Archinect - News 2016-12-10T13:57:23-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149965070/famed-designer-jane-thompson-dies Famed designer Jane Thompson dies Nicholas Korody 2016-08-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b836lkd2xuh165fc.jpg" width="650" height="751" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The influential designer Jane Thompson passed away on Tuesday. Working fluidly across the fields of design, urbanism, and architecture, Thompson left a lasting mark on American visual culture.</p><p>Thompson started her career as the assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art, then led by Philip Johnson. Afterwards, she helmed&nbsp;<em>Industrial Design Magazine</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gi/giw6r06ytby5qjyb.jpg"></p><p>Thompson worked on the revitalization of Boston's Quincy Market alongside her husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. Other urban projects included the Chicago Navy Pier and the Grand Central Business District in New York.</p><p>One of Thompson's most influential endeavors was assisting her husband in operating the retail stores Design Research (D/R). Bring European designers like Alvar Aalto and Marikmekko into the United States, she helped introduce a generation of Americans to Scandinavian design. In a 2000 survey, D/R was named the number one design store, even after it had been closed for 22 years.</p><p><a href="http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/August-2016/Farewell-Sir-Lady-Jane/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Metropolis Mag</a></p><p>[Correction: originally th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963340/construction-on-one-vanderbilt-to-move-forward-after-lawsuit-settled Construction on One Vanderbilt to move forward after lawsuit settled Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:28:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7y/7yekvj32lvcj3g6p.jpg" width="650" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Visitors to Manhattan will soon be greeted by a gleaming new 1,401-foot tower as they exit Grand Central Terminal, now that a lawsuit between two major real estate companies has been settled. Midtown TDR Ventures, the owners of historic Grand Central, withdrew their $1.1 billion lawsuit against SL Green Realty Corp, the City Council, and the de Blasio administration on Wednesday.</p><p>A few years back, SL Green attempted to buy the air rights above Grand Central from TDR Ventures in order to build the tower higher than zoning allowed. But then the de Blasio administration rezoned the area in exchange for $200 million in transportation funds. This didn&rsquo;t go over well with TDR, who felt cheated out of their compensation for air rights.</p><p>The lawsuit was withdrawn after a leadership change at TDR Ventures, which will allow SL Green to move forward with the project, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The firm describes the tower as a "21st century successor to Rockefeller Center".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160811/midtown-east/one-vanderbilt-back-on-track-after-grand-central-owner-withdraws-lawsuit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74109275/how-engineers-are-building-a-new-railroad-under-new-york-city How Engineers Are Building a New Railroad Under New York City Archinect 2013-05-28T15:13:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T15:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/61/61a9cd78c543185dc46097910f7f7889.jpg" width="650" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The biggest public transit infrastructure effort in the US is almost completely invisible &mdash; unless you&rsquo;re 160 feet underground. The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Railroad to New York&rsquo;s Grand Central Terminal via a massive tunnel under the East River. Actually, that tunnel was the easy part; it was started in 1969. The hard part? &ldquo;We are building a brand-new railroad here,&rdquo; says Michael Horodniceanu, president of Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Beautiful photographs by Dean Kaufman. To view more of his photos from this story, <a href="http://julianrichards.com/kaufman/eastsideaccess/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go to his website</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69664047/100-years-of-grand-central-terminal 100 Years of Grand Central Terminal Nam Henderson 2013-03-18T13:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-20T10:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3d/3dq4p2ih8g75ai5p.jpg" width="600" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>and I watch everybody, every move. It's nerve-wracking, your blood pressure goes up ten points going through the door... - Jim Fahey (Assistant Chief in the Operation Control Center)</p></em><br /><br /><p> On March 1st, in celebration of it's centennial, Charlie Rose hosted a discussion on Grand Central Terminal. Gathered for the discussion were: Peter Stangl former president of Metro-North railroad; Kenneth Jackson of Columbia University; Sam Roberts of The New York Times and architect James Sanders.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64079176/winners-of-grand-central-terminal-drawing-competition Winners of Grand Central Terminal Drawing Competition Alexander Walter 2012-12-24T15:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T19:58:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dk/dk247yv9813bi323.jpg" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In celebration of the upcoming centennial of New York City's Grand Central Terminal, the Architectural League of New York and the New York Transit Museum have announced the winners of a competition to select sketches by contemporary architects for a new Grand Central Terminal sketchbook produced in collaboration with Moleskine.</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/59914591/grand-central-terminal-scheme-by-wxy-architecture-urban-design Grand Central Terminal Scheme by WXY Architecture + Urban Design Archinect 2012-10-23T19:12:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:28:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z9/z96lgw5vw3a89c67.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few days ago, we reported about <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59626694/som-proposes-hovering-pedestrian-donut-for-future-grand-central-terminal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59627398/the-next-100-foster-partners-re-imagines-grand-central-terminal-for-2013-centenary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>' proposals for <a href="http://mas.org/mas-announces-the-next-100-a-look-at-grand-central-and-midtowns-public-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next 100</a>, a design challenge for the future of the public realm around NYC's Grand Central Terminal.</p> <p> Here is now also the entry by the third of the three firms that were selected to submit their visions, New York-based <a href="http://www.wxystudio.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3mtqi11n0jusrij.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Postcard night view</em></p> <p> <strong>Project Description from the Architects:</strong></p> <p> WXY Architecture + Urban Design was one of three distinguished firms invited by New York City's Municipal Arts Society to create a vision for the future of the public areas around Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding East Midtown district. With deep experience in civic projects, the firm has proposed opening up more public space to city dwellers and visitors for enjoyment and reflection. The plan would also create inviting thoroughfares devoted to pedestrians and bicycle riders.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iud3w4s2n1xhreix.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Tower looking up </em></p> <p> &ldquo;New zoning rules should trigger real transportation links to public space....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59627398/the-next-100-foster-partners-re-imagines-grand-central-terminal-for-2013-centenary The Next 100 – Foster + Partners re-imagines Grand Central Terminal for 2013 Centenary Archinect 2012-10-19T12:36:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0m/0mfhlfp55sc06rgd.jpg" width="650" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Within the station, the proposal creates wider concourses, with new and improved entrances. Externally, streets will be reconfigured as shared vehicle/pedestrian routes, and Vanderbilt Avenue fully pedestrianised. The proposal also creates new civic spaces that will provide Grand Central with an appropriate urban setting for the next 100 years.</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/59626694/som-proposes-hovering-pedestrian-donut-for-future-grand-central-terminal SOM Proposes Hovering Pedestrian Donut for Future Grand Central Terminal Archinect 2012-10-19T12:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T18:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/09/095a63ee90f6dcdb1d5177ff566253f5.jpg" width="553" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps to palliate our worst Kafka-esque architectural nightmares, the city invited three renowned architecture firms, WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM), and Foster + Partners, to imagine &ldquo;the next 100 years&rdquo; of Grand Central Station (which is fast approaching its 100th birthday) and the surrounding Midtown cityscape.</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>