War-torn Architecture

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Courtesy Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Rebuilding and remembering in Belgrade. (Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss)

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss sent along this thought provoking picture from his native Bosnia, as well as the following explanation: Read More

Liz Diller Is Tone Deaf

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
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A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

A rendering of the new Alice Tully Hall, which is about to open after a major renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Courtesy Playbill Arts)

Or so she just told WNYC. The clip was aired during Morning Edition, but as Soterios Johnson (LOVE HIM!) directed us to the web for a complete recap and more, the interview actually appears to be from yesterday’s episode of Soundcheck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find the full clip above, as well as a video tour after the jump. And as Johnson gamely noted, be sure to tune in Sunday for the building’s debut performance, which will air live. Think those improved acoustics carry over to radio. Read More

The Stimulus, Uploaded for Your Pleasure

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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There has been a great deal of criticism that the Obama administration has failed to uphold a number of its campaign promises, such as shirking lobbyists and business-as-usual, and reaching across the aisle to craft bipartisan public policy. One thing that has not changed, however, is the commitment to open and transparent governance, particularly through the use of the World Wide Web. And so, today, Recovery.gov was launched, the better to help America keep tabs on the stimulus bill. Read More

A Pat on the Back

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Archpaper.com, thanks in part to this very blog, was named one of the Top Ten Websites for 2009 by Planetizen. At this time, we’d like to thank everyone who might have nominated us or put in a good word. We do this all for you, and couldn’t have done it without you, either. Our commendation after the jump. Read More

On the Right Track?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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(newtonxl/Flickr)

Yesterday afternoon in Denver, Colorado, President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law. The process of doling out the spoils begins, as we wait, and hope, for the desired economic recovery. One piece of good news for urbanites and green transportation advocates, the bill includes $8 billion for high-speed rail, according to Politico. Read More

Underground Man

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Thursday, February 12, 2009
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Something wicked this way comes? Tibbets Brook, the Bronx (Steve Duncan)

Something wicked this way comes? Tibbets Brook, the Bronx. (Steve Duncan)

The life of a subterranean urban explorer may be fascinating and full of thrills, but glamorous it is not. “You know you’re not in a museum when you’re stomping through a wad of toilet paper,” said Steve Duncan, who showed photos of his travels through the world’s sewers to a packed room at New York’s Center for Architecture late last month. Read More

LAVA’s Green Lycra

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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If you find yourself in Sydney, Australia before June 10, you might want to run by the Customs House to see Green Void, which has an earlike affinity to Marsyas, Anish Kapoor’s 2002 sculpture for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Read More

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CCTV Day 2: We’re Sorry

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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The remains of yesterdays tragic fire. (drea_beijing/Flickr)

The remains of yesterday's tragic fire. (drea_beijing/Flickr)

As images of a surprisingly intact TVCC building emerge after yesterday’s inferno, the China Central Television network (CCTV) was forced to admit that a fireworks display put on by its employees caused the fire to its iconic new headquarters complex in Beijing, designed by OMA’s Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren.

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TVCC Blaze: Report From the Ground

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Monday, February 9, 2009
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Crowds and guards outside the smoldering TVCC building (photo: Aric Chen)

From Beijing, longtime AN contributor Aric Chen writes in with these observations:

As of 1:00 AM, hundreds of people were still gathered around police barriers (some holding their dogs), taking photos and videos of the smoldering building, while water cannons were intermittently shot at both the north and south facades. It’s a misty night and, through the haze, the building, which was lit by floodlights, appeared to be burnt to a crisp. From the south side, two fires were still flaring at what looked like about the 15th and 30th floors.

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CCTV Hotel Ablaze (UPDATE)

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Monday, February 9, 2009
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One of countless images streaming across the Internet of the iconic project on fire. (news.ifeng.com)

Images and reports are spiraling out across the Web of a fire taking hold at the hotel adjacent OMA’s CCTV Tower. (Building calls it the TVCC tower.) Details, at least in English, remain slim, but a translation of Chinese reports suggest the fire broke out at 9:21 p.m. local time, or just after eight o’clock this morning in New York. A call to OMA’s New York office did confirm that the fire was in their building, which is still under construction, though all further inquiries were directed to the Rotterdam HQ. Read More

T.C. Boyle’s Frank Lloyd Wright Obsession Is More Novel Than We Thought

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Sunday, February 8, 2009
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T.C. Boyle and his wife Karen in their Wright place

T.C. Boyle and his wife Karen in their Wright place. Photo: LAT

We were already anxious to get the word on T.C. Boyle‘s new book The Women since it’s all about the sexploits of that infamous philanderer Frank Lloyd Wright. (The women the title is named for would be Kitty, Mamah, Miriam and Olgivanna, in that order.) But little did we know the origins of Boyle’s influence when it came to writing this novel in the first place…his muse, if you will. Boyle and his family actually live in the first Wright-designed house built in California!

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Blame the Senate

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Sunday, February 8, 2009
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The Times puts it one way:

But the competing bills now reflect substantially different approaches. The House puts greater emphasis on helping states and localities avoid wide-scale cuts in services and layoffs of public employees. The Senate cut $40 billion of that aid from its bill, which is expected to be approved Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the AIA, in a release just sent out, is a little more blunt: Read More

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