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Washington Monument Opens New Visitor Center

After concluding a three-year-long renovation, the Washington Monument has opened back up to the public and includes a new 1,000-square-foot Visitor Screening facility.


Historic Japanese Castle Destroyed in Fire

Last Thursday (Oct. 31), a fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. at the Shuri Castle in Naha, Japan, resulting in the loss of several buildings on the World Heritage site.


Gehry-Designed PA Art Museum Entrance Revealed

Just two years after the groundbreaking of Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Core Project, doors of the new Frank Gehry-designed entrance have finally been opened.


Wright-Designed Home Suffers Fire Damage

Reported last month, a Cincinnati-based, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home caught fire, resulting in roughly $100,000 in damages—a sixth of the home's total value.


Notre Dame People's Design Winners Announced

Just this week, GoArchitect announced the winners of The People’s Notre-Dame Design Competition. The competition received 226 entries from 56 countries since its launch in May.


Wright Buildings Added to World Heritage List

Earlier this week, several works from famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright were recognized and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.


Top Levels of Colosseum Open After Restoration

The fourth and fifth levels of one of Rome’s most iconic monuments are now open to visitors for the first time in 40 years.


Construction History Society Calls for Abstracts

The Construction History Society of America has announced a call for abstracts for the sixth Biennial Meeting on Construction History, which will be held May 24-26, 2018, at the University o...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on the challenges and growth of different architectural coatings and related materials, is now available online.


Philly Mayor Enlists Task Force for Preservation

The only city in the United States deemed a “World Heritage City” has formed a task force to protect its historic buildings and update its preservation ordinance.


Georgia Implodes the ‘White Ice Cube’ Building

On Sunday (March 5), crowds gathered in downtown Atlanta to witness the implosion of an iconic marble building that once housed state archives.


$8M Wright Home Hits Market

Nature and serenity abound in this 1950s residence designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. And for $8 million, it could be yours.


Learn about Architecture for Free

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is set to offer a free, online introductory course called “The Architectural Imagination” beginning Feb. 28.


Frank Lloyd Wright Building Saved

Frank Lloyd Wright lovers: 1. Developer: 0. That was the outcome of a recent showdown in Whitefish, MT.


Paint, Waterproofing Revive the Octagon

If the walls of the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C., could talk, they might tell tales of safekeeping the first lady’s pet parrot while the city was set ablaze by British troops, or perha...


Great Wall Repair Sparks Outrage

Chinese officials are drawing criticism for a restoration project that experts say went “very badly.”


Bright Idea: Painting Edison’s Birthplace

The Ohio birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors throughout American history, has received a much-needed makeover—thanks to an effort orchestrated by PPG.


Italy Quake Takes Human, Cultural Toll

The earthquake that struck central Italy in the early morning hours Wednesday (Aug. 23) has left hundreds of casualties and widespread destruction to historic churches, frescoes and monument...


Group to Rebuild Frank Lloyd Wright Design

The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative has set out to rectify wrongs done to the legendary architect’s creations.


AkzoNobel Aims to Restore Jakarta

A 16th century site in Indonesia’s bustling capital is getting a refreshed look in a bid to become a United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site.


See Seattle’s Landmark Take Shape

For the first time, a collection of 2,400 photos documenting the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle have been digitized.


Lincoln Memorial Gets Monumental Gift

One of the nation’s most beloved memorials will be repaired and restored for generations to come thanks to an $18.5 million donation.


App Made to Detect Seismic Activity

Scientists in California want to turn our smartphones into a worldwide seismic network.


How Water Infrastructure Shaped LA

California and its landscape were shaped by water in more ways than one. Water infrastructure projects in the early 20th century were an important part of helping Los Angeles grow and expand...


50 Monument Sites Named ‘At Risk’

Nepal’s entire stock of cultural heritage sites; an ancient underwater city in Greece; and a modern engineering marvel in Russia are among the 50 monuments in 36 countries termed “at risk” b...


‘Talkie’ Tops UK List of Ugly Designs

A building that has been blamed for melting cars, knocking over people on the ground with its downdraughts and chided with nicknames such as “Walkie Scorchie” is also Britain’s ugliest build...


'The Pyramid' Puts Jerusalem at Odds

With a go-ahead from officials and ground broken for the site of a modern skyscraper in an ancient city, proponents and critics are at odds over both the shape and need of a “pyramid” in Jer...


ISIS Destroys Ancient Syrian Temple

One of the most significant First Century religious structures is no longer standing due to bombing in Palmyra, Syria.


Memorial Finalists Chosen Amid Concern

More than a century after the First World War began and after all the U.S. Veterans for that war have died, the commission in charge of building an honorable memorial has chosen five finalis...


Mansion Owner Admits Illegal Upgrades

ABERGAVENNY, WALES—Installing a mosaic-clad bath, replacing cobblestone, and removing staircases are just a few of the tony upgrades that may send a Welsh developer to prison for a year, acc...


Nepal Quake Exacts Human, Cultural Toll

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—The catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday (April 25) has left thousands of casualties and widespread destruction to treasured monuments and buildings.


Experts Needed for Taj Mahal Cleanup

AGRA, INDIA—International experts are needed to help remove spotting and yellowing of marble on India's iconic Taj Mahal, according to reports.


Stains on Taj Mahal Prompt Urgency

AGRA, INDIA—Exterior spotting and yellowing on India's iconic Taj Mahal will require the attention of a team of international experts, according to reports.


Medieval World Wonder to Gleam Again

A project to reconstruct one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages is underway in China.


Austin Plots Cemetery Rehab Course

From preservation to education, Austin, TX, is breathing new life into the role of historical cemeteries in urban design.


Architect Michael Graves Dies

American architect Michael Graves, regarded as a champion of postmodernism and product design, died Thursday (March 12) in his home in Princeton, NJ. He was 80.


Old Landmark Shrinks to New Standard

Its millions of visitors couldn't tell by looking at it, but the Washington Monument is officially about 10 inches shorter than it was a week ago.


Washington Monument Comes Up Short

The Washington Monument has lost about 10 inches, changing its 130-year-old recorded height, government surveyors have announced.


Stamp Honors Pioneering Architect

The life of the first African-American graduate of MIT and the first academically trained black architect has been honored with a U.S. postage stamp.


NY Architect Files for Bankruptcy

A well-known, 109-year-old New York-based architecture firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming it has failed to receive more than $2 million in fees from a Russian clie...


Moat Floats their Security Boat

The recent security breach by an armed fence-jumper at the White House has members of Congress reaching for some creative solutions.


Historic Home Painting Up for Bid

Bids are being sought to repaint a 154-year-old antebellum home in Tallahassee, FL.


Historic Courthouse Wins Energy Contest

Slashing $40,000 from its utility costs in one year, an 80-year-old U.S. Courthouse and former Post Office in Wichita, KS, has captured the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award.


67 Global Heritage Sites in Danger

Corrosion, development pressures, lean budgets and civil strife are endangering the future of 67 cultural-heritage sites worldwide, according to a new "watch list" issued by the World Monume...


Monument Fund Warns of Sites at Risk

From Syria to St. Louis, 67 cultural-heritage sites in 41 countries and territories worldwide are at risk from the forces of nature and social, political and economic headwinds, experts warn...


Color’s Casualties: Mummies and Cattle

Add pigments to the list of things (like sausage and legislation) you don't want to see being made. At least, not the coloring agents of yesteryear.


Mummies, Mucus and Other Pigments Past

The stuff of cattle urine, snail mucus, and mummies, it’s not hard to see why some paint pigments of the past fell by the wayside.


Saving, and Losing, U.S. Historic Places

There was good news and bad news this month for America’s historic treasures: While many received word of an influx in preservation and restoration funding, others were put on life support.


Pritzker Jury Denies Call for Award

The jury for the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize says its 1991 decision to honor architect Robert Venturi with an award and not his equal partner and collaborator Denise Scott Brown will...


Partner Seeks Share of Pritzker Prize

Just two weeks after Toyo Ito was named the 2013 recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a coalition of more than 4,000 is urging the organizers of the prestigious honor to retroactive...


 
 
   

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