Architecture http://nhpr.org en Worth Preserving? 'Ugly' Concord Building At Center Of Debate Over Mid-Century Design http://nhpr.org/post/worth-preserving-ugly-concord-building-center-debate-over-mid-century-design <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Located at 32-34 South Main Street, the former office of New Hampshire Employment Security has been called “the ugliest building in Concord.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is empty and blighted. It also melds two distinctly different styles; a 1927 home made of brick juts from the back of a 1958, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Mad Men</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">-era office building framed with turquoise panels of porcelain-enameled steel.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 +0000 Jack Rodolico 52056 at http://nhpr.org Worth Preserving? 'Ugly' Concord Building At Center Of Debate Over Mid-Century Design 6.18.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday' http://nhpr.org/post/61814-elevators-life-once-removed-abolishing-happy-birthday <p>Going up? Today on Word of Mouth, we're lifting you to new cultural heights with a look into the history of two architectural advancements in history - the elevator and escalator. We'll hold the door for you when we stop on a story about a family of mannequins. Last stop, a discussion about why we should all stop singing that pervasive birthday song.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 46322 at http://nhpr.org 6.18.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday' 3.24.14: Democracy of Germs, Permafrost Virus, Darth Vader Courthouse & Josh Ritter http://nhpr.org/post/32414-democracy-germs-permafrost-virus-darth-vader-courthouse-josh-ritter <p>Today on <em>Word of Mouth </em>we're exploring the macro influences of the micro world. Then 99 Percent Invisible brings us a story about a menacing courthouse. (Perhaps a <em>phantom </em>menacing courthouse?) Finally, a conversation with <strong>Josh Ritter</strong>, whose album <em>The Beast in its Tracks </em>was recently released.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:25:24 +0000 Word of Mouth 45520 at http://nhpr.org 3.24.14: Democracy of Germs, Permafrost Virus, Darth Vader Courthouse & Josh Ritter 3.6.14: Daylight Saving Time, Marissa Nadler, Revolving Doors, Wood & Animal Tracking http://nhpr.org/post/3614-daylight-saving-time-marissa-nadler-revolving-doors-wood-animal-tracking <p>Word of Mouth wishes you a happy Daylight Saving Time! (Can you believe it's this Sunday already?) But why exactly does the practice of changing our clocks even exist? We explore the ins and outs of Daylight Saving (without the extra "s") with a guest who wrote the book on it. Then Zach Nugent talks with Marissa Nadler whose most recent album was released in early February<em>. </em>We take an architectural turn with a look at the invention of revolving doors followed by a hot architectural commodity: wood. Finally, producers Logan Shannon and Sam Evans-Brown bring us a story about a wild winter activity. No, not skiing or boarding, but animal tracking.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.!</p><p></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:12:07 +0000 Word of Mouth 44628 at http://nhpr.org 3.6.14: Daylight Saving Time, Marissa Nadler, Revolving Doors, Wood & Animal Tracking The Challenges And Rewards Of Saving N.H.'s Old Grange Halls http://nhpr.org/post/challenges-and-rewards-saving-nhs-old-grange-halls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you hear the phrase "historic preservation," images of Victorian mansions, federalist homes, and gothic revival churches might come to mind. &nbsp;And those styles are all important parts of the state's architectural landscape. &nbsp;But in rural areas, a smaller, simpler type of building is just as important to preservation advocates: grange halls. &nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 37450 at http://nhpr.org The Challenges And Rewards Of Saving N.H.'s Old Grange Halls Greenwashing The New York City Skyline http://nhpr.org/post/greenwashing-new-york-city-skyline <p>Some big players turned out for the Bank of America tower ribbon cutting ceremony in 2010. Al Gore was there. His investment management company is a tenant of the 55-story building advertised as the most sustainable building in the country. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there too. Along with developer Douglas Durst, whose company got almost $950,000 in incentives from a state agency for the structure’s innovative, energy saving design. The B.O.A. tower received a platinum <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/certification" target="_blank">LEED rating</a> – the highest score for building energy and efficiency.</p><p>New York-based journalist <strong>Sam Roudman </strong>found data published last fall by the city showing that the B.O.A. tower uses more energy and produces more greenhouse gases than some of the city’s historic buildings. The discrepancy between green ideals and reality raises new questions for more than fifty-thousand LEED certified buildings in the U.S.. Sam’s article “<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113942/bank-america-tower-and-leed-ratings-racket#" target="_blank">Bank of America’s Toxic Tower</a>” is in the <em>New Republic</em>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:14:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32549 at http://nhpr.org Greenwashing The New York City Skyline Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes http://nhpr.org/post/listening-elusive-sound-ice-chimes <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.dartmouth.edu/" target="_blank">Dartmouth College</a> campus has become temporary home for a mixed-media menagerie called <a href="http://www.icechimes.org/" target="_blank">Ice Chimes</a>.&nbsp; And the 20-foot tall pagoda-like structure outside the Life Sciences building gets a lot of curious stares from students.</p><p>Ice Chimes is supposed to be interactive.&nbsp; But it isn’t exactly intuitive.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:15:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 22431 at http://nhpr.org Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes The End of the Alpine Lodge? http://nhpr.org/post/end-alpine-lodge <p>In winter sports communities out west, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204712904578094991048145664.html?link=SM_clmst_sum">ski lodges are shedding their antlers</a> for a more contemporary decor. But does the cocoa taste as sweet? And will New England ever give up its slopeside a-frame aesthetic?</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:17:19 +0000 Taylor Quimby 17873 at http://nhpr.org The End of the Alpine Lodge? Designed for Recovery http://nhpr.org/post/designed-recovery <p>Treatment of the mentally ill has come a long way from the dark, locked wards of asylums now shuttered and crumbling in several New England towns. We now know much more about the brain, psychopharmacology and the importance of community for people suffering with profound mental conditions. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:34:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 11837 at http://nhpr.org Designed for Recovery Architectural Forensics http://nhpr.org/post/architectural-forensics <p>Word of mouth producer Rebecca Lavoie tags along with a Chris Carley who scours old buildings for evidence of architectural crimes.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:15:28 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 6790 at http://nhpr.org Architectural Forensics Pyongyang: The Tourist's Guide You'll Never Use http://nhpr.org/post/pyongyang-tourists-guide-youll-never-use <p>A conversation with Philipp Meuser, architect and general planner for several German embassies, about his beautiful and eerie two volume architectural and cultural guide for North Korea’s capital city.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 18:00:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4026 at http://nhpr.org Pyongyang: The Tourist's Guide You'll Never Use Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins The Pritzker Prize http://nhpr.org/post/chinese-architect-wang-shu-wins-pritzker-prize For the first time, the Pritzker Architecture Prize has been awarded to an architect based in China. Wang Shu, 49, is interested in preservation, working slowly and tradition — ideals that sometimes seem forgotten in today's booming China. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:15:00 +0000 2178 at http://nhpr.org Chinese Architect Wang Shu Wins The Pritzker Prize Uncovering the Stories Behind Manchester's Historic Buildings http://nhpr.org/post/uncovering-stories-behind-manchesters-historic-buildings <div class="transcript"><p>Yesterday we talked to the poet laureate of Rochester, who&rsquo;s been <a href="http://www.nhpr.org/lost-soles-rochester-gives-voice-factory-workers">preserving the voices of people who worked at city&rsquo;s giant factory buildings</a>.</p><p>Today we talk with a resident of Manchester who&rsquo;s preserving the history of the buildings themselves.</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:42:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 152 at http://nhpr.org Uncovering the Stories Behind Manchester's Historic Buildings