Here are reader favorites from the pages of The Architect’s Newspaper from March

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Monday, April 13, 2015
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Each month, AN looks back at what our readers read the most from the paper. In March, those stories included a feature on planning in Houston, a look into New York City resiliency, and an interview with Santiago Calatrava. Check out all five top stories below.

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George Ranalli on “administrative leave” from Spitzer School of Architecture

Architecture, East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Ranalli. (Courtesy City College of New York)

Ranalli. (Courtesy City College of New York)

There has been a pretty big shakeup at the Spitzer School of Architecture. Last week, City College of New York President Lisa S. Coico announced in an email to the school that George Ranalli, dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture was on administrative leave effective immediately. Professor Gordon Gebert has been named the acting dean in the meantime. City College did not respond to AN‘s request for comment on the change.

 

 

 

Top clicks on the AN Blog from March include a canyon net, a Pritzker Prize, and illuminated design

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(COURTESY SLACKLINE MEDIA)

Readers voted with their clicks in March to determine the top five articles published on the AN Blog. The roundup includes a canyon installation for thrill seekers, the beautifully organic architecture of the 2015 Pritzker Prize–laureate Frei Otto, an apartment designed for Kanye West, and more. Take a look at March’s top stories below.

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Google Maps turns any city into the eight-bit world of Pacman

City Terrain, Design, International
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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In what appears to be an April Fools’ prank launched a day early, Google has added an eight-bit video game, ahem, Easter Egg feature to Google Maps. While browsing around the city of your choice, look for the Pacman box in the lower left-hand corner right next to the aerial photography button. Click it, and you’re transported into a dot-filled, ghost-infested city street grid in search of cherries. Take a look!

San Francisco never looked as grand as in this nighttime time lapse video

Architecture, Skyscrapers, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
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Still from Gotham City SF.

Still from Gotham City SF.

This black-and-white time-lapse video by Toby Harriman shows San Francisco at its most dramatic. The skyline emerges quietly from its famous fog as the city and its bridges twinkle in the distance—including Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights installation. As the music builds, Gotham City SF picks up pace, showing dramatic angles at high speeds completely appropriate for an action thriller. You’d have to watch to really understand.

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Eavesdrop> Don’t call me Shirley! Eric Garcetti lands Airplane! in Downtown Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
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From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

Last month LA Mayor Eric Garcetti attended a screening of his favorite movie, Airplane!, at the historic Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event included a Q&A with Garcetti and the film’s directors, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker.

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Eavesdrop> A Sears by any other name: Chicago’s Willis Tower finds a billion dollar buyer

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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(Monika Thorpe / Flickr)

(Monika Thorpe / Flickr)

Chicago’s skyline-defining Willis Tower had reportedly sold to Blackstone Group, a private equity real estate investor, for the blockbuster price of $1.3 billion. That’s a little less than early reports were speculating, but it’s still leaps and bounds above the previous record for a U.S. office tower outside New York City. And the deal includes naming rights. Will it become the Blackstone Tower? Call it what you will—Chicagoans still fondly refer to it as the Sears Tower.

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Eavesdrop> No Parks For You: Republican governor’s funding cuts put Chicago projects at risk

Bruce Rauner, left, and Rahm Emanuel, right. (Courtesy Bruce Rauner; Talk Radio News Service / Flickr; Courtesy 606)

Bruce Rauner, left, and Rahm Emanuel, right. (Courtesy Bruce Rauner; Talk Radio News Service / Flickr; Courtesy 606; Montage by AN)

Illinois’ new Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is an old finance buddy of Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the two are due for some awkward wine club outings and vacations to Montana judging by the rhetoric Rahm’s slinging towards Springfield.

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On View> When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973

Design, On View, Transportation, West
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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(All images courtesy Christopher West Mount Gallery)

(All images courtesy Christopher West Mount Gallery)

When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973
Christopher West Mount Gallery, Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
Through May 20

Once upon a time the American car industry was king. Nothing captures the prestige, aspirations, and mythology of Detroit’s heyday quite like the working sketches and drawings used to develop and promote the land boats we used to call automobiles.

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Eavesdrop> Ski Bummer: Proposed enormous indoor ski slope resort in Texas calls it quits

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Monday, March 23, 2015
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The Grand Alps Resort. (Courtesy Grand Alps Group)

The Grand Alps Resort. (Courtesy Grand Alps Group)

Grand Prairie, Texas, has been spared what could have been the nation’s first indoor ski resort and Hard Rock Hotel. The project’s developer, The Grand Alps Group, pulled the $215 million proposal after a meeting with Grand Prairie’s mayor and city manager. They were not happy about losing the big fish. “We were a little surprised,” City Manager Tom Hart told the Dallas Morning News. “We thought we had a pretty good meeting.”

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Eavesdrop> It’s Very European! Houston developers invoke the Old World to help sell real estate

Before and after of the Alessandra Hotel design. (Courtesy Gensler)

Before and after of the Alessandra Hotel design. (Courtesy Gensler)

Eavesdrop is scratching its head. First, in January, Gensler released new renderings for the Hotel Alessandra in downtown Houston. Where before the firm had proposed a sleek modern glass tower for the site with strong, swooping vertical lines that accentuated the building’s height, the new iteration shows a collection of rectilinear facade treatments of varying levels of transparency arranged to express a podium, tower, and crown with cornice. Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of the project’s developer, Midway, described the new look as a “modern interpretation of European style.”

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AN’s own Susan Kramer appears in New York Times video on Union Square

East, Media
Monday, March 23, 2015
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Union Square in New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)

Union Square in New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the latest installment of its by “Block by Block” video series, the New York Times explored Manhattan’s thriving Union Square neighborhood. The video kicks off with AN‘s very own Susan Kramer, who is a long time resident of the area.

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