ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 312
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Thu Nov 16 11:11:04 PST 2006
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by Michael J. Crosbie
Once upon a time the parking garage was created as a
dark place filled with sinister shadows and exhaust
fumes. But it doesn't have to be that way. Over the
past few years some of the best parking garages have
been designed and constructed to be more like parking
palaces, as architects focus their design creativity on
making the inner-city garage an aesthetic contributor
to our urban experience.
Is it any surprise that Germany is a beneficiary of one
of these novel parking garages? It seems natural that
the country that brought us the Autobahn and exacting
automotive design and engineering should also be host
to such an elegant and innovative structure, which
offers some unorthodox lessons in garage design.
The Parkhaus Engelenschanze, designed by Petry -
Wittfoht Freier Architekten o a firm that has since
evolved into wittfoht architekten, based in Stuttgart o
is located in the center of the city of Munster, not
far from the train station. It occupies the corner of
Engelstrasse and Herwarthstrasse, the latter being the
more prominent thoroughfare, onto which the garage
According to the architect, this is a important urban
locale, with a large hotel just across Herwarthstrasse
and the city's Chamber of Agriculture building on the
other side of Engelstrasse. Another hotel, office
buildings, and shops nudge up to the parking garage on
either side of the block.
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ACADIA at 25
by Theodore W. Hall
This year the Association for Computer Aided Design in
Architecture (ACADIA) marked its first quarter century
of involvement in promoting the use of computers to
enhance design creativity in architecture, planning,
and building science.
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Engineering students today face a different future from
that of their predecessors. As design professionals
develop new approaches to sustainability in
architecture, old ideas about technology and mechanical
controls as the ultimate solution are flying out the
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Build Boston - November 14-16, 2006 - Seaport World Trade Center
The Northeast's leading tradeshow for the building industry is in
Boston, November 14-16, 2006. Build Boston brings together over 350
suppliers of building products and services with over 14,000
architects and other professionals. Featuring 225 workshops and
networking events, fifteen symposiums, daily Boston tours. Presented
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Postcard from New Haven
by Michael J. Crosbie
On December 10, 2006, the Yale University Art Gallery,
designed by Louis Kahn, will reopen after a $44 million
restoration/ renovation. Completed in 1953, the
building is considered Kahn's first major work of
architecture. Just across the street, to the south, it
faces his last building, the Yale British Art Center,
which he did not live to see completed.
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