Archinect - News 2016-02-13T02:18:44-05:00 NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T19:20:00-05:00 >2016-02-12T13:15:19-05:00 <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 >2016-02-10T00:45:50-05:00 <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> My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting DianePham 2015-11-24T11:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:53:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), the city&rsquo;s much-talked-about first micro apartment complex, began accepting applications for its affordable studios back in September. And now, a press release from developer Monadnock has announced that listings for 12 of the market-rate units will go live today in anticipation of the February opening date. Along with the launch comes news of Ollie, &ldquo;an innovative housing model that delivers an all-inclusive living experience.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>There will be 55 micro studios; 22 of which will be affordable and priced at $950&nbsp;and $1,500, while the rest are going for $2,540 a month. Mind you, units average only <strong>300 square feet</strong>.</p> 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> Collective-LOK's golden "Heart of Hearts" wins the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition Justine Testado 2015-11-11T17:40:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:18:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The holiday season is barely about to start, and at least in NYC's Times Square, that already includes Valentine's Day. Over the last eight years, Times Square has invited architects, designers, and artists to propose an interactive Valentine-themed heart installation for their annual Valentine Heart Design competition. The winning entry would then be constructed at Father Duffy Square in time for Valentine's Day.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collective-LOK</a> was announced today as the 2016 competition winner with their design, "Heart of Hearts". Towering above 10 feet tall, Heart of Hearts is a ring of nine faceted mirrored hearts clad in sparkling gold, thus creating a kaleidoscopic interior space that "dissolves the boundaries between viewing and performing". This "alternative pavilion" would also reflect and multiply the bustling surroundings of Times Square.</p><p>Each golden heart has a diamond-shaped "kissing booth" interior space where anyone inside will see themselves &mdash; and whatever they might doing &mdash; mirrored. ...</p> First rendering revealed for Brooklyn's first skyscraper Justine Testado 2015-11-10T12:57:00-05:00 >2015-11-11T00:00:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The tower proposed for 340 Flatbush Ave Ext.] will rise 1,000 feet tall, claiming the title of New York City&rsquo;s tallest building outside of Manhattan, and giving Brooklyn its first legitimate supertall skyscraper...The residential component will span 466,000 square feet, and be divided amongst 550 units, with approximately 90 floors in total. There will also be 140,000 square feet of commercial development...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to New York Yimby, "SHoP&rsquo;s tower will be a dramatic improvement for both the cityscape and the skyline. With slender proportions capped in pointed, Deco-tinged&nbsp;accents, the building will have a notable presence without overwhelming its surrounds..."</p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>More about towers on Archinect:</p><p><a title="As hammers clang and views vanish" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As hammers clang and views vanish</a></p><p><a title="Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></p><p><a title="Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm</a></p><p><a title="Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commercial tower</a></p><p><a title="Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></p> Has preservation become too conservative and elitist? Nicholas Korody 2015-10-28T19:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T00:46:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I would like to argue that a more potent threat to the ongoing political viability of historic preservation is the perception that the preservation industry has become a conservative, indeed revanchist force; that it is elitist and sometimes even racist in its abetment of gentrification. How did this happen? Historic preservation in New York, according to the favored creation myth, was born in the postwar era as a progressive grassroots movement...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The promising affordable housing of Hunters Point South Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-23T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>good architecture can survive budgetary rigors &mdash; at Hunters Point South, for instance, where a pair of hulking towers designed by SHoP and Ismael Levya Architects expresses de Blasio&rsquo;s urgency even though it&rsquo;s a holdover from the era of the allegedly Nero-like Michael Bloomberg. [...] SHoP&rsquo;s new towers are not world-beating architecture, but they&rsquo;re more than good enough to plug into an evolving network of ferries, parks, schools, shops, all of which foster more investment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on affordable housing in New York:</p><ul><li><a title="New York's &quot;poor doors&quot; are no more" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's "poor doors" are no more</a></li><li><a title="NYC's public-housing woes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li><li><a title="The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn</a></li><li><a title="Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture vs. Housing: The Case of Sugar Hill</a></li></ul> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2015 - Week 4 (Oct. 25-31) Justine Testado 2015-10-23T12:23:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T13:53:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Looking for exciting things to do in New York City this month? Lucky you, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a> is back for another year with a rich program of engaging exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, tours, parties, and other activities to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>For the fifth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the plethora of exciting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober events</a>, we've compiled our last list of highlights for Oct. 25-31:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>In Clay Lancaster&rsquo;s Footsteps: A Walking Tour of NYC&rsquo;s First Historic District | Oct. 25</strong></a><br><em>Fifty years ago, preservationist Clay Lancaster developed a tour that celebrated the architectural treasures of Brooklyn Heights. Re-live his fabled walk in this tour, led by architectural historian Francis Marrone and preservationist Liz McEnaney. Enjoy light snacks at the surprise last stop! </em></p></li><li><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Ecology Bus Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Oct. 25</a></strong><br><em>Discover the natural world in the midst of a thriving indust...</em></p></li></ul> ARExA to renovate WeWork's first co-living project on Wall Street Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-21T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-26T21:05:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower, owned by Rudin Management, currently has 260,000 square feet of floorspace that counts towards zoning, and of that, 133,000 square feet will become residential, resulting in 205 new apartments. The remaining 127,000 square feet will stay commercial. [...] 110 Wall Street will be WeWork&rsquo;s first foray into residential development [...] The inclusion of Class B dwelling units, which denote transient housing, likely signals living options will range from communal to private.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedNY</a>, ARExA will head design on the renovation of WeWork's first residential project under its co-living offshoot, WeLive. Completion date is currently slated for March 2017.</p><p>WeWork is also hiring multiple positions in New York at this very moment. Check out their listings here:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork</a>: openings for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interior Design Lead</a>; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect</a>; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Information Specialist</a></p><p><em>UPDATE: an earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to FXFOWLE as the designer for the renovation, referring to an earlier version of the same news posted to CurbedNY.</em></p><p>More on WeWork and its residential foray, WeLive:</p><ul><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="WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork moves into residential development with WeLive</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Miguel McKelvey</a>, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at&nbsp;WeWork</li></ul> Partygoers have a blast at the Architectural League's 2015 Beaux Arts Ball Justine Testado 2015-09-22T09:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:23:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architects, designers, and artists gathered at the Knockdown Center in Queens last Friday night for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2015</a>. Co-chaired by Vishaan Chakrabarti of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a> and Maria Alataris,&nbsp;this year's "Threshold" theme kicks off another cultural year for The Architectural League and the New York design community. It also nods to the industrial history of the Knockdown Center, a former doorframe factory that was restored into an arts and performance space.&nbsp;</p><p>Every year, guests dress up, boogie down, socialize, and enjoy refreshments alongside fellow architects, all while helping support the League's programs.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a glimpse of this year's party.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside the Knockdown Center's 50,000 square foot, 40-foot high spaces, the design offices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alibi Studio</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moorhead &amp; Moorhead</a> created site-specific &ldquo;threshold&rdquo; installations to play up the industrial space of the Knockdown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out photos from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014: Craft</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013: -isms</a>.</p>... Dwell on Design New York returns to SoHo, Oct. 2-4. Register now! Sponsor 2015-09-19T10:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-02T13:30:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" 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>Now in its second year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Dwell on Design New York</a> tradeshow will inhabit the Skylight Clarkson Square in the heart of SoHo, NYC on October 2-4. Join 5,000 members of the design community as Dwell upends the standard 'trade show' format to create a unique forum on the future of design.</p><p>New York City is a design laboratory &mdash; one that constantly reinvents its landscape while embracing new ideas and possibilities. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, Dwell on Design NY (DODNY) shares that ethos by constructing a forum for unique ideas and a fresh point of view. Dwell on Design NY will dive deep with commercial designers, architects, manufacturers, makers, and you. Together, we&rsquo;ll evaluate design, solve problems, and innovate using&nbsp;research, technology, and ingenuity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At the core of this discourse lies&nbsp;the concept of authentic design and its far-reaching position in the modern furniture cosmos. Additionally, Dwell editor...</p> Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-18T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T17:22:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>JetBlue and MCR will build hotel rooms from the ground up next to the terminal and refurbish the interior of the building to become the property&rsquo;s main entrance. [...] It is to have 505 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, up to eight eateries and an observation deck. The old terminal will serve as the lobby, with the rest of the hotel set back from it in a new building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jet Blue's hotel will be JFK's first, finally utilizing Saarinen's masterpiece after 14 years (and counting) of vacancy.</p><p>For more news at JFK:</p><ul><li><a title="Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a title="JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JetBlue tapped as prospective developer for JFK TWA terminal</a></li><li><a title="Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK&rsquo;s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center</a></li></ul> Urban fingerprints reveal a city's fundamental character and composition Julia Ingalls 2015-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:36:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like humans, cities and neighborhoods have their own unique fingerprints. The maps were created by researchers at the center&rsquo;s Urban Age program, who have been studying how the layout of rapidly urbanizing cities can affect their livability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> is a grid, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> is an airy whirl, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong</a> is dense: at least, that's according to the black and white "fingerprint" maps put together by the Urban Age program at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London School of Economics and Political Science</a>. The project helps researches see at a glance the macroscopic characteristics of urban environments, from density to wealth disparity to room for growth. The project has profiled urban centers all around the world, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rio de Janeiro</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mumbai</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For news about other innovative designs using aerially-compiled urban patterns, do read:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></p> What a starchitectural skyline means for the future of New York Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-14T14:25:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T18:25:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest explosion of Manhattan development has fully and passionately embraced the phenomenon of the global starchitect. [...] As it turned out, the future would be pure real estate ... The future was the privatisation of the sky and a transfer from corporate power to individual wealth, the visual manifestation of the 0.1 per cent. It was a catwalk of anorexic skinnyscrapers by the equivalents of haute-couture designers ... global names with which to sell real estate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Win 2 tickets to the ArchLeague's Beaux Arts Ball 2015: THRESHOLD on September 18 in NY Justine Testado 2015-09-11T14:51:00-04:00 >2015-09-14T22:06:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tickets are already <a href=";eventId=6148725" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on sale</a> for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold</a>, happening at the Knockdown Center in Queens on Friday evening, September 18. Join fellow architects, designers, and artists in one of the most highly anticipated events for the New York design community.</p><p>If you haven't secured tickets yet, you're in luck because Archinect is giving away two pairs of tickets to two of our readers! (Two tickets per winner.)</p><p><strong>TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:</strong></p><p>Respond to the following question in the comment section below by Monday, September 14: What appeals to you most about the 2015 Beaux Arts Ball?</p><p>Only your first comment will count. Two winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 15.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Co-chaired by architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vishaan Chakrabarti</a> and Maria Alataris this year, the "Threshold" theme gives a hats off to the start of another cultural year for the League and the wider New York design community. It's also a play on the specific industrial history of the Knockdown Cen...</p> 7th annual Architecture & Design Film Festival coming to New York in October Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-09T14:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-09T14:46:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From October 13-18, check out 33 films being screened for limited time as part of the Architecture &amp; Design Film Festival in New York City. Taking place at a few select theaters in Chelsea, the Festival will screen films featuring Bjarke Ingels "8 House", London's infamous brutalist Barbican Arts Centre and Estate, the New York Pavilion at the 1964/5&nbsp;World's Fair, and documentaries on architects David Adjaye, Henning Larsen, and Gottfried B&ouml;hm, among many others.</p><p>The Festival will also feature panel discussions, guided architecture walks and a virtual/augmented reality lounge.</p><p>For a complete list of films and a screening schedule, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>