Edinburgh’s “Turd” building could cost the city its World Heritage Site status

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

While Philadelphia is just joining the ranks of World Heritage Cities, Edinburgh, Scotland, could be on its way out. Edinburgh’s yellow-brown, sandstone buildings, elegant extensions to the capital’s landscape, are set to receive new neighbors from developers. The approved plans have sent UNESCO to reassess Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site Listing.

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Vote for your favorite Critical Halloween costumes in Storefront for Art & Architecture’s annual competition

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Best Duo/Couple Costume “Permitted and Unpermitted” Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Best Duo/Couple Costume, “Permitted and Unpermitted”, Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF. (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Each year, the Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a Halloween Party in New York called “Critical Halloween.” Themes have ranged from “Corporate Avant-Garde” to “On Banality, On Metaphor,” and the costume contest is the highlight of the night, as party-goers relive the Avant-garde tradition of building fantastic architectural costumes.

See all jury winners after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Grrrl Power: Los Angeles has a ways to go for women’s equality in architecture

Eavesdroplet, West
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Julia Morgan's Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

Julia Morgan’s Herald Examiner Building. (FLOYD B. BARISCALE)

We live in a listicle age. Why write an article when you can clump a few names together and call it a trend? So when Los Angeles Magazine listed six women who have changed the face of Los Angeles architecture, which included one dead AIA Gold Medalist and two New Yorkers, it was bound to create outcry. Brava to the three local gals who made the cut, but let’s celebrate all the women of the L.A. architecture and design scene. When local schools put one lady on the lecture series and pat themselves on the back, we know more needs to be done for gender equity.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Peoria! A 25-foot-diameter pumpkin balloon rolls through Arizona town

Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Friday, October 30, 2015
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Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Giant inflatable pumpkin rolls through Peoria, Arizona. (via Citylab)

Yesterday, Peoria, Arizona, was attacked by an unlikely foe: a 25-foot-diameter, 350-pound jack o’ lantern balloon.

Watch the video after the jump.

Eavesdrop> Chicago’s Crater: Is Bjarke Ingels working on a scheme at the Chicago Spire site?

Development, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Since 2008, there has been a giant hole where Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire was supposed to rise some 2,000 feet out of the ground. The project lapsed due to financial woes by Irish developer Garrett Kelleher. The foundation is in place, and it looks like a place where a giant swimming pool or music venue would fit nicely, but AN is hearing that developers are working with Bjarke Ingels’ Danish firm BIG on a possible Spire part to.

Fact or fiction? The Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review reported to go out of print

A shocking report today that, after 120 years, British architecture publications Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review will go out of print in the next 18 months surprised many in the architecture and publishing worlds.

But there’s more to the store…

Eavesdrop> First as Tragedy: What’s up with LA’s Greek Theater?

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, October 9, 2015
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Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of the Greek Theater.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ rendering of the Greek Theater.

When the discussion for Los Angeles Recreation & Parks to give Live Nation the contract to manage The Greek Theatre were scuttled earlier this year, it was unclear what would come of the proposed modernization of the 5,900-seat venue by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Word from inside the office says the project is moving forward with new designs to come, even as Pennsylvania-based SMG looks poised to win the event management contract.

Eavesdrop> Blown Over in the Windy City

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

A juicy tidbit from the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The number of projects in the Chicago Cultural Center right now is a bit dizzying, but we can only imagine what the place was like during the installation. It is a small miracle that it all fit, let alone got assembled correctly. The process was not without snafus.

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Eavesdrop> Tom Tom Club: What’s up with Tom Wiscombe’s futuristic Los Angeles venue?

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

(Courtesy Tom Wiscombe)

Architect Tom Wiscombe and developer Tom Gilmore have been spotted on more than one occasion imbibing at Redbird, the restaurant located in the former rectory of the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. (Gilmore is the landlord.) Does this mean that the pair’s plans for Old Bank District Museum, a futuristic art venue designed by Wiscombe, is on track for a 2017 opening? Only the bartender knows.

Eavesdrop> An Austrian Staycation

Eavesdroplet, West
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments.

Los Bar in the Mackey Apartments. (MAK Center for Arts and Architecture)

All summer the Los Bar—built by MAK Center residents Andreas Bauer, Christoph Meier, Robert Schwarz, and Lukas Stopczynski—gave those without airline travel points a taste of Vienna.

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Eavesdrop> Rahm Emanuel, Archi-critic

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point.

333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point. (Photo Credit: VXLA via Flickr)

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel rattled off a few of his favorite buildings in the fair city of Chicago. Rahmbo steered clear of the supertalls—no Sears, Hancock, or Trump—and he’s apparently a thoroughly modern guy, skipping the old Water Tower, the Board of Trade or any classical designs.

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High Brow Eye Brow: The Broad gets a piercing

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Pierced Broad (Jeremy J. Quinn)

Pierced Broad. (Jeremy J. Quinn)

The Broad Museum officially opens to the public this weekend, and has only been allowing visitors in Downtown Los Angeles for a couple days. But it has already started to rebel against its billionaire art-collector parents. Sources sent AN this picture revealing that the rambunctious young museum has gone and gotten its eyebrow pierced. What’s next for this quickly adapting Angelino? Implants and botox?

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