Building Wall and Building Wall Quickly

Weekend edition: Amazon gets grilled, Brutalism gets preserved, and more

The exterior today of The Everson Museum (Scott Basile)

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The Everson Museum of Art Scott Basile

The Everson Museum of Art, designed by I.M. Pei is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a look back on how the seminal brutalist building was constructed. (Scott Basile)

Stunning new photos document I.M. Pei’s early brutalist museum

I.M. Pei’s first museum design, The Everson Museum of Art, is a big, brutalist structure that’s celebrating its 50th birthday in Syracuse, New York.

Photo of Pilsen

18th Street, Pilsen’s commercial center. A new multifaceted cultural heritage strategy aims to work the designation of a local historic district into a broader plan to preserve culture and affordability in the neighborhood. (Stephanie Barto/Flickr)

Chicago aims to preserve the vernacular architecture in its largest Mexican-American community

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved a preliminary designation for a dense array of vernacular buildings in the heart of Pilsen.

Photo of parking lot

American cities are rapidly embracing progressive land-use and transportation reforms. (Omer Rana)

Against all odds, progressive land-use reforms are taking root in American cities

With Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles moving forward with land-use reforms, the thinking behind how American cities work could soon change.

Photo of El Centro Border Wall replacement project by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

In an odd statement, DHS touts the quick construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall key sections. Shown here: El Centro Border Wall replacement project (Mani Albrecht/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr)

DHS says it is “building wall and building wall quickly” in bizarre statement

In an odd press release, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security touts quick construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall key sections.

Rendering of One Court Square tower with an Amazon logo

Rendering of One Court Square tower with an Amazon logo from New York City’s proposal to win the new Amazon headquarters. (Courtesy NYCEDC)

New York’s proposal for Amazon’s HQ2 is much worse than we thought

The concessions from the city have raised eyebrows and triggered a trio of City Council hearings on the terms of the deal.

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