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Chris Pratt Isn't the Only One Tearing Down Famous Homes

It's part of a larger trend of razing historic houses to erect McMansions, per 'WaPo'

(Newser) - Chris Pratt and his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, recently created quite a stir after buying, then demolishing , the Zimmerman House, a famous midcentury home in Los Angeles. Kriston Capps says that's nothing too out of the ordinary, however, writing for the Washington Post that it's part of a "...

Chris Pratt Knocks Down Famed LA House

1950 Zimmerman House was razed to make room for mansion

(Newser) - It's not just the demolition of a famed, midcentury modern house in Los Angeles that has people upset. The landscaping by Garrett Eckbo that accompanied the 1950 building in the Brentwood neighborhood was praiseworthy, having been featured in Progressive Architecture magazine. Both are gone now, the Guardian reports. Actor...

NYC May Lose Claim to Having Tallest US Building

Planned skyscraper in Oklahoma City would eclipse One World Trade Center

(Newser) - A new city might nab bragging rights for the tallest building in the US, and the location might surprise you. People reports that architect group AO and developers Matteson Capital have submitted a request in Oklahoma City for a 1,907-foot skyscraper dubbed Legends Tower. The building would be part...

This Is the UK's House of the Year
This Is the UK's
House of the Year

This Is the UK's House of the Year

'Green House' was designed to coexist seamlessly with nature

(Newser) - A new home that uniquely connects the indoors with nature has won recognition as the UK's House of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the BBC reports. Dubbed Green Home , the five-bedroom residence is just over 2,000 square feet, and was designed by architects Hayhurst...

The World's Biggest Architectural Abominations

No one seems very fond of the Scottish Parliament Building

(Newser) - It's rough out there for homely edifices, and Buildworld decided that there's no time like the present to shame them—and only one in the top 10 is outside the United Kingdom or the United States. The site calculated the percentage of negative tweets a particular building had...

For the Wealthy, the New Draw Is the 'McBasement'

If you can't go up or out, go down

(Newser) - If the word "basement" conjures up memories of a dark and musty rec room where you spent your youth, the Wall Street Journal is ready to usher you into 2022. Basements are in, but they aren't like any basement you know. As EB Solomont writes, they're the...

Amazon Plans a Climbable Office Tower
Amazon Receives
OK for Climbable
Office Tower

Amazon Receives OK for Climbable Office Tower

Building across river from DC will rival Washington Monument on area's skyline

(Newser) - Update: Amazon won local approval Saturday to build a helix-shaped tower to anchor its second headquarters in Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The vote by the Arlington County Board was unanimous, the AP reports. Board Chair Katie Cristol had said officials sought feedback from residents and worked...

Architect Focused on Buildings' Surroundings
Inside Out

Architect Turned Buildings Inside Out

Richard Rogers designed Pompidou Centre and Millennium Dome

(Newser) - Richard Rogers, the British architect who helped change the look of modern cities by putting features like elevators and air ducts on the outside of his buildings, has died at 88. Rogers, who founded the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, burst into public view in 1972 with the Pompidou...

Billionaire Plays Architect, and a Real Architect Quits
His Dorm Design Is Likened
to 'Psychological Experiment'
in case you missed it

His Dorm Design Is Likened to 'Psychological Experiment'

Billionaire Charlie Munger is paying for a largely windowless dorm on California coast at UCSB

(Newser) - It's good to be the king. Or if you have enough money, it might even be good to be the architect. However, one billionaire's foray into the field is generating all kinds of controversy in California. The unusual tale:
  • The billionaire: Charlie Munger, the 97-year-old right-hand man to

China Bans Super-Tall Buildings in Small Cities

Country is cracking down on 'vanity projects'

(Newser) - China is cracking down on skyscrapers—especially tall ones in small cities. As part of a wider bid to restrict what authorities call "vanity projects" and "ugly architecture," authorities have said cities with populations below 3 million will not be allowed to build high-rises taller than 492...

There's Finally a Plan for the Abandoned House of Soviets

After 42 years, it'll be demolished and reconstructed

(Newser) - For 42 years, a giant head-like building has loomed large over Kaliningrad, Russia. For 42 years, it's also been empty. Now, the House of Soviets is set to be demolished—and then reconstructed. Writing for the New York Times , Andrew E. Kramer has the fascinating story of the building,...

Trump Order Requires Classical Architecture for Federal Buildings

Executive order slams 'unappealing' modernist buildings in Washington, DC

(Newser) - With 29 days left in office, President Trump is seeking to leave his mark on the architecture of Washington, DC. An executive order issued Monday states that new federal buildings in the nation's capital should be constructed in classical styles, the Federalist reports. "Classical architecture encompasses such styles...

France Goes Old-School on Notre Dame Design

Roof, famous spire to be reconstructed to look the same as before massive fire

(Newser) - Since a fire destroyed much of the roof of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral last April, architects have proposed new designs including a rooftop pool and a giant park. But if you're one for tradition, you'll be happy to know those options have been ruled out. French President Emmanuel...

Architect Who 'Aspired for the Sky' Dies at 92
Architect Who 'Aspired
for the Sky' Dies at 92

Architect Who 'Aspired for the Sky' Dies at 92

(Newser) - Architect César Pelli, renowned for designing some of the world's tallest buildings, has died, his firm said. He was 92. Pelli, an Argentine-American whose work ranged from skyscrapers in Malaysia and New York to an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Friday at his home in New Haven, Connecticut,...

137 Years Later, Iconic Church Gets a Building Permit

After 137 years, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica will finish construction legally

(Newser) - Architect Antoni Gaudi broke ground on his iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica in 1882, and if he weren't long dead, he might be gratified to know that in the year of our lord 2019 he's finally got a building permit, reports CNN . Still unfinished after 137 years , the...

Leaning Tower of Pisa's Lean Has Changed

Pisa's landmark still holding strong after 800 years

(Newser) - No need to rush to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before it falls. The famous Italian tower is doing just fine more than 800 years after it first started tilting during construction, according to a group that's been monitoring the 190-foot Tuscan monument since 2001. It's in...

136 Years Later, Famous Landmark to Be Completed

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, finally has necessary permits to be finished

(Newser) - It's taken nearly 140 years of building and two recent years of talks , but it looks like Barcelona's most-visited tourist attraction, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, may finally see its finishing touches put on. The Guardian and New York Times report a $41 million, 10-year deal has been struck...

'Hands of God' Appear to Hold New Bridge

Ba Na Hills' Golden Bridge is a hit around the world

(Newser) - Emerging from a mountainside 4,600 feet above sea level, two giant hands appear to hold a thin gold thread. Only it's not a thread at all, but a nearly 500-foot-long bridge. Cau Vang or the Golden Bridge, which recently opened in Vietnam's Ba Na Hills after about...

Route 66 Makes It Onto a Dubious List

It's one of 11 historic US sites considered 'endangered'

(Newser) - Hundreds of historic sites have found their way over the past three decades onto the annual "endangered sites" list put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , and this year's lineup includes one of America's most famous thoroughfares. Route 66 joins 10 other cultural or architectural...

New 94-Story Chicago Tower Will Get 'Blow-Through' Floor

83rd floor will be completely empty for wind to blow through

(Newser) - Only one guest is allowed on the 83rd floor of Chicago’s future 94-story skyscraper : the city’s famous winds. According to the Chicago Tribune , plans for the Vista Tower, a luxury development that has already broken ground along the Chicago River, got a last-minute modification when wind tunnel tests...

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