Archinect - News 2016-10-21T12:55:07-04:00 VACANT NEW YORK maps Manhattan's shuttered storefronts Alexander Walter 2016-09-02T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is high-rent blight. The vacancy problem is immediately visible but lacking in hard data. The intent of this project is to provide some background around commercial vacancies and use a map to give some insight into the extent of the issue, ideally doubling as a tool for community groups and policymakers to identify areas for intervention. It's an obvious problem without a clear set of causes or solutions, but there are several contributing factors [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive VACANT NEW YORK&nbsp;map.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2016-08-16T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pedestrianism among advocates and urban planners in the new, young century has been on the ascent in global cities far and wide, with many pushing for more restrictions on cars in the interests of bipeds and cyclists. That was part of thinking behind the Shared Streets initiative, a five-hour long event over the weekend. It saw the city demarcate some 60 blocks of Manhattan&rsquo;s oldest neighbourhood as part of an urban geographical experiment...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many cities have been trying to go car-less (at least temporarily). For more pedestrian-friendly initiatives, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point &ldquo;master plan&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least)</a></li></ul> Construction on One Vanderbilt to move forward after lawsuit settled Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:28:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Visitors to Manhattan will soon be greeted by a gleaming new 1,401-foot tower as they exit Grand Central Terminal, now that a lawsuit between two major real estate companies has been settled. Midtown TDR Ventures, the owners of historic Grand Central, withdrew their $1.1 billion lawsuit against SL Green Realty Corp, the City Council, and the de Blasio administration on Wednesday.</p><p>A few years back, SL Green attempted to buy the air rights above Grand Central from TDR Ventures in order to build the tower higher than zoning allowed. But then the de Blasio administration rezoned the area in exchange for $200 million in transportation funds. This didn&rsquo;t go over well with TDR, who felt cheated out of their compensation for air rights.</p><p>The lawsuit was withdrawn after a leadership change at TDR Ventures, which will allow SL Green to move forward with the project, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The firm describes the tower as a "21st century successor to Rockefeller Center".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t ...</a></p> Gaudí envisioned a parabolic hotel apparently proposed for site of original WTC Twin Towers Justine Testado 2016-07-08T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubbed the Hotel Attraction (according to Matamala&rsquo;s recollection), Gaud&iacute; proposed a parabolic skyscraper towering over the city at 360 meters. It would have been the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building. The exact location for the proposed tower is unknown, but a group of architects and historians argued that it was intended for the site of the first World Trade Center towers and put it forward for the Ground Zero memorial design competition in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaud&iacute;'s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a></p> Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T17:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-01T03:36:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An appellate court on Thursday halted construction on Pier55... Crews had just begun work on the $130 million green space... The opponents, led by the City Club of New York, filed suit in state Supreme Court in June 2015, arguing that the Hudson River Park Trust, the entity that manages and operates the park, did not go through the proper channels to launch the project and didn't adequately study the potential environmental impacts of Pier55.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2.7 acre, Thomas Heatherwick-designed park, which is funded largely by the Diller-von Furstenberg family, has been controversial for both its design and for the alleged secrecy surrounding it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The project is significantly imperiled at this point, and we are very happy about that," &nbsp;Richard Emery, the attorney representing the plaintiff stated. "We think this is a project borne of secrecy and deception, and should not be part of the city landscape without a very different approach to getting public and government approvals."</p><p>A spokesperson for Pier55 Inc, on other hand, said, "By continuing its misguided crusade, the City Club is obstructing the will of the local community and undermining a much-needed effort to create new public parks in New York City."</p><p>The state appellate court ordered work to be halted until September, when the case will be heard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Pier55 and other Heatherwick projects, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Hea...</a></li></ul> New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2016-06-30T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:16:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As luxury condominiums go, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152 Elizabeth Street</a> displays an unusual rigor and finesse: this is not an exercise in overindulgence, but in refined balance.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With its 32,000 square feet split between seven individual residences, Tadao Ando's floor-to-celling windowed, burnished metal,&nbsp;poured-in-place concrete structure also features a 55' x 99' living wall with vegetation that shifts seasonally for the ideal mix of color and texture.&nbsp;English Ivy, Boston Ivy, Virginia Creepers, Jasmine Clematis and climbing Hydrangeas will make up this constantly evolving green wall, a blend that was picked in part by landscape firm&nbsp;M. Paul Friedberg and Partners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to a press release, "the building&rsquo;s design references four primary&nbsp;elements - light, sound, air, and water." Sited in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, the design of 152 Elizabeth Street's interiors is a collaboration between Ando and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a>, the latter of which is serving as the architect of record.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Once likened t...</p> New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-20T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many buildings in distinctive Manhattan neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Upper East Side and Washington Heights could not be erected now: Properties in those areas tend to cover too much of their lots (Washington Heights), have too much commercial space (Chinatown) or rise too high (the Upper East Side). [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s ridiculous that we have these hundred-year-old buildings that everyone loves, and none of them &lsquo;should&rsquo; be the way they are.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious &quot;smart city&quot; experiment" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a title="NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building</a></li><li><a title='A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"</a></li><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> It's official: $250M mega penthouse in Stern-designed 220 Central Park South tower is now NYC's priciest address Alexander Walter 2016-05-05T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:52:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been whispered about for months, but now it&rsquo;s official: Vornado Realty Trust&nbsp;is offering up a palatial four-floor apartment at 220 Central Park South that is priced at a record-smashing $250 million. The massive condominium will encompass floors 50 through 53 of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone tower, and it will span some 23,000 square feet [...]. The asking price works out to nearly $11,000 per square foot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></p> Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:23:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> Construction of Heatherwick + Signe Nielsen-designed Pier 55 to begin this summer Justine Testado 2016-04-29T14:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T00:52:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work will go ahead to construct an &ldquo;elevated island park&rdquo; in the Hudson River off Manhattan after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from environmental and civic advocates. The $130m park, which has been given the go-ahead by the US Army&rsquo;s Corps of Engineers, will be based on the Hudson River... Judge Joan Lobis, who threw out the lawsuit, said: &ldquo;A significant purpose of maintaining event spaces in the park is to generate funds for the ongoing upkeep of the park, which is surely a park purpose.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side</a></p> Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T17:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Workers have almost completed mounting the copper paneling&nbsp;on the American Copper Buildings&nbsp;(n&eacute;e&nbsp;626 First Avenue), the new tilting, two-towered development on Manhattan&rsquo;s East Side, but their&nbsp;most striking feature&mdash;a three-story, 100-foot-long skybridge&mdash;is still open to the elements. [...] The skybridge itself, though, is designed to be the showstopper. The architects placed a 75-foot lap pool on the bridge, so residents can swim 300 feet in the air [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Interior rendering of the skybridge pool area on the 29th floor.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Exterior rendering of the SHoP-designed towers with the skybridge spanning the 27th to 29th floors. (Image: JDS Development; via</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; JDS Developers hope to have the towers completed in 2017.</p><p>Images via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developer's website</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Rooftop Spaces" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped</a></li></ul> NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T19:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:36:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The lots that determine the Flatiron shape have previously been avoided since the resultant interiors are unusual and not easy to market,&rdquo; Patrice Derrington, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, wrote last week in an email. &ldquo;However, &lsquo;as needs be&rsquo; developers are attending to these less favorable sites, as they eke out every last possibility.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As new New York City real estate gets increasingly rare and pricey, architects are facing unusual design challenges. Herewith, some of most expensive, tiniest, and outr&eacute;&nbsp;in NYC design news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Frick Collection puts forward RFQ to invited architecture firms in new revision plan Justine Testado 2016-03-31T20:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With The Frick Collection&rsquo;s garden saved, the museum is moving forward with a new preservationist-friendly plan for expansion...The Frick Collection, looking to realize a revised expansion for the institution, has put forward a request for qualifications to a chosen group of architectural firms. The Frick plans to announce its selected finalist later this year, and plans to reveal designs in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Museum director Ian Wardropper tells&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;20 firms have been invited to submit RFQs.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> Cheers! Manhattan decriminalizes public drinking, urination Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:10:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beginning on Monday, March 7, 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney&rsquo;s Office will no longer prosecute most violations or infractions, and the NYPD will no longer arrest individuals who commit these offenses &ndash; such as littering, public consumption of alcohol, or taking up two seats on the subway &ndash; unless there is a demonstrated public safety reason to do so. This initiative will enable the NYPD to devote its resources to investigating serious crimes...</p></em><br /><br /><p>New Yorkers rejoice! A new initiative announced by the Manhattan District Attorney, the NYPD Commissioner and the Mayor means that you're now less likely to get arrested for sipping on a tallboy on your way back from a bodega.</p><p>While you still may get a summons and have to pay a fine, the announcement suggests you may just find yourself with a warning. Either way, this is good news &ndash; particularly for people of color, as about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">81%</a> of quality-of-life violations given in NYC between 2001 and 2013 were to African American or Hispanic individuals.</p><p>The changes also mean it's less likely for you to get arrested for urinating in public. As any visitor to Manhattan knows, a good public bathroom is hard to find.</p><p>For more New York news, check out other Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, but for New Yor...</a></li></ul> Foster + Partners-designed 3 Sutton Place shelved after developer defaults on loans Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T17:12:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>3 Sutton Place, a planned 950-foot-tall, 68-story Manhattan condo tower, won&rsquo;t be materializing along the East River. After defaulting on $128.8 million in loans from lender Gamma Real Estate, developer Bauhouse Group&lsquo;s site at 426-432 East 58th Street will face foreclosure sale February 29th. The site currently houses three contiguous five-story apartment buildings, which Bauhouse purchased to make way for the massive Foster + Partners-designed midtown skyscraper project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Interested in other articles about Foster and Partners? Check out some of our past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art breaks ground on Foster + Partners-designed expansion project</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" &ndash; only advocacy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners, HOK among shortlisted for massive Palace of Westminster restoration project</a></li></ul> Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-29T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>we rarely talk about how architecture sounds, aside from when a building or room is noisy. [...] Sound may be invisible or only unconsciously perceived, but that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less an architectural material than wood, glass, concrete, stone or light. [...] Acoustics can act in deep, visceral ways, not unlike music ... And while it&rsquo;s sometimes hard to pin down exactly how, there is often a correlation between the function of a place or an object and the sound we expect it to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and producers Alicia DeSantis, Jon Huang and Graham Roberts document the sounds of some archetypal city spaces, conveying the personality and subtle (or sometimes not) musicality of interiors.</p> The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city" Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T01:32:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of noisy protests, the New York City Department of Sanitation&rsquo;s new garage-and-salt-shed complex has opened in Hudson Square, on the northern edge of TriBeCa. [...] The garage and shed have ended up being not just two of the best examples of new public architecture in the city but a boon to the neighborhood, whether the wealthy neighbors have come around to it or not. I can&rsquo;t think of a better public sculpture to land in New York than the shed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T14:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T07:24:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perkins Eastman is taking two of the best-loved urban land-use stories of the Bloomberg era&mdash;the High Line and Times Square&mdash;and combining them into one. The Green Line extends the logic of changes that have already taken root along the limited stretch of Broadway running through Times Square. [...] proposal builds on the work of Jan Gehl and Sn&oslash;hetta, the architects who pedestrianized Times Square. Yet it also echoes the High Line by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Renderings & Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY’s Future Tallest Office Tower Alyssa Alimurung 2015-12-03T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The digital production studio Visualhouse has released film and renderings of how SL Green&rsquo;s One Vanderbilt will meet the street, and also remind us just how gargantuan the tower will be. According to the tower&rsquo;s architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, the tower will rise 1,501 feet to its spire, making it the third tallest building in the city upon completion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic Justine Testado 2015-11-17T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Evidently, the Big Apple is packed with big buildings, and several more are on the way. National Geographic created a spiffy interactive infographic called "The New New York Skyline" that envisions which towers are sprouting up along the Manhattan skyline in the next few years. Scroll sideways and hover your cursor over the color-coded towers to read some factoids about these newcomers. You can also switch from "Skyline View" to 3-D view for spots like the One World Trade Center Complex, Hudson Yards, and "Billionaires' Row" at 57th Street Corridor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Screenshots via National Geographic.</em></p><p>Check out the graphic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More infographics on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infographic: the cheapest and most expensive countries to live in</a></p><p><a title="Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budget Busters: ranking the world's most overbudget monuments</a></p><p><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a></p><p><a title="35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">35 of the world's palaces gathered into one quaint, interactive infographic</a></p> Dwell Home Tours feature covetable views and bright Manhattan Lofts Sponsor 2015-10-02T12:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T17:25:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Extending from the downtown neighborhoods of Tribeca, the West Village and Chelsea to the Upper East Side, this year&rsquo;s Dwell Home tours showcase residences with bright, open layouts and details that are as varied as their zip codes. The tour includes five homes&mdash;selected by Dwell&rsquo;s editorial team&mdash;that allow attendees to experience magazine-worthy dwellings in-person, with the opportunity to gain insight from the architects and designers behind the projects. The tour will take place on Saturday, October 3, during the second annual <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design New York</a>, where attendees will explore today&rsquo;s most relevant design topics through installations and onstage conversations at Skylight Clarkson Sq.</p><p>The architects and designers whose thoughtful designs make up this year&rsquo;s stunning tours are celebrated, award-winning professionals who include Architecture in Formation principal Matthew Bremer, AIA, Gregory Colston Architect, Cezign design...</p> Join Archinect and Bespoke for abc/nyc - A Celebration of Architecture and Archtober, October 8th! Archinect 2015-10-01T09:15:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T17:23:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="603" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bespoke</a> invite you to join us in celebration of NYC&rsquo;s dynamic local architecture and design community. Please join us at the Steelcase Worklife Center, a terraced venue overlooking Central Park South, for an evening of music, food and cocktails with friends and colleagues.</p><p>Thursday October 8th at 6.30pm</p><p>4 Columbus Circle<br>7th Floor<br>New York, NY 10019</p><p>Click here to <a title="RSVP" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP</a>.</p> Massive renovation of U.N. Headquarters improves security but sacrifices Hammarskjöld Library Alexander Walter 2015-09-02T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T13:46:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the 70th regular session of the General Assembly convenes on Sept. 15, it will do so in a complex of buildings that hasn&rsquo;t looked so good or felt so secure in generations. &ldquo;We now have a very safe compound,&rdquo; said Michael Adlerstein, [...] executive director of a seven-year, $2.15 billion renovation, known as the capital master plan, that is nearing completion. More visible than anything else is the robust yet crystalline new glass facade of the 39-story Secretariat building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T11:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T19:09:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to grasp his calculus. One of Mr. de Blasio&rsquo;s big initiatives, Vision Zero, aims to improve pedestrian safety. Ripping up the pedestrian plazas in Times Square, restoring cars and forcing millions of people to dodge traffic again, runs headlong into his own policy. As an exasperated Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, put it on Thursday: &ldquo;Sure, let&rsquo;s tear up Broadway &mdash; we can&rsquo;t govern, manage or police our public spaces.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Times Square on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square throughout the ages</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Midtown Manhattan Wouldn't Be the Same</a></li></ul> Building New York City's sixth borough Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:54:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If it is possible, financially and technologically, to build a three-acre park in the river west of New York City, then why isn&rsquo;t it possible to construct an artificial island at a higher elevation than downtown Manhattan that would serve as New York City&rsquo;s sixth borough? Many of the city&rsquo;s problems&mdash;real estate prices, developers purchasing blocks at a time, the astronomical cost of parking a car, or even a bicycle, even shoreline erosion&mdash;are problems of space. So why not just build more space?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visions of LoLo, a Neighborhood Rising From Landfill</a></p> Data Crunching the Uberization of New York City Nicholas Korody 2015-08-12T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T18:42:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="859" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent debate between Uber and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over whether the ride-for-hire company was exacerbating Manhattan congestion was fueled by incomplete, misleading data. There was no way of knowing exactly where Uber cars and taxis pick up passengers, and so the city agreed to a study of Uber&rsquo;s effects last month as part of its detente with the company. Now, thanks in part to a Freedom of Information Law request, we have data. A lot of data...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The folks over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FiveThirtyEight</a>&nbsp;processed a nearly-overwhelming amount of data on Uber usage in New York City and got some pretty interesting (if not entirely surprising) results. At the top of the list, their research verifies the ride-share company's claims that their doing a better job in serving the city's Outer Boroughs than traditional cabs. "Of the 4.4 million Uber rides for which the data shows a pickup location, 22 percent started outside of Manhattan, compared with just 14 percent of the 88.4 million yellow and green taxi rides," they note.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some other findings include:</p><ul><li>63% of all Uber rides start in Manhattan south of 59th St. (the most traffic-congested area in the city, &nbsp;as well as the part best-served by the subway).&nbsp;</li><li>Uber is particularly well-used in the affluent NW Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale, as well as the NE Queens neighborhoods of Little Neck and College Point, while traditional taxis remain dominant in the regions of Queens closest to Manhattan.</li><li>In general, man...</li></ul> Bye-bye 30 Rock. Hello Comcast Building. Alexander Walter 2015-07-07T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T14:40:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan&rsquo;s 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the focal point of Rockefeller Center and home to the NBC television network, has changed its name to the Comcast Building. Comcast Corp.&rsquo;s NBCUniversal will illuminate a sign with the new name and NBC logo atop the 850-foot (259-meter) building [...]. Comcast Building is the third official name for the landmark property, completed in 1933.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Álvaro Siza finally lands in the US, by way of Hell's Kitchen Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T19:41:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pritzker Prize-winner &Aacute;lvaro Siza has been selected to design an "ultra-luxury condominium" in Manhattan, his first U.S. project. Deemed&nbsp;611 West 56th&nbsp;Street by developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY, the structure will rise 35-storeys in New York's&nbsp;Hell's Kitchen, enough for approximately 80 residences. Collaborating architects include&nbsp;Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard, with SLCE Architects as the Architect of Record.</p><p>Predictable luxe high-rise amenities include a roof garden, private terraces and swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, and entertainment spaces for hosting (you guessed it) private events.&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is expected to begin in May 2016, and completed by Fall 2018. At that rate, it'll become part of the skyline before&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's 2 WTC</a>, which is slated for completion by 2020.</p><p>See the project's site below (the building pictured will be demolished):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Urban homesteading done right: Look at this hidden rooftop cottage in Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:54:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flying above New York City in a helicopter can be a beautiful thing, until you look down and see that someone has stolen and is living your dream life in a bucolic cabin on a rooftop in the West Village. Is there anything more enviable in the real estate racket of NYC than a house on a regular old apartment building's roof? [...] the porch is basically a glorified bulkhead over a hole punched in the ceiling of the family&rsquo;s loft to make way for a nautical stairway that rises to a landing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Require a little more luxury for your Manhattan rooftop abode? A mere $250 million could buy you <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>.</p>