Modern Architecture

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What Are Le Corbusier's Towers in the Park?

Part of a movement that sought to modernize cities through a rational reorganization of the urban form, "Towers in the Park" is a style of housing development that emphasizes a separation of uses and access to communal green space and amenities.

May 24, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

The Chicago Bean At Sunrise

The New Enemy of the Alt-Right: Modern Architecture

Are the iconic symbols of modern architecture a new front line in the new era of culture wars?

July 9, 2017 - CityLab

Modern Kitchen

The Revenge of the Kitchen

Long relegated to the back of the house, the kitchen as utility space is being replaced by the modern show kitchen. Located squarely front-of-house, newer kitchens often reinstate the "great room" idea.

March 31, 2017 - Construction Dive

Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton

Foolish Utopianism in Today's Top Architecture

Reviewing Douglas Murphy's book "Last Futures: Nature, Technology and the End of Architecture," Jonathan Meades lays into the new utopianism of contemporary architecture. Silicon Valley gets portrayed as both foolish and hypocritical.

September 27, 2016 - London Review of Books

Historic Charleston

Southern Cities Seek Balance Between Preservation and Modernity

In the wake of recent tragedy, cities like Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia still take pride in their architectural heritage. Debate abounds over whether modern architecture should be given freer rein.

June 28, 2015 - Next City

'Keeping it Modern' to Research Conservation Solutions

The quest to preserve the masterpieces of modern architecture can also provide a model for preserving lesser-known construction from the 20th century. An initiative of the Getty Conservation Institute would achieve both goals.

October 6, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Brutal or Beautiful? UK Celebrates Post-War Architectural Heritage

A warehouse, electricity substation, and brutalist apartment complex are among the buildings recently granted heritage protection by the British government. Heritage designation for post-war architecture, however, remains contentious.

September 23, 2013 - The Guardian

The History of Modern Architecture Told Through Hollywood's Lens

Does an inordinate amount of your knowledge come from films? Then you might take pleasure in Zachary Edelson's romp through the past hundred and twenty years of architectural history as told through motion pictures.

August 2, 2013 - Architizer

Revealing Modernism’s ‘Holy Grail’

Lafayette Park is a thriving and diverse neighborhood of high rises and townhouses designed by Mies van der Rohe. This unique modern architecture success story in Detroit is showcased in a new book "Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies."

January 16, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Design

It Pays to be Iconic in Manhattan

Eliot Brown explains the starchitectural math driving a Manhattan developer to demolish their existing Park Avenue office tower in order to make room for the city's next architectural gem.

April 27, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Getty To Promote Preservation of Modern Architecture

Christopher Hawthorne reports on a just announced initiative by the Getty Conservation Institute to finance research into innovative solutions to the technical challenges unique to the preservation of modern architecture.

March 23, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

London's 19th Century Train Station Injects a 21st Century Design

London's King's Cross train station's western concourse showcases a 140-meter wide canopy, the largest single-span station structure in Europe. New technology like solar cells and old infrastructure blend together to enhance the station.

August 9, 2011 - The Independent (UK)

Landmarking Urban Change in New York

Has historic preservation been responsible for making New York a luxury city? A former member of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission argues no.

March 7, 2011 - The Huffington Post

The Downfall of 'the Paris of the Middle East'

Historic architecture is rapidly being replaced by cookie-cutter high-rises in Cairo, much to the displeasure of local architects and historians.

October 20, 2010 - BBC

Modern Architecture Now Officially 'Old'

Passing the 50-year threshold means that buildings can be considered for historic preservation. Starting in 2010, that means the architecture of the 1960s is coming up for consideration. The Los Angeles Conservancy is gearing up with a new website.

October 5, 2009 - The Los Angeles Times

The Disconnect Between Architecture and Everyday Use

A new film focuses on the life of a home designed by architect Rem Koolhaas for a client in a wheelchair, which radically redefines domestic living, and the results of the experiment when put to actual use.

October 1, 2009 - The Wall St. Journal

The Enduring Popularity of Levittown, and Why It is So Hard to Replicate

Author and urbanist Witold Rybczynski looks at new housing in the aftermath of World War II compared to today. Why are new houses so much more expensive now than they were then?

October 7, 2008 - The Wilson Quarterly

If They Don't Like It, Why Build It?

Architect Robert Adam likens modern architecture to modern democracy, where decisions made on high supposedly represent the will of the people.

August 2, 2008 - Building

Art Deco Capitals: South Beach, New York City...Tulsa?

Preservationists are working to save numerous art deco architectural landmarks in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A boom began at the height of the oil boom and returned after modernism fell out of style.

June 20, 2008 - Preservation

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