Archinect - News 2014-04-25T04:47:11-04:00 First major Guastavino exhibition opening at MCNY on March 26 Justine Testado 2014-03-25T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The upcoming "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile" exhibition&nbsp;will showcase&nbsp;the works of Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. that helped shape the architectural identity of New York City.&nbsp;</p><p>Opening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of the City of New York</a> on March 26, the exhibition will share the story of the Guastavinos, whose family legacy graces the vaulted and tiled ceilings of over 200 historic NYC buildings like the Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, Carnegie Hall, and the Bronx Zoo's Elephant House.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition was first&nbsp;organized by MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf from MIT before MCNY expanded it to feature 20 major Guastavino projects throughout NYC's five boroughs. The exhibition will include never-before-seen drawings and materials, an 11 ft x 15 ft replica of a Guastavino vault, contemporary photos by Michael Freeman, and a video gallery installation that lets viewers "visit" Guastavino spaces.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Palaces for the People" will run until...</p> Rice Design Alliance’s "Additionally" tour highlights modern updates of 8 historic houses in Houston Justine Testado 2014-01-08T12:46:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:58:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're in the Houston, Texas area and want to "add in" some well-in-advance weekend plans, Rice Design Alliance from Rice University will be hosting their 38th Annual Architectural Tour "Additionally" on March 29-30, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RDA</a> is inviting its members and their guests for a weekend to visit eight historic houses originally built between 1885 to 1964 throughout Houston. Within the past 12 years, local architecture firms individually crafted modernized additions that complement each house's historic nature.</p> <p> Check out some of the tour's destinations:<br><br> 216 Avondale (1906); Addition: 2012, m+a architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 707 Sabine (1885); Additions: 2000, Gary Eades; 2009, Janusz Design<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 3503 Audobon (1920); Addition: 2011, Interloop&ndash;Architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 5503 Sturbridge; Additions: 1960, Marshall S. MacDougal; 2008, Dillon Kyle Architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> For more info on the tour, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Rice Design Alliance.</em></p> The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago Alexander Walter 2014-01-03T13:10:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T21:33:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright produced an Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States in 1932 that remains, 80 years later, one of the most definitive collections of maps (many of them innovative in their time) from early U.S. history. [...] Just before the holidays, the University of Richmond&rsquo;s Digital Scholarship Lab unveiled an ambitious project bringing the entire collection online [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wright Masterwork Is Seen in a New Light: A Fight for Its Life anthony dong 2012-10-03T11:34:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T15:15:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to say which is more startling. That a developer in Phoenix could knock down a 1952 house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Or that the house has until now slipped under the radar, escaping the attention of most architectural historians...a spiral home for his son David.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is the North Dakota Capitol Building Ugly? Alexander Walter 2012-04-20T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-31T12:32:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Dakota&rsquo;s governor has bitten back at a Minnesota lawmaker who compared his state&rsquo;s Depression-era Capitol building to an insurance office, calling the critic ignorant of classic architecture. The Capitol in Bismarck was built during the 1930s with a plain concrete and stone exterior, ostensibly to keep costs down.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Let us know what you think in the comment section below.</p> Paris Opera | Charles Garnier | Architecture as Allegory Archinect 2011-10-02T15:20:20-04:00 >2011-10-02T15:20:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A design competition opened in December 1860 with a month's deadline; it drew 171 submissions. The winning architect, Garnier, was a blacksmith's son who had studied at the &Eacute;cole des Beaux Arts, taking its Grand Prix de Rome for architecture in 1848.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The UK riots: Is architecture irrelevant? Alexander Walter 2011-08-11T18:22:50-04:00 >2011-08-11T18:23:54-04:00 <em><p>The role that architecture plays in all of this is of course limited. New business eventually accrued from rebuilding destroyed buildings will have a negligible effect on the construction economy. So far the London riots have claimed two historic landmarks, the Victorian cottages at Croydon&rsquo;s Reeves Corner (1867) and Tottenham&rsquo;s Art Deco Union Point (1930), both of which survived the Blitz.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> WORKac to Redesign New Holland Island in St. Petersburg Alexander Walter 2011-08-05T19:22:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T18:32:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York-based practice WORKac is the winner of the competition to select a master planning consultant for the future development of New Holland Island in St Petersburg, Russia. [...] New Holland is an 8-hectare island bordered by two canals and a river in the heart of St Petersburg, within 20-minutes walk of the Hermitage and the city&rsquo;s other major cultural sites.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Film: A Plea For Modernism EvanMather 2011-05-26T20:17:12-04:00 >2012-02-04T21:47:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School has served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Trem&eacute; since it opened in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design &ndash; the structure sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. Although it is scheduled for demolition in Summer 2011, DOCOMOMO Louisiana is advocating for its restoration via adaptive reuse. "A Plea For Modernism" is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce (&ldquo;The Wire&rdquo;, &ldquo;Treme&rdquo;). <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View on Vimeo</a></p> American frontier's first 'starchitecture?' J. James R. 2011-04-26T01:40:47-04:00 >2011-04-27T17:48:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"It is interesting here in the frontier: Who were they trying to impress?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Warren Gerds, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, shares with us a building that might otherwise be relatively insignificant if it was elsewhere in America. The Fort Howard Hospital is a Late-Federal-styled building in Allouez, Green Bay, Wisconsin. The story is what makes the building particularly interesting.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> "Starchitecture" is usually defined as buildings and follies wrought-to-being by a computer-scripted composition littered with fantastical shapes from cathartic fractals to abstracted crystalline shards to yet-to-be-named distended-and-distorted spherical blobs. But, "starchitecture," as another concept seems to transcend both style and time if one were to define "starchitecture" purely in terms of architecture that embodies emotion, speculation and alienation; architectural objects that essentially should not or could not exist referentially to their neighbors and time periods.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Fort Howard Hospital is one of those objects. The hospital was built in 1834-1835 at the...</p>