The tragedy of Mummers Theater and the failed development that spelled its demise

John Johansen's Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

John Johansen’s Mummers Theater was renovated into the Stage Center in the 1990s. (Courtesy Elliott+Associates Architects)

The sad saga of the destruction of John Johansen’s Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City has just gotten even sadder. AN has reported numerous times on the effort to save Johansen’s 1970 tour de force Stage Center theater, but that battle was lost in 2015 when the extraordinary building was destroyed to make way for a complex of four corporate towers designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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Pictorial> Here are the four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, Texas

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

In November, Field Constructs Design Competition presented site-specific installations by emerging architects and landscape architects at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in East Austin. AN recently reported on the winners, but check out the full set of imagery for each project below.

View the projects here…

How Salt Lake City might add buildings in the medians of its extra-wide streets

(Courtesy Kentlands Initiative)

(Courtesy Kentlands Initiative)

Over the course of four years, the Granary District of Salt Lake City has been trialling “median development” whereby pop-up shows, stands, and other forms of temporary architecture exist literally in the middle of the street. Now, James Alfandre, director of the Kentlands Initiative, proposes something more concrete.

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In El Paso, architects explore border politics through a temporary installation in a bus depot

City Terrain, Environment, Southwest
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
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FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour (Courtesy AGENCY)

FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour (Courtesy AGENCY)

To architect Ersela Kripa, “borders are much thicker than we imagine.” She and her partner Stephen Mueller (AGENCY) are building on the strong legacy of theory and practice at the US-Mexico border with their students at Texas Tech University El Paso. This fall, students produced FLASH Installation: Architecture at Rush Hour, a daylong “tactical occupation” of an underused bus terminal at the El Paso/Juárez border.  Read More

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is $2 million closer to independent incorporation

Easter dInner outside the drafting studio at Taliesin West, 1949 (Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, MoMA, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University

Easter dinner outside the drafting studio at Taliesin West, 1949 (Courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, MoMA, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University

In collaboration with the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (FLWF), the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (FLWSA) has raised more than $2 million dollars from 317 contributors. To comply with new accreditation requirements, the school is in the process of becoming an independent subsidiary of the foundation. The funds are an important milestone on the FLWSA’s journey towards financial stability. Read More

On View> The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré

Art, On View, Southwest
Monday, December 28, 2015
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Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

Milonga shirt, F/W 2005, prêt á porter, look 1. Materials: Serikos (Como) silk taffeta, nylon tulle, cotton passementerie. X-Ray simulation image. (Courtesy Leonardo Salvini)

The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery
1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Through March 6, 2016

Gianfranco Ferré, the “architect of fashion,” probably loved white as much as Le Corbusier did, but thankfully that’s where the comparisons between the Italian fashion designer and modernist pioneer end.

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Letter to the Editor> A-OKC: Oklahoma City should reconsider demolishing its Modernist heritage

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Thank you for your piece on Oklahoma City—much needed attention to what is happening there. Having grown up in Edmond, just north, I have watched good buildings disappear over time.

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How a Frank Lloyd Wright house built in New Jersey ended up in Arkansas

Bachman-Wilson House Exterior. (Courtesy Nancy Nolan Photography)

Bachman-Wilson House Exterior. (Courtesy Nancy Nolan Photography)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House, built in 1956 in Millstone, New Jersey, opened to the public on November 11th in Bentonville, Arkansas. The house was disassembled on the original site and transported to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, for preservation and public display.

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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.

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Elijah Wood and Simon Pegg back horror show museum at the Hotel from ‘The Shining’

Architecture, Development, Southwest
Friday, October 30, 2015
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The ominous Stanley Hotel (Cong / Flickr)

The ominous Stanley Hotel (Cong / Flickr)

The Stanley Hotel, the Colorado inn that inspired Stephen King’s horror book (later adapted into the film) The Shining has revealed plans to open a horror-based museum. Denver-based MOA Architecture will design the space, touted to cost $24 million, with backing from some of the biggest names in the horror genre.

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Maxwell Anderson steps down as Director of Dallas Museum of Art for New Cities Foundation

Art, Shft+Alt+Del, Southwest
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Wikipedia)

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

After serving for almost four years, Maxwell Anderson has resigned from his post as Director at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) so he can focus on his new venture, New Cities Foundation in New York City.

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University of Texas at Austin is transforming Speedway into a pedestrian mall through campus

Rendering of the proposal (Courtesy PWP Landscape Architects)

Rendering of the proposal (Courtesy PWP Landscape Architecture)

The so-called Speedway in Austin, Texas, is being slowed to the pace of the pedestrian, thanks to a redesign by PWP Landscape Architecture. The road is not a racetrack as its name implies, but a street used heavily by cyclists and motorists as it cuts through the University of Texas at Austin. The project, called the “Speedway Mall,” is a move by the university to improve the area and boost its usage.
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