Archinect - News 2015-08-01T18:19:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131581016/get-a-peek-inside-pratt-s-new-film-video-department-building-by-wasa-studio-a Get a peek inside Pratt's new Film/Video Department building by WASA/Studio A Justine Testado 2015-07-10T19:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T21:14:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1et05irpmdl6oect.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After occupying a lower-level space in one of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>'s athletic buildings, prospects are looking bright and shiny for Pratt's <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/school-of-art/undergraduate-school-of-art/film-video-department/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Film/Video Department</a> as it settles into its new home on 550 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. The 15,000 square-foot facility was fully gutted and redesigned by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/43020582/wasa-studio-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WASA/Studio A</a>, whose project team happens to include Pratt alumni like Jack Esterson as lead architect; senior associate Sebastian Touzet as partner-in-charge for design; and project architect Brian Dobrolsky. The $4.5 million renovation began last July.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99hdpqd93gsgjsj5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j9/j9ude4rndts7l32t.jpg"></p><p>Built using free-span trusses, the new space has 23-foot ceiling heights and no internal columns. Pratt Architecture Professor and artist Haresh Lalvani created a series of perforated metal panels that wrap around the entrance lobby and cover the walls of the first and second floors. The customized panels display Lalvani's signature eye-popping patterns that are typically seen in his <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/see_haresh_lalvanis_metal_sculptures_now_on_display_in_white_plains_ny/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sculptural works</a>.</p><p>Formerly known as the Prattstore building, the ne...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130954884/poor-doors-of-perception-discriminatory-design-collapsing-balconies-and-virtual-realities-on-archinect-sessions-36 Poor Doors of Perception: discriminatory design, collapsing balconies, and virtual realities on Archinect Sessions #36 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T20:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T14:36:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2ojh6bs014pj194z.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week, we dip into the swamp of whether so-called "poor doors" (separate entrances for affordable and market-rate housing tenants) are discriminatory, highlighting discussion points made in the wake of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's decision to make them illegal</a>. We also follow up on the investigation into a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">balcony collapse in Berkeley, California</a> that led to six deaths, and ask Brian Newman, Archinect Sessions' Legal Correspondent, what legal recourse is possible for everyone involved.</p><p>Virtual built environment wizards Thomas Hirschmann and Anthony Murray, founders of documentation and preservation firm <a href="http://www.thethirdfate.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third Fate</a>, also join us for an interview. Their work seeks to document, preserve and activate the built environment through virtual realities.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-six of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Poor Doors of Perception":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130736452/new-york-s-poor-doors-are-no-more New York's "poor doors" are no more Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-29T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T15:04:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq1rtbvmjuatx8c5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The separate entrances for the rich and poor came about due to a loophole in the Inclusionary Housing program enacted in 2009 that allowed developers to get subsidies if they provided affordable housing either on or off-site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">luxury NYC high-rise</a> had its request for separate entrances &ndash; one for its affordable housing-unit tenants, another for its market-rate tenants &ndash; approved, fanning the fires of discriminatory design debates <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a>. Now, the loophole in a NY-rent stabilization law that made such <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/482412/poor-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"poor doors"</a> possible has been closed, thanks to a new provision from NYC mayor Bill de Blasio.</p><p>Another instance of "poor door" discriminatory housing in Canada:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130415330/hot-work-in-the-summertime-from-helsinki-to-london-to-nyc-archinect-sessions-35 Hot Work in the Summertime: From Helsinki to London to NYC, Archinect Sessions #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T23:35:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tu/tud1llbcqwbulrf0.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lots of summer blockbuster news to discuss on this week's podcast. The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130249664/a-black-museum-for-the-white-city-of-the-north-moreau-kusunoki-architectes-selected-to-design-guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the Helsinki Guggenheim competition was announced</a> (a young husband-wife firm from Paris took the cake), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54077942/selgascano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion opened</a>, and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/129810359/as-cosmo-gets-ready-to-warm-up-we-sit-down-with-andr-s-jaque-of-the-office-for-political-innovation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andres Jaque's COSMO for MoMA PS1's "Warm Up"</a> began its water cycle. And while not quite blockbusting, in what could easily be the premise for a Vincent Price flick, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130268199/robin-hood-gardens-residents-dare-lord-rogers-to-spend-a-night-in-the-blighted-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residents of the blighted Robin Hood Gardens dared Lord Rogers</a> to spend a night in their quarters.</p><p>Special guests&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and Peggy Deamer of <a href="http://www.architecture-lobby.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> join our news discussion this week, dropping their excellent and incisive commentary on ethical practice into every topic. We are collaborating with the Lobby to measure satisfaction with work-life balance in architecture &ndash; take the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882702/archinect-the-architecture-lobby-wants-to-know-how-satisfied-you-are-with-your-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-question survey here</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-five of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Work in the Summertime":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below ...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129812774/there-is-nothing-so-stable-as-change-nick-taylor-director-of-big-s-2wtc-video-and-mcshane-murnane-of-project-m-plus-on-archinect-sessions-34 There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oagumq7cb4h3dloe.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care &ndash; so to dig a bit deeper into <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the splashy video introducing&nbsp;2WTC</a>, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of <a href="http://www.squintopera.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/31033119/project-m-plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project M Plus</a>, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons &ndash; we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.</p><p>And in the news, we discuss how&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129654403/tadao-ando-amid-serious-health-concerns-just-being-alive-isn-t-sufficient" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>&nbsp;is faring am...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129274733/make-music-ny-crowdfunds-upcoming-youth-archi-music-show-concerto-for-buildings Make Music NY crowdfunds upcoming youth archi-music show "Concerto for Buildings" Justine Testado 2015-06-11T09:04:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:30:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vf/vf54y6bciymowbde.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecturally and musically inclined can join in on <a href="http://makemusicny.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Make Music New York</a> festivities this year with a special orchestral performance called "Concerto for Buildings" on Sunday, June 21. Make Music New York is a one-day music fest on the first day of summer that boasts more than 1,000 free concerts, which all take place throughout NYC's five borroughs.</p><p>For its ninth year, MMNY <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/make-music-new-york-concerto-for-buildings#/story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">set up an Indiegogo campaign</a> with a flexible goal of $7,000 to reel in further support for Concerto for Buildings. The musical showcase stars two NYC youth orchestra ensembles, <a href="http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/series/face-the-music/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Face The Music</a> and <a href="http://www.mypercussion.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mantra Youth Percussion</a>, and four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Face the Music student-composer Elijah Valongo. Surrounded by SoHo's historic cast-iron buildings, the performers will play their hearts out as they take advantage of the structures' percussive qualities, thus transforming them into a complementary musical backdrop.</p><p>Funds from the In...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129171835/play-inside-the-rent-and-become-a-virtual-developer-in-nyc Play "Inside the rent", and become a virtual developer in NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-09T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T13:24:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/pr8qk3p8woxlehhl.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Different policy debates come into play throughout the game and the player is tasked with making choices that will affect the final rent &ndash; for instance build in high-cost neighborhoods, pay workers prevailing wages, expend public money to subsidize the building, or to give in and accept higher rents than desired.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The rent is too damn high, but so are a lot of other development costs. In this <a href="http://chpcny.org/inside-the-rent/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">simulation game</a> by NYC's Citizens Housing Planning Council, players go through the steps of planning a NYC rental in the current economic climate &ndash; complete with housing shortage and gentrifying neighborhoods.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7nv56wucxlb1fy46.jpg"></p><p>After choosing a site, players must set targets for rent, construction wages, amenities, building size &ndash; and as they outfit their property, they see costs go up, and whether their target rent will actually yield a profit. Or (gasp!) whether they'll need to apply for government subsidies. According to the CHPC, the figures used in the game "are based on interviews with developers, appraisers, architects and underwriters, and are current as of 2015."</p><p>Play&nbsp;<em>Inside the rent&nbsp;</em><a href="http://chpcny.org/inside-the-rent/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, and see if you can fix the housing crisis. My $4,000 / mo 2BR in a new Harlem mid-size only exists thanks to government subsidies and minimum construction wages. If you're interested in other real estate development-based games, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128710925/olafur-eliasson-wants-you-to-design-utopia-out-of-legos Olafur Eliasson Wants You to Design Utopia (Out of Legos) Nicholas Korody 2015-06-03T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/op/op8ptn8j6agwv0n5.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...The Collectivity Project is about more than just play. Eliasson conceived of the project as a way to bring people together and allow them to create a utopian society, if only in miniature form. The idea, which is up until September 30, is at home at the 10th Avenue and West 30th Street section of the High Line, where the sounds of construction buzz in the background.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project, which has previously had iterations in Norway and Albania, comprises a station set up on the High Line with piles of white lego pieces. The public is invited to collaborate on creating a miniature city. To kick off the fun, the High Line invited ten of the city's best-known firms &ndash; BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, Steven Holl Architects &ndash; to create one "visionary structure or construction."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dy8ncbnss757ibki.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrvh920se46nlp55.jpg"></p><p>Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for large-scale, immersive installations that involve elemental materials, including light, heat, and water. For example, last year he turned&nbsp;the galleries of the Louisiana Museum in Denmark into a '<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106942694/olafur-eliasson-turns-louisiana-moma-into-a-riverbed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riverbed</a>.' A few years ago, he gained major attention for a series of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/76751/olafur-eliasson-the-east-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">man-made waterfall structures</a> in New York's East River. Eliasson also works in architecture often, such as with...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128556608/the-view-from-one-world-trade-center The view from One World Trade Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T12:49:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c66bc591050b9d667b03cddea6df262d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Legends, a company that manages skyboxes and stadiums and now runs the World Trade Center observation deck, has turned the view into a high-tech spectacular. Before you get a glimpse of an actual place, you follow a winding path through cheesy synthetic bedrock; ride an elevator where 500 years of an ever-changing New York unfold as if seen from a rising balloon [...] A view gives the illusion of omniscience.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The observatory, located on floors 100, 101 and 102, opened to the public on May 29th.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127735214/construction-of-steven-holl-designed-queens-library-is-underway Construction of Steven Holl-designed Queens Library is underway Justine Testado 2015-05-22T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:01:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvx3xqhvwsngj4x6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the forthcoming Queens Library has begun at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point of NYC's Long Island City. Steven Holl Architects won the commission <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_chosen_to_design_the_new_queens_library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2010</a> to design the new $30.6 million public library. Surrounded by recently built skyscraper condominiums and nearby attractions like the Gantry waterfront and Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the Queens Library is set up to become the latest landmark for the changing neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4ewbt6c0umi4on3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sh7bukx5464qfho.jpg"></p><p>The library's new design was developed in effort to provide more communal space for local residents and create new connections to surrounding areas in the neighborhood. The library is encased within an exposed concrete square volume coated in aluminum for a "subtle sparkle". Users would move up and along a series of bookshelf-flanked stairs and will encounter the separate children's, teen, and adult areas of the building's fluid program. Glazed cuts in the facade also further open up the building and give views o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127522043/jean-nouvel-s-super-tall-53w53-moma-tower-is-still-an-art Jean Nouvel's super-tall 53W53 MoMA tower is "still an art" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:12:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nh/nhz6x1546ep992ef.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nouvel&rsquo;s aspirations for 53W53, scheduled for completion in fall 2018, sound almost modest: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to try to hold its place, [...] It&rsquo;s going to try to be good enough for New York &hellip; it&rsquo;s going to try to make its own small contribution, and it&rsquo;s done in a way that ensures this contribution is readable, understandable, and it&rsquo;s maybe a bit more precious than others. And it&rsquo;s a little linked to this notion &ndash; a fairly disputed notion these days &ndash; that architecture is still an art, sometimes.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126531688/the-new-york-times-reviews-moma-exhibit-latin-america-in-construction-architecture-1955-1980 The New York Times reviews MoMA exhibit, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 Joachim Perez 2015-05-01T11:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T14:52:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hoy3qew0b7kfhkgr.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The exhibition recalls an earlier era when architects there believed that social challenges should be tackled by design, that humane societies deserved beautiful new forms, and progressive development put faith in art, nature and the resilience of ordinary people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times wrote a review on the recent MoMA exhibit,<em>&nbsp;&lsquo;Latin America in Construction: Architecture&nbsp;1955-1980&rsquo;</em>. The exhibit highlights the work of Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi,&nbsp;Eladio Dieste, Rogelio Salmona and others who helped define Latin American modern architecture. &nbsp;On display are photographs, videos, drawings, blueprints and models. &nbsp;Some models shown in Kimmelman's article feature the work of University of Miami students who collaborated with MoMA on this exhibit.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126273371/2-world-trade-center-may-ditch-norman-foster-s-design-for-a-bjarke-ingels-skyscraper 2 World Trade Center May Ditch Norman Foster’s Design for a Bjarke Ingels Skyscraper Alyssa Alimurung 2015-04-27T12:02:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2xl8rg9l8rpwih1.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Norman Foster may lose out on yet another major project in Manhattan. The Journal writes that if News Corporation and 21st Century Fox decide to move into 2 World Trade Center, as previously reported, developer Larry Silverstein may drop Foster&rsquo;s design in favor of a new one by none other than starchitect of the moment, Bjarke Ingels of BIG.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Listen to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's interview with Bjarke in ep #14, "His bjark is BIGger than his bjite"</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125747197/former-nyc-dot-commissioner-janette-sadik-khan-on-how-to-change-the-transportation-status-quo Former NYC DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on how to change the transportation status quo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-20T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/631cf9aed42650f22c84f39f59298735.jpg" width="514" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sadik-Khan shared with the Seattle audience what she and NYC DOT accomplished from 2007 to 2013, how they overcame the stasis of nearly a century of car-centric planning, and how other cities could follow in New York&rsquo;s footsteps. [...] her insights into New York&rsquo;s process for implementing change &mdash; namely designing bold projects and getting them installed fast &mdash; are valuable for other city DOTs hoping to mimic her success. [...] &ldquo;The new blueprint is &hellip; not anti-car. It&rsquo;s pro choice.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125280367/times-square-throughout-the-ages Times Square throughout the ages Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:44:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27baa7a52fb1a626cc659d07fc2837d8.jpg" width="514" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Times Square has always been about reinvention &mdash; in order for the New York Times' headquarters to be built (and give the spot its name), the Pabst Brewing Company's Pabst Hotel had to be demolished. But in the late 1970s, after decades of grandeur followed by decades of decay, imagining the future of Times Square became a particularly pressing project. [...] Here are some plans for the future of Times Square, some of which never caught on and some of which still have a chance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121142105/times-square-and-the-routine-of-chaos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square and the routine of chaos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93000785/is-that-a-luge-in-times-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is that a luge in Times Square?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c.jpg" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124917488/looking-at-all-sides-of-the-pier-55-offshore-park-development Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development Justine Testado 2015-04-09T20:47:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T14:23:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zw1bk8goewj055zy.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For fans of the park, the gift from the Diller-von Furstenberg foundation represented more than the revival of Pier 54. It was a statement that Hudson River Park deserved to be in the same league as the city&rsquo;s other signature, showy spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More details -- or opinions, perhaps -- are surfacing for the proposed Pier 55 "culture island", which media mogul Barry Diller commissioned Thomas Heatherwick to design for New York's Hudson River Park.&nbsp;Since the plan was first publicly announced back <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in November</a>, followed by a lease agreement approved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/lease-deal-for-pier-55-park-off-hudson-river-is-approved.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in February</a>, plans to make the $130 million development a reality appear to gradually be moving forward.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113876375/barry-diller-pledges-130m-for-futuristic-offshore-park-on-the-west-side" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124354330/the-world-s-population-can-fit-inside-new-york-city The World’s Population Can Fit Inside New York City DianePham 2015-04-02T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:30:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/go/goffy1j7tfm6bpau.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though New York City is expected to surpass its 2020 population projections this year, rest assured that there&rsquo;s plenty of space for all of these folks&mdash;and then some. An amusing and quite informative experiment conducted by Tim Urban takes a look at just how much space you would need to fit the world&rsquo;s population comfortably&mdash;for the most part. The investigation, which puts 7.3 billion folks cozily shoulder to shoulder, hinges on the assumption that you can fit ten humans into a square meter.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123893329/aiany-executive-director-rick-bell-resigns AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell resigns Justine Testado 2015-03-27T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6xrehbto2qoygdn.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://main.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA New York chapter</a> released a brief statement today announcing the immediate resignation of Executive Director Rick Bell:</p><p>&ldquo;AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director Rick Bell has offered, and the organization&rsquo;s Board of Directors has accepted, his immediate resignation. An interim Executive Director will be named next week and a search to find a new Executive Director will also begin at that time.&rdquo;</p><p>Bell became executive director in 2001 and helped found the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place in 2003. He is regarded as having an influential role in raising the architectural community's involvement on policy issues like affordable housing, accessibility, sustainability, and waterfront use. He was also heavily involved in post-disaster programs like New York New Visions, a design and urban planning coalition that prepares recommendations for rebuilding Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators In case of fire, use elevators Alexander Walter 2015-03-20T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-21T13:30:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j8/j8bngac6n5w5biuz.jpg" width="500" height="667" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Fire, Buildings and City Planning Departments are writing rules to govern what are called occupant-evacuation elevators &mdash; cars that can, in special circumstances, be used to move people down in an emergency. [...] Experts who have spent years studying building evacuations believe that approach has become outmoded and is in itself potentially dangerous as extremely tall skyscrapers increasingly pierce the New York skyline.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123198621/soundscape-new-york-captures-the-sounds-of-nyc-s-iconic-buildings "Soundscape New York" captures the sounds of NYC's iconic buildings Justine Testado 2015-03-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:20:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1v75xaam6u3ejaf3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Karen Van Lengen, who created the installation with her husband, James Welty, says to really soak in a building, you need to listen to it. 'If you close your eyes, what you're going to hear are things that you can't hear with your eyes open,' says Van Lengen, an architecture professor at the University of Virginia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can also find more about the exhibition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/soundscape_new_york_at_mcny_depicts_the_sounds_of_nycs_famous_buildings/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120588790/jam-to-your-heart-s-desire-with-stereotank-s-heartbeat-installation-in-times-square Jam to your heart's desire with Stereotank's "Heartbeat" installation in Times Square Justine Testado 2015-02-12T16:29:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:26:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kn/kn8umvfc1qk7iedz.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition winner, "Heartbeat", by Brooklyn-based practice Stereotank was unveiled in Times Square New York City just in time for Valentine's weekend. Organized by the Times Square Alliance in partnership with&nbsp;The Architectural League of New York, the annual competition invites architects and designers to send proposals for a Valentine's Day-themed public art installation in NYC's Times Square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d5pwmpco9a10d5ix.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u7/u7m5rssxq48rqfwh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jkiqj3hmu0ahtz6j.jpg"></p><p>Even if Valentine's Day isn't everyone's kind of thing, the Heartbeat installation spreads the universal love for music. The installation is a heart-shaped beating drum that glows to the rhythm of a strong, deep, and low-frequency heartbeat sound that changes its rate as passersby approach, move around, or play its various percussion instruments and join the base rhythm of the installation's "pulse". In a location like Times Square, Heartbeat continuously orchestrates the sounds of its active environment into an "urban concert" of its own kind.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggnttnx8ah168ga3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2io908uqigjavbx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tgoklcc0k2bae22y.jpg"></p><p>Hear...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120502832/koolhaas-to-design-new-high-line-project Koolhaas to design new High Line project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-11T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl3l7jweoiqqf6bz.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gimme Shelter has learned exclusively that developer The Related Companies has hired Rem Koolhaas to design their new High Line project on W. 18th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thirty-seven years after <em>Delirious New York</em>, Koolhaas may finally have a building in New York City. While OMA has worked on a variety of commercial interiors in NYC before, as well as being a part of HUD's Rebuilding by Design, the High Line residence will be the firm's first "ground-up" building in the city. That title might have belonged to OMA's 23 East 22nd Street residential tower, if it weren't wiped off of the drawing board by the 2008 recession.</p><p>Koolhaas' project will join fellow starchitect Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street on the High Line, under the same developer, The Related Companies.</p><p><a href="http://www.world-architects.com/architecture-news/headlines/Koolhaas_to_Build_in_NYC_Finally_2555" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t world-architects.com</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119813865/share-your-creative-commute-proposals-to-ny-transit-museum-s-platform-2015 Share your creative commute proposals to NY Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-02T15:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:56:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hxacx5tlhk6w3c1.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the right mindset, commutes can become an abundant source for inspiration. Creative commuters or commuters in need of a creative outlet are invited to send submissions about&nbsp; public transit to the New York Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015.</p><p>Now in its second year, PLATFORM 2015 lets commuters perform and share their work inside the&nbsp;museum's decommissioned subway station home. Entries from all disciplines and academic fields are welcome, including: history, science, engineering, visual + performing arts, urban studies, and city planning.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions may include but are not limited to:</p><ul><li>Live performance (music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy)</li><li>Film (documentary, fiction, creative media works)</li><li>Visual Art (must include a presentation or programmatic discussion of the artwork)</li><li>Presentation (academic lecture, informal slideshow, etc.)</li><li>Panel discussion (must include participants, moderator, topic, and your expertise)</li><li>Other participatory events</li></ul><p>Submissions are due by <strong>February 20</strong>....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119582814/dissecting-nyc-s-transit-shutdown-after-an-underwhelming-snowstorm Dissecting NYC's transit shutdown after an underwhelming snowstorm Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-30T18:27:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:39:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0w0uxs1aw3p2bzzl.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By shutting down New York City&rsquo;s subways, commuter rail, and roads for this week&rsquo;s storm-that-wasn&rsquo;t, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) made the right call. [...] The city has learned the hard way that the best way to keep people off the streets is by shutting down mass transit. [...] Preemptively shutting down subways before Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 worked well in keeping people home.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119446273/pool-installation-to-open-at-the-ace-hotel-in-ny-next-month +POOL installation to open at the Ace Hotel in NY next month Justine Testado 2015-01-28T19:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:48:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/in00nag1mjdyoh0z.jpg" width="514" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since Archinect first mentioned the Family and PlayLab's +POOL <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/10595090/pool-needs-your-support" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2011</a>, the initiative has made significant progress toward realizing the world's first water-filtering, floating pool in New York.</p><p>After two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns in <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-a-floating-pool-in-the-river-for-everyone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2011</a> and <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/694835844/pool-tile-by-tile?ref=equx87" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013</a> along with international acclaim, the non-profit support group Friends of +POOL teamed up with the Ace Hotel in New York to present a free public art installation,&ldquo;Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big.&rdquo;</p><p>Opening on February 5 at the Ace Hotel Gallery, the interactive installation will visually depict the four years of research and development that led to the creation of the +POOL. The installation will feature floor-to-ceiling wall drawings of the +POOL that explain its design process and reveal its latest discoveries and anecdotes.</p><p>All are welcome to the opening reception hosted by +POOL&rsquo;s founders and board members on February 5 from 7-9 p.m. The exhibition will be open 24/7 until March 1.</p><p>Learn more abo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118517352/100m-condo-sale-at-christian-de-portzamparc-s-one57-is-nyc-s-most-expensive-ever $100M Condo Sale at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 is NYC's Most Expensive Ever Diane Pham 2015-01-16T18:28:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/je/jez8wuqkz76th2kn.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A palatial unit occupying the 89th and 90th floor of One57 has just sold for a record-breaking $100,471,452.77&mdash;the most expensive condo purchase ever recorded Manhattan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The penthouse sale&nbsp;at Christian de Portzamparc's One57 shatters a record previously held by&nbsp;Sanford Weill who bought an $88 million penthouse at the Robert AM Stern-designed 15 Central Park West in 2012. The arguably inflated purchase shows that NYC's real estate shows no signs of slowing down&mdash;and very little effort in bridging the insane wealth gap between citizens.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118490837/take-a-drone-tour-of-nyc-s-hearst-tower-with-norman-foster Take a Drone Tour of NYC's Hearst Tower with Norman Foster Diane Pham 2015-01-16T11:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjdhx5tjlnggg0cy.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2006, the doors of the Hearst Tower were swung open for business. The design of starchitect Norman Foster, the building was one of the most cutting-edge of its time, lauded for its diagrid form, its green construction, and the then-radical approach of marrying the old with the new... Now, a decade later, Foster has returned to the Hearst Tower to mark its anniversary and reflect on his creation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>