Archinect - News 2015-03-04T17:44:21-05:00 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 >2015-03-04T15:31:06-05:00 <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>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 >2015-03-03T20:38:15-05:00 <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those who love the Gothic extravagance that is the Victorian Palace of Westminster know that great swaths of it are out of date.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 >2015-03-03T14:24:14-05:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/118382446/editor-s-picks-401 Editor's Picks #401 Nam Henderson 2015-01-15T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-01-16T13:32:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/afz5jy13p8nb9vec.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect&nbsp;<strong>Showcase:</strong>(ed) <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117673239/showcase-a-house-by-wiel-arets-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A&rsquo; House by Wiel Arets Architects</a>&nbsp;a "<em>compact private residence</em>"&nbsp;in Tokyo's Nishi-Azabu neighborhood.&nbsp;Responding to <strong>chigurh</strong>, <strong>EKE</strong> and others <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;commented</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/el/elrkhswd2d1b4weh.jpg"></p><p>"<em>a european project, photographed by a european photographer as well. best not to generalize. Its a Dutch design. By the Dean of IIT. The only thing Japanese about it is the location and the laws. Hm, maybe Japanese architecture is really an outcome of regulations, not culture? ...for what its worth the house is beautiful in person and neither feels hermetic nor sterile...Aret's seems to have grasped something useful by bringing the street into the house</em>"...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eoxq57uf88wad0ud.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886154/archinect-sessions-is-back-with-episode-11-another-year-another-architecture-with-the-multi-talented-mitch-mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>'&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117886154/archinect-sessions-is-back-with-episode-11-another-year-another-architecture-with-the-multi-talented-mitch-mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">inaugural 2015 episode</a> featured a conversation with urban planner, architect, artist, programmer, educator, and of course, beloved Archinect blogger, <a href="http://archinect.com/mcewen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mitch McEwen</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;admitted "<em>Mitch and Jiminez Lai are my favorites of the new breed of architects. They've really have given me a lot to think about</em>".</p><p><a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Cen...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god An ode to the old Penn Station, where travelers "entered the city like a god" Alexander Walter 2015-01-06T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Penn Station did not make you feel comfortable; it made you feel important.&rdquo; [...] Unlike McKim&rsquo;s monument, today&rsquo;s Penn Station &mdash; where many visitors, both domestic and international, encounter New York City for the first time &mdash; certainly does not make you feel important. Comparing the vanished terminal with this tawdry replacement, the Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, &ldquo;One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117439717/macedonians-protest-to-protect-modernism Macedonians protest to protect modernism Archinect 2015-01-02T18:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T08:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83308c6c345188db440449021dc84f76.jpg" width="514" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two nights before New Year&rsquo;s Eve, more than a thousand Macedonians gathered in the snow to hold hands and form a ring around a large shopping mall in the capital city of Skopje. That may sound like the beginning to some strange joke, but the crowd was assembled in earnest, to express its love of the modernist building known as GTC, and to protest a government plan to give it a new, baroque fa&ccedil;ade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/updoa0c4s521qv16.jpg"><br><em>... in a city whose architecture is mostly modernist, all of the Skopje 2014 building is being done in a strictly neoclassical style, from a brand new triumphal arch to a towering sculpture of a man on a horse &mdash; <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/14/alexander-great-macedonia-warrior-horse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">presumably, but not explicitly, Alexander the Great</a> &mdash; atop a column adorned with lions, music, lights, and a fountain.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116574408/hdm-s-triangle-skyscraper-continues-to-divide-paris-over-its-historic-identity HdM's Triangle skyscraper continues to divide Paris over its historic identity Alexander Walter 2014-12-22T12:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T09:41:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e48b44907a34308a594e5ca0ea8e02b.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alexandre Gady, conservationist, historian of French architecture and professor of modern architecture at the Sorbonne, argues that changing or &ldquo;renewing&rdquo; Paris diverts from its real need to look outwards. Paris, he says, is a &ldquo;finished&rdquo; city that does not need improving or anything more doing to it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not that we should be doing this or that &ndash; we should not be doing anything in central Paris ... any plan is a diversion from the need of the city to grow outwards,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113963132/paris-row-after-hdm-s-triangle-skyscraper-rejected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116572799/michael-graves-reports-that-the-portland-building-will-be-saved Michael Graves reports that the Portland Building will be saved Archinect 2014-12-22T12:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-22T15:52:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a27d48dba88508b596f777c17f1e4f87.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be saved,&rdquo; Graves said. &ldquo;They told me&hellip; They said they are saving the building and not only that but we want you to sit on a committee for the redesign.&rdquo; Graves added that a time frame for the work has not been set&nbsp;but &ldquo;I&nbsp;would imagine in the next year we&rsquo;ll do something.&rdquo;&nbsp;Dana Haynes, communications director for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, confirmed that the Portland Building is not under threat of demolition and will continue to house city employees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111882633/keep-portland-architecture-weird-episode-3-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" target="_blank">Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions</a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116038354/marx-s-reading-room-could-stay-shut-for-five-more-years Marx’s Reading Room could stay shut for five more years Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T13:48:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f1474ae6656b485768c139a948cc5f7.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British Museum&rsquo;s round Reading Room might not fully reopen until 2020. One of London&rsquo;s grandest interiors, it was used by generations of scholars, including Karl Marx, when it housed the British Library. The historic reading desks are currently covered by a platform built in 2007, when the room was temporarily converted into a space for the museum&rsquo;s major exhibitions.</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/116032713/architectural-historian-discovers-chartres-cathedral-has-started-faking-it Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it Archinect 2014-12-15T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T12:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vicscbqog5rvkand.jpg" width="450" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first portion she pointed out was a pale ochre wall patterned with thin, perpendicular white lines mimicking mortar between masonry blocks. Looking upward we then saw panels of blue faux marbre, high above them gilded column capitals and bosses (the ornamental knobs where vault ribs intersect), and, nearby, floor-to-ceiling piers covered in glossy yellow trompe l&rsquo;oeil marbling, like some funeral parlor in Little Italy.</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/115653943/new-kid-on-the-block-soma-s-mixed-use-bobo-in-beirut-begins-foundation-work New kid on the block: SOMA's mixed-use Bobo in Beirut begins foundation work Justine Testado 2014-12-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/df/dfdvsb6d3zm2y4lq.jpg" width="514" height="772" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The distinctive BOBO building by New York-based <a href="http://archinect.com/soma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOMA Architects</a> will be the new kid on the block in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district. The design SOMA came up with for the residential building, which recently began foundation work, consists of a steel exoskeleton tied to a concrete core that will cantilever over an existing house that is located at the end of a row of structures dating back to the 1920s.</p><p>BOBO's developer, Zardman, was not allowed to demolish the house's fa&ccedil;ade. To work around this condition, the house was gutted and excavated six floors underground. Once built, BOBO will have a total of 11 stories, 13 residences (including a penthouse duplex), and retail on ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eo/eobyb6qjz9ne9qrm.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/azxumx0vyd05jbci.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c78wqsz7tydxjbn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38be1giha6uuqgqf.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nb/nb4hmybnr5l44xcm.jpg"></p><p>More images in the gallery below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County gem to be repurposed as "arts hub" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-09T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:13:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x4/x414czrr86fu3oto.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a press release issued last week by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman &amp; Associates,&nbsp;principal&nbsp;Gene Kaufman has submitted a proposal to buy the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY), which has been closed since 2011 due to storm damage. Designed in 1967 by Paul Rudolph, the building is slated to become an "arts hub" in Kaufman's hands, similar to projects he is already developing in Brooklyn, NY &ndash; described in the same press release as "combination artists' lofts-gallery-retail&nbsp;spaces".</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><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/114499218/michael-rotondi-in-studio-for-episode-8-of-archinect-sessions-a-sense-of-place Michael Rotondi in-studio for Episode 8 of Archinect Sessions, "A Sense of Place" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T18:56:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6vet5pu8l1ohna4.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6208/roto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a> joins us in-studio this week, for a special conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> about architecture education and Rotondi's Los Angeles roots. <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/ameliath" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a> also discuss ol' fashioned southern contextualism in Charleston, South Carolina, in response to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson University's scrapped modern building</a> plans.</p><p>Listen to episode eight of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a> podcast, "A Sense of Place":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>: <a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>: <a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>: <a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed: <a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>: <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-8.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><a href="https://events.gigaom.com/roadmap-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gigaom Roadmap conference</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/gallery/114114885/0/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apdbilxlot39rsmp.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Modern Oakwood&rdquo; lawsuit</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig case</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano will design the new Kum &amp; Go corporate HQ in Iowa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113982402/yaohua-wang-wins-2014-harvard-gsd-thesis-prize-with-salvaged-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang wins 2014 Harvard GSD thesis prize...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114576285/rescue-plan-for-a-marooned-miami-stadium Rescue Plan for a Marooned Miami Stadium Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T13:49:00-05:00 >2014-11-30T11:57:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r33hm0la05y7lnw8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a young city predisposed to wrecking and rebuilding, impressive works of architecture can sometimes be discarded as effortlessly as last year&rsquo;s runway accessories. But Miami Marine Stadium, a bold structure on Biscayne Bay that sought to jolt the city into the future back in 1963, may prove a rare, stubborn exception. Abandoned and shuttered more than two decades ago, the Modernist stadium is in the midst of a turbulent, nearly seven-year effort by a nonprofit group [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5174718/winners-of-the-2011-dawntown-miami-floating-stage-competition" target="_blank">Winners of the 2011 DawnTown Miami Floating Stage Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-19T14:56:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:25:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0r/0rnmtjgjd68r29w8.jpg" width="514" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We call it &ldquo;destructoporn&rdquo; (since 2007, according to Urban Dictionary) and it comes, unbidden, via digital media. Where did I see that Tod Williams and Billie Tsien&rsquo;s Folk Art Museum, just thirteen years old, was down to steel and rubble? The art critic Jerry Saltz&rsquo;s Instagram. [...] The dailiness, even hourliness, of social media makes it a perfect vehicle for documenting each thump of the wrecking ball, each crunch of the backhoe. Its visual slant is ideal for activism wrapped up in pictures.</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/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e260424e59eb42fb7087eb599542dbfa.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Courtyard House Plug-in is a modular home that was created by People&rsquo;s Architecture Office to respond to the need of Beijing&rsquo;s historic neighborhoods for modern facilities. [...] This sort of living solution comes in handy when renovating old protected buildings and presents an alternative to tearing them down. &ldquo;Houses tend to degrade when they&rsquo;re vacant and unkempt,&rdquo; says Shen, so plug-ins may help keep places like Hutongs alive despite their beat up look.</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/113496634/the-race-to-save-architecture-in-myanmar-s-biggest-city The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T18:49:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ecctuvx48cyhpfd6.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through six decades of assault [...] the apartment building on Upper Pansodan endured, its graceful arches and colorful patios sacrificing little of their elegance and charm to the torments of time, nature, and repression. Then in 2013, three years into Myanmar's unprecedented political and economic opening up, the building succumbed to a force that proved too great to resist: development.</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/113124949/19-precious-monuments-destroyed-by-war 19 precious monuments destroyed by war Archinect 2014-11-07T17:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T10:00:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76f1778635d7c696cb99d0c9c3cb0b6d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a cruel irony that a region so blessed with the treasures of early human civilizations is also among those most troubled by conflict. As the violence threatens to annihilate some of history's greatest monuments, we count the cost of our irreplaceable losses</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/112893576/restoration-of-alvar-aalto-s-viipuri-library-wins-2014-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxz82zi1sllo764.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sj98k95sf36axmgl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eah9hpehk5h9eoe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5y81crugnpkk34y.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c68rt66c2qy2l3fx.jpg"></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhruiphwrt3zibc6.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/restoration_of_alvar_aaltos_viipuri_library_wins_2014_world_monuments_fund_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112276898/from-music-row-to-condo-row From 'Music Row' to Condo Row Nam Henderson 2014-10-27T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T21:21:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cp5u2und2wq8i2fc.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I know the progress is great...This is my hometown, and I love to see it grow and expand. But I&rsquo;d sure hate to see Music Row not be Music Row 20 years from now" - Pat Holt, 61</p></em><br /><br /><p>Richard Fausset reported on the looming loss of Studio A (RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios), the&nbsp;49-year-old studio&nbsp;recording room, that is steeped in music history and scheduled for demolition to make way for a luxury condominium project.</p><p>&nbsp;It is but the latest example of how a booming real estate market, is threatening the original architecture of "the Vatican City of country music".&nbsp;</p>