Archinect - News 2015-10-05T11:26:47-04:00 Partygoers have a blast at the Architectural League's 2015 Beaux Arts Ball Justine Testado 2015-09-22T09:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T12:23:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architects, designers, and artists gathered at the Knockdown Center in Queens last Friday night for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball 2015</a>. Co-chaired by Vishaan Chakrabarti of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a> and Maria Alataris,&nbsp;this year's "Threshold" theme kicks off another cultural year for The Architectural League and the New York design community. It also nods to the industrial history of the Knockdown Center, a former doorframe factory that was restored into an arts and performance space.&nbsp;</p><p>Every year, guests dress up, boogie down, socialize, and enjoy refreshments alongside fellow architects, all while helping support the League's programs.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a glimpse of this year's party.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Inside the Knockdown Center's 50,000 square foot, 40-foot high spaces, the design offices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alibi Studio</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moorhead &amp; Moorhead</a> created site-specific &ldquo;threshold&rdquo; installations to play up the industrial space of the Knockdown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out photos from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014: Craft</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013: -isms</a>.</p>... The Architectural League announces the Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold Justine Testado 2015-09-03T21:57:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T14:15:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over 1,000 architects, designers, and artists will gather for a night of festivities at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>'s Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold, taking place on September 18 at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York City. Since the League revived the event in 1990 to fundraise support for their programs, the Beaux Arts Ball has grown into a highly anticipated event for the New York design community and friends. The League picks a different venue every year that is architecturally historic and based within the city's five boroughs.</p><p>Co-chaired by architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vishaan Chakrabarti</a> and Maria Alataris this year, the "Threshold" theme gives a hats off to the start of another cultural year for the League and the wider New York design community. It also draws inspiration from the specific industrial history of the Knockdown Center &mdash; a former doorframe factory restored into an artist/performance space.</p><p>Inside the factory&rsquo;s 50,000 square foot, 40-foot high spaces, the design offic...</p> Lonely Planet names Queens, NY the No. 1 travel spot in the US for 2015 Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T16:13:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T20:38:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lonely Planet made a decision in December that stunned many in the travel industry, even those deeply invested in promoting the borough. It named Queens the No. 1 travel destination in the United States for 2015. Yes, Queens. Not Miami, the Grand Canyon, Washington, San Francisco or, more to the point, Manhattan, but rather New York City&rsquo;s equivalent of a flyover state, perhaps most famous for two sitcoms, one featuring a food-fixated deliveryman and the other a xenophobic bigot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to data from&nbsp;NYC &amp; Company, the city&rsquo;s tourism marketing agency, the amount of visitors to the outer borough increased around 12 percent in a single year, between 2012 and 2013. Queens is also reported to be in the midst of a major hotel building boom, with five new ones opening last year alone.</p> Construction of Steven Holl-designed Queens Library is underway Justine Testado 2015-05-22T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:01:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the forthcoming Queens Library has begun at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point of NYC's Long Island City. Steven Holl Architects won the commission <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2010</a> to design the new $30.6 million public library. Surrounded by recently built skyscraper condominiums and nearby attractions like the Gantry waterfront and Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the Queens Library is set up to become the latest landmark for the changing neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The library's new design was developed in effort to provide more communal space for local residents and create new connections to surrounding areas in the neighborhood. The library is encased within an exposed concrete square volume coated in aluminum for a "subtle sparkle". Users would move up and along a series of bookshelf-flanked stairs and will encounter the separate children's, teen, and adult areas of the building's fluid program. Glazed cuts in the facade also further open up the building and give views o...</p> Landscape research project takes on Long Island's Jamaica Bay Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T14:24:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Catherine Seavitt, along with her team at the City College of New York, take those approaches to Jamaica Bay a step further as part of the larger Structures of Coastal Resilience study, which includes three other East Coast bays attended to by university-based teams. As Seavitt explains, her studio follows a growing trend in the field of landscape architecture toward experimental and science-based design processes and active participation in policy discussions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Omnibus travels the Brooklyn-Queens Divide Alexander Walter 2015-01-16T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:05:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a researcher interested in the intersection of urban form and place, Joseph Heathcott set out to explore how one of New York&rsquo;s borders shapes the lived experience and physical environment of its surroundings. Through historical research, photography, and deep observation, he traces the city&rsquo;s only major internal land boundary &mdash; the Brooklyn-Queens border &mdash; and draws out the social and spatial conditions of this largely invisible urban seam.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T15:07:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 2008 and 2013, I photographed the branch libraries of New York City&rsquo;s three public library systems: 212 branches in all[1], spread across the five boroughs. Through arrangements with each of the library systems, I worked mornings before the branches opened to the public. I traveled by subway and bus and made six to twelve pictures of each branch, interiors and exteriors, using a 4&times;5 inch view camera. My archive, to date, holds over 2,000 negatives.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:23:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda </a>and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.</p><p>Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz &mdash; although considered an eyesore to some &mdash; was truly a luxury of its own kind.</p><p>Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> An Exhibit as Vast as the World Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T14:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I can&rsquo;t think of a more fitting a place for an exhibition of art and representation that aims to capture the breadth of the world than the Queens Museum. [...] The title of Bringing the World into the World, on view through October 12th, is inspired by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti&rsquo;s assertion that art and the world contain and are contained by each other. As conceived, the exhibition couldn&rsquo;t happen properly anywhere else.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queens Museum has reopened after a $69 million renovation</a></p> Easy on the Environment, but Not Necessarily Neighbors’ Eyes Alexander Walter 2014-08-18T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:20:15-04:00 <img src="" width="427" height="641" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Thomas Paino, an architect, decided to remodel a rowhouse he had bought in Long Island City, Queens, his ambitions were nothing short of trying to save the world &mdash; at least so far as a two-family home could contribute to the cause. [...] And he came up with a daring design in the hopes that neighbors, passers-by, perhaps even the world would take notice. He succeeded beyond all expectations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> “Queensway Connection” competition exhibition to open July 17 in NYC Archinect 2014-07-07T20:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T20:13:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of its biennial design ideas competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm</em></a> (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>). Now the public is invited to take a closer look at the winning entries at the upcoming competition exhibition opening on Thursday July 17 at 6:00 PM at New York's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a>.</p><p>The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium hosted by ENYA at the CFA on Saturday, July 19 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM to highlight the winning entries&rsquo; visions for future development of the site and neighborhood.</p><p><strong>ENYA Prize, $5000: The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux of Paris, France</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>2nd Prize, $2500: Queens Billboard by Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3rd Prize, $1000: Make It! Grow It! by Song Deng and Rene Biberstein of Toronto, Canada</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Student Prize, $1000: EBB &amp; Flow by Jessica Shoemaker, Paul Crespo and Jessica Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Honorable Menti...</strong></p> The Jamaica Bay Greenway: A Resilient Ring for Southern Brooklyn and the Rockaways Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T21:17:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among the most pressing issues facing New York&rsquo;s new mayor is how his administration will pick up the mantle of the ambitious agenda established by Michael Bloomberg. How will the de Blasio administration address climate change and increase the resilience of those areas of the city most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy? [...] The Rockaway peninsula, in particular, has been a veritable laboratory for designers exploring the implications of &ldquo;resilience.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Radical Approach to Adding Density in New York's Outer Boroughs Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-29T08:30:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The urban planning community is constantly touting the benefits of building dense communities around public transportation. But according to designers Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles, few solutions have been ambitious enough to do the whole Transit-Oriented Development idea justice. So they came up with their own. Behold the Urban Alloy Towers, a proposal to take over spaces immediately surrounding transportation infrastructure like elevated train lines and highways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Anti-Fragile: The Uncertain Future of Arverne East Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:47:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superstorm Sandy brought the Rockaways into the forefront of New Yorkers&rsquo; consciousness for a period of time, [...] subsequently as a key reference point in debates about rebuilding versus retreating from the flood zone. [...] The last of these sites is Arverne East, 81 acres of City-owned land that have remained vacant since the neighborhood was razed in 1969. Below, Jonathan Tarleton and Gabriel Silberblatt consider Arverne East&rsquo;s uncertain future.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Posts:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The final proposals of the 10 shortlisted Rebuild by Design teams</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">White Arkitekter wins &ldquo;For a Resilient Rockaway&rdquo; (FAR ROC) Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition Finalists</a></p></li></ul> AIANY ENYA reveals winning ideas for QueensWay Connection competition Justine Testado 2014-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:31:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for building a new QueensWay are moving forward. The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The biennial competition brought in ideas from around the globe on how to transform an abandoned railway into an urban greenway as a community space for nearby neighborhoods in Queens, New York.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 120 proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the following winners:</p><p><strong>ENYA Prize, US$5,000:</strong> The Queensway Steps by Carrie Wilbert (Paris, France)<br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>2nd Prize, US$2,500:</strong> Queens Billboard by Nikolay Martynov (Basel, Switzerland)<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>3rd Prize, US$1,000</strong>: Make It! Grow It! by Song Deng (Toronto, Canada)<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Student Prize, US$1000:</strong>&nbsp; EBB &amp; Flow by Jessica Shoemaker (Albuquerque, NM, USA)<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Honorable Mention:&nbsp;</strong> Upside Down Bridge by Hyuntek Yoon (Queens, NY, USA)<br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Submit your proposal to the AIANY ENYA “Queensway Connection” competition by January 2014 Justine Testado 2013-11-14T12:36:00-05:00 >2014-07-07T20:10:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="710" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm</a>," the sixth biennial competition from the AIANY's Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee is open for submissions until <strong>January 6th, 2014.</strong></p> <p> The competition will support <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the feasibility study</a> &mdash; currently being conducted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dlandstudio</a> &mdash; as part of the process to transform the abandoned railway into a recreational area for the surrounding communities in central and southern Queens.</p> <p> "Queensway Connection" welcomes all design student and young professionals &mdash; not limited to architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners &mdash; to submit their ideas.</p> <p> After the submissions deadline, the Jury will deliberate in February. Winners will be announced in March 2014.</p> <p> The Jury:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Susan Chin</strong>, FAIA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space.</li> <li> <strong>Margaret Newman</strong>, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at New York City Department ...</li></ul> WXY & DLANDSTUDIO selected for QueensWay feasibility study Justine Testado 2013-08-27T18:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T20:10:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO have been selected to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay in Queens, NY, after the Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay announced the competition winners on Aug. 20. Similar to urban revival projects like the NYC High Line, the QueensWay is a linear greenway park that will replace the abandoned 3.5-mile-long railway of the former Long Island Rail Road line&mdash;which has been dormant since 1962.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Additionally, the Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay are sponsoring the just-launched ENYA 2014 "Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm" ideas competition that you can read about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Major League Soccer taps SHoP Architects for its Queens stadium project Archinect 2012-10-09T16:48:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T16:54:29-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major League Soccer has asked SHoP Architects, the firm that designed the new Nets stadium in downtown Brooklyn, to prepare initial designs for a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens. SHoP's name is on a July Major League Soccer proposal given to city officials, and obtained by Capital. Last night, MLS confirmed that SHoP is indeed working on the initial schematic designs for a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of the Long Island Cinema Center Competition Alexander Walter 2011-05-09T14:23:06-04:00 >2011-05-09T18:24:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three winners and four Honorable Mentions have been revealed for the suckerPUNCH-curated Long Island Cinema Center competition in Queens, New York. The international design ideas competition challenged entrants to create a large scale center to celebrate cinema and rescue the moviegoing experience from fading into obsolescence.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>