Built Nostalgia: Why Some Are Lamenting the Death of the Mall

Inside the now abandoned White Flint Mall. Image © Flikr CC License / Mike Kalasnik

We have all visited places that linger with us long after we leave them, often drawing us back through the memories we made there. When recalling this memory of place, however, we rarely consider malls to be evocative of such powerful emotional connections. A recent article from The Huffington Post argues that these common shopping centers can incite some of the deepest nostalgia. “Why I’m Mourning The Death Of A Mall” delves into the connection between malls and their inherent qualities of independence, community, and growth, and encourages us to view them from a different perspective, as our increasingly technology-centric society may make the mall a thing of the past. Read the article, here.

Early Gehry Building Reimagined as a Whole Foods Store

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One of Frank Gehry‘s earliest works, the former Rouse Company Headquarters, is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation that will see it converted into a Whole Foods market and community wellness center. The building, which Gehry dubbed an “elegant warehouse,” was designed in 1974 for developer James Rouse, who founded Columbia, Maryland in the 1960s. The developer behind the current renovation is The Howard Hughes Corp, a Dallas based company that now serves as the master developer of Columbia.

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‘Conflict and Convergence: Urban informality in Latin America’ Symposium

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Presented by the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the ’Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America‘ Symposium aims to explore how recent experiences in cities such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others, can serve as examples for multidisciplinary models to urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world. Taking place October 4th at 5:00pm until October 5th at 10:00am, the event will bring together participants representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and seeks to generate a conversation between professionals and academics to analyze the goals, methods, achievements and opportunities in Latin America. For more information, please visit here.

John and Frances Angelos Law Center / Behnisch Architekten + Ayers Saint Gross

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Architects: Behnisch Architekten, Ayers Saint Gross
Location: 1401 N. Charles Street, , MD USA
Client: University of Baltimore
Gross Area: 18.0123 m2 / 194.000 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten

The Johns Hopkins Hospital / Perkins+Will

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The new facility designed by Perkins+Will for the John Hopkins Hospital in , approaches the design as a total experience of healing that includes architecture and urban design.  The project proposes to redefine the hospital experience with The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, whose goal is to emphasize transformative patient-centric care.

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Wissioming2 / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: Maryland,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Completed: November 2011
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer


NaCl House / David Jameson Architect

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Architects: David Jameson Architect Inc. – Ron Southwick
Location: , Maryland,
Area: 450 sqm
Site Area: 0.52 acres
Completion: November, 2011
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Corgan & SOM Team Wins GSA Design Competition for the Social Security Administration National Support Center

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Corgan Associates, Inc., and its design partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) the design of the new Social Security Administration (SSA) National Support Center (NSC) as part of the Hensel Phelps Design-Build team. Located in Northeast Maryland, the new 280,000 ft2 office and data center will replace the existing outdated National Computer Center with a high-performance sustainable design that is expected to achieve LEED® GOLD Certification from the Green Building Council (USGBC). Continue reading for more information.

Studio Addition / Bohl Architects

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Architect: Bohl Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Chip Bohl
Consultants: Berliner Construction Co., Inc.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Ron Solomon, Bohl Architects

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center / GWWO Architects

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Architects: GWWO Architects
Location: Baltimore, Maryland,
Exhibit Planning & Design: Haley Sharpe Design
Civil Engineering: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Landscape Architecture: Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineering: Henry Adams, LLC
Structural Engineering: Faisant Associates Inc.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 17,655 sqf
Photographs: Robert Creamer,

Crab Creek House / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
Location: , , USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey, Associate AIA
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hoachlander Davis Photography


Peterson Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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Architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA
Location: Chevy Chase, ,
Project Architect: Claire L. Andreas
Contractor:  Peterson and Collins Inc.
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Landscape Architect: Lila Fendrick Landscape
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Creative Alliance Cafe / PI.KL Studio and Kroiz Architecture

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The Café at the Creative Alliance is the last piece of a 10-year redevelopment of the former Patterson Theater into an urban arts center and community anchor. Budget constraints and the challenge of actually fitting a commercial kitchen, bar and dining room into the remaining 1,300 sqf had delayed the build-out of the space for almost a decade and a successful design relied on formal restraint and an opportunistic attitude to all possibilities.

Architects: PI.KL Studio & Kroiz Architecture
Location: , MD
Project Area: 1,300 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Norscode

Salop Gelman Residence / Travis Price Architects

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Architects: Travis Price Architects – Travis Price, Patrick Swift
Location: , MD, USA
Project Manager: Diego Balagna
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Kenneth M. Wyner

HUIS-JCMZ / Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

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Building on the foundations of a former Colonial residence demolished to realize this new pavilion, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture worked collaboratively with owner Johannes Zutt to create a 2,500 sqf house they envisioned as “a city in the garden.” Zutt, a peripatetic Dutch national, desired a modern domestic space with open plan living and minimalist detailing recalling the European architecture of Luigi Snozzi, Rem Koolhaas, and Pierre Chareau. Rooms are arranged within the house to form public and private spaces in the same manner that buildings are arranged in an urban setting to create streets, plazas, and alleys. The result is a contemporary dwelling designed using rigorous programming and critical logic to carefully evaluate the function and efficiency of every element within the home.

Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland,
Project Team: John K. Burke (AIA), Todd Ray (AIA, LEED-AP), Raymond Curtis (Assoc. AIA), Amy Krosnowski, Alexander S. Coll, Jonathan Chung
Contractor: Glass Construction Company
Structural Engineer: Ehlert Bryan Inc.
MEP Engineer: Metropolitan Engineering Inc.
Project Area: 3,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Maxwell Mackenzie

Wissioming Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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This house located in , Maryland is sited on a heavily wooded lot overlooking the Potomac River. stands as a rare enclave of modern houses in suburban Washington, DC. The new house occupies the footprint of a pre-existing house in an effort to minimally disturb the site, removing no mature hardwoods in the process. A new swimming pool is suspended twenty feet above grade to further reduce the impact to the steeply sloping site.

Architects: Robert Gurney Architect
Location: Glen Echo, Maryland,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: Bloom Builders
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer

Harkavy Residence / Robert Gurney Architect

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This house of 2,900 sqf is located on a one acre, wooded lot, adjacent to park land outside of Washington, DC. The house is sited away from the road and oriented toward views deep into the woods. The sequence of entry is defined by a series of walls, intended to privatize and delineate the approach and entry into the house. The walls, garage volume and house become a threshold between the road and the wooded parkland.

Architects: Robert M. Gurney
Location: Potomac, ,
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Contractor: John Thompson
Interior Designer: Therese Baron Gurney, ASID
Engineer: D. Anthony Beale LLC
Project Area: 2,900 sqf
Photographs: Anice Hoachlander | HD Photo

Glenbrook Residence / David Jameson Architect

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Shaped largely by the site, the Glenbrook Residence is conceptually a courtyard inserted between two heavy walls. Threading the walls through the treescape to create distinct yet connected structures allows the house to be divided spatially into the most public, most private and a living pavilion that can become either or both. The residual in-between spaces create outdoor rooms that engage the building.

Architects: David Jameson Architect
Location: Bethesda, , USA
Principal: David Jameson, FAIA
Project Architect: Ron Southwick
Contractor: Accent General Contracting, Inc.
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Paul Warchol Photography