Archinect - News 2015-04-01T12:45:51-04:00 Koolhaas to design new High Line project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-11T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:25:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gimme Shelter has learned exclusively that developer The Related Companies has hired Rem Koolhaas to design their new High Line project on W. 18th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thirty-seven years after <em>Delirious New York</em>, Koolhaas may finally have a building in New York City. While OMA has worked on a variety of commercial interiors in NYC before, as well as being a part of HUD's Rebuilding by Design, the High Line residence will be the firm's first "ground-up" building in the city. That title might have belonged to OMA's 23 East 22nd Street residential tower, if it weren't wiped off of the drawing board by the 2008 recession.</p><p>Koolhaas' project will join fellow starchitect Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street on the High Line, under the same developer, The Related Companies.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t</em></a></p> Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District Alexander Walter 2014-09-29T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Perhaps no part of Manhattan has changed as dramatically since the 1980s as the Meatpacking District. Located on the Lower West Side, the district has gone from a blue-collar warehouse district with a seedy side into a hyper-luxurious, bustling neighborhood. From the High Line to the expensive shops and restaurants along the old cobblestone streets, everything looks quite different from when Brian Rose first brought his camera to the Meatpacking District.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Final Segment of the High Line Is Stunningly Refreshing Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T12:17:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are some deft variations on the design themes of the two older sections, and they show some gentle wit, a quality that was absent in 2009 and 2011, when these earlier portions, which run from Little West 12th Street to West 30th Street, were completed. Now, for example, you can actually walk on old train tracks, rather than look wistfully at the remnants of the tracks poking up amid the plantings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Along the High Line: Top This! Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:39:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The facades of his 515 Highline, a 12-unit condo at 515 West 29th Street in West Chelsea that will almost touch the elevated park, will be rippled like the surface of a sea. And Soori High Line, a 27-unit condo across the street at 522 West 29th, will have not only rooftop pools [...]. More than a dozen lower-floor apartments will also come with private pools to allow residents to float above it all while contemplating the brash buildings that increasingly populate the surrounding blocks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects commissioned to design High Line condo, to be first Hadid project in NYC</a></p> NYC chief city planner Amanda Burden on public space and densification Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-21T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T16:28:18-04:00 <img src="" width="376" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there is any one lesson that I have learned in my life as a city planner, it is that public spaces have power. It's not just the number of people using them, it's the even greater number of people who feel better about their city just knowing that they are there. Public space can change how you live in a city, how you feel about a city, whether you choose one city over another, and public space is one of the most important reasons why you stay in a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amanda Burden served as New York City's chief planner under Mayor Bloomberg, leading such revitalization projects as the High Line and Brooklyn's waterfront. You can watch the full TED talk below, or read the complete transcript <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> High Lines and park life: why more green isn't always greener for cities Archinect 2014-01-30T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-31T09:55:49-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One obvious answer to these conundrums is increased focus on "sustainability", along with the questionable notion that because something has a lot of vegetation on it, it must be good for the environment. Accordingly, urban farms are part of this peculiar trend. As early as the mid-1980s, Prince Charles advocated turning the depopulated streets of central Liverpool into farmland, something which seemed connected to his war against modern architecture around the same time...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “The High Line Effect” by Jennifer Williams adds a new twist to architectural photography Justine Testado 2013-10-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:01:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographer Jennifer Williams' upcoming "The High Line Effect" exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York presents the recently constructed High Line with a Dada-esque collage aesthetic, adding a twist &mdash; so to speak &mdash; to architectural photography. This latest exhibition from Williams uniquely critiques construction, while also giving commentary on real estate development, zoning laws, habitation patterns, and other urban-living and architectural issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>With an interest in the growth of new luxury buildings, other current projects of Williams include Renzo Piano&rsquo;s new Whitney Museum and Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s proposed condominium.</em></p> <p> <em>The opening reception will be on Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed online starting that day.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Vincent Scully Prize Awarded to Friends of the High Line Co-Founders Joshua David & Robert Hammond Justine Testado 2013-08-22T20:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T19:08:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Building Museum has awarded Joshua David and Robert Hammond the fifteenth Vincent Scully Prize for their New York City urban revitalization project, High Line. After the first section of the High Line opened in 2009, it became a catalyst for the renewal and investment of Manhattan's West Side. The project is viewed as an inspirational model for other repurpose projects and community activism worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more High Line news on Archinect.</p> Zaha Hadid Architects commissioned to design High Line condo, to be first Hadid project in NYC Archinect 2013-07-15T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T14:51:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 11-story development will feature approximately 37 residences of up to 5,500 square feet, focusing on expansive, gracious layouts with 11-foot ceilings, thoughtful technological integration and state-of-the-art finishes and features. Designed with multiple elevator cores, a majority of the residences will have a private vestibule and entrance that adds to the intimacy of the building.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related Companies, New York's premier residential developer, today announced that it has commissioned world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a boutique condominium adjacent to the High Line at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea just south of Hudson Yards. The 11-story residential development will mark Hadid's first commission in New York City, leaving an indelible mark on the High Line's architecture map and continuing Related's storied history of partnering with world-class architects and designers.</p> <p> "We are proud to partner with Zaha Hadid Architects and to continue Related's commitment to the very best in urban architecture," said Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies. "This development will be truly unique within the city's architectural offerings, and will pave the way for future architectural achievements on Manhattan's west side."</p> <p> The development's bold design captures the richness of the location's vibrant and historic urban context, where a fascinating interplay bet...</p> Competition for a Toronto High Line Archinect 2013-01-24T13:04:00-05:00 >2013-01-24T13:05:25-05:00 <em><p>In New York City, an elevated freight rail lane in west Manhattan became the High Line, a celebrated linear park running through a busy part of the borough. Design firm Workshop Architecture hopes that one of Toronto&rsquo;s hydro corridors can be similarly transformed into a continuous recreation area for Toronto&rsquo;s pedestrians and cyclists, and that an international contest soliciting ideas for the space will help hasten the process.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philadelphia dreams of a low-line too Archinect 2012-11-19T12:26:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:37:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of creating a low-line companion to Philadelphia's planned high line has so gripped imaginations that a team of top designers has volunteered to sketch ideas for a belowground trail on the west side of Broad St. Tours are now practically weekly events conducted by Paul van Meter, who first proposed a low-line park. There's one hitch: A new city plan just earmarked the low-line trench for a high-speed bus route that would connect a string of cultural venues to the heart of downtown.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Plans Unveiled for London’s Linear Park Anna Johnson 2012-11-18T23:37:00-05:00 >2012-11-18T23:37:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London&rsquo;s love affair with the urban planning masterpiece that is New York&rsquo;s High Line is intensifying as plans for the city&rsquo;s newest urban garden space are revealed. The newly-unveiled Linear Park marks the city&rsquo;s latest foray into urban parkland design. The unveiling took place at a major event hosted by landscape architects Camlins and property developers Ballymore.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Studio Gang unveils design for new office tower near the High Line Archinect 2012-11-01T12:12:00-04:00 >2012-11-17T18:30:21-05:00 <img src="" width="200" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeanne Gang will soon join the likes of Neil Denari, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Shigeru Ban with a new project near the High Line in New York City. The roughly 180,000-square-foot office tower will rise along 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, pending city approval.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why cities want parks in the sky Nam Henderson 2012-10-11T16:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:04:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been so popular that other cities are following suit, with plans to replicate the formula in London. What is the secret of its success?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following the success of NYC High Line park/project, cities around the world from: London, Chicago,&nbsp;Philadelphia and Rotterdam are looking to replicate their own versions. Robin Banerji reports that some are even hoping to use "<em>more besides disused railways</em>". She also touches on some of the value added results of the park's success.</p> <p> Photo via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Video and Photos: High Line Breaks Ground on Its 3rd and Final Section yukaroni 2012-09-20T15:59:00-04:00 >2012-09-24T19:18:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long-awaited final section of the High Line broke ground this morning. Mayor Bloomberg and Friends of the High Line kicked off Section 3, a.k.a. "The High Line at the Rail Yards," which will follow the rails from 30th to 34th streets to the north and south and from 10th to 12th Avenues east and west. When completed, the newest section will flow in seamlessly with the rest of the elevated park's design and will feature new benches, tables, and a children's play area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The third and final section of the High Line broke ground today.</p> Disney World on the Hudson Nam Henderson 2012-08-22T15:14:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T19:47:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the park began as a grass-roots endeavor &mdash; albeit a well-heeled one &mdash; it quickly became a tool for the Bloomberg administration&rsquo;s creation of a new, upscale, corporatized stretch along the West Side.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jeremiah Moss ( the pen name of the author of the blog <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanishing New York</a>) penned an editorial on the High Line. Therein he argues the High Line "<em>has become a tourist-clogged catwalk and a catalyst for some of the most rapid gentrification in the city&rsquo;s history</em>".</p> What Could The Los Angeles High Line Be? Archinect 2012-06-12T21:05:00-04:00 >2012-06-20T09:58:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line in New York succeeds because it unites neighborhoods and gets people outside, building a community in a space that was planned to be demolished: it brought life from rehabilitation. As we all know, Los Angeles has many places that need rehabilitating and that could serve as a point of unification. The problem though is that unlike the High Line we don&rsquo;t have an area that stretches between neighborhoods without feeling forced or unantural.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Designs for High Line's Last Section Are Released Archinect 2012-03-14T01:40:00-04:00 >2012-03-14T17:39:55-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Initial designs for the third and final section of the High Line were released Monday by Friends of the High Line. Section 3 will wrap around the striking stretch of rail yards at the center of the Hudson Yards project. The new stretch will pick up where the completed section ends at 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, continue west to 12th Avenue, turn north, and then head back east at 34th Street for about half a block.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview with Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of the High Line Archinect 2012-02-08T14:02:00-05:00 >2012-02-12T18:34:32-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I assumed someone would be working to preserve it. I called around and thought the American Institute of Architects or the Municipal Arts Society would be working on this. So many things in New York have preservation groups attached to them. But pretty quickly I found no one was doing anything for the High Line and that it was actually going to be demolished.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rob Walker visits Portfoliopolis Nam Henderson 2011-11-29T19:29:15-05:00 >2011-12-02T07:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="235" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I find this perversely reassuring. I've visited The High Line, and frankly found it indistinguishable from Portfolioplis to a degree that unnerved me. A visitor moves through such spaces cautiously, half-expecting that it is all mirage &mdash; but wondering just the same if might contain, possibly, some kind of portal, some secret passageway to Porfolioplis itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Walker has begun to collect images from contests, exhibitions and blogs and of course portfolios, of a seductive imagined place. A place he names Portfoliopolis. He admits he would love to live there as it is&nbsp;without fail, &nbsp;urban + walkable as well as convenient but still sustainable. Walker briefly sends up the language of &nbsp;architectural speak, ending with a critical eye on the High Line. Which, he offers as an example of how occasionally something from Portfolioplis does manifest itself in our own familiar, three-dimensional geography.</p> High Line Inspires Plans for Park Under Delancey Street Archinect 2011-11-21T23:46:04-05:00 >2011-11-26T12:40:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the proposed park would be underground, in a dank former trolley terminal under Delancey Street that is controlled by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Though its promoters call it the &ldquo;Delancey Underground,&rdquo; another nickname has already been coined: the Low Line.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Incredible Edible High Line Park Replica Made of Thanksgiving Food and Recycled Sushi Boxes yukaroni 2011-11-21T12:52:16-05:00 >2011-11-21T16:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Want to wow your friends and family with a Thanksgiving centerpiece that isn't your typical snorenucopia, er, cornucopia? Then check out this incredibly intricate replica of the High Line, one of our favorite parks in NYC, that is made of recycled materials and, more importantly, vegetarian edibles like stuffing, mashed potatoes and yummy veggies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Above Grade: New York City's High Line Archinect 2011-11-01T14:56:03-04:00 >2011-11-01T14:56:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When, in June 2009, the High Line Park opened to the public, it was declared an almost unqualified success. Some architecture critics nit-picked the design, but basically they endorsed it, and ordinary folk (I include myself in that category), less fastidious, greeted it with enthusiasm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> David Byrne on His High Line Installation, Tight Spot Paul Petrunia 2011-09-13T19:33:26-04:00 >2011-09-17T22:52:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It comes from speakers inside a 48-by-20-foot inflatable globe, pumped up against the High Line&rsquo;s steel framework, like an exercise ball smushed under a coffee table. Peru bulges against the eastern wall; the Arctic and Antarctica peer around the edges; Algeria and Mauritania swell near the beltline. The installation is called Tight Spot, and it&rsquo;s up for two weeks courtesy of the Pace Gallery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A First Look at Section 2 of New York's High Line Park MikeChino 2011-06-07T16:11:28-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line, New York City&rsquo;s most exciting and innovative linear park, just opened its second section to the public &ndash; and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you exclusive photos of the new extension! We finally experienced the Falcone Flyover, Viewing Spur, Chelsea Thicket and other exciting new features, and we descended from the experienced with our heads still in the clouds &ndash; read on for our exclusive first look at The High Line, Section 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inhabitat has exclusive photos of the opening day of New York's high line park - hit the jump to see the new park in its entirety - from the Chelsea Thicket to the Falcone Flyover and beyond.</p> New Art on the High Line Paul Petrunia 2011-06-07T14:37:53-04:00 >2011-06-07T22:39:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Section 2 of the High Line, which opens to the public tomorrow, passes just beyond Frank Gehry&rsquo;s IAC building and Jean Nouvel&rsquo;s 100 11th Avenue Residences one block to the west. With the installation of Sarah Sze&rsquo;s &ldquo;Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat),&rdquo; some of the more modest denizens of the neighborhood will have a piece of starchitecture to call their own.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Neil Denari’s HL23 Residential Tower Rises in Chelsea - Review - Paul Petrunia 2011-04-25T18:21:37-04:00 >2011-04-27T06:36:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But like other architects of his generation, especially those who formed many of their ideas working in Los Angeles&rsquo;s sprawling suburban maze, Mr. Denari is less interested in perpetuating the myth of the open road than in mining it for new ideas. His work has more to do with exploring adolescent fantasies than with celebrating personal freedom. It suggests a longing for a world &mdash; free, open, upwardly mobile &mdash; that began to break down more than 30 years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Last week was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne's turn</a>. This week the NY Times' Nicolai Ouroussoff reviews Neil Denari's HL23.</p> LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne reviews Denari's HL23 J. James R. 2011-04-23T04:53:00-04:00 >2011-04-26T03:55:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For all its dynamism, precision and intelligence, there has always been something a bit antiseptic about Denari's work, as if it were hermetically sealed against emotion as well as imperfection. The New York building, with its fluid, digitally derived profile and facade of glass and panels of embossed stainless steel, won't dramatically change that impression. Its design personality is closer to robotic than balletic.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As previously mentioned on Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> in 2008 and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> in 2011. The 156 feet-high, 39,200 square-foot building officially opens in June. Perched next to and on top of the High Line, the 12-unit building is rumored to be selling for as much as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$2,600 a square foot</a> according to Curbed. The might-be-LEED-Gold building is located at 517 West 23rd Street, New York, New York.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Luckily for us, the Denari-designed building opened its doors to <em>LA Times</em>' reporter Christopher Hawthorne. <em>"... shows how much Denari has learned from those periods of immersion in Japanese culture, particularly when it comes to the ability of Tokyo architects to shoehorn ambitious buildings into small and highly restricted spaces. (Its robotic quality too seems somehow Japanese, a kind of half-imposing, half-childlike "Transformers" spirit channeled into architecture.) Denari, in fact, calls HL23's location a highly "Tokyo-ized" site, squeezed not just by the Manhattan grid but by a long list of other co...</em></p> New York's High Line ****melt 2011-04-12T12:32:46-04:00 >2011-04-13T18:17:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you approach the High Line in the Chelsea neighborhood on the lower west side of Manhattan, what you see first is the kind of thing urban parks were created to get away from&mdash;a harsh, heavy, black steel structure supporting an elevated rail line that once brought freight cars right into factories and warehouses and that looks, at least from a distance, more like an abandoned relic than an urban oasis.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>