Archinect - News 2018-11-15T08:04:07-05:00 Amid the smart city trend, Santa Maria Tonantzintla‚Äč locals in Mexico‚Äč fear the loss of their cultural traditions Justine Testado 2018-10-18T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T18:15:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Tonantzintla the smart cities proposal became a lightning rod for those concerned about a development that seemed to favour outsiders rather than residents...&ldquo;They are ashamed of their roots,&rdquo; [local resident Mercedes] Tecuapetla Quechol says. &ldquo;They saw something they liked in the United States or in Europe, so they want to put it here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mexican town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla is caught in the all-too-familiar situation of preserving its centuries-old customs as newer smart-city technologies are being introduced.&nbsp;While city officials and planners argued that implementing new technology intends to benefit the community, locals saw this as an attempt to westernize their town and wipe out tradition.</p> 10 modern architectural interventions that give new life to historic buildings Archinect 2018-09-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-27T20:12:58-04:00 <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>.<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">Acute House</a> in Melbourne, Australia by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OOF! Architecture</a>; Photo: Nic Granleese (OOF! Architecture was also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently featured</a> in Archinect's popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> series)<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">Residential architectural lighting project for Massimo Vitali</a> in Lucca, Italy by Momus Architetti; Lighting design: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rada Markovic Lighting Design Studio</a>; Photo: Marco Campanini</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">BIN 61/ TACKarchitects</a> in Omaha, NE by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TACKarchitects</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">Outhwaite House</a> in London, UK by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nissen Richards Studio</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 Emperor Hotel</a> in Beijing, China by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asap/ adam sokol architecture practice</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">Fashion House</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Core 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">London Wall Place</a> in...</p> Remembering the eccentric and lovable architecture of Bruce Goff Alexander Walter 2018-09-13T18:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:43:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet now, in our era of elegantly restrained and frequently dour minimalism, when architecture is almost always the province of the rich, it may be that Goff, with his aesthetic idiosyncrasies and affinity for middle-class Midwestern clients (schoolteachers, farmers, salesmen, small-town newspaper publishers), still has lessons to teach us, 36 years after his death.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her <em>NYT</em> feature, Amanda Fortini revisits the flamboyant and impressive work of the largely forgotten midcentury architect Bruce Goff. "His daring, elaborately imagined homes&mdash;he loved unusual shapes and made ample use of found materials&mdash;are often dismissed by cultural mandarins as overly futuristic and corny, but they possess a warmth, an earthiness and a wild ingenuity that serve as an antidote to the soberly luxurious, the pared down and the austere," Fortini writes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>John Frank House, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, 1955.</figcaption></figure> David and Gladys Wright House back on the market Alexander Walter 2018-09-11T14:17:00-04:00 >2018-09-11T14:18:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Phoenix, Arizona&ndash;based developer Zach Rawling bought a Frank Lloyd Wright&ndash;designed house for $2.3 million in 2012, when its previous owner wanted to demolish the landmark. In 2017, Rawlings donated the David and Gladys Wright House to the Taliesin West School of Architecture, but in June of this year, Rawlings and Aaron Betsky, the architecture school dean, announced in a joint statement&nbsp;that the donation was being revoked due to fundraising concerns.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via</figcaption></figure><p>In their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">joint statement</a>, Aaron Betsky and Zach Rawling wrote:</p> <p><em>The relationship between the School and the House is formally manifested in the David Wright House Collaborative Fund, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation. The principal focus of the David Wright House Collaborative Fund was to develop a vehicle to raise the $7 million endowment on which the pledge of the House for the benefit of the School was conditioned. Over the past year, we have learned that the fundraising timetables of both parties do not lend themselves to a joint campaign. With the School in its fledgling years, the prevailing thought was that the divergent donor interests would effectively divide its support base rather than enhance it. Uncertainty regarding future capital improvements at the House and the long-term cultural development of the site in Phoenix increased this concern. For this reason, by mutual agreement and out of mutual respect, the Scho...</em></p> Atlanta Central Library: preservation groups nominate Marcel Breuer building to National Register of Historic Places Alexander Walter 2018-09-10T19:03:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T14:59:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On August 24, 2018, the Atlanta Fulton Central Library was unanimously nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the Georgia Register of Historic Places by the Georgia National Register Review Board. It will now be sent to the National Park Service for listing on the National Register. Fulton County spoke in opposition to the nomination. [...] Atlanta&rsquo;s Central Library is currently closed for extensive renovations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building</a><br></p> Preservation groups urge to save Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown-designed postmodern Abrams House from demolition Alexander Walter 2018-09-07T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-07T15:46:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With more and more buildings of the postmodern school regaining media attention&mdash;either by entering the realm of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">heritage protection</a> or by getting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contemporary makeovers</a> (essentially taking the Po out of PoMo)&mdash;we've now learned about another threatened structure, designed in the late 1970s by Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown (DSB was awarded the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Soane Medal</a> earlier this week). <br></p> <p>The Society of Architectural Historians and Docomomo US have issued a joint statement calling for the protection of the Abrams House in Pittsburgh, calling it a "landmark of American architecture" and a "significant example" of American postmodern architecture on a par with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AT&amp;T Building</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Municipal Services Building</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image:, via</figcaption></figure><p>Here's an excerpt of the statement:<br></p> <p><em>The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and Docomomo US express strong opposition to the demolition of the Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown-designed Abrams House, 118A Woodland Road, Pittsburgh...</em></p> Architecture professor defends brutalism against Trump's call for demolition Hope Daley 2018-08-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-08-15T09:06:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Depending on who you ask, brutalist buildings like the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., are little more than misshapen mounds of concrete. But architecture professor Mark Pasnik&nbsp;says the structures were built with a much deeper meaning in mind. "People think of them as communistic or as alienating," says Pasnik, who came to brutalism's defense in a recent Boston Globe op-ed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture professor Mark Pasnik makes the argument for preservation of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> buildings in an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opinion piece for the Boston Globe</a>. Pasnik's piece was in response to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trumps recent outcry to tear down the FBI headquarters</a>. He explains the style's history of material honesty, along with reasons to preserve brutalist architecture. Even if the style does not appeal to an individual, Pasnik advocates the historic importance and sustainability of renovation over demolition are worth keeping brutalist buildings intact.</p> Will the Los Angeles Times Mirror Square complex become a historic monument? Hope Daley 2018-07-18T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-07-21T13:14:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 378-page recommendation report filed by a group of preservationists, including preservationist Richard Schave and architect and 20th century architectural historian Alan Hess, calls on the city to protect the three most iconic structures of the Los Angeles Times complex [...] Purely from a design perspective, preserving The Times complex &mdash; once known as Times Mirror Square &mdash; is a difficult proposition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Times</a> complex consists of three iconic structures which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> are pushing to make historic monuments. There is the 1935 building by Gordon B. Kaufmann featuring&nbsp;&ldquo;The Times&rdquo; neon sign and the grand Globe Lobby, Rowland Crawford&rsquo;s late moderne style Mirror Building built in&nbsp;1948, and the luxe Times Mirror corporate headquarters&nbsp;designed by William Pereira in 1973. Old enough to be out of date but not enough to necessarily be revered as historic, these structures hang in limbo with an undermined fate in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles history</a>.&nbsp;</p> India's Supreme Court again weighs in on discolored Taj Mahal: shut it down, demolish it, or restore it Alexander Walter 2018-07-16T15:50:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T15:51:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Taj Mahal in Agra could be closed unless the Indian government steps in and saves the neglected landmark, says India&rsquo;s Supreme Court. &ldquo;Either we shut down the Taj or demolish it or you restore it,&rdquo; the two-judge committee told state officials last week. [...] The Supreme Court says that it will monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis from 31 July.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Frustrated with the slow response from officials in charge of restoring the deteriorating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>, India's highest court demanded swift action to stop the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ongoing discoloration</a> of the iconic Unesco World Heritage site&nbsp;caused by pollution and millions of tiny insects, saying: "We want you to give us an action plan of what you propose to do. We will hear it and finally dispose it. If it has to be shut down, let it be shut."</p> Frick Collection expansion clears NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission hurdle Alexander Walter 2018-06-27T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T14:08:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a major victory for the Frick Collection, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved the museum&rsquo;s latest plan to expand and renovate its 1914 Gilded Age mansion &mdash; the institution&rsquo;s fourth such attempt to gain more space for its exhibitions and public programs. [...] Some critics were disappointed by Tuesday&rsquo;s vote. Theodore Grunewald, a preservationist, called it &ldquo;a vote for blandness.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The approved proposal represented a revised version of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection</a> expansion scheme, taking into consideration concerns brought forward by the Stop Irresponsible Frick Development preservationist group at an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">impassioned four-hour public hearing in May</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The expansion plans were designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a> with Executive Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a>.</p> List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018 includes Route 66, civil rights monuments, and hurricane-damaged heritage Alexander Walter 2018-06-26T20:26:00-04:00 >2018-06-26T20:26:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>America&rsquo;s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation&rsquo;s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. [...] The National Trust&rsquo;s 31st annual list includes a diverse mix of historic places across America facing a range of challenges and threats, from deferred maintenance to inappropriate development proposals to devastation wrought by natural disasters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2018 List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation,&nbsp;comprises:</p> <ul><li>Annapolis&rsquo; City Dock Area,&nbsp;Annapolis, Maryland</li><li>Ashley River Historic District,&nbsp;Charleston, South Carolina</li><li>Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital,&nbsp;Omaha Indian Reservation, Nebraska</li><li>Hurricane-Damaged Historic Resources,&nbsp;Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands</li><li>Isaiah T. Montgomery House,&nbsp;Mound Bayou, Mississippi</li><li>Larimer Square,&nbsp;Denver, Colorado</li><li>Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses,&nbsp;Bridgeport, Connecticut</li><li>Mount Vernon and Piscataway National Park,&nbsp;Mount Vernon, Virginia, and Accokeek, Maryland</li><li>Route 66,&nbsp;Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and California</li><li>Ship on the Desert,&nbsp;Salt Flat, Texas</li><li>Walkout Schools of Los Angeles,&nbsp;Los Angeles, California</li><li>Watch Status Site: Four Towns of Vermont's Upper Valley<br>Royalton, Sharon, Trafford, and Tunbridge, Vermont</li></ul> World Monuments Fund receives $1m grant to protect eight threatened watchlist sites Alexander Walter 2018-06-14T13:47:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T13:47:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The World Monuments Fund (WMF) received $1m from American Express to conserve eight of the 25 threatened cultural heritage sites on their watchlist. The awards range from $25,000 to $225,000 and many will be used to respond to damage inflicted by climate change. [...] The WMF has also received funding from a private donor and the Friends of Heritage Preservation for the Alabama Civil Rights Sites. The 14 other threatened monuments on the group&rsquo;s list are still seeking support.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Selldorf Architects' Frick Collection expansion design faces resistance Alexander Walter 2018-05-31T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-05-31T15:25:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At an impassioned four-hour public hearing [...] by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), around 50 members of the public, as well as Selldorf, the Frick&rsquo;s director Ian Wardropper and members of the commission debated the proposed $160m Annabelle Selldorf Architects-designed expansion and renovation of the Frick Collection in New York. The LPC remains undecided on the project, which is due to break ground in 2020 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Many of the strongest criticisms throughout the hearing, particularly on this multi-storey library extension, came from local residents, although the neighbourhood speakers overall seemed split on the project," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> reports.</p> <p>Take a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closer look</a> at the expansion scheme, designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a> with&nbsp;Executive Architect Beyer Blinder Belle, which was unveiled by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection</a>&nbsp;last month.</p> Bulgaria's Buzludzha Monument opens its doors for the first time in eight years, with restoration plans underway Justine Testado 2018-05-23T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-23T15:00:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officially called the &ldquo;House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party&rdquo;, the building fell into disrepair following the collapse of the country's socialist government in 1989, but remains a popular landmark and tourist attraction. The trip comes before an expected visit by European and Bulgarian experts at the end of 2018, who will report on the building&rsquo;s structural integrity with the view of opening it officially to tourists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> PoMo yay, Brutalism nay? Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-25T12:52:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That we are now starting to get to grips with PoMo architecture&rsquo;s controversial legacy is welcome, not least because other important buildings have already been destroyed, and others are threatened. [...] Today the worlds of design and conservation are more closely allied than before. But even as this latest batch of postmodern buildings has won protected status, it is worth noting that important brutalist buildings are still excluded from the roster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Commentary by Catherine Croft for <em>The Guardian</em> on Historic England's recent selection of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">17 postmodern buildings</a> to be listed as heritage without extending the same love to important examples of the brutalist school.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Recently received Grade II listed status: Judge Business School, University of Cambridge by John Outram. Photo: inkelv1122/Flickr.</figcaption></figure> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> Central Atlanta Library: debate over adding windows to 'dark' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-05-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T16:19:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Drilling holes&mdash;for windows, granted&mdash;into famed architect Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s final project could cost $1 million, and preservationists are peeved such plans are still on the drafting board. But despite community pushback, the window plans are still very much alive. Tuesday night, a crowd again convened at downtown&rsquo;s Central Atlanta Library, a Breuer-designed Brutalist building, to argue against aspects of the $50 million plan to renovate the 38-year-old structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current state of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library building. Photo: Aleksandr Zykov/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>To drill or not to drill&mdash;that's at the center of a heated debate between the Atlanta&ndash;Fulton Public Library System, who would like to see additional windows to bring some natural light into their aging Marcel Breuer-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Atlanta Library</a> building, and preservationists, who insist that the concrete shell of the brutalist structure from 1980 must not be altered.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What we&rsquo;ve always heard about this building is it&rsquo;s dark; it&rsquo;s dingy; it&rsquo;s dank, and the windows are a way to enliven this," Atlanta library director Gabriel Morley said about the building that once&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced demolition</a> not too long ago. "It&rsquo;s a way to bring some inside out and some outside in."</p> The Taj Mahal went from white to yellow and now greenish Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T19:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T19:11:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>India&rsquo;s Supreme Court on Wednesday faulted the country&rsquo;s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration, dirty feet and green slime emitted by millions of mosquito-like insects. Since 2015, the body, the Archaeological Survey of India, has overseen a restoration project at the Taj Mahal, with workers scaling scaffolding to remove grime from the 17th-century tomb [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>After decades of slowly turning dull and yellowish from smog and pollution, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taj Mahal</a>'s formerly white facade has now taken on an unattractive green discoloration. Archaeological experts suspect swarms of tiny bugs to be the perpetrators, but India's highest court isn't pleased with the slow pace of cleanup of what is arguably India's most well know architectural landmark.<br></p> Google's Open Heritage project applies cutting edge technology to architectural preservation Hope Daley 2018-04-30T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T15:43:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google provides open access to 3D digital archives of historic sites around the globe, which have been recorded by CyArk for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> purposes. CyArk, a non profit organization founded in 2003, has been working to digitally record, archive, and share immersive sites with people online. Through 3D models, Street Views, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>, viewers can experience these important sites in new and relevant ways. So far, the group has 26 sites that are digitally preserved and downloadable.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D Laser Scan data cutaway of the interior of Tudor Place. Image: CyArk.</figcaption></figure><p>CyArk has recorded over 200 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments</a> on all 7 continents, while assisting other conservationists through engineering drawings and detailed maps. The data is archived using state of the art processes to ensure continued availability.&nbsp;<br></p> Marcel Breuer's Brutalist Pirelli Building is slated for new life as a hotel Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-24T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-04-26T20:36:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Breuer</a>'s iconic&nbsp;Pirelli Building, once&nbsp;a symbol of New Haven's mid-century embrace of&nbsp;urban renewal and modern architecture, has spent the past two decades completely vacant, save for a recent art show.&nbsp;</p><p>Known for its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist design</a> featuring a 2-story gap, the mid-century masterpiece was taken over by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a> in the late 90s. Upon acquiring the property, the Swedish furniture giant demolished the adjacent two-story wing to make room for parking spaces and have since left the remaining structure unoccupied, much to the anxiety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationists</a> and civic leaders. Listed by the&nbsp;State Register of Historic Places, many believed it would become the victim of IKEA's demolition-by-neglect strategy.&nbsp;</p> <p>With the&nbsp;<em>New Haven Independent</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reporting</a> on new interest in turning the Sargent drive property into a hotel, the building now has a shot at its adaptive reuse. IKEA has yet to announce updates on plans for the Pirelli Building, but the city's&nbsp;Economic Development Administrator Matthew N...</p> How private citizens helped to save the Astrodome Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T14:23:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T14:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Though Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is the public official most closely tied to the salvation of the Astrodome, many private citizens have played important roles, too. Without their many letters, petitions, documents and road trips &ndash; the tools of architectural preservation &ndash; Houston might have lost its most iconic building.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Houston Chronicle</em> editor Allyn West retells the long and twisting tale of how the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Astrodome</a> went from designated wrecking-ball fodder to National Historic Landmark and the activism behind it.</p> The Frick Collection unveils Selldorf Architects' expansion scheme Justine Testado 2018-04-05T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-05-31T19:57:30-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rough start</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Frick Collection</a> unveiled their new expansion design by Selldorf Architects,&nbsp;who was appointed for the renovation job <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2016</a>. Currently slated for a 2020 groundbreaking, the project is the Frick's first comprehensive upgrade to its buildings since they opened to the public in 1935.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Elevation of The Frick Collection showing current and proposed views from 70th Street; Courtesy Selldorf Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Designed with Executive Architect Beyer Blinder Belle,&nbsp;Selldorf Architects' scheme adds subtle expansions that address the Frick's programmatic needs, while largely preserving the museum's original aesthetic (watch closely in the GIF above) and its intimate visitor experience.&nbsp;The project comprises approximately 60,000 sq.ft. of repurposed space and 27,000 sq.ft. of new construction.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Frick Collection Reception Hall looking east towards 70th Street Garden; Courtesy of Selldorf Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Frick Collection Reception Hall; Courtesy Selldorf Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>A series of ...</p> 10 examples of old & new architecture coexisting harmoniously Archinect 2018-03-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-02T13:35:36-04:00 <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">35HP</a> in Rye, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joeb Moore &amp; Partners</a>; Photo: David Sundberg/Esto and Dorothy Hong<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">Chelsea Waterside Residences</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBO4 Architecture PLLC</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">Courtyard Renovation at the White Pagoda Temple</a> in Beijing, China by students from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua University School of Architecture</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maison h</a>; Photo: Martijn de Geus<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">SculptureCenter</a> in Long Island City, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Berman Architect</a>; Photo: Michael Moran / OTTO<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">Tribeca Loft</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Franz Architect, PLLC</a>; Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto<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">One Kearny</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Office of Charles F. Bloszies</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">Architecture Faculty</a> in Tournai, Belgium ...</p> Recent Banksy addition in NYC removed with rumors that property owner will profit from auction Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-20T17:15:00-04:00 >2018-03-21T07:48:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week, a piece by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">anonymous graffiti artist</a> was stenciled onto a building at the northwest corner of 14th street and sixth avenue in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>.&nbsp;The structure&mdash;a former bank building&mdash;was tagged with one of Banksy's trademark rats running around a clock&nbsp;that is native to the property. Along with another piece that popped up in the city last week, it is believed to be his latest intervention in the city since his October 2013 "residency".</p> <p>The work has been drawing crowds to the old HSBC, which is slated for demolition in order to build a&nbsp;13-story mixed-use building. This morning, according to&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperallergic</a>,&nbsp;</em>the clock was taken down by four workmen who dismantled the clock motor and mechanism from the interior. The removal was apparently ordered by the property owner and is rumored to be going to auction for&nbsp;the owner to conveniently profit off of.&nbsp;</p> The iconic Portland Building's postmodern, multicolored facade is dismantled Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-09T16:09:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves</a>, the pioneering <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland Building</a> is at once considered to be a postmodern icon as well as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"ugliest building in Oregon"</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A rectangular block of four, heavily ornamented, salmon and turquoise facades, the building can easily be likened to a small, fancy French cake. But, beyond the merits of its aesthetics, the 15-story office tower has also been criticized for its structural mishaps that include&nbsp;seismic deficiencies and water intrusions issues.</p> <p>Concern over these flaws, as well as a healthy dose of po-mo hate, have led to long held discussions regarding its potential destruction. In 2015, the conversation was finally brought to head when the city decided to move forward with a major, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$195 million reconstruction</a> of&nbsp;the building.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Joakim Lord. Courtesy of Docomomo Oregon.</figcaption></figure><p>The rebuild, which was approved by the Landmarks Commission due to the building's historical significance, will mean updates to the building's operating systems and seismic retr...</p> V&A's three-story chunk of demolished housing to be shown at Venice Architecture Biennale Hope Daley 2018-03-07T16:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-07T16:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The V&amp;A will transport a recently demolished concrete section from Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, east London, to the Venice Architecture Biennale. It will be delivered by barge to the biennale&rsquo;s Arsenale site, where it will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold, allowing visitors to stand on an original &ldquo;street in the sky&rdquo; &ndash; the elevated deck that was optimistically meant to foster healthy interaction between neighbours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The demolition of east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s Robin Hood Gardens has been ongoing since last year, which is why the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A moved to acquire a three-story section</a>&nbsp;of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> icon. The museum's section will now be displayed in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale in order to revisit its original vision and what it has to teach us about social housing moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>50 years after its construction, this preserved section will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold where visitors can experience the intended interaction with the building.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse</a> will be exhibited&nbsp;at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 26 May to 25 November.&nbsp;</p> Resignation towards the demolition of SOM's Union Carbide skyscaper Hope Daley 2018-03-05T16:53:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] historians were dumbstruck last week when Chase announced plans to demolish the 52-story glass-curtain-wall skyscraper, which opened in 1961, and replace it with an even bigger structure. The news prompted two immediate responses. The first was an outcry by preservationists. That part was predictable; what is surprising this time around was their wistful sense of resignation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>News of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Carbide building's demolition a little over a week ago</a> has incited commotion, yet there is a level of resignation to many of the outcries. Jeffrey Lieber takes a deeper look into why this relinquishment may exist around the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> skyscraper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The building&nbsp;is not protected by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landmark status</a> and protestors grow weary of fighting for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> and loosing time and time again. While these are key factors Leiber acknowledges, he also delves into the misattribution of the building and how this plays into its perception. Leiber explains, "...the architect remained invisible.&nbsp;This made it seem as if the building had arranged itself around the corporation&rsquo;s internal drives. The corporation was de facto the architect."</p> Five decades later, Richard Meier unites with Smith House clients Alexander Walter 2018-02-27T15:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-27T15:37:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] Richard Meier designed a house on a rocky site on Long Island Sound that exhibited many of the moves that would come to define his career. From the front, the Smith House&mdash;located in Darien, Connecticut, and completed in 1967&mdash;is a narrow, three-story white box.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Completed in 1967, Smith House was one of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>'s earliest commissions and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Judging by a new set of images shot by photographer Mike Schwartz, the building with its light-flooded interior and floor-to-ceiling windows enabling stunning vistas of the Long Island Sound has aged gracefully.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Marking the occasion, <em>Surface</em> magazine united Meier with Chuck Smith, current co-owner and one of the original clients' two sons who had the privilege of growing up in this modernist masterpiece.&nbsp;</p> <p>Richard Meier: "The special quality of the house is that it gives you an understanding of the relationship between what&rsquo;s man-made and what&rsquo;s natural. The whiteness, of course, highlights that relationship. It reflects and refracts the color of nature in a way it heightens your perception of the landscape around you."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Mike Schwartz</figcaption></figure><p>Read the complete interview <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T19:09:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier today, news broke that the De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and replace the structure with a shiny new 70-story building. The deal was negotiated in the wake of the Midtown East rezoning, which loosened zoning regulations for the area in exchange for developers providing street-level and infrastructure improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Not so fast! </em>said architecture critics and preservationists when news broke that the midcentury 270 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan's East Midtown, currently home of banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had quietly been selected&mdash;not for landmark designation&mdash;but for the chopping block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie de Blois</a> as&nbsp;Union Carbide Building,&nbsp;the 50-story&nbsp;skyscraper was completed in 1961 and is considered an important example of female-led midcentury corporate architecture.</p> 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>