Archinect - News 2015-11-26T14:50:47-05:00 Google doodle honors Eiffel Tower's 126th opening anniversary Alexander Walter 2015-03-31T13:55:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T14:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's most visited attractions, welcoming almost seven million visitors per year, was completed 126 years ago today - and there's a Google Doodle to mark the anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contrary to the <em>Telegraph</em> quote above, the Eiffel Tower was actually completed on March 15. Today's anniversary honors the <em>public opening</em> on March 31, 1889.</p><p>Joyeux anniversaire, old friend!</p> A New Use for the Eiffel Tower Nicholas Korody 2015-02-25T18:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:16:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While hard to imagine today, Paris&rsquo;s most iconic monument was largely reviled when it was first built for the 1889 World&rsquo;s Fair. On February 14, 1887, as construction was just beginning, a group of some of most notable Parisian artists, writers, architects and intellectuals &ndash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">including</a> Charles Garnier, &Eacute;mile Zola, Alexandre Dumas <em>fils</em>, and Guy de Maupassant &ndash; launched a petition against the Eiffel Tower. "We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower,&rdquo; their statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">read</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Today, concerns over the use-value of the most-visited paid monument in the world seem comical. But throughout its history, the question of utility has been central to conversations about the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the 906 ft. tall structure, defensively <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">touted</a> it&rsquo;s scientific ...</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris row after HdM's Triangle skyscraper rejected</a></p> New York state of mind: Weekly News Round-Up for November 10, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-17T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-17T19:30:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 13:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian hires BIG architecture group for $2 billion South Mall renovation plan</a>: While approval is still pending, the large-scale renovation will include "two underground levels of visitor amenities" and could take up to twenty years to complete.</p><p><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a>: The nonprofit advocacy group claims that cordoning off the Chicago waterfront for Lucas' museum violates the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing "equal protection and due process" for deciding what to do with land belonging to the state of Illinois.</p><p><strong><em>Wednesday, November 12:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two window washers trapped on scaffolding at 1 WTC</a>: The two men were shortly&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rescued</a>&nbsp;by firemen, after uneven ascending cables left them dangling at a 65-degree angle 827ft in the air.</p><p><a title="The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House</a>: People's Architecture Office created a modular interior set to install in Beijing's historic buildings, as a renovation alternative to demolition.</p><p><a title="The Race to Save Architecture in Myanmar's Biggest City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Race to Save Archi...</a></p> How pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night violate copyright Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T10:00:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indeed, taking a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night for any reason other than personal use is, technically, a violation of French copyright law [...]. A daytime photo is fine&mdash;copyright on the structure itself has expired&mdash;but night time photos remain problematic because the light show is more recent than the tower itself. Also illegal is taking a photo of the Atomium, Belgium&rsquo;s most famous tourist attraction [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ginger Group Unveils Plan to Transform the Eiffel Tower Into a Gigantic Tree MikeChino 2011-12-01T14:59:31-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of consultants in Paris has hatched a plan to turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant tree by covering it with 600,000 plants. Their dream is to literally plant the 324 meter tall aesthetic symbol of Paris with 12 tons of rubber tubing, and gradually add bags planted with greenery all over.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>