Happy Birthdays, Eliel & Eero Saarinen!

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Perhaps the most famous father-son duo in the architectural world, Eliel and Eero Saarinen share more than just a last name. The two designers both left profound influences upon the cities where they did their work, both were awarded AIA Gold Medals, and, rather uncannily, both share the very same date of birth.

But, when it comes to their architectural stylings, that’s where the comparisons end. Eliel Saarinen (1873 – 1950), was known in his native Finland for his art nouveau-inspired works (a style later christened as Finnish National Romanticism), culminating in the Helsinki Central railway station.

Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), however, gained fame as one of the leaders of the International Style, designing curvy landmarks that transformed the American landscape. We at ArchDaily have featured many of his projects as AD Classics: the David S. Ingalls Skating Rink ,Miller House, the MIT Chapel, and, even more famously, the TWA TerminalDulles International Airport (named by PBS as one of the 10 buildings that changed America), and St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. The exhibition : A Reputation for Innovation, which opened in April 2013 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, presented two key projects by Saarinen: the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art, which was to be Washington DC’s first museum of modern art, and Dulles International Airport, which was designed as the nation’s first jet airport. 

Architecture City Guide: Columbus

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to Columbus; Indiana that is. We have already made the trip to Columbus, Ohio. This lesser known Columbus only has a population of 44,000 people, but for what it lacks in size it makes up in architecture. Columbus, perhaps, has more notable modern architecture buildings per capita than any city in the United States. In fact, it was much harder narrowing the list down to 12 projects than finding enough for the city guide. With the buildings not on the list, it will be impossible to please everyone. Notably our list doesn’t even include Romaldo Giurgola’s Columbus East High School, Cesar Pelli’s Commons Centre and Mall, and ’s Republic Newspaper Building. Take a look at the 12 on our list and add your favorites in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Columbus list and corresponding map after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a starchitect if s/he hasn’t designed something in Minneapolis. Since 2005 the starchitects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and . This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people. Few cities of this size could boast as much. What’s more our list of 12 is far from complete. There are many wonderful historic and contemporary buildings mixed in with the explosion of starchitecture. Please leave comments of buildings one should not miss when visiting Minneapolis.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis list and corresponding map after the break!