Who would have thought that a touchy-feely Swedish company would do so much cultural damage? Come on guys you destroyed half of Marcel Breuer’s Pirelli Building isn’t that enough? Do you have to tart up its lonely carcass with giant advertisements?
The the sleek USS Arizona Memorial and the sunken battle-grave it commemorates will soon have a shiny new visitors center.
I have visited the memorial and can attest to the cramped conditions at the visitors center and that it is visibly sinking into the ground. The memorial and the sailors it honors deserve better. I have only seen one drawing of the planned building. It looks vaguely Polynesian and contemporary but kind of themey. Lets hope it’s more Ossipoff than Disneyland
It’s a good time to be an old house. According to the National Trust’s blog, the terrible economy means fewer tear downs and as a bonus the Congress’ latest housing bill bolsters preservation incentives.
It’s nothing to get too excited about. The crappy economy also means fewer people have the money to dump into maintaining old buildings. The NTHP blogger emphasizes that the cold housing market could provide the space and time communities need to form preservation plans though.
Looking for the latest exhibition on American architecture? Well, pack your Urdu dictionary because you’re headed to Islamabad!
The photographic exhibition was put on by the US Embassy in Pakistan and ranges from ‘traditional’ architecture to the works of Gehry and Meier. While you’re there you might as well soak up some of the new city’s architectural gems. I suggest starting with Faisal Mosque. I have always thought it looked like a Muslim version of the USAF Academy Chapel.
Do you see it? Think I am crazy? Post a comment!