Archinect - News 2016-10-01T06:36:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149971231/great-brutalist-buildings-it-turns-out-have-soul "Great brutalist buildings, it turns out, have soul" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T14:31:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this thoughtful ode to the unexpected charms of brutalism, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/sep/28/grey-pride-brutalist-architecture-back-in-style" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Felix Salmon</a> explores why the formerly nightmarish architectural style is experiencing a renaissance, or at least a renewed appreciation. Salmon's observation that ubiquitous, unimaginative glass towers have replaced brutalism as the new hated icon of class strife is ace:</p><p>"The international style evolved, and not well. What used to be aspirational started becoming an in-your-face statement of conspicuous consumption. The gauche gaudiness of was embraced not only where you might expect it (the Wynn towers of Las Vegas, say), but also in places with real history, such as New York City. Go to Columbus Circle today, for instance, and you&rsquo;ll see Christian de Portzamparc&rsquo;s billionaire condos at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71438/one57" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One57</a> face off against 'a 1950s international style glass skyscraper in a 1980s gold lame party dress,' as Muschamp described&nbsp;the Trump International Hotel. Such erections generate almost as much hatred today as the worst mistakes of brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970283/the-fight-for-sydney-s-brutalist-public-housing-landmark-continues The fight for Sydney's brutalist public housing landmark continues Alexander Walter 2016-09-23T14:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-27T23:39:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Protesters gathered in Sydney&rsquo;s historic Rocks district on Saturday to rally against the New South Wales government&rsquo;s plans to sell off the Sirius building &ndash; which contains 79 social housing tenants &ndash; to developers for more than $100m. The 1970s Brutalist building was nominated for heritage listing by the NSW National Trust in 2014 but the government has refused to grant it, saying the proceeds from the sale are needed to build more public housing elsewhere in Sydney</p></em><br /><br /><p>Quartz also <a href="http://qz.com/788466/save-our-sirius-construction-workers-are-refusing-to-tear-down-a-brutalist-architecture-landmark-in-australia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported</a> that Australia&rsquo;s largest construction union Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Unions NSW have called their members to refuse any participation in demolition work of the structure.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Sirius building is not only an important piece of architectural history&mdash;it is one of the last areas of public housing in the district,&rdquo; explained Rita Mallia, president of the CFMEU in a Sept 16 statement.</em></p><p>Learn more about the case in this <a href="https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sirius-an-architectural-treasure-and-rare-symbol-of-the-triumph-of-little-people-over-powerful-lobby-groups-sirius-enables-the-continued-inclusion-and-contribution-of-people-with-disability-and-elderly-in-their-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">change.org petition</a> and on the cause's website <a href="http://saveoursirius.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">saveoursirius.org</a>.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958382/17-of-le-corbusier-s-buildings-are-now-un-world-heritage-sites 17 of Le Corbusier's buildings are now UN world heritage sites Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-18T10:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4zvtkr047188e5c.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UN's cultural organisation has listed 17 works by pioneering Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier as world heritage sites. Le Corbusier spearheaded the modern movement after World War One, using iron, concrete and glass in a new focus on bold lines and functionality that did not appeal to everyone. The sites are in seven countries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>17 of Le Corbusier's buildings, including Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation in Marseille and&nbsp;the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo were announced as new UN world heritage sites. The 17 buildings meet three of the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1321/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection criteria</a> for World Heritage status:</p><p>(i) A masterpiece of human creative genius.</p><p>(ii) An important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.</p><p>(vi) Directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.</p><p>The inclusion of Le Corbusier's works as world heritage sites marks the culmination of a significant shift in attitudes towards Modernist architecture. His&nbsp;Unit&eacute; d&rsquo;habitation is often considered the forefather of high-rise living.&nbsp;Le Corbusier's forms are often cited as a key inspiration for the much maligned Brutalism. Could t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956791/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:12:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjn5bdlzekwj9uig.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c932cb8f9nxnez7t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/city-of-westminster-college/135701192" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Westminster College</a> in London, GB by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68qy2skzkoy746yy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects/project/concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3afi1mejkajmhqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65641/tian-shan-mountain-house/149938238" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tian Shan Mountain House</a> in Almaty, Kazakhstan by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65641/audrey-matlock-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audrey Matlock Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j664bo8xtzb3rnoe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73841048/antalya-aquarium/144175787" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antalya Aquarium</a> in Antalya, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73841048/bahad-r-kul-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/of/ofm8nygt19yl4uxs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/casa-nirau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Nirau</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: PCW</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4cighxxa67u6s44v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/office-building-with-super-market/149941129" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Building with Super Market</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0n93vbqul6tdtmr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aosarchitects/project/richards-medical-research-laboratory-renovations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richards Med...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956615/don-t-miss-walking-through-the-economist-plaza Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza skorgaonkar 2016-07-08T05:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:22:01-04:00 <p>The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the surrounding historic fabric.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2i/2ix1sqxurs97ezd3.jpg"></p><p>St. James&rsquo;s is steeped in history and tradition. The Economist Plaza itself shares a wall with Boodle&rsquo;s, a historic private member&rsquo;s club designed with Palladian windows and other classical features. In contrast, the Smithsons advocated the aesthetic for New Brutalism by examining and questioning the work of modernists like Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They were hired for this project after completing the Hunstanton School in Norfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1m7zkhkx9f0w3cw4.jpg"></p><p>The Smithsons scheme may appear to be modernist but it subtly addresses the surrounding architecture. The original complex contained an office tower, residential building and bank. The Portland stone cladding references classical mater...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956610/national-trust-to-show-the-beauty-of-croydon National Trust to show the beauty of Croydon work_for_free 2016-07-08T03:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:26:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vesb4p5k63qd1hf.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bowie hated it. Peep Show besmirched it. The London suburb may get a bad rap in popular culture, but now there is the chance to see a different side. [...] Watson is helping to organise tours of Croydon taking in architectural highlights such as NLA House (now No 1 Croydon), sometimes known as the &lsquo;threepenny bit&rsquo;; [...] The National Trust is turning to Croydon after its successful tours of London&rsquo;s brutalist concrete buildings, places it argues should be cherished as much as Croydon&rsquo;s towers.</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/149953071/an-ode-to-brutalism An ode to Brutalism Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism will never happen again. Our stock of Brutalism is limited, and sadly under constant attack. The demolition and &lsquo;refurbishment&rsquo; of great buildings by Rudolph, I M Pei, Denys Lasdun and other giants of the movement should be taken as seriously as would the loss of buildings by Donato Bramante, Christopher Wren or Frank Lloyd Wright. Brutalism deserves far better than the wrecker&rsquo;s ball: it was the pinnacle of world architecture through all of history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149949021/sosbrutalism-campaign-lists-endangered-buildings #SOSBrutalism campaign lists endangered buildings Alexander Walter 2016-06-02T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-04T20:36:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Surfing on this social media hype, the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation have started using the hashtag #SOSBrutalism to make these buildings visible worldwide in order to contribute to saving those that are currently threatened. "Brutalism represents an anti-attitude, an anti-idyll," says campaign co-initiator Philip Kurz, of the W&uuml;stenrot Foundation. [...] The German Architecture Museum also plans to create an exhibition next year based on its online campaign.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Some 900 buildings - from London to Abidjan, from Tokyo to Caracas - are already documented on the website <a href="http://www.sosbrutalism.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sosbrutalism.org</a>. Among the structures featured in the database, some have already been demolished while others are currently endangered."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings) Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T19:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:56:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fks80xzwdwayid0f.jpg" width="514" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalist architecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s&ndash;70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cheaper than a train set, more visceral than a video game: <a href="http://www.zupagrafika.com/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zupagrafika</a>'s sets of&nbsp;the Les Choux de Creteil, the Cite des 4000, and the Orgues de Flandre (among others) will keep your fingers busy in assembly and your mind deeply engaged in the thorny issues surrounding the relative success and failure of mid-century design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vb/vb9vdcb38vjhxggv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uo/uo5xav7wd04g52uq.jpg"></p><p>A round-up of all the latest in fascinating miniatures:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140413341/vote-on-which-3d-concrete-puzzles-of-cities-places-to-model-next" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vote on which 3D concrete puzzles of cities &amp; places to model next</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94762976/the-miniature-model-behind-the-grand-budapest-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Miniature Model Behind &lsquo;The Grand Budapest Hotel&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944474/kahn-brought-back-to-new-life-gorgeously-renovated-yale-center-for-british-art-due-to-reopen Kahn brought back to new life: gorgeously renovated Yale Center for British Art due to reopen Alexander Walter 2016-05-10T18:09:00-04:00 >2016-05-22T22:09:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The greatest work of art at New Haven&rsquo;s Yale Center for British Art is arguably the landmark building itself&mdash;and Louis Kahn&rsquo;s last structure is due to reopen this month after a 16-month renovation of its public galleries and lecture hall, and an upgrade of its accessibility, security, mechanical and electrical systems. This is the third phase of a $33m conservation project that began in 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"George Knight of Knight Architecture, who led the conservation work, says: &ldquo;The thing that kept me up at night was [thinking] how can we preserve the building, which is so architecturally rich, and do all this surgery so as not to disfigure the patient in any way?""</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dx/dxn9nmd0ch8m2lov.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pq9viqq3j6d89dv9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abkzwimh2h9r7j01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dl/dly896ai67zkfuaj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bs/bs47h8wuqd12z813.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4du9l6559a29yq2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/eksj1yb8goasvibj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eclef93zn5qg4rw3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s0/s0p627qdhmbzqdyi.jpg"></p><p>All images courtesy of the <a href="http://britishart.yale.edu/architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale Center for British Art</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145510875/renovation-of-kahn-s-richards-labs-pleases-both-scientists-and-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renovation of Kahn's Richards Labs pleases both scientists and architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942171/yale-architecture-students-interview-dean-robert-a-m-stern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale architecture students interview Dean Robert A.M. Stern</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137490508/deborah-berke-named-dean-of-yale-school-of-architecture-will-succeed-robert-a-m-stern-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke named Dean of Yale School of Architecture, will succeed Robert A.M. Stern in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943893/brute-force-atlanta-s-endangered-breuer-ban-s-disaster-relief-efforts-and-a-honking-huge-lobby-for-driverless-vehicles-on-archinect-sessions-63 Brute Force: Atlanta's endangered Breuer, Ban's disaster relief efforts, and a honking huge lobby for driverless vehicles on Archinect Sessions #63 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-05T14:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T23:24:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfjddo1vc7lp5q0c.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on the podcast, Donna, Ken and I discuss the uncertain future of downtown <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta's brutalist Public Library</a> (the last building Marcel Breuer designed), how Shigeru <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942969/shigeru-ban-arrives-in-ecuador-to-train-locals-in-relief-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ban's relief efforts</a> in Ecuador relate to his celebrity, and the emergence of a heavy-hitting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lobbyist group for driverless cars</a> in the US.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 63 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Brute Force":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<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:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-63.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p>News pieces discussed in this show:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942969/shigeru-ban-arrives-in-ecuador-to-train-locals-in-relief-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban arrives in Ecuador to train locals in relief architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition</a></li></ul><p>The campaign to <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/52121/save-me-grosse-pointe-central-library-designed-by-marcel-breuer-1953-slated-for-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">save Marcel Breuer...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942946/breuer-s-brutalist-library-in-downtown-atlanta-faces-demolition Breuer's Brutalist library in downtown Atlanta faces demolition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-29T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T11:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The uncertainty looming over the building&rsquo;s future is serving as a call to action for preservation groups in Atlanta and around the world who are beginning to mobilize. [...] Ironically, to gain the Breuer building, Atlanta lost its original Carnegie Library. [...] As evidenced by the transformation of the former Whitney Museum into the Met Breuer, it is clear that with a careful restoration, Breuer&rsquo;s works can be an iconic piece of the urban fabric in which they reside</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architecture and Design Center has begun a <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-the-marcel-breuer?source=c.em.cp&amp;r_by=15391034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition</a> to protect the library, and has since garnered 1,023 signatures of 2,000 needed.</p><p>The petition states: "We ask that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees take actions to protect the Central Library and Library System Headquarters Building, located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, from demolition and damaging renovation, whether the Library System maintains ownership or sells the building. We also ask that the building is renamed to honor its architect, the internationally renowned Marcel Breuer."</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942153/no-guarantees-for-historic-residential-architecture-in-real-estate-limbo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a title="Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148506267/constructive-destruction-how-would-you-imagine-the-ideal-demolition-scheme" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Constructive destruction: How would you imagine the ideal demolition scheme?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Stop the unpermitted demolition&quot;: Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146273961/stop-the-unpermitted-demolition-roche-dinkeloo-s-shiny-un-plaza-hotel-lobby-might-be-remodeled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled</a></li><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the bruta...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940558/feast-your-eyes-on-these-sci-fi-inspired-photos-of-belgrade-s-brutalist-buildings Feast your eyes on these sci fi-inspired photos of Belgrade's Brutalist buildings Justine Testado 2016-04-13T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:56:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtbp6sygdbhn7yrh.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These buildings aren't from a distant galaxy far, far away. They're here on Planet Earth, specifically in Belgrade, Serbia. Locally based photographer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nahmijas.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mirko Nahmijas</a> wanted to give a new perspective to some of his hometown's historically-loaded Brutalist structures in his photo series titled&nbsp;&ldquo;Minimal Belgrade&rdquo; &mdash; which Nahmijas has also nicknamed &ldquo;Star Wars City&rdquo;.</p><p>The series depicts the structures as concrete giants, showing off their depth and sharp geometric forms that pop against a stark sky-blue background. Encountering the buildings on a regular basis, Nahmijas wanted to discover a newfound appreciation for his hometown.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/35/35wjrzj18lu2akdv.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ao/aochzqrubeu9grwp.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xf/xf72a1mo3yxmcdgj.jpg"><br><br>Although he carefully staged the photos, there were the inevitable perfect moments of spontaneity that made the process all the more enjoyable.&nbsp;&ldquo;I most enjoyed taking photos of the VMA Military hospital [the Military Medical Academy] because of its bold lines, and the Western City Gate &mdash; especially in the picture I like to call The Pigeon Gate, because the pigeon...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938943/stock-bricks-to-brutalism-housing-design-in-poplar Stock bricks to Brutalism: housing design in Poplar Andrew Parnell 2016-04-08T05:07:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T09:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0mp08g54puxx479d.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The East End of London has been associated with many things: the &ldquo;cockney&rdquo; sense of humour; colourful criminals; waves of immigration; and poverty. Not many people associate it with architecture. But it was in Poplar in the south eastern corner of the East End that I chose to do <a href="http://footprintsoflondon.com/walks/?guide=Andrew+Parnell" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">my architectural guided walk</a>, called Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar. The reasons can be found in the great regeneration of the area&rsquo;s housing that took place in the twentieth century to address the problems of overcrowding, dilapidation, poor sanitation and bomb damage.</p><p>In this one locality, Poplar, you can trace the progression of social housing design from the end of the First World War through to the early 1980s &ndash; the days of high volume <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/690152/council-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">council housebuilding</a> in the UK &ndash; from blocks of flats of the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s built using &ldquo;stock brick&rdquo; (London&rsquo;s traditional building material made from the clay on which the city stands) to 1960s and 1970s tower and slab blocks built i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant? Nicholas Korody 2016-02-16T17:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:06:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7yzqcky3ci9pj1r7.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On March 18, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens an annex at Madison Avenue and 75th Street in Manhattan, it will be attempting to shrug off the ghost of a museum past. The specter is the Whitney Museum of American Art, which called the iconic Marcel Breuer building on that corner home for nearly five decades. In an eight-year deal, the Met is leasing the Breuer building from the Whitney&mdash; which relocated to its dazzling new Renzo Piano&ndash;designed home last year...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Breuer-designed building will house some of the Met's modern and contemporary collection. But shrugging off the association between the Brutalist masterpiece and its former tenant may prove a tough task. For many, nothing say's "the Whitney" more than those protruding windows...</p><p>For related coverage, check out some of these older articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125983571/exclusive-photos-take-a-tour-inside-the-brand-new-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Take a Tour Inside the Brand New Whitney Museum!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up for the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125371251/protests-at-renzo-piano-s-new-whitney-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protests at Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146286839/the-haves-and-the-have-nots-digesting-the-most-important-news-of-the-week-that-was-on-archinect-sessions-49 "The Haves and the Have Nots" – digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-21T18:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-22T15:08:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5w4ofmke0u5la46f.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As last week's episode was taken up by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730933/making-a-pritzker-laureate-martha-thorne-executive-director-of-the-pritzker-architecture-prize-gives-us-an-inside-look-at-the-prestigious-award-on-archinect-sessions-48" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker-hooplah</a>, this episode takes a look back at the major news items of the last week(ish) and gets you caught up with what's been happening in Archinect news.</p><p>We discuss: the recent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photo exhibition on homelessness at USC</a> (which closes tomorrow!); the Treasury Department's controversial new practice of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146032640/u-s-to-start-tracking-secret-buyers-of-luxury-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tracking and identifying secret buyers of luxury housing</a>; how BIG's 2 World Trade Center is now in limbo after "anchor tenant" <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052786/rupert-murdoch-suddenly-pulls-out-of-2-world-trade-center-deal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch has pulled out</a>; the demolition of yet another <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not-beloved-enough Brutalist building</a>; the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big ol' chunk of cash</a> the U.S. now has to prepare for driverless cars; and the ongoing debacle over the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, as Zaha Hadid Architects accuses Kengo Kuma Associates of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146053608/did-kengo-kuma-copy-elements-of-zaha-hadid-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">copying their design</a>, while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145735758/tokyo-olympics-refusing-to-pay-zaha-hadid-for-work-on-the-national-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan won't pay ZHA</a> until they hand over the design copyrights.</p><p>Phew! What a week. All original news postings are available in the shownotes.</p><p>Listen to episode 49 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "The Haves and the Hav...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence "Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" – say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T19:29:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T15:38:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83y7z0plagnx6g81.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hotel plan by the Procaccianti Group Inc. [...] is being welcomed by construction-trades unions, city officials and surrounding business owners. But Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will miss the Fogarty building. It&rsquo;s not ugly, he said, it&rsquo;s just &hellip; different. At about 50 years old, he said the Fogarty building is in the most dangerous time in a structure's life: when it&rsquo;s too old to be hip but too young to be venerated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sadly the architectural design of the proposed extended stay high-rise hotel that has been OKed by Providence City Council last December to replace the Fogarty building could not be any more generic and bland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5whddeqc27ab8mws.jpg"></p><p>What do you think, Archinectors? Do we have Providence locals here among our readers that can share their memories of the Fogarty's glory days?</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015 Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015 Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T10:45:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0a1tyiryhz0txcat.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism lost the good fight in 2015. [...] Demolition on another building by Johansen began late last year as well: Stage Theater, once known as the Mummers Theater, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman&lsquo;s Steve Lackmeyer called the 1970 project the number-one modernist building in the city that should have been spared. [....] Preservationists had hoped to turn it into a children&rsquo;s museum. Models of the building show what a delightful museum it might have made [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brutalike stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T12:17:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T11:31:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s the legacy of Brutalism being such a negative term. It begins the conversation with negativity about these buildings, and this falls into the misreading of them as harsh, Stalinist, or some other kind of monstrous, mean architecture. The name plays into that mischaracterization that&rsquo;s grown around a lot of them. I think &ldquo;Heroic&rsquo;&rdquo; is a better title for what their actual aspirations were. The architects had a real sense of optimism. They were developing architecture for the civic realm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135184637/rowan-moore-on-the-seemingly-erratic-decision-making-in-historic-preservation Rowan Moore on the seemingly erratic decision-making in historic preservation Alexander Walter 2015-08-26T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T13:08:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l1ymg18tf3t207mg.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are confusing times in the business of protecting the country&rsquo;s architectural heritage. [...] Recently, two large modernist buildings were up for consideration for listing: the British Library in St Pancras, and an East End council estate, Robin Hood Gardens. Both have been controversial [...] Yet the library has been granted the immortality of a Grade I listing, while the estate has been denied recognition and is set to be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42890487/robin-hood-gardens-set-for-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131877038/postmodern-no-1-poultry-divides-architects-in-debate-over-recent-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodern No 1 Poultry divides architects in debate over recent heritage</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-14T19:57:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T15:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eadd5274238b7570a16b59a6bed0b0ab.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Goldfinger&rsquo;s [brutalist] buildings were decreed &ldquo;soulless.&rdquo; Inhabitants claimed to suffer health problems and depression from spending time inside of them. Some of Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings were vacated because occupants found them so ugly. Yet, architects praised Goldfinger&rsquo;s buildings. [...] This divide&mdash;this hatred from the public and love from designers and architects&mdash;tends to be the narrative around buildings like Goldfinger&rsquo;s. Which is to say, gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roman Mars, host of the design-centric podcast "99% Invisible", blogs for Slate on the polarizing quality of brutalist architecture &ndash; beloved by architects and hated by pretty much everyone else. Discussing the history of concrete in building architecture, Mars also puts brutalism in perspective as a contested term, one that architects are still arguing about, and that is commonly interpreted by non-architects simply as "gigantic, imposing buildings made of concrete."</p><p>More on brutalist architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133537965/la-forum-releases-summer-newsletter-on-brutalism-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a title="Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119980904/brutal-london-cutout-replicas-commemorate-iconic-brutalist-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutal London cutout replicas commemorate iconic brutalist structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133537965/la-forum-releases-summer-newsletter-on-brutalism-in-los-angeles LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-05T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:45:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cfjbnu51ixszqys.jpg" width="498" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Musings about a Brutalist building&rsquo;s friendliness quotient are a distraction&rdquo; - Anthony Carfello, artist</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Summer 2015 Newsletter surveys and critiques LA's own collection of high-quality brutalist buildings in a 'must be collected" issue that grew out of its own google map&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zx-ljemZMn2M.kdgzLe9LvWpA&amp;hl=en_US" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Brutalism Los Angeles&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;and other resources.</p><p><a href="http://laforum.org/content/publications/la-forum-summer-2015-newsletter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Newsletter</a> features a collection of articles, interviews and an op-ed by architects, historians, and critics.</p><p>You can write to LA Forum and request your free copy with an optional <a href="http://laforum.org/membership" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">membership</a> that goes a&nbsp;long way with many benefits and preferred access to events and publications.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133044789/just-add-balconies-sydney-deliberates-future-of-brutalist-housing-landmark Just add balconies? Sydney deliberates future of brutalist housing landmark Justine Testado 2015-07-29T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:38:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66jgnj56wkrnu8wm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At what cost? The LAVA plan could be difficult to manage structurally, cost a significant amount of money and see Sirius occupants relocated anyway. But it could also be a more sustainable option than knocking down and rebuilding.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6o/6o5lhzvmnvggp7l7.jpg"><br><em>SIRIUS in 2014.</em></p><p>Alas, the curse of the "brutalist eyesore" continues with the <a href="http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/insidethecollection/2013/05/sirius-on-the-rocks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">historic SIRIUS apartment building</a> in Sydney, designed by architect Tao (Theodore) Gofers in 1978-79. Adding a third option to the demolish-preserve debate that typically ensues, local architecture firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/52226868/lava-laboratory-for-visionary-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAVA</a> proposed the addition of "clip-on" curved balconies as an amenity upgrade that the firm says would spruce up the building's appearance while also preserve the original structure.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></p><p><a title="Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas</a></p><p><a title="Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121446283/now-sitting-empty-brutalist-berkeley-art-museum-building-faces-unclear-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now sitting empty, brutalist Berkeley Art Museum building faces unclear future</a></p><p><a title="Brutalism's Bullies" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101803501/brutalism-s-bullies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's Bullies</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall Alexander Walter 2015-07-27T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:30:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pu7qhvkqo00i6qe.jpg" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some architects consider the design a stunning example of the modern Brutalist style, but for many Bostonians it&rsquo;s the building they have long loved to hate. [...] why can&rsquo;t we make changes that are easily reversible, while simultaneously acting to protect and preserve the structure? Here&rsquo;s one simple, obvious and cost-effective solution: Sheath the building with a tinted glass curtain wall &mdash; but not to create another modernist glass box.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37622653/how-boston-city-hall-was-born" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Boston City Hall was born</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493340/gerhard-kallmann-brutalist-architect-dies-at-97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gerhard Kallmann, Brutalist Architect, Dies at 97</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131279044/herzog-de-meuron-s-stadium-in-chelsea-will-be-a-hefty-brute-of-a-thing Herzog & de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-07T01:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pnckkmfkvxjih79.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The stadium will be wrapped in a cage of slender concrete and brick columns that will rise to a zig-zagging profile, before folding over to form the roof &ndash; as if the architects&rsquo; tangle of struts in Beijing&rsquo;s Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadium had been straightened out and neatened up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s design for the Football Club stadium in Chelsea takes fandom to the level or religious zealotry, borrowing dramatic gothic elements from Westminster Abbey &ndash; the structure&nbsp;that formerly stood on the same site. The design's heavy masonry, brick and railway-style vaults prompt comparisons to "London's Victorian railway viaducts" and the Brutalist concrete hulks of the 1970s. As Jacques Herzog in&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>&nbsp;explains it, the stadium will be like&nbsp;&ldquo;a castle, or a medieval walled village ...&nbsp;It is really a structural thing, very naked in some way."</p><p>The&nbsp;&pound;500M stadium should support crowds from 42,000 - 60,000, and while Herzog &amp; de Meuron have already completed numerous arenas (perhaps most famously, their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53293231/how-to-fill-an-empty-bird-s-nest-beijing-s-olympic-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bird's Nest" stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics</a>), the Chelsea project's heft offers an aesthetic break from the ongoing sweeping, airy trends in stadium design.</p><p>More on Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium work:</p><ul><li><a title="Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, selected for 2012 Serpentine" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/37235400/bird-s-nest-collaborators-ai-weiwei-and-herzog-de-meuron-selected-for-2012-serpentine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, s...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-06-19T14:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-21T13:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yvu8hfcn5xt7mja5.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mw/mw1qgomq4tg015u9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects/project/desert-courtyard-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Desert Courtyard House</a> in Scottsdale, AZ by <a href="http://archinect.com/wendellburnettearchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wendell Burnette Architects</a>; Photo: Bill Timmerman photographs</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p8eurgm5q13s9nr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/83908089/peribere-residence/120890549" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peribere Residence</a> in Miami Beach, FL by <a href="http://archinect.com/STRANGarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">[STRANG] Architecture</a>; Photo: Claudia Uribe-Touri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rp/rppmn42wyjl9nmuy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/chrofi/project/lune-de-sang-sheds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lune de Sang Sheds</a> in NSW, Australia by <a href="http://archinect.com/chrofi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHROFI</a>; Photo: Brett Boardman Photography</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ye/yelswdg8n2ggo5pv.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/122080766/song-chu-bending-band/123784848" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Song-chu Bending Band</a> in Yangju, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/leau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L'EAU Design</a>; Photo: Park Wan-soon</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4azqxb1xyj5tf6ni.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/19160/sebastopol-barn-house/115272742" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barn House</a> in Sebastopol, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/andersonanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anderson Anderson Architecture</a>; Photo: Anthony VIzzari, Anderson Anderson Architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7b55zwm1l2ahbxp.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/56904349/st-edward-s-university-doyle-hall/109639525" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Edward's University Doyle Hall</a> in Austin, TX by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/56904349/specht-harpman" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Specht Harpman</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zzlermy1d23f7y7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/106450501/deha-proje-office/120411221" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deha Proje Office</a> in Ankara, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/venarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ven Architecture</a>; Photo: Gurkan Akay...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T17:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0jpxkycuq02sa9i.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, legislators in Orange County, New York failed to stave off the demolition of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center. In January, county executive Steven M. Neuhaus vetoed a proposal that would entertain outside bids like Manhattan architect Gene Kaufman's, to purchase, restore, and repurpose the structure. Kaufman also proposed designing a new government center next door, with a proposed budget less than that of the county's current plan [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><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/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/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 >2015-03-06T14:07:26-05:00 <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><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></p><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/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbzwxguikmp5tv05.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There was an intense flowering of experimental and futuristic architecture in the 1960s and 70s, which the young African countries used to express their national identities,&rdquo; says [Swiss architect Manuel] Herz, who has curated an exhibition of more than 80 buildings from sub-Saharan Africa, showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, until May. &ldquo;But we simply don&rsquo;t know about it... we wanted to show this incredible cultural wealth that also exists.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Usually the projects of African "big man" leaders, the modernist buildings were often constructed for propagandistic purpose and tended to be designed by European architects. Noted architectural photographer Iwan Baan took many of the photographs in Herz's exhibit.&nbsp;</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>