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Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice

In response to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ decision to reject landmark status to Prentice Woman’s Hospital for the second time in three months, the two preservationist groups challenging the City of Chicago have withdrawn their lawsuits. This eliminates the last barrier standing in Northwestern University’s way to demolish the historic, Bertrand Goldberg structure for a new biomedical research facility. 

“We felt that we had done as much as we possibly could to demonstrate the significance of the building and ways to reuse,” stated Christina Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We just couldn’t see that we’d have any other outcome.”

For many, this news is disheartening as architects and preservationists from around the globe have fought in solidarity for much of the past year in an attempt to illustrate the importance of this one-of-a-kind structure. 

More after the break...

The B-Side: The Zaha/Gaga Divide

Gem Barton, based in Brighton, England, is a writer, academic lecturer, curator and designer. As a regular contributor to journals and magazines such as Mark, Blueprint, Design Bureau and Inhabitat she explores and share her passion for architecture and design. Gem's column 'The B-Side' will look at the alternatives to architectural traditions and explore what it means to be knee-deep in the 21st century design world. Follow her @gem_shandy

Allow me to make an unlikely comparison of two powerhouses: Zaha Hadid (62) and, bear with me now, Lady Gaga (26). Both are breaking the mold with their unique aesthetics; both are at the top of their respective industries; both are commercial successes. However, there is one undeniable difference: it only took the world a few years to recognize Lady Gaga and for her to skyrocket to fame. It has taken Dame Hadid the better part of three decades to receive a comparative level of acclaim.  Is it fair to compare successful architects and super songstresses? In an architectural world where we are faced daily by terms such as ‘celebrity’ and ‘starchitect’ it may well be time to look deeper into the matter.  

Read more about what architecture could learn from the Music Industry, after the break... 

East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio: New York City's Plan for Flood Barrier Along East River

The City of New York has long awaited renovations to the East River Greenway; squeezed between the FDR Drive to the west and the river to East, there are a few scattered public parks connected by a path that has been weathered and torn apart over the years.  The proposed Blueway is a coordinated collaboration between Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Community Boards 3 and 6, State Assembly  Member Brian Kavanaugh and architecture and urban design firm WXY along that takes suggestions from the general public to develop a scheme that works within the framework of the existing Greenway and provides specific sites of waterfront access, development of wetlands and connectivity to the city and its waterways.  The stretch along the greenway that is the focus of the scheme developed by WXY runs from Midtown East at 38th street to the Brooklyn Bridge.    

Paddenstoelenhuis / Mulders vandenBerk Architecten

© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra © Roel Backaert © Stijn Poelstra

Southland Christian Church / EOP Architects

  • Architects: EOP Architects
  • Location: Southland Christian Church - Richmond Campus, Lexington, KY 40502, USA
  • Area: 17558.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Phebus Photography

© Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography © Phebus Photography

AD Architecture School Guide: Birmingham City University’s BIAD

What are Live Projects? A UK term, it refers to collaborations between architecture schools and real clients on real projects. In the US, for example, these are merely referred to as industry collaborations. Clients are widely variant, from municipal governments and youth organizations,  as well as galleries and community-based gardens. 

There are many iterations of this teaching model in the UK so the issue is, how to determine a good fit for prospective students? One issue that is increasingly at the fore of students’ minds is how to balance idealism with practical skills. At Birmingham City University’sBIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), the program is structured precisely to help students achieve that balance.  

BUILDING: Louis I. Kahn at Roosevelt Island / Barney Kulok

In September 2011 Barney Kulok  was granted special permission to create photographs at the construction site of Louis I. Kahnʼs Four Freedoms Park in New York City, commissioned in 1970 as a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The last design Kahn completed before his untimely death in 1974, Four Freedoms Park became widely regarded as one of the great unbuilt masterpieces of twentieth-century architecture. Almost forty years after having been commissioned, it is finally being completed this year, as originally intended. 

Center for Care and Discovery, University of Chicago Medicine / Rafael Viñoly Architects

  • Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • Location: South Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Consulting Architects: Cannon Design
  • MEP/FP Engineers: Affiliated Engineers and Primera Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Area: 111484.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Rossiter

© Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter

House in Alpiarça / GGLLatelier

  • Architects: GGLLatelier
  • Location: alpiarça, portugal
  • Design Team: Gabriela Gonçalves, Leonel Lopes, José Doroana, Miguel Malaquias, Gary Barber, Ana Braga, Hugo Salvador
  • Structural Engineer: Jorge Moreira
  • Contractor: João Aranha
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of GGLLatelier

Courtesy of GGLLatelier Courtesy of GGLLatelier Courtesy of GGLLatelier Courtesy of GGLLatelier

How Much Power Should The Public Have In Design Competitions?

The ongoing competition for the redevelopment of the landmark Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia has begun to raise some serious questions about the role of the public in architecture. The international competition, which narrowed down a total of 117 applicants to only 6 finalists, is due for completion in mid-2013. Each proposal will be put on display and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite design; what is raising eyebrows, however, is that the result of this public vote will be kept from the jury, who has the final say. The jury will not know what the public likes or dislikes when they place their own votes, and the public preference will only be revealed at the very end along with the jury's decision. 

Although there are pros and cons for keeping this information from the jury members, some Australians feel very strongly about their station - and you can certainly argue that they should have a greater say in its future.  

Read more about public participation in architecture after the break... 

Sandy High School / Dull Olson Weekes Architects

© Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee © Josh Partee

Choonwondang Oriental Clinic & Museum / Doojin Hwang Architects

  • Architects: Doojin Hwang Architects
  • Location: Seoul, Korea
  • Design Team: Hajeong Lim, Soohyun Kim, Sun Hur, Euijin Park
  • Area: 1882.52 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

HomeMade / Bureau de Change Design Office

© Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma © Eliot Postma

Le Temps Machine / Moussafir Architectes Associés

  • Architects: Moussafir Architectes Associés
  • Location: Parvis Miles Davis 49 Rue des Martyrs 37300 Joué-lès-Tours, Francia
  • Design Team: Jacques Moussafir with nicolas Hugoo, Alexis duquennoy, narumi Kang, sofie reynaert, Jérôme Hervé and Virginie Prie
  • Area: 1753.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Hervé Abbadie, Jérôme Ricolleau, Benoît Faure, Luc Boegly

© Hervé Abbadie © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau © Jérôme Ricolleau

Public library Ana María Matute / RSP arquitectos

  • Architects: RSP arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Comuneros de Castilla 30, Carabanchel, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Directors (Design & Construction): Alberto Arias Horas, Ana Maroto de Hoyos, JA Arias Horas
  • Design Team: JA Arias Horas, Ana Maroto de Hoyos, Alberto Arias Horas
  • Collaborators: Rene Cañada González, Inés Idzikowski Pérez, Laura Cuesta Hernández
  • Area: 3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alfredo Arias

© Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias © Alfredo Arias

'Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future' Event

As part of their Cultural Drivers event series, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be presenting the ‘Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future’ event from 6:30pm-8:00pm on February 25th.  Cities are increasingly defined by their civic spaces such as museums, theaters, libraries, parks, and cultural districts. Designers, public officials, and non-profit leaders from across the U.S. will share how their cultural facilities and civic spaces are re-energizing neighborhoods, spurring economic development, and responding to the needs of the community. For more information, please visit here.  

Padideh Kish Competition Winning Proposal / Shirdel and Associates Architects

The first prize winning proposal in the competition to design the masterplan of Padideh Kish, a destination resort in Kish Island, Iran, creates a fantastic and exciting place to improve and deepen the experience of a trip and remain in the mind of any visitor. Designed by Shirdel and Associates Architects, their idea of Padideh is a result of juxtaposition, the interaction and development of concepts where each one is dependent on the architectural achievements and architectural history of Iran. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'GROW YOUR CITY' Suburb of the Future Winning Proposal / Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter

Elkiær + Ebbeskov Arkitekter shared with us their winning proposal, titled ‘GROW YOUR CITY’, in the Suburb of the Future competition. The idea is not to reinvent the suburbs from scratch, but they believe that if one is able to identify their existing strengths and exceptional features, the areas sometimes referred to as “the fringes” may have the potential to become “the cutting edge”. Their design describes a modern area of suburban cultivation – “the Growth Zone” (Vækstzonen) – as a new residential quarter in the town of Nykøbing Falster. Its underlying notion is based on the broad links sweeping from countryside to seaside and on into the close-grained structure of the Danish fields and farmlands. More images and architects’ description after the break.