Archinect - News 2015-03-01T02:12:32-05:00 New Jersey's first protected bike lane about to be removed again Alexander Walter 2014-12-26T13:15:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T12:44:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark has New Jersey&rsquo;s first protected bike lane, as far as we know. But unfortunately it looks like the Garden State will soon be back to zero. Andrew Besold at WalkBikeJersey is reporting Mayor Ras Baraka has ordered the removal of the bike lane, and in the meantime is allowing people to park in it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "NJIT's school of architecture has no one to blame but itself" in beef with Kean University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-12T17:23:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T16:54:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode 5</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>&nbsp;</em>last week,&nbsp;co-host/NJIT grad <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> took issue with NJIT's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>&nbsp;against Kean University's upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves School of Architecture</a>. Koense called NJIT's arguments against Kean "categorically ridiculous" and "smoke and mirrors, distracting people from the real issues at NJIT".&nbsp;Koense points to Urs Gauchat, NJIT's architecture dean, as the cause of the school's struggle to make enrollment:&nbsp;"If there's any problems at NJIT and schools of architecture in the state of New Jersey, it has to do with the current dean, and the current administration there," and that "NJIT's school of architecture has no one to blame but itself."</p><p>Listen to Koense's take on NJIT's statement below, or download the whole episode <a href=";expiration=1415837977&amp;hwt=7fe2fe590e2a967fa1a298a2f5d6deab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. You can subscribe to the podcast <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p></p> NJIT blasts Kean U. architecture school plans; calls proposal duplicative, wasteful Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:23:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T13:26:12-05:00 <img src="" width="380" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kean University&rsquo;s plans to open a school architecture now face opposition from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which claims the program would be a wasteful duplication and that Kean has failed to seek approvals [...] &ldquo;If you have the state involved in sponsored programs, they would have to have a geographical disparity or offer different programs. I think it would hard not to come to that conclusion,&rdquo; said Urs Gauchat, NJIT Dean of the School of Architecture and Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the News: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kean University announces the Michael Graves School of Architecture</a></p><p>More on this issue also in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest episode</a> of our weekly podcast, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Archinect Sessions</em></a>: Paul and Amelia discuss the ensuing beef between the two schools with co-hosts Donna Sink and NJIT graduate Ken Koense.</p> Kean University announces the Michael Graves School of Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-28T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-12-22T09:16:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The School&rsquo;s curriculum will intensively utilize the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and the Wenzhou region of China, where Kean University has an English-speaking campus [...] &ldquo;Michael Graves&rsquo; philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, &ldquo;feel&rdquo; and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Princeton, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-10-07T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:56:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="782" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>, where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster features "The New How"&nbsp; the Princeton University School of Architecture, "The New How". Speakers include David Benjamin, Jenny Sabin, Patrik Shumacher, Greg Lynn, and David Rockwell.</p><p>The series aims at "addressing the new realms of instrumentality affecting the practice of architecture and the neighboring disciplines of urbanism, planning, landscape, and design...These instruments, mostly but not exclusively in digital form, have evolved in parallel to a process of the erasure of borders between artistic disciplines...We will now temporarily suspend the what? and the why?, and focus on the how? in order to address these emerging technical constituencies."</p><p><em>Want to sha...</em></p> Report highlights vulnerability of Amtrak’s NYC tunnels Alexander Walter 2014-10-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:02:37-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new engineering report assessing the damage caused to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels in New York City by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 recommends a phased process of maintenance works, which will require taking individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Relocation or Adaptation: Construction on Steel Wall Along Jersey Shore Set to Begin Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T18:10:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction of a four-mile long steel wall going up along a stretch of the Jersey Shore ripped apart during Hurricane Sandy is expected to begin next month [...] The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $23.8 million contract to Springfield-based EIC Associates in May to build the steel wall that will stretch from Lyman Street in Mantoloking through Brick.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gwathmey Siegel's Kaufman wants to buy Paul Rudolph's brutalist Orange County Government Center Archinect 2014-05-07T16:45:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T13:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a meeting of the County Legislature on May 1, Kaufman offered to purchase the Rudolph building, which has been closed since 2011, and convert it to private use, perhaps as artists&rsquo; studios. Kaufman, who bought Gwathmey Siegel &amp; Associates in 2011... and now calls his firm Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman &amp; Associates Architects, wants to design a new government building adjacent to the Rudolph masterpiece, completed in 1970 on Main Street in Goshen, New York.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Enlightenment About Parking: Q&A with Architect Darius Sollohub Alexander Walter 2014-04-29T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:18:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We might ask ourselves the question, why is it that so many communities want to disguise the utilitarian cell phone tower as a fake tree? They fool no one and actually call more attention to them. Or why are there hundreds of parking structures that have false fa&ccedil;ades that make people initially think they are foreclosed buildings with all the windows broken? There seems to be much cultural confusion about the beauty of the utilitarian.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Corporate Design: An Energizer Versus an Eyesore Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T15:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rivalry between the South Korean tech giants Samsung and LG isn't just played out over sales of smartphones and curved television screens. Both companies are building new American headquarters, Samsung in north San Jose, Calif.; LG in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. And on this score, the contest isn't close. Buildings are corporate symbols and advertisements, after all. Samsung comes across as a good citizen here; LG as a lousy neighbor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The final proposals of the 10 shortlisted Rebuild by Design teams Justine Testado 2014-04-08T17:18:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:13:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ten Rebuild by Design finalist teams spent the past eight months doing intensive research and engaging with local communities to find local and resilient solutions to rebuild the Eastern Seaboard cities affected by Hurricane Sandy...Each team presented their final proposals to the public at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ late last week. Secretary Shaun Donovan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce the winning projects later this spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>BIG, WXY + West 8, OMA, Sasaki Associates, Interboro Partners, and notable universities are only a few of the multidisciplinary team leaders in this global group of finalists.</p><p>While we wait for the winning results, check out the final proposals below.</p><p><strong>BIG U</strong><strong> by the BIG team</strong><br>Location: New York, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>The Commercial Corridor Resiliency Project</strong><strong> by </strong><strong>HR&amp;A Advisors, Inc. with Cooper, Robertson &amp; Partners</strong><br>Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York; Far Rockaway, Queens, New York; Asbury Park, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County&rsquo;s South Shore</strong><strong> by the Interboro team</strong><br>Location: Long Island, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>New Meadowlands: Productive City + Regional Park by MIT CAU + ZUS + URBANISTEN</strong><br>Location: The Meadowlands, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken<br>by OMA</strong><br>Location: Hoboken, New Jersey</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hunts Point Lifelines by PennDesign/OLIN</strong><br>Location: Hunts Point, Bronx, NY</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>RESILIENCE + THE BEACH by Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup </strong><br>Location: Jersey Shor...</p> Should Cities Reject Bad Transit Until Something Better Comes Along? Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:12:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In city after city, U.S. transit advocates face a similar problem: What to do with bad, or at least less-than-perfect, public transportation proposals? Big transit projects don&rsquo;t come around every day, and rejecting a proposal, perhaps one with support in high places, in the hopes that something better will come along can leave you with nothing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Princeton-Mellon Initiative, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-26T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:24:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="741" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="" 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>For our midweek feature, we have the Spring '14 poster from the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities -- a three-year interdisciplinary program launched by Princeton University with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only.&nbsp; Lectures take place on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in Avery N107.</p><p><em>April 3</em><br><strong>Barry Bergdoll </strong>/ Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology - Columbia University; Curator - Museum o...</p> From drab to fab, Jersey City's alluring architecture is making "Chilltown" hot Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:17:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Jersey City has cast off its stigma as a back-office-and-apartment haven of cheap rents and cheaper-looking buildings, more and more professionals and families are calling &ldquo;Chilltown&rdquo; and &ldquo;JC&rdquo; home. They&rsquo;re ditching the suburbs of their parents, but also the stratospheric prices and stuffy attitudes of Manhattan and, increasingly, Brooklyn. The so-called sixth borough has finally become a destination in its own right [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Princeton Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-11-15T13:41:00-05:00 >2014-09-18T18:45:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a></p><p><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. <strong>UPDATE</strong>: We've begun adding international schools!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Although the Fall '13 term will wrap up soon for many schools, we'll still post some select posters and lecture series worth checking out.</p><p>Our featured poster of the day comes from the <strong>Princeton University School of Architecture</strong>. The "Rarefied" series still has two more lectures for the fall term. Each Wednesday session will present debates between speakers, Princeton SoA faculty, and select graduate students as they discuss different modalities of "Rarefied" architecture -- described in the shortened summary below:</p><p>"Princeton School of Architecture will hold a series of lectures and public debates about the aesthetics of the Rarefied: what is the architecture that grows in a resource-depleted environment? Rarefied aims t...</p> Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design selected for adaptive reuse of former Bell Labs Archinect 2013-10-29T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:10:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA+D) has been selected to design tenant spaces for the adaptive reuse of Eero Saarinen's iconic former Bell Labs facility in Holmdel, N.J.</p> <p> The firm was selected by Somerset Development, which specializes in the creation of award-winning traditional neighborhood design developments, as part of the design team led by internationally recognized architecture firm, Alexander Gorlin Architects, which will oversee the execution of programming, rebranding and restoration of the complex's public and common areas.</p> <p> Other firms selected for the project include Morristown, N.J.-based NK Architects, which will also design the build-out of tenant spaces within the building.</p> <p> Somerset Development closed on its acquisition of the building and approximately 470 acres surrounding the facility in late August. The company&rsquo;s plans include transforming the complex into a "dynamic, mixed-use town center featuring a pedestrian-friendly public promenade" created ...</p> Phase One of Richard Meier's Teacher's Village Opens in Newark Richard Meier & Partners 2013-10-01T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:20:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balancing Meier&rsquo;s familiar white metal panels with a rich, iron spot brick, the architects were careful to break down the massing of the contemporary buildings, not exceeding a height of 60 feet in front, in keeping with the Newark Living Downtown Plan.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NJIT architecture students to design first ever Habitat for Humanity homes in East Orange Archinect 2012-12-18T15:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-26T11:06:58-05:00 <img src="" width="380" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does it take to build a livable home for under $100 per square foot? For a group of architecture students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, that question was answered in a semester-long project that ended last week. The project culminated with two students winning top honors among their classmates by having their projects selected for construction by Habitat for Humanity.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Jersey Shore' cast teams up with Architecture for Humanity. Seriously. Archinect 2012-11-06T18:13:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:10:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the tri-state area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy's devastation, the cast of the "Jersey Shore" is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity for "Restore the Shore," a special benefit set to air live on Thursday, November 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information about <em>Restore the Shore</em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">go here</a>.</p> U.S. Nuclear Plants Brace for Hurricane Sandy Impact Alexander Walter 2012-10-30T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T18:35:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oyster Creek, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Atlantic City, generates 630 megawatts (MW), or enough electricity to power 600,000 households. Situated about a mile inland from the brackish inlet of the Atlantic Ocean known as Barnegat Bay, it shares the same design as Japan's tsunami-crippled coastal nuclear plant, Fukushima Daiichi.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>