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State Supreme Court Upholds Architecture's Legal Right to be Ugly

16:00 - 16 January, 2017
State Supreme Court Upholds Architecture's Legal Right to be Ugly, © Pixabay user Skeeze. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain
© Pixabay user Skeeze. Licensed under CC0 Public Domain

The Supreme Court of Vermont has ruled that architecture is legally allowed to be ugly.

The judgement was made in response to lawsuits filed by Vermont residents against several planned solar developments, claiming that the “unsightliness” of the panels was damaging to their property values.

But the court found that ugliness alone does not qualify as nuisance under state law, citing a long-standing rule barring private lawsuits based solely on aesthetic criticism.

Shelburne Museum / Ann Beha Architects

13:00 - 29 October, 2011
Courtesy of Ann Beha Architects
Courtesy of Ann Beha Architects

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Ann Beha Architects’ design for Shelburne’s new center for art and education establishes a striking presence along Vermont’s Route 7. This project is part of the Museum’s $14M capital campaign. Construction is tentatively planned to start next year with the center opening in 2013.

Call For Applications: Festival for Lively Architectures 2012

07:00 - 23 September, 2011
© Champ Libre pour le FAV
© Champ Libre pour le FAV

On the occasion to the 7th Festival of the Lively Architectures in Montpelier, Champ Libre association throws a call for applications to realize 10 interventions.

The Festival is part of the city heart of Montpellier; it will take place in the heart of Montpellier and more specifically in the courtyards of certain town house. At the same time it will be proposed a course to the visitors, goes out of architectural discovery in the city heart. Deadline for all submissions is December 15th. More information after the break.