Architecture in Peril: New York filmmaker Matthew Silva presents Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, a documentary following the 50-year history of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion. Silva launched a fundraising campaign over the weekend to raise money for the documentary’s production. [Kickstarter]

The New Old House: According to Amy Albert, editor of Custom Home, one of the biggest housing trends of 2014 is the preference for new houses that have the appearance of a historic exterior and modern amenities in the interior. [The Wall Street Journal]

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Credit: Courtesy Barker Block


The second phase of Barker Block, one of the country’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods, will bring 68 condos to the market, representing one percent of the total number of market-rate residential units under construction in downtown Los Angeles right now. [DTLA Rising with Brigham Yen]

Michigan governor Rick Snyder announced his plans to seek federal approval of 50,000 work visas for new residents of Detroit in an effort to bring immigrants to the bankrupt city. The population of Detroit has fallen to 700,000 from 1.8 million in the 1950s. [The New York Times]

What does the library of the future look like? [The Atlantic Cities]

Architect Joseph Reid died in December at age 89. [The Washington Post]

The wife wanted a house small enough to vacuum in five minutes. The husband, at 6-foot-1, wanted a house without cramped rooms and low-slung doorways. They designed a 704-square-foot house. Their next goal is to design a house with 400 square feet. [The New York Times]

Plumen bulbs consume 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs.

Plumen bulbs consume 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs.

Credit: Courtesy Plumen


British design studio Plumen has a new take on the CFL. [The New York Times Style Magazine]

Photos of 1970’s Brooklyn. [The Atlantic Cities]

Richard Meier, FAIA, returns to his native New Jersey with new developments: the Richard Meier Model Museum in Jersey City and a number of affordable housing units and charter schools in Newark. [The New York Times]

Check the charts. More and more homebuyers are paying all in cash. [NPR]

Profiles of seven of Rem Koolhaas's protégés who have become highly successful architects. [The Wall Street Journal]

Spanish octogenarian Justo Gallego Martinez has spent 53 years designing and building this Madrid cathedral. [Gizmodo]

Watch these skateboards roll across the Brooklyn skyline. [NY Curbed]

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