Archinect - News 2018-02-24T01:22:55-05:00 Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-02-23T10:45:32-05:00 <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> Ancient Syrian Ain Dara temple severely damaged in Turkish airstrike Alexander Walter 2018-01-31T14:49:00-05:00 >2018-01-31T14:49:42-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Much of the magnificent 3,000-year-old temple of Ain Dara, with its mysterious and massive footprints and a structure that provides clues for understanding the biblical temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, has been destroyed in a Turkish airstrike. [...] Photos and video from the Syrian Observatory and Hawar News confirm that more than half of the temple is gone, including many of the sculptures that ringed the site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The temple, one of the largest and most extensively ancient excavated structures in Syria," <em>National Geographic</em> reports, "is famous for its intricate stone sculptures of lions and sphinxes, and for its similarities to Solomon&rsquo;s Temple&mdash;the first Jewish temple in Jerusalem, said to have held the Ark of the Covenant."</p> BIG presents revised master plan for controversial Smithsonian campus overhaul Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-19T19:54:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the Smithsonian Institute's massive $2 billion redevelopment plans struggle to gain both public and governmental support, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, the firm heading the project, has released a revised proposal. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversy surrounding the original master plan</a> has been centered largely around the changes that would be made to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, and the seemingly, unnecessarily high costs for the overall overhaul.</p> <p>Responding to concerns previously voiced by Members of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), local decision makers, residents and garden enthusiasts, the firm has now presented updated designs. &ldquo;Since our last proposal, we&rsquo;ve been listening very closely to the public. We wanted the general feeling and fondness for the Haupt Garden to remain the same while also increasing its enjoyment and use, offering educational elements and after hour programs,&rdquo; expressed Bjarke Ingels while presenting the new proposal to CFA yesterday.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group + Brick</figcaption></figure><p>Major changes to the desig...</p> Smithsonian’s $2 billion redevelopment plan, designed by BIG, comes under fire Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-09T20:16:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's been just over three years since the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smithsonian Institute announced their massive, 2-billion-dollar redevelopment plans</a>. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, the intended overhaul includes a renovation of the Smithsonian castle, expanded visitor services, a new courtyard and mall-facing entrances and walkways to improve visibility and accessibility. In addition, the plans also call for a bold change to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, a 4.2 acre public garden which would be demolished in Ingels' vision in order to raise its edges 30 feet in the air.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.</figcaption></figure><p>Civic organizations, garden enthusiasts and historic preservation groups have spent two years fighting these plans. Upset by the overhaul, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in April</a>, the D.C. Historic Preservation Board got the Smithsonian Quadrangle to be listed as a historic district in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, though that designation does not actually grant any legal protections to the Smithsonian's four buildings or the Enid A. Haupt G...</p> Despite pending landmark status, demolition to the AT&T Building's lobby has begun Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-09T12:55:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T12:56:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has approved interior demolition of the lobby at Philip Johnson and John Burgee&rsquo;s postmodern tower at 550 Madison Avenue. Though the 1984 tower is up for landmark consideration, the designation would only protect the facade, not the interior. Department of Buildings (DOB) records show demo plans received LPC staff approval on December 15 and permits were issued that same day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One of Britain's most important 20th-century housing complexes may be demolished Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite being in the midst of a housing crisis, the United Kingdom seems bent on destroying some of the finest examples of social housing the post-war era has to offer, even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tampering with the heritage-listing system</a>&nbsp;in order to do so. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens</a> council estate, an icon of brutalist architecture, was recently demolished despite a huge effort involving nation wide press coverage and support from architects like Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers to save it&mdash;a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three story segment was even purchased quite unusually by the V&amp;A Museum</a> in order to salvage an intact piece of the building.</p> <p>Now, it appears the Alton Estate in Roehampton may be next in line for the chopping block. According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apollo Magazine</a></em>, the complex is under threat "from proposals to demolish the center of the estate and replace it with a very large, very clashing new development." Inspired by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier</a>'s L'Unite d'Habitation in Marseille, the Alton estate designed by London County Council's architects departme...</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> Carmody Groarke build a giant cage sustaining a Scottish landmark Hope Daley 2017-12-06T20:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Hill House in Helensburgh was built as "a home for the future" by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1902. But the experimental building material used has allowed water to soak into the building. Now, the National Trust for Scotland will surround the house with a protective "shield" in the form of a "giant cage" while it comes up with ways to restore it. The trust plans to build the huge see-through structure [...] over the top of the landmark to protect the building from the elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This temporary structure buys <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> time in finding a permanent solution to the building's structural problem. While the design problem persists, architects Carmody and Groarke have allowed a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landmark</a> building from new perspectives with a surrounding walkway included in the cage.&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> Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism Anthony Morey 2017-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large &mdash; one that would be potentially soiled with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's revamp</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Norman Foster Instagram</figcaption></figure><p><em>&lsquo;I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement &ndash; and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'</em><br></p> <p>While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a building, it has come to signify so much more. Johnson's design radically shifted our view of Architecture; it t...</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> 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> Old & New: 10 examples of adaptive reuse done right Archinect 2017-10-27T13:52:00-04:00 >2017-10-27T13:53:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Old+New</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winton Chapel, University of Winchester</a> in Winchester, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Engine Architects</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lined Extension</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YARD Architects</a>; Photo: Richard Chivers<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cut stone garden</a> in Peratallada, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MESURA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NUA Studio</a> in Tarragona, Spain by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NUA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lateral House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pitman Tozer Architects</a>; Photo: Nick Kane<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex Monroe Workshop</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSDHA</a><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Semi Detached House</a> in Oxford, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delvendahl Martin Architects</a>; Photo: Tim Crocker<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Way</a> in Portland, OR by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Okayama Building</a> in Osaka, Japan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yoshihiro Yamamoto</a>; Photo: Yohei Sasakura<br></p> <p><br></p> <p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more "Ten To...</p> Trend Watch: Shou sugi ban, the art of preserving wood by charring Nam Henderson 2017-10-21T23:05:00-04:00 >2017-10-21T23:28:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The unpolished, naturalistic quality of burnt wood also appeals to architects seeking to evoke a rough organic feel in tune with the surrounding landscape. It&rsquo;s bituminous-black and scaly, like alligator skin that&rsquo;s been singed. But such dark, reptilian wood is also startling and gorgeously it floated out of a dream</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Fortini highlights the ancient Japanese technique, which has grown&nbsp;in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">popularity</a> among Western architects.</p><p>A topic discussed here on Archinect back in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2007</a> and then in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012</a>.&nbsp;</p> The 2018 World Monuments Watch announces 25 at-risk sites threatened by human conflict, urbanization, and climate change Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T15:39:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The monument conservation group, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Monuments Fund</a>, has announced 25 of the world's at-risk sites on its biennial watch list. Threatened by human conflict, climate change, disasters and/or urbanization, the newly listed historical gems span more than 30 countries and territories dating from prehistory to the twentieth century.&nbsp;</p> <p>Presenting a diverse group of cultural heritage sites, experts in archaeology, architecture and art picked from over 170 nominations made by citizens, activists, and governments. The whittled down selection ranges from a collection of little-known homes, churches and community centers in Alabama where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place to a collection of vulnerable modern architecture in Delhi; from&nbsp;the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to sites of the Caribbean, the Gulf, and Mexico, recently affected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">by hurricanes</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">earthquakes</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>In the Souk of Aleppo, with a Mamluk portal leading to a courtyard to the right, 2008. Photo: Adli Qu...</figcaption></figure></figure> UNESCO withdrawal could affect Detroit's 'City of Design' designation Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-16T14:57:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T15:56:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Detroit was the first North American city to obtain such a designation, which joined it to UNESCO's Creative Cities Network &mdash; a group 22 international cities whose aim is "to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this week, president Trump announced the U.S's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">withdrawal from UNESCO, citing anti-Israel bias</a>&nbsp;and mounting arrears. The decision&nbsp;could affect Detroit's 'City of Design' designation, earlier awarded to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Creative Corridor</a>,&nbsp;a non-profit initiative to strengthen Detroit's creative economy.&nbsp;</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> Notre-Dame de Paris asks for a makeover Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-29T16:42:00-04:00 >2017-09-29T18:30:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Broken gargoyles and fallen balustrades replaced by plastic pipes and wooden planks. Flying buttresses darkened by pollution and eroded by rainwater. Pinnacles propped up by beams and held together with straps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The historic French monument, Notre-Dame de Paris, has suffered due to time, rain, pollution and wind.</p> <p>Built from 1160 to 1345, with restorations and additions in the mid 19th century by architects Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Viollet-le-Duc, the cathedral attracts 14 million visitors per year.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image from WIkipedia</figcaption></figure><p>The cathedral's spokesman&nbsp;Andr&eacute; Finot explained that the cathedral needs an extensive makeover. The cost of the restoration is estimated at 150 million euros (US $180 million).&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image from Friends of the Notre-Dame de Paris</figcaption></figure><p>Pinnacles appear to be melting due to atmospheric corrosion.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Picture from Friends of Notre-Dame" title="Picture from Friends of Notre-Dame"></a><figcaption>Image from Friends of the Notre-Dame de Paris</figcaption></figure><p>Several gargoyles are highly damaged by rain, pollution and wind.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image from Friends of the Notre-Dame de Paris</figcaption></figure><p>Flying buttresses are one of the most urgent and concerning issues due to their structural function. If one was to collapse, the consequences would be disastrous.&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image from Friends of the Notre-Dame de Paris</figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Friends of the Notre-Dame de Par...</a></p> "Mies really was a magician": David Chipperfield on the challenges of renovating the Neue Nationalgalerie Alexander Walter 2017-09-28T14:27:00-04:00 >2017-09-28T14:27:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re like surgeons around a body,&rdquo; said David Chipperfield as he looked at Berlin&rsquo;s New National Gallery. The building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century&rsquo;s greatest architects, was almost as bare as it had been at its topping-out ceremony, in April 1967. The British architect and his lieutenant, Martin Reichert [...] surveyed the dirty steel frame and exposed concrete walls atop weed-strewn sand. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve opened him up and now we&rsquo;re looking at him.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Roughly half-way through the enormous undertaking of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovating Mies van der Rohe's 1967 masterpiece</a>, the New National Gallery in Berlin, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield</a> allows us a glimpse into the structure's completely gutted belly, chats about the challenges of touching an icon, and shares some of the personal lessons he learned about the gallery's original architect. <br></p> <p>"Mies took architecture to its extreme,&rdquo; Chipperfield tells the <em>New York Times</em>' Gerrit Wiesmann. "And as a result, the building has some&hellip; let&rsquo;s not call them flaws &mdash; it has some challenges, which we&rsquo;ve had to address."<br></p> Brutalist Vancouver Landmark to be demolished Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-27T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-09-27T14:02:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a way, heritage preservation is the least of Vancouver&rsquo;s worries. Without more funding and stronger policy protections from the push-pull of global capital, Vancouver and cities like it will struggle to sustain urban life in all its social and economic diversity &ndash; the thing that makes them vibrant &ndash; let alone guarantee their architectural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;Empire Landmark Hotel, a brutalist tower from the 1970s, and landmark for the city of Vancouver, will close on September 30th. The tower will be demolished to construct new luxury condos. Architectural heritage preservation is threatened by the ever rising cost of land and property in downtown Vancouver.&nbsp;&nbsp;</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> Philip Kennicott's plea for Washington D.C. to save Louis Kahn's floating concert hall Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-24T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The boat belongs in Washington, a city both blessed and socially determined by its rivers....Many of the most dramatic and some of the most exciting changes in Washington today are clustered along its rivers. The most visible transformation is the District Wharf development,...but projects like the 11th Street Bridge Park....transcend mere commercial development, and underscore the myriad possibilities of using the river as a means of connection, social equity and public discourse.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The saga to save the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>-designed floating concert hall, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Point Counterpoint II</a>, continues. It all began back in mid-July when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma made a plea in&nbsp;<em>The New York Review of Books </em>to salvage the barge</a>&nbsp;facing demolition on account of the fact that the owners&mdash;Robert Boudreau, whom doubles as the orchestra's conductor, and wife Kathleen&mdash;are ready to retire their duties as the boat's caretakers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, New York have expressed interest in acquiring the ship</a>; they were expected to meet with Boudreau on August 4th to discuss the possibility. While the Mayor, Steve Noble, has agreed to offer his support, raising the funds for the purchasing and transport of the $2 million dollar vessel, that might now be going for as much as $4 mill, poses a problem for the city. Further, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition is apparently stiff</a> as there has been interest expressed in Buffalo, France, and Italy among others.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of those places vying for th...</p> Gregory Ain, once "the most dangerous architect in America," and the mysterious fate of his MoMA exhibition house Alexander Walter 2017-08-11T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gregory Ain, a midcentury champion of modern architecture whose students included Frank Gehry, is virtually unknown outside Los Angeles today. His left-leaning politics made him the object of decades-long F.B.I. surveillance [...] Even the fate of his most important commission &mdash; an exhibition house in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art &mdash; is a mystery. That house is now the subject of &ldquo;This Future Has a Past,&rdquo; an installation at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Future Has a Past</a></em> opened in July at the Center for Architecture in New York and still runs through September 12. The accompanying event <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Who Was Gregory Ain?</a></em> on September 7 will feature the installation's producers, Katherine Lambert and Christiane Robbins, as well as other speakers. <br></p> Nanjing government pushes to restore more of the city's historic architecture Justine Testado 2017-08-09T17:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-09T17:31:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>"Over the last 20 years, the [Nanjing] government has made real efforts to establish national laws, local laws and regulations so we can pursue this work," [architect Zhou Qi] said, of his optimism for the city's heritage preservation efforts. "It has just become common sense."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amid the rapid urban development across China, Nanjing's government is making an effort to preserve and restore more of the city's historic buildings. Although some restorative projects expectedly attract some criticism, architect Zhou Qi &mdash; who has worked on restoring over 100 of the city's historic structures &mdash; seems optimistic about these ongoing changes.</p> <p>&ldquo;It appears that government protection, not economic forces, has kept the bulldozers at bay,&rdquo; Charles Musgrove, an associate history professor and author of &ldquo;China's Contested Capital: Architecture, Ritual, and Response in Nanjing&rdquo;, tells CNN.<br></p> Archaeologists uncover "Little Pompeii," ancient Roman settlement in France Alexander Walter 2017-08-08T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-08-08T14:28:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A major Roman settlement discovered south of Lyon in France is the &ldquo;most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years&rdquo;, says the chief archaeologist working on the project. Benjamin Cl&eacute;ment, who works for the Swiss conservation company Archeodunum, is leading a team of 15 archaeologists at the dig in Saint Colombe, a small town near the city of Vienne.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The well-preserved ancient Roman neighborhood, dubbed "Little Pompeii" by the archaeologists, covers an area of almost 7,000 square meters (75,000 square feet) and was discovered during construction of a housing complex near the city of Vienne.</p> Getty Foundation's "Keeping it Modern" grants conservation efforts for twelve major works of 20th century architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-31T17:57:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T18:09:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With focus on works of the twentieth century, the Getty Foundation's Keeping it Modern program awards buildings of architectural and cultural significance funding for conservation and preservation. Grants focus on the creation of conservation management plans that guide long-term maintenance and conservation policies, the thorough investigation of building conditions, and the testing and analysis of modern materials. Through their Conservation Institute, the foundation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently completed a major renovation project of Louis Kahn's Salk Institute</a>. Twelve more buildings have been selected this year to receive a similar treatment and have been granted $1.66 million to do so including a revered&nbsp;Dessau structure designed by Walter Gropius that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently became listed as a World Heritage site</a>, a Le Corbusier designed museum in India, and Boston City Hall.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Cathedral Church of St. Michael for Coventry Cathedr</strong><strong>al.</strong>&nbsp;<br>Sir Basil Spence. 1962. Coventry, England</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Coventry Cathedral interior. Photo: Da...</figcaption></figure></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> After Yo-Yo Ma's plea, Point Counterpoint II, Louis Kahn floating concert hall, may be saved after all Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T14:14:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officials and activists in the Hudson River town of Kingston, N.Y., plan to meet with the boat's owner Aug. 4 to discuss the possibility of transporting the vessel there from its current berth on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill. Late last month, musicians performed aboard the boat in the town, some 80 miles southwest of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week Archinect reported that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma sent a letter</a> out through the&nbsp;<em>New York Review of Books&nbsp;</em>in an attempt to save the floating concert hall, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>, from demolition. The famed cellist pleaded: "At a time when our national conversation is so often focused on division, we can ill afford to condemn to the scrap heap such a vibrant ambassador for our national unity, so I humbly ask that your readers join Robert and me in finding a new home for&nbsp;Point Counterpoint II." After five decades of running the barge, the owners, Robert Boudreau and wife Kathleen, have decided to retire their duties as caretakers and have been struggling to find a new proprietor for the ship. However, with a little help from Yo-Yo Ma, they may have found the vessel a new home in Kingston, NY.</p> <p>Reportedly, Hutton Brickyards is being considered as the floating venue's new home. The former industrial site that supplied bricks to New York City up until the 80s was acquired by California-based deve...</p> Louis Kahn's floating concert hall, Point Counterpoint II, is facing demolition, and Yo-Yo Ma wants it saved Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-13T16:02:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Anchoring in large cities and small towns, in busy shipping lanes and at public parks, the barge opens like a clamshell to reveal a glittering concert stage. Audiences on shore delight in the music, much of it specially composed for Maestro Boudreau and his American Wind Symphony Orchestra</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> was commissioned to design&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>,&nbsp;a unique floating concert hall, by conductor Robert Austin Boudreau in the mid 1960s.&nbsp;Launched in 1976, the 195-foot&nbsp;structure carried an orchestra up and down America's waterways for five decades. Robert Boudreau and his wife, Kathleen, have recently decided that they cannot keep running the barge. At the conclusion of the Orchestra's 2017 tour, it will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard&mdash;despite the owner's best efforts to find a new guardian for the unique, mobile cultural institution. </p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Drawing of Point Counterpoint II, by Louis Kahn</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo by josepha on Flickr</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Point Counterpoint II, Photo courtesy of American Wind Symphony Orchestra</figcaption></figure><p>Yo-Yo Ma,&nbsp;a French-born Chinese American cellist, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently wrote</a> about his admiration for&nbsp;<em>Point Counterpoint II</em>, i...</p> 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 src="" border="0" /><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>