56:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mz5mcikxpg8tuml0.jpg" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What they weren&rsquo;t trivializing or coarsening with commerce, railroad executives were simply neglecting. Whether desperately or cynically, they seemed to understand that redevelopment of their money-losing, nine-acre station would be more palatable if the public could be made to forget the glories of Mr. McKim&rsquo;s original design. Pink granite walls were allowed to turn gray. Straw-colored travertine looked nicotine-stained. Jules Guerin&rsquo;s murals disappeared under veils of grime.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destruction of Old Penn Station</a> in favor of its soulless, uninspiring replacement has garnered an ample share of outraged pixels&mdash;but what if the long-accepted narrative has a twist? Apparently, the inspiring sweep and elegance that is so often attributed to Penn Station had fallen victim to maintenance shortfalls and a corporate indifference (as well as the ghastly glare of modern technology, like Coke vending machines). Which makes us wonder: how frequently do we glamorize buildings or places that weren't actually all that? More importantly, as <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/7364120/cronocaos-by-rem-koolhaas-at-the-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explored in his 2011 exhibition "Cronocaos"</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Museum</a>, is our desire for preservation choking off genuine architectural innovation?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hqs5y44cq655gft5.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144438812/whatever-the-architecture-memorializing-a-structure-for-its-memories Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-28T17:57:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fgwzhdj9igx3dzb.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bank buildings have become bars. Football grounds have been turned into prestige housing. All things must pass. Buildings that have outlived their purpose have no right to be preserved perpetually in a Prince Charles-style attempt to stop the clock on history. Sentimentality about an imagined past is a British disease. For all that, the emotional link between a building like the Washington Post&rsquo;s and the people who once worked there will live on, for years to come.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pieces on the cultural history of demolished or renovated structures:</p><ul><li><a title="Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)</a></li><li><a title="The Folly of Saving What You Kill" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Folly of Saving What You Kill</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Historic Status&quot; won't protect against demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92844618/historic-status-won-t-protect-against-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Historic Status" won't protect against demolition</a></li><li><a title="Interactive Decay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78412774/interactive-decay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interactive Decay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143913586/mayor-less-rome-s-logistical-battle-to-invest-in-its-past-and-present Mayor-less Rome's logistical battle to invest in its past and present Justine Testado 2015-12-21T17:43:00-05:00 >2016-01-04T18:59:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/ro6oxks0e9n8cmnd.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While some residents may be more concerned about their overflowing rubbish bins than maintaining ancient monuments, for many the survival of modern Rome will depend on the preservation of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Rome moves forward without a mayor, the city is taking on the restoration of both the Colosseum and the&nbsp;Porta Maggiore basilica while updating the modern city.</p><p>More about Rome on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122515225/was-rome-really-a-city-of-marble" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Was Rome really a "City of Marble"?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121377224/a-breakneck-tour-of-contemporary-architecture-in-rome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A breakneck tour of contemporary architecture in Rome</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123353657/contemporary-art-in-an-8th-century-roman-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Contemporary Art in an 8th-Century Roman Church</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143131227/foster-partners-hok-among-shortlisted-for-massive-palace-of-westminster-restoration-project Foster + Partners, HOK among shortlisted for massive Palace of Westminster restoration project Alexander Walter 2015-12-12T04:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:27:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5en85525lsq9n2ck.jpg" width="514" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alongside the companies shortlisted for the management services, four of the UK&rsquo;s largest architectural practices have been shortlisted to provide architectural advice. The companies shortlisted are Allies &amp; Morrison, BDP, Foster &amp; Partners and HOK. [...] The report, produced by Deloitte Real Estate, Aecom and HOK, stated that the major works would cost between &pound;3.5bn and &pound;5.7bn and take between five and 40 years to complete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122062298/with-london-s-palace-of-westminster-crumbling-the-british-government-may-have-to-find-a-new-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With London's Palace of Westminster crumbling, the British government may have to find a new home</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106402302/london-skyline-campaigners-dismay-as-unesco-ignores-risk-to-westminster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London skyline campaigners' dismay as Unesco ignores risk to Westminster</a></li></ul>