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In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination - The New York Times
A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote
roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders.
architecture  design  norway  travel  nytimes 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Eero Saarinen’s Michigan - The New York Times
The architect’s groundbreaking works gave him international prominence,
but his earliest architectural and design laboratory was in Michigan.
architecture  eerosaarinen  michigan  nytimes 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
An Architect and an Artist Walk Into a Barn - The New York Times
At the end of a dirt path, is a sight so unexpected that it feels as if it had descended from another world, quietly and without explanation: the country home of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, designed by his friend Frank Gehry.
tmagazine  caiguoqiang  frankgehry  architecture  home  newjersey 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All Time? -- New York Magazine
The building at 190 Bowery is a mystery: a graffiti-covered Gilded Age relic, with a beat-up wooden door that looks like it hasn’t been opened since La Guardia was mayor. A few years ago, that described a lot of the neighborhood, but with the Bowery Hotel and the New Museum, the Rogan and John Varvatos boutiques, 190 is now an anomaly, not the norm. Why isn’t some developer turning it into luxury condos?
190bowery  newyork  city  bowery  jaymaisel  realestate  home  architecture  housing  germaniabankbuilding  newyorkmagazine 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Terrazzo Jungle | The New Yorker
Fifty years ago, the mall was born. America would never be the same.
architecture  malls  shoppingmalls  thenewyorker  malcomgladwell  victorgruen 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A ‘Lost’ John Lautner House Is Found and Restored - The New York Times
Three years ago, Trina Turk, a fashion and housewares designer who channels the sunny optimism of California, logged onto the real estate website and felt her blood pressure spike. On that day, the site ran an item about a house designed by the late midcentury architect John Lautner that had mysteriously slipped off the radar for 65 years.
nytimes  johnlautner  architecture  losangeles  echopark  midcentury  houses 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Banham’s Los Angeles
In the documentary, Banham drives around LA assisted by an imaginary GPS guide called Baeda-Kar. He reflects on the city’s varied architecture and meets up with some of its residents to get a sense of its unique appeal. To compliment this very personal, documentary vision of Los Angeles, my audiovisual essay brings together images and sounds from fiction films made around the time Banham was carrying out his investigations. I draw on work by filmmakers who, like Banham, were outsiders, whether from other parts of the US (Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, Jonathan Kaplan, Ivan Dixon) or Europe (Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnès Varda, Jacques Deray). The attitude of these filmmakers toward LA, whilst by no means uncritical, was generally one of fascination, closely mirroring that of Banham. I use voiceover and musical extracts from the BBC documentary to both comment upon the images and to regulate the piece’s overall rhythm.
losangeles  film  california  reynerbanham  architecture  video  vimeo  pasqualelannone  videoessay 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Joshua Tree Midcentury Home Becomes Writer's Refuge - Curbed
A San Franciscan’s first home offers a sanctuary—and an opportunity to live slower
joshuatree  california  architecture  home 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Llano del Rio: The Ruins of LA’s Socialist Colony - Curbed LA
Colonists bought shares in the desert village and built it together by hand a century ago
llanodelrio  california  antelopevalley  socialism  socailistcolonies  architecture  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Elizabeth Gordon’s International Style - Curbed
The legendary 'House Beautiful' editor had a complicated relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright—and global design.
franklloydwright  elizabethgordon  curbed  architecture  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Meet Mary Colter, the Architect Who Conjured the Romance of the American West - Curbed
They rise along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, rough-hewn structures built mostly of stone and timber, so elemental, so rooted in their surroundings, that many visitors have mistaken them for remnants of pioneer days or prehistory. This was the intent of their creator, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958), one of America's earliest women architects and one of the first architects to give American buildings a site-specific sense of place. Yet few of the nearly five million people who visit Grand Canyon National Park every year are aware of Colter. No wonder she's been called "the best-known unknown architect in the national parks."
marycolter  architecture  nationalparks  grandcanyonnationalpark  curbed 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finding Mexico City, and Luis Barragán, Again - The New York Times
I was well aware that in my time away, Mexico City had changed in both good and bad ways. It had become an island of relative safety in a sea of narcoterrorism. It had become a necessary stopping-off point for culinary adventurers. It had evolved into a newly lustrous destination for the internationalized contemporary art elite, drawn by a thriving gallery scene and newly opened museums.
luisbarragan  nytimes  art  architecture  design  mexico  mexicocity 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The TWA Terminal at JFK Airport Is Being Turned Into a Hotel - The Atlantic
The TWA terminal at JFK airport was an icon of mid-century cool. Now it’s being reincarnated as a hotel.
design  architecture  jfkairport  twaterminal  midcentury  theatlantic 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Shanghai Dwellings Vanish, and With Them, a Way of Life - The New York Times
China’s Communist Party celebrated its 95th birthday this summer with a lavish First of July gala at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. In Shanghai, where the First National Congress took place in 1921, the occasion was noted in a more subdued way, with the promotion of a digital map of the important sites of the party’s heroic early years in foreign-occupied Shanghai.

A problem for anyone contemplating a real-life pilgrimage to the urban shrines of the Communist Party: Much of the historic city depicted on the virtual map has been wiped off the real map of Shanghai by two decades of breakneck development. The few remaining buildings, among them Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s modest tile-roofed mansion in the former French Concession, stand in the shadows of 30- or 40-story towers.
china  shanghai  development  architecture  history  communism  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Arcosanti, an Early Eco-City, Faces the Future
THE pilgrimage began with a black-and-white handbill on a campus bulletin board. At the top was a sketch of an ultramodern compound rising above a desert canyon: a city upon a hill.
nytimes  arcosanti  ecocity  architecture  design  arizona  paolosoleri 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Quest to Save LA's Century-Old Batchelder Tiles - Curbed
On the ground floor of a run-down, four-story building at 217 West 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles, on the block between South Broadway and South Spring, is one of the city's greatest interior-architecture treasures: an enchanting installation of custom tiles that renowned Pasadena artist and tile innovator Ernest Batchelder created for the Dutch Chocolate Shop one hundred years ago, in 1914.
ernestbatchelder  losangeles  curbed  interiordesign  architecture  california  southerncalifornia 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Folly of Santiago Calatrava’s WTC Station -- NYMag
Santiago Calatrava was commissioned to design an architectural extravagance at ground zero. He succeeded, an accomplishment that threatens to destroy his reputation.
santiagocalatrava  newyork  newyorkmagazine  design  architecture  publictransit 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA's Stately and Historic West Adams Boul...
West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still so many grand homes that have survived along the boulevard.
curbedla  history  architecture  walkingtour  losangeles  california  westadams 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Touring the Soriano-Designed Lukens House, Miraculously Back From the Near-Dead
When we first saw the Lukens House back in July 2010, it was, judging by photos, pretty well trashed, and had been abated as a nuisance and taken over by the city. Today it's been beautifully and sensitively restored and is making a very pleasant home for its new owner, real estate agent Mike Chapman (he moved in in November last year).
curbedla  architecture  design  losangeles  midcentury  renovation  lukenshouse 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Meet Mary Colter, the Architect Who Conjured the Romance of the American West
They rise along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, rough-hewn structures built mostly of stone and timber, so elemental, so rooted in their surroundings, that many visitors have mistaken them for remnants of pioneer days or prehistory. This was the intent of their creator, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958), one of America's earliest women architects and one of the first architects to give American buildings a site-specific sense of place
curbed  architecture  marycolter  americanwest  southwest 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Mt. Washington's Famed Modern Pilot House Asks $1.125M
Before architects A. Quincy Jones and Whitney Smith, and engineer Edgardo Contini went to work on Brentwood's renowned Modern architecture community Crestwood Hills, they built this aptly named Pilot House in Mt. Washington (itself an "architecturally blessed" enclave) to show "how well-designed homes could be built on steep hillside lots."
curbedla  realestate  architecture  mtwashington  losangeles  history 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Seven Leading Architects Defend the World’s Most Hated Buildings
Can the field’s top minds change the way we think about a doomed housing project in Naples or the most abhorred skyscraper in Paris? Allow them to try.
architecture  architects  nytimes 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
MidCentury Architecture
Celebrating the creative period of modern architecture between the end of WW2 and Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind…
blog  architecture  house  midcentury  modern 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
A New Whitney
No longer a fortress in an uneasy city, the Whitney Museum of American Art opens itself up to a changed New York, a glittery emblem signaling a definitive shift in the city’s social geography.
art  artmuseum  museum  whitneymuseum  architecture  nytimes  newyork 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Who Will Revive Old Hollywood's San Berdoo Resort Getaway?
The six-story Art Deco resort where Hollywood elites went in the '30s and '40s to honeymoon, enjoy the natural hot springs, and frolic in a wavy-edged pool is poised for a long-awaited revival in glorious San Bernardino, says the LA Times.
curbedla  losangeles  history  architecture 
february 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Newly discovered building remains may be linked to old LA Times offices
Construction and development towards the expansion of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles found a possible link to Los Angeles a century ago.
latimes  losangeles  california  downtown  kpcc  history  architecture 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Exploring Victorian Neighborhoods: Pasadena, California
In this series, we’ll explore Victorian neighborhoods across the country and around the world to learn about regional period architecture and local communities’ restoration and preservation efforts. First up is one of Southern California’s oldest communities: Pasadena.
pasadena  home  california  victorian  architecture 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Reimagining Recreation
There was a child went forth every day, / And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder, pity, love, or dread, that object he became, / And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1856
playgrounds  cabinetmagazine  newyork  recreation  urbanism  architecture 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, California 90031
losangeles  history  heritage  square  museum  highlandpark  tours  architecture 
april 2011 by brendanmcfadden
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