Archinect - News 2014-07-25T18:00:18-04:00 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/100631867/rise-in-cycling-expands-nyc-s-real-estate-market Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be7c0cb51f84cad359f444e1c7788fb3.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the search for more affordable real estate in New York City pushes deeper into neighborhoods that were once considered out of the way, bicycle lanes are taking on new importance. Since 2007, the city has carved out more than 350 miles of bike lanes in the five boroughs, according to the Department of Transportation. As a result, the distance from the nearest subway or bus stop has become less of a drawback for the two-wheeled set, particularly in transit-challenged areas of Brooklyn.</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/99648465/the-limits-of-anti-gentrification-politics-brooklyn-is-getting-poorer The limits of anti-gentrification politics: Brooklyn is getting poorer Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-12T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:56:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b21nvf296n0rve9d.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One&nbsp;problem with our obsession with gentrification as the end-all of urban equity issues is that it&nbsp;discourages us from talking about other important things happening in our cities. In some instances, gentrification has become such a dominating narrative that it has completely erased broader trends that we really ought to be concerned about. Case in point: Brooklyn is getting poorer.</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/99304040/the-jamaica-bay-greenway-a-resilient-ring-for-southern-brooklyn-and-the-rockaways The Jamaica Bay Greenway: A Resilient Ring for Southern Brooklyn and the Rockaways Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T21:17:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5eac72acf73e437e2885584a387ce39c.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among the most pressing issues facing New York&rsquo;s new mayor is how his administration will pick up the mantle of the ambitious agenda established by Michael Bloomberg. How will the de Blasio administration address climate change and increase the resilience of those areas of the city most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy? [...] The Rockaway peninsula, in particular, has been a veritable laboratory for designers exploring the implications of &ldquo;resilience.&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/98217703/lego-high-rise-world-s-tallest-modular-apartment-tower-getting-snapped-together-in-brooklyn Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:08:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29cbb9c726ae124b3f82a3e27db9ad4a.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inside a warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard steel beams and flat metal sheeting rest atop a workbench. A diagram&ndash;which looks an awful lot like IKEA furniture assembly instructions&ndash;spells out where each beam and metal screw belongs. [...] The metal may not look like much yet, but it&rsquo;s on its way to becoming part of the world&rsquo;s tallest modular residential high-rise. [...] &ldquo;This is bringing the best of manufacturing and construction together.&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/96947695/get-lectured-pratt-institute-spring-14 Get Lectured: Pratt Institute, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-31T13:59:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:34:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3ss534hd5sibrp6.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Monday's poster comes from the Pratt Institute, School of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Note each event's time and location.<br>Brooklyn campus (BK): Higgins Hall - 61 St James Place Brooklyn, NY 10238<br>Manhattan campus (M): Room 213 - 144 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011</p><p><em>March 31 </em>(M)<br>6:30 pm<br><strong>David Schreiber</strong> / President, Building Technology Associates<br>&ldquo;Sustainability&rdquo;</p><p><em>April 3 </em>(BK)<br>6 pm<br>Keynote for Poetics at Pratt<br>&ldquo;<strong>The Annual Christina Porter Art and Poetry in the Schools Lecture</strong>&rdquo;<br><strong>Rachel Levitsky</strong> / <em>The Story of My Accident is Ours...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95944922/willoughby-square-park-above-parking-below Willoughby Square: Park Above, Parking Below Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ccea7460b2e1411f7eb38fb17be2f38.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Willoughby Square, in Brooklyn, NY, however, will bring together both beauty and utility by topping an automated underground parking garage with street-level greenery in a smart new project targeted for completion in 2016. Over a decade in the making, Willoughby Park is being called the &ldquo;crown jewel&rdquo; of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, a scheme to help improve Brooklyn&rsquo;s public spaces and foster neighborhood community and culture.</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/95118002/see-artists-experiment-with-compact-living-in-a-rotating-wheel See Artists Experiment with Compact Living in a Rotating Wheel Archinect 2014-03-07T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:18:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56c68136ac4a29a157f66da628224610.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The way it works is each loop, outside and in, is equipped with a bed, study, kitchen, bathroom, and little dresser, arranged so that when the wheel stops the matching item is available to each person at the same time. To switch over to a new activity, they both have to walk in tandem...</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/94517400/eyebeam-selects-workac-for-new-brooklyn-home Eyebeam selects WorkAC for New Brooklyn Home Archinect 2014-02-27T20:09:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T22:30:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxsuj9e21kfau0zu.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The art and technology center Eyebeam has selected WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) to design its future home in Brooklyn, another addition to the Brooklyn cultural district in Fort Greene. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great moment in Eyebeam&rsquo;s trajectory to think about the relationship between art and technology,&rdquo; said Dan Wood, a principal in WORKac, with Amale Andraos &mdash; both of whom worked on the cultural district&rsquo;s master plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/83241814" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'I Have No Words' Emoji and the New Visual Vernacular</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/eyebeam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eyebeam Art + Technology Center</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94270145/the-once-and-future-gowanus The Once and Future Gowanus Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:00:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/87262b23ef38c44d256c6fb1817e9c5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gowanus has become the most obvious touchstone for fears surrounding the rapid evolution that has overwhelmed so much of Brooklyn in recent years. It is also a test case for how democratically an area once colonized by industry might evolve into something like a modern Jane Jacobs vision. Dumbo is both a point of reference here and in one view, the representation of a nightmare outcome, given the area&rsquo;s distinction as a nexus of multimillion-dollar lofts and budding tech empires.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/15432094/gowanus-lowline-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus Lowline Competition Winners</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91998/student-works-wal-medley-mixed-up-m-lange-montage-mash-up-shopping-mart" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: Wal-(medley mixed-up m&eacute;lange montage mash-up shopping) mart</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93731665/in-brooklyn-rejecting-the-monotony-of-the-glass-and-steel-look In Brooklyn, Rejecting the Monotony of the Glass-and-Steel Look Alexander Walter 2014-02-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T16:55:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/48e841afbe4d18d2792a6083a3efd5d1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Boyle did not build his house out of shipping containers to be hip, though he does live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He left the water pipes exposed not in pursuit of an industrial chic aesthetic, but to make them easier to fix. [...] Their goal, he said, was not style, but a place immune to the neighborhood&rsquo;s rising rents, built out of materials cheap enough that it could inspire other urban homesteaders to do the same.</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/93723586/the-pink-zone-why-detroit-is-the-new-brooklyn The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the New Brooklyn Archinect 2014-02-17T12:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T12:28:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8caf556042a40bdf327cd87e5ed76e34.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hope for Detroit would seem far-fetched if you had been on the "pornography of ruins" tour I have been going on for years, led by various residents over the years. But, it turns out that those tours were provided by folk who had lost their beloved city. I recently began to hang around with a younger crowd: Mark Nickita, for example, an architect and a maniacal optimist, and a serial small-scale entrepreneur who runs Archive DS, an architecture and urban design firm in downtown Detroit...</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/87380649/hao-s-idea-proposal-to-revive-brooklyn-s-old-domino-sugar-factory-into-cultural-destination HAO’s idea proposal to revive Brooklyn’s old Domino Sugar Factory into cultural destination Justine Testado 2013-11-25T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:53:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2e1zoqgavhmp9cm.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Holm Architecture Office was recently commissioned for an idea proposal to revive the existing buildings of the Domino Sugar Factory in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The factory opened in 1856 and was once the sugar processing center of the U.S. before it shut down in 2004. The factory has been empty since then.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmsf8t8o9unfvgb0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ie/iedjak8kguabrx4g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/eww5i9vkb3snjgj4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t7/t72uzhregzilpujh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x2/x2fcbcx1flb06g04.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vpjb6fmt4e6lgeu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of Holm Architecture Office.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86550399/winners-of-the-dwell-vision-award-2013 Winners of the Dwell Vision Award 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-14T21:10:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T00:53:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5znyf9ckptq7epf3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dwell Media recently honored the finalists at the Dwell Vision Award 2013 ceremony at the historic Jane's Carousel in DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York. The DVA acknowledges the best of progressive technical and artistic innovation in modern design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> One winner and two finalists were selected out of nearly 300 entries from top architecture firms to emerging designers.</p> <ul><li> Winner: Harvest Dome 2.0 by Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi - SLO Architecture</li> <li> Finalist 1: Building with Bed Frames by Bundit Kanisthakhon - Tadpole Studio</li> <li> Finalist 2: Orongo Station by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects</li> </ul><p> Learn more about Harvest Dome 2.0 in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78760079/harvest-dome-2-0-is-finally-afloat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this article</a> here on Archinect.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86292220/what-if-a-stage-could-transform-and-morph-to-complement-the-music-and-dancers-around-it What if a stage could transform and morph to complement the music and dancers around it? Gravitas 2013-11-11T12:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T12:27:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sl/sl9tjncsjduyijim.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Principals, a Greenpoint-based design studio, set off to explore that intersection of interactive design and technology with an art installation for MoMA PS1's summer Warm Up series. Hit the jump to see how the Spatium Yamamoto installation grooved to the beat for an unforgettable, psychedelic experience this past summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="http://theprincipals.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Principals</a> presented their latest interactive installation closing out&nbsp;<a href="http://momaps1.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>'s Summer Warm Up series.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85918146/weeksville-heritage-center-by-caples-jefferson-architects Weeksville Heritage Center by Caples Jefferson Architects caplesjefferson 2013-11-06T15:41:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T22:02:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mz4erc9jf4cxc07c.jpg" width="514" height="213" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following a strong architectural language of repetition, movement, rhythm, and proportion the &lsquo;weeksville heritage center&rsquo; designed by American firm caples jefferson architects PC serves as a gateway to a 19th century african-american freedman&rsquo;s settlement. the sustainably built complex is located in brooklyn, new york and features a new two-story, 23,000 sq ft building and 41,000 sq ft of landscape that redefines the site&rsquo;s context.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Weeksville Heritage Center is a new sustainable cultural center designed by Caples Jefferson Architects PC. It is a two-story, 23,000 sq ft new building and 41,000 sq ft interpretive landscape, located at the intersection of Buffalo Avenue and Bergen Street in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. In the 1960&rsquo;s, four remaining buildings from this Brooklyn settlement were rediscovered. through 40 years of impassioned community support, the site eventually grew to serve as a focal african-american heritage site.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1wsfs5n35zyaxpst.jpg" title="">The primary purpose of the new structure and landscape is to serve as a gateway to the historic houses on the premises - remnants of the 19th century free African American community of Weeksville - with state-of-the-art exhibition, performance and educational facilities, as well as to provide a green oasis for visitors and the local community. The main lobby includes introductory exhibits and leads to a gallery, a lecture and performance space for 200, classrooms...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83310286/leeser-transforms-historic-strand-theatre-into-brooklyn-s-newest-cultural-hub LEESER transforms historic Strand Theatre into Brooklyn's newest cultural hub Justine Testado 2013-10-03T20:18:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18khjxdd5pmova3f.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The BRIC House and UrbanGlass complex by <a href="http://www.leeser.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEESER Architecture</a> opened its doors to the public on the morning of Oct. 2 in Downtown Brooklyn. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz were present to perform the ribboncutting at Brooklyn's newest creative space.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfx1oatcwj0vr0i7.jpg" title=""><br><br> Back in 2008, Brooklyn-based LEESER won the chance to transform the historic Strand Theatre into what is now a 60,000 sq.foot venue for <a href="http://bricartsmedia.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BRIC Arts | Media</a>, a 35-year-old non-profit organization widely known for its interdisciplinary arts and media programs. The reconstruction project cost $35 million.</p> <p> An emphasis on community outreach and participation is evident throughout LEESER's redesign of the 1919 building. The central public-gathering and presentation area (known as The Stoop), the white-walled interiors, and the facility's spaciousness create an overall open environment that will be suitable for the venue's various events and functions.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3kw4c7eydmvkhnz8.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31e2u762qm7q2btm.jpg" title=""><br><br> The House is also full of resources for B...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83159106/get-lectured-pratt-institute-fall-13 Get Lectured: Pratt Institute Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-10-02T11:00:00-04:00 >2013-12-22T20:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z47a5zw4d4jyotnh.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Our midweek poster comes from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p> <p> Listed below are events at the Brooklyn (<strong>BK</strong>) and Manhattan (<strong>M</strong>) campuses. All events are free.<br><br> Pratt <strong>MANHATTAN</strong> lecture events will be at <strong>6:30 pm</strong> in <strong>Room 213</strong> on campus, unless noted.** <strong>Address: 144 West 14th St., New York, NY 10011</strong></p> <p> Pratt <strong>BROOKLYN</strong> events will be at <strong>6:00 pm </strong>in <strong>Higgins Hall Auditorium</strong> on campus, unless noted.** <strong>Address</strong>: <strong>61 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY 10238</strong></p> <p> <br><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>September 9</em> (M)</strong><br><strong>Doug Chambers</strong> / Vice...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79300348/the-brooklyn-tech-triangle-as-the-next-silicon-valley The Brooklyn Tech Triangle as the next Silicon Valley? Justine Testado 2013-08-12T17:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T21:36:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4blnot1gbzrjevu5.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://brooklyntechtriangle.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Tech Triangle</a> could become the next Silicon Valley -- if the strategic plan to bolster the emerging tech hub comes to full fruition. The plan was developed over a six-month period by a multidisciplinary team led by <a href="http://archinect.com/wxystudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation). The Tech Triangle is projected to bring immense growth to the local economy as soon as 2015.<br><br> In 2012, local tech and creative firms participated in <a href="http://brooklyntechtriangle.com/the-study/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a study</a> conducted by the coalition that revealed the Triangle's potential for economic impact and innovation. The Triangle contains <a href="http://downtownbrooklyn.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Brooklyn</a>, <a href="http://dumbo.is/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUMBO</a>, and <a href="http://brooklynnavyyard.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Brooklyn Navy Yard</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xg/xgw43wo4yqzdn6qo.jpg" title=""><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zi4yyzqk8b69u3hy.jpg" title=""><br><br> Key objectives in the strategic plan include enhancing workforce development, increasing availability of affordable real estate, improving infrastructure and transportation routes, and public-space creation. In summation, the plan aims to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74644398/timber-in-the-city-competition-entry-by-samuel-pitnick TIMBER IN THE CITY Competition Entry by Samuel Pitnick Alexander Walter 2013-06-05T14:34:00-04:00 >2013-06-06T16:53:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dx7rxewsa9gjfk29.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young LA-based architect Samuel Pitnick has shared with us his entry to the 2012-13 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) competition for architecture students and recent graduates. This year's competition, titled TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition, was a a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, the ACSA and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design.</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/73635652/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-exhibit-opens-tomorrow Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Exhibit Opens Tomorrow Alexander Walter 2013-05-21T14:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T22:33:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xikfxky8o4ga105t.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February, we had published the winners of Gowanus by Design's second design and planning competition, WATER_WORKS. The intent of the competition, according to David Briggs, co-founder of Gowanus by Design, was to design a new community resource in Douglass/Greene Park that shares the site with a Combined Sewer Overflow [CSO] retention facility.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The award winners, along with other entries selected by the GbD competition committee, will be on display tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, at the Old American Can Factory Gallery, 232 Third Street at Third Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The event starts at 6:30PM.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72431019/park-named-after-beastie-boys-adam-yauch-now-open-in-brooklyn Park named after Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch now open in Brooklyn Archinect 2013-05-03T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T13:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eb/ebjtbs96cnlzadkb.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This Brooklyn Heights playground is named for Adam Yauch, an artist, a filmmaker, an activist, and one of Brooklyn&rsquo;s most influential musicians. Most famous as &lsquo;MCA&rsquo; of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Beastie Boys, Yauch grew up playing in this playground, then named State Street Park and later Palmetto Playground, as a child.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>&ldquo;Born and bred in Brooklyn the U.S.A./<br> They call me Adam Yauch but I&rsquo;m M.C.A.&rdquo;</em><br> - &ldquo;No Sleep Til Brooklyn,&rdquo; The Beastie Boys</p> <p> NYC Parks &amp; Rec. announced today that Adam Yauch Park, named after the Beastie Boys' late MCA, is now open.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s154xsmndcdq1pd5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdc8ruroffsf6wtl.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68806080/hello-dubai-on-the-east-river Hello Dubai-on-the-East-River HotSoup 2013-03-04T19:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-10T14:39:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9euu6np2fmgrhj8e.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In recent years developers putting up a forest of residential towers have been accused of turning the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront into Miami-on-the-East-River. With his new plan for the 11-acre Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg officially unveiled on Sunday, Jed Walentas has crafted something that might better be described as Dubai-on-the-East-River.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Audacious new waterfront development designed by SHoP unveiled in Brooklyn. Transforms derelict Domino Sugar refinery into 24/7 community with designs the likes of which New York has never seen.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68588854/architect-contractor-couple-builds-home-out-of-shipping-containers-in-williamsburg Architect/Contractor Couple Builds Home Out of Shipping Containers in Williamsburg Archinect 2013-03-01T12:54:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T13:42:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3yq8kzhkq8i1h4lv.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The couple bought a 20-by-40-foot piece of land at 351 Keap St. in 2008, trying to get ahead of the wave of gentrification they feared would soon price them out of Williamsburg. Initially, they planned to build a tiny home out of bricks and mortar, but when they put out a bid, it came back as potentially costing half a million dollars.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After doing some calculations, they decided to make it work with shipping containers.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67721897/creating-hipsturbia Creating Hipsturbia anthony dong 2013-02-16T18:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-19T13:10:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrt13zn6ju38hnbs.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As formerly boho environs of Brooklyn become unattainable due to creeping Manhattanization and seven-figure real estate prices, creative professionals of child-rearing age &mdash; the type of alt-culture-allegiant urbanites who once considered themselves too cool to ever leave the city &mdash; are starting to ponder the unthinkable: a move to the suburbs.</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/67524499/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-winners Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners Alexander Walter 2013-02-13T18:09:00-05:00 >2013-05-21T14:40:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mrisxihxdv7tmcvh.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Winning projects in three categories have been announced in Gowanus by Design's latest competition, WATER_WORKS. The brief called for solutions specific to Brooklyn's Gowanus area that simultaneously explored the role of water in recreation, quotidian uses, and in contaminated urban environments, and demonstrated how a redesigned community center and retention facility represent a more progressive view of the city's infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73635652/gowanus-by-design-water_works-competition-exhibit-opens-tomorrow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Exhibit Opens Tomorrow</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62343787/atlantic-yards-will-be-getting-32-story-shop-designed-modular-tower-after-all Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All HotSoup 2012-11-28T19:34:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:58:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buejwwy8n6c8pbtm.jpg" width="514" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modular construction has long been a dream of architects, for its efficiency and control, and now it could be a boon for New York City developers as well, since prefab methods can save 20 to 30 percent from traditional design methods.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Thanks to a deal with construction unions, the developer of the controversial Atlantic Yards project will move ahead with a 363-unit, 32-story prefab apartment building in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by SHoP Architects, Skanska and ARUP, it is tentatively the tallest prefab tower in the world. (Until that crazy 2,000-footer in China gets built.)</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58092721/the-barclays-center-in-brooklyn-reviewed-by-alexandra-lange The Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, Reviewed by Alexandra Lange Archinect 2012-09-26T19:31:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T21:04:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be25c98e4acecc34f6351b03cd49a673.jpg" width="465" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The arena was always a Trojan horse: its stars (Jay-Z), its original starchitect (Frank Gehry), and its semi-public function (bringing pro basketball to Brooklyn) have been used to make the development of the Vanderbilt rail yard seem like a reward rather than an imposition. In 2009, Gehry left the project, adding his arena and tower designs to the long list of New York&rsquo;s famous unrealized buildings.</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/58079338/a-huge-frog-has-landed-in-brooklyn A huge frog has landed in Brooklyn Archinect 2012-09-26T14:56:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T16:55:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffd2db459514158b435d9bbeb5335a99.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brooklynites might consider themselves lucky. In Manhattan, Madison Square Garden&rsquo;s owners are renovating, spending nearly $1 billion. Judging from results so far, it won&rsquo;t be enough. The Barclays Center is no Garden disaster, just an extraordinarily expensive lost opportunity.</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/55608030/game-time Game Time Nam Henderson 2012-08-20T11:20:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T11:21:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/diaya3un7yf0wqtx.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ratner &amp; Co. believe Brooklyn as a whole is already well on its way to super-premium status and will never go back. They believe Ratner has built exactly the sort of architectural showpiece and modern sports-and-entertainment megaplex that the newly gentrified Brooklynites want.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Will Leitch asks now that the fighting is over and Bruce Ratner&rsquo;s Barclays Center is almost completed, will the crowds come?&nbsp;Additionally, <a href="http://archinect.com/aaron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Plewke</a>&nbsp;recently snapped some photos&nbsp;of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronplewke/tags/barclayscenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the building under construction</a>.</p>