Havana Modern: 20th Century Styles

Havana Modern: 20th Century Styles

In the first half of the 20th century, Havana served as a huge stage set for some of the great architectural styles. The city was saturated with Cuban and American architects demonstrating their abilities in the language of the Beaux Arts, of Art Nouveau, and of Art Deco, Art...

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In D.C., Restoring a Collegiate Gothic

In D.C., Restoring a Collegiate Gothic

One of the signature buildings on The Catholic University of America’s campus in Washington, D.C. has undergone a sensitive renovation at the hands of SmithGroup. The Tudor Gothic structure, part of a master plan designed in 1914 by Murphy & Olmstead, originally...

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In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

Vivian Lee is a native of Taiwan who left at age seven to be raised in the states. Now she’s returned to Taichung as an architect with Richard Meier & Partners, to design a 41-story condominium tower in that booming city. “Obviously there’s a personal connection, but...

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Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Views of Beirut and the Mediterranean

Lebanese architect Ziad Abi Karam has designed a house that perches atop a hill near Beirut – for 360-degree views of the city and the Mediterranean. Moreover, he’s curated the vistas from each of its five floors. “There are small and precise views in the bedrooms, but...

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How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

A paper conservator, intently engaged in restoring the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of drawings from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios, will discuss her work tonight during a lecture in midtown Manhattan. Marina Ruiz-Molina’s presentation will focus on the various...

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Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Item #2 from the Winter 2015 issue of New York magazine’s Design Hunting: The East Harlem home Jeffrey Ventura Morell shares with his partner, Lyndel Urbano, is an 850-square-foot, loftlike apartment inside a recently renovated former warehouse. But the space is...

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In NewYork’s Design Hunting: ‘Soak’

In NewYork’s Design Hunting: ‘Soak’

Editor’s note: The winter 2015 issue of New York magazine’s Design Hunting is on the stands now, and A+A is exerpting a couple of features from it – one today (with a familiar byline) and another on Monday. This one’s from pages 68-69, with photography...

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A Home Design Studio in Charleston

A Home Design Studio in Charleston

Ten minutes from the center of Charleston, S.C. is a new development on Daniels Island called Ashton Woods. It’s remarkable not for the homes to be built there, but for the experiential nature of the studio where owners can select the materials soon to surround them. Designed...

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John Vinci, the Modern Preservationist

John Vinci, the Modern Preservationist

Architect John Vinci, soon to receive AIA Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has surely earned it. Schooled at IIT when Mies was still teaching there, Vinci would eventually live to restore buildings designed by the modern master, as well as by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis...

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Michael Graves’ Art at Studio Vendome

Michael Graves’ Art at Studio Vendome

It’s hard not to marvel at the multifaceted arc of Michael Graves’ 50-year career. He’s been a Harvard-trained modernist, a Rome fellow, a member of the New York Five, a postmodern master, a product designer – and a painter with a fine eye and muted palette. That last...

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