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banished brutalism: death knells abound for building style


providence, r.i. (ap) — when an exposed concrete subway vault near the u.s. capitol was painted white this spring, riders rejoiced at the brightened washington metro station. but some preservationists were unhappy, complaining that a “cardinal rule” of the brutalist style was broken.brutalism, which got its name from a french word for raw concrete, has been sparking public battles ever since the architectural style flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, spawning buildings from boston to belgrade.now, the era’s aging structures are being declared eyesores and slated for demolition in cities around the world. or, as in washington’s union station, their austere features have been softened.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.death tollthe public’s eagerness to get rid of b






banished brutalism: death knells abound for building style


providence, r.i. (ap) — when an exposed concrete subway vault near the u.s. capitol was painted white this spring, riders rejoiced at the brightened washington metro station. but some preservationists were unhappy, complaining that a “cardinal rule” of the brutalist style was broken.brutalism, which got its name from a french word for raw concrete, has been sparking public battles ever since the architectural style flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, spawning buildings from boston to belgrade.now, the era’s aging structures are being declared eyesores and slated for demolition in cities around the world. or, as in washington’s union station, their austere features have been softened.






some mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began rating apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the ratings shows they don’t always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz’s buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were rated in tier 1 and the remaining fiv






some mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began rating apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the ratings shows they don’t always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz’s buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were rated in tier 1 and the remaining fiv






some mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began rating apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the ratings shows they don’t always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz’s buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were rated in tier 1 and the remaining fiv






some minneapolis apartment buildings get a top ranking despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began ranking apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the rankings shows they don’t always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz’s buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were ranked in tier 1 and the remaining






some mpls. apartment buildings get top rating despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began rating apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the ratings shows they don’t always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz’s buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were rated in tier 1 and the remaining fiv






british government reveals 75 of 75 apartment buildings failed fire safety inspe


the grenfell tower blaze in london is a dire warning of britain's unsafe buildings






some minneapolis apartment buildings get a top rating despite code violations


two years ago, the city of minneapolis began rating apartment buildings based on their condition, maintenance and need for city services.the best-kept buildings — dubbed tier 1 — require inspections every eight years and pay a lower license fee. at the other end, tier 3 buildings — the worst classification — must be inspected annually and pay higher prices for licenses. the goal, the city says, is to keep a close eye on the problem properties and make the landlords who own them pay for the extra effort.but a review of the ratings shows they don't always square with the conditions at apartment buildings around the city. landlord stephen frenz's buildings racked up 453 building violations from 2013 to march 2016, yet 61 of his 66 apartment buildings were rated in tier 1 and the remaining fiv






trump buildings produce some of new york’s worst pollution


president donald trump’s many namesake buildings dotting the new york city skyline are among the worst polluters in the big apple, according to a new report. the organization align, a coalition of labor and community groups aiming to make the city more sustainable, released a report detailing the trump buildings’ environmental impact and calling for the…






suspected drunk driver knocks out power to colorado springs buildings after hitt


a suspected drunk driver crashed into two buildings, two parked vehicles and an electrical box in a south colorado springs neighborhood saturday morning, police said.cody burns, 29, was arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk. no one was injured in the incident.police said they received a call around 6:45 a.m. of a traffic accident in the 800 block of mt. werner circle. officers discovered that both buildings that were hit lost electrical power and received structural damage as a result of the crash.






the yard's towers are almost ready to fly at chicago shakespeare


if you measure a theater by the size, scope and versatility of its physical buildings, then there can be no reasonable doubt that chicago shakespeare theater has just vaulted to the summit of chicago theater companies.the game-changer for cst, a long-established company which first took up residence on navy pier in 1999, is the impending opening of the yard, a new, flexible, indoor theater built for about $35 million in the guts of the defunct skyline stage, a brutalist, wind-swept, ill-sized outdoor venue that found popular programming increasingly elusive as competition grew, and that no one will miss.the only thing that worked about skyline stage was its white, tentlike roof, which has been retained for the yard, even though the canvas now will sit atop an indoor theater, not rows of se






time-lapse video shows revamp of bracknell town centre


bracknell in berkshire will reclaim its town centre when a £240m shopping and leisure development opens on thursday.the opening of the one million sq ft foot (93,000 sq m) lexicon centre ends a five-year construction project.the scheme involved the demolition of a third of the old town centre, which has been widely criticised for its brutalist architecture.designated as one of 10 new towns in 1949, bracknell was originally built to help alleviate the post-war housing shortage.video courtesy bracknell borough council.






the yard's towers are almost ready to fly at chicago shakespeare


if you measure a theater by the size, scope and versatility of its physical buildings, then there can be no reasonable doubt that chicago shakespeare theater has just vaulted to the summit of chicago theater companies.the game-changer for cst, a long-established company which first took up residence on navy pier in 1999, is the impending opening of the yard, a new, flexible, indoor theater built for about $35 million in the guts of the defunct skyline stage, a brutalist, wind-swept, ill-sized outdoor venue that found popular programming increasingly elusive as competition grew, and that no one will miss.the only thing that worked about skyline stage was its white, tentlike roof, which has been retained for the yard, even though the canvas now will sit atop an indoor theater, not rows of se






uk safety operation underway after london fire


london — british authorities are studying samples of similar to that used on the west london apartment building that caught fire, killing at least 79 people.eleven buildings have now been identified as having combustible cladding such as that used on the grenfell tower. the cladding is being studied amid fears that the panels fueled the fire in the 24-story building that was engulfed in less than an hour.buildings in london, manchester and plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified.fears about cladding is not limited to apartment buildings, and at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations. premier inn said friday it had "concerns" about the material on some of its buildings, though it is different to the type used on gr






more high-rises fail fire safety tests


image copyrightgetty imagescladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government has said.tests are taking place on the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the grenfell tower fire in north kensington on 14 june.the department for communities and local government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test.councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over.not all the buildings affected have so far been named but a list from the dclg identifies 14 of the areas:camden - five buildingsbrent - onebarnet - threehounslow - oneislington - onelambeth - onewandsworth - twomanchester - fournorwich - oneplymouth - threeportsmouth - twodoncaster - onesunderland - fivestockton-on-






more high-rises fail fire safety tests


image copyrightgetty imagescladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government has said.tests are taking place on the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the grenfell tower fire in north kensington on 14 june.the department for communities and local government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test.councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over.not all the buildings affected have so far been named but a list from the dclg identifies 14 of the areas:camden - five buildingsbrent - onebarnet - threehounslow - oneislington - onelambeth - onewandsworth - twomanchester - fournorwich - oneplymouth - threeportsmouth - twodoncaster - onesunderland - fivestockton-on-






more high-rises fail fire safety tests


image copyrightgetty imagescladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government has said.there are plans to test the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the grenfell tower fire in north kensington on 14 june.the department for communities and local government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test.councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over.not all the buildings affected have so far been named but a list from the dclg identifies 14 of the areas:camden - five buildingsbrent - onebarnet - threehounslow - oneislington - onelambeth - onewandsworth - twomanchester - fournorwich - oneplymouth - threeportsmouth - twodoncaster - onesunderland - fivestockton-on-te






uk safety operation underway after london fire


london (ap) — british authorities are studying samples of similar to that used on the west london apartment building that caught fire, killing at least 79 people.eleven buildings have now been identified as having combustible cladding such as that used on the grenfell tower. the cladding is being studied amid fears that the panels fueled the fire in the 24-story building that was engulfed in less than an hour.buildings in london, manchester and plymouth are among those where problem cladding has been identified.fears about cladding is not limited to apartment buildings, and at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations. premier inn said friday it had “concerns” about the material on some of its buildings, though it is different to the type used






alcatraz island, san francisco download


download download let us guide you at the historical island of alcatraz near san francisco, usa. this guide covers 19 of the most important historical structures on alcatraz island. it offers a full description of every building including photos of how the buildings used to look in their past glory and markings on the map shows where the structures are placed. using tts (text to speak) your smartphone will act as an audio guide and will read the texts out to you loud, as you visit the different buildings. the voice used is the default android speaker voice which is already installed on your device. all you need to do is to press "play" at the button of a selected text, and the chosen text will be read out to you. either you can use our predefined tour of the highlights of the area, or you






secretary shulkin considering closing over 1,100 va facilities


veterans affairs secretary david shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 va facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector.at a house hearing wednesday, shulkin said the va had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized, costing the federal government $25 million a year. he said the va would work with congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering whether to follow a process the pentagon had used in recent decades to decide which of its underused military bases to shutter, known as base realignment and closure, or brac."whether brac is a model that we should take a look, we're beginning that discussion with members of congress," shul






more high-rises fail fire safety tests


image copyrightgetty imagescladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government has said.there are plans to test the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the grenfell tower fire in north kensington on 14 june.the department for communities and local government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test.councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over.not all the buildings affected have so far been named but a list from the dclg identifies 14 of the areas:camden - five buildingsbrent - onebarnet - threehounslow - oneislington - onelambeth - onewandsworth - twomanchester - fournorwich - oneplymouth - threeportsmouth - twodoncaster - onesunderland - fivestockton-on-te






more high-rises fail fire safety tests


image copyrightgetty imagescladding on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas in england has failed fire safety tests, the government has said.there are plans to test the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the grenfell tower fire in north kensington on 14 june.the department for communities and local government said all buildings examined so far had failed the test.councils were told to prioritise buildings they had most concern over.not all the buildings affected have so far been named but a list from the dclg identifies 14 of the areas:camden - five buildingsbrent - onebarnet - threehounslow - oneislington - onelambeth - onewandsworth - twomanchester - fournorwich - oneplymouth - threeportsmouth - twodoncaster - onesunderland - fivestockton-on-te






teardownapolis? buildings in downtown minneapolis and st. paul don't last long


american downtowns vividly illustrate the impermanence of architecture.in the twin cities, thousands of downtown buildings have come and gone over the years, some of them leading only the briefest of architectural lives. to be sure, there are methuselahs such as the 131-year-old lumber exchange in minneapolis and the 128-year-old pioneer building in st. paul, but they fall into the realm of notable exceptions. star tribune file the first national bank building, built in 1906, was replaced eight years later by the first national bank-soo line building. the average life span of downtown buildings in the twin cities is probably 50 years, which is about what it is in other american cities. in chicago, described by one writer as “arguably the world capital of architectural obsolescence,” a stud






santa monica adopts nation's most extensive earthquake retrofit plan


the santa monica city council on tuesday passed the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort, which will require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 buildings suspected to be vulnerable in an earthquake.city leaders unanimously approved the ordinance in a second reading, which followed an initial vote in february. property owners will begin receiving notices in may ordering them to conduct structural evaluations of buildings suspected to be at risk of damage in an earthquake.“we want to do as much as we can to limit the loss of life and infrastructure, so in the event of a disaster, we bounce back strong,” mayor ted winterer said in a statement.the notices will be mailed out over the course of a year. the buildings included in the city’s list are commercial and multifamily r






santa monica adopts nation's most extensive earthquake retrofit plan


the santa monica city council on tuesday passed the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort, which will require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 buildings suspected to be vulnerable in an earthquake.city leaders unanimously approved the ordinance in a second reading, which followed an initial vote in february. property owners will begin receiving notices in may ordering them to conduct structural evaluations of buildings suspected to be at risk of damage in an earthquake.“we want to do as much as we can to limit the loss of life and infrastructure, so in the event of a disaster, we bounce back strong,” mayor ted winterer said in a statement.the notices will be mailed out over the course of a year. the buildings included in the city’s list are commercial and multifamily r






active shooter firing ak-47 at apartment buildings in fort wayne, indiana


police in fort wayne, indiana, are responding to an active shooter whom they say is firing an “ak-47-type weapon” at apartment buildings in the downtown area.according to local news station wpta 21, the suspect is being described by police as “a black man wearing black shirt and black pants.” police first responded to a call that came in at 8 a.m. et about a man firing rounds at apartment buildings, seemingly at random.developing…






more buildings found with "combustible" cladding


london — tests so far have found that at least three high-rise apartment buildings in the u.k. have flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in london, britain’s government said thursday.prime minister theresa may’s office said 600 buildings in the country have “similar cladding” to that of grenfell tower in north kensington, which was destroyed by the june 14 blaze.the department for communities and local government later said that figure refers to buildings with all types of cladding and that not all of them necessarily have cladding made from the same aluminum composite material as grenfell tower. landlords are being asked to check what the cladding on their buildings is made from.police and fire officials are trying to determi






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three years ago, minneapolis created a tier system for apartment buildings based on the condition and maintanence of the property with the best buildings ranked tier 1 becaused they were "well maintained and managed," requiring inspections once every eight years. the information is generally posted in the lobby and can be an indicator for perspective renters of the quality of the building. the problem is that it appears to be no indicator at all.






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three years ago, minneapolis created a tier system for apartment buildings based on the condition and maintanence of the property with the best buildings ranked tier 1 becaused they were "well maintained and managed," requiring inspections once every eight years. the information is generally posted in the lobby and can be an indicator for perspective renters of the quality of the building. the problem is that it appears to be no indicator at all.






in britain, all of the buildings tested so far for fire safety have failed


london – all 75 high-rise buildings in britain that have been tested for fire safety since the grenfell tower tragedy have failed, government officials said monday, raising concerns that even more buildings may have to be evacuated while emergency repairs are undertaken.hundreds of families were ordered to evacuate apartments in the five high-rise buildings of the chalcots estate in northwest london on friday night in an urgent scramble after it emerged that, among other safety risks, the buildings had exterior cladding similar to that used on grenfell tower. at least 79 people died in grenfell tower on june 14 in london's deadliest fire in more than a century.an estimated 4,000 residents of the more than 800 apartments in the chalcots estate were advised to leave their homes, many of them






$141 million project to bring 429 apartments to state street


a chicago developer has struck a deal to buy a row of long-empty state street buildings from the federal government, with plans to convert them to 429 apartments and retail space. ca ventures plans a $141 million redevelopment of the buildings in the 200 block of south state street, near the dirksen u.s. courthouse, according to a news release from mayor rahm emanuel's office.the deal could breathe new life into a rundown stretch of the state street shopping corridor, where the federally owned structures have long sat vacant.ca ventures has a $10.38 million agreement to buy the buildings, pending approval by the general services administration and the chicago city council, according to the city. the deal is expected to be finalized by this summer.the buildings, which range from three to 22






$141 million project to bring 429 apartments to state street


a chicago developer has struck a deal to buy a row of long-empty state street buildings from the federal government, with plans to convert them to 429 apartments and retail space.ca ventures plans a $141 million redevelopment of the buildings in the 200 block of south state street, near the everett m. dirksen u.s. courthouse, according to a news release from mayor rahm emanuel's office.the deal could breathe new life into a rundown stretch of the state street shopping corridor, where the federally owned structures have long sat vacant.ca ventures has a $10.38 million agreement to buy the buildings, pending approval by the government services administration and the chicago city council, according to the city. the deal is expected to be finalized by this summer.the buildings, which range fro






u of m's minneapolis campus loses heat as steam pipeline damaged


with temperatures falling below 30 degrees, most buildings on the university of minnesota campus lost heat thursday when a pipeline that delivers steam was damaged.the pipeline, which delivers steam from the university’s se steam plant to the minneapolis campus, was shut down as a precaution. a limited amount of steam was still being provided by the campus’ new main energy plant, which is in a testing phase.the u’s energy management team is diverting steam to critical buildings such as the hospital and research areas. people in other buildings were expected to feel some loss of heat.crews are working to determine the extent of the damage.






us inmate admits threatening to blow up government buildings


clarksburg, w.va. — a federal inmate in west virginia has admitted he threatened to blow up government buildings in several major u.s. cities.the exponent telegram (http://bit.ly/2mceqxa ) reports 37-year-old jeremy edward smith pleaded guilty wednesday in federal court in clarksburg to making the threats in a 2015 letter he wrote while in solitary confinement at a u.s. penitentiary in hazelton.prosecutors say that in the letter, smith threatened to blow up government buildings in boston, chicago, new york, philadelphia and washington, d.c.the u.s. bureau of prisons had reviewed the letter and alerted the secret service.smith faces a maximum sentence of 10 additional years in prison.






doran sells pair of dinkytown apartment buildings for $93 million


in a sign of deepening demand for student housing projects, one of the largest apartment managers in the nation paid $93 million this week for a pair of apartment buildings for students near the university of minnesota.with a combined 310-plus units the bridges and the knoll are among the largest newly built buildings near campus, and both were built and owned by bloomington-based doran companies, which developed an additional four student housing buildings that have all since been sold.kelly doran said the buildings, which were completed in 2013 and 2014, were both fully occupied and that his divestment in the area was simply a response to an insatiable demand for twin cities apartment buildings from national investors.doran was one of the most prolific developers in the area, which saw t






arizona wins 14th straight game at washington’s expense


the huskies led for most of the first half before the wildcats got going. markelle fultz scored just 16 points on 8-of-23 shooting for uw.tucson, ariz. — kadeem allen scored 14 points to lead five arizona players in double figures and the no. 7 wildcats wore down washington 77-66 on sunday to stay alone at the top of the pac-12 standings.the wildcats (20-2, 9-0 pac-12) won their 14th straight overall and 18th in a row at home.kobi simmons added 13 points, and allonzo trier, dusan ristic and lauri markkanen had 12 apiece.freshman sen ion markelle fultz scored 16 points for washington (9-12, 2-7) but on 8-of-23 shooting. he was 0 for 4 on three-pointers and missed all four of his free throws.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.washington led virtually entire first half