Archinect - News 2014-04-19T13:17:39-04:00 As demolition of Folk Art Museum begins, Archinect reflects on historical implications Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-16T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T17:45:30-04:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preparing the FAM for demolition</a>&nbsp;this past Monday. As per prior concessions by MoMA,&nbsp;<a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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> U.S. Capitol building to receive much-needed facelift Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the Civil War, the majestic dome of the U.S. Capitol has symbolized the unity of the United States, despite the discord in the government it overlooks. [...] But the dome has lately grown as fractured as the federal government, and Tuesday the Architect of the Capitol announced that a $59 million project to save it would begin next month. [...] There are now hundreds of cracks and deficiencies, and water already has stained parts of the Capitol&rsquo;s interior.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Many Lives of NYC’s Historic Prince George Hotel, Now Affordable Housing for the Homeless Archinect 2014-03-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with the Preservation League of New York State and New York Landmarks Conservancy, along with $39 million of private, state, and federal funds, Common Ground and Beyer Blinder Belle (the architects behind the Grand Central Station renovations) were able to successfully convert the decrepit building back into a livable residence with 416 single occupancy apartments.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> New Seoul landmark stirs debate: Architectural accomplishment or landing of ugly spaceship? Archinect 2014-03-25T13:04:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A curvy futuristic $450M building meant to remake Seoul into a global design capital opened to the S. Korean public Friday after years of debate about its impact on a historic city precinct. And not everyone is happy with the outcome. Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a stark contrast to its neighbourhood, which is better known in Seoul for its links to a royal dynasty that ruled for half a millennium and as home to one of the city&rsquo;s oldest markets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> World's first geodesic dome home, built by Buckminster Fuller, to become museum Archinect 2014-03-20T12:30:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T19:29:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On April 19 there will be a groundbreaking near Southern Illinois University to celebrate the restoration and preservation of the world&rsquo;s first geodesic dome home, originally built by Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in 1960. The ceremony at the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale will be open to the public, free of charge, and will include a tour and the opportunity to view rare artifacts.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow Archinect 2014-03-17T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-19T00:53:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="657" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the great feats of 20th-century engineering, a landmark of modernist architecture is facing demolition. Late last month, the Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting agreed to the dismantling of the Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow. This is the Eiffel Tower of Russia, a 50-story conical structure of steel latticework, shaped roughly like a collapsing telescope, designed by the engineer Vladimir Shukhov.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Church, school and power plants make Chicago's endangered building list Alexander Walter 2014-03-05T14:08:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T14:10:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Catholic church, a theater and one of the nearly 50 schools closed by Chicago Public Schools last year are among the most endangered buildings in the city, a local preservation group said today. Preservation Chicago today released its Chicago 7 list, an annual collection of seven local, historic properties in danger of being lost to demolition or decay.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architects... utopia might be Japan Nam Henderson 2014-03-04T00:17:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T13:41:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="711" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let's say you are an architect and what you really like to design is single family houses, with flair, with distinctive maybe even avant-garde features and you want to design houses that will actually get built. Well if that's who you are...than for you utopia might be Japan...</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>In a recent Freakonomics Radio podcast, &ldquo;Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable?&rdquo; Greg Rosalsky examines the short lifespan of Japanese residential architecture.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Sullivan /The Dish</a><br>&nbsp;</p> Saving face: Prêt-à-Loger designs solar-powered skin to preserve Dutch row houses Justine Testado 2014-02-26T18:13:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T18:13:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform over 2 million Dutch terraced houses into more spacious, neutral-energy homes while they're still being inhabited? According to a team of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TU Delft</a> students, a solution to that is Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Translated to "ready to be lived in," the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger</a> model was developed to preserve the historic Dutch row house, which was mass-produced for the middle class during the post-war period. The row house remains as the most common house typology in The Netherlands and is a cultural icon for many Dutch residents.</p><p>Trying to preserve and sustainably enhance the houses to modern-day standards, the Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger team designed an adaptable "skin" made of solar panels and smart technology that can be applied to the house's facade. The skin can be customized to the various shapes and sizes of the homes.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The team recently celebrated the official kick-off of Pr&ecirc;t-&agrave;-Loger. With the support of partner organizations, they plan to implement the concept to a local neighborhood in Honselersdi...</p> MoMA will preserve Folk Art Museum's facade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-12T14:32:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T13:09:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to what you may have read lately, the Museum of Modern Art is intent on carefully preserving the former American Folk Art Museum next door. At least, the part of it that is most recognizable to the public: an 82-foot-high sculptural ensemble of 63 panels, cast in a gorgeous copper-bronze alloy [...] &ldquo;We will take the facade down, piece by piece, and we will store it,&rdquo; Glenn D. Lowry, the director of the Museum of Modern Art, said in an interview last week.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> A privately run market misses the point Nam Henderson 2014-02-06T00:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:10:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2011, the Howard Hughes Corporation offered to collaborate with Mr. LaValva. He turned them down. &ldquo;Hughes suggested we be part of the Pier 17 renovation,&rdquo; Mr. LaValva said. &ldquo;But we wanted to preserve the market.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joseph Hanania digs into the ongoing tussle over the fate of the buildings that once housed the Fulton Fish Market. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Howard Hughes Corporation</a>, a major developer, has plans (designed by SHoP architects)&nbsp;currently underway to redevelop the site. However the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Amsterdam Market Asso</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ciation</a>, which runs an existing market on the site is proposing instead to repurpose both the Tin and New Market buildings as the city&rsquo;s premiere public market.</p> WATCH: Diller, Lowry, critics, writers and more discuss MoMA's expansion plans Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-04T18:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:57:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="776" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As reported last week by Archinectors Ayesha Ghosh and Alex Stewart, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion regarding MoMA's expansion plan</a> and the intended demolition of the American Folk Art Museum took place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, an appropriate venue for a conversation rife with implications for the ethics of preservation, real estate development and the architectural profession. The aim was to create an opportunity for public discussion of what has been criticized as a unilateral move by MoMA, and investigate the supposed necessity of the Folk Museum's demolition.</p><p>The conversation was presented by The Architectural League, in partnership with the Municipal Art Society and the AIA, New York Chapter. Watch the entire discussion below, featuring:</p><p>Glenn Lowry (Director of the Museum of Modern Art), Ann Temkin (The Marie-Jos&eacute;e and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture),&nbsp;Elizabeth Diller (principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro),&nbsp;Reed Kroloff (director of the Cranbrook Academy...</p> "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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel vandalized Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:00:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals have smashed an &lsquo;irreplaceable&rsquo; stained-glass window after breaking into Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Ronchamp Chapel in eastern France. The hand-painted, coloured glass window designed by the Swiss architect in the early 1950s was destroyed, it is understood, as the intruders forced entry into the famous Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut. Once inside the vandals lifted a concrete collection box and threw it outside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #351 Nam Henderson 2014-01-21T11:16:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T08:03:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the fifth installment in <strong>Screen/Print</strong> (an experimentation in translation across media) Archinect features <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portal 9's Fiction: Contemporary Arabic and Russian Pursuits</a>. <strong>Portal 9</strong> is a biannual publication out of Beirut, Lebanon, which puts out a mix of creative and critical urbanism writing.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;comments "<em>Nice to read this, it is a&nbsp; Portal. My collection of Arabic&nbsp; literature is tiny but what I have has this in common: they tend to small personal narratives</em>".</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The architecture design community lost Madeline Arakawa Gins, a poet-turned-painter-turned-architect who publicly forswore mortality &mdash; and whose buildings by her own account were designed to pre-empt death for those living in them, on Jan. 8 in Manhattan. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">She was 72</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> We also lost British architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kathryn Findlay, Co-Founder and Principal Director of London-based Ushida Findlay Architects.</a> She had been suffering from a brain tumor. In the same week she was announced winner of the 2014 Jane Drew Pr...</p> Modern Landmark To Be Demolished in OKC Quilian Riano 2014-01-21T11:05:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T20:27:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite a city planning report advocating its preservation, Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee voted 3-2 last week to green light the destruction of the Stage Center, a futuristic landmark of modern architecture designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Despite a city planning report advocating its preservation, Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee voted 3-2 last week to green light the destruction of the Stage Center, a futuristic landmark of modern architecture designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p> <p> Originally known as the Mummers Theater, the center opened in 1970, an optimistic and playful complex of boxy spaces in aluminum and concrete, connected by angling catwalks and exposed mechanical systems painted in primary colors. From the outset, it looked more like a child&rsquo;s fantasy of a space station than a hall for theatrical performance. Johansen, an enthusiast of new technologies throughout his life, compared its pod-like elements to electronic components.</p> <p> The theater, which sits on a prime landscaped lot adjacent to the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City&rsquo;s business district, will be replaced by a glassy office tower of no particular distinction.</p> <p> Although the flood-damaged theater would require conside...</p> To Save or Not to Save: Is the Portland Building Better in Person or the Pictures? Archinect 2014-01-14T16:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T12:46:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixteen years after the city spent $9 million to fix the 1982 postmodernist icon&rsquo;s sagging 14th and 15th floor, it&rsquo;s now facing a $95-million top-to-bottom overhaul because virtually every joint in the building is leaking. But as haters of the building call for its demolition and preservationists wail to save it, I&rsquo;d like to pose a simple question that ought to be asked before spending millions of dollars to save any historic building: is the real thing better than the pictures?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Masterpiece' mural finally getting a face lift at Grosse Pointe library aml 2014-01-10T10:44:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:05:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mural project is part of a renewed attention to the Central Library in Grosse Pointe Farms, which received approval from the Grosse Pointe Library Board in October for more than $241,000 in outside masonry repairs, according to Library Director Vickey Bloom.</p></em><br /><br /><p> News from the Grosse Pointe library by Marcel Breuer, saved thanks to the efforts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAPA</a>, a group that came together through Archinect!&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grosse Pointe Central Library: Efforts Towards Conservation</a></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual Activism</a></p> Architects and critics bristle at DS+R's Folk Museum sacrifice Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-09T18:20:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T13:22:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="645" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Yesterday, DS+R announced in their proposal for MoMA's redesign that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum would have to be demolished</a>. Backlash from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#folkMoMA</a> community quickly arose: architects and critics called the choice callous and unsustainable, outraged not only by the Folk Art Museum's destruction but also the design that would take its place, and its impact on New York's (and DS+R's) reputation.</p> <p> We've gathered a slew of responses to the proposal, both indignant and accepting, from Archinect contributors and beyond, and will be following developments closely. Here are a few of those thoughts:</p> <p> <em><strong>From the Archinect news post,&nbsp;</strong></em><em><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion</a>:</strong></em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Donna Sink</strong></a>:&nbsp;"All of DSR's previous work is tarnished by this."</p> <p> <strong>Darkman</strong>: "This solidifies Rem Koolhaas as the best architect-thinker of our time, for his original MoMA proposal, "MoMA, Inc." "</p> <p> <strong>thebeigecity</strong>: "As for the Folk Art Museum - it was cramped and cloying, ov...</p> American Folk Art Museum will be razed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro's MoMA expansion Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-08T18:42:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T20:53:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Diller] had great respect for the Folk Art Museum, calling it a &ldquo;bespoke&rdquo; design tailored to the needs of the museum. She went through several scenarios on how to integrate the museum in the expanded footprint. [...] Adapting the Folk Art Museum building, however, would basically compromise the building&rsquo;s interior beyond recognition. [...] The architects would have had to destroy the Folk Art Museum building in order to save it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In what looks like the kiss of death for the #folkMoMA movement, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for MoMA's expansion will necessitate the destruction of the neighboring American Folk Art Museum, as proposed today in a MoMA press conference. The initial threat to the Folk Museum was made last spring when MoMA announced its redevelopment plans, provoking a widespread preservationist movement among architects, rallying under #folkMoMA.</p> <p> To catch-up on #folkMoMA's history, see #8 in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's coverage for the Top 13 Issues of 2013</a>.</p> <p> Here are some concept sketches for the new MoMA, via <em>Architect Magazine</em> (image credit: Diller Scofidio + Renfro).</p> <p> <img alt="" src=";amp;404=404.png"></p> <p> <img alt="" src=";amp;404=404.png"></p> Bucky Fuller's war-shelters persist in peacetime thanks to New Jersey preservationists Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-03T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Conceived as low-cost, mass-produced shelters that could comfortably accommodate a family of four, the units, known as D.D.U.s, were manufactured in the early 1940s and distributed to military bases around the world. [...] Several institutions and individuals have expressed interest in acquiring Camp Evans D.D.U.s. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re important artifacts,&rdquo; said Marc Greuther, chief curator of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., who hopes to exhibit one of the units with Fuller&rsquo;s Wichita House.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Are Los Angeles' Architectural Masterpiece Homes Worth Preserving? Archinect 2013-12-27T14:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T15:26:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although superlative residential architectural works are elegant mirrors of their times and an important aspect of the city&rsquo;s cultural heritage, the pressures of property values, changed styles of living (the craze for open kitchens and great rooms have doomed many period homes), and property owners&rsquo; rights often outweigh the glories of the past. The demolition of amazing, one-of-a-kind architectural homes is an all too frequent occurrence in LA, despite epic efforts by preservationists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Important Buildings We Lost in 2013 Archinect 2013-12-27T12:56:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T14:45:02-05:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tour the historic Hotel Chelsea before its renovation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-23T19:51:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T19:03:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2011, photographer Victoria Cohen heard that the Chelsea Hotel would undergo drastic renovations to the structure, which was built in 1884. She spent three weeks documenting every nook and cranny of the building and the result is Hotel Chelsea, a collection of photographs of the interior in its authentic, untouched state, as so many knew and loved it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Will Today’s Ugly Buildings Be Tomorrow’s Historic Architecture? Archinect 2013-12-23T15:47:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T21:04:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Its style is &ldquo;brutalist,&rdquo; which looks exactly like it sounds: big, blockish, hulking. Basically, a fortress of concrete... But what if these homely structures are actually tomorrow&rsquo;s historic architecture? What if we just don&rsquo;t appreciate them yet, and later generations will embrace them even though we think they&rsquo;re monstrosities?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can buildings be too young to save? Archinect 2013-12-10T11:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T20:16:16-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s a reason it&rsquo;s a struggle to save buildings like the Astrodome. They were built less than 50 years ago, the usual cutoff for inclusion on the government&rsquo;s National Register of Historic Places... it&rsquo;s relatively young buildings like these, from the 1960s, &rsquo;70s, and even &rsquo;80s, that preservationists are fighting to save. And in doing so, they are having to confront a tough question: What does tomorrow&rsquo;s historic architecture look like?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planning Board</a> will meet to review plans submitted by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norstar Development </a>that will&nbsp;demolish five buildings of the <a href="" 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> The Absent Column - a film about the fight to save Prentice Hospital Archinect 2013-10-29T11:15:00-04:00 >2013-10-30T01:33:34-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, and the fight for its value in the world, is brought into sharp focus in this documentary examining the battle over the preservation of former Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital in downtown Chicago, designed by master modern architect Betrand Goldberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The owner of the building is Chicago institution Northwestern University, which intends to demolish the unique brutalist building, composed of a nine-story concrete cloverleaf tower cantilevered over a rectangular five-story podium.</p> <p> The stage is set for what some preservationists believe will be a defining moment in the battle to preserve modern architecture, and poses the question, Who determines the future of the past?</p> <p> Directed by journalist and Northwestern alumnus Nathan Eddy, the film made its world premiere at the Durban Film Festival in South Africa and subsequently screened at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Architecture &amp; Design Film Festival in New York.</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Prentice comes down, stakes rise on its replacement</a></p>