Archinect - News 2017-07-24T16:47:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150019094/redevelopment-of-detroit-s-michigan-central-station-slowly-gaining-momentum Redevelopment of Detroit's Michigan Central Station slowly gaining momentum Alexander Walter 2017-07-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T13:56:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Talk about redeveloping the long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown area heated up again Thursday during an announcement about this year's Detroit Homecoming, which will hold the first significant private event in the 104-year-old train station since the mid-1980s. [...] "(Redevelopment of) the depot is going to take a marathon, but we're not at the beginning of the race, we're a few miles into it," said Matthew Moroun, whose father, Matty, bought the building in 1995.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"I said, 'there's one thing: Every time I read a damn national story about Detroit, there's a picture of the train station with the holes in the windows as the international image of the city's decline,'"&nbsp;Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is quoted saying, recalling his conversation with billionaire businessman &mdash; and the building's owner &mdash;&nbsp;Matthew Moroun.&nbsp;"I said, 'I want you to put windows in the train station. And if you do that, everything else will be just fine.'"</p> <p>Renovation costs for the 104-year-old train station &mdash; once the tallest rail station in the world and the city's pride but sitting vacant and in an increasingly derelict state since Amtrak service ceased in 1988 &mdash; are estimated to exceed $100 million.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018392/after-yo-yo-ma-s-plea-point-counterpoint-ii-louis-kahn-floating-concert-hall-may-be-saved-after-all After Yo-Yo Ma's plea, Point Counterpoint II, Louis Kahn floating concert hall, may be saved after all Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T14:14:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T15:04:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2s90amqyayw2f3d.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, N.Y., plan to meet with the boat's owner Aug. 4 to discuss the possibility of transporting the vessel there from its current berth on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Late last month, musicians performed aboard the boat in the town, some 80 miles southwest of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week Archinect reported that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma sent a letter</a> out through the&nbsp;<em>New York Review of Books&nbsp;</em>in an attempt to save the floating concert hall, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>, from demolition. The famed cellist pleaded: "At a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I humbly ask that your readers join Robert and me in finding a new home for&nbsp;Point Counterpoint II." After five decades of running the barge, the owners, Robert Boudreau and wife Kathleen, have decided to retire their duties as caretakers and have been struggling to find a new proprietor for the ship. However, with a little help from Yo-Yo Ma, they may have found the vessel a new home in Kingston, NY.</p> <p>Reportedly, Hutton Brickyards is being considered as the floating venue's new home. The former industrial site that supplied bricks to New York City up until the 80s was acquired by California-based deve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017456/louis-kahn-s-floating-concert-hall-point-counterpoint-ii-is-facing-demolition-and-yo-yo-ma-wants-it-saved Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2017-07-14T13:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/me/mejwdb5n54z0uyzz.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/oq/oqf3w5kfupuenqjx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l3/l3n3oec2s46n9uur.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/6k/6kkeuz3cn7bkjw2r.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l7/l7hw9ymt02x9gjax.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ev/evf6u3gkldcotoqc.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/louis-kahns-endangered-floating-concert-hall/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150012154/ho-chi-minh-city-s-historic-architecture-is-quickly-disappearing Ho Chi Minh City′s historic architecture is quickly disappearing Alexander Walter 2017-06-12T17:38:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:42:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Others are concerned the demolition of its famed French architectural gems will render Ho Chi Minh City indistinguishable from other Asian megacities. "In the 1960s and 1970s it was very much French, but now it's very Americanized, McDonald's on every corner," said Hiep Nguyen, born in Ho City Minh City and author of several books on its architectural history.&nbsp; "A streetscape without a story has no value," he added.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"City officials are now writing a nine-point plan to classify buildings and mark some for protection," <em>DW</em> writes, "but admit such a huge task could take years to be implemented."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011357/designer-trina-turk-turns-forgotten-john-lautner-house-into-midcentury-jewel-box Designer Trina Turk turns 'forgotten' John Lautner house into midcentury jewel box Alexander Walter 2017-06-07T18:42:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T19:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v0/v0q6l88xwlho8e4q.jpg" width="638" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the &ldquo;long-lost&rdquo; Lautner echoed around Los Angeles and the world. The architecture community marveled at how a home designed by a modernist genius could go unnoticed for decades. [...] Somehow, the Salkin Residence, which was completed around the same time as more acclaimed Lautner projects like the Desert Hot Springs Motel, was left out of the architect&rsquo;s list of works when it was assembled by his devotees years later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>NY Times</em> portraits the 'long-lost' John Lautner-designed Salkin Residence, built in 1948 in LA's Echo Park neighborhood and, over the last three years, painstakingly restored to renewed beauty by designer/business woman Trina Turk and her husband, Jonathan Skow.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008790/the-parker-center-is-set-for-demolition-what-other-midcentury-icons-are-next The Parker Center is set for demolition, what other midcentury icons are next? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T20:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T20:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg" width="650" height="529" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Parker Center, depending on who you ask, is either a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5038/midcentury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">midcentury</a> icon, or a powerful symbol of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' racist past. Located downtown, the building was home to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/725615/lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD</a> up until 2009 when they relocated due to expensive retrofits needed on the site. Designed by Welton Becket&mdash;the architect behind some of LA's greatest identifiers such as the Capitol Records Building, the Theme Building and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86006545/welton-becket-designed-hollywood-cinerama-dome-marks-50-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cinerama Dome</a>&mdash;the former LAPD headquarters is seen by historic preservationists, particularly the LA Conservancy, as a historical landmark due to its midcentury stylings. However, beyond being an architectural landmark, the building, as home to the LAPD during an era of racist policing, also serves as a sobering reminder of LA's troubling past. The land upon which the center was constructed had been seized from Japanese property owners less than a decade after Japanese Internment and William H. Parker himself, whom the building was named after, was associated with ushering in policies of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008719/blair-kamin-calls-restoration-of-frank-lloyd-wright-s-unity-temple-triumphant Blair Kamin calls restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple "triumphant" Alexander Walter 2017-05-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:30:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg" width="650" height="980" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frrank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, [...] the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America. Instead of finishing on schedule last fall, the $25 million project is wrapping up just in time for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birthday, June 8.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Success, it's often said, has many fathers, and so it is with here," Kamin writes. "A team of consultants led by Chicago's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/70737/harboe-architects-pc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harboe Architects</a> has lavished exacting care on every aspect of this project, from the restoration of jewel-like art glass to the recreation of textured plaster walls."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007483/thousands-protest-in-moscow-against-planned-demolition-of-soviet-era-housing-blocks Thousands protest in Moscow against planned demolition of Soviet-era housing blocks Alexander Walter 2017-05-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T15:02:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xb/xbn45cqsslbjwhek.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An interactive map of the former Soviet Union&rsquo;s Constructivist architectural heritage went online just days before the city of Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings proposed for demolition as part of a plan to relocate up to 1.6 million residents. Describe by many residents as a property grab [...] the demolition plan has proven so unpopular that thousands turned up for a demonstration against it in Moscow on Sunday 14 May carrying signs with slogans like &ldquo;My house is my castle&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The plan has also alarmed preservationists," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "Initially described as an effort to upgrade residents from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khrushchyovka" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fabricated mass housing</a> built under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the architectural targets have broadened and fears are mounting that it has become a carte-blanche for developers to destroy any building that stands in their way."</p><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Alec Luhn <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/31/moscow-biggest-urban-demolition-project-khrushchevka-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">calls the demolition plans</a> "the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century," and some compare them to the forced collectivization of property under Stalin.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006619/preservation-with-panache-the-experimental-structure-preserving-the-qianfoya-cliff-inscriptions-in-guangyuan Preservation with panache: the experimental structure preserving the Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions in Guangyuan Nicholas Korody 2017-05-09T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T12:35:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2fhnrk3pcc3zxzr.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designing a structure to protect a historic artifact or monument from the elements can often be a dry affair. At their most basic, such structures are often simple tent canopies, or more permanent, but still bare-bone, envelopes. Not the Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions in Guangyuan, Sichuan Province, however. Rather, Cultural Heritage Protection Center at the Architectural Design and Research Institute of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/14275323/tsinghua-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua University</a> crafted a unique structure to protect the 23 caves and niches containing inscriptions from the North Wei Dynasty, some 1700 years ago.</p><p>The project description details that the local climatological conditions&mdash;lots of rain, strong winds, and a fair amount of sunshine&mdash;all are to the disadvantage of conservation. So, first and foremost, the team collected a large amount of data, which was used to create, essentially, the design brief. In other words, the architecture had to protect the inscriptions from water, decrease the velocity of passing winds, and reduce temperatur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004900/saving-modern-buildings-one-hashtag-at-a-time-world-monuments-fund-kicks-off-moderncentury-instagram-campaign Saving Modern buildings, one hashtag at a time: World Monuments Fund kicks off #ModernCentury Instagram campaign Alexander Walter 2017-04-27T15:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-29T07:38:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Monuments Fund (WMF) launched its first Instagram campaign [...] to draw attention to the plight of the world&rsquo;s Modern buildings, an increasing number of which are at risk because of the lack of regulations or political will needed to protect them. The fund kicks off the programme with a list of 30 sites nominated by architects, experts and students posted on its website and is appealing to the public to add to this list by submitting nominations via Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The list will be sent to an advisory council formed of architects, including Annabelle Selldorf, designers and critics, who will advise the WMF on the next phase of the Modern Century programme."</em></p><p>The sites included on the initial list of 30 nominees are:</p><p><strong>Hall of Nations</strong> (pictured in the cover photo above, demolished on April 23, 2017),&nbsp;New Delhi, India</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5kwf1r1yzqakpnh5.jpg"></p><p><strong>Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building)</strong>,&nbsp;Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo:&nbsp;Mobilus In Mobili, Flickr)</p><p><strong>Algiers Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism</strong>,&nbsp;Algiers, Algeria</p><p><strong>Hiraoka City Hall</strong>,&nbsp;Hiraoka, Japan</p><p><strong>Honduras National Congress</strong>,&nbsp;Tegucigalpa, Honduras</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuqomwul51ps4j1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>SESC Pomp&eacute;ia</strong>,&nbsp;Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo:&nbsp;Markus Lanz, Flickr)</p><p><strong>Sirius Building</strong>,&nbsp;Sydney, Australia</p><p><strong>Alexandria Zoo</strong>,&nbsp;Alexandria, Egypt</p><p><strong>South Humber Park Pavilion</strong>,&nbsp;Toronto, Canada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f0kfi7nfbbvht6ep.jpg"></p><p><strong>Spomen Dom</strong>,&nbsp;Kola&scaron;in, Montenegro (Photo:&nbsp;Boban Scepanovic)</p><p><strong>Restaurante Panor&acirc;mico de Monsanto</strong>,&nbsp;Lisbon, Portugal</p><p><strong>Scala Theater</strong>,&nbsp;Bangkok, Thailand</p><p><strong>Painted Desert Community Complex</strong>,&nbsp;Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004609/brutalist-sydney-map-celebrates-the-city-s-concrete-heritage Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage Alexander Walter 2017-04-25T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T21:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The family of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/928702/brutalist-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Brutalist Maps</em></a> architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: <em>Brutalist Sydney Map</em>&mdash;launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/Brutalist_Project_Sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brutalist_Project_Sydney</a> and Senior Associate Architect at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46114/ptw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PTW Architects</a>&mdash;helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler &amp; Associates and many others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lq/lq5hspr5tlssslfe.jpg"></p><p><em>"The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children&rsquo;s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the &eacute;migr&eacute; architects Hugh an...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002204/prewar-is-so-last-year Prewar Is So Last Year Nam Henderson 2017-04-10T16:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T23:05:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/umb6rexwccbnof67.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moldings, profiles, traditional cabinets &mdash; they&rsquo;re not really interested in that. They&rsquo;re really interested in something more modern and definitely more linear....Of course, paring down with such attention to detail comes at a price. Where baseboards and moldings can be used to hide uneven edges, the cleaner lines favored by millennials require more precision....Yet dramatically altering the DNA of a prewar apartment could harm its resale value</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jill Krasny highlights a growing trend among younger, buyers. They may prefer older, prewar apartments to newer, cookie cutter options, yet aren't necessarily interested in the traditional finishes and historical details. Rather they are more interested in clean lines, "gap reveal" and&nbsp;open, modern spaces.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992332/demolition-of-tadao-ando-s-piccadilly-gardens-in-manchester-now-council-approved Demolition of Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester now Council-approved Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-07-14T12:47:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8lwh3vf947e89cq.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although plans to tear down Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens have been floating about since last late last year, the Manchester City Council just gave its official approval to knock down Ando's quasi-Brutalist structure in favor of a "leisure-led" scheme last week, according to the <a href="https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/council-backs-demolition-for-tadao-andos-only-uk-building/10017301.article?blocktitle=news-feature&amp;contentID=17135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Journal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvcbu9j0k7p8pu74.jpg"></p><p>In a thoughtful piece written for <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/russell-smith-tadao-ando-and-the-problem-of-architecture-thats-toogood/article33006792/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Globe and Mail</a> last year, Russell Smith questioned the role of the experts who had commissioned Ando to design the Gardens versus the opinions of the locals who encountered it daily. He noted that a&nbsp;"sealant, for some reason, possibly economic, was not used to coat the large unadorned surfaces of the Manchester pavilion. That building, basically a shelter to house a small caf&eacute;, occupies half of Piccadilly Gardens, presenting one long curving blank wall of concrete to the south side. The concrete, under the steady British drizzle, did not wear well: it started to stain with dark streaks, to look like the depressing and crumbling masses of postwar brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991793/researchers-develop-a-new-solution-to-protect-deteriorating-marble Researchers develop a new solution to protect deteriorating marble Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:32:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Princeton University researchers have announced the development of a low-cost, nontoxic coating that can preserve iconic stone structures from decay. Comprised of hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound that can be found in bones and teeth, the solution seeps into the stone&rsquo;s surface, binding cracks. According to the press release, the result is a stronger, more resilient work of art.</p><p>The researchers developed the solution for the stone monuments that populate the Certosa di Bologna cemetery in Italy. Made of marble, the stones have started to deteriorate. Apparently, the major innovation at hand is finding that the nontoxic solvent used in the solution, water, can seep deep into the cracks, causing a reaction within 24 hours.</p><p>Now researchers are working towards further improving the hydroxyapatite treatment by adding alcohol as well as electric currents.</p><p><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/57/94K62/index.xml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Princeton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv7fgbvrfjs6qy5h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991758/st-peter-s-cardross-birth-death-and-renewal St Peter's, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal Nam Henderson 2017-02-13T14:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T14:21:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ri/rikaon29tqqzqh4g.jpg" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>St Peter's made a dramatic architectural statement when it was built, but its first incarnation as a seminary was short-lived. It is hoped this 21st Century rebirth by NVA, bringing the structure back into productive use, will prove more enduring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gorgeous photos of the past and current state of the Brutalist St Peter's Seminary, designed by&nbsp;Gillespie, Kidd &amp; Coia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fn/fn5ky06t58ka4xa4.jpg"><br><em>Credit: Glasgow School of Art</em></p><p>For more about the history of the project/site check out <a href="https://shop.scran.ac.uk/prod/books/st-peter-cardross/121" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the</a>&nbsp;book by Diane M Watters.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991460/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-old-new-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Old+New" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-02-10T21:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T21:00:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d5/d5hzglxz7uw17wou.jpg" width="650" height="780" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/old%2Bnew/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6r87dru77bxlam3m.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu/project/design-republic-design-commune" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Republic Design Commune</a> in Shanghai, China by <a href="http://archinect.com/neriandhu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri&amp;Hu Design and Research Office</a>; Photo: Pedro Pegenaute</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6s/6sgjtlh16zhgyw6i.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/kirkwoodmccarthy/project/pages-lane" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pages Lane</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/kirkwoodmccarthy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kirkwood McCarthy</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4gmjzlsoasdde3j.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2507/refurbishment-of-the-ex-unione-militare-building/149958589" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refurbishment of the Ex "Unione Militare" building</a> in Rome, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2507/studio-fuksas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x2/x2xer2wdd8wimrnx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/WilkinsonEyre/project/8-finsbury-circus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8 Finsbury Circus</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/WilkinsonEyre" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WilkinsonEyre</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6c/6cailwvshkj8x2pd.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea/project/planchette-sheltered-housing-azc-paris-france" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planchette sheltered housing</a> in Paris, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/atelierzundelcristea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZC Atelier Z&uuml;ndel Cristea</a>; Photo: SergioGrazia</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30h7jls8swo7awio.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/studio304/project/sunken-bath-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunken Bath Project</a> in Hackney, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/studio304" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 304</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jk5nh6l0x6dr9t7s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/benedettiarchitects/project/brunner-showroom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brunner Showroom</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/benedettiarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedetti Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4cmm0lup5v9g07wi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/29046912/mayfair-house/149987353" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayfair House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/29046912/squire-and-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squire and Partners</a>; Photo: Gareth Gardner</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yyec9r1ljmz4tkwi.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/tateharmer/project/brunel-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brunel Museum</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/tateharmer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Harmer</a></p><p>(Cover pic: <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149982081/house-in-hackney/149982086" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hous...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983978/robots-could-soon-maintain-the-sydney-opera-house-s-one-million-roof-tiles Robots could soon maintain the Sydney Opera House's one million roof tiles Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T19:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-03T22:41:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsv68uj8t9fdgrkx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One million brilliant white tiles clad the 65m-tall precast concrete roof [...] glazed ceramic tiles need to be hand-checked, or tapped, every five years by specialist engineers, who abseil down the roof &ldquo;sails&rdquo; looking for changes in their sound or appearance. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the opera house, the Getty Foundation, the University of Sydney and the engineering and design group Arup, this expensive, vertigo- inducing process is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43ey8m85291h357w.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950257/j-rn-utzon-s-saga-with-the-sydney-opera-house-coming-to-the-big-screen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's saga with the Sydney Opera house coming to the big screen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83759456/the-sydney-opera-house-by-j-rn-utzon-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Opera House by J&oslash;rn Utzon Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983686/all-the-news-that-s-fit-to-archive-the-biggest-architectural-preservation-stories-of-2016 All the news that's fit to archive: the biggest architectural preservation stories of 2016 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-23T13:39:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T23:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bu/busbyfmjxpq9hrd9.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>2016 had its fair share of victories and losses in architectural preservation, but many of the biggest news stories were affirmations &ndash; of historical eras, styles, and struggles. Check out the projects that made preservation headlines this year, presented in no particular order:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a 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></em></p><p>Bertrand Goldberg's beloved "corncobs" had been seeking landmark status since 2015, although given their iconic role in the Chicago-scape, many were surprised they weren't landmarked already. Writing for the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>, Blair Kamin noted that Marina City's survival rested on the sacrifice of another Goldberg icon: Prentice Hospital, which was demolished in 2013-2014.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148344798/lautner-s-sheats-goldstein-house-is-to-be-donated-to-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ky/kyeuvveahhkm1t7f.jpg"></a></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148344798/lautner-s-sheats-goldstein-house-is-to-be-donated-to-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lautner's Sheats-Goldstein house is to be donated to LACMA</a></em></p><p>This major boom for LACMA is the museum's first acquisition of an actual piece of architecture, and will be open to the public.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg"></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></em></p><p>While not imminent, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983753/kirksey-architecture-selected-to-retrofit-houston-s-astrodome Kirksey Architecture selected to retrofit Houston's Astrodome Alexander Walter 2016-12-23T13:14:00-05:00 >2016-12-24T14:01:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79mom5gxeomkirw1.jpg" width="650" height="922" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harris County commissioners have chosen Houston-based Kirksey Architecture to design a project to retrofit the Astrodome by raising its floor and installing parking spaces underneath. The $105 million project -- unveiled by county officials in September -- is the most recent attempt to secure the building's future. [...] Many feared then that the world's first multi-purpose domed stadium for sporting events would face the wrecking ball.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Houston "Eighth Wonder of the World" previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123739068/uli-report-says-houston-astrodome-can-and-should-live-on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ULI report says Houston Astrodome &ldquo;can and should live on&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116362713/urban-land-institute-issues-recommendations-for-houston-s-astrodome" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Land Institute issues recommendations for Houston's Astrodome</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88517100/can-buildings-be-too-young-to-save" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can buildings be too young to save?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311571/winners-of-the-reimagine-the-astrodome-ideas-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Reimagine the Astrodome ideas competition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981808/the-former-citicorp-tower-has-been-named-a-nyc-landmark The former Citicorp tower has been named a NYC landmark DianePham 2016-12-07T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:20:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bw/bwj63lh5a8xosugf.jpg" width="650" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Midtown building formerly known as Citicorp Center has just been designated a city landmark. ... The 59-story office and retail tower, designed by Hugh A. Stubbins &amp; Associates, was completed in 1978 [and] was considered quite innovative for its time, with distinctive features that included a 45-degree angular roof and a base of four stilt-like columns. The latter allowed it to cantilever over Saint Peter&rsquo;s Church, also on the 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/149981798/twa-hotel-hopes-to-revive-saarinen-s-iconic-terminal-at-jfk 'TWA Hotel' hopes to revive Saarinen's iconic terminal at JFK Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-07T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e050nfok941f703b.jpg" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>water would bubble again in Isamu Noguchi&rsquo;s green marble fountain in the Ambassador Lounge, softly masking the tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik-a-tik chatter of a Solari di Udine split-flap display board announcing flight departures and arrivals [...] The architects of the hotel project are Beyer Blinder Belle and Lubrano Ciavarra Architects. Beyer Blinder Belle was responsible for the sumptuous restoration of Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The $265 million TWA Hotel project, slated to open in late 2018, would be connected to Saarinen's Trans World Flight Center and Terminal 5 through tubes that used to guide passengers from TWF to their aircraft.&nbsp;As reported by the&nbsp;<em>Times,&nbsp;</em>the Hotel plan has been hailed by preservationists for its restoration of the terminal, which will require developer MCR to "remediate asbestos throughout the headhouse and rebuild or update mechanical systems." However, preservationists aren't so jazzed about the hotel's six stories, one fearing its height would "effectively imprison the headhouse, both reducing the amount of natural light entering it and severely restricting the outward views from the interior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on Saarinen's terminal and happenings at JFK:</p><ul><li><a title="Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136956774/eero-saarinen-s-dormant-jfk-terminal-to-become-jet-blue-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a title="Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132415988/fancy-48m-animal-terminal-to-open-in-jfk-airport-next-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125446040/jetblue-tapped-as-prospective-developer-for-jfk-twa-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></li><li><a title="Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81462395/hotelier-andre-balazs-to-convert-jfk-s-historic-twa-terminal-into-a-hotel-and-conference-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA term...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974354/austria-flip-flops-over-future-of-hitler-s-birth-house Austria flip-flops over future of Hitler's birth house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:35:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/13/1356109b0990b2fe1c808f63247271f7.jpg" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A day after the Austrian government said it was planning to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the interior minister now says it is likely to be redesigned. The idea is to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. [...] "the new plan comes after members of a government-appointed commission on the future of the house suggested that erasing the house would give the impression Austria was trying to erase its past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tricky business of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><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="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="Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972966/the-taj-mahal-yellowed-by-smog-is-getting-a-restorative-mud-mask The Taj Mahal, yellowed by smog, is getting a restorative mud mask Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-10T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T13:20:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/19/19hkukpazrb368k8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The famed monument to love ... has for years been acquiring a yellow tinge despite a ban on coal-powered industries in the area. Authorities have been applying "mud packs" around the side walls and towers since last year to draw the impurities out of the stone, but have not yet touched the main central dome. [...] The mud-pack therapy involves covering the surface with fuller's earth and leaving it to dry before removing it with soft brushes and distilled water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the annals of preservation:</p><ul><li><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">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage&mdash;and what to do with it" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968391/saddam-hussain-s-architectural-heritage-and-what-to-do-with-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage&mdash;and what to do with it</a></li><li><a title="The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></li><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="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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971750/china-adds-nearly-100-sites-from-the-last-century-onto-architectural-heritage-list China adds nearly 100 sites from the last century onto architectural heritage list Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-03T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr Shan Jixiang, head of the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics, said many of the selected structures tell abundant stories and are witnesses to key events in the nation's history. He added that the new list will make people aware of the need to preserve more recent architectural sites for future generations. [...] "Masterpieces of the 20th century prove that Chinese architects' spirit and techniques are well inherited. And they deserve to be passed on to modern times."</p></em><br /><br /><p>98 sites make up China's first 20th-Century Chinese Architectural Heritage List, issued by the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics and the Architectural Society of China.&nbsp;The announcement comes about half a year after the country declared <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an official end to "weird" architecture</a>.</p><p>It's not exactly clear what special treatment the sites will receive now that they're on the list&mdash;aside from "making people aware" that these sites are in need of preservation&mdash;but Mr. Jixiang, the head of the Heritage List's issuing office, had expressed criticism of China playing host to the "strange-looking" designs of foreign architects.</p><p>Check out some of the newly-minted heritage sites below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>The Bund waterfront in Shanghai</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/glwcdj595mq8qcy5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Sofia Cathedral in Harbin</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qokdlp3mdmsbbqto.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Great Hall of the People and Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square in Beijing</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ev/ev7tud9bfv8zml1u.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Monument on Marco Polo Square in Tianjin</em></p><p>Note: at the time of posting, the complete list doesn't seem to be available online.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149970286/closer-look-zaha-hadid-s-new-floating-port-house-in-antwerp Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new “floating” Port House in Antwerp Justine Testado 2016-09-23T18:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ym/ympl7d27dtqge7nw.jpg" width="650" height="694" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.</p><p>ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as &ldquo;the most brilliant&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgf3tyadlm1o5adv.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/laa6xfgsnqd3269w.jpg"></p><p>At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension &ldquo;floats&rdquo; above the old fire station. &ldquo;Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,&rdquo; ZHA describes.</p><p>The building&nbsp;also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970283/the-fight-for-sydney-s-brutalist-public-housing-landmark-continues The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="http://qz.com/788466/save-our-sirius-construction-workers-are-refusing-to-tear-down-a-brutalist-architecture-landmark-in-australia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sirius-an-architectural-treasure-and-rare-symbol-of-the-triumph-of-little-people-over-powerful-lobby-groups-sirius-enables-the-continued-inclusion-and-contribution-of-people-with-disability-and-elderly-in-their-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">change.org petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="http://saveoursirius.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">saveoursirius.org</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970122/replica-of-palmyra-arch-presented-in-new-york Replica of Palmyra Arch presented in New York Nicholas Korody 2016-09-22T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-12-12T14:57:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w9/w9vd249as7xvwmy7.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A recreation of Palmyra&rsquo;s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in New York on Monday, almost a year after Islamic State militants destroyed the original structure. The 1,800-year-old Roman arch was blown up by the extremist group last October, but a team of archeologists at Oxford University&rsquo;s Institute for Digital archeology (IDA) set about recreating it, in an act of resistance to Isis&rsquo;s rampant acts of cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The recreation, which is two-thirds the size of the original, was constructed with 3D printing technology using Egyptian marble. Historically, the arch marked the entrance to the Temple of Baal, which was later converted into a church and then a mosque.</p><p>The recreated arch was displayed last spring in Trafalgar Square. It will stay in New York &mdash; at City Hill park &mdash; for one week before heading to Dubai.&nbsp;</p><p>Watch a video of the construction here:</p><p></p><p>For more on Palmyra and the destruction caused by ISIL, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964570/international-criminal-court-hears-first-case-of-cultural-destruction-as-war-crimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Criminal Court hears first case of cultural destruction as war crimes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945094/syrian-architect-talks-about-the-past-and-future-of-her-destroyed-hometown-of-homs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Syrian architect talks about the past and future of her destroyed hometown of Homs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968391/saddam-hussain-s-architectural-heritage-and-what-to-do-with-it Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage—and what to do with it Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During his time in power, as head of state and as leader of the all-powerful, secularist Ba&rsquo;th party, Saddam would oversee an unprecedented program of monumental development across the historic city of Baghdad. This was not limited to monuments of war and hollow bronze shells, but enormous palatial complexes, museums, art galleries, and civic squares [...] marshal it, awkwardly, unevenly, into the post-industrial age, a modern city shaped by the aspirations and egotistical tastes of a despot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952786/iraq-honors-zaha-hadid-with-commemorative-stamp-which-features-rejected-tokyo-stadium-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iraq honors Zaha Hadid with commemorative stamp &mdash; which features rejected Tokyo stadium design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968388/the-architecture-of-cuba-s-revolutionary-and-endangered-national-art-schools The architecture of Cuba's revolutionary (and endangered) National Art Schools Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-13T17:43:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T18:39:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jm/jmwv03806wdwugl9.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by three architects, one Cuban and two Italian, the new schools were constructed in flamboyant, sinuous forms deliberately reflecting the local landscape. Built in brick and terracotta as a pragmatic response to the US embargo of imported steel, ... these were a confident repudiation of Western-style International Modernism. But of the five original schools in the complex, only two were completed, as the deepening relationship with the USSR prompted disdain for such exotic forms</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59098906/unfinished-spaces-premieres-tomorrow-night-on-pbs-archinect-talks-to-the-filmmaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unfinished Spaces premieres tomorrow night on PBS; Archinect talks to the filmmaker</a></li><li><a title="How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942220/how-havana-tries-to-come-out-of-its-crumbling-shell-without-betraying-cuba-s-revolutionary-roots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Havana tries to come out of its crumbling shell without betraying Cuba's revolutionary roots</a></li><li><a title="Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)" 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 title="The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a title="Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117191853/ricardo-porro-cuban-national-art-school-architect-dies-at-89" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ricardo Porro, Cuban National Art School Architect, Dies at 89</a></li></ul>