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Health Careless: 12 Decrepit Abandoned Nursing Homes

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

These abandoned nursing homes illustrate the contrast between the rising need for senior care facilities and the costs of keeping older nursing homes open.

The Horner Memorial Nurses’ Home sits cheek-by-jowl to the similarly abandoned Brownsville General Hospital in tiny Brownsville, PA, located 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. The Nurses’ Home opened in 1928 and housed – you guessed it – nurses who worked in the hospital next door.

LA Library Store by Cory Grosser + Associates | Shop interiors

Dating back to the 1920's, The Los Angeles Central Library is one of the city's historic architectural and cultural treasures. It is the third largest library in the US in terms of book and periodical holdings, and is the heart of the Los Angeles Library system which serves the most diverse population of any library in America. The Library Store, a small gift shop nestled just off the main lobby, has long operated as a non-profit store where visitors can make unique purchases that directly benefit The Library Foundation, an organization that supports the public libraries of LA and the many free community services and events they provide. The design concept for The Library Store was crafted from the inevitable challenge of combining old and new when introducing modern upgrades to a building almost a century old. With a goal of addressing this juxtaposition thoughtfully and elegantly, the team came up with a lenticular design scheme, utilizing custom angled walls and display structure… continue

Book Briefs #31: A Trio of Wright

"Book Briefs" are an ongoing series of posts with short first-hand descriptions of some of the numerous books that make their way into my library. These briefs are not full-blown reviews, but they are a way to share more books worthy of attention than can find their way into reviews on this blog.

This year's 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth (1867-1959) has generated much in the way of content: exhibitions, publications, and articles galore. I've done my share on this blog – So You Want to Learn About Frank Lloyd Wright, a book review of An Organic Architecture, and Wright at Columbia – and here I wrap up my coverage with some takes on three publications devoted to an architect we're sure to be celebrating again in another fifty years.


Rail to Trail: 12 U.S. Park Projects Reclaiming Urban Infrastructure

[ By SA Rogers in Destinations & Sights & Travel. ]

A whole lot of valuable land in America’s densest urban centers is occupied by the disused and often toxic remnants of neglected infrastructure, industrial complexes and other blight that could be green space instead. Taking inspiration from New York City’s High Line, an elevated linear park along a former New York Central Railroad spur, many cities are transforming urban riverbanks, viaducts, underpasses, freeway structures and even the tops of tunnels into parks, bike paths, pedestrian routes and other public amenities.

11th Street Bridge Park, Washington DC by OMA and OLIN

Wright at Columbia

This year, the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth, has yielded plenty of publications, exhibitions, and other events about the world's most famous modern architect. A few of them -- a book, an exhibition and a related symposium -- are centered at Columbia University, whose Avery Library co-owns the Wright archive with MoMA, which is exhibiting (until October 1) the must-see Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.


BOOK

Wright's Writings: Reflections on Culture and Politics 1894-1959 by Kenneth Frampton
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017
Paperback, 144 pages


SFO Chair - Exhibit and Auction to Benefit Architecture for Humanity

JAG Modern is an artisan furniture company that seeks to design, develop and distribute the next wave of timeless classics that marry use with art. Dedicated to creating made in America, hand-crafted pieces, JAG Modern introduces the SFO Chair at a special event in San Francisco, on March 29th, 2012. Designer and architect Jeff Alan Gard, who received honors in the Architecture for Humanity Mobile Aids Clinic Competition in 2001, will sign SFO Chair number #001, which will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting Architecture for Humanity.

Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America

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Just about every doctor on the planet will advise their patients to eat a good selection of fruits and vegetables each day in order to bolster their health, but for some Americans, it’s simply not that easy. A new report and map released by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reveals which states across the United States are consuming enough nutrients and what influences their ability to do so.

Measles May be Killing Dolphins Along America’s East Coast

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Bottlenose dolphin mortality along the east coast of the United States is nine times higher than average and – according to NOAA – may be attributed to the same disease that sends people to the hospital every year: measles. All told, from North Carolina to New York City, nearly 500 dolphins have been found stranded on beaches this year when normally that number hovers around 150. Many of the dolphins found had lesions on their bodies, an indicator for cetacean morbillivirus, as dolphin measles is known.


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