Archive for the ‘History/Preservation’ Category

May 15 2014

Static Exteriors & Historical Preservation in Wengen, Switzerland

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Just like energy, space is not created. It is something that already exists but can be transformed. As architects, it is our job to create a sense of place from an existing environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wengen, Switzerland, where designers must work with the existing housing stock due to the building […]

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May 15 2014

Architects and the War: “Architecture in Uniform. Planning and Constructing for WWII” in Paris

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

What were architects working on during WWII, and how did this affect the history of their discipline? Returning to this question, the current exhibition at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine shows both how this period inscribed itself in the long history of architecture and how it brought on consequences for the twentieth century. […]

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May 14 2014

The Italian Notte Bianca and its Connection to the 1960′s Italian Radical Architecture

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

The 1960’s was a rather revolutionary period for worldwide architecture. The ideas of the modernists for a single, unified approach in architecture had started to be questioned, and new movements begun to arise in all parts of the word. One of the most important among them was the radical architecture movement in Italy, expressed by […]

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May 13 2014

The Archaeological Site of Philippi, Greece in UNESCO’s Monuments List?

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

According to an affirmation by the Ministry of Culture to the Municipality of Kavala, Greece, the archaeological site of Philippi is going to be the next nominee for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The science working group of Kavala’s Municipality, in cooperation with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has prepared all the required documents. The equivalent preparations […]

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May 12 2014

Melbourne: A Culturally Segregated Melting Pot?

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

African specific food outlets are popping up all over Footscray A recent conversation with an esteemed Australian gave me some perspective on the issue of segregation in multicultural communities. Melbourne is one such community. The country of Australia has a distinct history of immigration that makes up the thriving population today. Immigrants have built themselves […]

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May 09 2014

What Direction has Nairobi’s Densification Taken?

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi has witnessed a gradual transformation over the last decade. This is the change from what were single unit houses to high-rise buildings, of several stories, like office blocks and multi-story apartments. The increasing urban population has created an increased demand for housing and office space. This has put pressure on the […]

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May 08 2014

The Extraordinary Character of Former Refugee Houses in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

As distinctive examples of Modern architecture, the former refugee houses in Athens can be described as the prelude to the city’s contemporary urban development. Although they have earned a place in Modern Greek history, nowadays these buildings struggle to maintain their existence. The 1920′s forced displacement of the Greek population from Asia Minor to Greece […]

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May 08 2014

Open House Worldwide Movement Finally Exhibited in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

Open House has been organized to take place in Athens. However, the issue is why it took so long. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. During the crisis, people finally realized the lack of urban awareness and turned to initiatives, like Open House. In the present case, the twice successful Open House in Thessaloniki […]

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May 07 2014

Contemporary Architecture for Place Saint-Michel in Rennes, Brittany, France

May 7th, 2014Posted by 

The consequences of the fire of June 21, 2010, during the Fête de la Musique, are still visible. But not for much longer: a new construction project of 15 to 20 housing units and a future business space of 150m2 are planned for the same location. The reconstruction has taken some time owing to the […]

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May 06 2014

Between Old and New: Historical Redevelopment in Buenos Aires

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

Buenos Aires, like many cities, is currently confronting a housing crisis. Its situation has been caused mainly by economic speculation and real estate market bubbles bursting. Putting it in simple terms: there’s not enough social housing for the people moving to our city, even while the real estate market is unable to sell off a […]

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May 06 2014

Staying with Tradition, in Tzoumerka, Greece – with a Modern Twist

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

The architectural office XT has designed an addition to an old stone building in the area Tzoumerka in Ipiros, Greece. The building is located in a privileged plot with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The building is not a main residence. The architect’s aim was to integrate the house into its environment, maintaining the traditional […]

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May 05 2014

Moroccan Architecture to be Showcased at the Venice Biennale of Architecture

May 5th, 2014Posted by 

The Venice Biennale will take place, and a heterogeneous public of thousands of professionals will cross paths. Journalists, government officials, and public and private contractors will all be there. It is also a place with a strong presence of event-focused communication in the form of expositions, conferences, colloquiums, and theme evenings. Architecture will hold the […]

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May 02 2014

Revitalization and the Decline of Public Art in the Nation’s Capital

May 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Washington, D.C. is a dichotomous city. This is reflected everywhere you look, including in the public works of art scattered through neighborhoods both old and new; from formal statues and sculptures, to the murals that seem as if they were strewn throughout the city at random. It is available to all, free of charge. But […]

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May 01 2014

Wengen, Switzerland Maintains its Architectural Traditions, But Why?

May 1st, 2014Posted by 

In Wengen, Switzerland, nearly all the buildings resemble traditional Swiss chalets. In one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world, the rural architecture has been left in the middle ages. Housing design has not visibly progressed over the last hundred years. Traditional chalets are a common style among mountain villages, which could […]

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April 30 2014

Modern Florence Remains The City of Renaissance – But What About Other Eras?

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Historic cities that have been continuously inhabited through the current day, usually bear apparent evidence of their past in their urban grid. In large capital cities like Athens or Rome an observer can easily read the evolution of the city in discrete layers. The different historic realities coexist with the noisy modern everyday life. Unlike […]

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April 30 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

I was standing precariously on the edge of the sidewalk trying to get some good images of the buses in Lima, Peru, when I noticed that most of them were lopsided, tilting slightly to one side, a detail I had never noticed before. While taking pictures of an old cinema that had been turned into […]

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April 30 2014

Dubliners Agree with Huffington’s List of “World’s Top 10 Most Disappointing Tourist Destinations”

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Temple Bar is one of the oldest parts of Dublin. The quarter is located directly adjacent to Wood Quay, one of the most significant Viking settlements ever discovered. Temple Bar is filled with history including the first performance of the “Hallelujah!” Chorus of Handel’s Messiah in 1741 on Fishamble Street at the west end of […]

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April 23 2014

Why There Are No Trees in the Place du Pantheon or on Rue Soufflot in Paris, France

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On March 8th, 2014 the Parti Socialiste’s candidate for the mayorship of Paris announced her redevelopment project for the Place du Panthéon, a square that she considers to be “isolated” and “inaccessible!” Anne Hidalgo intends to plant trees all along Rue Soufflot and in the Panthéon’s very square in order to “arrange shady spaces,” which […]

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April 23 2014

5 Years After the Formation of Nairobi’s “Friends of Karura Forest”

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Urban forests are a vital component of a city. They play an important role in maintaining the natural balance in urban areas. The social, psychological, recreational, and economic benefits of these forests are innumerable. However, of greater importance is the cooling urban heat island effect and climate moderation effects that these environmental ecosystems provide, resulting […]

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April 18 2014

Redeveloped Denver Union Station Shows Priority for Regional Transportation

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into the anchor of the Denver region’s expanding transportation network. It will be the Grand Central Station of the West, a signal once and for all […]

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