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Adding to an existing building, compared with ground-up new construction, isn’t always so glamorous.

Detroit has become a symbol of post-industrial distress. Ruin voyeurs photograph scenes of overwhelming decay and the uncanny incursion of nature into spaces once dedicated to the manmade. But just as they overlook the underlying sadness of dereliction, so they ignore the vibrancy of an active city with a population working to translate loss into opportunity.

An article in The New York Times examines how Grand Central Terminal, one of America’s great civic spaces, still captures our attention. David Dunlap’s piece, accompanied by a time-lapse video shot by Damon Winter, takes a look at the iconic Oyster Bar ramp hall, which was reclaimed in a comprehensive renovation by BBB.

Cleary Larkin worked as an architect for BBB from June 2007 to May 2015. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Florida, where she intends to focus on the development of local preservation strategies within early 20th-century city planning. Here she considers how preservationists, designers and planners can better collaborate.

“That kind of grandeur does not happen anymore, so the fact that [New York City Hall] came back to this original form is remarkable. Considerable talent is needed as an architect and preservationist to make it look like nothing has been done to it.”—Jury

As a follow up to her Cuba trip to present at the VIII Latin American Colloquium on the Industrial Heritage, architect Kett Murphy published the following conference report in The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH) quarterly bulletin.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library today celebrated groundbreaking on the renovation and restoration of the Central Library in a ceremony presided upon by Carla D. Hayden, the Library’s Chief Executive Offer, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

Hany Hassan, FAIA, Partner and Director of the BBB DC Office, received the 2019 Centennial Medal, AIA|DC’s highest honor and a testament to the portfolio and practice of BBB’s DC office, which he has led for twenty years.

“Ultimately, the notion that an excess of security could actually make us less safe, however seemingly counterintuitive, affords us the possibility to consider how to design not just for physical security, but also for physical insecurity, by adopting an approach that is less motivated by deterrence and exclusion, and refocused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Jill Cavanaugh, AIA, AICP, Partner

"It's a beautiful jewel in the middle of this green oasis, surrounded by all-glass buildings—so that the contrast between the masonry and scale of this gem of a building and the tall glass buildings around it emphasizes its importance, and maybe makes it more precious."

Hany Hassan, FAIA, Partner

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Michael Wetstone has provided architectural and design leadership on some of the firm’s most celebrated civic commissions.

Peter Scaglione is an architect and planner with more than 25 years of experience on projects ranging from major cultural and civic centers to urban and waterfront developments involving residential, transportation and other uses.