Archinect - News 2017-07-21T14:54:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150018729/brutalist-sculptures-by-david-umemoto Brutalist sculptures by David Umemoto Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T13:05:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T13:36:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q3/q39li93a9rzx94jk.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>David Umemoto's modular cubic sculptures are studies of volume&mdash;at the juncture of sculpture and architecture . The miniature concrete structures are monumental and re-arrangable, conveying numerous images.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"They refer to the archaic and the ephemeral, despite the solidity and the modernity of the medium. Appearing before our eyes are pre-Columbian rock dwellings, god statues from the Andes or Easter Island, steles deteriorated by rain, remnants of modern cities having survived a cataclysm, fragments of Babylonian cities, colonial settlements brought down to their foundations, cenotaphs abandoned in the jungle&hellip;"</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/au/auof7afxma8d7jip.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/au/auof7afxma8d7jip.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Soma Cube IX in various configurations</figcaption></figure><p>The works are produced slowly, in imitation&nbsp;of cycles of nature, cycles of erosion and re-creation.&nbsp;<em>Lines shift, change and are in a state of perpetual mutation due to the influence of time and&nbsp;</em><em>weather. The natural architectures of geological strata and crystals stand as models: They inspire the design of the molds&nbsp;in which the concrete ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015237/the-getty-completes-major-renovation-project-of-kahn-s-salk-institute The Getty completes major renovation project of Kahn's Salk Institute Nicholas Korody 2017-06-29T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T20:57:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/co/cogbb0lylb8yhzni.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s heralded as one of the major masterpieces of American modernism, but its ocean-adjacent location has made conservation difficult. Today, the Getty Conservation Institute announced that a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major renovation project</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> &rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/504843/salk-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salk Institute</a> in La Jolla has been completed.</p> <p>The project centered primarily around restoring the complex&rsquo;s teak window walls. Set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, they had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorating. While prefabricated, the windows have a &ldquo;hand-crafted quality&rdquo; due to the detailing. Over the years, they suffered surface erosion and had accumulated a fungal biofilm.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Salk Institute for Biological Studies, photos by Elizabeth Daniels</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Restoration of the teak wood presented a number of challenges,&rdquo; says Kyle Normandin, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. project manager and associate principal. &ldquo;The success of the project is that we were able to save so much of the original materia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007008/the-experimental-nature-of-murray-music-house-a-single-family-home-designed-by-carazo-arquitectura The experimental nature of Murray Music House, a single family home designed by Carazo Arquitectura Julia Ingalls 2017-05-11T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T14:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bnhq6pukvemddb6n.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Blending elements of brutalism and pronounced geometric framing, the Murray Music House designed by Carazo Arquitectura is technically a single family home, designed for two parents and three children. The fundamental concept underlying its design is "Living Through the Experimentation," which helps to explain the use of changeable elements like ceiling-suspended fabric chairs and mesh netting in the hallways. By placing malleable objects into the solid frame of the home, the architects hope to constantly engage the occupants in creating new uses for spaces such as the bedroom, kitchen, and the hallway. &nbsp;"Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions," as the architects explain.&nbsp;But these elements are not the only method of inspiring experimentation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3e3v5v5z9sgbwq4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7x/7xxwji3b6ghp4ap4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z6/z688cnkkvhftmhvl.jpg"></p><p>The rather severe geometry, which includes a black rectilinear frame hovering over the kitchen and a vertical slanted skylight with unabas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150005590/a-brutal-youth-memories-of-growing-up-in-brutalist-masterpeice-habitat-67 A Brutal Youth: Memories of Growing Up in Brutalist Masterpeice Habitat 67 Julia Ingalls 2017-05-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T16:12:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4f/4fc016ox00nj5str.jpg" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;How do you live with all that cement,&rdquo; my schoolmates would ask. &ldquo;With delight&rdquo; was the only answer. They understood once they visited.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Part childhood memoir, part ode to brutalism itself, this piece by Blake Gopnik touches on his experiences living in Habitat 67 while celebrating the return of a form that many openly reviled for decades, but have now gradually come to like, even treasure. (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/120843/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Of course, not all is well for brutalist forms: Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in England is slated to be demolished after vigorous complaint by local residents.</a>) However, those buildings that have survived the wave of demolitions are being increasingly valued for their spartan, bulky beauty: Canada's government is issuing a stamp celebrating the 50th birthday of Habitat 67, and oddly enough tours of the specific apartment Gopnik used to live in will be offered to the public. As Gopnik writes:</p><p><em>Habitat&rsquo;s 158 apartments fill 365 cast-concrete boxes, piled 11 stories high in a madcap mess of cantilevers and bridges and perilous open spaces &mdash; like (guess what) a stack of children&rsquo;s blocks. For sheer sensory excitement, Habitat could ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004900/saving-modern-buildings-one-hashtag-at-a-time-world-monuments-fund-kicks-off-moderncentury-instagram-campaign Saving Modern buildings, one hashtag at a time: World Monuments Fund kicks off #ModernCentury Instagram campaign Alexander Walter 2017-04-27T15:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-29T07:38:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Monuments Fund (WMF) launched its first Instagram campaign [...] to draw attention to the plight of the world&rsquo;s Modern buildings, an increasing number of which are at risk because of the lack of regulations or political will needed to protect them. The fund kicks off the programme with a list of 30 sites nominated by architects, experts and students posted on its website and is appealing to the public to add to this list by submitting nominations via Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The list will be sent to an advisory council formed of architects, including Annabelle Selldorf, designers and critics, who will advise the WMF on the next phase of the Modern Century programme."</em></p><p>The sites included on the initial list of 30 nominees are:</p><p><strong>Hall of Nations</strong> (pictured in the cover photo above, demolished on April 23, 2017),&nbsp;New Delhi, India</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5kwf1r1yzqakpnh5.jpg"></p><p><strong>Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building)</strong>,&nbsp;Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo:&nbsp;Mobilus In Mobili, Flickr)</p><p><strong>Algiers Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism</strong>,&nbsp;Algiers, Algeria</p><p><strong>Hiraoka City Hall</strong>,&nbsp;Hiraoka, Japan</p><p><strong>Honduras National Congress</strong>,&nbsp;Tegucigalpa, Honduras</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuqomwul51ps4j1z.jpg"></p><p><strong>SESC Pomp&eacute;ia</strong>,&nbsp;Sao Paulo, Brazil (Photo:&nbsp;Markus Lanz, Flickr)</p><p><strong>Sirius Building</strong>,&nbsp;Sydney, Australia</p><p><strong>Alexandria Zoo</strong>,&nbsp;Alexandria, Egypt</p><p><strong>South Humber Park Pavilion</strong>,&nbsp;Toronto, Canada</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f0/f0kfi7nfbbvht6ep.jpg"></p><p><strong>Spomen Dom</strong>,&nbsp;Kola&scaron;in, Montenegro (Photo:&nbsp;Boban Scepanovic)</p><p><strong>Restaurante Panor&acirc;mico de Monsanto</strong>,&nbsp;Lisbon, Portugal</p><p><strong>Scala Theater</strong>,&nbsp;Bangkok, Thailand</p><p><strong>Painted Desert Community Complex</strong>,&nbsp;Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004609/brutalist-sydney-map-celebrates-the-city-s-concrete-heritage Brutalist Sydney Map celebrates the city's concrete heritage Alexander Walter 2017-04-25T21:03:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T21:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sq/sqgn1p5y3fuiyrkv.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The family of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/928702/brutalist-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Brutalist Maps</em></a> architectural guide books just welcomed its newest member into this world and extends the reach to Australia: <em>Brutalist Sydney Map</em>&mdash;launched this week by Blue Crow Media in collaboration with Glenn Harper of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/Brutalist_Project_Sydney/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Brutalist_Project_Sydney</a> and Senior Associate Architect at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46114/ptw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PTW Architects</a>&mdash;helps concrete aficionados locate and learn more about landmark buildings designed by Marcel Breuer, Herbert Beckhard, Harry Seidler &amp; Associates and many others.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lq/lq5hspr5tlssslfe.jpg"></p><p><em>"The guide features fifty of the most significant examples of Brutalist architecture in the city and suburbs of Sydney. Celebrated buildings such as the Sirius Apartments (likely to be sold without heritage listing) by Tao Gofers and the former NSW Housing Commission, Sydney Town Hall by Anchor Mortlock and Woolley, and Bidura Children&rsquo;s Court (now sold and likely to be demolished) by former NSW Government Architect are included alongside lesser known structures such as Buhrich House II by the &eacute;migr&eacute; architects Hugh an...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996312/tour-paris-brutal-landmarks-with-this-new-architectural-guide Tour Paris' Brutal landmarks with this new architectural guide Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-04-25T21:05:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fe/fes2c1rsv0x0h8e2.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Paris is not only the City of Lights, but also one of the great repositories of Brutalist buildings. "Brutalist Paris Map," a new architectural guide book put together by photographer Nigel Crow and edited by Robin Wilson of the Bartlett, marks the sixth in a series of publications touring various architectural genres in different cites.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7a/7ax42o300w9c9g3e.jpg"></p><p>The book will point you to monuments such as&nbsp;Les Choux de Creteil, Les Orgues de Flandre Les Damiers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Bourse by Travail among a slew of others.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hp/hpr2auwoifh4vyzn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992332/demolition-of-tadao-ando-s-piccadilly-gardens-in-manchester-now-council-approved Demolition of Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester now Council-approved Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-07-14T12:47:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8lwh3vf947e89cq.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although plans to tear down Tadao Ando's Piccadilly Gardens have been floating about since last late last year, the Manchester City Council just gave its official approval to knock down Ando's quasi-Brutalist structure in favor of a "leisure-led" scheme last week, according to the <a href="https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/council-backs-demolition-for-tadao-andos-only-uk-building/10017301.article?blocktitle=news-feature&amp;contentID=17135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Journal</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jvcbu9j0k7p8pu74.jpg"></p><p>In a thoughtful piece written for <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/russell-smith-tadao-ando-and-the-problem-of-architecture-thats-toogood/article33006792/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Globe and Mail</a> last year, Russell Smith questioned the role of the experts who had commissioned Ando to design the Gardens versus the opinions of the locals who encountered it daily. He noted that a&nbsp;"sealant, for some reason, possibly economic, was not used to coat the large unadorned surfaces of the Manchester pavilion. That building, basically a shelter to house a small caf&eacute;, occupies half of Piccadilly Gardens, presenting one long curving blank wall of concrete to the south side. The concrete, under the steady British drizzle, did not wear well: it started to stain with dark streaks, to look like the depressing and crumbling masses of postwar brut...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986238/a-brutalist-coloring-book-lets-you-paint-it-black-and-gray-perhaps-even-blue A Brutalist coloring book lets you paint it black (and gray, perhaps even blue) Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T18:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:20:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jq/jq13di3mimsnwc3i.jpg" width="640" height="458" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Depending on the level of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132512542/famous-architecture-as-rendered-through-google-s-creepy-deepdream" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">surreality</a> you favor in your coloring book exercises, The Brutalist Colouring Book from Belgian graphic designer Marc Thomasset allows you to create wildly imaginative or strictly literal renderings of various famous brutalist landmarks, including works by William Pereira and SOM (and even provides pre-made clouds for you):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gf/gfyt5603iunks4tr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbfqdpvqta5ke6pg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/36/368xmfl4m1p239qv.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985189/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-06T16:10:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T20:01:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg" width="650" height="975" 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/d2/d2a7kac0gyuz87ib.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/gymnasium-in-clamart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gymnasium</a> in Clamart, 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/kr/kr575l1t7zcamxe4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erqg3n8mwtsemh1f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple/project/st-pius-chapel-prayer-garden2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Pius Chapel &amp; Prayer Garden</a> in New Orleans, LA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eskew+Dumez+Ripple</a> (Architects of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2x4djdlmbssqty2w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/yoojeongheon-in-jeju/149970556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YooJeongHeon</a> in Jeju, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnmzb9d1jlksbkbx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange/project/slab-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slab House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a>; Photo: Ben Blossom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82f2fqo82l31qvdh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149971019/uch2-university-of-brighton/149975379" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149971019/proctor-matthews-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a2/a2lpav8huy0ia4u7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2507/nardini-research-centre-and-auditorium-bassano-del-grappa-vicenza/149958799" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nardini Research Centre and Auditorium</a> in Vicenza, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2507/studio-fuksas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg0mrktsarspt1ou.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ljuliensehl/project/chapel-rainforest-international-school2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapel, Rainforest International School</a> in Yaound&eacute;, Cameroon by <a href="http://archinect.com/methoddesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Method Design Architecture + Urbanism</a>; ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982720/inside-big-s-twisted-twin-towered-grove-at-grand-bay Inside BIG's twisted, twin-towered Grove at Grand Bay Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T21:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wb/wb0cdi5s2zfp5nvv.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At each elevation from the third through 17th floors, the floor plates in Bjarke Ingels Group's new Grove at Grand Bay rotate three feet, creating a twisting set of luxury residential towers that from the ground resemble the splayed bellows of dueling concrete accordions. Indeed, these 20-story sustainable towers, which are expected to attain LEED Gold status, seem to be designed as much for the entertainment value of sweeping aerial flyover shots as actual inhabitation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7eezmu0oq7rsrgdh.jpg"></p><p>The interiors do possess a kind of upbeat brutalist vibe; slanted concrete pillars face off against vibrant murals and landscape architect&nbsp;Raymond Jungles' gardens&nbsp;in the common areas, while the residences themselves take in views of the arts community in which it is sited, Coconut Grove.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05z7lbl3kp9zyfog.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Coconut Grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive,&rdquo; Bjarke Ingels is quoted as saying in a press rel...</p> 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 >2016-10-09T17:17:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3brhpk73nc5vebfh.jpg" width="650" height="270" 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/650x/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg" width="650" height="390" 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/650x/l4/l4zvtkr047188e5c.jpg" width="650" height="325" 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/650x/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg" width="650" height="868" 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 kplatzgummer 2016-07-08T03:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:26:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5v/5vesb4p5k63qd1hf.jpg" width="650" height="390" 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/650x/mb/mbpk0tpnrx9iviyz.jpg" width="650" height="812" 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/650x/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg" width="650" height="462" 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/650x/fk/fks80xzwdwayid0f.jpg" width="650" height="569" 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/650x/vk/vk1jupits9p0xwqy.jpg" width="650" height="452" 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/650x/yf/yfjddo1vc7lp5q0c.jpg" width="650" height="421" 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/650x/20/2051abd0e66a583f3f80f6d7504bbcb4.jpg" width="650" height="417" 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/650x/qt/qtbp6sygdbhn7yrh.jpg" width="650" height="650" 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/650x/0m/0mp08g54puxx479d.jpg" width="650" height="650" 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/650x/7y/7yzqcky3ci9pj1r7.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/5w/5w4ofmke0u5la46f.jpg" width="650" height="421" 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/650x/83/83y7z0plagnx6g81.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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/650x/0a/0a1tyiryhz0txcat.jpg" width="650" height="432" 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/650x/9e/9eda75057565e1ff2eb87acc1562d953.jpg" width="650" height="503" 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>