Archinect - News 2016-12-11T05:07:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square Ellen Hancock 2016-04-20T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:23:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/04/04fe0518572f4ffa6ba19ba78fd2b53f.jpg" width="600" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, has been unveiled in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the relating topics in this article check out these links:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370049/london-s-v-a-to-host-a-robot-construction-team-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us29olgfjinab11z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144438812/whatever-the-architecture-memorializing-a-structure-for-its-memories Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-28T17:57:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3f/3fgwzhdj9igx3dzb.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bank buildings have become bars. Football grounds have been turned into prestige housing. All things must pass. Buildings that have outlived their purpose have no right to be preserved perpetually in a Prince Charles-style attempt to stop the clock on history. Sentimentality about an imagined past is a British disease. For all that, the emotional link between a building like the Washington Post&rsquo;s and the people who once worked there will live on, for years to come.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pieces on the cultural history of demolished or renovated structures:</p><ul><li><a title="Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saving Buildings with Social Media (Or Not)</a></li><li><a title="The Folly of Saving What You Kill" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98609130/the-folly-of-saving-what-you-kill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Folly of Saving What You Kill</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Historic Status&quot; won't protect against demolition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92844618/historic-status-won-t-protect-against-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Historic Status" won't protect against demolition</a></li><li><a title="Interactive Decay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78412774/interactive-decay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interactive Decay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142899884/stonehenge-may-have-originated-in-wales-new-study-suggests Stonehenge may have originated in Wales, new study suggests Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-08T13:52:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T13:53:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/re/re2kk8k48rsylbpq.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>archaeologists have found several recesses in rock formations in Wales that match the size and shape of Stonehenge's bluestones, leading to theories that the monument may have been erected in Wales first, before being moved to its present site in Salisbury Plain. The researchers also discovered evidence of what they described as &ldquo;a loading bay" from where the massive boulders could have been dragged away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wales is over 130 miles / 209 kilometers from Stonehenge's current site in Salisbury Plain &ndash; a distance that would have taken Neolithic people over 500 years to transport the monoliths over, according to Professor Mike Parker Pearson,&nbsp;a British late prehistory professor at UCL who led the study.</p><p>Researchers involved in the project find it unlikely that, after the bluestones had been removed the quarry, the harvesters would have immediately set a course for Salisbury Plain. What is perhaps more likely is that the stones were used for a monument in Wales first, and were then transported to their current site through a massive coordination effort with people living in both areas.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the latest theories is that Stonehenge is a monument of unification, bringing together people from across many parts of Britain," Pearson told <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/07/stonehenge-first-erected-in-wales-secondhand-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141282923/a-young-designer-rethinking-how-we-memorialize-collective-trauma A young designer rethinking how we memorialize collective trauma Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:12:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdti5gnog9g9u1lq.jpg" width="600" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Sara Zewde] argues that while the traditional monument commemorates a singular event or individual by placing an object in a space that is a break from its surroundings, the 400-year practice of African enslavement demands a different approach. &ldquo;For Afro-descended people, you wake up every day with the legacy of slavery,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;How do you deal with that spatially?&rdquo; One approach is to translate cultural practices into spatial ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kx/kx7esg05i0pl9lrr.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2v0dwtkf6r4e3cw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120896185/turns-out-the-washington-monument-is-shorter-than-we-thought Turns out the Washington Monument is shorter than we thought Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T15:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-21T07:30:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4e/4eqv14rqggxusrkf.jpg" width="650" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using new international measurement standards and technology not available in the past, NOAA&rsquo;s National Geodetic Survey has calculated the official architectural height of the Washington Monument to be 554 feet 7 11/32 inches [...]. Although the newly established architectural height differs from the historical height of 555 feet 5&#8539; inches, neither the starting point nor the so-called &ldquo;standard deviation&rdquo; used for the original 1884 measurement is known [...].</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/99650281/daniel-libeskind-design-wins-canadian-national-holocaust-monument-competition Daniel Libeskind design wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition Justine Testado 2014-05-12T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:18:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mo/mo8lhis0qmwoffce.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Team Lord of Toronto was announced today as the winner to design the new Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada's capital. The team's proposal, titled "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival", was selected out of six finalists who were invited to present their concepts to a jury of professionals and then to the public during the national design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Led by co-president of Lord Cultural Resources Gail Dexter-Lord, the Toronto-based team also includes Daniel Libeskind (architect), Edward Burtynsky (artist&ndash;photographer), Claude Cormier (landscape architect), and Doris Bergen (subject-matter advisor).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2ecxjtppda08qk9.jpg"></p><p>More info about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/daniel_libeskind_design_wins_canadian_national_holocaust_monument_competiti/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99648466/washington-monument-set-to-reopen-today Washington Monument Set to Reopen Today Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:01:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:35:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9b/9ba91e11fc576ea4cc4992cb3743bbb0.jpg" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.</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/95034331/the-monuments-of-tech-architecture-in-the-age-of-planned-obsolescence The monuments of tech: architecture in the age of planned obsolescence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-06T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T20:54:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0u/0uw6pixqxaxthc7w.jpg" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Silicon Valley long prided itself on building world-changing technologies from the humble garage, or the nondescript office park. The new spaces are more distinctive, as companies seek to build a consumer profile [...] [There] is a sense that nothing is permanent, that any product can be dislodged from greatness by something newer. It&rsquo;s the aesthetic of disruption: We must all change, all the time. And yet architecture demands that we must also represent something lasting.</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/77689570/gezi-park-monument-by-studio-vural Gezi Park Monument by Studio Vural Alexander Walter 2013-07-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T10:41:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sr/srhaxknk4pvioef7.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York-based Turkish architect Selim Vural, founder of architecture and interior design firm <a href="http://studiovural.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Vural</a>, has shared with us his design for a Gezi Park Monument. The memorial commemorates the recent protests on Istanbul's Taksim Square against the planned construction of a shopping mall in place of the historic Gezi Park &mdash; which sparked the nationwide <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 protests in Turkey</a> (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287877/gezi-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v1li7tn0z04wcv3t.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from Selim Vural:</strong></p> <p> Beyond commemorating important events, monuments come to being through significant ideas. Their bodies are usually aesthetic, dynamic, communicative and distinctive yet beyond all, they are clear embodiments of their generative ideas.</p> <p> It is also significant that all monuments of liberty in history are made of or derived from female figures. There is a soft power, an illuminated fearlessness in their stance, which is not evident in the singularly powerful male figures. On the one hand they are complex, conflicting, and plural and on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18921342/a-paraphrased-quote-stirs-criticism-of-mlk-memorial A Paraphrased Quote Stirs Criticism Of MLK Memorial Archinect 2011-09-01T12:46:41-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1slfddl1qq449fej.jpg" width="591" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The poet and author and one of the memorial's consultants, Maya Angelou, told The Washington Post, yesterday, the quote makes King seem arrogant. Actually, she put it in harsher terms. "The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit," she said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Today, <em>All Things Considered</em>'s Melissa Block spoke to memorial's executive architect, Ed Jackson Jr., who explained the quote was paraphrased because of design constraints. At first, he said, the quote was going to be placed on the south face of the monument, but instead the designers decided that they wanted visitors to see the quotation ("Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope...") that explained the whole concept first. So they decided to move the quotation to the north side, where the sculptor had already done some work adding striations that left little room for a lengthy engraving.</p> <p> That's the technical explanation. But Jackson also said he disagreed with Angelou. He said the quote did not make King sound arrogant and said the memorial includes 14 other quotations and that the full experience cannot be determined by one small part of it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/18858881/anyone-else-not-happy-with-how-the-mlk-monument-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seems like some of our members agree that the monument is not ideal - discuss</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18173630/martin-luther-king-jr-national-memorial-opens-in-washington Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington Archinect 2011-08-26T00:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5u8gap9lttt3zo2.jpg" width="591" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We don&rsquo;t even see his feet. He is embedded in the rock like something not yet fully born, suited and stern, rising from its roughly chiseled surface. His face is uncompromising, determined, his eyes fixed in the distance, not far from where Jefferson stands across the water. But kitsch here strains at the limits of resemblance: Is this the Dr. King of the &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech? Or the writer of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech?</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/3569833/berlin-selects-giant-rocking-dish-as-monument-to-unification Berlin selects giant rocking dish as monument to unification Paul Petrunia 2011-04-20T14:34:07-04:00 >2011-04-20T14:34:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7e29f034185debd8a7db9066edae5f0d.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After more than a decade of disagreement, Berliners have settled on a monument to celebrate German reunification and the 1989 peaceful revolution: a giant, rocking dish. The 55-metre, 330-tonne glittering steel wing can hold up to 1,400 people at any one time, but it needs at least 20 people to get it moving.</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>