Preservation Roundup: Infectious Desert Landscape, Chicago's Burnham Plan Turns 100, DIY and Reusable Building Material, Realize Hudson Rise

Posted on: April 20th, 2009 by Matt Ringelstetter 1 Comment

Desert Preservation and Vonnegutian Landscape Construction: An architectural Association student in London has proposed the construction of a 6,000 km long sandstone wall to help curtail future spread of the Sahara. The project won first prize at the Holcim Foundation's Awards for Sustainable Construction, due to the proposed use of an "microorganism readily available in marshes and wetlands, that solidifies loose sand into sandstone." [BLDGBLOG]

What Made the Windy City Work?: The city plan of Chicago proposed by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett is one hundred years old. Urbanophile takes a look at what made the Burnham Plan and the integrated series of projects it called for a success. [Urbanophile]

Montpelier Asks: What is Provenance?: "You may have heard the term if you have visited a museum, watched “Antiques Roadshow” or “History Detectives”, or collect antiques. A good definition for “provenance” is, “a history of who owned an object”. As you can imagine, at Montpelier, we are very interested in objects that were previously owned by James and Dolley Madison; one way to describe these pieces is to say that they had “Madison provenance”." [Montpelier Restoration and Curatorial Blog]

Realize Hudson Rise: Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Kirsten Dunst and other NYC celebs are organizing a grassroots campaign to protect a lower Manhattan neighborhood and its parks. [RealizeHudsonRise]

RIY to Replace DIY: The "Reuse it Yourself" movement is here to revolutionize the "Do it Yourself" method when it comes to construction and the use of building materials. [WorldChanging]

Development at Nationals Park: The Nat's record isn't the only thing slumping these days in the SE corner of the city. If you took in a game at National's Park this week, (and based on what the stands looked like on television, you didn't) you probably saw that for the second straight year, the much-hyped advertisements for development within the area hide nothing but construction holes and stalled progress. "Baseball stadium backers promised a lively entertainment district when the D.C. government poured nearly $700 million into building Nationals Park: a hub of bustling shops, restaurants, hotels, condos and office tower to draw patrons year-round." It doesn't appear that will be happening any time soon. [Washington Post]

UNC-Greensboro's Quad Development: "...Advocates for historic buildings would hope that a design solution involving an architectural recreation not be followed. If the Quad is destroyed for new housing, they reason, the campus would be better served to include buildings of this era instead of those that reflect architectural tastes of the early twentieth century." [Greensboro's Treasured Places]

Linking Place and Space...from space: Pentagram Architects "was asked to mark the points of arrival in Newark and to address the history and culture of the city in the urban landscape." And how to do this? With Google Earth, of course. [Pentagram Blog]

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One Response

  1. doughboy

    July 1, 2009

    Nice Cat’s Cradle reference.