RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished
the destruction of the Bavinger House is not surprising. Back in 2011, the home appeared to suffer damage in a storm, and when a crew with News 9 attempted to see the house, they were “greeted with gunfire.” [...]
the house remained something of a mystery (it sat on private property, accessed by a rural road) until last July, when PraireMod reported that it had been contacted by Bob Bavinger’s son, Boz, who claimed to be putting the property up for sale for the price of $1.5 million.
Our own Donna Sink reported on the 2011 damage to the house: Goff's Bavinger House collapses. See below for a shot of the demolition scene:Related on Archinect:No guarantees for historic residential architecture in "real-estate limbo"It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills... View full entry
Oklahoma University Architecture Dean dies of heart complications
The dean of the OU College of Architecture died Friday morning of heart complications, OU President David Boren announced.
OU College of Architecture faculty and staff were informed of Dean Graham's passing in an email from university President, David Boren (source oudaily.com):Dear College of Architecture Family,I am so sorry to report that we lost our beloved Dean Charles Graham this morning. He will be greatly... View full entry
Urbanism as a public health issue: Oklahoma City's battle with obesity
For [Oklahoma City] is one of the nation’s most spread-out urban environments, covering 620 square miles, which means its 600,000 residents rely on cars [...]
[Mayor Mick Cornett] began to look afresh at the culture and infrastructure of his city, realising how the extent of reliance on cars had alienated human beings from enjoying and using their own urban environments. [...]
[Cornett] wanted to remake his huge metropolis by remoulding it around people in place of cars.
More at the intersection of urban planning and public health:Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planningAn environmental psychologist on why boring design is bad for your healthPreventing disease and upholding public health through architectureHealthy cities: How can... View full entry
Oklahoma University Architecture Dean apologizes for wearing clothing "associated with Islam"
The dean of OU's College of Architecture issued an apology Monday for wearing clothing associated with Islam at a back-to-school meeting.
A photo on the College of Architecture's Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.
— The Oklahoma Daily
In his apology (posted below), Dean Graham wrote, "I asked a number of my Muslim friends around the campus and in Norman to see if my wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way, and the answers were all resoundingly 'no.'" Still, his sartorial choice was controversial enough to... View full entry
KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa
An old two-story warehouse on 202 S. Guthrie may appear as just another underdeveloped property for people driving through the streets of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. But for locally based Kinslow, Keith & Todd architects, the current 28,000 sq.ft parking structure has enough potential to become... View full entry
Donate to Architecture for Humanity to help rebuild Moore, Oklahoma
Architecture for Humanity is working with local and regional construction professionals to begin assessments and support rebuilding work after an F-4 tornado ripped through the heart of Moore, OK and surrounding communities.
Architecture for Humanity focuses on helping communities beyond the relief phase of disaster. The agency is currently working on rebuilding efforts post Superstorm Sandy and rebuilt in communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist in long... View full entry
Goff's Bavinger House collapses
The architectural oddity either fell to a recent microburst of high winds in Norman, or at the hand of the owner.
— NewsOK.com (Oklahoma)
Mystery surrounds the current condition of the work of an odd genius. View full entry