Archinect - News 2015-10-04T15:50:16-04:00 Pneumatic garbage tubes to be installed under NYC's High Line Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:29:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Related Companies, the city&rsquo;s largest developer, plans to &ldquo;tube up&rdquo; the residential towers in Hudson Yards, its massive real estate development atop the MTA&rsquo;s west side rail yard. The first large-scale pneumatic waste network to be constructed in the US since Roosevelt Island&rsquo;s, it will serve 5,000 apartments in six buildings, the first of which is scheduled for completion in 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The scenic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a> may soon host more than tourists and weekenders: a proposed scheme to introduce <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pneumatic</a> garbage tubes into a series of Manhattan apartment buildings includes using the underside of the former elevated rail line to mount the tubes (the rendering below pictures them in purple).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Average 1950s NYC apartment rented for $60/mo, about $530 in 2015 dollars Julia Ingalls 2015-08-21T09:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:28:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the US median wage at $5,000 a year, New Yorkers spent 1/10 of their salaries on rent [in the 1950s]...These days a depressing number of young New Yorkers spend over half their income on housing. Rent hikes have transformed a once-democratic city into a playground for the privileged.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't adjust for inflation: it will just depress you. This article in The Los Angeles Review of Books historically traces the drastic rise of housing costs for renters from the middle of the 20th century to the present day through a series of inflation adjustments, edgy banking moves, and the morphing shape of the economy.</p><p>For more on this topic:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A little reminder that U.S. rent affordability is at its worst, according to Zillow</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">500 Square Feet and Falling</a></p> New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> TriBeCa Synagogue’s Memorable Building and Stubborn Architect b3tadine[sutures] 2015-03-11T21:08:00-04:00 >2015-03-11T23:06:02-04:00 <img src="" width="450" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>William Breger&rsquo;s roster of memorable buildings is short: just one. But it is a building that has caught the public&rsquo;s eye for three generations, that has accommodated, challenged and defined an ever-evolving religious community. Many architects die having achieved far less.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architect, who could be difficult, objected to changes made years ago to &ldquo;his&rdquo; building. He was angered by the design of a mechitza, or partition, installed to separate women and men during worship. (Rabbi Glass had it changed.) He was infuriated when the original landscaped plaza by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M. Paul Friedberg and Partners</a>&nbsp;was paved over.</p><p>More recently, when he learned that a ground-floor reception area, designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Claire Weisz</a>, had been built without his knowledge, he warned Rabbi Glass that if he did not like what he saw, he would cut the synagogue off from any bequest.</p><p>What he found was a front desk that, with its shallow S shape, paid homage to his bow-fronted design. Rabbi Glass said Mr. Breger paid it a high compliment: &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t hate it.&rdquo;</p> Give Frank Gehry Back His East River Project in NYC Diane Pham 2015-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T20:17:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Why not ask Howard Hughes to abandon its current plan and do something really wonderful and revive the Guggenheim plan for Gehry&rsquo;s gargantuan palace of titanium ribbons? The residential conversion of so many major office buildings is going, eventually, to create a need for new office buildings. Gehry&rsquo;s plan could be enlarged gracefully to accommodate both offices and condominiums and rebalance the famous Lower Manhattan skyline...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does Gehry still the chops to revive Lower Manhattan? One former <em>New York Times </em>architecture critic, Carter B. Horsley, proposes bringing Gehry's aborted idea for South Street Seaport back to life. The plan would replace SHoP Architect's recently scaled-back design for the waterfront site.</p> 111 West 57th Street: The World’s Skinniest Tower Will Also Be the Hemisphere’s Tallest Residential Building Alyssa Alimurung 2015-01-15T14:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s a lot of accolades for one building, but the SHoP Architects-designed tower at 111 West 57th Street is looking to sweep the supertall competition. Originally planned to rise 1,397 feet, the tower will now soar to 1,421 feet, surpassing 432 Park Avenue (the current tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere) by 24 feet, according to city records uncovered by Crain&rsquo;s. It will also retain its title as the world&rsquo;s slenderest tower.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 4 (Oct. 25-31) Justine Testado 2014-10-17T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T20:19:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a>&ndash;New York City's Architecture and Design Month&ndash;is back for another year. The anticipated month-long festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 continues to grow with a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>For the fourth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the lengthy Archtober event calendar, we have our final list of highlights to take note of for Oct. 25-31:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Day of Impact: Giving back through Architecture &amp; Design | Oct. 25</strong></a><br>Architecture for Humanity NY will host its first Day of Impact. This event will engage through short-term projects in NYC's boroughs. AFHny will extend resources and work with like-minded organizations to aid in areas of need and offer sustainable design solutions.</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Louis Kahn Contemporary: Talk and Tour of FDR Four Freedoms Park | Oct. 26</strong></a><br>William Whitaker, Curator of the Louis I. Kahn Collec...</li></ul> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 3 (Oct. 17-24) Justine Testado 2014-10-10T18:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T19:34:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a>&ndash;New York City's Architecture and Design Month&ndash;is back for another year. The anticipated month-long festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 continues to grow with a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>For the fourth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the long list of Archtober events, here are some exciting highlights to take note of in the week of Oct. 17-24:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Counter Culture: Factory Tour of IceStone | Oct. 17</a></strong><br>Join a tour through the IceStone manufacturing facility and learn about their sustainable process of transforming waste glass into eye-catching surface materials. Also learn about the manufacturer's social and environmental practices that have distinguished them in the green building industry.</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Building of the Day: Navy Green Supportive Housing | Oct. 18</strong></a><br>Explore the Navy Green Supportive Housing buildi...</li></ul> Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 2 (Oct. 9-16) Justine Testado 2014-10-03T11:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-06T17:19:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober</a>&ndash;New York City's Architecture and Design Month&ndash;is back for another year. The anticipated month-long festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 continues to grow with a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate the value of architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>For the fourth year, Archinect &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.</p><p>From the long list of Archtober events, here are some exciting highlights worth checking out from Oct. 9-16:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Jordi Fauli Fall 2014 Sciame Lecture Series on Gaud&iacute;&rsquo;s Unfinished Masterpiece: The Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia Church | Oct. 9</strong></a><br>The Gaud&iacute; lecture series continues with&nbsp;Jordi Faul&iacute; i Oller, who is currently the Head Architect and Coordinator of the work on the Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia in Barcelona, Spain. Fauli will lecture on the topic, "The Project and the Construction of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia."</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Building of the Day: Kickstarter | Oct. 9</strong></a><br>Take a...</li></ul> Happy Archtober 2014! Stay updated with Archinect's weekly Must-Do Picks Justine Testado 2014-10-01T20:17:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T19:33:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today marks the start of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archtober 2014</a>, New York City's annual Architecture and Design Month. The citywide festival from Oct. 1-31, 2014 will feature a variety of engaging exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities for all ages to celebrate architecture and design in everyday life.</p><p>Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are excited to be Archtober's digital media sponsors once again. Over the next few Fridays, we'll feature event highlights in Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014.&nbsp;So check back regularly!</p><p>In case you missed it: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2014 - Week 1 (Oct. 1-8)</strong></a></p> In NYC trophy townhouses are back in favor again Nam Henderson 2014-09-21T23:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T10:24:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For 10 or so of these important properties to come on the market at the same time, that matters a lot,&rdquo; - Gregory J. Heym, an executive vice president and the chief economist for Halstead Property and Brown Harris Stevens</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this month Robin Finn, looked at one trend in Manhattan's luxury/high-end real estate market. Given the&nbsp;less than 2,000&nbsp;single-family homes in Manhattan, a recent influx of&nbsp;historic mansions and townhouses into the market, offers buyers a rare opportunity to avoid co-ops and condos.</p><p>Some are calling it a nouveau form of recycling, but without a doubt one that&nbsp;caters to the 1 percent.</p> A privately run market misses the point Nam Henderson 2014-02-06T00:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T08:10:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2011, the Howard Hughes Corporation offered to collaborate with Mr. LaValva. He turned them down. &ldquo;Hughes suggested we be part of the Pier 17 renovation,&rdquo; Mr. LaValva said. &ldquo;But we wanted to preserve the market.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joseph Hanania digs into the ongoing tussle over the fate of the buildings that once housed the Fulton Fish Market. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Howard Hughes Corporation</a>, a major developer, has plans (designed by SHoP architects)&nbsp;currently underway to redevelop the site. However the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Amsterdam Market Asso</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ciation</a>, which runs an existing market on the site is proposing instead to repurpose both the Tin and New Market buildings as the city&rsquo;s premiere public market.</p> Harvest Dome 2.0 is finally afloat Justine Testado 2013-08-05T17:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:01:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> After two years of steadfast trial and inevitable error, Harvest Dome 2.0 was finally docked into the Harlem River at the Inwood Hill Park Inlet in New York during its debut last week.</p> <p> Created by husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SLO Architecture</a>, the first Harvest Dome crashed into Rikers Island where it was later destroyed by NYC's Department of Correction in October 2011. Without losing hope, Schachter and Levi launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter fund</a> we helped promote last year to build Harvest Dome 2.0. And to their success, they raised $7,596 out of their $7,500 minimum goal.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The cactus-like 24-foot-diameter orb was built entirely out of over 400 disposed umbrella skeletons collected around NYC and a ring of 128 two-liter soda bottles to keep it afloat. A bright addition to Harvest Dome 2.0 is the LED lights inserted into each bottle to create a glowing halo that illuminates the river at night.<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The dome was built as an artistic representation of NYC'...</p> NYC's Complex Relationship With the Waterfront Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T13:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:09:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="588" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Behind that hyperrational menu of engineering options is a technocrat&rsquo;s love letter to the maritime city. The charts and recommendations amount to a statement of faith that the waterfront is the city&rsquo;s future as well as its past...But even if he did not have his legacy on the line, Bloomberg grasps an essential truth: This is a city built not just near the water, but over, under, and in it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Seven months after Hurricane Sandy Mayor Bloomberg has released '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Stronger, More Resilient New York</a>' a manifesto for a more resilient, waterfront metropolis.&nbsp;Justin Davidson reviews New York's 400 year history, during which it has embraced, spurned, ignored, harnessed, and feared the water that made its greatness possible. He also, analyzes what the new manifesto might mean for the future of the city.</p> Flood Proof Loos Jason Buchheit 2013-03-13T00:38:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:49:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the lifeguard stations and public bathrooms on many of New York City&rsquo;s beaches, the city found itself in a bind. How could it rebuild these necessary facilities in time for the summer of 2013?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Loos on stilts, modular shiny boxes, what more could beach goers in NYC ask for?</p> City of New York Announces Reinvent Payphones Finalists Center for Ants 2013-03-06T17:14:00-05:00 >2013-03-08T14:22:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of New York invited students, urban planners, designers, technologists and creators to build physical and virtual prototypes imagining the payphone of the future. Judges selected the top six designs, now you get to decide which design will receive the Popular Choice Award.</p></em><br /><br /><p> You can participate in the voting for the city's future of payphones <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p> The city’s vintage town houses aren’t getting any younger. Nam Henderson 2012-11-15T00:14:00-05:00 >2012-11-15T09:00:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In historic districts, the commission always regulated the entire lot,&rdquo; said Sarah Carroll, the director of preservation at the agency. &ldquo;But in the last decade we&rsquo;ve been seeing more applications for rear-facade changes, particularly in Brooklyn, where there hadn&rsquo;t been as many changes in the rear yards as in the past. And so we&rsquo;ve been focusing more on the interiors of blocks.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Constance Rosenblum reviews a number of recent examples of "contemporary" brownstone renovations in NYC. The article refers to work by Michael Rubin Architects, Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, Rogers Marvel Architects, Kinlin Rutherfurd Architects, David Hecht and Brendan Coburn Brooklyn architects. One basic point is that the town-house typology, proves very adaptable. However, there is a tension between flexible accommodation and rigid preservation-ism, in terms of aesthetic conservation.</p> Cosmic Quilt Gravitas 2012-04-17T17:06:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T18:00:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were thrilled when our friend Drew Seskunas, one of the founders of the fledgling design studio The Principals- based out of Brooklyn, shared their latest project with us. The "Cosmic Quilt" is an awesome exploration of interactive architecture being created for May's New York Design Week. Check out their video above, and their Kickstarter profile here to contribute to the advancement of design, architecture and a promising young studio.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Cosmic Quilt</strong> is a new installation/student workshop planned by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Principals</a> for NYC Design Week 2012.&nbsp; The installation will be a responsive architectural environment where space changes form in relation to it's inhabitants.&nbsp; Continuing their commitment to unite new technologies with traditional craftsmanship, The Principals designed a limited edition furniture line inspired by the installation entitled <strong>Quilt</strong> to be sold through&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> to help fund the project.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Boldface Buildings in the Cold Light of Now Nam Henderson 2012-03-09T14:38:00-05:00 >2012-03-12T09:57:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The city is better for the starchitect phenomenon,&rdquo; said Jonathan J. Miller, the president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, &ldquo;because it enhanced the mystique of New York&rsquo;s residential housing market. But during the frenzy, those buildings were marketed as if they had inherent greater value, and the jury is still out on that.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Vivian S Toy examines how in this current, post recession residential&nbsp;marketplace, starchitect buildings are providing an opporunity to test the value of a name.</p> The Tower That Could Have Been: Daniel Libeskind’s Award Winning WTC Design MikeChino 2011-09-07T12:36:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T18:45:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In February 2003, Daniel Libeskind was named the winning designer of the international contest to rebuild the World Trade Center. After eight years of collaboration, controversy, and the typical cast of characters in any real estate nightmare, the final product that will tower over Lower Manhattan is not, in fact, the design that won the hearts of New Yorkers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 5.8 Earthquake Shakes East Coast From Virginia to New York City MikeChino 2011-08-23T15:12:55-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the East Coast. The quake was felt from Virginia to Boston, even prompting the evacuation of the Pentagon and Capitol Building in Washington, and New York City Hall. Seismologists at&nbsp;Columbia University&rsquo;s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have stated that once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks NYC.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Growth by Design - Report from Center for an Urban Future archidose 2011-06-09T13:00:52-04:00 >2011-06-09T13:53:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This report [by David Giles with Cristina Maldonado] details the powerful economic impact of New York's architecture and design sectors. It shows that New York has far more designers than any other U.S. city, but concludes that far more could be done to harness the sector's growth potential.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This report (available as a PDF via the link) by the non-profit public policy think tank Center for an Urban Future paints a rosy picture of the current state of design professions in NYC. While employment in architecture and related design professions may not be booming, it has been on the increase, as the Archinect job board attests. Even if some of the stats are debatable, the report's recommendations, particularly for the city to take an active role in promoting the design fields, are commendable.</p> By the City/For the City - Urban Design Week 2011 Javier Arbona 2011-04-26T12:48:10-04:00 >2011-04-26T18:20:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From April 11-30, we're gathering up your ideas: from improving local parks and streets all the way up to rethinking whole systems, like transit and trash disposal. You can explore, discuss, and debate everyone's ideas right here.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Brendan Crain of the Institute for Urban Design says: "We're going to use the public's suggestions as the basis for an international design competition this May, and would love to gather ideas from some of the folks who may participate in that next phase.... Final push for site nominations this week!"</p> Can New York City Achieve Carbon Neutrality in Buildings by 2030? Paul Petrunia 2011-04-20T20:18:18-04:00 >2011-04-20T20:18:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most buildings in New York will undergo renovation over the next twenty years. A number will also get demolished. As well, many building enclosures will soon need replacement, particularly post-WW2 curtain wall buildings. Gut renovations of office spaces take place on a regular basis. There is great opportunity to re-imagine and reduce energy consumption in all these buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Our friend Jacob Slevin talks to Ed Mazria, sustainable architecture activist and founder of Architecture 2030, about changes he envisions for NYC and beyond.</p>