Monthly Archives: December 2013

Zaha “Ha Ha” Hadid’s thing

Even I don’t have the London City Halls to photomontage the People’s Daily into Qatar’s proposed World Cup Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid. I refer, of course, firstly to Norman Foster’s London City Hall, called the “glass gonad” by London … Continue reading

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Column: The ground game against modernism

Little noticed amid last month’s shutdown in Washington was Congress’s shutdown of funding for the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s proposed modernist monument for the 34th president, designed by Frank Gehry and expected to cost $142 million, mostly in federal tax dollars. … Continue reading

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Column: Buildings scrape the sky’s eye

One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot-tall “kick-me” sign nearing completion on New York City’s skyline, is 991 feet shy in height of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which rises 2,717 feet above the Dubai desert. But thanks to … Continue reading

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Column: Small future for tall buildings in D.C.

Like much in the District of Columbia, the Hotel Dupont Plaza has undergone change. For one thing, it is now called the Dupont Circle Hotel. But it looks much as when it was completed half a century ago. Beige brick … Continue reading

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Column: The rise and fall of Guastavino tile

About 600 buildings in the United States, including 200 in New York, 29 in Boston, 22 in Washington and 7 in Rhode Island, feature a tile vault system perfected by a native of Valencia, Spain, brought by him to America … Continue reading

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Architecture Here and There really begins anew

Architecture Here and There hereby, henceforth and forthwith migrates to WordPress. This is your correspondent’s first blog post. It is very preliminary, though not as preliminary as my first blog post on WordPress.org, a blog I created by accident (not … Continue reading

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