A giant 3D printer will replicate an ancient temple destroyed by ISIS

International, News, Preservation
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

The Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS last summer. (Arian Zwegers/Flickr)

Replicas of the entrance arch of the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, will be recreated using a giant 3D printer for World Heritage Week in London and New York. Read More

AIA Chicago outlines Pullman’s future as a National Monument

Night view of historic Pullman Sleeping Car Factory by night. Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Proposed night view of historic Pullman sleeping car factory. (Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

As part of the ongoing preservation efforts surrounding the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Pullman a print and online book has been released reporting the results of a workshop conducted by AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in April 2015. Positioning Pullman gives a history as well as a possible way forward for the once flourishing company neighborhood, which has recently been designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.

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A Detroit soccer team asks fans to crowdfund historic stadium rehabilitation

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Detroit City Football Club plans to completely update and refurbish and update the historic WPA Keyworth Stadium with the help of investing fans. (Courtesy Integrity Building Group)

“City ‘til I Die” is the motto of the Detroit City Football Club (DCFC), a member of the National Premier Soccer League, the largest soccer league in the U.S. Now, the team is asking its fans to put their money where their motto is to help restore a historic neighborhood soccer stadium.

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Wisconsin’s Googie Gobbler gets grand reopening, purple vinyl and all

Architecture, Midwest, Preservation
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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After nearly 15 years sitting empty, a Googie icon of the upper Midwest is reopening—and there’s no shortage of purple vinyl and rotating bars.

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SOM design to replace Long Beach’s Late Modern civic center

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

A sleek vision from SOM replaces the Late Modern Long Beach Civic Center. (SOM/ Courtesy PECP)

It’s too late for Late Modernism in Long Beach after the city council voted unanimously to demolish the existing Long Beach Civic Center and replace it with a sleek modern design by SOM.

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Isamu Noguchi’s space-age, fluid ceiling is hidden inside this St. Louis truck rental warehouse

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Isamu Noguchi’s Magic Chef ceiling has been hidden above a drop ceiling for decades.

In what has become a recurring irony, the poor taste of 20th century corporations has been saving the day for historic buildings across the country. Now as companies like Walgreens and CVS rehabilitate dilapidated banks into drugstores, St. Louis might be getting its first look in decades at a historic Isamu Noguchi designed ceiling hidden above a drop ceiling in what’s now a U-Haul truck rental warehouse.

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Foster & Partners, HOK among nine shortlisted for UK Houses of Parliament upgrades

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames ( / Flickr )

Houses of Parliament from across the Thames (Berit Watkin / Flickr)

Allies and Morrison, BDP, HOK and Foster+Partners have been shortlisted among a group of nine firms for the refurbishment project at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. The commission is touted to be worth up to $31.5 million.

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Ford Foundation announces renovation of its Kevin Roche–designed headquarters in New York

Architecture, East, Newsletter, Preservation
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Ford Foundation (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation. (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation announced today that Gensler will lead a $190 million renovation of its Manhattan headquarters in East Midtown. The renovation will bring the building up to code while preserving the 1967 modernist design by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo.

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Orange Coast College expansion threatens designs by Neutra, Alexander, and Eckbo.

Neutra's threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

Neutra’s threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

The future’s looking grim for a dozen buildings on the Orange Coast College designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander. A November vote by college trustees approved a plan for the demolition of several structures on the 164-acre campus, including Neutra’s planetarium and a cluster of low-slung brick buildings. Read More

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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The Triforium Project wants to restore “polyphonoptic” sculpture in Downtown Los Angeles


Joseph Young’s interactive Triforium celebrates its 40th birthday on Friday. (Courtesy The Triforium Project)

For four decades the Triforium, a six-story, 60-ton public artwork by Joseph Young, has stood in Fletcher-Bowron Square in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall. The piece is a hallmark of technology, a “polyphonoptic” kinetic sculpture that when designed included 1,494 multicolored Murano glass cubes that were intended to glow in synchrony to music from a 79-note glass bell carillon.

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Koning Eizenberg blends old and new

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(Eric Staudenmaier)

(Eric Staudenmaier)

In 2006, the 28th St. YMCA was added to the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments List, and in 2009 it was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

In 1926, just three years after becoming the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Paul R. Williams designed a landmark YMCA building on 28th Street in Los Angeles. Nearly ninety years later, the building has been restored, and transformed, into a modern multi-family housing complex. Koning Eizenberg Architects (KEA) worked on the project for Jim Bonner, FAIA, architect and executive director of the nonprofit affordable housing organization Clifford Beers Housing. The architects restored the historic 52-unit building, reorganizing the layout into 24 studio apartments, and constructed a new 5-story, 25 studio apartment building next door.  The project features a perforated metal screen scrim wall, an integrated photovoltaic panel wall, restored historic stone work. and a shared roof deck that programmatically connects the historic building with it’s modern neighbor.
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