Archinect - News 2015-11-28T22:47:03-05:00 As mining threatens Kiruna, the city plans for possible demolition and relocation two miles east Justine Testado 2015-08-03T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T20:40:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a highly unusual case of urbanism, the whole town centre and its surrounding neighbourhoods are to be demolished...The 3,050 homes that would be affected by the impact of the mining &ndash; in addition to shops, offices, schools, the city hall and the hospital &ndash; will all be bought by [the LKAB mining company], knocked down and relocated. The process of moving the city will happen in phases, with the majority estimated to be completed by 2040.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rapid mining activity in Kiruna is already posing a serious threat to the city, to the point that the mining company LKAB plans to relocate the entire municipality two miles eastward to prevent buildings from collapsing into the mine. <em>The Guardian</em> gives an overview on how locals are reacting to the relocation proposal, and how those two miles could completely change everything.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty</a></p><p><a title="Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects wins Kiruna City Hall competition in Northern Sweden</a></p><p><a title="Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image</a></p> Debated relocation of U.S. Embassy in London is "inevitably painful" for locals Justine Testado 2015-06-10T15:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T15:58:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Embassy in Grosvenor Square, a Modernist concrete building in the heart of Mayfair, London&rsquo;s most exclusive neighborhood, has been a potential terrorist target for years, creating anxiety for both employees and neighbors...So a new embassy [by KieranTimberlake] is under construction for a move by 2017, and the residents of Mayfair are relieved. But this being Britain, the new embassy has become the object of debate and, in some quarters, ridicule.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake&rsquo;s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking</a></p> The Aluminaire House to relocate to Palm Springs Justine Testado 2015-03-13T14:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T06:32:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it was unveiled in New York City in April 1931, the starkly modern Aluminaire House was an overnight sensation that emboldened an architectural movement. Designed as a case study by architects A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey, the three-story house, which was built in 10 days, became the first all-metal prefabricated house in the U.S.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After Sunnyside Gardens was a no-go, it looks like the Aluminaire House will be heading to sunny Palm Springs, California, according to an announcement by Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet during a fundraising event at Palm Springs Modernism Week last month. The Aluminaire House Foundation plans on placing the all-metal prefab house right across the Palm Springs Art Museum to become another modernist attraction in the city -- where Frey lived and practiced from 1935 to his death in 1998.</p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Aluminaire House looks to Sunnyside Gardens as its possible new home</a></p> Germany Plans to Raze Towns for Brown Coal and Cheap Energy Archinect 2014-02-13T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-02-13T18:25:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Atterwasch is tiny, its single street lined with sturdy brick and stone houses. The village has a single church whose bells peal out at noon each day, a small volunteer fire department, and a cemetery with a special section devoted to German soldiers who died nearby in the closing months of WWII. Atterwasch may soon be gone. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy company, hopes to relocate the village and its residents in order to strip-mine the ground underneath for lignite, or "brown coal."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hip Cities That Think About How They Work Archinect 2011-11-23T11:46:07-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:31:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This survey is not based solely on quality of life, number of trees or the cost of a month&rsquo;s rent. Instead, we examine some cities that aim to be both smart and well managed, yet have an undeniably hip vibe. Our pick of cities that are, in a phrase, both great and good...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The NYT selects Auckland, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Santiago, Shanghai and Vilnius as the hippest cities for young professionals.</p>