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Ponte Vecchio bridge undergoes restoration, and more news

Good Tuesday! While today’s news was dominated by latest Kanye controversy, here are other titles and events in the world of architecture and design. Here’s what else you need to know:

The Ponte Vecchio will be restored for the first time in 677 years

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge, a 98-foot-long structure spanning the Arno River in Florence, Italy, will undergo restoration work for the first time in 677 years. The stone arches that support the bridge have been eroded by the flow of water and need to be restored. A floating jetty and scaffolding supported by two concrete cubes and four 70-kilogram anchors will be constructed below the bridge to take samples of the structure’s materials before restoration. This platform will be moved under each segment of the bridge over a period of three weeks.

Over the next few months, the team will remove weeds, replace damaged stones, and reinforce the wooden piles that support the jewelry boxes at the top of the bridge. Restoring the tiny details of the bridge, including its moldings and coat of arms, is the main part of the effort, which has received funding from the city council. Finally, the surface of the deck will be covered with a protective sealant to prevent bad weather.

“This has never been done before,” said Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence, in The Florentine. “Over the centuries, the bridge has undergone various modifications and consolidations, the most recent after the 1966 flood, but no restoration has ever focused on stones and decorations.”

H/t at The Florentine

California halts $1.7m bathroom development in San Francisco

The City of San Francisco has frozen construction of a public restroom design for the Noe Valley neighborhood that will cost $1.7 million and will not be completed until 2025. The sizable sum would cover the estimated $1.5 million construction. million dollars of a single toilet occupying a 150-square-foot space, with additional costs of $300,000 for project architects, $175,000 for project managers and $40,000 for surveyors. The falling price prompted the state of California to temporarily suspend plans to move the project forward until costs were reduced.

In a letter to a member of the Democratic State Assembly shared by The GuardianParks Department Chief Executive Phil Ginsburg said, “In New York, self-contained park restrooms can now cost between $3 million and $5 million. Our toilet construction costs are consistent with inflationary pressures on all public works projects in San Francisco.

San Francisco has become the most expensive city in the world to build given the many departments that must approve and oversee new developments. Additionally, the cost of building materials and labor have increased significantly since the pandemic.

H/t at The San Francisco Chronicle and The Guardian

Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit, Michigan (SigmaIota/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0)

Detroit’s Belle Isle Conservatory will undergo a two-year renovation

In mid-November, renovations will begin on the building designed by Albert Kahn Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in the Frederick Law Olmsted– designed Bell Isle Park in Detroit. The domed botanical greenhouse, founded in 1910, is the oldest continuously operating greenhouse in the United States. Of the project’s $10 million price tag, $7.5 million of the budget will come from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion US Bailout Actand the remaining $2.5 million from a private donation.

The renovation will replace the glass panels surrounding the dome of the veranda, clean the structure’s steel beams and improve its all-important ventilation system to ensure the complex does not overheat, particularly during the summer months. To complete the renovation, scaffolding will be installed around the dome and the plants will be moved to a temporary location on the second floor to protect them from damage. The conservatory will reopen in May 2024.

In June, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a plan to receive public comment on a project that revamp the beloved but forgotten zoo at Belle Isle Park.

H/t at Detroit Metro timetable

University of Nebraska’s Lincoln College of Architecture appoints Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg as new Dean

The University of Nebraska Lincoln announced that Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg will direct the College of Architecture as its new dean. Van Den Wymelenberg will replace acting dean Sharon S. Baum Kuska.

The accomplished scholar comes to Cornhusker State from the University of Oregon, where he served as the Julie Neupert Stott Professor of Design, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Design, Director of the School of architecture and environment and professor of architecture. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and management, has secured over $40 million in research funding since 2004, written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and published three books. .

“I am thrilled to welcome Kevin to Nebraska,” said Katherine Ankerson, executive vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, in a Press release. “He brings the experience and expertise needed to lead the college into the future while building on its rich culture and traditions. Its entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and interdisciplinary research will complement and amplify the exceptional work of the college’s faculty, staff, and students. Not only is Kevin an accomplished educator and leader, but he brings an understanding of how the hands-on learning that takes place in the studio can inform relevant research which, in turn, further informs transformative teaching in the classroom.

McGraw-Hill Building plans to add luxury residences to its upper floors

The historic art deco McGraw-Hill building in midtown Manhattan, with the Conservatives in the Streamline Moderne lobby lobbied relentlessly for restoration of but unfortunately lost— is now considering another transformation plan. Real Estate Resolution, owner of the blue and green terracotta building designed by Raymond Hood, has announced plans to transform the upper floors of the office tower into luxury residences. SLCE Architects was hired to fit out the large studios as well as the one and two bedroom units. Residential units would occupy the 33rd and 34th floors of the 35-story building, with the rest of the building dedicated to commercial offices.

“It’s perfectly suited for a conversion,” said Gerard Nocera of Resolution Real Estate, the owner’s representative in a New York Post article. “It is the first skyscraper built horizontally for light and air. We are considering conversion of the 11th to 32nd floors for apartments and above, two floors of residential amenities.

H/t at New York Post