Keene State offers ‘Degree in Three’ program
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Students at Keene State College have a new way to save time and money by graduating in three years.
The college has launched an initiative called Degree in Three, starting...
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed downtown Chicago's state government building to its list of the country's most-endangered historic places.
BEIJING (AP) — The legacy of American architect I.M. Pei stretches from west to east, from the Louvre museum to his native China, where he helped fuse tradition and modernity as the country opened...
CHICAGO (AP) — For a third time the state-owned Thompson Center government building in downtown Chicago is on Landmarks Illinois' Most Endangered Historic Places list.
PARIS (AP) — More than simply an iconic cathedral and jewel of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame was a treasure trove, housing priceless and irreplaceable marvels of immense religious, artistic,...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local):
Among those watching with horror as fire engulfed the iconic Notre Dame...
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University is renaming its art school for two philanthropists who recently made a $20 million gift.
The school will be known as the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi...
Women lead Nebraska Capitol construction project
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — In Cori Sampson Vokoun's 20th year of her construction career, something rare has happened.
The Sampson Construction vice president of strategic operations is general...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state-owned James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, hailed for its iconic architecture and derided for its functionality issues, is finally for sale.
Historic Long X Bridge to be preserved on a Linton ranch
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A portion of an historic bridge set for demolition in a project to expand U.S. Highway 85 has been adopted by a North Dakota man who plans to move the span hundreds of miles...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, credited with bringing together the East and West in his innovative designs, has been awarded this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, known...
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Yale School of Architecture has received a gift of $5 million to support scholarships in celebration of the 90th birthday of architect Frank Gehry.
NEW YORK (AP) — The acclaimed Irish-born architect Kevin Roche has died, leaving his mark on world-class buildings from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the city's Museum of Jewish...
Plans expected this fall for 400-acre park along Ohio River
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A group that's spearheading a planned 400-acre park along southern Indiana's Ohio River shoreline hopes to unveil preliminary designs for the project this fall.
The nonprofit River Heritage Conservancy says OLIN, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm, should deliver schematic drawings of the park by mid-September.
New building for Pacific Northwest National Lab campus
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The federal government's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will build a new $90 million energy sciences research building on its Richland campus.
A contract to design and construct the building has been awarded to a Houston-based team of Harvey Cleary Builders and Kirksey Architecture.
The Tri-City Herald says the facility will cover 110,000 to 145,000 square feet.
Chicago asks public to weigh in on new O’Hare terminal
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is inviting residents to weigh in on the lead architect and design for O'Hare Airport's new global terminal.
The city unveiled renderings and models from five architecture finalists. The public is encouraged to view them online , at the airport or at the Chicago Architecture Center and share feedback.
UNESCO names Rio its 2020 ‘World Capital of Architecture’
SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency has recognized Rio de Janeiro as the "World Capital of Architecture" for 2020.
UNESCO's office in Brazil said the announcement was made Friday at its headquarters in Paris by its Assistant Director-General of Culture, Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez.
The agency said that the city was bestowed the honor after being selected to host the upcoming World Congress of the International Union of Architects.
Sioux City officials consider $16M riverfront project plan
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City officials are considering a $16.4 million riverfront redevelopment plan, though the mayor has voiced concern that there will not be enough parking spaces.
Architecture company SmithGroup JJR presented council members with the updated plan Monday, The Sioux City Journal reported .
U. of Michigan architecture class puts students on the road
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An architecture class at the University of Michigan is putting students on the road to explore buildings around the state and beyond.
Officials discuss preservation of Montpelier’s State Street
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont's capital are discussing the preservation of the city's historic State Street.
An overlooked bit of South Beach is springing back to life
Just when it seemed every last corner of South Beach has been remade, built up and overrun, here comes Collins Park, an overlooked wedge of a historic neighborhood that could finally be the alternative SoBe many have hankered for.
That is, a civilized refuge for grown-ups, just far enough from the madding crowd to claim its own tonic vibe.
Iran state TV: Tehran gets new mayor after ‘no-retirees’ law
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the Tehran city council has elected a new mayor after a law adopted in September banned retirees from being employed in government positions.
The report says 54-year-old Pirouz Hanachi was chosen for the post. He is an architecture professor at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Tehran University who also served as the deputy mayor for urban development.
Drifter accused of fatally stabbing university student
MIAMI (AP) — Police in Florida say a 28-year-old drifter with a history of petty arrests has confessed to killing a University of Miami architecture student.
The Miami Herald reports Robert Wayne Gore has been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary in the death of 23-year-old Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj, who was found fatally stabbed in his apartment on Oct. 7.
Historic Sioux City building set to be sold at auction
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A financially troubled historic Sioux City building is set to be sold at auction next month to settle debts of the California development that owns it.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the auction is set for Nov. 21 at the Woodbury County Courthouse.
Architect pushes city to save mini-park
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont architect who created a mini-park in Montpelier has launched a campaign to save it.
The Times Argus reports Ward Joyce contacted the Montpelier City Council about his plans to save the Main Street park. Joyce partnered with architecture students in 2014 to build the park.
History museum braces for move to new space
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — History can't be changed — but it can be moved.
After nearly two decades at its home in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park, the North Adams Museum of History and Science plans to pack up its vast collection and move into a newly-renovated space in the Holiday Inn on Main Street.
The museum, now located in Building 5A at the park, will close Nov. 4 to facilitate the move. The new museum will open in the spring.
Oklahoma architect’s legacy will live on in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bob Jones came to Tulsa in 1954 to oversee design work for the new Civic Center, a radically modern project that attracted national and even international attention. A German publication declared it one of the "top architectural achievements in the world during the past century."
Robert Venturi, postmodernist architect, dies at 93
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Architect Robert Venturi, who rejected austere modern design and instead ushered in postmodern complexity with the dictum "Less is a bore," has died. He was 93.
His family released a statement on his firm's website saying Venturi died at home in Philadelphia on Tuesday after a brief illness, surrounded by his wife, the architect Denise Scott Brown, and son, James Venturi.
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home for sale for $12.9M
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son and was spared from demolition is up for sale.
The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the asking price for the spiral-shaped house in Phoenix's upscale Arcadia neighborhood is $12.95 million.
After death, preservation trust strives to keep dream alive
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Wall Street financier Dick Jenrette had a passion for old homes, renovating some of the finest residential works of architecture from the Caribbean to New York's Hudson River and receiving national recognition for his historic preservation.
The Latest: State police head says dept. stands by troopers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the settlement of a lawsuit against Louisiana State Police by a black Indiana man who was handcuffed and detained when he was a teenager in 2015 (all times local):
The commander of Louisiana State Police says the department stands behind troopers who faced a lawsuit over the handcuffing of a black Indiana teenager in the French Quarter in 2015.
Artist brings beer and sculpture garden to Norman
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Repurposing just got a lot more interesting.
Norman's emerging arts district and Second Friday Art Walk are bringing out some creative concepts for the city's near future, like Trailer Garden planned for 105 W. Comanche west of the tracks and The Depot.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge says Charleston can't force tour guides to prove they know the history and architecture of the nearly 350-year-old South Carolina port city.
News organizations report U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled Friday that Charleston's tour-guide licensing law violates constitutional free speech rights. The city required hired tour guides to pass a licensing test based on a nearly 500-page manual written by the Historic Charleston Foundation.
TOKYO (AP) — Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Stadium — the late-architect Kenzo Tange's masterpiece from Tokyo's 1964 Olympics — and pictured the city in that era.
She was a university student from northern Japan who landed a job as an interpreter at the dazzling swimming venue, where American Don Schollander would win four gold medals.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers from the University of Minnesota are working with a university in Puerto Rico to change the way universities react to communities that have been affected by natural disasters.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Lonely Planet calls it "hideous." FIFA describes it as "classic Soviet architecture."
The locals, on the other hand, call it "The Monster" or the "Buried Robot," believing it looks like the head of a giant robot entombed up to its shoulders.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona architecture school says plans are no longer in the works for it to receive a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix that the famous architect designed for his son.
The School of Architecture at Taliesin, formerly known as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, says on its website that the donation has been called off.
Experts underwhelmed by downtown Boise architecture
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prominent Boise architects and a local materials expert aren't impressed with many of the buildings in the city's downtown that were built after World War II and continue to be constructed today.
"We have a fair amount of what I would call mediocre architecture," said Thomas Zabala, retired co-founder of Boise's ZGA Architects and a longtime member of the city's Design Review Committee.
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right venture turns 10
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years ago in the summer of 2008, work began on one of the most daring post-Hurricane Katrina recovery projects, movie star Brad Pitt's architecturally avant-garde Make It Right neighborhood in the Lower 9th Ward. Most of the strikingly angular homes still glitter like pastel gemstones, but the project's 10-year anniversary is tainted by an obvious example of blight.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw, a city of Old World charm that was turned to rubble and ash by Nazi Germany, has been reborn twice since then.
The Polish capital first became an example of socialist city planning, rising in the postwar era as a drab and grey embodiment of oppressive Communist rule. But almost three decades of post-communist economic growth have produced a booming city of modern glass architecture, cutting-edge museums and revitalized historic buildings.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of students and professors from the University of Tennessee are working to make the Tennessee River more accessible.
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Real-world debates permeate this year's Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the U.S. slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land.
The sprawling exhibition, which opens Saturday for a six-month run, reflects not only on the political implications of what gets built but also on the empty spaces in between.
LONDON (AP) — British architect Will Alsop, whose exuberant buildings enliven cities on both sides of the Atlantic, has died, his company said Sunday. He was 70.
Marcos Rosello, a co-founder with Alsop of the London-based architecture practice aLL Design, said Alsop died Saturday after a short illness.
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University has chosen the former offices of a central Indiana newspaper as the home for its new master's of architecture program.
The IU Foundation Inc. bought The Republic newspaper's former downtown Columbus office building last week for $2.8 million from Columbus Regional Health's holding company.
The building will house the new IU program in the city about 50 miles south of Indianapolis that's known for its modern architecture.
Architecture activists among Turner Prize nominees
LONDON (AP) — A group that uses architecture to uncover human rights abuses is among four finalists for the prestigious Turner Prize for art.
London-based collective Forensic Architecture, which includes artists, architects, lawyers and researchers, creates 3-D visualizations that have been used by prosecutors and rights groups around the world.
Film and video artists Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson are the other names on the list of finalists announced Thursday.
A “parklet” is going in on North Madison Street, in front of the Garland Sandwich Shoppe in north Spokane.
The parklet, which is a parking space or loading zone that’s converted into a sidewalk extension, was designed and installed by third-year architecture students at Washington State University.
As Arctic becomes increasingly important for Coast Guard, cadets get chance to weigh in
New London — As melting sea ice opens up the Arctic to increased maritime traffic and exploration, Coast Guard Academy cadets are thinking up the kind of icebreakers the Coast Guard will need to operate in this remote, changing polar landscape.
Naval architecture and marine engineering students are finishing up a yearlong project designing medium-sized icebreakers for Coast Guard and commercial use, and will present the designs to Coast Guard officials next week.
Whats your vision of the perfect home?
For one family, its a house on a lake with plenty of space for kids and visiting grandparents. For a city homeowner, its a house with all of todays in-demand updates that still blends in with the older homes in its neighborhood.
These homes and more are among this years Home of the Month selected projects. Twelve designs by AIA Minnesota (American Institute of Architects) professionals were chosen from nearly 50 submissions.