Archive for the ‘History/Preservation’ Category

August 07 2014

Countless Underutilized Buildings in Athens, Greece

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

If one marked Athens’ empty and abandoned buildings in Google Earth, they would see little black spots in extremely high density. There is a large number of “dead shells” inside the city’s structured tissue, a phenomenon that always surprises foreign visitors. This issue is something that the Dutch architect Martin Knight has stressed, when he […]

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August 06 2014

Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France

August 6th, 2014Posted by 

After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested French cities, as well as communities from six other countries, are taking up the struggle again. Working in accordance with a mandatory timeline, they submitted their request to the Committee of French […]

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August 05 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Olivia Dolan in Cork City, Ireland

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

I’ve been in Cork since 2012. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to both study and work here and it has opened a lot of opportunities for me. My main interests lie in up-cycling and small start-up businesses and how they are developing in Cork City. In Cork there are a number of small businesses […]

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August 05 2014

The Prominent Goulandris Museum Under Construction in Athens, Greece

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

Towards the end of 2016 the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vasili’s and Eliza’s Goulandri is expected to be ready on Eratosthenous Street in the Pangrati area. Work on the museum began in 2013 and aims at transforming the shell of the three-story classical building with an addition in height into an elegant and functional […]

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July 31 2014

In Montreal, A Different Way of Looking at Historic Preservation

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

How far do we have to go in order to protect our urban heritage without turning our cities into soulless museums? In the aftermath of the demolition of the Redpath House, a Montreal architectural gem, the scientific director of the Canadian research chair in urban heritage of UQAM, Lucie K. Morisset, speaks out. And these […]

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July 30 2014

Impact of Tourism in the Italian Art Cities: Venice, Florence, & Rome

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Il Bel Paese, the Beautiful Country, is distinctly used to describe Italy. It is indeed a gifted country, with a notable natural environment, a mild climate and a prominent cultural heritage. Therefore, its status among the most visited countries not only in Europe, but worldwide, is not a surprise. Tourists arrive to admire the artwork of Michelangelo and Da […]

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July 29 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Mobilizes to Preserve Cultural Spaces

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a great deal of political mobilization, the Fine Arts Cinema reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the traditional corner of Rua da Consolação and Avenida Paulista. Faced with pressures from the owner, who raised the value of the rental property, the cinema ended its activities in March 2011. Since […]

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July 24 2014

The Waterworks Museum Finally Shines in Thessaloniki, Greece

July 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the exception of Thessaloniki’s students, who have all visited the Waterworks Museum at least once, the space remains quite unknown for the majority of citizens. Despite the fact that there are many people who have heard about it, almost none of them have ever been to the museum. It is not surprising that the taxi […]

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July 23 2014

Hacking the City: “Explore Everything” Book Review

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

There is a feeling among many people that the city is built for others, that we may look at it but may not touch it, the spatial equivalent of an artifact in a glass case in a museum. (162) Explore Everything documents the adventures of Bradley Garrett, an urban explorer and researcher at the University […]

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July 23 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Kunal Matikiti in Melbourne, Australia

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

My internship at The Grid has been nothing short of amazing, particularly in how it challenged me to see and experience Melbourne in ways that I previously did not know. Working with The Grid provided the necessary motivation to explore the city, seeking the understanding of the city’s problems and successes. While working at an architecture firm at the same time as my internship, […]

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July 23 2014

The New Bierger-Center of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: Drawing From the Past

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On Monday, June 30, the new Bierger-Center in Luxembourg City’s Guillaume Square officially opened its doors. The transformation, renovation, and expansion of this historically significant group of structures was done by STEINMETZDEMEYER architects and the engineers of InCA Ingénieurs Conseils Associés (general coordination) through intelligent and subtle dialogue with contemporary styles. Alternately a sanctuary for the Dominicans […]

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July 22 2014

“Acropole Palace” Transforms into a Cultural Haven in Athens, Greece

July 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Permanent and temporary exhibitions, a digital library, activities associated with modern culture, a gift shop and a restaurant with great views of the entire city of Athens are expected to be housed at the former hotel, “Acropole Palace,” after its restoration. The historic building, which is expected to be open for the public by the end of 2015, […]

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July 21 2014

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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July 18 2014

Poised for Redevelopment: Boland’s Mill at Grand Dock in Dublin, Ireland

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

Boland’s Bakery Mill is located at the intersection of Barrow Street and Pearce Street beside Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock. This area has recently become one of the most popular locations in Ireland for domestic and international companies to establish offices. Facebook and Google are just some of the recent additions to the area, resulting in […]

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July 18 2014

How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

Two super-hospitals (MUHC and CHUM) are under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research. Their development will combine several major hospitals onto their two sites, rendering many historic buildings vacant and left […]

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July 17 2014

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S., the National and Gunther Breweries, once operating in Baltimore, have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing […]

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July 17 2014

Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

Montreal, the city of a thousand church steeples? In order not to lose this identity which is intrinsic to its history, at a time when most churches are emptying out for lack of a secure future, the Quebec Religious Heritage Council (CPRQ) has published six portraits of the sacred sites that have been converted. This […]

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July 16 2014

Places of Non-Catholic Worship in Florence, Italy: Where Do Other Faithfuls Pray?

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

Florence is a city whose character has been dominated by Catholicism since the Middle-Ages. Throughout the years, religion has played a significant role in many aspects of its social life. Culturally and artistically, the city initially developed under the Papal Influence. This strong relationship becomes obvious also in an urban realm: Catholic churches are the […]

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July 16 2014

San Francisco’s de Young Museum: “Smart” or Not?

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

When considering building materials, what do you think of? Glass, steel, concrete, stone, wood, and some subtleties in between? The utilization of these materials in a building, act as a palette for the designer, giving life or another dimension to the structure. But what if these materials could reach beyond their static existence and give […]

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July 14 2014

Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination. In our geography books, we are shown heaped up shelters made of waste material extending out of sight. In the media, we most often associate them with violence and the dominance […]

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