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Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

A Farewell to Farwell and Potentially All of Old Chicago

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A scary bit of architectural information that plopped in our collective laps this morning. It’s from Lynn Becker about a vote the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will be taking tomorrow to decide if it’s okay to tear down the designated landmark, The Farwell Building, in order to build in that location. By doing so, Becker claims this will open the flood gates by making it that much easier to disregard buildings with landmark status and start bulldozing them into oblivion to make room for more ugly new cookie cutter buildings (our words on that last part, not hers). The piece is written in an alarming kind of way, but if all the facts are right, it is alarming. And potentially very tragic.

We may only be starting to get a handle on 2007, but already the Commission on Chicago Landmarks is scheduled to take a Thursday vote that stands to reverse the results of decades of struggle, and leave all but a handful of Chicago’s finest buildings open to demolition. Do I exaggerate? I wish that I were. Please read on.

The proposal is so simply stated as to be almost innocuous: “Proposed dismantlement, demolition and facade reconstruction of the Farwell Building as part of a new 40-story, 86-unit residential condominium tower.”

Yet that sentence carries the seed of the mass destruction of much of Chicago’s most historic architecture.

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The iPad Revealed In All Its Stupid Glory

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As reported a few days back, the first images of the model of that iPAD tower in Dubai were just released at the Cityscape convention. And just as expected, it’s stupid, tacky, and will likely sell out every single unit in mere minutes. Here’s a little more from O’Grady’s:

Real estate developer Onmiyat Properties will begin construction on the building in 2007 and be 23 stories tall with more than 200 living units with construction expected to be completed in 2009. The structure was designed by Hong Kong architecture firm James Law Cybertecture International according to a piece on UAEPropertyTrends.com and will sit atop a “docking station” angled at six degrees to model it perfectly after the iPod.

Happy Birthday, Dear Bauhaus!

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Our friends at Artkrush pointed us towards these birthday wishes for the Bauhaus school, which is celebrating 80 years of right-angled glory.

The article points to how the building’s iconic design fell in and out of favor over the years, yet it certainly seems to be in step with today’s cool kids:

Fans of the late 1990s trend for urban loft living will feel at home among the untreated concrete surfaces, while anyone who has shopped at Swedish furniture superstore IKEA will find the plain and functional furniture and light-fittings familiar.

The building plans to celebrate with a gray rectangular cake.