Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture gifted a new home in Phoenix. (Courtesy Andrew Pielage)

American architectural heritage: The best of AN’s preservation stories – Archpaper.com

By Selina Cheah Historic preservation stories always stir up a conversation: What parts of American architectural history should be preserved? What doesn’t need saving? Since our last coverage of 2016’s top historic preservation articles, many new buildings have become imperiled...
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Courtesy Autodesk. Drone capture of Volterra city center.

Embracing Reality Modeling for Historic Preservation | Architect Magazine

A team from Autodesk, Case Technologies, and the Volterra-Detroit Foundation travel to Italy to digitally archive and preserve ancient structures. By Katharine Keane Wladek Fuchs recalls a story taught to architecture students in his native Poland: “After Warsaw was destroyed by...
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Source: Elisa Rolle (commons.wikimedia.org) Leslie (Albert Anis, 1937), Ocean Drive, Miami Beach Art Deco District

Miami shows how conservation can be combined with change | Opinion | Architects Journal

By Paul Finch The mantra ‘complementary but not a copy’ is a useful guide to interventions affecting architectural heritage, says Paul Finch The Miami Design Preservation League does excellent tours of the South Beach Art Deco district. Our guide on a recent visit was Joel...
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South Beach wants to save Art Deco gems before the seas rise. One solution: Jack them up | Miami Herald

By Andres Viglucci and Joey Flechas Decades after preservationists saved Miami Beach’s treasure-trove of Art Deco architecture from developers and politicians looking to tear it all down, they’re confronting a dire new menace: The relentless rise of the oceans that threatens to...
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America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2016 | Architect Magazine

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced which sites around the country are in danger of being irreparably damaged or lost altogether. By Selin Ashaboglu Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) has been identifying historically and culturally...
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The Art of Saving Energy and the Ingenuity for Saving Art

A nationally recognized art museum solves a historic design challenge with windows that offer modern energy savings. Brought to you by Graham Architectural Products In a recent ranking of university museums, The St. Louis University Museum of Art ranked No. 4 in the nation. Its...
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Photography: Courtesy of NewLife Homes A $9 million renovation converted the Sundowner, a 1960s motel, into 71 residential units for both low-income and market-rate tenants.

Theories of Evolution – repurposing buildings

Even as finding new uses for old buildings has become commonplace, the results can be surprisingly clever. By Ben Ikenson for AIA Architect From motels and churches to bowling alleys and factories, buildings of all types eventually reach the end of their “natural” functioning...
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Construction of the Robie House in Chicago, Illinois from 1909. University of Chicago archives

Frank Lloyd Wright Restorations: Three Projects and Perspectives on Preservation – Curbed

When it comes to preserving the famous architect’s work, there’s no single way to approach restoration or renovation by Patrick Sisson What’s the best way to honor a building’s past, yet preserve it for the future? This central question underlying the work of preservationists and...
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Creative Commons courtesy Boston Public Library A postcard, issued from 1930 to 1945, depicting the man-made Rainbow Bridge at Yellowstone National Park

Where the Wild Things Are: The Challenge of Preserving Natural Resources

The Anthropocene upsetting of the natural world has led to a call for the creation of wildlife-only areas. How would that affect the way we design and build? By Blaine Brownell In his polemical 1968 treatise “The Tragedy of the Commons,” biologist Garrett Hardin...
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Clockwise from top left: Orange County Government Center (Goshen, New York); Portland Gas & Coke Co. Building (Portland, Oregon); Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (Morris Plains, New Jersey); Harry Sythe Cummings House (Baltimore, Maryland); Belleview-Biltmore Hotel (Clearwater, Florida); Hotel Okura (Tokyo, Japan)

10 Important Buildings We Lost in 2015

by Patrick Sisson As architecture publications use the end of the year as a signal to anoint the year’s best designs—or, in the case of Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster, create a more entertaining and exhaustive list of superlatives—it’s...
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