January 04, 2010

The Burj Khalifa

In the wake of Dubai's financial troubles and Abu Dhabi's bailout, the Maktoum's are renaming their most impressive landmark after the leader of the oil-rich emirate (and the UAE)....
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June 29, 2009

No Gehry Designs in Atlantic Yards

I missed this news earlier. The mammoth construction project in Brooklyn may be going forward - but none of the buildings will be built to Frank Gehry designs....
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April 07, 2009

Perhaps the Most Interesting Buildings in the Gulf

I realize that the buildings of the UAE get most of the attention, be they office towers, hotels or mosques. But as remarkable as those are, I think I might like the Bahrain World Trade Center more....
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December 28, 2008

The All-Time Great Houses of the Los Angeles Area

While I might be expected to favor one of the Wright's (#3 and #10 on the list), which are indeed great, if I was to live in one of these I'd pick the Neutra....
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The All-Time Great Houses of the Los Angeles Area

While I might be expected to favor one of the Wright's (#3 and #10 on the list), which are indeed great, if I was to live in one of these I'd pick the Neutra....
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October 23, 2008

First South Street, Now the Chicago Spire?

Looks like some of Calatrava's tallest would-be structures may never be built....
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October 07, 2008

"The Age of Piano"

Renzo, not the instrument....
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September 15, 2008

The Dubai Ziggurat

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August 28, 2008

The World's Highest Sightseeing Hall

Want to see things from really, really high up? Go to the recently completed World Financial Centre in Shanghai. As this pic shows you'll also get quite a close view of another of the world tallest buildings (the Jin Mao...
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June 20, 2008

Walking Through the Ando Building in Williamstown

Ah, the lovely simplicity of High Modernism. This new building in Williamstown, MA isn't on as grand a scale was the museum in Fort Worth, but it's still a good representation of the work of one of Japan's leading architects....
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June 12, 2008

The Guggenheim, Vilnius

That's, uh, interesting....
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June 02, 2008

Is the World War II Memorial That Bad?

So in the last few days Kingdaddy has written a post on why he hates the WWII Memorial, LGM linked to that, then Yglesias wrote a post saying he doesn't like it either, and linked to Robert Farley's old complaint...
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February 26, 2008

The Dockland Office Building in Hamburg

I want to work in that....
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January 10, 2008

Viewing NYC from I-95 at Night

Just a quick thought for any of you who might drive past it. I wasn't staring at it at length, but it occurred to me as I was driving by it on 2 of the last 6 nights that if...
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November 20, 2007

A Nouvel Tower Next to MoMA

Fresh off the success of his Mercer St. apartments, one of my favorite architects is going to put up a 75-story tower between 53rd and 54th streets. It promises to be the most exhilarating addition to the skyline in a...
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July 09, 2007

Brazil's Most Famous Statue

I think the New 7 Wonders idea was an interesting one, as was its voting procedure. But is anyone else surprised by what did and didn't make the final list? 6 of the final 7 I can see. But the...
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May 01, 2007

The World's Tallest Pagoda

Will this set off a pagoda race? I mean if we tend to be fearful when China comes in #1 on some measure ...Okay, I kid. It's far from my favorite building design, but building one measuring over 500 feet...
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November 24, 2006

Trump Building a 45-Story "Sore Thumb" in the West Village

Talk about your towers that are (or will be) completely out of proportion with the surrounding environs ...But of course that's just part of the story behind this tower (which can, legally, be that tall). It looks like Mr. Trump...
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August 05, 2006

The Scrapping of the France (or Norway or Blue Lady)

The SS France (later the Norway, and now in her last days the Blue Lady) was one of the most popular cruise ships of the second half of the twentieth century (and the first few years of this century). It...
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July 07, 2006

Yet Another Wound from Iraq

The headline from the NYT story says it all: Hate Groups Are Infiltrating the Military. The article reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center (granted, a left-of-center group, but one that has a good track record for research in this...
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June 25, 2006

Sullivan and Wright in Madison

This morning Ann Althouse posted a few pictures of some of the architectural gems of Madison, Wisconsin - including a couple of shots of Wright's "Airplane House", and (are you sitting down?) a picture of a frat house designed by...
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June 14, 2006

Tonight's Skyscraper Fact

As a guy who's pretty interested in skyscrapers I found the recent article on them in The Economist to be very disappointing - not much illuminating in that. But it did contain an interesting piece of skyscraper trivia - 40%...
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April 18, 2006

The Freedom of the Seas

Just in time of the release of Poseidon (which I soooo hope will be playing in its cinema), Royal Carribean is about to start service on the world's biggest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas. It's a little shorter than...
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April 01, 2006

The 15 Greatest Skylines?

I found a link to this list over on Kos. So what do you think? I think any list of the world's greatest skylines must include New York, Chicago, Sydney and Hong Kong. Definite top 10 choices. Thoughts on the...
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March 25, 2006

Albany - Architectural Schizophrenia?

Early on in the amazing classic cartoon "Duck Amuck" Daffy Duck walks, skis, etc. through a series of settings that are right next to each other - yet seem to have no conceivable connection to one another. Each frame is...
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March 20, 2006

Herzog and de Meuron

The latest issue of The New Yorker has a nice article on the work of Herzog and de Meuron (winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize). It focused primarily on the stadium they have built in Munich and the one they...
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February 12, 2006

Maison Hermes, Tokyo

I'd never seen a picture of this building before. It's a remarkable piece of work, fitting both the nature of the company's image and the tower's location in the Ginza district....
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August 02, 2005

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank

Satan's Laundromat has these views of Brooklyn and Manhattan from the historic banking tower (which is soon to be converted into condos and a restaurant) in Fort Greene. Apparently it was once the tallest structure between Manhattan and Paris. If...
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July 26, 2005

The Fordham Spire

Since Calatrava is designing it, and Donald Trump is disdainful of it, it's quite predictable that I'm all for it....
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May 22, 2005

Yet Another Beauty for the WTC Site

Yes, this came out days ago, but if you are interested in architecture you should really check out the design for the new Cultural Center that will be built on the WTC site. I strongly agree with the Downtown Lad...
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April 03, 2005

Lost Landmarks of New York

There are always many things worth reading in the Sunday New York Times, but I'd like to draw your attention to this article on some of the treasures the city has lost over the years. True, preservationists can be a...
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March 26, 2005

Thom Mayne Wins the Pritzker

We at Bloodless Coup have been remiss in not noting the fact that Thom Mayne was recently awarded the Pritzker Prize. He is the first American to take the honor in 14 years. We don't cover architecture very often here...
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