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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 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 ^ | 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...