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Also in California, the Palm Springs KFC dons a Googie aesthetic. Meanwhile, in Georgia, the Marietta "Big Chicken" (which became a KFC franchise in 1991) sports a 56-foot-tall steel chicken, complete with a moving beak. The much-loved roadside restaurant recently received $2 million makeover.
The Power of Architecture
Louis Kahn's architecture comes home to Philadelphia with major exhibition
This Future Has a Past
FBI files, a missing MoMA house, and the life of modernist architect Gregory Ain
The exhibition at the CFA includes a model of Ain's MoMA house. The model had turned up at architect Theodore "The Dean of Models" Conrad's house in New Jersey. In addition to this, F.B.I. files procured by Robbins after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request are also on display. The files disclose oddly specific details on Ain, such as his weight and also his alias, Fred Grant.
Despite the unearthed files, Ain's house is yet to be found. “To put all of that money into the exhibition house only to demolish it doesn’t make sense,” said Robbins.
This Future Has a Past is presented in cooperation with Anyspace. The exhibition was initially intended for the 15th International Venice Biennale of Architecture but is on show at the CFA until September 12, 2017. A special talk, "Who was Gregory Ain?" is planned for September 7. More details on that can be found here.
Gehry, DS+R, Snøhetta, Piano, Foster, and Levette compete for a new concert hall in London
The shortlist for the Center for Music in full is as follows:
- AL_A (U.K.) and Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada)
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro (U.S.) and Sheppard Robson (U.K.)
- Foster + Partners (U.K.)
- Gehry Partners, LLP (U.S.) and Arup Associates (U.K.)
- Renzo Piano Building Workshop (France)
- Snøhetta (Norway)
The aforementioned architecture firms and their teams will provide designs in the coming months. A winner is expected to be announced in the fall.
The current concert hall in the Barbican has also seen recent work done to it—or rather underneath it—in the wake of CrossRail, a new rail line that connects East and West London. In order to reduce noise, special spring-loaded rails are being installed to dampen vibrations which reverberate loudly in the tunnels, potentially disturbing performances. Engineers have not been able to test the idea, but are hopeful of its success.