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Chronology of Coverage

Feb. 5, 2015

Building Blocks column; death of venerable New York City architect Jordan Gruzen brings to close father-son practice dating to the 1930s that left indelible stamp on city's skyline; highlights of works created by Gruzen and his firms noted. MORE

Feb. 5, 2015

Q&A with architect Stephen Cassell, who designed modern, aesthetically pleasing chicken coop for client in the Hamptons. MORE

Louis Vuitton Foundation museum in Paris, which has attracted notice for architect Frank Gehry's bold and playful design, is opening modern masterpiece exhibit in April; museum's directors hope that exhibit, which includes works by Edvard Munch, Matisse and Leger, will bring institution's artwork the same level of attention as its architecture has received. MORE

Charleston, SC, recognized for its historic downtown buildings, is embroiled in controversy over what kind of new architecture to erect in city undergoing period of expansion and economic growth; modernists have butted heads with traditionalists as city grapples with its new identity as booming metropolis versus its longtime reliance on charm and tourist dollars. MORE

Vivian Marino 30-Minute Interview with Helmut Jahn, German-born architect based in Chicago, who discusses his current work and evolution of the architecture market. MORE

Architecture for Humanity, nonprofit design group that pursued socially conscious construction in places damaged by war or natural disaster, shuts down after declaring plans to file bankruptcy; reasons for financial distress remain unclear, though some question group's spending under founder Cameron Sinclair. MORE

Mr. Schwarz will be awarded the $200,000 prize, which recognizes classic architecture in modern society. MORE

Philharmonie de Paris, $455 million concert hall, opens in 19th Arrondissement on border between wealthy and poor areas of Paris; some have questioned whether hall, designed by star architect Jean Nouvel, will be able to achieve its stated goal of attracting patrons from city's working class suburbs and bridging cultural divide. MORE

Download interview with architect Moshe Safdie, who offers recommendations for books and other forms of entertainment. MORE

Q&A with professional Lego modeler Adam Reed Tucker, one of the few Lego certified builders in the world; Tucker's latest project is model of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in Scottsdale, Ariz, for the Wright Foundation. MORE

Architect Philippe Baumann and wife Lisa Sardinas create their dream home by completely renovating industrial property in Carrol Gardens in Brooklyn; couple pay $700,000 for property, and create two-story, 3,500-square-foot home with expansive cellar and interior courtyard. MORE

Controversy surrounds Tokyo's Olympic stadium designed by Pritzker-winning architect Zaha Hadid and set to be built for 2020 Summer Games; some Japanese architects disapprove of design, underscoring strong emotions and opinions that surround Olympic stadiums, expensive public projects that can come to represent country's identity. MORE

Michael Beschloss HistorySource column recalls story surrounding the loss of the old Pennsylvania Station in New York City; argues that desperation and indifference led to the demolition of one of the crown jewels of New York's civic and architectural heritage. MORE

Michael Kimmelman Critic's Notebook observes that Haiti is set to open two open-air medical clinics designed by MASS Design Group to tackle cholera and tuberculosis; notes clinics, rather than hermetically sealing diseases out, use open environment to cut down on infection; says if successful, clinics will offer example to African countries battling Ebola. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column on the history of the column itself as it reaches its final publication after 29 years; Gray notes that Streetscapes, ostensibly about the architectural history of New York's buildings, was most rewarding when it was about the people who inhabited those structures. MORE

Elspeth Benoit and David Bevan renovate three-story 1870s rowhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, hiring Ensemble Architecture firm to strip down interior walls to expose original traditional wood details and turn shed into writer's studio; couple fill home with vintage tiles and bathroom fixtures. MORE

Vivian Marino 30-Minute Interview with Robin Klehr Avia, regional managing principle of design firm Gensler. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column notes bitter controversy around 1963 construction of the Pan Am Building, now Met Life Building, over its size, height, and obstruction of Park Avenue views; says latest new building to alter Park Avenue skyline is developer Harry Macklowe's skinny 96-story apartment tower at Park and 56th Street. MORE

Elaine Glusac travel article on skating trail along frozen river in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that is dotted with distinctively designed warming huts, all installed as part of an annual architectural competition that has grown from local novelty to a global attraction. MORE

Confluence Museum, interdisciplinary museum of anthropology, ethnology and natural sciences designed by Viennese firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, opens in Lyon, France; institution features impressive glass-and-steel entrance and riverfront promenade. MORE

A strange hand-drawn plan by King George III is discovered at the British Library. MORE

Plan to preserve architectural history of Phoenix wll be presented to its City Council; less than $1 million is available for restoration of historic buildings, but millennial generation that has moved back to city's center is beginning to reconsider its legacy. MORE

David W Dunlap Buildings Blocks column highlights architectural photography of Fred R Conrad during his 37-year career capturing images for The New York Times. MORE

Richard and Pamela Marshall undertake renovation of centuries-old ruin in Montvalent, France, resplendent with towers, limestone stonework and spiral staircase; couple begins by buying home next door and creates modern minimalist interiors, project costing more than $400,000. MORE

Op-Ed article by architect Steven Bingler and architectural journalist Martin C Pedersen argues that the profession has lost touch with the public it serves, failing to deliver works that resonate with a broad swath of the general population; contends architects need to spend less time striving toward aesthetic innovation and

more time listening, returning to more universal forms and natural design principles. MORE

Radiologist Herman Wu has built his minimalist dream house in tranquil setting in Anacortes, Wash, with help of architect Jim Castanes. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column laments loss of 1913 Duveen Brothers gallery at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, headquarters of Joseph Duveen, one of the most famous art dealers of the early 20th century; calls it one of most sumptuous structures built in New York; it was demolished in 1953. MORE

An architect who hopes to save a Paul Rudolph-designed building in Orange County, N.Y. presented his detailed proposal to county leaders there on Friday. MORE

David W Dunlap Building Blocks column examines career of architect and author Nathan Silver; praises Dunlap's aesthetic, especially value he places on how a building is used, and stories behind those who use it; relates Silver's opinions on architectural changes to New York City that have occurred since publication of revised edition of his seminal 1967 book Lost New York. MORE

Jacob and Melissa Brillhart's decision to personally built their own home in Miami has much to do with the way they both were raised; while both were trained as architects, they also come from families who renovated homes. MORE

Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom designed their 5,000 square foot house in Warren, VT, to be as sustainable as possible and inexpensive to maintain, but it has proven to be very labor-intensive; as early adopters of green technologies they have made many mistakes. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column on Times Tower at 42nd Street and Broadway, which was built for The New York Times in 1905 and is reminiscent of Florentine campanile by Giotto; laments that building, just missing landmarks preservation law of 1965, was bought by Allied Chemical Corp in 1963 and stripped off all detail, today standing as mostly a signboard with flashing lights and huge vinyl banners. MORE

Michael Kimmelman Architecture Review column critiques 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan; contends building speaks volumes about political opportunism and implies, wrongly, that New York City is a metropolis bereft of fresh ideas. MORE

Furniture maker Vicco von Voss builds two-story 1,400-square-foot home in Centreville, Md, for his wife and daughter using hundreds of varieties of wood, mostly salvaged; frame has no nails and is held together with wooden pegs; von Voss imagined home while still in Germany in late 1990's. MORE

Evolutionary biologist Joy Bergelson enlists architect firm GO Logic to design a passive house, which eliminates reliance on fossil fuels, for a field laboratory for University of Chicago's department of ecology and evolution in Three Oaks, Mich; industrial space was build for under $1 million. MORE

Nonprofit group in Miami is seeking to renovate Miami Marine Stadium, Modernist waterfront venue viewed as quintessential Miami; city officials support renovation and are considering how best to move forward with reviving long-neglected site. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column on practice of revamping rows of tenements in 1930s and 1040s so that residential entrances moved to back of building, and fronts were made into stores; notes renovations of these inside-out tenements, which were born of economic necessity, could sometimes be quite ambitious; regrets there are only a few left on First and Second Avenues. MORE

Michael Kimmelman Critic's Notebook assesses state of Berlin's architecture 25 years after fall of Berlin Wall; notes that many Berliners regret haste with which wall was demolished and sold, plight that befell many of city's landmarks that are now prized as architecturally significant; observes that wall's destruction, however, also created new range of urban possibilities. MORE

Bob Hale and Maxine Morris have built modern house in Los Angeles that is veiled in aluminum panels perforated with Hebrew word for love. MORE

Opponents of Frick Collection's planned expansion say that they have found evidence that museum is violating pledge made in 1973 landmark review to maintain garden by landscape architect Russell Page; garden would be destroyed in expansion. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column on Milton A Kent's idea to build 20- to 30-story high-rise push-button parking garages around New York City in late 1920's. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column observes that determined preservationists of the 1950's saved the 1877 Jefferson Market Courthouse from demolition before there was a landmarks law. MORE

Arequipa Journal; residents of Arequipa, Peru, continue to attribute so-called Iron Bridge to famed French engineer Gustave Eiffel, despite scholarship debunking myth; urge potentially stems from the association of European culture with sophistication in South America; number of other structures throughout Peru and Chile are also popularly misattributed to Eiffel. MORE

Edward Rothstein Critic's Notebook explores offerings of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, packed with the architect's collection of artifacts and antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. MORE

Christopher Gray Streetscapes column observes that the Mail & Express Building, built in 1892 at Broadway and Fulton Street in Manhattan, was not the tallest, biggest or first skyscraper, but it was certainly the lightest, the most refined; holds it was a tour de force of the spectacular, even in an age of skyscraper spectacular, but demolition still came in 1920. MORE

Oct. 23, 2014

Q&A with Craig Dykers, principal with architecture firm Snohetta, whose projects include National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion and pedestrian-friendly remake of Times Square. MORE

Los Angeles Fire Department is agreeing to drop 40-year-old regulation that every skyscraper in city be topped by a helipad to allow for emergency rescues; it is deferring to architects, elected officials and downtown champions who view Regulation 10 as superfluous at a time of advancement in fire safety technology and as a self-imposed prescription for architectural mediocrity. MORE

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