Archinect - News 2015-07-06T07:44:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-30T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T11:31:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uoe65erwwj0lp839.jpg" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We can now get back to doing the public&rsquo;s business and return a functioning&nbsp;Government Center to Goshen,&rdquo; the Orange County executive, Steven M. Neuhaus, said in a statement. &ldquo;It is my hope that this delay will not impact the bid prices.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As of this past April, the fate of New York's Orange County Government Center, a boxy brutalist designed by Paul Rudolph, was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pretty much sealed</a>. Preservationist had previously fought to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115580114/paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-gem-to-be-repurposed-as-arts-hub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">restore the structure</a>&nbsp;in the face of much-needed updates to the Center, but their proposals were dismissed, and (at least partial) demolition was looking more or less imminent.</p><p>Now, another loss has cleared the way for work to begin. A lawsuit filed by local residents, claiming that the building was worth saving for both its architectural significance and the existence of a cheaper, alternate plan for an updated government center that spared Rudolph's building, has been rejected.</p><p>Work on the building will begin in early July.</p><p>Chart the rocky history of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center below:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122280042/orange-county-legislators-fail-to-save-paul-rudolph-s-government-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County legislators fail to save Paul Rudolph's Government Center</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122125723/michael-kimmelman-on-why-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-is-worth-saving" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on why Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County building is worth saving</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441450/future-of-paul-rudolph-s-brutalist-orange-county-building-still-uncertain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange Count...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129960654/lvaro-siza-finally-lands-in-the-us-by-way-of-hell-s-kitchen Álvaro Siza finally lands in the US, by way of Hell's Kitchen Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T19:41:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ek/ek9nfw91quz06l4k.jpg" width="514" height="518" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pritzker Prize-winner &Aacute;lvaro Siza has been selected to design an "ultra-luxury condominium" in Manhattan, his first U.S. project. Deemed&nbsp;611 West 56th&nbsp;Street by developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY, the structure will rise 35-storeys in New York's&nbsp;Hell's Kitchen, enough for approximately 80 residences. Collaborating architects include&nbsp;Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard, with SLCE Architects as the Architect of Record.</p><p>Predictable luxe high-rise amenities include a roof garden, private terraces and swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, and entertainment spaces for hosting (you guessed it) private events.&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is expected to begin in May 2016, and completed by Fall 2018. At that rate, it'll become part of the skyline before&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129172637/renderings-of-big-designed-two-world-trade-center-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's 2 WTC</a>, which is slated for completion by 2020.</p><p>See the project's site below (the building pictured will be demolished):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdslpyrmjyykat4j.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129868963/urban-homesteading-done-right-look-at-this-hidden-rooftop-cottage-in-manhattan Urban homesteading done right: Look at this hidden rooftop cottage in Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:54:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27c5ac5ddc58d65660d5ec1d5a3f83fd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Flying above New York City in a helicopter can be a beautiful thing, until you look down and see that someone has stolen and is living your dream life in a bucolic cabin on a rooftop in the West Village. Is there anything more enviable in the real estate racket of NYC than a house on a regular old apartment building's roof? [...] the porch is basically a glorified bulkhead over a hole punched in the ceiling of the family&rsquo;s loft to make way for a nautical stairway that rises to a landing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Require a little more luxury for your Manhattan rooftop abode? A mere $250 million could buy you <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129791831/this-250m-mega-penthouse-might-become-new-york-s-priciest-home This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/om6myg9w9281vfud.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vornado's super luxury tower at 220 Central Park South isn't even out of the ground yet, but billionaire buyers seemingly can't wait to stash their stacks of cash in the 950-foot-tall tower. The Real Deal hears rumblings that a Qatari investor is eyeing a monstrous spread that would cost around $250 million, making it easily the most expensive home in New York City. It would completely obliterate the current record, the $100 million sale at One57.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert A.M. Stern's NYC condo towers have a habit of attracting record bids (previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109657265/nyc-s-most-expensive-condo-to-be-listed-at-130-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC&rsquo;s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129790214/130-years-ago-today-the-statue-of-liberty-first-arrived-in-new-york 130 years ago today, the Statue of Liberty first arrived in New York Nicholas Korody 2015-06-17T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ik/ik12ms3qbo971xjp.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to legend, the Statue of Liberty came to sculptor Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Auguste Bartholdi as a vision: sailing into New York Harbor in 1870, the French artist suddenly imaged the persona of liberty welcoming him. He sketched out his idea and immediately began pitching it... It was 130 years ago today, on June 17, 1885, that the ship and its precious cargo reached New York&mdash;and another year before reassembly was complete and the finished product could be unveiled.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8a5143eee8aac3ccc9697a7ca964fee1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31758c53d452f51e5aee34c64c9a33e9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/1169dfeef379540b08b2d2264ac697e4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jm/jm7hnmok9ojoihu4.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129403234/tadao-ando-shares-his-design-ambitions-for-152-elizabeth-street-in-new-york Tadao Ando shares his design ambitions for 152 Elizabeth Street in New York Alexander Walter 2015-06-12T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/py/pyms2jma7ncliwo0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/99728/tadao-ando" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s first ever NYC building&nbsp;&mdash; the brutalist condo tower project <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463712/152-elizabeth-street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152 Elizabeth Street</a>&nbsp;&mdash; is kicking into high gear with the release of new renderings, photos of the completed sales gallery, floorplans for the first residences coming on the market, the launch of a new website for the building, and the unveiling of a video interview with the Japanese master and the project's interior designer, Michael Gabellini of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/40804767/gabellini-sheppard-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a>.</p><p>Read on for more details we've received, and watch the video interview below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pe2536vs9wamw9b4.jpg"></p><p>"For 152 Elizabeth Street, Ando harmoniously balances fundamental elements including water, metal, glass greenery and concrete. His inventive use of concrete, a material that&rsquo;s ubiquitous in a majority of his projects, has become famous around the world.</p><p>Part concrete, part jewel box, the building makes a strong yet quiet statement with a fa&ccedil;ade comprised of voluminous glass, burnished metal and flanked by poured in-place concrete and a living green wall that rise...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129326913/the-cooper-union-turmoil-continues-president-jamshed-bharucha-resigns The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns Archinect 2015-06-11T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/cz46qsjpqtu6xpfl.jpg" width="416" height="626" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was a matter of hours from when the resignations of five Cooper Union trustees rolled in until their names were erased from the college&rsquo;s website. And it was a day later that the President Jamshed Bharucha announced he too would resign, more than a year before his employment contract expires. Yet the upheaval that led to the acrimonious departures has been years in the making.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Events are unfolding very quickly in Cooper Union's leadership right now: Just hours after five members of the 23-member Board of Trustees <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129251398/five-cooper-union-trustees-just-resigned" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned yesterday</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/602754/jamshed-bharucha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>, the school's embattled President, publicly announced his resignation in an email to the Cooper Union community.</p><p>Following is the email in full length (h/t <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>):</p><p><em>Subject: Presidential Transition<br>From: The Cooper Union &lt;<a href="mailto:alumni@cooper.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alumni@cooper.edu</a>&gt;<br>To: All community and alumni<br>Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:09 PM</em></p><p><em>Dear Members of the Cooper Union Community:</em></p><p><em>I am writing to let you know that I will be leaving my post as President of The Cooper Union at the end of June, 2015. Starting in the fall, I will serve as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.</em></p><p><em>It has been an honor to serve as the 12th President of Cooper Union these past four years. The focus of my presidency has been to secure Cooper&rsquo;s finances for generations of deserving students in the future, while preserving excellence and...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129251398/five-cooper-union-trustees-just-resigned Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2o/2o36lotz20xwsmgy.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night five members of the Cooper Union&rsquo;s board of trustees resigned: real estate mogul Mark Epstein (the board&rsquo;s former chairman), Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill, architects Daniel Libeskind and Francois de Menil (the board&rsquo;s vice chairman), and investment banker Monica Vachher. Three of the departing trustees &mdash; Epstein, Libeskind, and Vachher &mdash; have written&nbsp;public resignation letters [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following are the three resignation letters by Epstein, Vachher, and Libeskind&nbsp;&mdash; all widely claimed as strong tuition supporters and loyal to hotly contested Cooper Union president <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/602754/jamshed-bharucha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a>&nbsp;&mdash; in full length as published on the Committee to Save Cooper Union from the Committee to Save Cooper Union&nbsp;(CSCUFCSCU) <a href="http://cscufcscu.com/2015/06/five-cooper-union-trustees-resigned-today/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p><em>All,<br>I am writing to you from under two hats. One as trustee, and one as donor.<br>As a Trustee, I am hereby resigning from the Board, effective immediately. During my term as Chairman we were able to put the school on a path to sustainability. It was going to be a difficult path with some hurdles to get over. We were on our way, but have now gotten so far off of that path due to the actions (or inactions) of the Board that I no longer want to participate. I know that there are some in the Cooper Community that will take my resignation as a false victory of some sort. I am not resigning due to any pressure from that group, rather that I no longer want to associate wit...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129173441/rebuild-by-design-wins-innovation-award Rebuild by Design Wins Innovation Award Nicholas Korody 2015-06-09T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T20:05:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utsn7sc3egngf0qm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each year, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) bestows its Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award to a federal agency with the best model practice that can be adopted government-wide. Today, ACUS announced that the 2015 Walter Gellhorn Innovation Award is being presented to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design Competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>There's something of a <em>mise-en-abyme</em>&nbsp;quality to a competition winning an award, but it's a good occasion to remember the Rebuild by Design was, after all, not quite your regular competition. Organized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and funded primarily by the US Department of Housing and Development and the Rockefeller Foundation, the competition gathered some of the brightest names in architecture and the six winning proposals will actually be implemented.&nbsp;</p><p>Harriet Tregoning, HUD's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, states, "We're absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition on behalf of the many partners who came together to think of new ways to consider the challenge of how we prepare for natural disasters."</p><p>Take a look at winning projects <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100960550/u-s-department-of-hud-announces-the-rebuild-by-design-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128880408/11-years-of-one-world-trade-center-construction-in-one-short-time-lapse-video 11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video Alexander Walter 2015-06-05T18:33:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rxo96dn5dlxfox2w.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say what you want about One World Trade Center (and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/35406/1-world-trade-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">much has already been said</a> here on Archinect), but it sure is a heck of a construction project.</p><p>From the laying of the symbolic cornerstone on July 4, 2004 to the recent opening of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/581714/one-world-observatory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One World Observatory</a> on May 29, 2015, it took the tower eleven years to fully push its 104 floors into the world.</p><p>A fascinating new EarthCam time-lapse video now presents the lengthy building process in a handy less-than-two-minute montage.</p><p>Scroll on for some screen shots and the video below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w8ni2thzfdhvdes.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxdfxhtu3rrosaw9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3m8jj3yb1olt688.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pa/pa7qalwk6vp4y9d5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukd94xoq1mwkj048.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128792863/how-the-bronx-breaks-new-york-s-grid How the Bronx breaks New York's grid Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T14:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T00:04:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7268447dab8b5db9110fb7e72af5000.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walking in New York can at times feel a little too&nbsp;smooth: the rationality of the grid and subtle grade changes conspire to hide the natural terrain beneath all that asphalt and concrete. That&rsquo;s not the case in the Bronx, the city&rsquo;s mainland toehold, where topography is at play like nowhere else in this archipelago metropolis. [...] It was with this conspicuous role of the Bronx&rsquo;s topography in mind that we approached Kris Graves, a New York-based photographer [...].</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/128787239/frick-collection-drops-controversial-expansion-plan Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T21:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/npvn717n1o9eg3xm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Frick Collection has yielded. Facing a groundswell of opposition to a proposed renovation that would have eliminated a gated garden to make way for a six-story addition, the museum &mdash; long admired for its intimate scale &mdash; has decided to abandon those plans and start over from scratch. [...] With the proposed renovation, designed by Davis Brody Bond, the Frick, on East 70th Street in Manhattan, had sought to increase its exhibition space [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127726371/the-hudson-river-valley-in-ny-is-the-next-stop-for-gehry-s-winton-guest-house The Hudson River Valley in NY is the next stop for Gehry's Winton Guest House Justine Testado 2015-05-21T18:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:04:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4qgkinqhi6urgk5f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frank Gehry-designed Winton Guest House will embark on another lengthy roadtrip, moving roughly 1,200 miles from its current location in Owatonna, Minnesota to its new home in New York's Hudson River Valley. The geometric house <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127579373/frank-gehry-s-winton-guest-house-to-be-auctioned-in-chicago-today" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold for $750,000</a> at the Wright auction house in Chicago on Tuesday. The new owners, who wish to remain unidentified, paid an additional "buyer's premium" of $155,000 for the guest house, bringing up the total to $905,000. Wright listed the house's starting bid at $850,000.</p><p>The new owners pledged to restore and preserve the Guest House on private property, according to Dr. Victoria M. Young, professor of modern architectural history and chair of the Art History Department at the University of St. Thomas, which owned the house since 2007 as part of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center.&nbsp;Since the university <a href="http://www.stthomas.edu/news/st-thomas-sells-gainey-center-property/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sold</a> the Gainey Center to Meridian Behavioral Health Services last summer, the house was scheduled to begin relocation this June to meet its August 201...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127715909/landmarked-four-seasons-restaurant-must-not-be-changed-nyc-landmarks-commission-rules Landmarked Four Seasons restaurant must not be changed, NYC landmarks commission rules Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T15:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T17:59:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/po/pomcx7r27oq2uzqf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided [...]. The decision was a setback to Aby J. Rosen, the owner of the Seagram Building, which is home to the restaurant. Mr. Rosen had proposed what he characterized as minor changes to the interior that was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson in 1958.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Phyllis Lambert &mdash;&nbsp;part of the group of architects passionately opposing Rosen's revamp plans and personally interwoven with the history of the Seagram Building like no one else &mdash;&nbsp;penned this Op-Ed in the <em>New York Time</em>s last week: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/opinion/save-new-yorks-four-seasons.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Save New York's Four Seasons</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127639137/calatrava-i-have-been-treated-like-a-dog Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog." Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixtzstglvfb7hkr3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., he isn&rsquo;t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project&rsquo;s delays and costs. [...] These overruns and years of delay have taken a toll on Mr. Calatrava&rsquo;s reputation, with local press and some observers painting him as an architect prone to overruns&mdash;a point he believes is quite unfair. &ldquo;It has not been easy for me,&rdquo; he said. After living in the city for 12 years and feeling pride in the city, &ldquo;I have been treated like a dog.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108190179/legal-troubles-dog-famed-spanish-architect-santiago-calatrava" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73850206/path-fail-the-story-of-the-world-s-most-expensive-train-station" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes NYC's public-housing woes Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T20:28:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8301c173afd8b98e7631ca949884db38.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Still, when Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his plan for New York&rsquo;s troubled housing authority, NYCHA, dismantling these aging towers was not a piece of it. The plan calls for charging more for parking, redeploying staff to other agencies to save costs and leasing land within the housing complexes to private developers to save money. [...] So why does New York City still have so many high-rise housing projects?</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/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich Alexander Walter 2015-05-14T18:37:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:48:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yofa17h51chktyy.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] shadows even turn light into another medium of inequality. Light becomes a resource that can be bought by the wealthy, eclipsed for the poor. [...] multimillion-dollar apartments in the sky will darken parts of the park a mile away. Enjoyment of the park in the park &ndash; a notably free activity in a high-cost city &ndash; will be dimmed a little to give billionaires views of it from above.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127295622/2015-architectural-league-prize-authenticity-winners-to-lecture-and-exhibit-next-month 2015 Architectural League Prize "Authenticity" winners to lecture and exhibit next month Justine Testado 2015-05-14T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/cewzhghyo1zi0ogx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/53068420/the-architectural-league-of-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a> announced a new set of winners for the 2015 Architectural League Prize, considered to be one of North America's most prestigious awards for young practitioners. North America-based Architects and designers out of school 10 years or less are invited every year to submit the best of their portfolios pertaining to the competition's theme.</p><p>The 2014-15 Young Architects + Designers Committee&nbsp;&mdash; which comprises of previous League Prize winners&nbsp;Carrie Norman, John Rhett Russo, and Jenny Sabin&nbsp;&mdash; selected "Authenticity" as this year's competition theme. The theme sought submissions that explore how design, technology, and practice challenge authenticity within architecture, and how authenticity can be treated more as a pursuit that can continuously develop and influence a young designer's practice -- as opposed to a form of validation or as an essential quality.</p><p>Here are the 2015 winners and some of their works:</p><p>&darr; <a href="http://archleague.org/2015/06/thom-moran/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thom Moran, Ann Arbor, MI</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8j/8juzz9vbe2i2npak.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong><a href="http://archleague.org/2015/06/erin-besler-besler-sons/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Erin Besler, Besler...</a></strong></p> 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/127118730/nordstrom-tower-aiming-to-snatch-tallest-building-title-from-one-world-trade-center Nordstrom Tower aiming to snatch 'tallest building' title from One World Trade Center Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T14:02:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izgjjnepx9cdy6ag.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current race to the top of the skyline is the most impressive in New York City&rsquo;s history, with ever-taller skyscrapers sprouting from the Financial District all the way to 57th Street. And YIMBY has now learned that 217 West 57th Street, aka the Nordstrom Tower, received a height boost between April and June of last year, pushing the tower&rsquo;s pinnacle to 1,795 feet.&nbsp;That&nbsp;will make it the tallest building in New York City, the United States, and the Western Hemisphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/471370/nordstrom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127116917/is-nyc-losing-its-new-yorkiness Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"? Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/714d32f793a9d0ec901b1f34f02a2fe0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amanda Burden often said that, thanks to Bloomberg, "we are building and rezoning today once again like Moses on an unprecedented scale, but with Jane Jacobs in mind." That's oxymoronic. You can't do both. As for who's winning the future of New York, it's clearly the followers of Moses. The preservationists are the underdogs here.</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/127114495/built-for-humans-bryce-t-bauer-interviews-sharon-zukin Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-11T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:59:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/167un8nv1pwcze07.jpg" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you have every neighborhood looking the same, you know the city is at a danger point. And why should anybody want to live here, why should anybody want to visit here? A metropolis like New York or London or Shanghai is built on a strong sense of individual neighborhoods, and we are destroying that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sociologist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Zukin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Zukin</a> on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City&rsquo;s loft lifestyle.</p><p>"I blame it all on&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine. In the late &rsquo;70s, early &rsquo;80s, New York, like other US cities, was just coming out of twenty years of middle-class flight. When Jane Jacobs wrote&nbsp;<em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, she, of course, was a gentrifier, but she represented a minority view: &ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t cities great? Aren&rsquo;t cities exciting?&rdquo; I think, still, most Americans would rather live in homogenized, clean suburbs than live in gritty cities, certainly in gritty areas. But&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine upheld the good of cities. And from a certain point of view, you can&rsquo;t complain that they were making city life look vibrant."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126947698/historic-190-bowery-to-be-restored Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored Nicholas Korody 2015-05-08T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-10T22:43:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hekx1jhqkbyg58on.jpg" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six-story building was designed by Robert Maynicke and completed in 1899. It served as the offices of Germania Bank (and its future names) until it was sold in 1966 and became a private residence. In 2005, it was designated an individual landmark. Last year, it was purchased by Aby Rosen&rsquo;s RFR Realty for $55 million. They plan to restore the building and convert it back to office space, with the ground floor for an as yet undetermined retail tenant.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In collaboration with MdeAS Architects,&nbsp;J&oslash;rgen Cleemann of the preservation architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth &amp; Partners received approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission for their restoration plans. They aim to rehabilitate the stained glass, wooden doors, and other features of the building, while preserving the graffiti that ornaments the facade.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126841497/leading-artists-call-to-action-against-the-frick-expansion-plans Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans Alexander Walter 2015-05-06T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T13:04:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dmljshrmqoy9wka5.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the museum describes the 42,000-square-foot addition as something that would &ldquo;further fulfill Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s long-standing vision to offer public access to its works of art," others, including a group of 51 prominent artists and architects &mdash; Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman [...] among them &mdash; think it would undermine exactly what they love about the place. Under the banner of Unite to Save the Frick, this group sent a letter to the city, copied to the museum, expressing their displeasure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's the letter that <a href="http://unitetosavethefrick.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unite to Save the Frick</a>&nbsp;sent to NYC leaders today:</p><p><em>May 6, 2015</em></p><p><em>Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chair Srinivasan:</em></p><p><em>The residential scale of the Frick Collection exerts a special power over those who walk its halls. To have visitors experience the feeling of living with art was the intention of founder Henry Clay Frick as he envisioned his personal residence being opened to the public. Up until now, the Frick&rsquo;s fidelity to its founder&rsquo;s vision of a &ldquo;house museum&rdquo; has been laudable. Those of us in the art world who cherish the unique and tranquil ambiance offered by the Frick are urging the Frick to withdraw its proposed plan and consider alternative methods of expansion that would preserve the character essential to its appeal.</em></p><p><em>As professionals working in the art world (sculptors, painters, critics, journalists, dealers, gallerists, financiers, and more), we strongly believe that the Frick&rsquo;s effectiveness as a display space lies in its intimacy. Viewing highlights of the co...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126822760/new-renzo-piano-designed-residential-tower-to-rise-in-nyc New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivqtops7fdgc69l7.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126717784/the-new-2-5-billion-plan-to-rebuild-the-historic-penn-station The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:55:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron&mdash;principal designer at Atelier &amp; Co&mdash;to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126069552/the-new-skinny-kid-on-the-block-303-e-44th-st-promises-floating-gardens-in-the-manhattan-skies The new skinny kid on the block: 303 E. 44th St promises floating gardens in the Manhattan skies Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T14:15:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/om/om7puicvncgdr3kt.jpg" width="500" height="924" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There's another project coming to Manhattan that's even thinner: 303&ndash;305 E. 44th Street, designed by Eran Chen of ODA Architecture. At 47 feet wide, this one's the narrowest of the bunch. Developed by Triangle Assets, the tower will rise about 600 feet high, creating 115,000 square feet of residential space. [...] The design for 305 E. 44th is predicated on a stack of volumes; nested between them are the project's signature amenities, private gardens.</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/125974691/a-closer-look-at-the-current-exhibition-the-landscape-architecture-legacy-of-dan-kiley A closer look at the current exhibition "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a726b2369482913674da9e07246d64b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley,&rdquo; an exhibition at the Center for Architecture, shows how modern landscapes often make a better case for modernism than the architecture itself. Over a span of 60 years, Kiley (1912-2004), a founding father of modern landscape design, worked for the best architects around, among them Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. He was fully versed in architecture&rsquo;s modernist strategies and overriding focus on form and abstraction.</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/125832455/mapping-brooklyn-making-sense-of-the-world-through-art-and-maps Mapping Brooklyn: making sense of the world through art and maps Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:01:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81fe6cd75a04d2ef8071c86edb4c22ac.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This lively effort &mdash; mapping &mdash; is the subject of a rich exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and BRIC [...] that pairs the work of 18 contemporary artists with 23 historical maps dating back as far as 1562. For Mapping Brooklyn, BHS opened its collection to the invited artists [...]. The goal of uniting these two components &mdash; map and art &mdash; is to uncover the common ground: to render, through judgment and artistic process, the world legible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118901374/mapping-the-city-maps-through-the-eyes-of-street-artists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mapping the City: maps through the eyes of street artists</a></p>