Get Lectured: University of Kentucky, Spring '17
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter & Spring 2017Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session for Spring 2017. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep... View full entry
The creative fight to save a masterpiece of Lexington modernism from the wrecking ball
Built in 1962, the People’s Bank has distinct glossy, off-teal bricks and a sawtooth, vaulted rooftop. The building is not only one of the finest remaining examples of Googie commercial architecture in Kentucky — it is one of the finest examples in the nation. However, after years of neglect, locals are working to ensure that the building isn’t leveled into a movie theater parking lot.
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Get Lectured: University of Kentucky, Spring '15
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session! Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming... View full entry
The PLAY LOUNGE - UK/CoD students transform Lexington's 2013 Beaux Arts Ball
Jason Scroggin, of Lexington, KY-based Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.), has shared with us the project The PLAY LOUNGE—the result of a fabrication course Scroggin taught last Spring at The University of Kentucky College of Design, School of Architecture. The resulting objects... View full entry
SCAPE Wins Lexington Town Branch Commons Competition
A five-member jury has selected the winner of the Town Branch Commons Design Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. The brief calls for the creation of a long, serpentine park following the path of a historic stream in downtown Lexington.
From a shortlist of five finalists, the entry "Reviving Town Branch" by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture team was chosen as the winning proposal.
Other finalists were Coen+Partners, Minneapolis; Civitas, Denver; Inside Outside: Petra Blaisse, Amsterdam; and JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects, Copenhagen. Previously: Five teams shortlisted for Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky View full entry
Five teams shortlisted for Town Branch Commons in Lexington, Kentucky
A public symposium will be held in February where the final proposals will be displayed. The final design will be chosen by a jury. "People can expect some high-level proposals", said Speaks. "We will be the beneficiaries, and the city will get a high-quality project."
— Archinect / UK/CoD
The lead firms on each of the five teams are: Civitas, a Denver-based firm of architects, urban designers and planners Coen+Partners, a landscape architecture practice based in Minneapolis. Inside Outside, a design firm with offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that addresses interior and exterior... View full entry
Rainbow Massimal by Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin
Lexington, KY-based Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin (D.O.T.S.) has sent us images of its installation "Rainbow Massimal", one of the attractions at Lexington's 2012 Beaux Arts Ball and winner of a 2011-12 A' Design Award.
UK design dean: Rupp redo would invigorate city's brand
The Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force hired Gary Bates and his firm, Space Group, as master planners for the district. The group's final report to the Urban County Council and Lexington Center Board is scheduled for the end of January.
The initial results from Space Group's study are compelling and should be implemented. How that might happen, and more importantly, how the proposals will be funded, are questions now on the table.
UK/CoD Dean Michael Speaks discusses the value of Space Group's Rupp Arena proposal. Previously: Arena master planner: Rupp could be renovated if convention center moved View full entry
Architect Jeanne Gang no longer involved with CentrePointe, developer says
Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, hired in March to come up with a new design for downtown Lexington's empty CentrePointe block, is no longer involved in the project, developer Dudley Webb said Thursday.
Webb said Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects were hired to do a master plan for the block "and share her vision of what she thought this project might be."
Arena master planner: Rupp could be renovated if convention center moved
Gary Bates, one of three founders of Space Group, a 12-year-old architecture and urban planning firm based in Oslo, Norway, was chosen over 13 other firms earlier this month by the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force's Planning and Design Committee.
Jeanne Gang's initial proposal for a block in the center of Lexington KY is well-received
"It's more about listening to people and hearing what they say is important," Gang said...
"And it's also to say, 'Hey, this is a new day because we are starting this again.' It's not going to be the same building that you saw before that looked like it could be anywhere, Atlanta or wherever," she said.
A block on which several historic buildings were razed for a project that then never happened (with accompanying scandal) has a new opportunity for something special. Gang's plan gets high marks from local critics for her interaction with the community, the attention to the existing urban... View full entry