Are glass and steel the new forms of architecture?Anywhere you go in the world today, cities have a common denominator — beautiful and impressive high-rise buildings in iconic shapes that catch one’s imagination. These structures that stand out in a boulevard or in a central business district are easily identified by their shimmering glass façades in all kinds of forms and curves. As shelters of various establishments like banks, car firms and multinational companies, they attract passers-by such as tourists, businessmen and workers. These modern glass structures give prestige to successful business companies and leave a lasting impression about an economy.These impressive vertical structures are designed, planned and constructed by architects and their team of special master builders, engineers and other technical consultants who specialize in beauty, utility and stability, while being environment-friendly. There was a time when modern cities and their architecture … [Read more...] about Are glass and steel the new forms of architecture?
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A once splendid but long dilapidated Egyptian palace built for a trailblazing Ottoman governor is being restored to its former glory and is on course to open next year, according to authorities. The 210-year-old palace of Mohamed Ali Pasha -- credited with being the founder of modern Egypt -- combined western and Muslim styles of architecture. Opulently furnished with priceless paintings, high ceilings and stunning chandeliers, much of the restoration process involves the careful cleaning of these delicate artifacts. Work on the paintings has been particularly intricate. "Tests were done on the colors until we were able to reach the actual components of the original colors", said Mohamed Sadeq, the site's executive manager. "We started removing the previous restorations that were done over the years until we reached the original colors." Significant work has also been required to repair the exteriors of buildings. A car bomb claimed by an Islamic State affiliate -- … [Read more...] about Palace of modern Egypt’s ‘founder’ to return to former glory
ITALY’s Franco Zeffirelli, who died Saturday aged 96, was one of Europe’s foremost film directors, turning classics by Shakespeare and Verdi into modern gems, most famously in his Oscar-nominated Romeo and Juliet (1968). With a career spanning more than 60 years and more than 40 films, plays and operas, Zeffirelli worked with a dazzling array of stars from Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to Glenn Close and La Diva Maria Callas. “Few Italians since Fellini have had such an impact in the United States as Franco Zeffirelli,“ the New York Times said in 2009, reviewing his Met production of La Boheme. As well as his work with Hollywood A-listers, the cultural icon has also collaborated with some of the 20th century’s greatest voices, including Callas and Placido Domingo, in the world’s most prestigious venues. In the 1970s he expanded his repertoire to biblical subjects, notably in the all-star mini-series Jesus of Nazareth with Laurence Olivier, … [Read more...] about Zeffirelli: modern maestro of past masterpieces
NEW YORK — I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York, his sons' architecture firm said Thursday. He was 102 years old. From the controversial Louvre Pyramid in Paris to the landmark Bank of China tower in Hong Kong, the Chinese-born Pei was the mastermind behind works seen as embracing modernity tempered by a grounding in history. Pei Partnership Architects confirmed Pei's death to AFP. The New York Times, citing Pei's son Li Chung, said the architect had died overnight Wednesday into Thursday. "Contemporary architects tend to impose modernity on something. There is a certain concern for history but it's not very deep," Pei, with his owlish round-rimmed glasses, told The New York Times in a 2008 interview. "I understand that times have changed, we have evolved. But I don't want to forget the beginning," he said. "A lasting architecture has to have roots." His … [Read more...] about I.M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Is it any wonder that even Toronto has grown so tired of itself? Bogged down in an endless round of bickering over everything from transit and taxes to teaching, forever struggling to house its residents and eternally besieged by provincial governments determined to suck it dry, this is Ground Hog City, a place stuck in a circular search for answers that never come. Among the most visible signs of its malaise is contemporary architecture in Toronto. The trouble isn’t that the city has been inundated with glass-and-steel towers, but that they all look alike. It’s hard to tell one from another. Local architects seem to be running out of ideas. Their work is so predictable people have stopped paying attention. So when a project like River City 3 appears on the skyline, Torontonians sit up and take note. Located in the West Don Lands, the new condo is unlike anything seen in these parts. It … [Read more...] about Amid Toronto’s architectural malaise, innovative condos like these get noticed