many buildings

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on redesigning buildings instead of maaking new ones? Do you have any favorite projects? I feel like we have so many great buildings today, costly to remove, that just need altering.

Architects do try to save good buildings from demolition. If there is a building standing on a site that we are set to redevelop we always analyze if there is any way to save the existing structure, for a number of reasons: to save money, to maintain the urban fabric/context or just to save an important piece of architecture. 

But the truth is that many older buildings would require too big of an economic investment to save, don’t comply with building codes or do not merit maintaining. I know it sounds cold hearted but unless you are developing a project with your own money most of the time you will have to find the most economically viable route to get the project built. Cities as we know them are always evolving, and if they are fully built out like NYC or London, you will have to find ways of thread new structures into the urban fabric. Sometimes we lose great buildings like the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, but other times we make room for new structures that improve our cities.

My favorite projects tent to be those that are respectful without trying to mimic. A new building that tries to look 100 years old is usually a failure in my book. A recent project that is a success in my book is the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter built in a tight site with a very tangible cultural and historical context manages to be respectful of the context by being a totally original piece of architecture.

School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

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Anastasia Savinova

Genius Loci

artist statement:

“…In this project I try to identify differences and to find similarities between places of habitation. Travelling around cities and countries, I take pictures of buildings, look into windows sneakily, go to local shops, flea markets and bars, watch everyday life – all this helps to build the feeling of the Place. This feeling becomes a foundation or a series of large-scale collages. The Integral Image emerges from visual information and a dozen of associations. 

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anonymous asked:

I'm going to Rome for 2 days and Athens for 3 days over spring break and there's just so much architecture I want to see, and not enough time!! what places/buildings do you suggest?

There are many sites that will give you insider info of how to beat the crowds by planning ahead and buying your tickets before getting there. 

Most of them agree that if you only have two days in Rome in one day you can see many buildings from the ancient city like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Santa Maria in Cosmedin and the Knights of Malta Keyhole. leaving you a second day to visit Vatican CIty and St. Peter’s in the morning with a walking tour through the Heart of Rome in the afternoon: the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (image above), Piazza Navona, and Pantheon.

Three days in Athens gives you a bit more time. Day one: Acropolis (image below), Theater of Dionysos (Theatro Dionyssou), The Acropolis Museum. National Gardens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Day two: Agora, Pandrossou Street Market, Central Market. Day three: get lost in the city! If I have an extra day I love to just walk away from the monuments and tourist sites, you discover the true spirit of the city that way.

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Kathmandu Durbar Square

These photographs were taken about 10 days before the earthquake of April 2015. I had already left the country by that point, but from what I could find out, many of the historic buildings shown here were reduced to rubble. The humanitarian disaster was even more devastating.

It felt quite strange to edit these photographs, nevertheless, I wanted to share my experience of this fascinating city. Yes, it was smoggy, dusty, littered, and noisy. Yes, people were constantly trying to sell me things I didn’t want, at vastly inflated prices. But Kathmandu was also energetic, colourful, and cultured. It is built to a human scale, full of contorted alleys and slowly crumbling houses instead of highways, skyscrapers, and overpasses. It oozes history and stories. Even after two years, it was the first Asian city I have visited that truly felt old. I hope that the people of Kathmandu can rebuild their lives and their city. Here is a glimpse of Kathmandu just before the quake.

The Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham  

At the end of last year, I was searching through areas of the UK to visit, particularly in the Midlands which are cheap to reach by train from London. During an online exchange, the ever-enthusiastic Birmingham photography curator Pete James suggested I pay a visit to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

So I spent a few days there in November and December. The weather was poor and the days were short but I met a great group of people. I’ll post images over the next couple of weeks.

If you are ever at a loose end in Birmingham, I would recommend a wander round the area. It’s a 15 minute walk from the centre of town and although many of the buildings are run down, it has some of finest Victorian architecture in the Midlands. On top of that while many traditional manufacturing trades in Britain are on the slide, jewellery making in the Quarter continues to thrive.

I’m loath to say this, for fear of the word ‘gentrification’ rearing it’s head, but it’s one of those areas that will surely take off in the next decade. If you’ve got any stories/photos etc of the Jewellery Quarter, I’d be pleased to hear them.

Niall McDiarmid


Christmas is officially over (finally?)…The Tradition since the girls were infants is to set up the trains under the Christmas tree. The track and trains are my old HO trains from my (often misspent) youth. Many buildings and accessories are newer including (not to scale) “Christmas Story” landmarks and, more recently, Rhode Island landmarks. Today the whole shebang goes back to the cellar.
Sayonara trains until December.


Centers of Government

Posted while all eyes are on Iowa for the Feb. 1 primary.

Researchers studying planning, history, architecture and similar subjects that involve built environments now have a new national resource. VCU Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Va.) digitized  The Stubbins Collection of U.S. County Courthouse and Municipal Building Postcards. The collection features U.S. county courthouses and other municipal buildings such as town halls and city halls. Many of the buildings depicted were built  in the late 19th and early 20th century. Some no longer exist. The collection documents various architectural styles. Browsing the collection, you can find clock towers aplenty (Springfield, Mass., Springfield, Ohio, Lincoln, Neb. and more). You’ll find public buildings hundreds of miles apart that resemble each other. Domes, columns, soaring arches are typical features of these turn-of-the-century governmental cathedrals. 

The collection can be found at James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va., in the Special Collections and Archives. More details.