Archinect - News 2017-08-23T02:09:50-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150022855/hossein-amanat-the-architect-of-tehran-s-iconic-azadi-tower-reflects-on-religion-and-architecture-in-iran Hossein Amanat, the architect of Tehran's iconic Azadi Tower, reflects on religion and architecture in Iran Alexander Walter 2017-08-15T15:29:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T15:32:38-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/mq/mq8w532tycisq806.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1966, a 24-year-old architect who had just graduated from Tehran University hesitantly entered a competition to design a monument to mark the 2,500-year celebration of the founding of the Persian empire. [...] The architect, Hossein Amanat, had no idea that his hastily prepared design, which went on to win the competition, would one day become a focal point of the Iranian capital&rsquo;s skyline, serving as a backdrop to some of the country&rsquo;s most turbulent political events.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Azadi tower, he said, was an opportunity to &ldquo;design modern architecture using old language, to preserve the good things about a culture, leave aside the meaningless parts and create something new and meaningful&rdquo;.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150022339/gregory-ain-once-the-most-dangerous-architect-in-america-and-the-mysterious-fate-of-his-moma-exhibition-house 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 >2017-08-14T14:49:21-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7o/7oiilp0c8je9n4tx.jpg" width="566" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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="http://bustler.net/events/9413/this-future-has-a-past" 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="http://bustler.net/events/9741/who-was-gregory-ain" 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> https://archinect.com/news/article/150021025/clocks-and-clouds-the-architecture-of-escher-gunewardena Clocks and Clouds, The Architecture of Escher GuneWardena Orhan Ayyüce 2017-08-04T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-04T14:49:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ke/ke6vipup9m0ii78u.jpg" width="650" height="744" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The title Clocks and Clouds comes from philosopher Karl Popper&rsquo;s essay on rationality and freedom, but also describes the dreamy precision, the spirit, and the material of Escher GuneWardena&rsquo;s art.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A gem of an exhibition by Escher GuneWardena whose work meticulously navigates architecture, art and design. The quietly original and meaningful architecture of the firm can be classified as timeless and critical, alluding to philosophy of Karl Popper. The work reflects the best tenets of modern architecture and the geographical particularities of Los Angeles. Not to be missed if you are in Southern California. Curated by Lilian Pfaff and Jocelyn Gibbs, the show runs until&nbsp;Sunday, August 20, 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>The exhibition also features a new book on architects' work, 'Clocks and Clouds, Architecture of Escher GuneWardena.' Edited by Lilian&nbsp;Pfaff, featuring essays by Martino Stierli, Barbara Lamprecht, Nicholas Olsberg, Mimi Zeiger and Paulette Singley. Available <a href="https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/479871" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015237/the-getty-completes-major-renovation-project-of-kahn-s-salk-institute The Getty completes major renovation project of Kahn's Salk Institute Nicholas Korody 2017-06-29T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T20:57:35-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/co/cogbb0lylb8yhzni.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s heralded as one of the major masterpieces of American modernism, but its ocean-adjacent location has made conservation difficult. Today, the Getty Conservation Institute announced that a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149970910/salk-institute-to-be-refurbished-by-the-getty-conservation-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">major renovation project</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13825/louis-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a> &rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/504843/salk-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Salk Institute</a> in La Jolla has been completed.</p> <p>The project centered primarily around restoring the complex&rsquo;s teak window walls. Set within the monolithic concrete walls of the study towers and offices, they had weathered to a non-uniform appearance and were deteriorating. While prefabricated, the windows have a &ldquo;hand-crafted quality&rdquo; due to the detailing. Over the years, they suffered surface erosion and had accumulated a fungal biofilm.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nz/nz9k1ca3wa8g8ol9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Salk Institute for Biological Studies, photos by Elizabeth Daniels</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Restoration of the teak wood presented a number of challenges,&rdquo; says Kyle Normandin, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. project manager and associate principal. &ldquo;The success of the project is that we were able to save so much of the original materia...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015134/mies-mccormick-house-gets-an-update-so-that-people-can-actually-find-it Mies' McCormick House gets an update so that people can actually find it Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T10:51:09-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/17/17fzqdoxtdmull55.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Almost every day, a visitor will be standing in the house and will ask where the house is," said Jenny Gibbs, executive director of the Elmhurst Art Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The McCormick House, located in&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4611/chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> suburbs, was built by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12264/mies-van-der-rohe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a> in 1952 and is one of only three residences designed by the pioneering modernist architect. In 1994, the steel frame row house was moved to a nearby park where it was restored and opened to public as part of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/736718/elmhurst-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elmhurst Art Museum</a>. While public access to the house has been an important success, an ongoing issue has come about from the new building that the museum added in 1997 along with the new corridors that linked the quarters to the Mies house. Basically, it masked the main facade of the house, camouflaging the prized architectural home and making many a visitor wonder where the McCormick House even was. The museum now plans to tear down the corridor, restore a carport at the house's entrance, and install trees and grass to more closely resemble the landscaping around the original house.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015035/the-harvard-gsd-unveils-restored-richard-rogers-wimbledon-house-in-london The Harvard GSD unveils restored Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:54:30-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/o3/o3arosfipswxednr.jpg" width="650" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wimbledon house in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/722/london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, UK, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/3917/richard-rogers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Rogers</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;1968,&nbsp;was&nbsp;gifted to <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in 2015 to provide both a residence for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973352/want-to-live-and-work-in-richard-rogers-wimbledon-house-apply-to-harvard-s-new-richard-rogers-fellowship" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, and&nbsp;GSD's new&nbsp;venue for lectures, symposia, and other events. Restored by British architect <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/680811/philip-gumuchdjian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Gumuchdjian</a> and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan&nbsp;since 2015, the house premiered yesterday, on June 27.</p> <p>Philip Gumuchdjian, commented &ldquo;Parkside is&nbsp;not just an iconic, flexible machine for living, nor simply a historic experimental building that foretold the architect&rsquo;s future work; it was also a home with a unique memory, patina, and aura. Conserving these qualities within a wholly refurbished twenty-first-century building tailored to Harvard&rsquo;s new use was our aim and hopefully the achievement of the team&rsquo;s work.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/db3waduryteb8azt.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/db3waduryteb8azt.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Richard Rogers&rsquo;s Wimbledon House. Photograph by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, whom re-designed the garden context&nbsp; from the street front...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150014911/legendary-texas-architect-frank-welch-has-passed-away-aged-90 Legendary Texas architect Frank Welch has passed away aged 90 Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T20:14:28-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2z/2z31tc123cij1mf4.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a sleek modern sensibility and an awareness of the power of open, cleanly articulated vistas, Frank Welch designed sophisticated homes for a sophisticated clientele. Known affectionately as "The Dean,"&nbsp;Welch's 90 years on earth spanned the creation of numerous spacious, elegant structures in a state primed for the appreciation of wide open spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The Walter Davis House. Image: TCU Press</figcaption></figure><p>Some of his most famous works include "The Birthday," and The Walter Davis House. Recently, a house he designed known as the Texas Modern on North Janmar went on the market for $3.75 million. The 6,600 square foot home features his trademark "stick ceilings"&nbsp;and resplendent natural vistas.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Ima ge: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Image: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><p>As <a href="http://www.papercitymag.com/home-design/frank-welch-dies-legendary-texas-architect-west-texas-innovator-huge-loss/#108389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperCity Magazine</a> noted, "Welch was recognized with more than 50 awards for design excellence, and in 2006, the Texas Society of Architects presented him with its highest hono...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011171/william-krisel-pioneer-of-mass-produced-mid-century-modernist-housing-dies-at-92 William Krisel, Pioneer of Mass-Produced Mid-Century Modernist Housing, Dies at 92 Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-06T18:49:00-04:00 >2017-06-23T11:31:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/3s/3sze4k900qyylunf.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Esteemed mid-century modern architect William Krisel, known for his use of the butterfly roof, died in Beverly Hills on Monday at the age of 92.</p><p>Working largely in Southern California, Krisel designed over 30,000 homes in the region. Some of the architect&rsquo;s most influential work was built in Palm Springs, California, a desert haven for modern architectural experimentation in the &lsquo;50s and &lsquo;60s. Krisel is best known for pioneering the modernist tract house, a response to the rise of post-war suburban developments. Employing brightly colored and patterned facades with a variety of asymmetrical roof forms, Krisel delivered modernist design principles on a mass-scale.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v8/v8dmsl4l019oks0n.jpg"><br><em>Photo by Darren Bradley/Courtesy of Darren Bradley.</em></p><p>&ldquo;The concept for offering the builder various roof lines &mdash; flat, gables, inverted butterfly or whatever &mdash; is something that he sort of brought to the table so that they could essentially have very similar floor plans but have homes that looked quite different,&rdquo; said Chris Men...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150010192/federica-buzzi-s-critique-on-the-le-corbusier-modulor Federica Buzzi's critique on the Le Corbusier Modulor Alexander Walter 2017-05-31T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T12:29:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/6c/6ca9b964eaed8fe456107b1caf079673.jpg" width="650" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Modulor Man is a healthy white male enhanced by mathematical proportional gimmicks &lsquo;of nature&rsquo;, such as golden ratio and Fibonacci series. He represents the normative and normalised body around which Le Corbusier conceived his designs. As a result, most modern architectural forms are all tellingly calibrated on a similar standard, the healthy white male body.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Given the Canadian Centre for Architecture&rsquo;s groundbreaking research regarding medicalisation in architecture and its extensive Le Corbusier collection," the author Federica Buzzi writes, "I think it is time to address the role of norm and standard in Le Corbusier&rsquo;s work and its legacy."</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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/fh/fh65qdes2v3jwrkf.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150004391/untangling-louis-kahn-s-life-and-work Untangling Louis Kahn's life and work Nicholas Korody 2017-04-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T12:38:09-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/79/79h1m1juq5q2kgdu.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is one of history&rsquo;s cruelties that Louis Kahn is almost better known for his unconventional domestic arrangements than for his architecture. Kahn gave us a remarkable string of masterpieces that includes the Salk Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum, and yet he was one of those shambling geniuses whose life was a mess of contradictions. While his commissions took him around the world, he managed to maintain three separate families at home in Philadelphia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"He had a reputation for blowing deadlines and budgets, testing the patience of clients. No one was surprised to learn after his death in 1974 that his firm was deep in debt. The turmoil of his life came to overshadow his accomplishments."</em></p><p>The author, Inga Saffron, reviews&nbsp;<em>You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn </em>by Wendy Lesser, a new biography/monograph on the renowned architect. "Wendy Lesser&rsquo;s <em>You Say to Brick </em>is easily the most complete narrative of Kahn&rsquo;s life and career, magnificently researched and gracefully written," she writes.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003771/a-1960-frank-lloyd-wright-home-near-minneapolis-is-now-for-sale A 1960 Frank Lloyd Wright home near Minneapolis is now for sale Nicholas Korody 2017-04-19T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T09:08:33-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/5w/5wa9x076wi4ng2ge.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over the past couple days, there&rsquo;s been a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150003408/the-booth-house-philip-johnson-s-first-constructed-commission-now-up-for-sale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">string</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150003625/eisenman-s-iconic-house-ii-is-now-on-the-market-for-850k" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of</a> iconic modernist homes put on the market. Now, a pretty incredible Frank Lloyd Wright is for sale. 2206 Parklands Lane, close to downtown Minneapolis, is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home built in 1960. It&rsquo;s made primarily of brick, stone and wood and set on a 3.77 acre lot. It&rsquo;s stocked with some original furniture too. Check out the listing <a href="https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/mn/saint-louis-park/2206-parklands-lane/pid_12602097/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qd/qdwq5zsnyev1k0n5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c2/c2u4sjlbzc4tcu4p.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cl/clkgzzct6cbc7pv6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab3659qbxhv2i84j.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vg/vgx4hc4t8k615d9x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g5/g5zq7rlrr8z8ly7d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s7/s75rzakhkt0ofygd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ft1x9erdiyntt3ta.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abnffva5o6owrsde.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ny/nyxlnnqu9kskdszd.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150002881/jose-oubrerie-s-legendary-and-innovative-miller-house-on-the-market-for-550k Jose Oubrerie's legendary and innovative Miller House on the market for $550K Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T14:34:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T14:38:33-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/r8/r802ljamoqcjlara.jpg" width="650" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a listing on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/832-Lochmere-Pl-Lexington-KY-40509/84437815_zpid/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a>, Jose Oubrerie's&nbsp;visually complex, materially innovative Miller House is now on the market for $550,000. Each room is a study in unusual and exactingly executed detail; cabinets transition seamlessly into L-shaped shelving, while doors become hosts for asymmetrically placed conduits latched with what appears to be matte-finished silver nickel. Vivid bursts of color abruptly appear among otherwise natural-toned wood, from an electric blue wall to a wild red kitchen cabinet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1a/1alncr6gm1elif8y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kz/kzltc5052gffx89h.jpg"></p><p>The effect is something akin to traveling through an architect's unbridled imagination; although the house does possess its own internal logic, the constant visual stimulus delivers perpetual surprise.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yy/yynosqndj7ns5eek.jpg"></p><p>The Zillow listing possess a link to a <a href="https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=7Jn6dSiMtvV&amp;mls=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D photographic tour</a> of the house, which allows one to get a fuller sense of how the elements interlock, and just how dizzying it is to stride from one floor to another.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997439/how-esther-mccoy-s-writings-connected-mexican-and-la-design-in-this-museo-jumex-exhibition How Esther McCoy's writings connected Mexican and LA design in this Museo Jumex exhibition Justine Testado 2017-03-15T17:02:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:07:33-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yn/ynktfvpqvci12w3b.jpg" width="650" height="656" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Esther McCoy is best known as the architecture writer who helped shape the story of Modernism in Los Angeles. Less known is the nearly year-long period she spent in Mexico in 1951. During this time, she wrote about key architectural developments in the country... &ldquo;The [&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo; exhibition] presents [McCoy] as this kind of bridge,&rdquo; says Esparza, &ldquo;from L.A. to Mexico and from Mexico to L.A.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture historian and critic Esther McCoy is the spotlight of a micro-exhibition called&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fundacionjumex.org/en/exposiciones/83-pasajeros-02-esther-mccoy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Passersby 02: Esther McCoy&rdquo;</a>, which closes this Sunday at&nbsp;Museo Jumex. The exhibition investigates how McCoy's&nbsp;writings on key architectural developments in Mexico during her extended stay in 1951 had an influence on the architectural styles that developed in Los Angeles. It explores the exchange of ideas and references between&nbsp;Mexico and Los Angeles, and how McCoy became an important connection between the two places.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985189/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2017-01-06T16:10:00-05:00 >2017-02-11T20:01:04-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2y/2ytx3d3z21zhz99a.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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 <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d2/d2a7kac0gyuz87ib.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/gymnasium-in-clamart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gymnasium</a> in Clamart, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kr/kr575l1t7zcamxe4.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149975370/casa-narigua/149975389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Narigua</a> in Nuevo Le&oacute;n, Mexico by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149975370/p-0-arquitectura" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P+0 Arquitectura</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/er/erqg3n8mwtsemh1f.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple/project/st-pius-chapel-prayer-garden2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">St. Pius Chapel &amp; Prayer Garden</a> in New Orleans, LA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eskewdumezripple" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eskew+Dumez+Ripple</a> (Architects of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2x4djdlmbssqty2w.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54428815/yoojeongheon-in-jeju/149970556" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YooJeongHeon</a> in Jeju, South Korea by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54428815/studio_gaon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">studio_GAON</a>; Photo: Youngchae Park</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jnmzb9d1jlksbkbx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange/project/slab-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slab House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a>; Photo: Ben Blossom</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82f2fqo82l31qvdh.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/149971019/uch2-university-of-brighton/149975379" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCH2, University of Brighton</a> in Brighton, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/149971019/proctor-matthews-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proctor &amp; Matthews Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a2/a2lpav8huy0ia4u7.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/2507/nardini-research-centre-and-auditorium-bassano-del-grappa-vicenza/149958799" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nardini Research Centre and Auditorium</a> in Vicenza, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2507/studio-fuksas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Fuksas</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/yg0mrktsarspt1ou.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/ljuliensehl/project/chapel-rainforest-international-school2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapel, Rainforest International School</a> in Yaound&eacute;, Cameroon by <a href="http://archinect.com/methoddesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Method Design Architecture + Urbanism</a>; ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149966419/architecture-has-sacrificed-its-aspiration-to-deepen-public-life Architecture has sacrificed its aspiration to deepen public life Julia Ingalls 2016-09-01T20:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T21:15:19-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/v4/v4hxvdcdo91zf0j9.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, during its heyday, was deeply concerned with its civic function; its mission to reform housing and improve the city was a moral imperative. But the failure of this utopian vision has served to...[give] rise to a profession in which its practice is defined increasingly by individual &ldquo;star&rdquo; architects and &ldquo;architecture for architecture&rsquo;s sake&rdquo;...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a piece on the civic benefits of music, literature, and architecture to the public sphere, Rebecca Burgess finds architecture to be somewhat lacking, based on the writings of Michael J. Lewis. Is this a complaint about the good old days in the vein of <a href="http://Where%20Architects%20Fear%20to%20Tread:%20Britain%20Bores%20Again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prince Charles</a>, or a meaningful critique in an era of starchitects?&nbsp;</p><p>For all the latest on starchitecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136652209/what-a-starchitectural-skyline-means-for-the-future-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What a starchitectural skyline means for the future of New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The In Crowd: review of "Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity"</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965122/brooklyn-say-hello-to-your-new-neighbors Brooklyn, say hello to your new neighbors! Alexander Walter 2016-08-24T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T16:53:31-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/20/204693f569a77ca51f4ae9642b08df52.jpg" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You&rsquo;ve always wanted to call Brooklyn home. But it&rsquo;s complicated. You&rsquo;re not really the pioneering type. Brooklyn can be rough around the edges. Amenities are lacking. We understand. Industrial-chic finishes are important in life. So are 25-year tax abatements. And European-style, car-sized parking turntables.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Failed Architecture takes a closer look at Brooklyn's wildly sprouting 'developer architecture':</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/21/21bbb923e7031b647d54c8b26c560c76.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d3/d3602ab9b587c626f54b6def3c000b4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8f1fe7bad6bc179be03b54834174db42.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cf/cfba7c338867ef0f862ac431fdda313e.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/74/74fcfcc084213d17b18ec2bee9a53734.jpg"></p><p>Photographs by Cameron Blaylock. Find many more examples of <em>subtle contextualism</em> over on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.failedarchitecture.com/photo-essay-brooklyns-new-everyday-architecture-for-the-1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failedarchitecture.com</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949634/5-myths-about-gentrification-according-to-a-gsapp-urban-planning-professor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5 myths about gentrification, according to a GSAPP urban planning professor</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948676/a-tale-of-two-parks-debate-rages-over-a-new-plan-for-a-maker-park-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142358854/an-apartment-boom-grows-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An apartment boom grows in Brooklyn</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149959348/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-minimalism-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Minimalism" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-22T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T11:48:02-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/qx/qxxkb0b90ekv9j5a.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip: </strong>use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/minimalism/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Minimalism</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n1/n1aq1da7c1wu4k2s.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini/project/lago_apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAGO_apartment</a> in Milan, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/cristianavannini" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cristianavannini | arc</a>; Photo:&nbsp;Saverio Lombardi Vallauri</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1c/1c5mgajxh9gefs01.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/house-m/147415829" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House M</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rc/rcvuvpv48nlly5uf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qu1lw1mindp074l5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65262291/kantine-herkules-maschinenfabrik/73070135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kantine - Herkules Maschinenfabrik</a> in Meuselwitz, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/shaw-architekten" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ian Shaw Architekten</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qc/qc43c9zygvkzwigz.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/10196497/hedge-house/77957772" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hedge House</a> in Wijlre, the Netherlands by <a href="http://archinect.com/Wiel-Arets-Architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wiel Arets Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zx/zx0juggvl41iq80v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/136319654/folds-house/136321263" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folds House</a> in London, UK by <a href="http://archinect.com/bureaudechange" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau de Change</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gm/gmz1hc18dkfawxxa.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/79523288/bowtie/79833248" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bowtie</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/rzlbd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rzlbd</a>; Photo: borXu Design</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lf/lfuglkx19e3ixvrr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects/project/be36" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BE36</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/arshiaarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arshia Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubcz6f7jn2wk187i.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina/project/loft-in-colorno-parma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loft</a> in Colorno, near Parma, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/arrigo.strina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arrigo Strina Architect</a></p><p>(Cover...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957435/why-modern-furniture-is-here-to-stay Why Modern Furniture Is Here to Stay Sponsor 2016-07-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-15T17:37:40-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/5e/5ei7k7wfkkgsyn8z.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cc/cclh6rkwq08hew66.jpg"><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.modani.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Modern furniture has progressed into a timeless and valuable interior design staple. When people think of modern, they normally associate sky-high prices. But huge furniture names developed the concept of affordability in the modern furniture world, and smaller brands like <a href="http://www.modani.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modani Furniture</a> have kept the concept thriving. As most trends come and go, modern has taken a permanent seat as a design classic whose style, materials, and colors are meant to last.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o3/o31lbnvh76kh4snq.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l4/l484rx8hdjcu6d8f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l6/l6wmulc2x2un7bdw.jpg"></p><p>Easy to identify due to its clean aesthetic and versatility, modern furniture stays away from the ornate, making it uncomplicated and functional. In turn, modest or minimalist pieces hold a high value because &ldquo;simple&rdquo; never goes out of style. Modern design is infamous for grounding rooms by using neutral colors and creating an interior that can constantly be added to. Because these staples are so versatile, adding trendy ornamentation can easily accentuate modern d&eacute;cor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7v/7vvoeffzxd5bu7gw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6f/6fehunhe7vto5kjf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rfxjb9dgrtd8bfg0.jpg"></p><p>Essentially, inv...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149956791/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board Archinect 2016-07-08T17:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:12:40-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8k/8kossvp2bykjvuta.jpg" width="650" height="868" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" 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="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" 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 <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/concrete/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete</a></em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjn5bdlzekwj9uig.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes/project/conservatoire-of-music-dance-and-dramatic-arts-belfort2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts</a> in Belfort, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/dominique-coulon-associes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dominique Coulon &amp; associ&eacute;s</a>; Photo: Eugeni Pons</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c9/c932cb8f9nxnez7t.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/851/city-of-westminster-college/135701192" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Westminster College</a> in London, GB by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68qy2skzkoy746yy.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects/project/concrete-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concrete House</a> in Johannesburg, South Africa by <a href="http://archinect.com/NvdmArchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico van der Meulen Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x3afi1mejkajmhqu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/65641/tian-shan-mountain-house/149938238" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tian Shan Mountain House</a> in Almaty, Kazakhstan by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/65641/audrey-matlock-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Audrey Matlock Architect</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j6/j664bo8xtzb3rnoe.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/73841048/antalya-aquarium/144175787" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antalya Aquarium</a> in Antalya, Turkey by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/73841048/bahad-r-kul-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bahad&#305;r Kul Architects</a>; Photo: Ket Kolektif</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/of/ofm8nygt19yl4uxs.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio/project/casa-nirau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Casa Nirau</a> in Mexico City by <a href="http://archinect.com/paulcremouxstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAUL CREMOUX studio</a>; Photo: PCW</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4cighxxa67u6s44v.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/96424883/office-building-with-super-market/149941129" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Office Building with Super Market</a> in Bielefeld, Germany by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/96424883/wannenmacher-m-ller-architekten-gmbh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wannenmacher-M&ouml;ller Architekten GmbH</a>; Photo: Csaba Mester</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e0/e0n93vbqul6tdtmr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/aosarchitects/project/richards-medical-research-laboratory-renovations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richards Med...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149947831/brutal-paper-cut-outs-of-real-life-buildings Brutal paper cut-outs (of real-life buildings) Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T19:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:56:55-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/fk/fks80xzwdwayid0f.jpg" width="650" height="569" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Poland-based studio Zupagrafika has a thing for modernist and Brutalist architecture. And to share that passion, it has created playful illustrated paper cutout models of Brutalist buildings in London; modernist buildings in Warsaw; and a new series, Paris Brut, featuring Brutalist architecture from the 1950s&ndash;70s located in the city center and outlying banlieues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Cheaper than a train set, more visceral than a video game: <a href="http://www.zupagrafika.com/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zupagrafika</a>'s sets of&nbsp;the Les Choux de Creteil, the Cite des 4000, and the Orgues de Flandre (among others) will keep your fingers busy in assembly and your mind deeply engaged in the thorny issues surrounding the relative success and failure of mid-century design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vb/vb9vdcb38vjhxggv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uo/uo5xav7wd04g52uq.jpg"></p><p>A round-up of all the latest in fascinating miniatures:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140413341/vote-on-which-3d-concrete-puzzles-of-cities-places-to-model-next" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vote on which 3D concrete puzzles of cities &amp; places to model next</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942319/aspiring-japanese-surgeons-build-tiny-models-to-get-hired" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aspiring Japanese surgeons build tiny models to get hired</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94762976/the-miniature-model-behind-the-grand-budapest-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Miniature Model Behind &lsquo;The Grand Budapest Hotel&rsquo;</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149943911/completing-the-mies-van-der-rohe-brick-country-house-an-odyssey Completing the Mies van der Rohe Brick Country House, An Odyssey Gary Garvin 2016-05-05T16:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-15T17:05:56-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/d7/d7lms2zla2jbk1bb.jpg" width="584" height="175" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A brick is an obdurate object of ambiguity that hovers between idea and matter, between life and death. Its texture can be smoothed to glide our touch or left rough and abrade. It can be molded into even shapes for consistent construction or made uneven, presenting individual challenges each time one is laid in a course. But while it can come close to an ideal oblong shape, it never attains perfection, and it can as much be said that it approaches perfection as it resists it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>I have revisited my&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece</a> on the Mies van der Rohe Brick County House that appeared at <em>Archinect</em>. It is a literary essay that I hope adds some extension and insight. It looks back to the Greeks and forward to recent architecture, adding reflections on Modernism and current work. Many questions are raised along the way.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149943855/brighton-s-embassy-court-by-wells-coates-featured-in-new-film Brighton's Embassy Court by Wells Coates featured in new film Ellen Hancock 2016-05-05T11:27:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T01:35:13-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0f/0f68b80f7e98041bebb504b917385544.jpg" width="650" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year, photographer Baker took us on an odyssey through two icons of Modernism in the UK by Wells Coates: London&rsquo;s Isokon building and Brighton&rsquo;s Embassy Court. Now he&rsquo;s teamed up with director Alex Simpson to create a mini-documentary, The Legacy of Wells Coates. The Isokon was once home to Soviet spies, Agatha Christie and Modernist &eacute;migr&eacute;s including the founder&nbsp;of Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Find more tales of form following function here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939854/a-tall-order-wooden-skyscraper-could-become-britain-s-second-tallest-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tall order? Wooden skyscraper could become Britain's second tallest building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149368552/working-out-of-the-box-jader-almeida" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working Out of the Box: Jader Almeida</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149936428/african-modernism-architecture-of-independence-showcases-a-history-of-no-easy-answers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149943531/a-hidden-mies-van-der-rohe-masterpiece-receives-funding-for-renovation A 'hidden' Mies van der Rohe masterpiece receives funding for renovation Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:36-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/dy/dyuin9q12ga84ck7.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A boxy steel and glass&nbsp;building standing just three stories tall, the Catholic Pastoral Center at 601 Grand Ave. doesn&rsquo;t command a lot of attention.&nbsp;But among local architects and history buffs, it has a cult following. &ldquo;This is a building that appears in architecture textbooks,&rdquo; said Jennifer James, an architectural historian... Now, the building is poised for a $10 million renovation that Catholic Diocese of Des Moines officials say will extend its life another 50 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gq/gqzc9jppydghqold.jpg"></p><p>The building in question, now known as the Catholic Pastoral Center, was designed by none other than Mies van der Rohe. One of the first steel and glass modernist buildings in Des Moines, it was originally known as the Home Federal Savings and Loan building and opened in 1962.</p><p>The building exemplifies Miesian geometry: its marble tiles, railings, and exterior form are all square. The renovation will replace antiquated plumbing, lighting, heating and other mechanics, as well as replace a hole left over from a skywalk entrance that was recently removed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mv/mv1qcwshxwzkdyph.jpg"></p><p>More on Mies here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/133573310/completing-mies-van-der-rohe-s-brick-country-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139043225/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-re-ordering-mies-in-we-know-how-to-order" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Re-ordering Mies in "We Know How to Order"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129964678/view-from-the-farnsworth-house-may-soon-be-a-lot-drier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">View from the Farnsworth House may soon be a lot drier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration Le Corbusier's Cité de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T20:21:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:21:32-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/q6/q6uycetumd3w5cgw.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Public tours of a newly-restored Salvation Army shelter in Paris designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret start in April. The tour guides for the 11-storey building, known as the Cit&eacute; de Refuge, will be the residents of the building themselves who have been trained by the Fondation Le Corbusier. The Cit&eacute; de Refuge, which opened in 1933..., is historically significant as Le Corbusier&rsquo;s first urban housing project and one of only two completed buildings in Paris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Le Corbusier have you crowing? Check out these related links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139805281/renault-issues-coup-corbusier-a-concept-car-to-explore-a-new-way-forward-inspired-by-le-corbusier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renault issues Coup&eacute; Corbusier: a concept car to explore "a new way forward", inspired by Le Corbusier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131799131/le-corbusier-was-a-combination-of-blind-and-na-ve-about-all-politics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Le Corbusier was a combination of blind and na&iuml;ve about all politics&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129719489/works-by-le-corbu-and-louis-kahn-in-ahmedabad-left-off-historic-conservation-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Works by Le Corbu and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad left off historic conservation list</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again Will Mies van der Rohe’s Wolf House rise again? Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T15:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:12:55-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ug/ug66nmc8gwy3sndk.jpg" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of German architects and planners has started a campaign to rebuild the Wolf House, widely seen as a link between van der Rohe&rsquo;s early, more conventional designs and his later buildings, like the Barcelona Pavilion and the Farnsworth House, that would redefine modern architecture. [...] But the plan has run into resistance from other architects and scholars who say that the Wolf House would be too hard to reconstruct [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950074/two-of-a-kind-photographer-robin-hill-contemplates-the-farnsworth-house-and-glass-house-simultaneously" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118968488/david-chipperfield-pledges-to-carefully-optimize-mies-van-der-rohe-s-neue-nationalgalerie" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant? Nicholas Korody 2016-02-16T17:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:06:40-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7y/7yzqcky3ci9pj1r7.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On March 18, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens an annex at Madison Avenue and 75th Street in Manhattan, it will be attempting to shrug off the ghost of a museum past. The specter is the Whitney Museum of American Art, which called the iconic Marcel Breuer building on that corner home for nearly five decades. In an eight-year deal, the Met is leasing the Breuer building from the Whitney&mdash; which relocated to its dazzling new Renzo Piano&ndash;designed home last year...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Breuer-designed building will house some of the Met's modern and contemporary collection. But shrugging off the association between the Brutalist masterpiece and its former tenant may prove a tough task. For many, nothing say's "the Whitney" more than those protruding windows...</p><p>For related coverage, check out some of these older articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125983571/exclusive-photos-take-a-tour-inside-the-brand-new-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Take a Tour Inside the Brand New Whitney Museum!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up for the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125371251/protests-at-renzo-piano-s-new-whitney-museum-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protests at Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum building</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Space: The Architecture of the Art Fair</a></li></ul> https://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 "Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" – say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence Alexander Walter 2016-01-15T19:29:00-05:00 >2016-01-20T15:38:33-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/83/83y7z0plagnx6g81.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hotel plan by the Procaccianti Group Inc. [...] is being welcomed by construction-trades unions, city officials and surrounding business owners. But Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will miss the Fogarty building. It&rsquo;s not ugly, he said, it&rsquo;s just &hellip; different. At about 50 years old, he said the Fogarty building is in the most dangerous time in a structure's life: when it&rsquo;s too old to be hip but too young to be venerated.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sadly the architectural design of the proposed extended stay high-rise hotel that has been OKed by Providence City Council last December to replace the Fogarty building could not be any more generic and bland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5w/5whddeqc27ab8mws.jpg"></p><p>What do you think, Archinectors? Do we have Providence locals here among our readers that can share their memories of the Fogarty's glory days?</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145579946/brutalism-s-struggle-to-stay-relevant-a-few-more-buildings-we-lost-in-2015 Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015 Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-01-13T10:45:55-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0a/0a1tyiryhz0txcat.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brutalism lost the good fight in 2015. [...] Demolition on another building by Johansen began late last year as well: Stage Theater, once known as the Mummers Theater, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman&lsquo;s Steve Lackmeyer called the 1970 project the number-one modernist building in the city that should have been spared. [....] Preservationists had hoped to turn it into a children&rsquo;s museum. Models of the building show what a delightful museum it might have made [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Brutalike stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132873614/art-college-professor-suggests-makeover-for-brutalist-boston-city-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134282068/brutalism-the-great-architectural-polarizer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism: the great architectural polarizer</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141894387/new-movement-urges-to-call-brutalism-heroic-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New movement urges to call Brutalism 'Heroic' instead</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway Justine Testado 2016-01-11T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T20:40:36-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ll/ll321mpno5pfuvky.jpg" width="650" height="885" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most recently, Archinectors had the chance to win a copy of <em>African Modernism</em>. Published by Park Books, the book is a visual investigation of post-colonial nation building in Ghana, Senegal,&nbsp;C&ocirc;te d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. The book's editor, architect Manuel Herz, also&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144431565/win-african-modernism-a-book-that-investigates-nation-building-in-five-african-countries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">took a moment with Archinect</a> to share more details about <em>African Modernism</em>.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li>Mark - Portland, OR</li><li>Claude - &nbsp;Gainesville, FL</li><li>Melanie - Dallas, TX</li></ul><p>Congrats to all the winners! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p><p>If you're in Chicago,&nbsp;<em>African Modernism</em>'s accompanying exhibition, "Architecture of Independence", will be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grahamfoundation.org/public_exhibitions/5407-architecture-of-independence-african-modernism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at the Graham Foundation</a>&nbsp;starting January 28.</p>