Archinect - News 2018-12-10T19:26:46-05:00 An Apple town square? Stockholm says no, thank you Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-01T14:31:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T15:33:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden is the most important park in Sweden, [...] It is the thread that pulls together the historical power of the monarchy with the commercial blocks of Hamngatan and the working-class districts of S&ouml;dermalm. This is very important for democracy because it has to do with power, symbolically and spatially.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stockholm</a>, Sweden's beloved capitol is home to stunning landscapes that keep residence and visitors mesmerized. Its cobblestoned streets are lined with amazingly preserved buildings, beautiful open water views, and public spaces. Nestled in the heart of Stockholm is&nbsp;Kungstr&auml;dg&aring;rden, one of the most treasured and valued parks in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sweden</a>. Revered by its inhabitants, once word got out that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> had plans to "transform" their beloved space by creating a "town square," the people of Stockholm made their voices heard.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Proposed store rendering. Image &copy; Apple / Foster &amp; Partners</figcaption></figure><p>We get it, Apple has already taken over our lives by transforming daily communication, productivity, etc. But, does Apple have the leverage to transform <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public spaces</a>? Town squares are defined as open, public spaces located at the heart of a city. To a trillion-dollar tech company like Apple, their intention of&nbsp;redefining the relationship between public and private spaces is exactly what they are aiming for in build...</p> Frank Lloyd Wright's defining Barton House in Buffalo, NY completes ambitious $2-million restoration Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-01T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T15:07:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After over 20 years of restoration, a legendary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>residence in Buffalo, NY has finally opened its doors to public visitors. Sitting inside the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martin House complex</a>, the Barton House's $2-million upgrade is the final architectural piece of the estate to be restored, completing the ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation project</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><p>The first of his Buffalo buildings to be completed, the Barton house helped propel the Midwestern architect to national recognition. An exemplar of Wright&rsquo;s Prairie style, the architecture reflects early iterations of his now famous design signatures: broad low-pitched eaves, streams of windows, and an airy open plan.<br></p> <p>Below, take a look at the newly completed Barton House.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo Credit: Biff Henrich.</figcaption></figure> Remembering the eccentric and lovable architecture of Bruce Goff Alexander Walter 2018-09-13T18:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:43:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet now, in our era of elegantly restrained and frequently dour minimalism, when architecture is almost always the province of the rich, it may be that Goff, with his aesthetic idiosyncrasies and affinity for middle-class Midwestern clients (schoolteachers, farmers, salesmen, small-town newspaper publishers), still has lessons to teach us, 36 years after his death.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her <em>NYT</em> feature, Amanda Fortini revisits the flamboyant and impressive work of the largely forgotten midcentury architect Bruce Goff. "His daring, elaborately imagined homes&mdash;he loved unusual shapes and made ample use of found materials&mdash;are often dismissed by cultural mandarins as overly futuristic and corny, but they possess a warmth, an earthiness and a wild ingenuity that serve as an antidote to the soberly luxurious, the pared down and the austere," Fortini writes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>John Frank House, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, 1955.</figcaption></figure> David and Gladys Wright House back on the market Alexander Walter 2018-09-11T14:17:00-04:00 >2018-09-11T14:18:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Phoenix, Arizona&ndash;based developer Zach Rawling bought a Frank Lloyd Wright&ndash;designed house for $2.3 million in 2012, when its previous owner wanted to demolish the landmark. In 2017, Rawlings donated the David and Gladys Wright House to the Taliesin West School of Architecture, but in June of this year, Rawlings and Aaron Betsky, the architecture school dean, announced in a joint statement&nbsp;that the donation was being revoked due to fundraising concerns.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via</figcaption></figure><p>In their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">joint statement</a>, Aaron Betsky and Zach Rawling wrote:</p> <p><em>The relationship between the School and the House is formally manifested in the David Wright House Collaborative Fund, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation. The principal focus of the David Wright House Collaborative Fund was to develop a vehicle to raise the $7 million endowment on which the pledge of the House for the benefit of the School was conditioned. Over the past year, we have learned that the fundraising timetables of both parties do not lend themselves to a joint campaign. With the School in its fledgling years, the prevailing thought was that the divergent donor interests would effectively divide its support base rather than enhance it. Uncertainty regarding future capital improvements at the House and the long-term cultural development of the site in Phoenix increased this concern. For this reason, by mutual agreement and out of mutual respect, the Scho...</em></p> Atlanta Central Library: preservation groups nominate Marcel Breuer building to National Register of Historic Places Alexander Walter 2018-09-10T19:03:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T14:59:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On August 24, 2018, the Atlanta Fulton Central Library was unanimously nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Georgia National Register Review Board. It will now be sent to the National Park Service for listing on the National Register. Fulton County spoke in opposition to the nomination. [...] Atlanta&rsquo;s Central Library is currently closed for extensive renovations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building</a><br></p> Preservation groups urge to save Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown-designed postmodern Abrams House from demolition Alexander Walter 2018-09-07T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-07T15:46:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With more and more buildings of the postmodern school regaining media attention&mdash;either by entering the realm of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heritage protection</a> or by getting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contemporary makeovers</a> (essentially taking the Po out of PoMo)&mdash;we've now learned about another threatened structure, designed in the late 1970s by Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown (DSB was awarded the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Soane Medal</a> earlier this week). <br></p> <p>The Society of Architectural Historians and Docomomo US have issued a joint statement calling for the protection of the Abrams House in Pittsburgh, calling it a "landmark of American architecture" and a "significant example" of American postmodern architecture on a par with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Municipal Services Building</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image:, via</figcaption></figure><p>Here's an excerpt of the statement:<br></p> <p><em>The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and Docomomo US express strong opposition to the demolition of the Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown-designed Abrams House, 118A Woodland Road, Pittsburgh...</em></p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> India proposes to fight pollution after Supreme Court considers demolition of deteriorating Taj Mahal Alexander Walter 2018-07-30T14:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-30T14:17:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>India has proposed a ban on plastics, polluting factories and construction around its 17th-century monument to love, the Taj Mahal, a government document showed, in a bid to stave off pollution that is turning the structure yellow and green. In a draft document submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, authorities in Uttar Pradesh said they would ban all plastics, switch to electric and hydrogen vehicles, and boost the green cover within the precincts of the Taj, to fight pollution.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The document was submitted after the justices, in a fit of anger during a hearing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">two weeks ago</a>, demanded that authorities either restore the structure or tear it down," <em>Reuters</em> reports. "One of the seven wonders of the world, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a> is flanked by a garbage-strewn river and is often enveloped by dust and smog from belching smokestacks and vehicles."</p> Will the Los Angeles Times Mirror Square complex become a historic monument? Hope Daley 2018-07-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-07-21T13:14:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 378-page recommendation report filed by a group of preservationists, including preservationist Richard Schave and architect and 20th century architectural historian Alan Hess, calls on the city to protect the three most iconic structures of the Los Angeles Times complex [...] Purely from a design perspective, preserving The Times complex &mdash; once known as Times Mirror Square &mdash; is a difficult proposition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a> complex consists of three iconic structures which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> are pushing to make historic monuments. There is the 1935 building by Gordon B. Kaufmann featuring&nbsp;&ldquo;The Times&rdquo; neon sign and the grand Globe Lobby, Rowland Crawford&rsquo;s late moderne style Mirror Building built in&nbsp;1948, and the luxe Times Mirror corporate headquarters&nbsp;designed by William Pereira in 1973. Old enough to be out of date but not enough to necessarily be revered as historic, these structures hang in limbo with an undermined fate in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles history</a>.&nbsp;</p> India's Supreme Court again weighs in on discolored Taj Mahal: shut it down, demolish it, or restore it Alexander Walter 2018-07-16T15:50:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:51:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Taj Mahal in Agra could be closed unless the Indian government steps in and saves the neglected landmark, says India&rsquo;s Supreme Court. &ldquo;Either we shut down the Taj or demolish it or you restore it,&rdquo; the two-judge committee told state officials last week. [...] The Supreme Court says that it will monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis from 31 July.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frustrated with the slow response from officials in charge of restoring the deteriorating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, India's highest court demanded swift action to stop the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing discoloration</a> of the iconic Unesco World Heritage site&nbsp;caused by pollution and millions of tiny insects, saying: "We want you to give us an action plan of what you propose to do. We will hear it and finally dispose it. If it has to be shut down, let it be shut."</p> List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018 includes Route 66, civil rights monuments, and hurricane-damaged heritage Alexander Walter 2018-06-26T20:26:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T20:26:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>America&rsquo;s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation&rsquo;s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. [...] The National Trust&rsquo;s 31st annual list includes a diverse mix of historic places across America facing a range of challenges and threats, from deferred maintenance to inappropriate development proposals to devastation wrought by natural disasters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2018 List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,&nbsp;comprises:</p> <ul><li>Annapolis&rsquo; City Dock Area,&nbsp;Annapolis, Maryland</li><li>Ashley River Historic District,&nbsp;Charleston, South Carolina</li><li>Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital,&nbsp;Omaha Indian Reservation, Nebraska</li><li>Hurricane-Damaged Historic Resources,&nbsp;Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands</li><li>Isaiah T. Montgomery House,&nbsp;Mound Bayou, Mississippi</li><li>Larimer Square,&nbsp;Denver, Colorado</li><li>Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses,&nbsp;Bridgeport, Connecticut</li><li>Mount Vernon and Piscataway National Park,&nbsp;Mount Vernon, Virginia, and Accokeek, Maryland</li><li>Route 66,&nbsp;Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and California</li><li>Ship on the Desert,&nbsp;Salt Flat, Texas</li><li>Walkout Schools of Los Angeles,&nbsp;Los Angeles, California</li><li>Watch Status Site: Four Towns of Vermont's Upper Valley<br>Royalton, Sharon, Trafford, and Tunbridge, Vermont</li></ul> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-25T12:52:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T16:19:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board. But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown&rsquo;s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>To drill or not to drill&mdash;that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta&ndash;Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library</a> building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What we&rsquo;ve always heard about this building is it&rsquo;s dark; it&rsquo;s dingy; it&rsquo;s dank, and the windows are a way to enliven this," Atlanta library director Gabriel Morley said about the building that once&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced demolition</a> not too long ago. "It&rsquo;s a way to bring some inside out and some outside in."</p> The Taj Mahal went from white to yellow and now greenish Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T19:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T19:11:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>India&rsquo;s Supreme Court on Wednesday faulted the country&rsquo;s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration, dirty feet and green slime emitted by millions of mosquito-like insects. Since 2015, the body, the Archaeological Survey of India, has overseen a restoration project at the Taj Mahal, with workers scaling scaffolding to remove grime from the 17th-century tomb [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>After decades of slowly turning dull and yellowish from smog and pollution, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>'s formerly white facade has now taken on an unattractive green discoloration. Archaeological experts suspect swarms of tiny bugs to be the perpetrators, but India's highest court isn't pleased with the slow pace of cleanup of what is arguably India's most well know architectural landmark.<br></p> Marcel Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli Building is slated for new life as a hotel Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-24T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T20:36:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer</a>'s iconic&nbsp;Pirelli Building, once&nbsp;a symbol of New Haven's mid-century embrace of&nbsp;urban renewal and modern architecture, has spent the past two decades completely vacant, save for a recent art show.&nbsp;</p><p>Known for its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist design</a> featuring a 2-story gap, the mid-century masterpiece was taken over by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> in the late 90s. Upon acquiring the property, the Swedish furniture giant demolished the adjacent two-story wing to make room for parking spaces and have since left the remaining structure unoccupied, much to the anxiety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> and civic leaders. Listed by the&nbsp;State Register of Historic Places, many believed it would become the victim of IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the&nbsp;<em>New Haven Independent</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reporting</a> on new interest in turning the Sargent drive property into a hotel, the building now has a shot at its adaptive reuse. IKEA has yet to announce updates on plans for the Pirelli Building, but the city's&nbsp;Economic Development Administrator Matthew N...</p> How private citizens helped to save the Astrodome Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T14:23:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T14:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Though Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is the public official most closely tied to the salvation of the Astrodome, many private citizens have played important roles, too. Without their many letters, petitions, documents and road trips &ndash; the tools of architectural preservation &ndash; Houston might have lost its most iconic building.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Houston Chronicle</em> editor Allyn West retells the long and twisting tale of how the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Astrodome</a> went from designated wrecking-ball fodder to National Historic Landmark and the activism behind it.</p> Salvatore Settis on the "the commercial rape of Venice" Alexander Walter 2018-03-29T14:15:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T14:15:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Venice is doomed, says, Salvatore Settis, unless there is a moral revival in Italy. He is a professor of archaeology who has been an advisor on cultural matters to the Italian government and was head of the Getty Center for the Arts and the Humanities in the 1990s. Italians know him from his eloquent denunciations in the press, which say that everything that has made La Bella Italia so beautiful is going to hell in a handcart.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Art Newspaper</em> reviews <em>If Venice dies</em>, the new book by former Getty Center for the Arts and the Humanities director,&nbsp;Salvatore Settis,&nbsp;and elaborates on his warning calls of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Serenissima's impending doom</a>: "Venice, he emphasises repeatedly, is a paradigm for other cities around the world in the tensions between its historic nature and modern needs, in the delicate relationship between the built city and the environment and in the rush to exploit it for short-term gain."</p> Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T19:09:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier today, news broke that the De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and replace the structure with a shiny new 70-story building. The deal was negotiated in the wake of the Midtown East rezoning, which loosened zoning regulations for the area in exchange for developers providing street-level and infrastructure improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Not so fast! </em>said architecture critics and preservationists when news broke that the midcentury 270 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan's East Midtown, currently home of banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had quietly been selected&mdash;not for landmark designation&mdash;but for the chopping block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie de Blois</a> as&nbsp;Union Carbide Building,&nbsp;the 50-story&nbsp;skyscraper was completed in 1961 and is considered an important example of female-led midcentury corporate architecture.</p> Columbia GSAPP launches the nation's first Ph.D in Historic Preservation Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-16T15:32:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T19:08:50-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia GSAPP</a>) announced today that it will be launching a new Ph.D. Program in Historic Preservation&mdash;the first of its kind in the U.S. GSAPP has been a leader in the field of preservation education since it established the first Master in Historic Preservation program back in 1964. The introduction of the new program will set the standard for doctoral level education,&nbsp;provide intellectual leadership by training future generations of preservation scholars, and expand the discipline&rsquo;s range.</p> <p>"The Ph.D. in Historic Preservation recognizes the fact that the profession has matured into a vibrant discipline, with a specific body of theoretical and practical knowledge on how to learn from and intervene in historic buildings, cities and landscapes, such that they not only retain their values as historical documents but also serve as resources for designing the future" the school said in their&nbsp;<a href=";utm_campaign=a8c086ab52-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_11&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_d678d28bcf-a8c086ab52-318815357&amp;mc_cid=a8c086ab52&amp;mc_eid=1f0dd198eb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>....</p> Brutalism and preservation: a look at the lucky (and unlucky) ones Alexander Walter 2017-12-18T13:53:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T13:54:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As London&rsquo;s Robin Hood Gardens [...] is destroyed despite a high-profile campaign to save it, we look at some cherished examples of modernist architecture from the 50s, 60s and 70s</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last month, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A announced</a> that it had acquired a three-story segment of the Robin Hood Gardens council estate, an iconic and not uncontroversial example of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist architecture</a> currently being demolished, to preserve a significant moment in history. <em>The Guardian</em> takes a look at other important buildings of the movement and their drastically varying degrees of preservation success.<br></p> One Leeds’ most iconic industrial buildings is being put up for auction for just £1 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-27T18:57:00-05:00 >2017-11-27T18:57:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Temple Works, a former flax mill in Leeds, has been listed for sale, in the Pugh auction on December 7th, with a starting price of just one pound according to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yorkshire Evening Post</a>. The&nbsp;Egyptian-influenced industrial building&nbsp;is one of the city's oldest and most cherished, and is the only Grade I listing in Holbeck.&nbsp;</p> <p>Completed in 1840, the building that once boasted one of the largest rooms in the world has since reached a parlous state. Last used commercially in 2004 by Kays Catalogues, the property was inherited by the Barclay family who own the Telegraph media group and are accused of leaving the building to rot.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2008,&nbsp;one of the site's 18 lotus pillars collapsed, bringing down a section of the beautifully ornate wall as well. Along with some broken stonework and other damage, the&nbsp;10,948 square-meter mill has subsequently been featured among the&nbsp;Victorian Society&rsquo;s '10 most endangered buildings' and the&nbsp;site's condition has been listed as 'very bad' by the English Herita...</p> Philip Johnson's AT&T Building up for consideration as designated landmark Hope Daley 2017-11-27T17:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tomorrow, Nov. 28, NYC Landmarks <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preservation</a> Commission&nbsp;will vote to consider calendaring Philip Johnson's AT&amp;T Building for a landmark designation hearing. 550 Madison Avenue, formerly known as the AT&amp;T Building or the Sony Tower, is an iconic postmodern skyscraper located in Manhattan. Upon succeeding in this first round of voting, a public hearing will follow at a later date.&nbsp;</p> “Starship Chicago” documentary tracks preservation battle of Thompson Center Hope Daley 2017-11-14T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved?</a> A newly released short documentary, <em>Starship Chicago</em>, delves into the struggle and controversy around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserving</a> the state of Illinois building. Some see the building as a unique representation of transparent government and Chicago's architectural spirit, while others see a rundown waste of space.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Chicago preservationists, along with the building&rsquo;s original champion, Governor James R. Thompson, are gearing up for a major battle to save the city&rsquo;s most provocative architectural statement" tells the director and producer Nathan Eddy. The documentary interviews the architect himself, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a>, the governor whose name is on the building, James. R. Thompson, along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanley Tigerman</a> and other Chicago architects, critics, and historians.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Watch&nbsp;<em>Starship Chicago&nbsp;</em>below.&nbsp;</p> Three-story segment of Robin Hood Gardens acquired by V&A Museum ahead of demolition Alexander Walter 2017-11-09T15:38:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:41:09-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A three-storey chunk of an east London council estate that is venerated and despised in almost equal measures has been acquired by the V&amp;A. The museum announced it had made one of the most unusual property deals in its history: rescuing an enormous chunk of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, complete with walkway and maisonette interiors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1972 and considered an icon of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist architecture</a> &mdash; representing the good and the bad traits of the movement, depending on the perspective &mdash; the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tower Hamlets "Robin Hood Gardens" council estate</a> is being <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">demolished</a>. By salvaging an intact piece of the building designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, the V&amp;A seeks to preserve a significant moment in history. <br></p> Reagan Administation's widely popular Historic Tax Credit jeopardized by Trump's tax plan Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-06T16:20:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As it&rsquo;s currently written, the bill would entirely eliminate the federal Historic Tax Credit program (HTC), which provides a 20 percent tax credit for the redevelopment of blighted buildings and renovation of notable architectural landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Reagan Administration&rsquo;s Historic Tax Credit program, which helps fund historic renovation projects, is in jeopardy of being scrapped in the new tax plan unveiled in the House last week. According to <em>Architectural Digest</em>, the conservative idol's program has preserved more than 40,000 total structures and corralled $117 billion in private investment for such redevelopment work since the program began in 1983.</p> <p>The program incentivizes the&nbsp;reuse of historic structures with a 20 percent income tax credit that is paid out only once a project is finished. A 2015 economic impact report, carried out by the National Park Service and Rutgers University, found that the tax credit generated $1.20 in construction activity and tax revenue for every dollar of credit issued <em>and</em> generated an estimated 86,000 jobs that year.</p> <p>The reform is being criticized by developers, preservationists, and politicians such as Arkansas Representative Vivian Flowers and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who fear tha...</p> PHOTOS: Gaudí's first house, the exuberant Casa Vicens, is opening to the public for the first time Alexander Walter 2017-11-03T18:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Brand Barcelona&rsquo;s comeback begins with a contribution from its heaviest hitter: Antoni Gaud&iacute;. Almost a century after his death, the architect of La Sagrada Familia is still synonymous with the city. On 16 November, Gaud&iacute;&rsquo;s first house, Casa Vicens, begun in 1883, will open permanently to the public for the first time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With tourism considerably down due to mass demonstrations and political unrest, Catalonia's capital <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a> is hoping to lure more visitors back when a stunning architectural gem in the Gr&agrave;cia district opens to the public on November 16: Casa Vicens, a summer house for wealthy industrialist Manel Vicens i Montaner, was the first important commission that the young, and then-unknown, architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antoni Gaud&iacute;</a> received in 1883 &mdash; and it would shape the trajectory of all his architectural work to come. <br></p> <p>Learn more about Casa Vicens, and the meticulous restoration that took place over the past months, on its official <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. <br></p> <p>Scroll on for more photographs of the gorgeous building.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Pol Viladoms</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images courtesy of Casa Vicens Gaud&iacute;.</em></p> The peculiar history of New Haven's 'amputated' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2017-10-09T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T14:21:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Fifteen years after IKEA demolished part of it for a parking lot, a Marcel Breuer-designed office building in New Haven has become a stage for art. [...] Now, Burr is building on those explorations in his current show, Body/Building. Spread out over the first floor of Breuer&rsquo;s gutted local icon, the show uses objects that weave together a story about himself, the site, and his city.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>New Haven-native, and now New York-based, artist Tom Burr tells the story of one of the city's most iconic, and controversial, buildings in his current show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Body/Building</a></em><em></em>, now on display inside the gutted belly of the 1960s brutalist Marcel Breuer-designed Long Wharf building.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I&rsquo;m interested in the fact that it&rsquo;s amputated," Burr revealed, hinting at the partial demolition that the current owner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a>, saw necessary in 2003 to provide surface parking for its new store on the site.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>The show can still be visited until November 11 and is free of charge but requires an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appointment</a>.</p> Chartres Cathedral restoration stirs up debate about historic authenticity Alexander Walter 2017-09-05T17:35:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T17:37:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The restoration aims not only to clean and maintain the structure, but also to offer an insight into what the cathedral would have looked like in the 13th century. Its interior was designed to be a radiant vision, as close to heaven on earth as a pilgrim might come, although many modern visitors have responded more with shock than with awe. The architecture critic Martin Filler has described the project as a &ldquo;scandalous desecration of a cultural holy place.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The decade-long restoration of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chartres' grand cathedral</a> (rebuilt in its current Gothic style between 1194 and 1220) isn't going over without controversy: is the dirt that's currently being scrubbed off its walls, ceilings, and even Madonna statues, part of the building's history or merely melancholic kitsch that prevents the structure from radiating in its intended airy brightness?<br></p> In order to avoid historic listing, developer destroys Jacobean ceiling Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In order to avoid being listed by Historic England, a developer recently demolished an ornate Jacobean pendant ceiling at one of their sites. Previously a hotel and bar, the owners,&nbsp;&nbsp;Midas Properties/G&amp;E Baio Ltd, had a planning application to subdivide and convert the building into student flats that was currently under review.&nbsp;</p> <p>The property&mdash;15 Small Street&mdash;is located in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bristol</a>, a town best known for its examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture though having been a medieval and 17th-century city as well, there are fine examples of Jacobean works deserving of preservation. Bristol's Conservation Advisory Panel had applied last week for the building to become spot-listed.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>Historic England was in the process of assessing the building, but had been unable to arrange access with the owners, who were also deferring scheduled site visits by Bristol City Council planning officers. In the interim, the developer was able to demolish the almost 400-year old ceiling.</p><p><br></p><p>Historic England d...</p></figure> Redevelopment of Detroit's Michigan Central Station slowly gaining momentum Alexander Walter 2017-07-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Talk about redeveloping the long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown area heated up again Thursday during an announcement about this year's Detroit Homecoming, which will hold the first significant private event in the 104-year-old train station since the mid-1980s. [...] "(Redevelopment of) the depot is going to take a marathon, but we're not at the beginning of the race, we're a few miles into it," said Matthew Moroun, whose father, Matty, bought the building in 1995.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"I said, 'there's one thing: Every time I read a damn national story about Detroit, there's a picture of the train station with the holes in the windows as the international image of the city's decline,'"&nbsp;Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is quoted saying, recalling his conversation with billionaire businessman &mdash; and the building's owner &mdash;&nbsp;Matthew Moroun.&nbsp;"I said, 'I want you to put windows in the train station. And if you do that, everything else will be just fine.'"</p> <p>Renovation costs for the 104-year-old train station &mdash; once the tallest rail station in the world and the city's pride but sitting vacant and in an increasingly derelict state since Amtrak service ceased in 1988 &mdash; are estimated to exceed $100 million.</p>