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Google Street View LA Square

Witness Half a Decade of Urban Change in Google Street View

Last week, Google Maps released a new feature to Street View, making it possible to cycle through archived versions of the 360 panoramas. In addition to hours of amusement, this new form of virtual time travel provides an unprecedented way to explore how quickly a city can change at the street level—buildings are built and razed, streets are reconfigured, and the power of a fresh coat of paint gets a jaunty demonstration. The change is most stark in cities like New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles that have had Street View since its launch in 2007, and have a full six years of maps to parse through. Click through the slideshow to see a selection of these urban transformations; then go forth and discover your own.
May 2, 2014
chicago skatepark

Chicago Crowdsources a Skate Park

Skaters, bikers, and a park advocate are breaking new ground in Chicago's Grant Park.
March 21, 2014

New Exhibition: The Brits Who Built the Modern World

On February 13, 2014, the Royal Institute of British Architects inaugurated a new gallery in its central London headquarters with “The Brits Who Built the Modern World.” Drawing on a deep inventory of drawings, models, photographs, and film, the exhibition tells the story of how six influential British architects, all of whom were born within five years of one another in the 1930s, put their own unique stamp on modernism in the latter half of the 20th century.
February 19, 2014
QueensWay Plaza competition

AIANY Releases Winning Designs for Queens Greenway Project

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of a design competition for a vertical gateway to a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway in central Queens. The ultimate goal for the QueensWay, as it is called, is to transform this stretch of Rockaway Rail Line tracks into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle greenway connecting the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. The effort is being led by the Trust for Public Land in cooperation with the Friends of the QueensWay and the City of New York. Click through the slideshow to view the winning designs, which will be the subject of an exhibition opening at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan on July 17, 2014.
February 12, 2014
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The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined

In a campaign pledge last week that resembles a high school candidate’s promise to give out free pop during lunchtime, Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right UMP party, floated the idea of reworking the abandoned “ghost stations” on the Paris metro. Photos released by her campaign, created by architects Manal Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné, show unused stops reimagined as public hotspots boasting amenities such as a swimming pool, theatre and concert hall, nightclub, art gallery and restaurant. While the move hasn’t made waves with the voting public, we love the idea. Here’s a selection of other plans, proposals and projects that reconceptualize what can be done underground.
February 11, 2014
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NYAIA Recognizes 6 Creative New York Architecture and Design Studios

The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the six winners of its biennial New Practices New York competition, which singles out promising and pioneering city-based architecture and design firms founded within the last decade. The jurors selected the winners from among 64 entries.
February 4, 2014
A modern park pavilion in Dallas, Snohetta, Architexas

A Modern Park Pavilion Rises in Dallas

In a modest park on the western edge of Dallas, a modern picnic pavilion is a gathering point.
December 10, 2013
chandigarh palace of assembly

6 Famous Brutalist Buildings

Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s and mostly fell out of favor in the last few decades with the exception of sporadic resurgences in South America and the Middle East. Here are six famous Brutalist buildings featured in Dwell.
December 7, 2013
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What Design Can Do For New York City: A City Modern Preview

After Hurricane Sandy brought New York City’s precarious coastline to the forefront of the city’s collective attention last year, heads turned toward the design community and their proposed solutions to lessen and prevent the disastrous effects of another super storm. Next week Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, will lead a group of her peers in a discussion how the design community can help with this issue and others to advance urban living. Joined by Pentagram's Michael Beirut, architect Deborah Berke and architecture critic Justin Davidson, the group will be moderated by New York design editor Wendy Goodman.
September 26, 2013
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