BNIM cancels ultra-green Kansas City headquarters project after tax incentive controversy

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BNIM proposed high efficiency national headquarters in Kansas City (BNIM)

Less than a year after presenting a design proposal to renovate an empty warehouse into their new national headquarters in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, local firm BNIM has withdrawn its plans. After a losing battle over tax incentives, the firm and the building’s owner have stated that without the financial support of the city, the project is not economically viable.

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Historic St. Paul church for sale comes with interred body

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Friday, February 5, 2016
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St. Paul's On-The-Hill Church

The historic St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Church is the final resting place of Priest John Wright, whose body must remain in its place once the church is sold. (AlexiusHoratius / Wikimedia Commons)

When buying a building that is in a historic preservation district there are many considerations to take into account, including zoning restrictions, restoration, and often, accessibility concerns. In the case of one St. Paul Church, now on the market, add deceased body to the list. Shuttered a year ago, the historic Episcopal St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota is up for sale. One caveat to purchase is that the building comes with the body of one of its former priests, which is not allowed to be moved.

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Hopkins Architects moves forward with revamp of Sert’s Holyoke Center at Harvard

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

British firm Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins & Partners) has been granted planning permission from local authorities to build the new Smith Campus Center for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Architectural League New York announces 2016 Emerging Voices winners

Omar Gandhi Architect, Rabbit Snare Gorge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Doublespace Photography)

Omar Gandhi Architect, Rabbit Snare Gorge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Doublespace Photography)

The Architectural League of New York announced the eight winners of its annual Emerging Voices program.

The 2016 winners are…

Renzo Piano’s embattled “Paddington Pole” tower heads back to the drawing board

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Exterior Render. (Courtesy Renzo Piano)

Those who campaigned against Renzo Piano‘s cylindrical skyscraper in Paddington, London,  are celebrating a victory now that plans for the tower have been withdrawn from planning. The tower, dubbed the “Paddington Pole,” was set to top out 834 feet (72 floors) and rub shoulders with the Cheesegrater (The Leadenhall Building by Richard Rogers).

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WRNS Studio to expand Microsoft headquarters in Mountain View with green roof, creekside habitat

A field of green for Microsoft's campus overhaul and expansion. (Steelblue/ WRNS Studio)

A field of green for Microsoft’s campus overhaul and expansion. (WRNS Studio / Rendering SteelBlue)

Last week Microsoft submitted plans to the city of Mountain View to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters. As with Apple’s upcoming building and Google’s proposed campus, this one is also pastoral and eco-minded. A rendering by shows the low-rise office buildings enmeshed in a riparian landscape and topped by an expanse of verdant meadow.

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Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition

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Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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Does Snøhetta’s design for a new library at Temple University spell the end of books?

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Libraries are temples for books, though Snøhetta’s plan for a new library at Temple University in Philadelphia argues that you can have one without the other. The design of the Temple University Library is influenced by the academies of ancient Greece, which privileged social spaces for discourse over the storage and management of written materials.

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A theme park inside a 2,000-year-old Transylvanian salt mine is like playing on another planet

Transylvania Salt Mine. (Courtesy Richard John Seymour)

Transylvania Salt Mine. (Courtesy Richard John Seymour)

Each year, thousands of visitors descend into Salina Turda, a Transylvanian salt mine dating over 2,000 years. In its lifetime the salt mine has had many uses, storing the coffers of Hungarian kings and Habsburg emperors, providing shelter during World War II, and even operating as a cheese storage center.

In 1992, Salina Turda reopened as a visitor attraction, and after 16 years and $6.5 million of investments, has transformed into a museum and theme park. British photographer Richard John Seymour, documented this subterranean destination.

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John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide structures get new life in Prague

John Hejduk's The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s The House of the Suicide and The House of the Mother of the Suicide (Renata Hejduk)

John Hejduk’s pair of architectural structures, The House of the Suicide and the House of the Mother of the Suicide, are once again on view in Prague. Inspired by a poem by David Shapiro, the pieces were first designed in the late 1980s as an ephemeral memorial in tribute to the 1969 self-immolation of the Czech dissident Jan Palach whose death was in protest of the 1968 Soviet invasion. On January 16 permanent versions of the two structures were installed in Jan Palach Square (formerly Red Army Square), with a plaque that displays Shapiro’s poem, “The Funeral of Jan Palach.”

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs a Danish residential complex with green facades inspired by a local ivy-covered school

Valdemars Have. (Courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects)

Valdemars Have. (Courtesy Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects)

Last week, Scandinavian firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects announced another win. The firm will design a new residential development, Valdemars Have, in the heart of Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark.

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BREAKING: Fox News Pulling Out of 2 World Trade

Other
Friday, January 15, 2016
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2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

2 World Trade Center by BIG. (Courtesy BIG)

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and News Corp., have decided that they no longer want their 1 million square feet of office space at 2 World Trade Center. They would have taken a third of the building, and the multi-billion dollar deal threatens the project timeline. What will this mean for the future of the building, BIG and Bjarke Ingels and for that matter, Lower Manhattan? The move would have been a big bolster to the area’s claim as a creative and media industry hub.

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