Archinect - News 2014-08-21T22:09:22-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/84300066/skinny-shop-designed-tower-higher-than-empire-state-building-wins-city-approval Skinny SHoP-designed tower, higher than Empire State Building, wins city approval Archinect 2013-10-16T15:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-19T10:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9958fa49b847d493bc0f65aaa9105ff5.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower would have only been 697 feet until the developers bought Steinway Hall &mdash; a deal that allowed for the building&rsquo;s height to double, but also gave the Landmarks Preservation Commission the final say. The approval was a no brainer, members said. &ldquo;It represents the best of both worlds of new construction and design and historic preservation,&rdquo; Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said Tuesday. Fellow commissioner Fred Bland called the combo &ldquo;daring and smart.&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/62274079/op-ed-architect-magazine-finally-found-its-voice Op-Ed: Architect Magazine Finally Found its Voice Keith Zawistowski 2012-11-28T03:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:04:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qy/qyv7q4qxt9y6ld7n.jpg" width="514" height="621" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I recently received my November Issue of <em>Architect</em> and for the first time since the blogs caused us all to begin devouring images at warp speed and sent print media into a battle for survival, I actually "read" an architecture magazine. It was truly satisfying.</p> <p> From its inception, the idea behind <em>Architect</em> was clear; its title was the proof. <em>Architectural Record</em> had lost touch. It had become a glossy product placement catalog, serving its advertisers but increasingly bereft of intellectual rigor. <em>Architect</em> promised to peel back the facade of idealized pre-occupancy images and to share the stories of the people who make architecture: to deliver us process and ideas. The bar was high and so were many of our expectations. Perhaps that is why I have been so underwhelmed as <em>Architect</em> has struggled for nearly 7 years to find a voice. The magazine has taken us on a journey from in-depth interviews of firms producing irrelevant projects, to garnish cartoony graphics that distracted from...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59627399/proposed-a-promenade-up-an-expanded-park-avenue-median Proposed: A promenade up an expanded Park Avenue median Archinect 2012-10-19T12:44:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:14:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/27d7350ca6bddfdc96f055801e6272db.jpg" width="400" height="219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chakrabatri is proposing that the city basically double the width of the medians along 11 blocks of Park Avenue, between 46th and 57th streets, and run a 12- to 15-foot-wide pathway up the middle, thereby creating 2.24-acre promenade surrounded by the sort of lush gardens and sculptures that already occupy the medians.</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/57680301/the-barclays-center-in-brooklyn-reviewed The Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, Reviewed Archinect 2012-09-20T16:50:44-04:00 >2012-09-20T18:16:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be25c98e4acecc34f6351b03cd49a673.jpg" width="465" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I do not think the arena&rsquo;s architecture should relate better to the context. The immediate context is the developer Forest City Ratner&rsquo;s two cheaply clad, faux-historicist malls across Atlantic Avenue. The larger context is the lowrise brownstone neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. To relate to the first would be depressing; to relate to the second, impossible. The real building is an exact analogue to the renderings of this site, which... blur and dematerialize the neighbors.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/40470275/vishaan-chakrabarti-joining-shop-promises-new-epoch-of-planning Vishaan Chakrabarti Joining SHoP, Promises New Epoch of Planning HotSoup 2012-03-06T12:12:00-05:00 >2012-03-08T11:58:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3352mv9vdyqok3j.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Chakrabarti said the firm is determined to shake things up in the world of architecture, development and planning. &ldquo;Most master planning, you use pretty pastel drawings that rarely have anything to do with what gets built,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Planning has been static, it hasn&rsquo;t been performative. Most of these plans, they get implemented over 20 or 30 years. Think of how much a city and the world changes in that span of time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> The former city planner, developer and current chair of Columbia's real estate development program, the Center for Urban Real Estate, joins the hotshot New York firm.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36116201/houston-s-trafalgar-square-big-name-architects-vie-to-design-futuristic-metro-central-station Houston's Trafalgar Square? Big name architects vie to design futuristic METRO Central Station Archinect 2012-01-28T18:05:00-05:00 >2012-01-28T18:09:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lp1ruw1t6buo3zgz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the names might already sound familiar to Houston design aficionados. Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice. Denari received his undergraduate architecture degree from UH. Sn&oslash;hetta is a finalist for the upcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and SHoP Architects are behind the current renovations for the Blaffer Art Museum.</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/28287312/less-really-is-more-according-to-shop Less Really Is More according to SHoP Nam Henderson 2011-11-21T20:01:00-05:00 >2012-09-26T20:13:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/ud4m8wpuvb7a96zy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We have the tool kit to pull it off at the highest level in this pressure cooker of New York, and to export it to the rest of the world,&rdquo; Pasquarelli says, punctuating the self-assessment with a cocky grin: I may be arrogant, but I&rsquo;m right.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Justin Davidson examines how&nbsp;SHoP Architects founded by a five friends, who met while at Columbia University in the 90s, are becoming masters of post-boom buildability. Primarily, through a focus on digital fabrication and modularity.</p> <p> Whether their B2 tower, which will rise at Atlantic Yards or a high-tech innovation center they&rsquo;re designing for Bots&shy;wana the approach they saw allows them to control costs&nbsp;throughout&nbsp;the design process instead of late-stage, value engineering.</p> <p> Meanwhile, in his recent post <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/27817068/boxy-and-timely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boxely and Timely</a>, Javier Arbona considers the relationship between modularity, union-busting and Bruce Ratner's annual income.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://images.nymag.com/arts/articles/11/11/shoparchitects/images/4.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22755788/update-doug-johnston Update: Doug Johnston Paul Petrunia 2011-10-04T19:58:31-04:00 >2011-10-05T01:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/41kw0nx80z8lu3jt.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Those of you who were reading Archinect 6 years ago may remember <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/21448872/cranbrook-academy-of-art-doug-johnston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Doug Johnston's school blog</a>. If you're wondering what he's up to now check out <a href="http://www.dougjohnston.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his website</a> and <a href="http://shop.dougjohnston.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his online store</a>, featuring his really beautiful sculptures/containers made from cotton sash cord and sewing thread. Really nice!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/13144203/are-architects-performance-artists-a-conference-addresses-performativity Are Architects Performance Artists? A Conference Addresses “Performativity” Paul Petrunia 2011-07-12T19:00:02-04:00 >2011-07-13T10:29:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxgore0u9wwry3pi.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We know more than the developer, we know more the contractor, we know more than the inspector, we know more than the guy installing something. We know a lot about all the stuff. It&rsquo;s the integrator and the communicator role that&rsquo;s the most important thing: We don&rsquo;t build buildings, we make instruction sets for 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/2882671/yale-student-dies-in-machine-shop-accident Yale Student Dies in Machine Shop Accident Paul Petrunia 2011-04-14T15:07:31-04:00 >2011-04-14T15:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e11be4eda754f33db13d216a4b104e94.jpg" width="190" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ms. Dufault, 22, was killed when her hair became caught in the lathe, whose rotating axis is used to hold materials like wood or metal being shaped.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Aaron <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/2881469/for-all-the-students-wrapping-up-their-final-projects-and-or-thesis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">points out in the forum</a>, please be safe in the shop!</p>