Despite appearances to the contrary (black polo necks, black suits, black round Corbusier spectacles, black shoes offset with one luridly neon element), architects are as fashion-conscious as regular human beings. They just love a trend! Cast your eye over our skylines and it’s like flicking through Vogue – or, mostly, the shopping pages in Take a Break. First a style appears – sported by some avant-garde Isabella Blow-a-like such as Rem Koolhaas or Herzog & de Meuron – next thing you know every architect in the country’s copied it from the architectural magazines, run it up in their sweatshops and covered our high streets in it. One minute it’s edgy, next it’s your local Asda. Five years ago it was buildings shaped like wedges. Since the Gherkin, it’s all curves. Once Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie’s gone up in the City, though, all skyscrapers will have to look like electrical goods.
Heights of fashion in the world of architecture: Gehry to Koolhaas – Times Online.
Plans are evolving, but if the Cincinnati Museum Center succeeds in its quest for state, public and private funding, it will have up to $120 million. to restore its t1933 glory.
It has asked Ohio for $20 million spread over eight years (four budget cycles), and will go after the rest from other public and private sources.
“We’ve been studying it, and continue to study it, and that’s why I don’t have definitive answers,” said Center spokesman Rodger Pille. “But there are things here that need to be done, sooner rather than later.”
Read more @ The Enquirer – Museum seeks $120M.
Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.
Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.
The Sunset Team, the acclaimed Los Angeles based real estate agency, is teaming up with ReThink Development to spearhead THE CHEROKEE LOFTS, the first LEED Gold Certified (potentially Platinum certification) mixed-use project in Southern California – and, likely, the nation.
Slated for completion in early 2009, The Cherokee Lofts, designed by architects Pugh and Scarpa, will be the most advanced and distinctive “green” building of its kind in Los Angeles.
Read more @ News Blaze – The Sunset Team, Launches ‘Greenbreaking’ Cherokee Lofts Project.
MARGATE’S contentious Turner Contemporary is a step closer to getting off the ground, after Thanet District Council granted the project planning permission.
The decision, which was made last night, paves the way for Kent County Council to appoint a contractor.
Work is expected to begin in the autumn and finish at some point in 2010.
Read more @ Controversial Turner Centre given planning permission | Kentonline.co.uk.
WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.
The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.
Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News – Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –
To cover the littered lake of cracked asphalt, the students suggested gardens. For the darkest corners of the schoolyard, they asked for new playgrounds, safe and bathed in light.
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To help relieve the dark memories of the site at the Mount Vernon School where four young people were shot, three of them fatally, in August, the schoolyard here will be remade.
At a community meeting at the school on Tuesday night, students who participated in redesigning the schoolyard, in collaboration with landscape architects and the Trust for Public Land, unveiled the plans.
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