Archinect - News 2017-08-24T05:05:23-04:00 Don't miss: walking through the Economist Plaza skorgaonkar 2016-07-08T05:45:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:22:01-04:00 <p>The Economist Plaza was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1960s and still serves as a seminal example of an inviting and approachable urban space in Central London. The project is successful because it bravely addresses the clash between the aesthetic of the Smithsons and the surrounding historic fabric.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>St. James&rsquo;s is steeped in history and tradition. The Economist Plaza itself shares a wall with Boodle&rsquo;s, a historic private member&rsquo;s club designed with Palladian windows and other classical features. In contrast, the Smithsons advocated the aesthetic for New Brutalism by examining and questioning the work of modernists like Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. They were hired for this project after completing the Hunstanton School in Norfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Smithsons scheme may appear to be modernist but it subtly addresses the surrounding architecture. The original complex contained an office tower, residential building and bank. The Portland stone cladding references classical mater...</p> Architecture for the people: the rise of Open House Worldwide Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T17:35:02-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The gilded opulence of a Buenos Aires ballroom, the hidden tunnels beneath Jerusalem&rsquo;s Wailing Wall, and the cavernous innards of the biggest gasometers in Europe are some of the off-limits sites that can be glimpsed around the world this autumn, thanks to the growing phenomenon of the Open House weekend. The initiative, which began in London in 1992 and celebrates its 22nd edition this week, has since spawned a global network of over 20 cities [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Johnson’s Glass House re-opens to self-guided tours Nam Henderson 2014-05-16T12:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-16T23:10:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Diane Daniel calls attention to the fact that&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass House&nbsp;</a>in New Canaan, Conn., will now have a twice-monthly option of taking a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-guided tour</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Rice Design Alliance’s "Additionally" tour highlights modern updates of 8 historic houses in Houston Justine Testado 2014-01-08T12:46:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T19:58:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="556" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're in the Houston, Texas area and want to "add in" some well-in-advance weekend plans, Rice Design Alliance from Rice University will be hosting their 38th Annual Architectural Tour "Additionally" on March 29-30, 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RDA</a> is inviting its members and their guests for a weekend to visit eight historic houses originally built between 1885 to 1964 throughout Houston. Within the past 12 years, local architecture firms individually crafted modernized additions that complement each house's historic nature.</p> <p> Check out some of the tour's destinations:<br><br> 216 Avondale (1906); Addition: 2012, m+a architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 707 Sabine (1885); Additions: 2000, Gary Eades; 2009, Janusz Design<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 3503 Audobon (1920); Addition: 2011, Interloop&ndash;Architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><br> 5503 Sturbridge; Additions: 1960, Marshall S. MacDougal; 2008, Dillon Kyle Architecture<br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> For more info on the tour, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of Rice Design Alliance.</em></p> Tour the stunning "The Fish Church" in Stamford as part of the Docomomo US Tour Day Justine Testado 2013-10-04T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T12:44:14-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Docomomo US will begin its 7th annual national Tour Day program at the First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stamford, Connecticut. The Docomomo Tour brings together architects, designers, historians, enthusiasts, and organizations for exclusive tours and related events devoted to the appreciation of US modern architecture and mid-20th century design. Tomorrow's event at the First Presbyterian Church is the first of more than 50 Tour Days in 23 states throughout October.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Built by architect Wallace K. Harrison, the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford is also known as The Fish Church because of its fish-like shape. The Fish Church is -- excuse the pun -- quite a gem with its interior that is bathed in a sapphire light and made of 20,000 pieces of dalle de verre glass in 86 hues.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> At the altar stands a Visser-Rowland (Opus 87) organ. The instrument is a 4-manual, 51-stop, 74-rank organ with 4,026 pipes, 244 keys on 4 keyboards and 32 pedals. The chur...</p> Homes by Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, Neil Denari open for tour Archinect 2013-06-19T13:41:00-04:00 >2013-06-24T22:00:27-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly said. That looseness -- a spirit of experimentation, a refusal to be bound by convention -- will be on display June 23 when the MAK Center for Art and Achitecture hosts a tour of groundbreaking modern homes by Frank Gehry, Neil M. Denari Architects, Eric Owen Moss and artist Peter Alexander.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Eclectic Revisited: Preserving Venice's Architectural Context Archinect 2013-05-14T18:35:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T20:53:52-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Venice, Sandmeier wanted to tell the story of a whole neighborhood, not just emphasize the architectural merits of any one structure, and in doing so build a history of architects and artists working together. "Buildings are important for different reasons. Sometimes it's the architecture, sometimes it is the history, and sometimes it is the context," she explains. "Venice is a place with such rich cultural context that underlies the whole community, there is a lot to talk about."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mimi Zeiger reports from the self-guided tour "Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the '70s and '80s", part of "Curating the City Modern Architecture in L.A.," the Conservancy's ongoing contribution to Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles.</p> Section of L.A. River through the Valley opens to tours Archinect 2012-07-16T13:13:00-04:00 >2012-07-16T18:45:27-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 70-foot channel has for years operated as a flood-control channel, wildlife sanctuary and escape valve for treated waste water befouled with chemicals and trash. Now, the soft-bottom swath of weedy islands, dense brush and willows draped with fast-food wrappers, plastic bags and clothes is one of the newest summer attractions in town.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Portland Architecture by Streetcar Alexander Walter 2012-03-09T15:00:00-05:00 >2012-03-10T14:41:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hop aboard the Portland Streetcar to discover the city's hidden architectural gems. Disembark along the route and reflect on the stonework of the Armory. Hop on the next car and travel a few blocks to Tanner Springs park. This photo essay is a sample of what one might see between the South Waterfront and Northwest portland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture meets art in the 'DesCours' nighttime optical adventure Alexander Walter 2011-12-02T14:08:55-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="448" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In its five-year history, DesCours has become my favorite annual art outing, but it hasn't become any easier to describe. You'd be accurate if you called it a self-guided nighttime tour of lighted experimental architecture installations set in little-seen downtown locations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>