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Tourists who head up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) today are in for a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.
The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. This morning, however, those with the final say on these mattersthe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.
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If you didn't make it to this past weekend's Open House New York festival and are salivating over your friends' (or our own) cool shots of some hidden gems, don't fret. All is not lost. NYC is not the only city to swing open its doors and invite the public into spaces that usually never see the light of day, or at least the flash of cameras.
Open House Worldwide is a project that started in London in 1992 by Open-City to profile the effect that excellent design, planning and regeneration of the contemporary city can have on the quality of people's lives. Celebrating its 21st birthday this year, the program has expanded toyou've guessed it21 cities across the globe.
Here's what Open House events are coming up next:
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There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.
The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.
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SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!
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Layovers are really what you make of them. Either they're spent draining your phone battery while scrolling through your Twitter feed, or they can be filled with the adventure of exploring a new airport and making the most of a few hours before your next flight.
We recently faced this very dilemma at Los Angeles International Airport to the tune of about 7 hours, so after checking-in for our next flight we headed to the iconic Theme Building in the middle of the terminals.
If you've flown into LAX or even just seen photos of the terminals, then you've likely spotted this spaceship-like building keeping a watchful eye on the airplanes and gates. Originally built in 1961, the mid-century modern design is a throw back to the glamor days of travel, but it's practical as well, featuring an observation deck to give travelers a 360-degree view of the entire airport. Inside the building is a restaurant, Encounter at LAX, but the hours of the outdoor deck are limited to the weekends.
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This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.
The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.
The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).
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October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.
The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.
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It's been over two years since any news on the possible future of the iconic architectural landmark, designed for TWA by Eero Saarinen. The will-it-or-won't-it continues, as hotel developer André Balazs goes head-to-head with JFK Airport over his proposed design for a 150-room property.
Page Six reports that "Differing opinions over the design have become a sticking point in the negotiations." This definitely isn't the most positive endorsement of whatever blueprints Balazs has rolled out. We stick by our pronouncement from two years ago, that a hotel is a nice idea, provided the design is respected, but likely won't happen at all.
It’s only been a couple of years since the Christchurch earthquake down in New Zealand, but the city and its residents have been working hard to bring things back to normal. Now one piece of the city’s new landscape is complete, as a new—and unique—cathedral has been constructed to replace the ChristChurch Cathedral that was pretty much damaged beyond repair.
The new place was designed by Shigeru Ban and was created for around $6 million. The cathedral is constructed—at least in part—from cardboard, and is expected to stick around for quite some time until a true replacement can be constructed.
If you’re headed to Rome on holiday this summer the view of the Colosseum is going to be a little different. Thankfully it has nothing to do with new bits and pieces of the ancient monument crumbling away—although that’s a problem too. The new issue is traffic related, as the Mayor of Rome is shutting down the main roads circling one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
As of this last weekend, the roads leading to and surrounding the Colosseum are now closed to traffic. The hope is that the new traffic patterns will limit pollution as well as wear and tear on the city’s architectural treasure. Emergency vehicles, buses, and bicycles will still be allowed to get up close and personal, but even those modes of transportation will be limited to new reduced speed limits.
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It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.
Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."
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You know that we have a thing for old airport stuff, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to our love for the landmarked TWA Flight Center over at New York’s JFK Airport. We’ve been inside and taken some awesome pictures—if we do say so ourselves—and now it looks like someone else has also snuck inside.
Alec Baldwin is the latest to show a little affection towards the old home of TWA, as the building makes an appearance in his latest commercial from Capital One bank. We’re not going to tell you whether or not the credit card is a good one, but we will tell you that we like the commercial.