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Weekend edition: Notre Dame, Jeanne Gang, Harvard, and more

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Missed some of this week’s architecture news, or our tweets and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy! Here’s what saved the Notre Dame Cathedral from total destruction Though a battered version of its former self, Notre Dame still stands today largely because its 226-foot twin bell towers […]

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The Editors

The Cursed Architecture Twitter feed showcases the best of the worst

14 hours 27 minutes ago

What drives the internet’s (perhaps morbid) obsession with bad design? Strange angles, melting paint, oddly-placed and vaguely threatening toilets, signage that hinders rather than helps, stairs to nowhere, and misplaced windows have all caused digital rubbernecking. Whether it’s critiquing the bric-a-brac nature of suburban homes assembled by the nouveau-riche in McMansion Hell, or posting abject […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Atlanta amps up its entertainment industry with 27-acre Pullman Yard development

15 hours 15 minutes ago

There’s a blighted train depot east of downtown Atlanta that’s getting the Hollywood treatment. In an upcoming $100 million mixed-use project, the historic Pullman Yard in the Kirkwood neighborhood will transform from a 27-acre underutilized industrial site into a new “creative city” for the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by the site’s new owner, Atomic Entertainment, the […]

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Sydney Franklin

NYC Council passes sweeping building emission legislation

1 day 3 hours ago

Some of New York’s tallest towers are doing the most harm to the environment. Although buildings larger than 25,000 square feet only represent two percent of the city’s stock, according to the Urban Green Council that minority is responsible for up to half of all building emissions. Now the New York City Council is finally cracking […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Dominique Perrault reflects on the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

1 day 4 hours ago

Notre Dame, the heart of the heart of Paris, treasure of the Île de la Cité, has just suffered one of the most trying moments in its long history. Across all lands and cultures of the world, this drama leaves us speechless, touching the hearts and arresting the gaze of everyone. It reminds us all […]

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Jack Balderrama Morley

Hand-crafted bricks add visual depth to this French music school

1 day 4 hours ago

Brought to you with support from Located on a prominent site within the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 20 miles from the center of Paris, the Elancourt Music School is a weighty two-story structure clad in hand-made bricks that stagger to create a series of apertures to illuminate interior spaces. The nearly 10,000-square-foot project was designed by […]

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Matthew Marani

St. Patrick’s Cathedral also potentially threatened by fire this week

1 day 13 hours ago

In the wake of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, cities around the world are surely taking note on how to best preserve and protect local architectural landmarks. In New York, two highly-trafficked churches, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, have already come under closer watch. Vice News reported that on […]

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Sydney Franklin

Albright-Knox Art Gallery reveals new expansion renderings

1 day 16 hours ago

OMA’s expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is continuing apace and has gained a new collaborator: Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and his art and architecture workshop, Studio Other Spaces (SOS). The $160 million AK360 expansion project—up from what was originally $80 million—was first announced back in 2016 when the art institution […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Robots and poetry come alive at Black Imagination conference

1 day 17 hours ago

On a humid, gray morning at Princeton in a cubic glass pavilion in a robot arm–equipped garage, architect Mario Gooden sat on a stool silently while discordant sounds emanated from two televisions flanking him that played images, barely visible under the sun streaming in through the translucent walls. Us viewers sat on the benches wrapping […]

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Drew Zeiba

“Pan Americas” conference looks at architectural relationships across a hemisphere

1 day 19 hours ago

Earlier this month a dozen or so Latin American architects gathered at The City College of New York (CCNY) Spitzer School of Architecture for a “Pan Americas” conference. A few colleagues from New York joined them, including CCNY professor Michael Sorkin, who gave an impassioned speech about the poorly compensated resource extractions imposed on Central […]

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Jack Balderrama Morley

Sigfried Giedion gets a fresh look in new book

2 days 3 hours ago

Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture Reto Geiser GTA Verlag $85.00 Was it an ironic coincidence or part of the modern movement’s DNA that the heroic architectural avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s was accompanied, promoted, and memorialized by historians even as protagonists like Walter Gropius vaunted breaking the shackles of history? […]

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Jack Balderrama Morley

Here’s what saved the Notre Dame Cathedral from total destruction

2 days 4 hours ago

The world watched in total shock on Monday evening as a devastating fire ravaged parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. For a moment it looked like the French landmark might be lost completely, but firefighters acted quickly to save the 850-year-old Gothic church. Though a battered version of its former self, Notre Dame […]

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Sydney Franklin

Sarah Whiting chosen as next dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design

2 days 13 hours ago

Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice University School of Architecture, has been named the next permanent dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Whiting, an educator and practicing architect through her firm WW Architecture, will take over for Mohsen Mostafavi on July 1 of this year. Whiting has served as the dean at […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Jeanne Gang makes the 2019 TIME 100 list

2 days 15 hours ago

TIME magazine has released its list of 2019’s most influential people, and Studio Gang founder and 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang was the only architect to be included. “Jeanne Gang has the WOW factor,” wrote actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, who nominated Gang to the list. “Her stunning Aqua, in Chicago, is the tallest […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Facades+ Boston will dive into the trends reshaping the city

2 days 16 hours ago

Brought to you with support from On June 25, Facades+ is returning to Boston for the fourth year in a row. The conference, organized by The Architect’s Newspaper, is a full-day event split between a morning symposium and an afternoon of workshops led by top AEC practitioners. Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA), a Boston-based firm with […]

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Matthew Marani

France launches an international competition to rebuild Notre Dame’s spire

2 days 17 hours ago

After the Notre Dame Cathedral tragically caught fire earlier this week, it seemed that work to rebuild what was lost could take decades. However, in a televised address last night, French president Emmanuel Macron declared that he would be pushing an ambitious five-year schedule and would be reopening the cathedral in time for the 2024 […]

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Jonathan Hilburg

Amazon may have canceled its NYC headquarters, but its footprint is everywhere

2 days 18 hours ago

For many of the people opposed to Amazon establishing a second headquarters (HQ2) in Queens, New York, casting the company into total exile was never the point. At its heart, opposition lay with the terms of the deal that wooed the company—its massive tax incentives, the process that had created the deal (without input or […]

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Ingrid Burrington

Hank Willis Thomas creates 25-foot-tall Afro pick for 5th Avenue

3 days 3 hours ago

A new 25-foot-tall statue of an Afro pick now stands outside The Africa Center in East Harlem, New York. All Power to All People, created by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, was erected last Friday in its temporary location on 5th Avenue. Designed in collaboration with the Kindred Arts cultural equity initiative, the steel sculpture […]

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Sydney Franklin

Jason Long and Shohei Shigematsu plot inventive works across California

3 days 4 hours ago

Although the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been in business for decades and keeps a steadily growing constellation of offices around the globe, the firm has, until recently, had a relatively modest profile on the American West Coast. But things are changing. As West Coast cities pursue new building efforts—including new neighborhoods, ecologically sensitive […]

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Antonio Pacheco

Chinese blogger pays penalty after claiming ZHA complex has bad feng shui

3 days 13 hours ago

Chinese real estate developer SOHO China has won a 200,000 yuan—nearly $30,000—libel case against a blogger who wrote that the Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)-designed Wangjing SOHO was bringing bad luck to its tenants. In November of last year, a blog run by Zhuhai Shengun Network Technology wrote that the triple-building office complex in Beijing had […]

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Jonathan Hilburg
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