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McAslan on the shortlist to save Rudolph's Riverview

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Five architect-led teams have been shortlisted to draw up plans to save Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida.

The school had earmarked the iconic building for demolition to make way for a car park, but a competition initiated by John McAslan - whose practice was one of the five shortlisted - was launched earlier in the year in a bid to rescue it.

The McAslan team includes Arup, CBRE and architect Mack Scogin Merrill Elam of Atlanta. The other teams are RMJM Hillier, Sarasota-based ADP and Folsom groups and a fourth team from Tampa.

McAslan said it was 'vital that the competition produces an unequivocally viable alternative to the school board's plans for the site.'

He went on to describe Riverview - Rudolph's first public building, which was built in 1958 - as 'a true icon of post-war American architecture'. 'They must be saved.' he added.

by Max Thompson

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