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Louis Kahn commenced designing Temple Beth El in 1967. A sketch of a preliminary scheme from around 1968 includes the handwritten text: “View looking up to entrance block and the synagogue reaching up and down from it/the setting in the envelopment of trees.” That entrance block is no longer. In early August the congregation demolished the entry portion of its temple in Chappaqua, NY, as part of an expansion plan.... MORE

© Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania

On July 27, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved Manhattan's Look Building for landmark status. The 21-story building is located at 488 Madison Avenue and covers the block between East 51st and East 52nd Streets. Designed by Emery Roth & Sons and completed in 1950, the Look Building is defined by a stepped profile and white brick bands that alternate with metal-framed ribbon windows.... MORE

K. Randall

On August 11, the Port Authority and Delta Airlines announced an agreement that calls for the demolition of Delta's present international terminal, known as Terminal 3, at John F Kennedy Airport. Built in 1960 as the Pan American terminal, the original part of Terminal 3 was an exuberant expression of Modern structural engineering and dawn-of-the-jet-age optimism. As if to set Pan Am apart, as a prestigious and strictly international carrier, the structure was given a unique form, with an elliptical glazed concourse set under a saucer-like canopy that spans almost 500 feet on its longer axis.... MORE

Vintage postcard, courtesy Garland Pollard,

Beware: tons of concrete coming your way! Just recently we received a tip-off about a group called "The Brutalism Appreciation Society" on the social networking website Facebook. The page is administered by a Brit, who has posted hundreds of photos of Brutalist buildings in the UK. "Friends" are encouraged to post their own photos, so quite a number of US examples appear as well—currently the gallery is 2,000+ images.... MORE

©Mark Lighterness

A recent article in the New York Times reports that a previously unknown collection of over 25,000 design sketches, working drawings, renderings and photographs from the second half of Philip Johnson's career from 1968 to 1992 is about to go up for sale. The archival materials are being sold by one of Johnson's former business partners who had kept them in storage for years. Included in the collection are Johnson's AT&T Building and some of the smaller structures on his Glass House property. ... MORE

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