Archinect - News 2014-12-21T17:20:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104708119/behind-the-scenes-at-bloomberg-s-ideas-camp-for-cities Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg’s Ideas Camp for Cities Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T13:29:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d236ebbb44fd6df1cadedb6c1fc39c8f.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Serious money is in play in the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Challenge&rdquo; for cities competing to show they have come up with promising innovations to cope with 21st-century challenges. &ldquo;It was a big surprise to hear we&rsquo;d share our ideas with competitors,&rdquo; says Gomes. &ldquo;But it works brilliantly. It&rsquo;s exactly what you need&mdash;everyone sharing and trying to help each other. It&rsquo;s crazy, but it works.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/104155289/herzog-de-meuron-s-undulating-condo-design-for-the-hudson-river-waterfront-revealed Herzog & de Meuron's Undulating Condo Design for the Hudson River Waterfront Revealed Diane Pham 2014-07-14T15:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:28:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u9/u9ixjlhpu8mfhl0z.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the far west side is the city&rsquo;s new Gold Coast and Manhattan&rsquo;s last frontier, a necklace of ravishing projects have been announced along the Hudson River waterfront. The latest reveal is for a new 12-story, 88-unit condominium coming from Herzog &amp; de Meuron Architects. The Hudson Square site at 156 Leroy Street will replace a handful of low-slung buildings that include two auto-body shops, a gentleman&rsquo;s club and the former Lunchbox Diner.</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/102860203/how-the-bloomberg-mayors-challenge-is-being-received-in-europe How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7ab3dc51f84367a352fa7ba9276a1da8.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a U.S. organization really tell Europe how to run its cities better? [...] Following a successful inaugural challenge last year, the city innovation contest crossed the Atlantic in 2014, winnowing down European applicant cities to a shortlist of 21*, all of whom attended a two-day Ideas Camp staged in Berlin earlier this month. [...] A European organization could not realistically offer anything as substantial as &euro;9 million in prize money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99422397/twenty-one-finalists-for-the-bloomberg-philanthropies-mayors-challenge-competition-in-europe Twenty-one finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge Competition in Europe Justine Testado 2014-05-08T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-05-09T13:42:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/sr4jz2pwux1h5fvl.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Twenty-one of what was deemed as the most bold and creative ideas were listed as finalists in the first European edition of the Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge Competition. European cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents were invited to submit ideas that address a variety of some of the most common and complex urban issues throughout the continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall, one winner will get the grand prize of &euro;5 million (approx. US$6.9 million) for the most original and transferable idea, and four more cities will receive &euro;1 million (approx. US$1.4 million).</p><p>Below are the finalist cities and a glimpse into the type of issues their ideas address:</p><ol><li><strong>AMSTERDAM, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>ATHENS, Greece </strong>&ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>BARCELONA, Spain</strong> &ndash; Aging</li><li><strong>BOLOGNA, Italy</strong> &ndash; Youth Unemployment</li><li><strong>BRISTOL, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Health/Anti-obesity</li><li><strong>BRNO, Czech Republic</strong> &ndash; Public Safety/Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>CARDIFF, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>FLORENCE, Italy</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>GDANSK, Poland</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>KIRKLEES, United Kingdom</strong> - Social Capital</li><li><strong>RAKOW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Transportation</li><li><strong>LISBON, Portugal</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>LONDON, United Kingdom</strong> &ndash; Public Health</li><li><strong>MADRID, Spain</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SCHAERBEEK, Belgium</strong> &ndash; Energy</li><li><strong>SOFIA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria</strong> &ndash; Economic Development</li><li><strong>STOCKHOLM, Sweden </strong>&ndash; Environment</li><li><strong>THE HAGUE, Netherlands</strong> &ndash; Civic Engagement</li><li><strong>WARSAW, Poland </strong>&ndash; Tran...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/98435205/nyc-chief-city-planner-amanda-burden-on-public-space-and-densification 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkww242yn2k1pe1m.jpg" 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="http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_burden_how_public_spaces_make_cities_work/transcript" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96109124/what-makes-a-city-work-former-new-york-mayor-michael-bloomberg-thinks-he-knows What makes a city work: Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks he knows Archinect 2014-03-20T16:32:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T16:32:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4m2jvjz9gh145fh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is not how most people think of Mr. Bloomberg, who recently stepped down after 12 years as mayor and who is the city&rsquo;s richest resident. Under his leadership, New York became a land of wealth and plenty, at least for some &ndash; in Midtown Manhattan, glassy new high-rises contain the third homes of Russian billionaires; downtown, tourists order $38 steak frites at Balthazar and walk the High Line, an innovative park built with donations from the rich.</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/93082059/the-legacy-of-bloomberg-s-new-york-who-was-left-behind The Legacy of Bloomberg’s New York: Who Was Left Behind? Archinect 2014-02-07T17:11:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T10:24:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe21b799ef83c426c37d60455e9a5548.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Brash, the administration had a singular &ldquo;grand urban vision&rdquo;&mdash;one of New York as a competitive hub for international business deeply rooted in neoliberal ideals.With a radically different vision of the city than those of the working class, Professor Brash argued, many New Yorkers failed to fully benefit from the mayor&rsquo;s projects and in many instances were left behind.</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/83310286/leeser-transforms-historic-strand-theatre-into-brooklyn-s-newest-cultural-hub LEESER transforms historic Strand Theatre into Brooklyn's newest cultural hub Justine Testado 2013-10-03T20:18:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18khjxdd5pmova3f.jpg" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The BRIC House and UrbanGlass complex by <a href="http://www.leeser.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEESER Architecture</a> opened its doors to the public on the morning of Oct. 2 in Downtown Brooklyn. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz were present to perform the ribboncutting at Brooklyn's newest creative space.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfx1oatcwj0vr0i7.jpg" title=""><br><br> Back in 2008, Brooklyn-based LEESER won the chance to transform the historic Strand Theatre into what is now a 60,000 sq.foot venue for <a href="http://bricartsmedia.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BRIC Arts | Media</a>, a 35-year-old non-profit organization widely known for its interdisciplinary arts and media programs. The reconstruction project cost $35 million.</p> <p> An emphasis on community outreach and participation is evident throughout LEESER's redesign of the 1919 building. The central public-gathering and presentation area (known as The Stoop), the white-walled interiors, and the facility's spaciousness create an overall open environment that will be suitable for the venue's various events and functions.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3k/3kw4c7eydmvkhnz8.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31e2u762qm7q2btm.jpg" title=""><br><br> The House is also full of resources for B...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81442279/architects-to-the-rescue Architects to the Rescue? HotSoup 2013-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:21:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggug7h8w58pas1hl.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost a dozen major architecture contests are underway. By calling in the pros, city and federal officials are casting a wide net for fixes. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have all the good ideas, and I don&rsquo;t care who does have them,&rdquo; Mayor Bloomberg said recently.</p></em><br /><br /><p> New York City and the feds are turning to design luminaries from the city and around the globe to help the five boroughs rebuild. But are the designers up to the task of saving the city from the next disaster? And will anyone actually follow their advice?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79832440/reshaping-new-york-how-the-city-changed-in-12-years-of-bloomberg Reshaping New York - How the city changed in 12 years of Bloomberg Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-19T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-02-03T03:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8qvh2hsovfx72.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We have beaten the odds and the obstructionists over and over again,&rdquo; the mayor triumphantly declared in his State of the City address in March. He chose an appropriate venue: the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, which was a lightning rod for his all-out development policy. A vigorous opposition was beaten in the courts and the City Council in much the same way he often steamrolled opposition to his comprehensive rethinking of development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> While Mayor Bloomberg has attracted media attention recently for his contentious opinions on "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/12/nyregion/100000002385022/bloomberg-on-stop-and-frisk-ruling.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stop and frisk</a>"&nbsp;policing and city-wide <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bans on soda</a>, it's hard to argue with the&nbsp;<em>New York Times'&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;interactive infographic on Bloomberg's twelve-year mayoral run, highlighting his drastic role in city development. A kind of long-form visual report card, the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;focuses on various building and city-planning projects around the city, emphasizing changes in residential complexes, rezoning policies, waterfront development, and bike infrastructure.</p> <p> The refreshingly simple feature has the reader/viewer fly around a white-styrofoam-model New York City, with areas specific to Bloomberg's development plans highlighted in red. These perspectives are followed by before-and-after photos of details within the site, taken from within Bloomberg's residency.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78227053/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-breaks-ground-on-west-8-designed-the-hills-project-at-governors-island NYC Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on West 8-Designed ‘The Hills’ Project at Governors Island Alexander Walter 2013-07-29T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:48:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mkzm55z66n65nbr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground on The Hills, a new public park land on Governors Island designed by Rotterdam-based landscape architects West 8. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 34 to 90 feet above sea level, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline.</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/74121992/new-york-design-commissioner-david-burney-on-the-politics-of-the-public New York Design Commissioner David Burney on the Politics of the Public Places Journal 2013-05-28T20:33:00-04:00 >2013-06-02T17:34:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y1qa2qilj2e07l6h.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Increasingly it's been cities that have taken the lead on critical issues, from gun control to immigration reform to economic stimulus to climate change. Given the migration of people into cities worldwide, this trend is sure to continue. We might even be in a de facto transition to a society dominated by economically and politically powerful cities &mdash; a contemporary version of the great city-states that arose in the 13th century and ruled Europe until the consolidation of modern nation-states.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For almost a decade David Burney has been Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction in New York City.</p> <p> In an interview with Places editor Nancy Levinson, he reflects on the urban design record of the Bloomberg years, focusing especially on PlaNYC, the ongoing post-Sandy recovery effort, and the potential for cities to take the lead in 21st-century sustainability planning.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58161234/mayor-bloomberg-unveils-plans-to-build-world-s-tallest-ferris-wheel Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans To Build World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Archinect 2012-09-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9gjpnt8vpigsoqt.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Bloomberg today will unveil plans to transform Staten Island&rsquo;s waterfront by building the world&rsquo;s largest Ferris wheel along with a new retail complex and hotel on sites adjacent to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George. The New York Wheel will be built just to the north of the ballpark and be 625 feet tall &ndash; 84 feet higher than the Singapore Flyer, currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.</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/53249225/mayor-bloomberg-announces-new-micro-unit-apartment-design-competition Mayor Bloomberg announces new "micro-unit" apartment design competition Paul Petrunia 2012-07-09T19:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T16:45:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5w5x8fx0rd0iu63m.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today launched the adAPT NYC Competition, a pilot program to develop a new housing model for the City&rsquo;s growing small-household population. adAPT NYC seeks to create additional choices within New York City&rsquo;s housing market to accommodate the city&rsquo;s changing demographics.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The design competition involves a Request for Proposals for a rental building composed primarily, or completely, of micro-units -- apartments smaller than what is allowed under current regulations. New York City's housing codes have not kept up with its changing population, and currently do not allow an entire building of micro-units. Under this pilot program, Mayor Bloomberg will waive certain zoning regulations at a City-owned site at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan to test the market for this new housing model. The Mayor made the announcement at the American Institute of Architects' Center for Architecture and also was joined by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, whose agencies collaborated with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development on the creation of this design competition.</p> <p> HPD will hold a pre-submission conference for ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/36575013/term-limits-mayor-bloomberg-wants-10-new-gehry-buildings-in-two-years Term Limits: Mayor Bloomberg Wants 10 New Gehry Buildings in Two Years Archinect 2012-02-01T17:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-02T15:55:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bfed5ccba252233cfe43c38bc0030e7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;You should know that Frank and I had a conversation backstage,&rdquo; the mayor said at the opening of the Signature Theater today, &ldquo;and we both committed to each other that we would get 10 more Frank Gehry projects going here&mdash;in the next 700 days. If my math is any good, Frank, that is one every 70 days, so we should meet some time later today to get going.&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>