Archinect - News 2015-05-26T11:59:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"? Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/714d32f793a9d0ec901b1f34f02a2fe0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amanda Burden often said that, thanks to Bloomberg, "we are building and rezoning today once again like Moses on an unprecedented scale, but with Jane Jacobs in mind." That's oxymoronic. You can't do both. As for who's winning the future of New York, it's clearly the followers of Moses. The preservationists are the underdogs here.</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/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmljshrmqoy9wka5.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="http://unitetosavethefrick.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126717784/the-new-2-5-billion-plan-to-rebuild-the-historic-penn-station The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:55:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron&mdash;principal designer at Atelier &amp; Co&mdash;to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126712339/eileen-gray-s-e1027-masterpiece-reopens-to-the-public-today Eileen Gray’s E1027 masterpiece reopens to the public today Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2bd119b9764e6c87eee3cf1dc6a2f8c.jpg" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This modernist villa on the C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Azur, designed by Irish architect Eileen Gray, has witnessed wartime shootings, murder and vandalism by Le Corbusier. Now, at last, it has been brought back to life [...] Le Corbusier visited and, apparently outraged that a woman could have made such a significant work in a style he considered his own, assaulted it with a series of garish and ugly wall paintings, which he chose to execute completely naked.</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/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124970457/frank-lloyd-wright-house-causes-controversy-in-wealthy-phoenix-neighborhood Frank Lloyd Wright house causes controversy in wealthy Phoenix neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-04-10T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:19:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8j8jeueqh8qr0zqp.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia has neighbors riled up. Owners of the 1952 house want to turn it into more than just a home, but those living in the wealthy neighborhood aren't too happy about it. [...] said the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house is "an example of what I consider to be an architecture embodiment of Arizona exceptionalism." However, this landmark home now finds itself in the middle of controversy.</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/124374509/the-bronx-s-once-celebrated-lambert-houses-face-an-unclear-fate The Bronx’s once celebrated Lambert Houses face an unclear fate Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T19:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T10:05:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a0b5b9a20e9c3b75d1eefdcc923f04d.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Lambert Houses were completed in 1973 as part of the Bronx Park South Urban Renewal Area, the complex was quickly recognized as a significant architectural and social contribution. [...] So when UO columnist Susanne Schindler learned that Phipps is planning to demolish and redevelop the Houses, citing structural issues and significant security concerns, she wanted to understand what went wrong at this much-lauded site.</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/123825037/great-synagogue-of-edirne-in-turkey-europe-s-third-largest-synagogue-reopens-after-five-year-restoration Great Synagogue of Edirne in Turkey, Europe's third largest synagogue, reopens after five-year restoration Justine Testado 2015-03-26T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T08:47:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bl69br81yoyqvyg.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Top Turkish government officials, nearly 100 international dignitaries, and 500 members of the Turkish Jewish community took part in a ceremony commemorating the re-opening of the Great Synagogue of Edirne today after a five-year restoration. The synagogue is claimed to be the largest synagogue in the Balkans and the third largest in Europe.</p><p>The $2.5 million government investment repaired the synagogue's lead-clad domes, its collapsed roof and walls, and its foundation was fortified. Inside, the floor covering was restored to its original patterns and colors, as well as the Torah inscriptions. Turkey&rsquo;s Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations oversaw the restoration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qe5h4e3aebq7v5l4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zimydszoer2z2vdk.jpg"><br><em>The Great Synagogue of Edirne - after and before restoration</em>.</p><p>The push to rebuild the Great Synagogue began in 2010, as part of an effort to mitigate restrictions on Turkey's non-Muslim religious minorities.&nbsp;Authorities describe the Great Synagogue's reopening as a symbol of tolerance towards Turkey's Jewish commu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123833084/this-modernist-rudolph-schindler-church-in-south-la-could-be-yours-for-1-85m This modernist Rudolph Schindler church in South LA could be yours for $1.85M Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6945aunxhm6gmu4w.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the architecturally significant church&mdash;an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark&mdash;is up for sale.</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/123739068/uli-report-says-houston-astrodome-can-and-should-live-on ULI report says Houston Astrodome “can and should live on” Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:35:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/sy0b6z2705rbq7jh.jpg" width="514" height="153" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s iconic NRG Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo; as a multi-use park that will enhance the quality of life for residents of the city, serve as a popular tourist destination, and catalyze economic development that enhances the greater NRG Park and benefits the region as a whole, according to a report released today from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the full ULI report,&nbsp;<em>The Astrodome, Harris County Texas: A Vision for a Repurposed Icon</em>, <a href="http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Houston_Astrodome_PanelReport_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123205872/pondering-the-cultural-value-of-frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-03-20T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-03-25T05:00:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0upwgg3zlrgal3gc.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House was recently announced to be up <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">for auction</a> on May 19 in Chicago. Designed for Mike and Penny Winton during the '80s in Lake Minnetonka, MN, the Guest House helped propel Gehry into international stardom in the '90s. Currently, the University of St. Thomas owns the $4.5 million home, which was repurposed as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, MN a few years ago. Ever since St. Thomas sold the Gainey last year, the Guest House is once again up for grabs and must -- also once again -- start relocation this June to meet its August 2016 deadline.</p><p>The Winton Guest House revives the question of what cultural value that the house -- and others vernacular structures like it -- possess. As this <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122285690/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-up-for-sale-on-may-19-in-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment discussion</a> shows, the topic is a subjective one with no clean-cut answer.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y42c6w0a9j9mm8m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rryc2avj7n89t78e.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd6zfnltiveww3jg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d30r3z6sdfc2tbf9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0i/0izeflax5z7uhj23.jpg"></p><p>Some may agree that the Guest House's value lies in its history, like an art object that can be studied or referred to for inspiration. <a href="http://art.stthomas.edu/gehry/status-of-the-winton-guest-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the University o...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home "Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-20T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:39:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732917e1fb256651b53a50a072c1eda4.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"&mdash;along with a flower and heart&mdash;on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad. With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, however, authorities start off with few strong leads.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The derelict house does look like an easy target for vandalism, but apparently the philosopher never even actually lived inside.&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;points out that the local structure Kant lived in was destroyed sometime in the 19th century, and the tagged building was in fact a new one built on the same site. Which, apparently, relieves&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic </em>of treating this as a preservationist issue, and instead gives free reign to cram in as many of Kant's philosophical principles as possible. See below:</p><ul><li>"They say<strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critique_of_Pure_Reason" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no reason, pure or otherwise</a></strong>, was given for the crime."</li><li>"Even the timing of the crime is unclear&mdash;journalists discovered the note, <a href="http://people.whitman.edu/~frierspr/kants_bemerkungen1.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>at once crude and rather refined</strong></a>, while exploring Kant's derelict home."</li><li>"But&nbsp;for those who would reclaim the discipline's more raucous reputation of the past, the graffiti is perhaps a positive sign, and maybe the first salvo in a war between Situationists&nbsp;and Enlightenment thinkers. Indeed, a critic of Kant's ideas might feel a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>categorical imperative</strong></a> to tak...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123200242/mackintosh-library-restore-or-create-anew Mackintosh Library: restore or create anew? Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:40:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/365166903068415d934a055ece2e1188.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After almost a year of impassioned debate, the Glasgow School of Art&rsquo;s Director has announced that its Library will be restored to its original state. [...] In response to Professor Inns' statement, Professor of Architecture Alan Dunlop asserts below that Mackintosh himself sought new forms in architecture and that there are architects capable of designing a new Library to live within his original masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117883736/five-firms-shortlisted-for-mackintosh-library-renovation-after-devastating-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops Los Angeles' famously Googie Norms to become focal point in new "community of shops" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8in550rdgr2utzl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Jason Illoulian of Faring Capital is the new owner of the land under the restaurant and its 43 parking spaces ... his plan: To build a &ldquo;community of shops&rdquo; where the parking lot now stands. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a beautiful building and that sign is just like fucking awesome,&rdquo; he says. Will there be room in this new village for an $11.99 steak dinner? &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping to keep it as a 24- hour diner,&rdquo; says Illoulian of the restaurant space. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s Norms or somebody else.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This upcoming Thursday, the Cultural Heritage Commission will decide whether the La Cienega Norms that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced imminent demolition</a> back in January will be given monument status. Meanwhile, development plans for the site are chugging along. Developer Jason Illoulian, who purchased the site back in December, is working with <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hodgetts + Fung</a> to design a "community of shops" as infill in Norms' parking lot. The "background building" around the Norms structure would eat up parking on the site, drastically affecting the restaurant's accessibility. According to Mike Colonna, Norms' president, "Parking is a primary issue for us. We&rsquo;re not a high end restaurant where you could valet park your car and take an elevator to the third floor.&rdquo;</p><p>Even if the building is declared a historic monument, the diner-institution of Norms may no longer be a good fit for the neighborhood, according to Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung:&nbsp;&ldquo;Norms is not a good fit on La Cienega,&rdquo; says Hodgetts. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not appropriate. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T17:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0jpxkycuq02sa9i.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, legislators in Orange County, New York failed to stave off the demolition of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center. In January, county executive Steven M. Neuhaus vetoed a proposal that would entertain outside bids like Manhattan architect Gene Kaufman's, to purchase, restore, and repurpose the structure. Kaufman also proposed designing a new government center next door, with a proposed budget less than that of the county's current plan [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122146647/how-a-postmodernist-department-store-is-trying-to-become-the-youngest-monument-in-poland How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:40:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T20:18:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f33p9rgfqd1a6l08.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As buildings from the postmodern eon continue to age with their residents, questions about historic significance and aesthetic relevance start to surface, leading to often heated debates whether the structures we used to love so much already merit magisterial protection or should give way for the new "now" architecture.</p><p>The case of the Solpol department store in Wroc&#322;aw, Poland is only the latest in a list of soon to be decided PoMo fates: Built in the early 90s, the color- and shapeful structure embodies Poland's violent optimism of that time, when the tristesse of decades of communism was replaced with capitalism's promise of opportunity over night.</p><p>Hailed as "one of the best examples of postmodern architecture in Poland," the Society for Beautifying the City of Wroc&#322;aw (TUMW) and Fundacja Transformator have now filed a motion to the Lower Silesian Monument Conservation Officer to include Solpol on the list of protected monuments.</p><p>Should everything go as planned, this PoMo gem would ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:07:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uagkuqi8yvocn95l.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Kimmelman&rsquo;s column this week, about the debate over plans to demolish a midcentury Paul Rudolph building in Goshen, N.Y., makes the case for why it should be saved. It is only one example of his taking up a cause. As The Times&rsquo;s architecture critic, he has not been shy about advocacy. Here, he describes why he&rsquo;s been outspoken in supporting this building, which doesn&rsquo;t have the profile of other fights he has taken up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><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></p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122062298/with-london-s-palace-of-westminster-crumbling-the-british-government-may-have-to-find-a-new-home With London's Palace of Westminster crumbling, the British government may have to find a new home Alexander Walter 2015-03-03T18:02:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:51:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7s/7sutn0qhy0e2h9rb.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Let me share a secret with you. Even those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date. [...] In 2015 the urgent question is again what to do about it. [...] options ranging from staggering on as usual with make-do-and-mending to a new 21st-century building on a new site, possibly far from London.</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/121968291/building-the-first-slavery-museum-in-america Building the First Slavery Museum in America Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-02T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:35:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skkbwnyhendo5oxq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built largely in secret and under decidedly unorthodox circumstances, the Whitney [Plantation] had been turned into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery &mdash; the first of its kind in the United States. Located on land where slaves worked for more than a century, in a state where the sight of the Confederate flag is not uncommon, the results are both educational and visceral.</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/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues Alexander Walter 2015-02-27T12:42:00-05:00 >2015-03-01T22:10:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bfef1bd282836ee279770669bc2ec28.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul&rsquo;s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group&rsquo;s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East. The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.</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/121665563/chinese-coal-mining-company-destroys-nearly-every-building-in-protected-village-dating-back-to-ming-dynasty Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:17:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96442bf5d726d6fb93f17abeecd1175b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government has promised to protect a rural mountain village that contains some of the country&rsquo;s oldest temples and residences. [...] Despite designating Banpo as a protected heritage site in 2007, the Jincheng city government nonetheless allowed the Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group to displace the village later that year. [...] Nearly every building was destroyed and those that remained were left in ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Corporations are people, my friend.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future Alexander Walter 2015-02-23T18:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:57:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78fd189e1db5473fea39f1c46d3402d8.jpg" width="450" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On December 21, 2014, the Berkeley Art Museum permanently closed its iconic Modern building in preparation for a move to a nearby new building in 2016. Considered by many to be the Bay Area&rsquo;s most remarkable example of Brutalism [...]. Although the building is a local landmark and listed on the National Register, its intricate concrete forms pose seismic safety risks, leaving a future for the building unclear.</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/120663494/how-america-is-failing-to-preserve-its-historic-slave-markets How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866ec85519e01d718ee6476a5ff762da.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s easy enough to blame economic forces for the postwar destruction of slave markets, but not for the persistent concealment of their history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the South has no shortage of memorials to the Lost Cause, while memorials to the slave trade remain few and far between. [...] After the Civil War, Johnson says, &ldquo;the price of moving forward for the white United States was the forgetting of slavery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119583618/preserving-england-s-history-in-concrete Preserving England's history in concrete Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecd5dcc0cabe28ab74ebd0ea0ef30e50.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, English Heritage ... listed 14 late 20th century office developments as historic monuments. The buildings, all constructed between 1964 and 1984, will now be protected from summary demolition or insensitive remodeling, standing as examples of the best architecture of their period. [...] The buildings being spared might seem extremely modest, even provincial. That could partly be the point&mdash;the buildings are supposed to be representative of their country, after all.</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/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building still uncertain Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T18:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:22:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kn/kn9p7oz23q0e33hb.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But Steven M. Neuhaus, Orange County executive, seems determined to pursue the teardown plan. [...] He recently vetoed a proposal that would have allowed the county to sell the center to Mr. Kaufman. County legislators meet on Feb. 5. [...] But many people who spoke at a public hearing last month in Goshen endorsed Mr. Kaufman&rsquo;s proposal. It would save the center, potentially save the county a fortune, bring in tourist dollars and even put the Rudolph building on the tax rolls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103630900/rethinking-a-spurned-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking a Spurned Landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99369287/gwathmey-siegel-s-kaufman-wants-to-buy-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/47277795/orange-county-votes-to-keep-brutalist-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Votes to Keep Brutalist Building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44158069/unloved-building-in-goshen-n-y-prompts-debate-on-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unloved Building in Goshen, N.Y., Prompts Debate on Modernism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/119437423/monuments-men-u-s-army-struggles-to-recruit-enough-heritage-specialists-for-conflict-areas Monuments Men: U.S. Army struggles to recruit enough heritage specialists for conflict areas Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T16:53:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31aaf863c51a949f8b7de87650c8894.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of &ldquo;Monuments Men and Women&rdquo; to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. [...] It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts. [...] With extremist groups such as Islamic State using the destruction of cultural heritage as a tool of war, such expertise is needed more than ever.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118738996/the-sky-is-falling-weekly-news-round-up-for-january-12-2015 The sky is falling! Weekly News Round-Up for January 12, 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-19T18:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:16:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zw3xc8vlzgwd0jvz.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, January 16:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture for Humanity to shut down" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118513336/architecture-for-humanity-to-shut-down" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity to shut down</a>: The San Francisco HQ has laid off all employees and will file for bankruptcy, however it's unclear how this will affect operations of the many national/international <a href="http://archinect.com/architecture-for-humanity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfH</a> outposts that function through volunteers.</li><li><a title="Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118506093/work-at-manhattan-s-432-park-ave-tower-ordered-to-stop-after-pipe-falls-from-81st-floor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work at Manhattan's 432 Park Ave tower ordered to stop after pipe falls from 81st floor</a>: The latest in a recent series of similar incidents, including <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118429026/cheesegrater-skyscraper-loses-another-bolt-the-third-one-in-three-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a bolt falling from London's cheesegrater</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118275523/it-s-a-bumpy-start-for-mons-as-european-capital-of-culture-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">falling art in Mons</a>, the 2015 European Capital of Culture, and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117664390/another-big-concrete-panel-falls-off-zaha-hadid-designed-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concrete panels dropping</a> from Zaha Hadid's library in Vienna.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, January 15:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition</a>: Along with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the first Taco Bell being in peril of demolition</a>, part of southern California's architectural heritage is being considered.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, January 14:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118368797/jean-nouvel-boycotts-opening-of-his-philharmonie-de-paris" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel boycotts opening of his Philharmonie de Paris</a>: Despite the restaurant and exhibition space not being fully complete, Nouvel's Philharmonie hel...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition Archinect 2015-01-15T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b77e125e04f1f620d84c7ccf18fbde41.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a hearing earlier today, Los Angeles&rsquo; Culture Heritage Commission voted to consider granting Historic-Cultural Monument status to Norms Coffee Shop on La Cienega. This would protect the iconic building in the Googie modern style until a final decision is made by the commission. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the new owners of Norms were issued a demolition permit on January 5, triggering a wave of outrage from architectural preservationists.</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/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f74tndob5fbwgjqd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building that housed the world&rsquo;s first Taco Bell is under &ldquo;imminent threat of demolition,&rdquo; according to the Downey Conservancy [...] Although Downey is more famously recognized as the site of the oldest operating location for [McDonald's], it is Taco Bell that built its very first location within the city. [...] &ldquo;The [Conservancy] recognizes that the building&rsquo;s current location may not be the best for its future and, as such, is also looking at opportunities to relocate"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Why does this matter? Not because Taco Bell is inherently newsworthy, but because fast food spots are arguably Downey's local urbanism icons. The city in southeast Los Angeles County is known for its Googie fast-food joints, historic McDonald's and drive-ins (as well as the birthplace of the Apollo space program) &ndash; so the Taco Bell is in good company. While not as iconic as a Googie structure, the Taco Bell is still emblematic of Downey's postwar California urban planning, awash in asphalt oceans where cars were king. Perhaps the chain's success in peddling drive-in fast food around the world may actually have perpetuated that kind of urbanism.</p><p>The building is currently vacant, leading Downey Conservancy to take up the preservation case, planning to possibly relocate it to &ldquo;another site within the city&rdquo;. Taco Bell has even joined the cause, despite not even being the building&rsquo;s most recent tenant, with the hashtag #SaveTacoBell. I wonder if <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> is tracking this.</p><p>Meanwhile,...</p>