Archinect - News 2016-05-03T04:49:23-04:00 Construction of Heatherwick + Signe Nielsen-designed Pier 55 to begin this summer Justine Testado 2016-04-29T14:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T19:41:20-04:00 <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> Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The observation deck won&rsquo;t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the curve at the rail yards, and turn your back to the river. Amid the highway ramps and industrial hash of far-west Manhattan, a herd of cranes hoists I-beams into the sky. This is Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in United States history and the test ground for the world&rsquo;s most ambitious experiment in &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, I reviewed Mattern's book&nbsp;Deep Mapping the Media City, in which she delves into some of the issues surrounding so-called "smart cities."&nbsp;Check out the review <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on the implementation of surveillance and other technologies in the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">City governments are learning the hard way that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li></ul> Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met for the spring Costume Institute exhibit Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T14:15:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NOT MANY ARCHITECTS get to reshape a wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Shohei Shigematsu, who runs the New York branch of Rem Koolhaas&rsquo;s Rotterdam-based firm, OMA, has done precisely that. This month he converts a skylit, double-height section of the museum&mdash;the 1970s Robert Lehman Wing&mdash;into a graceful, cathedral-like setting for Manus x Machina, the Costume Institute&rsquo;s spring show, opening May 5.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The exhibit, curated by Andrew Bolton, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considers</a> "the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of industrialization and mass production."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Accordingly, the organizers wanted an exhibition design that blends the analog and the mechanical. Shigematsu's intervention is intended to "soften" the existing brick-and-stone of the 1970's-era Robert Lehman wing, which was designed by&nbsp;Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates.</p><p>Interested in other collaborations between the sartorial world and architecture? Check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prototyping: "Architecture in Digital Fashion" makes parametricism personal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Justin LeBlanc</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The extra-architectural ventures of Zaha Hadid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at "Real Fantasies," AMO's latest collaboration with Prada</a></li></ul> Putting one of America's most notorious prisons on the map Nicholas Korody 2016-04-13T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:28:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="596" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rikers Island looms large in New York&rsquo;s imagination. It is home to a notorious complex of prisons, one whose excesses are still being discovered by the media and the courts. Many would like to see the Rikers Island closed forever, or barring that, to at least change the name to something that does not honor a slaveowner. One group of designers has a different goal for Rikers Island&mdash;one that is within reach and, in fact, already at hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The problem: On the most prominent map of New York City, Rikers Island is a nonentity. The island simply isn&rsquo;t labeled on Metropolitan Transportation Authority maps inside the New York subway. The solution: Label it. On every map."</em></p><p>For more on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#SeeRikers</a> campaign &ndash; or to create your own stickers with their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">template</a> &ndash; visit their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">site</a>.</p><p>And check out these links for related content:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rikers Island is an environmental (and human) catastrophe</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning down tenants because of criminal records may be discrimination, says HUD</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting on architecture to decrease recidivism rates</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of correction: Rikers Island</a></li></ul> When innovation runs shallow: What's the commotion with eVolo winner New York Horizon? Justine Testado 2016-04-08T20:46:00-04:00 >2016-04-11T12:53:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; would be virtually impossible to implement in the real world, given the actual urban landscape of the proposed site, which includes some of NYC's subway lines for starters. That being said, the criticism &ldquo;New York Horizon&rdquo; has sparked in recent weeks raises bigger questions &mdash; particularly involving the rise of &ldquo;meme-tecture&rdquo;, the cultural value of landscape architecture, and re-evaluating the setup of open ideas competitions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners imagine the potential of vertical architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners</a></p> 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> A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-25T12:55:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T15:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some New York City real estate agents have teamed up with their counterparts outside the five boroughs for organized seminars and &ldquo;immersive tours&rdquo; of the suburbs. The city agents get a cut of the commission if their clients decide to buy a house in the suburbs. The services, which reside somewhere between shrink session and sales pitch, intend to address the concerns of families unsure about leaving the city and guide them to suburbia, step by step.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news from the 'burbs on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The strength of Chinese suburbia" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The strength of Chinese suburbia</a></li><li><a title='How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></li><li><a title="In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a title="Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs</a></li><li><a title="Paris and its Suburbs Will Join to Become the M&eacute;tropole du Grand Paris" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris and its Suburbs Will Join to Become the M&eacute;tropole du Grand Paris</a></li></ul> Rikers Island is an environmental (and human) catastrophe Nicholas Korody 2016-03-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T18:59:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rikers is built on a landfill. The ground underneath the facilities is unstable and the decomposing garbage emits poisonous methane gas. In addition to extreme heat and poor air quality, flooding and crumbling infrastructure pose a serious threat, especially when superstorms like Hurricane Sandy strike. As the violence and human rights violations worsen, so do the environmental circumstances surrounding Rikers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article details flood-risk, extreme heat, a lack of air circulation and other air quality issues among other problems plaguing the prison.</p><p>For related content, check out some of these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one California prison is betting on architecture to decrease recidivism rates</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of correction: Rikers Island</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">De:constructing Recidivism</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What do museums have in common with prisons? More than you might think, according to artist Andrea Fraser</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYT on prison architecture and ethics</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: AIANY New Practices New York 2016 Justine Testado 2016-03-21T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:49:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next poster features the AIANY New Practices New York Award lecture series, which starts this Wednesday. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 winners</a> will be in conversation with each other. See who's paired up with who right below.</p><p><strong>Mar 23</strong><br>Studio Cadena &amp; SO-IL</p><p><strong>Mar 30</strong><br>Taller KEN &amp; Michael Caton</p><p><strong>Apr 6</strong><br>MODU &amp; estudio Herreros</p><p><strong>Apr 20</strong><br>Young Projects &amp; ARO</p><p><strong>Apr 27</strong><br>Schaum/Shieh &amp; TBA</p><p><strong>May 4</strong><br>stpmj &amp; nARCHITECTS</p><p><strong>May 12</strong><br>New Practices New York 2016 Exhibition Opening</p><p>Lectures take place at 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cosentino Showroom A&amp;D Building. All events are free, but <a href=";evtid=9329" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP</a> is required.</p><p><strong>Check out ...</strong></p> Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-09T13:02:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T12:46:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York collects about $60 million annually for allowing signs, ornamental lampposts, stand-alone clocks, benches, bollards, planters, permanent trash receptacles, delivery ramps and just about anything else imaginable on, over or under the city&rsquo;s 12,000 miles of sidewalks. [...] Overall revenue from sidewalk-permit fees has risen by about 50 percent in the past decade, the bulk of it from utility companies for pipes and transformers below ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Not all sidewalks are created equal in D.C.</a></li><li><a title="Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market</a></li><li><a title="Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></li><li><a title="Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks</a></li><li><a title="People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #15: Sophie Yanow's "War of Streets and Houses"</a></li></ul> The enduring legacy of New York's "hellhole" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-04T15:48:00-05:00 >2016-03-04T16:02:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The only context in which [Times Square] is routinely praised is a historical one, and then usually in a misguided glorification of its former grittiness. Nostalgia clouds the ugliness of the past and conceals the vibrancy of the present, but perhaps worst of all, it offers a pass for looking at Times Square as it really is and as it should be. [...] if you&rsquo;re trying to fight your way through the crowds of Times Square, you&rsquo;re missing the point&mdash;the point is the crowd.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Have a moment at the &quot;Heart of Hearts&quot;, now at Times Square for Valentine's Day" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have a moment at the "Heart of Hearts", now at Times Square for Valentine's Day</a></li><li><a title="NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a title="Times Square throughout the ages" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square throughout the ages</a></li><li><a title="Times Square and the routine of chaos" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a title="Is that a luge in Times Square?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is that a luge in Times Square?</a></li></ul> A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-04T13:01:00-05:00 >2016-03-07T09:44:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s tempting to see this as celebrity&rsquo;s flourish, but consider all that the shape achieves: It maximizes river views and covered balconies, obstructs its neighbors as little as possible, fills a deep narrow block without resorting to an ungainly slab, protects even low apartments from the noise of the West Side Highway, pierces the skyline with a jaunty top, and leaves room for a courtyard that even in winter basks in sunlight most of the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More BIG news from around the world:</p><ul><li><a title="New Renderings Revealed for 217 West 57th Street, the Will-Be Tallest Residential Building in the World" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings Revealed for 217 West 57th Street, the Will-Be Tallest Residential Building in the World</a></li><li><a title="Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a title="Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li><li><a title='BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG is proposing this "pixellated"-module housing project in Toronto</a></li><li><a title="The Future of New York&rsquo;s Skyline" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Future of New York&rsquo;s Skyline</a></li><li><a title="Updated renderings revealed for Bjarke Ingels' High Line twin(ish) towers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Updated renderings revealed for Bjarke Ingels' High Line twin(ish) towers</a></li></ul> Finalists of "Reimagine a NYC Icon" contest announced Julia Ingalls 2016-03-03T17:51:00-05:00 >2016-04-26T16:10:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in September, we told you about a competition to conceive a redesign of the MetLife Building. Earlier this week, the six finalists of the &ldquo;Reimagine a New York City Icon&rdquo; competition were announced. The competition, sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, isn&rsquo;t part of any actual process in the works to modify the Midtown office tower, but are fascinating ideas of what could be. Perhaps these ideas will be put into use at other buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volley Studio</a> are among the six finalists for the competition, which encouraged entrants to&nbsp;reimagine the MetLife Building &ldquo;with a&nbsp;resource&#8208;conserving, eco&#8208;friendly enclosure &ndash; one that creates a highly efficient envelope with the lightness and transparency sought by today&rsquo;s office workforce &ndash; while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic of the building&rsquo;s heritage.&rdquo;</p><p>Here is&nbsp;FXFOWLE, Thornton Tomasetti, and Dagher Engineering's entry, described as "Harnessing Urban Energies":&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here is AECOM and Volley Studio's "Vertimeme":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And here's a look back at Archinect's coverage of the Pan Am/Met Life building:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building High Anxiety</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Josef Albers's Manhattan mural could return to New York</a></li></ul> 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> NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T19:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-18T08:10:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The NYPD has used cell-site simulators, commonly known as Stingrays, more than 1,000 times since 2008, according to documents turned over to the [NYCLU]. The documents represent the first time the department has acknowledged using the devices. The NYPD also disclosed that it does not get a warrant before using a Stingray, which sweeps up massive amounts of data. Instead, the police obtain a &ldquo;pen register order&rdquo; from a court... [which] do not require the police to establish probable cause...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Stingrays operate by imitating cell phone towers, sweeping up massive amounts of user data without their knowledge or permission. They force cell phones to connect to them and then track the user's location. &nbsp;Originally a military technology, they have been increasingly bought and used by local and state police forces, despite concerns that they violate fundamental rights to privacy.</p><p>Broadly speaking, police forces have been reticent to disclose if they possess or employ Stingrays, and have fought efforts to regulate their use.</p><p>For more information on surveillance in the modern city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nasa and Verizon to partner to monitor drones in the US</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyal Weizman on understanding politics through architecture, settlements and refuseniks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face</a></li></ul> Have a moment at the "Heart of Hearts", now at Times Square for Valentine's Day Justine Testado 2016-02-10T18:58:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T19:50:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Romance is in the air at Times Square. If you were to walk through there right now, you'll find the "Heart of Hearts", a ring of mirrored golden hearts in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Designed by Collective-LOK, the installation was the 2016 winner of the Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get a closer look of the installation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collective-LOK's golden "Heart of Hearts" wins the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition</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">Getting up close and personal with the Times Square Heart Design winning sculpture</a></li></ul> BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards Justine Testado 2016-02-08T18:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T23:50:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The New York cityscape might get another tower from Bjarke Ingels. At 1,005 feet, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Spiral"</a> is a new office building proposed to fill up an entire block on 66 Hudson Boulevard in Manhattan's West Side. The concept was unveiled today.&nbsp;</p><p>The 65-story Spiral is set to be the fourth tallest tower in the rapidly redeveloping Hudson Yards neighborhood.&nbsp;The 2.85 million square-foot structure shows off a glass exterior and, most notably, cascading landscaped terraces and hanging gardens, akin to BIG's affinity for incorporating slopes and spirals into their designs. As its name describes, the Spiral's terraces will wrap around the tower in an ascending motion to create a continuous green pathway and give easy access to outdoor space on each floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Located at the intersection of the four-acre Hudson Boulevard Park and The High Line, the Spire&nbsp;"will punctuate the northern end of...the linear park [and it] will appear to carry through into the tower, forming an ascending ribbon of lively green...</p> Hyperloop, but for New York City's trash Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-04T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T10:24:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[A former sanitation policy director for New York City, Ben] Miller is working with his partners at the planning firm Closed Loops, with funding from state grants, to bring pneumatic tubes to New York&rsquo;s High Line. Rather than rotting in landfills, carrot peels and apple cores from nearby restaurants could travel under the feet of unsuspecting tourists through pneumatic tubes hung below the elevated park. A small facility could turn them into compost right there in the neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on garbage disruption and the very pressing problem of waste management worldwide:</p><ul><li><a title="The Uber of waste management is coming for your trash" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Uber of waste management is coming for your trash</a></li><li><a title="Tracing how your litter ends up in the ocean" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tracing how your litter ends up in the ocean</a></li><li><a title="Transforming a garbage heap into a public park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li><li><a title="Plan to build UK's first building entirely out of waste" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan to build UK's first building entirely out of waste</a></li><li><a title="From Trash to Beauty and Back Again" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Trash to Beauty and Back Again</a></li></ul> New York may finally get open subway cars Nicholas Korody 2016-01-28T18:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T21:18:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moving from one subway car to another is no easy task. There is the dart-and-hustle option, entailing a sprint between entrances before the doors close, and the perilous &mdash; and prohibited &mdash; passing between the doors at the end of the car. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to examine another route: a new generation of subway trains with open pathways between cars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar designs already travel through cities like Paris and Toronto, where they have been reported to increase passenger capacity by 10%.</p><p>Currently, riders can face a steep fine for trying to move between subway cars.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Port Authority officially confirms March opening date for WTC Transportation Hub Oculus</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, the world's largest city without a subway, is drowning in traffic</a></li></ul> Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T17:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:02:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City once set the standard for subsidized housing. The city started out building and maintaining tens of thousands of apartments for working families, sponsoring job training and social programs. It ran a budget surplus. [...] Now the Village is like a gated playground for runaway wealth. Subsidized apartments all across town are converting to market-rate rentals and condos faster than City Hall can build affordable units or preserve old ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li></ul> "The Hills" park in NYC scheduled to open almost a year in advance Justine Testado 2016-01-25T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:00:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hills on Governors Island will welcome visitors this summer &mdash; nearly a year ahead of schedule, it was announced last week &mdash; and add 10 acres of green space to the city, largely in the form of four artificial hills. Made of recycled construction debris and clean fill, the hills rise as high as 70 feet above the island...An unseasonably warm fall contributed to faster-than-expected construction times.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find more photos and renderings from the Governors Island's Flickr <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Scroll down for a drone video of the park under construction.</p><p>More about public parks on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p> Selling architectural history in a New York market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-25T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:34:59-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As an architectural historian, Ms. Clark, 30, has studied buildings throughout New York City in pursuit of her doctorate. [...] Working for JDS, Ms. Clark felt she could have more than a theoretical effect on architectural history. &ldquo;I think real estate in many ways is the story of New York, how the city grows and changes,&rdquo; she said. [...] As soon as JDS considers acquiring a property, Ms. Clark heads to the archives ... to start developing a case for or against the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the world of architectural history and New York real estate:</p><ul><li><a title="Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch suddenly pulls out of 2 World Trade Center deal</a></li><li><a title="The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY&rsquo;s aging office towers</a></li><li><a title="Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian discovers Chartres Cathedral has started faking it</a></li><li><a title="The Digital Future of Architectural History" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Digital Future of Architectural History</a></li></ul> NYC to receive $176 million in federal funds for flood-protection proposal Justine Testado 2016-01-22T15:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Through a national competition by the Department of Housing and Urban Development,] The money would be used to help fortify a stretch of shoreline from Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side to the northern tip of Battery Park City. Specific measures have not yet been determined, but could include adding sea walls and temporary flood walls that could be deployed before a storm, and building grass berms that could double as recreational areas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not to be confused with the Rebuild By Design competition-winning proposal, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The BIG U"</a>, from 2014.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSE</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When the next disaster strikes, how resilient would future-proof cities in the U.S. be?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: Creating resilience against natural disaster</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient</a></p> "Stop the unpermitted demolition": Roche Dinkeloo's shiny UN Plaza Hotel lobby might be remodeled Justine Testado 2016-01-21T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-21T18:40:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The more period commentary on these spaces you read...the more you see the hotel's owners are falling into the very trap the interiors were engineered to escape: banality, anywhere-ness, the flimsiness of changing fashion...Are the current going to rip out the mirror and replace it with barn wood and mason jars? Just wait. Stop the unpermitted demolition. Landmark this interior and, in doing so, remind people of its undated and undateable wonder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange writes about the&nbsp;Ambassador Grill &amp; Lounge and Hotel Lobby at the United Nations Plaza Hotel (now known as ONE UN New York), which is currently planned for reconstruction and where illegal exploratory demolition has reportedly begun. The remodeling plan has sparked outcry from advocates, who recently filed a Request for Evaluation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant landmark status to the iconic Roche Dinkeloo-designed interior.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another bittersweet look at Hotel Okura's legacy, as redesign is underway</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalism's struggle to stay relevant: a few more buildings we lost in 2015</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carry out: world's first Taco Bell is being rescued from demolition</a></p> WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-14T12:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:18:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>About 80 WeWork members and employees have moved into 45 apartment units in WeWork&rsquo;s first "coliving" space at 110 Wall Street, which will eventually house about 600 people on 20 floors, WeWork confirmed. Along with living accommodations, residents will have access to community events like fitness classes and potluck dinners, services like cleaning and laundry, and a digital social network&mdash;all of which can be coordinated through a mobile app.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from WeWork and WeLive:</p><ul><li><a title="ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street</a></li><li><a title="More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details emerge about WeWork's residential endeavor WeLive</a></li><li><a title="The design never stops: WeWork acquires Case" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The design never stops: WeWork acquires Case</a></li><li><a title="WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Miguel McKelvey</a></p></li></ul> Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-06T17:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:49:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The International Construction Costs Report 2016] found that New York, London and Hong Kong ranked as the world&rsquo;s most expensive cities to build in, with strong currencies and significant resource constraints resulting in higher prices. Elsewhere, the gradual recovery in the Eurozone has meant that these markets have avoided this high construction inflation. While, in Asia, the Chinese economic slowdown and weakening demand in many cities means that overall growth in Asia is expected to ease</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the construction market:</p><ul><li><a title="As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the U.S. loses more Mexican immigrants than it gains, the construction industry must adapt</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;I thought, &lsquo;What?&rsquo; when I heard it would cost &yen;252 billion,&rdquo; Tadao Ando says about National Stadium</a></li><li><a title="The dawn of construction worker robots?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The dawn of construction worker robots?</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li><li><a title='Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms?</a></li></ul> Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP Center for Ants 2016-01-06T17:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:26:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Governor Cuomo unveiled the sixth signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: transform Penn Station and the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub. The project, known as the Empire Station Complex.... is anticipated to cost $3 billion &ndash; will be expedited by a public-private partnership in order to break ground this year and complete substantial construction within the next three years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo announced another piece of his proposal to revitalize New York's transportation infrastructure at Madison Square Garden this afternoon. Looking towards a private-public enterprise to develop the site, the proposal is budgeted at $3 billion and take three years to build.</p><p>While the details are unclear, the proposal calls for utilizing the Farley Post Office site in concert with the current Penn Station and Madison Square Garden site. The two blocks will be connected below 8th Avenue via a subterranean connection. Expanding north, the plan will shut down 33rd street adjacent to Penn Station/MSG and create a pedestrian focused entry along 33rd as well as 7th and 8th Avenues.</p> Mark Foster Gage wants to propose this Game of Thrones-like skyscraper for NYC Justine Testado 2015-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:27:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="478" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No, these images aren't for an upcoming Lego kit design or a fantasy-genre video game, although they might as well be. They're&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Foster Gage</a>'s concept for a 102-story ornamental skyscraper nicknamed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Khaleesi"</a>, proposed for&nbsp;41 West 57th Street in NYC's Billionaire's Row.</p><p>Interestingly enough, the luxury residential tower has garnered enthusiasm that's as amusing as its Gargoyle statue-like exterior, which has been described as&nbsp;"regal", "visionary", and "futuristic". According to a press release from the architect, Robert A.M. Stern commented with a "WOW" in a recent email to Gage. (Interpret that as you wish.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>An undisclosed developer commissioned Gage to design the tower to envision the possibilities of ultra-luxury designs for the site.&nbsp;Built with a concrete frame, the 1,492-foot structure is "draped in a&nbsp;fa&ccedil;ade of limestone-tinted Taktl concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy&nbsp;structural extrusion enclosures," Gage writes on his website. T...</p> Explore the history of Brooklyn in "One Block" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-24T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From farmland to stately brownstones to battleground for million-dollar bidding wars, Brooklyn&rsquo;s transformation has fundamentally altered the city&rsquo;s geography&mdash;and the way New York now thinks of itself. It has also altered the lives of the residents who call the borough home. To understand those changes, we dispatched a team of reporters to find a place where Brooklyn&rsquo;s past and future are next-door neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>New York Magazine</em>&nbsp;has a fascinating and highly addictive piece looking at how Brooklyn came to be Brooklyn, combining personal stories, shoe-leather reporting, and data studies to craft a compelling, interactive story of "One Block" in the borough's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.</p><p>For more news from Brooklyn, check out:</p><ul><li><a title="How an &quot;egalitarian incubator&quot; music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How an "egalitarian incubator" music venue hopes to revive Brooklyn's art scene</a></li><li><a title="Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps</a></li><li><a title="Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide</a></li><li><a title="Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One?</a></li><li><p><a title="Bed-Stuy In Memoriam" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy In Memoriam</a></p></li></ul>