Archinect - News 2017-09-19T18:24:04-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150026392/chartres-cathedral-restoration-stirs-up-debate-about-historic-authenticity 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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uw8geyz80o5bj5cu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uw8geyz80o5bj5cu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uw8geyz80o5bj5cu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/uw/uw8geyz80o5bj5cu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="https://archinect.com/news/tag/537549/chartres-cathedral" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025869/in-order-to-avoid-historic-listing-developer-destroys-jacobean-ceiling In order to avoid historic listing, developer destroys Jacobean ceiling Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T10:01:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fr/froaq4xrohhwfuiz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fr/froaq4xrohhwfuiz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fr/froaq4xrohhwfuiz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fr/froaq4xrohhwfuiz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="https://archinect.com/news/tag/131352/bristol" 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="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8j/8j2y0bygit3q0xb3.jpg?w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8j/8j2y0bygit3q0xb3.jpg?w=514"></a></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/m1/m125r4p530antu76.jpg?w=1028" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019094/redevelopment-of-detroit-s-michigan-central-station-slowly-gaining-momentum Redevelopment of Detroit's Michigan Central Station slowly gaining momentum Alexander Walter 2017-07-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T18:22:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012154/ho-chi-minh-city-s-historic-architecture-is-quickly-disappearing Ho Chi Minh City′s historic architecture is quickly disappearing Alexander Walter 2017-06-12T17:38:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T17:42:30-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/55/55zlmpbwka6uhglz.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Others are concerned the demolition of its famed French architectural gems will render Ho Chi Minh City indistinguishable from other Asian megacities. "In the 1960s and 1970s it was very much French, but now it's very Americanized, McDonald's on every corner," said Hiep Nguyen, born in Ho City Minh City and author of several books on its architectural history.&nbsp; "A streetscape without a story has no value," he added.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"City officials are now writing a nine-point plan to classify buildings and mark some for protection," <em>DW</em> writes, "but admit such a huge task could take years to be implemented."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011181/bnim-restores-kansas-city-s-century-old-westport-presbyterian-church BNIM restores Kansas City's century-old Westport Presbyterian Church Justine Testado 2017-06-06T20:11:00-04:00 >2017-07-09T19:15:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7g/7gnyo4jl1mqwfc6z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7g/7gnyo4jl1mqwfc6z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7g/7gnyo4jl1mqwfc6z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/7g/7gnyo4jl1mqwfc6z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Completed in 1905 in one of Kansas City, Missouri's oldest neighborhoods, the Westport Presbyterian Church was in dire need of repair after suffering from a catastrophic fire in 2011. Undertaking all the technical challenges that come with a project of this nature, architecture practice <a href="http://archinect.com/bnim" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BNIM</a> worked with the congregation to successfully preserve the Church's most sacred elements while creating a new, dynamic space for the community.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/r4/r44jef7dpwkbpw22.jpg"><em>Photo &copy; Michael Robinson.</em></p><p>The church's exterior limestone shell survived the fire, while its roof structure, interior structure, and finishes were destroyed. Following an analysis of the existing 27,000 square-foot building, BNIM restored the most significant elements in the original structure: the sanctuary, chapel, second floor, and basement. On the other hand, a second building first grafted to the church's east side in 1916 had to be fully reconstructed.&nbsp;BNIM also redesigned the storefront facing Westport Road to be more welcoming and easily&nbsp;accessible....</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008790/the-parker-center-is-set-for-demolition-what-other-midcentury-icons-are-next The Parker Center is set for demolition, what other midcentury icons are next? Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T20:12:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T20:12:20-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/73/73vht6psgwp8o9gv.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Parker Center, depending on who you ask, is either a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/5038/midcentury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">midcentury</a> icon, or a powerful symbol of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>' racist past. Located downtown, the building was home to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/725615/lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAPD</a> up until 2009 when they relocated due to expensive retrofits needed on the site. Designed by Welton Becket&mdash;the architect behind some of LA's greatest identifiers such as the Capitol Records Building, the Theme Building and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86006545/welton-becket-designed-hollywood-cinerama-dome-marks-50-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cinerama Dome</a>&mdash;the former LAPD headquarters is seen by historic preservationists, particularly the LA Conservancy, as a historical landmark due to its midcentury stylings. However, beyond being an architectural landmark, the building, as home to the LAPD during an era of racist policing, also serves as a sobering reminder of LA's troubling past. The land upon which the center was constructed had been seized from Japanese property owners less than a decade after Japanese Internment and William H. Parker himself, whom the building was named after, was associated with ushering in policies of...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008719/blair-kamin-calls-restoration-of-frank-lloyd-wright-s-unity-temple-triumphant Blair Kamin calls restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple "triumphant" Alexander Walter 2017-05-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:30:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gq/gqn86jyl2zqy6pvw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Frrank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, [...] the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America. Instead of finishing on schedule last fall, the $25 million project is wrapping up just in time for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birthday, June 8.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Success, it's often said, has many fathers, and so it is with here," Kamin writes. "A team of consultants led by Chicago's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/70737/harboe-architects-pc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harboe Architects</a> has lavished exacting care on every aspect of this project, from the restoration of jewel-like art glass to the recreation of textured plaster walls."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007483/thousands-protest-in-moscow-against-planned-demolition-of-soviet-era-housing-blocks Thousands protest in Moscow against planned demolition of Soviet-era housing blocks Alexander Walter 2017-05-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T15:02:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xbn45cqsslbjwhek.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xbn45cqsslbjwhek.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xbn45cqsslbjwhek.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xb/xbn45cqsslbjwhek.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>An interactive map of the former Soviet Union&rsquo;s Constructivist architectural heritage went online just days before the city of Moscow published a list of 4,500 apartment buildings proposed for demolition as part of a plan to relocate up to 1.6 million residents. Describe by many residents as a property grab [...] the demolition plan has proven so unpopular that thousands turned up for a demonstration against it in Moscow on Sunday 14 May carrying signs with slogans like &ldquo;My house is my castle&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The plan has also alarmed preservationists," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> writes. "Initially described as an effort to upgrade residents from <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khrushchyovka" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pre-fabricated mass housing</a> built under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, the architectural targets have broadened and fears are mounting that it has become a carte-blanche for developers to destroy any building that stands in their way."</p><p><em>The Guardian</em>'s Alec Luhn <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/31/moscow-biggest-urban-demolition-project-khrushchevka-flats" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">calls the demolition plans</a> "the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century," and some compare them to the forced collectivization of property under Stalin.</p> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004746/the-neutra-vdl-house-celebrates-its-national-historic-landmark-status The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:04:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/30/30txefaizmy0vkzc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/30/30txefaizmy0vkzc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/30/30txefaizmy0vkzc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/30/30txefaizmy0vkzc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Built in 1932, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL Research House</a> designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California&rsquo;s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/7374/california-state-polytechnic-university-pomona" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2668661/sarah-lorenzen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a>. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.</p><p>Neutra&rsquo;s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is &ldquo;the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149996307/vietnam-s-architectural-past-is-being-erased-by-new-economic-forces Vietnam's architectural past is being erased by new economic forces Julia Ingalls 2017-03-09T12:42:00-05:00 >2017-03-09T12:42:11-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/2u/2uqgve4qfo8wcfox.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>What's the value of history? It's a question that keeps coming up around the world as new projects displace older architecture. In Vietnam, many of Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive (and, in many cases, French-colonial-era) structures are being dispatched to memory in favor of newer developments meant to stimulate the economy. As this article in <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/04/vietnam-architectural-gems-disappearing/97098474/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USA Today</a> notes:</p><p><em>Preservationists say developers and government officials are&nbsp;intent on making&nbsp;this city&nbsp;modern and care little for the vestiges of its colonial past. But destroying so many historic buildings, they warn, makes the city less livable and less attractive to tourists &mdash; which could undercut&nbsp;economic growth the government hopes to foster.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149991793/researchers-develop-a-new-solution-to-protect-deteriorating-marble Researchers develop a new solution to protect deteriorating marble Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:32:50-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Princeton University researchers have announced the development of a low-cost, nontoxic coating that can preserve iconic stone structures from decay. Comprised of hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound that can be found in bones and teeth, the solution seeps into the stone&rsquo;s surface, binding cracks. According to the press release, the result is a stronger, more resilient work of art.</p><p>The researchers developed the solution for the stone monuments that populate the Certosa di Bologna cemetery in Italy. Made of marble, the stones have started to deteriorate. Apparently, the major innovation at hand is finding that the nontoxic solvent used in the solution, water, can seep deep into the cracks, causing a reaction within 24 hours.</p><p>Now researchers are working towards further improving the hydroxyapatite treatment by adding alcohol as well as electric currents.</p><p><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/57/94K62/index.xml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Princeton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv7fgbvrfjs6qy5h.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149986262/the-department-of-interior-announces-24-new-national-historic-landmarks The Department of Interior announces 24 new National Historic Landmarks Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T21:02:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:09:54-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yl/yl710vzfldix45z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yl/yl710vzfldix45z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yl/yl710vzfldix45z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/yl/yl710vzfldix45z3.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Earlier today, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced 24 new National Historic Landmarks. Defined as &ldquo;historic properties of exceptional value to the nation [that promote] the preservation efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals,&rdquo; the designation comes with technical assistance, recognition, and funding. Notably, the Neutra Studio and Residence (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/45241/neutra-vdl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL House</a>) in Los Angeles, which has hosted several Archinect events in the past, was added to the list.</p><p>&ldquo;These 24 new designations depict different threads of the American story that have been told through activism, architecture, music, and religious observance,&rdquo; said Secretary Jewell. &ldquo;Their designation ensures future generations have the ability to learn from the past as we preserve and protect the historic value of these properties and the more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.&rdquo;</p><p>Here are the new historical landmarks, with des...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980001/take-a-look-at-kaan-architecten-s-new-offices-inside-a-1950s-era-rotterdam-building Take a look at KAAN Architecten's new offices inside a 1950s-era Rotterdam building Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:27:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:55:45-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8o/8omz8npxnn3eyllu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8o/8omz8npxnn3eyllu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8o/8omz8npxnn3eyllu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8o/8omz8npxnn3eyllu.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Just steps away from the iconic Erasmus Bridge, a new office for <a href="http://archinect.com/kaanarchitecten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KAAN Architecten</a> has joins the crowd of notable buildings in the heart of the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The project transformed 1,400 square meters of a site with a storied history. Designed by Henri Timo Zwiers in the mid-fifties, the structure was built on the grounds a former synagogue that was destroyed in the Second World War. Originally the premises of De Nederlandsche Bank, the building&rsquo;s bright open spaces and rectangular floor plan lend itself well to an architecture office.</p><p>KAAN restored the industrial concrete structure, and counterbalanced the rough concrete with dark walnut. &ldquo;The harmonious interaction between the warm comfort of the wood and the pre-existing concrete structure, envelopes the atmosphere in a graceful yet monumental feeling,&rdquo; writes KAAN Architecten.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6l/6le6jhvtl90r2qnf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dp/dp6utlmwi0go78zp.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The notion of sharing of knowledge is at the core of the division of spaces and the interior design of the new office. This rough space has the ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975226/architecture-research-office-to-update-the-rothko-chapel Architecture Research Office to update the Rothko Chapel Nicholas Korody 2016-10-25T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:17:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vd/vdqceory08o4v1ns.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vd/vdqceory08o4v1ns.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vd/vdqceory08o4v1ns.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/vd/vdqceory08o4v1ns.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Rothko Chapel in Houston, a masterpiece of midcentury architecture, houses 14 panels by the revered artist Mark Rothko. But the Chapel is in need of some TLC, from fixing the HVAC system to improving the lighting. The New York-based office Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to oversee the renovations.</p><p>In addition to bringing the mechanics of the Chapel up-to-date, ARO will retool the entrance vestibule and renovate the Chapel&rsquo;s skylight. They will also design a master plan, which will include modifications to an outdoor plaza and a reflecting pool that contains the Barnett Newman sculpture &ldquo;Broken Obelisk&rdquo;. The master plan also includes several nearby bungalows.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4z/4z4s6dje370lhzq1.jpg"></p><p>ARO has a proven track record when it comes to light-weight, highly-sensitive restoration projects. Back in 2013, they renovated a 19th century cast-iron warehouse used by Donald Judd as his studio and home until his death in 1994. While extensive renovations were required, ARO updated the building with ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149974354/austria-flip-flops-over-future-of-hitler-s-birth-house Austria flip-flops over future of Hitler's birth house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-19T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:35:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/13/1356109b0990b2fe1c808f63247271f7?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/13/1356109b0990b2fe1c808f63247271f7?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/13/1356109b0990b2fe1c808f63247271f7?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/13/1356109b0990b2fe1c808f63247271f7?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A day after the Austrian government said it was planning to tear down the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the interior minister now says it is likely to be redesigned. The idea is to prevent the property from being a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. [...] "the new plan comes after members of a government-appointed commission on the future of the house suggested that erasing the house would give the impression Austria was trying to erase its past."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tricky business of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title="Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder</a></li><li><a title="RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></li><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="The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940743/the-price-of-keeping-britain-s-downton-abbeys-from-crumbling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The price of keeping Britain's 'Downton Abbeys' from crumbling</a></li><li><a title="Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149972266/a-new-beginning-for-rosa-parks-detroit-home A new beginning for Rosa Parks' Detroit home Justine Testado 2016-10-05T18:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-05T18:12:10-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/86033hd7rcu3e3b8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/86033hd7rcu3e3b8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/86033hd7rcu3e3b8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/86/86033hd7rcu3e3b8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Rosa Parks' home] on South Deacon Street had become blighted and faced demolition in recent years, but its fortunes have since changed. The home&rsquo;s facade has been removed and will be refashioned into a replica-style artwork that will be shown in museums across Europe...&ldquo;She loved the city, but I don't think the city loved her very much back,&rdquo; [Parks' niece Rhea] McCauley said. &ldquo;This house should have been preserved here. But we live in a world where every other project takes precedence.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>You would think that the Detroit home of Rosa Parks would have more easily garnered local support for its preservation in the present day. But as Parks' niece Rhea McCauley described, her aunt was still treated with hostility when she moved into the city in 1957, two years after she refused to give up her bus seat. That attitude seems to have carried on as McCauley struggled to find a backer to preserve the home, saying that &ldquo;Doors have been slammed in [her] face&rdquo;.</p><p>Luckily, McCauley was able to get help from artist <a href="http://www.ryan-mendoza.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Mendoza</a>, who will transform the house's facade into a replica-style art piece that will tour museums across Europe. Why Europe?&nbsp;Mendoza, who acknowledged that he isn't even from Detroit, says it's &ldquo;a statement about the lack of interest in preserving the home in the city where it actually existed&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="http://qz.com/799994/american-artist-ryan-mendoza-is-moving-rosa-parkss-house-from-detroit-to-berlin-to-save-it-from-demolition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963895/from-enslavement-to-mass-incarceration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130178109/that-new-texas-confederate-memorial-on-martin-luther-king-jr-drive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">That new Texas Confede...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149970286/closer-look-zaha-hadid-s-new-floating-port-house-in-antwerp Closer look: Zaha Hadid's new “floating” Port House in Antwerp Justine Testado 2016-09-23T18:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ym/ympl7d27dtqge7nw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ym/ympl7d27dtqge7nw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ym/ympl7d27dtqge7nw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ym/ympl7d27dtqge7nw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The glistening Port House in Antwerp is Zaha Hadid's latest project to be completed posthumously. But the glass building isn't mere folly. Built atop a disused historic fire station, the striking landmark operates as the new headquarters for the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest port.</p><p>ZHA was selected to design the new extension following a competition, in which the main objective was to preserve the original fire station, according to Port of Antwerp president Marc Van Peel. All five shortlisted competitors proposed a new structure above the building, but the Port deemed Zaha's design as &ldquo;the most brilliant&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kg/kgf3tyadlm1o5adv.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/laa6xfgsnqd3269w.jpg"></p><p>At 111 meters long and 21 meters high, the new glass extension &ldquo;floats&rdquo; above the old fire station. &ldquo;Like the bow of a ship, the new extension points towards the Scheldt, connecting the building with the river on which Antwerp was founded,&rdquo; ZHA describes.</p><p>The building&nbsp;also shows off a glazed facade of transparent and opaque triangular facets that allow sufficient natural l...</p> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tw/tw1facngkzywlb4e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/149968391/saddam-hussain-s-architectural-heritage-and-what-to-do-with-it Saddam Hussain's architectural heritage—and what to do with it Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T18:30:00-04:00 >2016-09-18T22:37:17-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/75/75aae62bd087b0e46c4a780ddbe83f8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>During his time in power, as head of state and as leader of the all-powerful, secularist Ba&rsquo;th party, Saddam would oversee an unprecedented program of monumental development across the historic city of Baghdad. This was not limited to monuments of war and hollow bronze shells, but enormous palatial complexes, museums, art galleries, and civic squares [...] marshal it, awkwardly, unevenly, into the post-industrial age, a modern city shaped by the aspirations and egotistical tastes of a despot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952786/iraq-honors-zaha-hadid-with-commemorative-stamp-which-features-rejected-tokyo-stadium-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iraq honors Zaha Hadid with commemorative stamp &mdash; which features rejected Tokyo stadium design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146194308/destruction-of-iraq-s-oldest-christian-monastery-by-isis-militants-went-unreported-for-16-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Destruction of Iraq&rsquo;s oldest Christian monastery by ISIS militants went unreported for 16 months</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965503/the-unfinished-charm-of-the-smithsonian-s-arts-and-industries-building The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:32:29-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a3/a3jj5h3xsq989fkc.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145516502/the-race-to-complete-the-capitol-dome-restoration-in-time-for-the-inauguration-of-the-45th-u-s-president" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149958646/the-seagram-building-after-the-four-seasons-maintaining-a-costly-landmark The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark Alexander Walter 2016-07-19T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:14:36-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/dq/dqmbgi3dnhj3pe76.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Mr. Rosen would not mind getting a little credit for maintaining the 59-year-old building, a landmark inside and outside, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. With its rich materials and exquisite detailing, the building demands scrupulous attention. And money. RFR executives estimated that it cost about 20 percent more to maintain the seemingly spartan Seagram Building than it would a typical office tower of roughly the same size and age. Less is more.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957646/iconic-furniture-art-tableware-and-even-a-sausage-grinder-hundreds-of-lots-from-philip-johnson-s-four-seasons-head-to-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iconic furniture, art, tableware and even a sausage grinder: hundreds of lots from Philip Johnson's Four Seasons head to auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951806/modernist-treasures-from-philip-johnson-s-iconic-four-seasons-restaurant-headed-for-auction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modernist treasures from Philip Johnson's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant headed for auction</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149958345/liverpool-waterfront-heritage-status-at-risk-as-mayor-rejects-un-plea Liverpool waterfront heritage status at risk as mayor rejects UN plea kplatzgummer 2016-07-18T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-31T16:15:59-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4x/4xfqrse71ue615tm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4x/4xfqrse71ue615tm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4x/4xfqrse71ue615tm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/4x/4xfqrse71ue615tm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The world heritage site status of Liverpool&rsquo;s waterfront is in jeopardy after the city&rsquo;s mayor, Joe Anderson, rejected a plea by UN cultural chiefs to halt development in the city [...] Anderson said he would be writing to the UN body informing it that the city would not be complying with its request [...] Heritage campaigners recently went to court in a fight to stop the demolition of 10 historic buildings near Liverpool Lime Street station in the buffer zone.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More Liverpool-related architecture news on archinect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149949440/riba-set-to-open-national-architecture-centre-in-liverpool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA set to open national architecture centre in Liverpool</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/148270911/turning-the-ugliest-building-in-liverpool-into-an-exemplar-of-public-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning the &ldquo;ugliest building in Liverpool&rdquo; into an exemplar of public health</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/142830022/assemble-wins-turner-prize-becoming-first-architects-to-win-uk-s-most-prestigious-art-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assemble wins Turner Prize, becoming first architects to win "UK's most prestigious art prize"</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956719/plans-unveiled-to-save-aberdeen-home-of-mitsubishi-founder Plans unveiled to save Aberdeen home of Mitsubishi founder kplatzgummer 2016-07-08T09:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:10:28-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txim3t9gbw2jxlql.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A top businessman has offered to help restore the home of [Thomas Blake Glover] a Scottish pioneer who became one of the most famous merchants in Japan [...] If anything can be done to restore Glover House we will be prepared to do it and we have made an offer to contribute to the house reopening in his memory [...] the building would be turned into an &ldquo;ideas hub&rdquo;, which could be used to strengthen business links with Japan - with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The home of Thomas Blake Glover in Japan gets 2 million (!) visitors a year and is an important heritage site,&nbsp;representative for the scottish-japanese history of industrialisation.The Glover's house in Aberdeen is in a reversed situation.&nbsp;It has fallen into a state of disrepair and is in desperate need of restoration. Now, the Founder of the Thomas Blake Glover Foundation, Anne Malcolm, welcomed the proposed renovation work. She said: &ldquo;It is very important that the Glover House should be kept for posterity as it&rsquo;s very important historically."</p><p>There have been no serious historical dramatisations of Glover&rsquo;s remarkable life and role in the Japanese history. Glover, equipped with enthusiasm for his modernising energy, had the willingness to act and negotiate in unfamiliar and dangerous surroundings in late 19th century Japan. The preservation project in Aberdeen aims to keep a architectural record of this famous Scot.</p><p>More informations Thomas Blake Glover offer an essay and a documenta...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954698/from-minnesota-to-pennsylvania-moving-a-frank-lloyd-house-halfway-across-the-country From Minnesota to Pennsylvania: moving a Frank Lloyd House halfway across the country Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T19:40:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:26:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u3/u3xyjkoh17br4uk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u3/u3xyjkoh17br4uk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u3/u3xyjkoh17br4uk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/u3/u3xyjkoh17br4uk1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>For more than 60 years, a home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright stood tucked in the woods on the south side of Cloquet, little-seen and little-known as the city developed around it. Now, after being on the market for years, the R.W. Lindholm House has been deconstructed and its pieces are on their way to Pennsylvania, where they&rsquo;ll be reassembled and the home opened to the public by a group dedicated to conserving Wright-designed structures.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The house is being carefully relocated to Polymath Park, a 130-acre "architectural park." While preservationists tend to prefer to keep Wright homes in their original context, the move is considered necessary for its long-term survival.</p><p>The house has already been dismantled, bit by bit, in a process that took four weeks. The team responsible for the deconstruction made sure to keep the project hush hush due to fears that souvenir seekers might raid the site.</p><p>Cloquet, Minnesota also happens to be the home of the world's only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gas station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hj2qun8hxavlu3i.jpg"></p><p>For more Wright-related news, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950408/moma-to-celebrate-frank-lloyd-wright-s-150th-birthday-with-massive-exhibition" target="_blank">MoMA to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday with massive exhibition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148500636/preserving-san-francisco-s-only-frank-lloyd-wright-building-inside-and-out" target="_blank">Preserving San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright building, inside and out</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144499048/frank-lloyd-wright-s-sturges-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-50-years" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144049955/frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-reaches-fundraising-goal-of-2m-working-towards-independence-from-foundation" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture reaches fundraising goal of $2M, working towards independence from foundation</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954196/the-havelis-of-shekhawati The havelis of Shekhawati Nam Henderson 2016-06-27T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T12:28:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/i1/i1l5dvkpdxy8wobk.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Ozymandian in their hubris and decay. There are over 2,000 buildings, most of them havelis, covered inside and out with frescoes that depict scenes from battle, myth, the ancestries of their owners and the coming of the Europeans. The havelis are mostly empty now, and their desolation, combined with their scale and opulence, produces a feeling of wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Aatish Taseer extols, the faded opulence of, the painted houses found in the&nbsp;desert of Marwar,&nbsp;Rajasthan.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950464/non-sibi-sed-aliis Non sibi sed aliis Nam Henderson 2016-06-09T03:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-09T06:16:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mn/mnx5htikxn286yxn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>An approach called Projective Preservation brings speculation about the future into a dialectical relationship with preservation of a city&rsquo;s historic and pre-existing environments. Historic architecture, sites and cities can and should be preserved, but they must also be open to reinterpretation and adaptation to meet the needs of present and future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l54cnlrc78fqodlg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/klgd3owdpegh0xrc.jpg"></p><p>Ryan Madson (an urban planner and landscape designer who also teaches architecture at SCAD &mdash; Savannah College of Art and Design)&nbsp;published an essay digging into authenticity, "<em>memory values</em>"&nbsp;and the&nbsp;"<em>paradox of mainstream preservation ideologies</em>". He also proposes '<em>Projective Preservation'</em>&nbsp; an alternative approach.<em>&nbsp;</em>Along&nbsp;with&nbsp;<strong>A </strong>(5 point, draft)<strong> Manifesto for Savannah</strong><strong>*</strong></p> https://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 srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ex/exxxshah5pzgjk5d.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> https://archinect.com/news/article/149948814/rip-bruce-goff-s-bavinger-house-demolished RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-01T13:13:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T17:59:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/39/3906ba254488f0c467815fc73c8bbd67?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>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 &ldquo;greeted with gunfire.&rdquo; [...] 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&rsquo;s son, Boz, who claimed to be putting the property up for sale for the price of $1.5 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Our own Donna Sink reported on the 2011 damage to the house:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10981807/goff-s-bavinger-house-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goff's Bavinger House collapses</a>. See below for a shot of the demolition scene:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dn/dnyeirziljkanwse.jpg"></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="It's easier now to tear down &quot;historic homes&quot; in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash;&nbsp;is this progress or folly?</a></li><li><a title="Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139956397/has-preservation-become-too-conservative-and-elitist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has preservation become too conservative and elitist?</a></li><li><a title="Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144438812/whatever-the-architecture-memorializing-a-structure-for-its-memories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whatever the architecture, memorializing a structure for its memories</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149947410/cash-strapped-rome-issues-sos-to-wealthy-citizens-for-funds-to-restore-its-historic-sites Cash-strapped Rome issues SOS to wealthy citizens for funds to restore its historic sites Nicholas Korody 2016-05-25T12:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-25T12:26:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wx/wx3ykauqsjbfphn6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Rome has issued a &euro;500m (&pound;380m) SOS to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore many of the Italian capital&rsquo;s historic sites and prevent others from falling into ruin. The Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the walls, aqueducts and sewerage system of what was once the most powerful city on Earth have all been earmarked as needing help ranging from a relatively minor clean up to full-blown structural works.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Saddled with debts of some &euro;12bn, Rome cannot afford to do it on its own."</em></p><p>Or: in search of&nbsp;noblesse oblige during the age of austerity politics.</p><p>Of course, Rome isn't the only European city struggling under the weight of debt. Check out these related articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942324/tensions-build-at-athen-s-port-of-piraeus-the-first-stop-for-many-refugees-seeking-asylum-in-europe" target="_blank">Tensions build at Athen's port of Piraeus, the first stop for many refugees seeking asylum in Europe</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144961813/amid-london-s-austerity-measures-defensive-design-becomes-even-more-hostile" target="_blank">Amid London's austerity measures, "defensive design" becomes even more hostile</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131266197/architecture-in-crisis-reports-from-greece" target="_blank">Architecture in crisis: reports from Greece</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52493341/zaha-hadid-says-austerity-is-not-an-excuse-for-low-quality-housing" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid says austerity is not an excuse for low-quality housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147756307/pay-to-stay-may-boot-60-000-uk-families-from-their-homes" target="_blank">"Pay to stay" may boot 60,000 UK families from their homes</a></li></ul>