Archive for the ‘History/Preservation’ Category

June 23 2015

The Purpose of Geomancy in the Purple City of Hue, Vietnam

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In the centre of Vietnam sits a small city with immense historic significance. Here collide the defining ingredients of Vietnam’s contemporary character, those engendered by its rich and chaotic history. The romantic Imperial past, the influence of French colonialism, the devastation of a generation-long war, Marxist ideology, and capitalist pragmatism have all played their part […]

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June 23 2015

Lyon, France’s 12th Century Grand Hospital Undergoing Adaptive Reuse

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In April 2015, they were talking about a 250 million euro sale. Agricultural Credit Insurances announced the purchase of Lyon’s Grand Hospital by Eiffage. No monetary amount was defined for the transaction. The BTP group will pursue the vast construction site for the conversion of the old hospital bought in 2010 by the Civil Hospices of […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

Historic Mayfair Hotel Comes Down in Kitchener, Canada. What’s Next?

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, a prominent building in Downtown Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) was demolished after inspectors deemed it unsafe. The sight was not, however, unfamiliar. After the demolition of Old City Hall and Barra Castle, Mayfair Hotel may seem a small issue in comparison. The Mayfair was not necessarily known for its rich architectural value. What […]

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June 11 2015

Metelkova Mesto, the Autonomous Squat at the Heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia

June 11th, 2015Posted by 

“Metelkova is different,” says Ilina, a dreadlocked Macedonian art student living in Slovenia. “It’s not just an alternative cultural district in the capital – it’s the capital of alternative culture. Outside of Rome, where else can you find a city inside a city?” From the first-floor window of the art gallery she works in – […]

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June 10 2015

Developer Foresaw the Untapped Potential of “The Delmar Loop” in St. Louis, Missouri

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

After graduating from Duke University in 1972, Joe Edwards returned home to St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that he opened Blueberry Hill, a restaurant, bar, and live music venue. Edwards specifically selected its location on Delmar Boulevard, a retail area locally known as “The Loop” that was named for the streetcar which used to […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 02 2015

In France, Discovery of 13th Century Murals Spur Poitiers Cathedral’s Restoration

June 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Three years after the unexpected discovery of monumental decorative paintings at Poitiers Cathedral, Poitier, France, a preservation effort is underway. The perception of the building will be transformed. Perched on staggered scaffolding and concealed behind an immaculate canvas, a restoration team is ready to start work on Poitiers Cathedral’s southern transept. Scalpel in hand, the team is operating meticulously […]

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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 19 2015

Controversy Surrounds Whether “Brest the Grey” Will Transform into A City of Colors

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

Brest, France is often known as “Brest the White” or “Brest the Grey.” But what if these qualifiers were to become obsolete one day? It is possible that things are moving a bit in that direction. This month, the subject of coloring the city was at the center of an ambitious meeting at the Mac-Orlan Center. […]

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May 19 2015

Creil, France’s “Nelson Mandela Footbridge” Increases Community’s Soft Circulation

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

From now on, it is possible to go across the “Nelson Mandela” footbridge in Creil, Northern France. The bridge opened to the public in mid-June. After two years, the construction work is finally over. Two years of technical headache, custom fabrication of parts, fine-tuning, ballasting, key stoning, and more. The result: a suspended bridge, exclusively […]

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May 12 2015

ArchiTerre Festival 2015 in Adrar, Algeria Supports Ancestral Construction Techniques

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

One idea that is much discussed at the Information/Awareness Days for the 4th international ArchiTerre festival is the use of local materials in future construction projects. The festival, which promotes earthen architecture, took place at Ahmed Draia University in Adrar, Algeria. According to Abdelhamid Benouali from the National Center for Integrated Construction Research and Studies (CNERIB), […]

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May 11 2015

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campus Cherishes its Architectural Roots

May 11th, 2015Posted by 

Many universities in the United States work hard to preserve their campuses’ historic architecture. In fact, many schools cherish their old buildings so much that it even plays a part in their recruitment programs. The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota is no exception, boasting some of the finest and historic academic buildings […]

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May 07 2015

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse’s 150th Birthday

May 7th, 2015Posted by 

With its resplendent marble museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district. But the five kilometre long promenade, which recently celebrated its 150th […]

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May 01 2015

Street Artists Destroying Their Work: The Fate of Street Art in Kitchener, Canada

May 1st, 2015Posted by 

Street art and graffiti started as a movement of the oppressed that sought to spread political messages or reclaim space. However, as the art form has gained currency with young money, there is a growing trend of marketers trying to use street art to sell their products. Just like authentic mom and pop Mexican food […]

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April 30 2015

Thủ Thiêm Wetland of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Become Central Business District

April 30th, 2015Posted by 

How big is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? Any newcomer to this sprawling conurbation would be forgiven for thinking it infinite, especially if they find themselves in the labyrinthine, haphazard sprawl of its periphery. In reality of course, the city (known to most locals by its historical name, Saigon) has its limits, even if those […]

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April 30 2015

The California Environmental Quality Act’s Effect on Development in Los Angeles

April 30th, 2015Posted by 

The California Environmental Quality Act, commonly referred to as CEQA, is a state law that requires all agencies to identify and mitigate significant environmental impacts caused by their proposed projects. Ronald Reagan enacted CEQA back in 1970, when he was the Governor of California. Undoubtedly, the creation of CEQA goes hand in hand with the […]

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April 27 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Historic Stone Arch Bridge Offers a Story of Revitalization

April 27th, 2015Posted by 

The historic Stone Arch Bridge spans 2,100 feet across the width of the Mississippi River and connects the East Bank near the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus to downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Completed as a railway bridge in 1883, this structure has remained an iconic beacon of Minneapolis for over a century. It is now a […]

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April 16 2015

Montreal, Quebec’s Théâtre de Verdure Closed for Second Season Due to Disrepair

April 16th, 2015Posted by 

Once upon a time, there was a treasure located in the heart of one of the most beautiful parks in Montreal, Canada. A treasure with an uncertain future. This jewel is the Théâtre de Verdure. This open air stage can accommodate 3,000 spectators in an oasis nested very close to the La Fontaine Park pond […]

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