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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Architecture Nation Building: South Korea’s desire to become an international business hub

As South Korea’s economy stabilizes, its ambition to be recognized as a major international business hub is leading to a bold building strategy. Ann Lok Lui investigates how Korea aims to impress the world not only with its tall towers but its large-scale sustainable planning. Buzz and hype have surrounded China’s recent building boom, but

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The Economy Is Wavering. Does Washington Notice?

The latest economic numbers have not been good. Jobless claims rose last week, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Another report showed that economic growth at the start of the year was no faster than the Commerce Department initially reported — “a real surprise,” said Ian Shepherdson of High Frequency Economics. Perhaps the most worrisome

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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners and Finalists of the 12th Annual National Design Awards

Sixth Annual National Design Week to Be Held Oct. 15–23 The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 12th annual National Design Awards program. Today, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of

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Condé Nast deal at 1 WTC now official

Port Authority approves historic lease Wednesday under which Condé Nast will become the anchor tenant of lynchpin tower at reborn World Trade Center site. After months of intense negotiations, the board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey approved a deal on Wednesday that paves the way for Condé Nast Publications to

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Historic WASP’s Nest Gets Makeover at Chelsea Seminary

Winning the chairmanship of the Metropolitan Museum hasn’t slowed developer Daniel Brodsky down.  Architect John H. Beyer of Beyer Blinder Belle revealed the Brodsky Organization’s proposed plans for the next phase of its remake of parts of the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea into a new condo community. The historic brownstone-and-brick oasis was founded in

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Interior Design Billings On The Rise: Survey Signals Industry Growth

First ASID Performance Index Provides Data for Interior Design Billings and Product Specifications The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) today announced the findings of its first quarterly performance index. The ASID index is based on data compiled from a monthly survey that provides a tailored perspective on billings and business conditions in the interior

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An Alarmed Architect’s Complaint: Preservation Distorts the Past

Has preservation become a dangerous epidemic? Is it destroying our cities? That’s the conclusion you may come to after seeing “Cronocaos” at the New Museum. Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, a partner in Mr. Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the show draws on ideas that have been floating around architectural circles for several

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Constructive criticism: the week in architecture

Over-reaching ambition is the order of the week as Liverpool tries to outshine Shanghai, an ex-footballer plans to outdo the Teletubbies and Shoreditch lands a shiny skyscraper. Ambition can get the better of architects, buildings and even entire cities. When you hear people joking about British cities turning into lesser versions of modern Shanghai –

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Populous wins national award for Target Field design

Target Field, the new Minnesota Twins ballpark designed by Kansas City-based Populous architects, has been named Sports Facility of the Year by a national sports business publication. The ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, which also has its own light-rail station, completed its first season last year. The award was announced Wednesday at a ceremony in New

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Demand for architectural design drops in April

Demand for architectural design fell in April to the lowest point of the year. The Architecture Billings Index, which indicates construction volume, decreased marginally to 47.6 in April from 50.5 in March, according to American Institute of Architects data released Wednesday. The benchmark for the index is 50. Anything above that indicates an increase in

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