Right on trend, the oldest mall in America is reborn as micro-apartments

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Monday, February 8, 2016
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(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

Search Twitter for #mallmonday and see a hilariously bleak photo series that profiles different malls, some dead, some impossibly sad, each week. Why are these depressing spaces so popular with architects? By giving new life to these huge, redundant spaces, architects tap into ruinophilia to feed a culturally ingrained desire for dramatic transformation and also temper the excesses of capitalism, maybe.

In the Texas capital, Austin Community College annexed semi-vacant Highland Mall for a new campus, while NBBJ is reviving a dead mall in downtown Columbus.

In Providence, Rhode Island, Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) handily combined dead mall revivification with micro-apartments, for an timely transformation of downtown’s Arcade Providence, the oldest shopping mall in the United States.

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Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition gets $1.5 million state grant to build Richard Joon Yoo– and Uri Wegman–designed memorial

Design, East, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman's winning memorial design (Courtesy Remember the Triangle Fire)

Rendering of Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman’s winning memorial design (Courtesy Remember the Triangle Fire)

This year marks the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the most lethal industrial disasters in the United States. To the shock and delight of labor activists and descendants of workers who died in the fire, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state would provide a $1.5 million grant to Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition (RTFC) to build a memorial at 29 Washington Place, the site of the former factory.

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Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park complex in Detroit was just named a national landmark

"Lafayette Tower West After A Storm," shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

“Lafayette Tower West After A Storm,” shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

More than 50 years after its construction, the single-largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s built work is now a national landmark. The National Park Service on Tuesday designated Detroit‘s Lafayette Park its 2,564th National Historic Landmark, validating the efforts of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, which began the documentation and nomination process in 2012. Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor led those efforts as part of the preservation group’s Michigan Modern Project.

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Is expanding Chicago’s soldier field a hail mary pass?

Midwest, Q+A
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Chicago's Soldier Field (left) against the South Loop skyline. (--Mike-- / Flickr)

Chicago’s Soldier Field (left) against the South Loop skyline. (–Mike– / Flickr)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a plan to boost capacity at Soldier Field, the city’s football stadium, in a bid to host the Super Bowl.

But as the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin laid out in a story Sunday, the play is a Hail Mary. Read More

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