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  • Britain's ugliest building

    08/28/2009 5:05:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/28/2009
    The Pier Head Ferry Terminal in Liverpool has been named the country's ugliest new building ahead of London's Westfield shopping centre and the fire station at Poundbury, the Prince of Wales's Dorset model village. A panel of experts from Building Design magazine unanimously voted the £10.5m building, designed by Belfast-based Hamilton Architects, as the most notable new example of bad architecture. The judges said the damage the ferry terminal had done to Liverpool's waterfront, which is a Unesco world heritage site, meant it deserved the 'Carbuncle Cup'. Amanda Baillieu, editor of Building Design, said: "It was given the Carbuncle Cup...
  • Picture Show: Waiting for the End of the World[Bomb Shelters]

    08/20/2009 6:28:36 AM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,798+ views
    GOOD ^ | 22 July 2009 | Richard Ross
    Self-preservation is something that most humans take quite seriously, and that a few take to extremes. Faced with the real or imagined threat of attacks levied by nuclear, biological, and chemical weaponry, some people opt to head 25 feet underground, surrounded by concrete and complex air-filtration systems, surviving off rations and waiting, so to speak, for the end of the world.That’s the subject of Richard Ross’s Waiting for the End of the World, originally published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2004, for which Ross spent five years traveling over three continents, photographing the interiors of bomb shelters. “I’m a child...
  • Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral

    08/10/2009 9:46:46 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 609+ views
    CityNoise ^ | 12 April 2005 | Hasslehoff
    Justo Gallego Martínez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain This is no "model" cathedral and he is neither a qualified architect, nor engineer, nor bricklayer -- he is a farmer. "The plans have only ever existed in my head" and have evolved over time in response to opportunity and inspiration. Nor does he have formal planning permission from the authorities of Mejorada del Campo -- the town in which it is located (20 km from Madrid under the flight-path to the Barajas airport).Nor does he have the benediction or support of the Catholic...
  • Reconstructing and Replicating Vintage Log Buildings

    08/09/2009 1:17:25 PM PDT · by jay1949 · 18 replies · 569+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 9, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Featuring log buildings presently under re-construction at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. This provides a good look at how such buildings were made.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House on sale for $15 million

    07/31/2009 9:47:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 58 replies · 2,520+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/2009 | Tom Leonard
    A rare opportunity to live in a national landmark has arisen in Los Angeles where Ennis House, an architectural gem designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has gone up for sale for $15 million. The architect designed Ennis House in 1923, dubbing the stark, concrete block-clad mansion his "temple on the hill" and predicting that it would still fascinate people a century later. It offers wonderful views across the city and, with its exotic, Mayan temple exterior and cathedral-like interior, it has featured in more than a dozen films including Blade Runner, The House on Haunted Hill and Black Rain. The...
  • Overarching ambition : SARKOZY

    07/26/2009 2:19:42 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 3 replies · 810+ views
    FT.com UK ^ | July 24 2009 | Scheherazade Daneshkhu, Ben Hall and James Wilson
    Behind the glass- and marble-clad great arch of La Défense - built at the behest of François Mitterrand two decades ago - another French president is preparing an even more ambitious grand projet for Paris. Nicolas Sarkozy is planning a massive expansion of the business district on the north-western edge of Paris to challenge the City of London as Europe's pre-eminent financial centre. In spite of his tirades against financial capitalism, Mr Sarkozy wants a bigger slice of the business. The blueprint for La Défense - which includes several spectacular skyscrapers and, eventually, a further 1m sq m of office...
  • Lawsuit seeks to block 'In God We Trust' engraving (on Capitol Visitor Center in DC)

    07/14/2009 2:58:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 618+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/09 | Ryan J. Foley - ap
    MADISON, Wis. – The nation's largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block an architect from engraving "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington. The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in western Wisconsin, claims the taxpayer-funded engravings would be an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The House and Senate passed identical resolutions this month directing the Architect of the Capitol to engrave "In God We Trust" and the pledge in prominent places at the entrance for 3 million tourists who visit...
  • Sears Tower unveils 103rd floor glass balconies

    07/01/2009 6:28:05 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 48 replies · 4,836+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 7/1/09 | Karen Hawkins
    HICAGO – Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all seem to agree: The first step is the hardest. "It's like walking on ice," said Margaret Kemp, of Bishop, California, who said her heart was still pounding even after stepping away from the balcony. "That first step you take — 'am I going down?'"
  • If Frank Lloyd Wright had LEGOs ...

    05/30/2009 5:34:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies · 1,284+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 30, 2009 | George Hesselberg
    Frank Lloyd Wright and LEGO would seem an unnatural fit: curve meets corner, prairie meets cube. But like a red brick and a yellow brick, the worldwide trademarks are now joined with a blue brick, an Illinois company called Brickstructures, in creating and selling LEGO building block versions of Wright’s iconic creations, Fallingwater and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Can Madison’s Monona Terrace be far behind? And how will the notoriously formal Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation handle its partnership with a worldwide company that also puts out a SpongeBob SquarePants model? You’ll have to make your own LEGO Monona Terrace, said...
  • Havana's historic architecture at risk of crumbling into dust

    05/18/2009 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 488+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | May 3, 2009 | Ray Sanchez
    Chunks of this city's rich and eclectic architectural history tumble to the ground every few days, piece by piece, forever lost in the rubble. Neo-Baroque and Art Deco treasures deteriorate at an alarming rate. Every three days, there are two partial or total building collapses in Central Havana alone, according to architectural experts. No official figures are available. "Buildings are standing by sheer luck," said architect Jose Antonio Choy, president of a Cuban nonprofit organization devoted to the conservation of Havana's modern architecture. In September, after Hurricane Ike's lethal 41-hour odyssey across much of the island, authorities reported 67 buildings...
  • Roman France

    05/16/2009 11:08:02 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies · 6,531+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 17, 2009 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    THE summer evening was autumnally cold and damp, the backless stone seats in the outdoor theater unforgiving. Many of the 8,000 spectators were irritable; most of us had shown for a rained-out performance the night before. And frankly, I’ve seen better productions of “Carmen.” But as the performers began to move, their shadows rose 100 feet and danced across the imposing backdrop of a yellow limestone wall. A marble statue of Caesar Augustus stood ghostly white upon his perch in the wall, his right arm raised as if he had just commanded the singers to begin their performance. When Carmen...
  • NYC's Guggenheim celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright

    05/04/2009 1:32:42 PM PDT · by earlJam · 12 replies · 442+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/4/09
    NYC's Guggenheim celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press Writer – 47 mins ago NEW YORK – For Frank Lloyd Wright, the slow rise of the spiral ramp at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum allowed paintings to be displayed as if on an artist's easel. When the museum opened 50 years ago, the groundbreaking design embodied the architect's guiding ethos that form and function are indistinguishable. That philosophy was expressed in projects large and small but perhaps best realized in his then-controversial, now-revered design for the art museum on Manhattan's Upper East Side....
  • World's Wildest Houses

    04/13/2009 11:20:16 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,735+ views
    thisoldhouse. ^ | Tabitha Sukhai
    Would You Live in Any of These? In the spirit of April Fool's Day, these outlandish structures display architectural humor and prankishness. And—far from foolish—some of them are darned well-designed, too.
  • 'Architecture Now!' an epitaph on excess (book review)

    03/24/2009 10:26:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 245+ views
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | March 24, 2009 | John King
    Strange days indeed - when leafing through a new book of boundary-shoving architecture suggests nothing so much as a stroll down memory lane. A museum that looks like a modular helicopter! A 1,476-foot-high tower for Moscow that includes a 3,000-room hotel! A library designed to resemble a volcano! How times have changed in the past year, so much so that a book titled "Architecture Now!" has the distinct whiff of then. The idea that new buildings should strive for cultural buzz, or that contorted silhouettes are the in-crowd ideal, all seems so ... 2007. Which doesn't mean innovative design is...
  • A Victorian Novel in Stone

    03/24/2009 9:42:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 372+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2009 | Rosemary Hill
    The British Houses of Parliament stand beside the Thames, a symbol of London itself. Their silhouette, culminating in the great clock tower that houses Big Ben, is famous all over the world. Yet this is a building that came about by accident and whose precise authorship was for many years clouded by controversy. Its proper name is the Palace of Westminster, for it replaced the medieval palace, begun by Edward the Confessor, where from the 13th century onward Parliament habitually met. Over the years the old building was expanded, altered, filled in and divided until it had sprawled into a...
  • Genius of medieval church builders rediscovered with a crucifix illuminated only twice a year

    03/23/2009 6:50:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 2,038+ views
    World Mysteries ^ | March 23, 2009
    It is an unforgettable moment. As the sun traverses the sky its light is suddenly focused into an intense beam which illuminates a carving of Christ on the Cross.  This is not a scene from an Indiana Jones film, however, but a stirring piece of visual synchronicity that dates from medieval times.  At the spring and autumn equinox, the setting sun hits a window at Holy Trinity Church in Barsham, Suffolk, and illuminates the 5ft carving for four spellbinding minutes. The spectacle dates back to the 1300s, when the narrow window was built in the church tower, but it...
  • Interview with Dome Designer of the National Shrine (in DC)

    03/18/2009 9:42:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 16,742+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 18, 2009
    Some news on the home-front, but significant for the Church in America. See the dome which is empty? The picture doesn't show it well - but it's by far the largest in the church. It is the last and final internal beautification project of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Local blogger William Newton interviews one of the CUA students competing to design it: Ryan and his colleague, John-Paul Mikolajczyk, gained national attention for the liturgical furniture they designed, which was used by Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Mass here in...
  • Grand Paris: Architects reveal plans to transform French capital

    03/12/2009 7:56:19 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 598+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/12/2009 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    Ten of the world's leading architects on Thursday detailed their plans to dramatically transform the French capital into a Grand Paris, in what has been described as the most complex city project ever. A computer image of a project for a bigger and greener Paris, in La Courneuve, by French architect Roland Castro Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, asked the architects, including Britain's Richard Rogers, to project 20 years into the future and dream up the world's most sustainable post-Kyoto metropolis. Among the more outlandish plans is Antoine Grumbach's proposal to extend the city all the way to the Channel...
  • Holy Tradition Takes Center Stage at Thomas Aquinas College (Checkout the new Chapel pics!)

    03/10/2009 2:19:36 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 642+ views
    faithfulrebel.blogspot ^ | Monday, March 09, 2009 | Posted by Aristotle
    Pictured: The grandeur of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel before the Solemn High Mass on Sunday March 8.
  • Mindblowing Buildings In the Sky May Solve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    03/02/2009 8:56:01 AM PST · by SolidWood · 28 replies · 1,616+ views
    gizmodo.com ^ | Mar 2 2009 | Jesus Diaz
    Architecture student Viktor Ramos has a brilliant idea that may be the key to the Israel-Palestinian Gordian Knot: Instead of building grim walls or tunnels, create livable bridges so two states can live together, superposed. Can architecture make Israel and Palestine coexist peacefully together? Sounds like a pie in the sky proposition—no pun intended—but with given the resources, it may be the only way to have the two countries living together, on top and below each other. Viktor's concept is simple, but absolute genius: Bridge the Israel and Palestinian territories with large structures that can sustain life, house people, and...
  • Darth Vader The Star Wars Villain on the Northwest Tower of Washington National Cathedral

    02/10/2009 2:44:56 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 3,046+ views
    In the 1980s, while the west towers were construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.
  • Change You Can Only Imagine

    01/22/2009 9:04:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 199+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2009 | Kathryn Shattuck
    IMAGINE a White House where the Oval Office faces an interactive media wall filled with live commentary from citizens and visitors. Or a White House that is raised and lowered according to poll results, with an unpopular president brought down to the level of disgruntled constituents. How about one that changes colors according to the Homeland Security Advisory System? Or that has been emptied of human content and made into a central server for United States democracy? However intent he is on change, even Barack Obama might draw the line at trading the Lincoln Bedroom for a situation room at...
  • Oh yeah... Thanks JetBlue

    01/22/2009 6:16:26 AM PST · by joeystoy · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | January 22, 2009 | J. Martini
    Balancing the demands of shameless and brutal commerce with the impossible dreams of the preservationists, JetBlue has restored a measure of sanity into this cuel and sterile world. JetBlue resisted the temptation to raze Eero Saarinen's iconic Terminal 5 to make way for their new JFK complex. Just as significant, they also pushed back attempts to preserve the site as an obsolete museum piece.
  • The Rabbi’s Son Who Built Detroit

    01/20/2009 9:29:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 556+ views
    The Forward ^ | Tue. Jan 13, 2009 | Samuel D. Gruber
    Albert Kahn is America’s forgotten architect — even though in his lifetime, he (and his firm) produced more buildings than any other architect, and his design and production method changed the face of the country. Eighty years before the bailout of the auto industry, just before the Great Depression, Kahn built the most opulent of Detroit’s new corporate skyscrapers — the Art Deco-style Fisher Building. Facing the GM headquarters, Kahn’s grandest expression of civic architecture defined the unique American union of commercial and civic identity. Detroit Auto Show 2009 this month pinned its hopes for a twenty-first century transformation of...
  • For Sale: The McWhite House

    01/08/2009 4:01:45 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 534+ views
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  • Menino shelves plan to replace [Boston] City Hall

    01/03/2009 1:52:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 615+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 30, 2008 | Donovan Slack
    Sinking 401(k) balances, increasing foreclosures, giant bank and auto company bailouts. Now taxpayers can add Boston City Hall to the list, as they will have to continue to endure the concrete behemoth for the foreseeable future, thanks to the economic recession. Mayor Thomas M. Menino has shelved plans to replace the building, recently voted the ugliest in the world, with a new City Hall on the South Boston waterfront. The mayor cut the $2 million budgeted for the project and he is not putting the current building up for sale. "I could not get value out of the City Hall...
  • New Yorkers trying to save historic Tin Pan Alley

    11/09/2008 6:32:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 174+ views
    Mail.com ^ | November 08, 2008 | Verena Dobnik
    A group of New Yorkers is fighting to save Tin Pan Alley, the half-dozen row houses where iconic American songs were born. The four-story, 19th-century buildings on Manhattan's West 28th Street were home to publishers of some of the catchiest American tunes and lyrics -- from "God Bless America" and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" to "Give My Regards to Broadway." The music of Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, George M. Cohan and other greats was born on Tin Pan Alley. The buildings were put up for sale earlier this fall for $44 million, with plans to replace...
  • Housing crisis has a silver lining (for traditional architecture)

    10/30/2008 7:32:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies · 449+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | October 30, 2008 | David Brussat
    JITTERY developers in Florida recently dumped the modern architecture of a proposed upscale residential project and chose Spanish Colonial-style bungalows instead. The switch was reported by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Oct. 13 in “Modern no more,” by Harold Bubil. “As the real-estate market founders,” he writes, “the Houses of Indian Beach’s modernist concept has been abandoned in favor of something ‘more marketable.’ ” Bubil followed up his news story with an online column on Oct. 18 revealing his opinion of the decision he described in the news story. Both pieces, which I obtained through ArchNewsNow.com, include great quotes exposing modern...
  • They’re having you on

    09/26/2008 8:40:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Building (UK) ^ | 26 September 2008 | Robert Adam
    Just about everyone knows we’ve got to change our way of life to save the planet. Isn’t it a bit odd, then, to find architects doing the same stuff they’ve always done and going around making out that they’re the eco-warriors to end all eco-warriors? Why is it that the same old glass-walled boxes and tower blocks that were invented in the energy-rich sixties and seventies can do the business for the energy-challenged noughties? Architects have discovered the magic of greenwash. The big idea behind contemporary architecture was that the “new century” (meaning the 20th) was all about the latest...
  • On the Olympic Green

    08/11/2008 4:32:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 78+ views
    Gold and Leaden ^ | August 7, 2008 | Philip Kennicott
    An Adidas advertising campaign in China, this May, showed a man named Hu Jia, dressed in a red swimsuit, standing on a platform made of twisting hands and arms emerging from an endless sea of people, sketched in gray. This is the Olympic diver Hu Jia, not the civil rights activist and political prisoner Hu Jia, who was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in April. Hu, the diver, was one of China's hopes to take home a clutch of medals at the Beijing Games before injuries forced him off the team. The architecture on which he stands, in...
  • (Climbing enthusiast) Couple marries on roof of Globe arena

    08/09/2008 6:53:50 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies · 210+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/09/2008 | TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    Malin Alexandersson and Leif Lundgren celebrated 08-08-08 day by climbing on to the roof of the Stockholm Globe arena to tie the knot. The happy couple had to climb to the top of the 80 metre higher Stockholm landmark with the help of safety harnesses while their guests instead followed the wedding ceremony from a nearby balcony. The heavy rain that hit Stockholm on Friday was close to throwing a spanner in the works - but the rain ceased just prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The couple won the right to matrimony on the Globe's roof in a...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright gas station 50 year anniversary

    08/08/2008 9:55:49 AM PDT · by DManA · 32 replies · 382+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 8/8/08 | Ted Norgaard
    CLOQUET — Business as usual for the R.W. Lindholm Service Station can mean a lot of different things. To most, it’s just like any other service station: You go there to get gas, have your oil changed or maybe get your car fixed. Others see it differently. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1958, the station, which sits at the intersection of state Highway 33 and Cloquet Avenue, is regularly visited by history buffs in search of the famous architect’s work. The Frank Lloyd Wright gas station Thursday morning in Cloquet during the 50th anniversary celebration of the completion of...
  • Need assistance from New Jersey architect (VANITY)

    08/08/2008 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Alberta's Child · 2 replies · 45+ views
    Alberta's Child | August 8, 2008 | Self
    Sorry for the vanity, but I've come across a minor business issue that needs some clarification in terms of building code standards in the State of New Jersey. In particular, I'm dealing with code requiremetns for a business establishment. I know the current requirements under the New Jersey Building Code, but I need to find out how the applicable code may have changed over the last 10-15 years. If there are any architects out there who are familiar with the New Jersey Building Code and/or the National Standard Plumbing Code, I'd appreciate any assistance anyone might be able to provide....
  • For skinny houses, a chilly reception

    08/03/2008 10:15:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies · 511+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 17, 2008 | Karen Shih
    It looks almost like an average-size house that's been sliced in half. At 12 feet wide, the neat, new single-family home is squeezed onto the slenderest of strips of land on a Brooklyn Park street of modest, post-World War II houses. The home joins an 18-foot-wide one built in the past year in the community that spans Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. A similar house is planned for another of the 25-foot-wide empty lots in the area. While building on these infill lots in mature, developed communities with established roads, sidewalks and other infrastructure is considered "smart growth," residents...
  • Lebanon’s Palestinian ghetto redesigned

    07/19/2008 5:45:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 61+ views
    Le Monde ^ | July 2008 | Don Duncan
    Lebanon proposes to rebuild Nahr al-Bared, the Palestinian city-camp near Tripoli pulverised in a long siege last year in an attempt to kill Sunni militants holed up there. The new, as yet only imagined, town is intended to preserve the memories of the old, yet return the area to the control of Lebanon.
  • 26 Amazing Future Projects Of Dubai

    07/17/2008 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 52 replies · 166+ views
    SizzledCore ^ | 7/17/2008
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  • Ground Zero rebuild plan scrapped

    07/05/2008 2:29:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies · 161+ views
    BBC ^ | 1 July 2008
    The owner of the World Trade Center has abandoned the timetable for rebuilding work at the site of the 9/11 attacks, saying it was "not realistic". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director, Christopher Ward, listed over a dozen issues that had slowed work and raised costs. New dates for the completion of a memorial, skyscrapers and a transit hub are expected to be issued in September. It is unclear if the centrepiece Freedom Tower will now be scaled back. The tower, intended as a replacement for the destroyed Twin Towers, had been scheduled for completion in...
  • CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

    07/01/2008 5:16:47 AM PDT · by Serviam1 · 33 replies · 162+ views
    Catholic Action League of Massacusetts | 30 June 2008 | Catholic Action League of Massacusetts
    NEWS RELEASE MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS CLOSING OF HOLY TRINITY CHURCH The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today mourned the closing of the venerable Holy Trinity church in Boston's South End. The parish was suppressed today by a decree of Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston. The last masses were celebrated yesterday, June 29th, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Holy Trinity was the last German Catholic parish in New England, and was one of only two venues in the Archdiocese which offered weekly Sunday celebrations of the Traditional Latin Mass....
  • How the West was won

    06/30/2008 6:00:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 63+ views
    Spectator ^ | 25th June 2008 | Alexander Stoddart
    Alexander Stoddart unravels the relationship between art and politics ___ The great British philosopher Brian Magee, writing about Richard Wagner’s political life, points out that it is wrong to think of the Sage of Bayreuth moving to the Right in his later life. Magee’s proposal is compelling; Wagner leaves left-wing politics precisely as men who are maturing leave politics generally. They drift in middle age towards the static wasteland of metaphysics, and this is observed by those still remaining in politics as a move towards the Opposition, since they still cannot think of anything outside the political sphere. It appears...
  • Greek Style Architecture Found In The Ancient Achaemenid City

    06/25/2008 5:43:33 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 168+ views
    Greek Style Architecture Found in the Ancient Achaemenid City Achaemenid city of Istakhr in Fars Province Tehran , 25 June 2008: Archaeologists have used geological surveys in the south of Iran to reveal rectangular formations inspired by Greek architecture dating to the Sassanid era. Archeologists have said that the structures located in Fars Province are part of the urban planning of the ancient Achaemenid city of Istakhr during the Sassanid period (226-651 CE). The design is loaned from Hippodamus style of urban planning during a series of armed conflicts with Persias great rival to the west, the Roman Empire, said...
  • UK's ugliest building set to be given listed status

    06/23/2008 5:28:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 92 replies · 87+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd June 2008 | Andy Dolan
    Locals condemn it as an eyesore. Prince Charles once said it resembled an ''incinerator' more suited to burning books than storing them. Even its supporters admit it looks 'brutalist'. Yet Birmingham Central Library, which many believe is one of Britain's ugliest buildings, could be made a listed building. English Heritage has recommended it be given Grade II status, claiming it 'defines an era' of the city's history. The library, which was built in 1974, was to have been demolished as part of a £1billion regeneration plan. The quango's decision prompted dismay from the city's Civic Society.
  • In action: a skyscraper’s amazing 728-ton stabilising ball

    06/22/2008 10:44:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies · 687+ views
    deputy-dog ^ | 6/22/08
    The enormous steel ball you see in the photos (and the incredible video below) is the world’s largest ‘tuned mass damper’ and sits near the top of the world’s largest completed skyscraper on earth, taipei 101 in taiwan. the idea behind a tuned mass damper is quite simple: as a building sways (resulting from high winds, earthquakes etc), its tuned mass damper, essentially a finely tuned and ridiculously heavy pendulum, will move in opposition to the structure’s oscillations and minimise any movement. if that makes no sense, watch the crude gif below. due to both the immense size of taipei...
  • A Month After Pope's Visit . . .Cardinal O'Malley Closes German Parish

    06/13/2008 5:00:12 AM PDT · by Serviam1 · 7 replies · 385+ views
    The Wanderer Press | 5 June 2008 | Paul Likoudis
    One month after Pope Benedict XVI made his historic visit to the United States, Sean Cardinal O’Malley ordered the closure of Boston’s oldest German parish, Holy Trinity, and declared all its assets — including $ 242,000 in its bank account — be transferred to Holy Cross Cathedral. The priests and parishioners of Holy Trinity Church, established by German immigrants in 1844, opened the first parochial school in New England and introduced the Christmas tree and Christmas cards to Puritan Boston, among many other traditions. Since 1990, the parish has been home for the Traditional Latin Mass community from 1990 to...
  • CHRYSLER BUILDING ON THE BLOCK SOVEREIGN ARAB FUND TO PAY $800M

    06/11/2008 7:10:56 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 15 replies · 254+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 11, 2008 | LOIS WEISS
    The latest Big Apple trophy being coveted by oil-rich sovereign wealth funds is the landmark Chrysler Building. Sources say the super-rich Abu Dhabi Investment Council is negotiating an $800 million deal for a 75 percent stake in the Art Deco treasure that has defined the Midtown skyline since 1930. The Chrysler assets would be purchased from TMW - the German arm of an Atlanta-based investment fund that's been eager to cash out of its Chrysler stake. The deal follows last month's sale of the GM Building and three other Macklowe/Equity Portfolio properties for $3.95 billion to a group of investors...
  • Cities for Living

    06/09/2008 6:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 108+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2008 | Roger Scruton
    American visitors to Paris, Rome, Prague, or Barcelona, comparing what they see with what is familiar from their own continent, will recognize how careless their countrymen often have been in their attempts to create cities. But the American who leaves the routes prescribed by the Ministries of Tourism will quickly see that Paris is miraculous in no small measure because modern architects have not been able to get their hands on it. Elsewhere, European cities are going the way of cities in America: high-rise offices in the center, surrounded first by a ring of lawless dereliction, and then by the...
  • Classical Proportions, Modern Practicality: A Style That Makes Sense

    04/23/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2008 | Katherine Salant
    I have always associated classical architecture with gravitas -- the large imposing columns and pediments that grace the front of serious places, like courthouses and banks. It hasn't seemed a living tradition that can inform land-use planning and the architecture of everyday life. But that was before I interviewed several architects who describe themselves as "modern classicists." They espouse a practical, no-nonsense approach to design that extends beyond individual buildings to encompass neighborhoods and whole towns. They don't limit themselves to the details and proportioning systems used by the original classicists, the builders of ancient Greece and Rome. They also...
  • Heaven Touches Earth: Papal Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s

    04/19/2008 9:04:57 AM PDT · by tcg · 16 replies · 94+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/19/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pope used the structure of the great Cathedral as a symbolic framework for addressing the interior meaning of the Christian vocation and mission.
  • Enlightenment, wrought in glass

    04/15/2008 10:25:35 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 113+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Mar 29, 2008 | Christopher Hume
    The story of Western architecture is one of darkness giving way to light. Europe's dour medieval fortresses were replaced by airy Gothic structures and for the modernists, light was an end in itself. Has this tale run its course? From the beginning, architecture has been embarked on a journey to the light. That we have arrived is something we now take for granted. But it wasn't always thus. Indeed, of all the elements that comprise architecture, light was historically the most elusive. For millennia, we lived in shadow. Anyone who has wandered through those 1,000-year-old Romanesque churches around Barcelona in...
  • Mile-high tower: Saudi prince promises £5bn desert spire TWICE as tall as nearest rival being built

    03/31/2008 7:27:00 PM PDT · by Lester Moore · 25 replies · 2,787+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 31st March 2008 | BARRY WIGMORE
    On a clear day, the view from the top will take in the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian Ocean - providing you've a head for heights. ...
  • Can we build stuff like this?

    03/31/2008 7:56:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 2,091+ views
    The Corvallis Gazette Times ^ | March 29, 2008 | The Corvallis Gazette Times
    If the British and French can design and build spectacular bridges at a modest or at least reasonable cost, why can’t we? Or maybe we can, but we haven’t tried it lately, at least not in Oregon. The question comes up because Peter DeFazio, our man in Washington, is chairman of the highways and transit subcommittee in the U.S. House. His committee will write the next highway bill, probably by the end of 2009. And when DeFazio led his colleagues on a fact-finding trip to Europe, he saw the viaduct at Millau. It’s the most spectacular bridge he has ever...