New York City is losing the Aluminaire House

The Aluminaire House, designed in 1931 by Kocher and Frey. (Jenosale/Flickr)

The Aluminaire House, designed in 1931 by Kocher and Frey. (Jenosale/Flickr)

New York City is losing the 1931 Aluminaire House and its relocating to Palm Spring, California. The aluminum alloy and steel structure was created by the architect Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, managing editor of Architecture Record, and was commissioned by the Architecture League for the Allied Arts and Industry exhibition.

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Richard Neutra gets the star treatment in Palm Springs

Architecture, West
Friday, February 13, 2015
Richard Neutra is now a "Star"-chitect. (William Menking / AN)

Richard Neutra is now a “Star”-chitect. (William Menking / AN)


Architects may not get much respect in most American cities, but in Palm Spring, California they’re stars!

Today Richard Neutra who designed the city’s famous Miller House in 1937 and, ten years later, the Kaufmann House will have a star dedicated in his honor on the sidewalk of Palm Canyon Drive just in front of the Palm Springs Architecture Museum.

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Sunday> Panel asks, “Why Isn’t the 1947 Neutra Kaufmann House on the National Register?”

Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House. (Michael / Flickr)

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House. (Michael / Flickr)

Palm Springs Modernism Week is in its tenth year of celebrating the city’s architectural masterpieces and tracts of mid-century modern houses. The Architects Newspaper is, for the sixth year, a media sponsor of Modernism Week, and we are here in the Mojave desert reporting on its numerous events.

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Don’t miss the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale beginning February 13

On View, West
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Scene from the 2013 opening night party at Modernism Week. (Courtesy Modernism Week)

Scene from the 2013 opening night party at Modernism Week. (Courtesy Modernism Week)


The Architect’s Newspaper will be headed to California next week for Palm Springs Modernism Week. It’s the sixth year we have served as a media sponsor and we always look forward to the week on the desert as not simply time out from the New York winter but a chance to visit the classic modern houses in the Mojave oasis.

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On View> Pittsburgh’s Heinz Architectural Center tackles architecture from “Sketch to Structure”

Architecture, East, On View, Review
Monday, February 2, 2015
Presentation model of Lorcan O'Herlihy's Formosa1140, 2012. (Tom Little)

Presentation model of Lorcan O’Herlihy’s Formosa1140, 2012. (Tom Little)

Sketch to Structure
Heinz Architectural Center
Carnegie Museum of Art
Through May 20, 2015

The concept and visual for Sketch to Structure, an exhibition that has just opened at Pittsburg’s Heinz Architectural Center, is so cogent and well thought out it’s a wonder no other museum hasn’t already staged such a show. The exhibit is curated by Alyssum Skjeie of the Heinz Center and takes the architectural design process and divides it into four discrete sections—concept, collaboration, communication, case studies—each with drawings and renderings taken from the center’s own collection.

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Obit> Jordan Gruzen, principal at Gruzen Samton, dies at 80

East, Obit
Friday, January 30, 2015

Jordan Gruzen. (Courtesy IBI Group)

Jordan Gruzen of Gruzen Samton Architects died on Tuesday at the age of 80. His firm traces its heritage back to 1936 and the firm of Kelly & Gruzen, founded by his father Sumner Gruzen with Colonel Hugh A. Kelly. Gruzen and his MIT classmate Peter Samton joined forces in 1967 and formed their still very active firm, Gruzen Samton (now associated with IBI Architects). They have had a significant impact on the city of New York where the firm focuses on university buildings, high density housing, and other institutional and educational projects. A full obituary of Gruzen will appear in the next issue of AN.

Are London’s Paolozzi underground mosaics to be destroyed?

(Courtesy The Twentieth Century Society)

(Courtesy The Twentieth Century Society)

In October on a visit to London, friends mentioned that Eduardo Paolozzi’s early 1980 tile mosaics in the Tottenham Court tube station were going to be demolished. I diverted a Northern Line trip from Bank Street to the Charing Cross branch of the line and and walked through the Tottenham Station taking poorly lit iPhone images of the threatened mosaics. Paolozzi was a founding member of the English Independent Group and as an important early pop artist. His tube station artworks are a colorful and bright addition to a public space that is usually generic and often downright lifeless and boring.

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Emanuele Piccardo and Amit Wolf’s “Beyond Environment” explores American naturalism and European urbanity


1972 metal frame tower called Tumbleweeds Catcher in Utah.


The 1972 MOMA exhibition, The New Domestic Landscape, featured the unique voices and high designs coming from Italy (particularly Florence) during the period. It was a design interpretation of “Counter Culture” lifestyles coming from American college campuses and media interrupted by the young generation of Italian designers that called themselves radicals practicing “Superarchitettura.” What comes through in the drawings, videos, and objects in the show is that while much of the work foregrounds a “hippie” return to nature how truly urban Italian design thinking was during the period.

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Were the World Trade Center Transit Hub’s lateral struts part of the original Calatrava design?

Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center Transit Hub. (William Menking / AN)

Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transit Hub. (William Menking / AN)


The World Trade Center Transportation Hub—or as its designer Santiago Calatrava likes to think of it, the “bird in flight”—is just blocks from AN‘s office, so we get to walk by and watch it try to take off regularly. But in the weeks before the holidays, odd “struts” started to be welded between the structure’s giant fins or blades.

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Deadline approaching for Docomomo’s 2015 Modernism in America Awards

Stillman I After: Marcel Breuer, architect. Bedroom deck restored. Sliding glass wall recreated. Screen porch removed. Low block walls replaced. (Brad Stein and Joseph Mazzaferro)

Stillman I After: Marcel Breuer, architect. Bedroom deck restored. Sliding glass wall recreated. Screen porch removed. Low block walls replaced. (Brad Stein and Joseph Mazzaferro)


Docomomo is one of our most valuable national architecture organizations. It fights to preserve modern architecture, sites, and neighborhoods even when it is not publicly popular (think of the Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center) in all parts of the country. Now the organization known for its advocacy and preservation of contemporary built culture is sponsoring its second Modernism in America Awards to celebrate the people and projects working to preserve and rehabilitate mid-century modern buildings.

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Sculptures by Dr. Haresh Lalvani on display in Columbia County

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The New York architect and designer Dr. Haresh Lalvani has been researching the forms of living things-particularly those of shape codes akin to our own DNA makeup for 30 years. This research and analysis he then translates into sculptural forms that seem always to be merging and growing not fixed or frozen in place. At his solo exhibition, Mass Customization of Emergent Designs, at Moss Gallery at Design Miami in 2011, he used an algorithm to create 1,000 design variations of a common fruit platter out of a total of 100,000,000,000 possible designs before the computer crashed.

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Sarasota architects hope to preserve Mid-Century Modernism in Florida

Architecture, East, Newsletter
Monday, December 8, 2014
Healy Guest House by Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph.

Healy Guest House by Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph.

The style of architecture known as “mid-century modern” is a cousin to the “International style.” A popular combination of European stylistic tendencies and domestic American influences, including furniture design, it has become an influential catch all term for distinguished post-World War II structures and commercial tract homes (like the Eichler Homes). While the style has become widely popular in lifestyle magazines like Dwell and even replicated in new suburban developments, the original homes are being regularly torn down and being replaced with bloated McMansions that have shoe closets the size of the former mid-century living rooms.

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