Archinect - News 2014-08-23T07:34:56-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107170893/midtown-manhattan-wouldn-t-be-the-same Midtown Manhattan Wouldn't Be the Same Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T13:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T13:09:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/99ed53b97ae176cbeba856b988122bdb.jpg" width="514" height="670" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hardworking Skyscraper Museum, in the belly of a condo complex on Battery Place, doesn&rsquo;t have much space or much of a budget, but with admirable frequency its director, Carol Willis, stages smart shows that uncover telling moments of New York skyscraper lore and architecture history. The museum has just opened &ldquo;Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment,&rdquo; about the battle 30 years ago for the soul of Times Square and the profession.</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/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T15:56:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f5/f5175f031ae94c4f7a3b3852f7df5b52.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>5 Pointz, New York City&rsquo;s &ldquo;graffiti mecca,&rdquo; is being demolished right now. This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal spot for aerosol artists for over two decades. In 2011, the property owner announced that he will be developing the site and transforming it into a massive residential condo complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360147/5-pointz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107035932/submit-your-vision42-entries-to-transform-manhattan-s-42nd-street-registration-due-september-8 Submit your Vision42 entries to transform Manhattan's 42nd Street – Registration due September 8 Archinect 2014-08-20T19:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T19:08:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vyi7l5abianrkqc.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You don't have to be a New Yorker to submit design ideas for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard in Manhattan's iconic 42nd Street: Open to all architects, planners, and urban designers, the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/vision42_design_international_competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision42 design competition</a> invites proposals from around the world to transform the street into a "world-class boulevard complete with a high-quality public spaces and a light-rail tram."</p><p>Registration ends September 8, 2014, and (digital) submissions for phase 1 are expected by October 1. And did we mention that $10,000 are waiting for the lucky winner as well as a feature in the <em>Architect's Newspaper</em> for the jury&rsquo;s top selected projects? Well, there you go.</p><p>From the competition brief:</p><p>"The first phase of the competition will be entirely digital, permitting applicants to submit their entries electronically, greatly expanding opportunities for participation globally. Upon selection of finalists by the jury, those selected shall prepare and send boards for the exhibition to a designated...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107016621/rockaway-pipeline-stirs-controversy Rockaway Pipeline Stirs Controversy Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8yw6ph8cfz0eht7.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pipeline called the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is under construction in the Rockaways. It will deliver 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas to New York City each day &mdash; enough to power 2.5 million homes. Activists ... say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States&rsquo; energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Concerned activists and locals may have good reason to be worried. Prior pipeline accidents, such as the 2010 San Bruno explosion, have caused extensive damage and even deaths. The Al Jazeera article notes that "since 1986, there have been about 8,000 significant pipeline incidents in the United States, which have resulted in over 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and billions of dollars in damage." Additionally, <a href="http://co.williams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williams</a>, the company contracted to build the pipeline, is already subject to a federal probe after a string of incidents at other pipelines. Designed to stretch beneath popular beaches, the Rockaway pipeline would be particularly vulnerable, some argue, pointing to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>Incidentally, the pipeline would run beneath Fort Tilden, currently the host of MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!," a public arts exhibition. In an already abandoned structure in the dunes, Patti Smith set up a gilded four-post bed that is exposed to the weather. As the summer st...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106869516/easy-on-the-environment-but-not-necessarily-neighbors-eyes Easy on the Environment, but Not Necessarily Neighbors’ Eyes Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T10:41:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/3948c5a56d12c77c7ba5e82e4210eea6.jpg" width="427" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Thomas Paino, an architect, decided to remodel a rowhouse he had bought in Long Island City, Queens, his ambitions were nothing short of trying to save the world &mdash; at least so far as a two-family home could contribute to the cause. [...] And he came up with a daring design in the hopes that neighbors, passers-by, perhaps even the world would take notice. He succeeded beyond all expectations.</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/106404720/a-cabin-for-rent-inside-a-house A Cabin For Rent Inside A House Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2c36440579970bc1e2317366b722df5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Brooklyn-based artist couple Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao have constructed a bed &amp; breakfast cabin inside their own house that they rent out on Airbnb. The idea for a A Cabin in a Loft was based on the house-in-a-house concept. [...] Both micro-houses have a bed, a storage space and a semi-private garden space. The space between the structures contains a kitchen and a table for dining and working, and is further used as a combined living room by the hosts and the guests together.</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/106106157/mapping-new-york-languages Mapping New York Languages Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T17:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:38:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/my/my227b8cstpta9y5.jpg" width="514" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Community Survey is a massive annual effort by the Census Bureau to measure various aspects of American life. Among many other things, respondents are asked if they speak a language other than English at home, and if so, what language is spoken. Using this data, as explained in more detail at the bottom of this post, Business Insider was able to map out New York City's most popular non-English languages.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Business Insider also made a map of New York's most common languages not including English <em>or&nbsp;</em>&#8203;Spanish:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p3/p37f4v6tvqldg0a0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106016921/cuba-in-talks-for-cultural-exchange-with-us-museum Cuba in talks for cultural exchange with US museum Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T13:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8b49c73c84da999ee712947c21359e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cuba is in talks with the Bronx Museum to organise the first major exhibition by a US museum in the country, according to local reports. The show would be part of the 12th edition of the Havana Biennial next year, and could be followed by an exhibition in New York in 2016 that would feature work by Cuban artists. [...] During her opening remarks, Perera emphasised the role of culture in &ldquo;breaking barriers imposed by governments that have nothing to do with the will of the artists&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/105939752/bed-stuy-prices-soar Bed-Stuy Prices Soar Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:19:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7of32t4l4rn1in6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As prices rise in Brooklyn, brokers in Bedford-Stuyvesant have been breaking sales records left and right since March [...] Nine of Bed-Stuy&rsquo;s top 15 residential sales in the past five years are from 2014 [...] Meanwhile, the median sales price during the second quarter rose to $630,000, up from $425,000 in the second quarter of 2013. In June of this year, the median asking price was even higher, according to StreetEasy data: $895,000, a 50.4 percent increase from June 2013.</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/105938141/bed-bugs-found-on-n-train-in-ny Bed Bugs Found on N Train in NY Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T13:18:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1zfgjoum5srsvtn.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bedbugs were discovered on at least three subway trains on the N line this week, authorities said. Two trains were taken out of service Sunday after the unwanted riders were found onboard some cars, officials said. And on Tuesday, a third N train was also sent to the Coney Island yard in Brooklyn for fumigation. Some of the bugs were found in seat cushions in train cabs, which are used by conductors and motormen, sources said.</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/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</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/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge New Renderings of What Will Replace Grafitti Art Mecca 5Pointz Emerge Diane Pham 2014-07-31T20:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T16:50:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6r/6rv7kv5tg8wgfd8p.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you loved 5Pointz, grab a box of tissues because you aren't going to be happy with what's planned for the soon to be demolished building. New renderings of what will replace the former art mecca have emerged, and unsurprisingly, the towers are as ho hum residential as they come. The new design is the work of New York-based HTO Architect, and once complete, will hold 1,000 apartments within two towers of 41 and 47 stories each.</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/105478814/sharif-el-gamal-commissions-jean-nouvel-to-design-islam-museum-next-to-wtc Sharif El-Gamal Commissions Jean Nouvel to Design Islam Museum Next to WTC Diane Pham 2014-07-31T14:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:34:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6cdq5snam5hapw43.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of real estate developer Soho Properties, announced today that his company acquired 49-51 Park Place from Consolidated Edison for $10.7 million. He also revealed that none other than Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Jean Nouvel will be designing the site&rsquo;s three-story Islam museum and prayer space.</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/105416946/the-new-museum-launches-new-skateboard-shaped-as-the-sanaa-designed-museum-building The New Museum launches new skateboard shaped as the SANAA-designed museum building Justine Testado 2014-07-30T19:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T11:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hwu3kf57gct7dp7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As a nod to skate culture innovation, the <a href="http://www.newmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> in New York collaborated with U.S. skateboard manufacturer <a href="http://www.chapmanskateboards.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chapman Skateboards</a> to create a limited-edition skate deck shaped as the iconic staggered-block building that was designed by Japanese firm <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jp/jp07dvjlwvtp69g0.jpg"></p><p>Inspired by a New Museum Store window installation by Canyon Castator and Richard Duff from 2012, the Chapman x New Museum skateboard is handcrafted from Canadian Hardrock Maple wood featuring a high-gloss paint mix. Only 150 of the skateboards were produced. Retailed at $125, they're available for purchase at the New Museum store or <a href="http://www.newmuseumstore.org/browse.cfm/chapman-x-new-museum-skatedeck/4,6495.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online</a>.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the board in action.</p><p>See more skate-related posts <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/15910/skateboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105397603/ny-times-enters-the-starchitect-debate NY Times Enters the "Starchitect" Debate Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T13:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:43:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3ti8x3ufdkbdw74.jpg" width="514" height="590" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about &ldquo;starchitects&rdquo; who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surroundings. In an interview, he argued in favor of local architectural talent, or &ldquo;locatecture.&rdquo; Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this "Room for Debate" at <em>the New York Times,&nbsp;</em>Allison Arieff, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Beverly Willis, and Angel Borrego Cubero all provide their opinions on the much-used and controversial portmanteau.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105326910/behold-the-first-look-inside-zaha-hadid-s-high-line-condos Behold, The First Look Inside Zaha Hadid's High Line Condos Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce327100bc9636a93e33d296b3e7209d.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid's swooping, spaceship-like condo building along the High Line is just about the most exciting of the many buildings on the rise in West Chelsea and the dozens of projects designed by starchitects in New York City. Mind-boggling renderings of the wavy exterior? Check. Some voluptuous floorplans, plus pricing? Check. Here now, the first look inside the West 28th Street condos, with two unreleased renderings snagged by a tipster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77134027/zaha-hadid-architects-commissioned-to-design-high-line-condo-to-be-first-hadid-project-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects commissioned to design High Line condo, to be first Hadid project in NYC</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105324500/a-lost-cause-alfredo-jaar-s-a-logo-for-america-coming-to-times-square-again A Lost Cause? Alfredo Jaar’s “A Logo for America” Coming to Times Square Again Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd5126c37fcaa7fe76d11f5412fef4f1.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Alfredo Jaar&rsquo;s glittering &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; video first played on a Times Square billboard in 1987, it riled up New Yorkers. [...] shows the words &ldquo;This is not America&rdquo; inside the outline of the United States. &ldquo;A Logo for America&rdquo; will receive a second life this week; beginning on August 1, the video will pop up on Times Square signs and screens between 11:57 pm and 12:00 am. But this 2.0 version loses some of the video&rsquo;s original intent to reach a broad&mdash;and hopefully attentive&mdash;audience.</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/105246556/beyond-the-supersquare-looks-at-south-american-modernism ‘Beyond the Supersquare’ Looks at South American Modernism Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:57:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a16e15686986b0aae37c77589a5ffd39.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the mid-20th century, certain Latin American cities looked like the most modern on earth. Not only was their architecture imaginative, but so was the thinking behind it: ideas, amounting to faith, that design could positively shape civic life across lines of money and class; that art and architecture were inseparable; that while Europe and the United States were the cultural powers of the day, South America had a shot at tomorrow. Then the momentum broke.</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/104733850/tale-of-two-cities-nyc-approves-poor-door-for-luxury-high-rise Tale of Two Cities: NYC approves ‘poor door’ for luxury high-rise Miles Jaffe 2014-07-22T14:08:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T13:08:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0e62tsd1eu1x8tg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York City is moving forward with a proposal that calls for a new high-rise apartment complex to feature separate doors for wealthy tenants and those living in the building&rsquo;s affordable housing unit. While wealthy residents will be able to enter the building from its designated front entrance, affordable housing tenants will be required to go in through a back alley. A mandatory affordable housing plan is not license to segregate lower-income tenants from those who are well-off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Maybe the <em>higher-ups</em> will employ the low-income folk as maids and janitors? Built-in servants quarters, subsidized by the city.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104490693/usgs-raises-new-york-city-s-earthquake-threat-but-lowers-risk-for-tall-towers USGS raises New York City's earthquake threat but lowers risk for tall towers Archinect 2014-07-18T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:19:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kc/kcljke5n0r0girb7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here is another reason to buy a mega-million-dollar apartment in a Manhattan high-rise: Earthquake forecast maps for New York City that a federal agency issued on Thursday indicate &ldquo;a slightly lower hazard for tall buildings than previously thought.&rdquo; The agency, the United States Geological Survey, tempered its latest quake prediction with a big caveat. &ldquo;The tall buildings in Manhattan are not where you should be focusing [...]"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More insight in the geological survey and the updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps at <a href="http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/new-insight-on-the-nations-earthquake-hazards/?from=title" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">usgs.gov</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104403024/illustrator-renders-new-york-skyline-in-2020 Illustrator Renders New York Skyline in 2020 Nicholas Korody 2014-07-17T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:12:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cg/cgmqjos33rn9vbmi.jpg" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While YIMBY recently revealed Extell&rsquo;s Nordstrom Tower, the first glimpse lacked a perspective of the structure&rsquo;s impact on the broader Midtown skyline. Now, with the help of illustrator Armand Boudreaux, YIMBY has fresh images of the skyscraper&rsquo;s position on the skyline, including nearby developments like 220 Central Park South, 111 West 57th Street, 432 Park Avenue, and 53 West 53rd Street.</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/104400610/nyc-can-t-afford-to-build-the-second-avenue-subway-and-it-can-t-afford-not-to NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-17T13:39:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/51a9ba8ceb3f7a55836ec960d99f811d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In New York City history and lore, the Second Avenue subway is the Loch Ness Monster crossed with the Abominable Snowman. Politicians, transit planners, and everyone in between have witnessed this East Side subway line face countless stops and starts [...] And yet, the Second Avenue line has become a beacon for New York's future and a symbol of the numerous challenges facing a global city that must, in light of massive costs and slow build-outs, expand its transit network to stay competitive.</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/104243719/martino-stierli-named-new-moma-architecture-and-design-curator Martino Stierli Named New MoMA Architecture and Design Curator Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T13:31:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69847855663133c24b88e24067cc2cde.jpg" width="190" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Martino Stierli, a Swiss art history professor, has been appointed chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, Glenn D. Lowry, the museum&rsquo;s director announced Tuesday. Mr. Stierli, who will start next March, succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down last year to teach art history at Columbia University and remains a part-time curator at MoMA.</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/104184278/five-teams-selected-to-participate-in-the-re-envisioning-branch-libraries-design-study-in-new-york Five teams selected to participate in the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York Justine Testado 2014-07-14T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5z6ugqy9w8ey8b01.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although anyone with Internet access can do a quick search online, nothing replaces a brick-and-mortar public library for quality resources and info &mdash; yet these centers are consistently overlooked by city policymakers. After setting up an RFQ for the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York, the Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future selected five interdisciplinary teams out of 45 submissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>They are:</p><ul><li>Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions&#8232; | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander</li><li>Marble&nbsp;Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office</li><li>MASS Design Group&nbsp;</li><li>SITU Studio</li><li>UNION</li></ul><p>To find out more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/five_teams_selected_to_participate_in_the_re-envisioning_branch_libraries_d/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104155289/herzog-de-meuron-s-undulating-condo-design-for-the-hudson-river-waterfront-revealed Herzog & de Meuron's Undulating Condo Design for the Hudson River Waterfront Revealed Diane Pham 2014-07-14T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:28:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u9/u9ixjlhpu8mfhl0z.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the far west side is the city&rsquo;s new Gold Coast and Manhattan&rsquo;s last frontier, a necklace of ravishing projects have been announced along the Hudson River waterfront. The latest reveal is for a new 12-story, 88-unit condominium coming from Herzog &amp; de Meuron Architects. The Hudson Square site at 156 Leroy Street will replace a handful of low-slung buildings that include two auto-body shops, a gentleman&rsquo;s club and the former Lunchbox Diner.</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/103937047/new-york-design-commission-awards-own-president New York Design Commission awards own president Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:59:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab3e4e59b1fcffe251174f7b4551ab2d.jpg" width="293" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The New York City Design Commission presented its annual awards for excellence in public design on 7 July&mdash;and among the winners is a company run by the commission&rsquo;s president. Signe Nielsen, who has been the government agency&rsquo;s president since 2012, is also a principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. [...] This is not the first time that Nielsen&rsquo;s firm has been recognised by the Design Commission while she has been at the head of the award-giving body.</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/103933818/richard-meier-s-high-and-mighty-beach-house Richard Meier’s High and Mighty Beach House Alexander Walter 2014-07-11T12:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:28:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d2a0b929c83bcd187127ce1a6afc26b6.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But building the $2.25 million steel-and-glass structure he had in mind presented a number of challenges on Fire Island. For starters, they had to dig 10 feet below sea level to bury the wood piles. Then they had to put a steel frame on top that could support 25 tons of glass. Sam Wood, the contractor, had been working on Fire Island for 30 years and had never seen anything like it. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s built like a mini-skyscraper,&rdquo; he said.</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/103782637/nordstrom-tower-in-new-york-will-be-world-s-tallest-residential-building-at-1-775 Nordstrom Tower in New York Will be World's Tallest Residential Building at 1,775' Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T13:28:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f697736e6d94d5e0167f60adb46dab0a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>225 West 57th Street&lsquo;s facade will top-out 1,479&prime; above street level, while a surprise spire on top will cap the tower at 1,775 feet. Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill are designing the building. The new height details will result in several superlatives: Manhattan will finally retake the &lsquo;tallest roof&rsquo; in the United States from Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, which stands 1,451&prime;, and 225 West 57th Street will become the tallest residential building in the entire world [...].</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/103651803/queensway-connection-competition-exhibition-to-open-july-17-in-nyc “Queensway Connection” competition exhibition to open July 17 in NYC Archinect 2014-07-07T20:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T20:13:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9x4ekhs8fbo60z9q.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of its biennial design ideas competition <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/queensway_connection_elevating_the_public_realm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm</em></a> (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93726830/aiany-enya-reveals-winning-ideas-for-queensway-connection-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>). Now the public is invited to take a closer look at the winning entries at the upcoming competition exhibition opening on Thursday July 17 at 6:00 PM at New York's <a href="http://cfa.aiany.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a>.</p><p>The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium hosted by ENYA at the CFA on Saturday, July 19 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM to highlight the winning entries&rsquo; visions for future development of the site and neighborhood.</p><p><strong>ENYA Prize, $5000: The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux of Paris, France</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3y46opuvo3mv44nf.jpg"></p><p><strong>2nd Prize, $2500: Queens Billboard by Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l4/l4f5jhuvufefa45n.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd Prize, $1000: Make It! Grow It! by Song Deng and Rene Biberstein of Toronto, Canada</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6gt80dgrpgxm7qab.jpg"></p><p><strong>Student Prize, $1000: EBB &amp; Flow by Jessica Shoemaker, Paul Crespo and Jessica Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ro/roharzx5ruolhzv4.jpg"></p><p><strong>Honorable Menti...</strong></p>