Archinect - News 2015-02-28T22:21:19-05:00 Urban Planners Propose Moving Madison Square Garden to Nearby Post Office Dana Schulz 2014-10-23T12:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:07:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s one thing that all New Yorkers can agree on it&rsquo;s that Penn Station is pretty awful. And if we&rsquo;re ever going to get a new home for NJ Transit, Amtrak, and the LIRR, Madison Square Garden will have to move (just don&rsquo;t tell any die-hard Rangers fans that).</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Alliance for a New Penn Station is proposing in a new report that the world-famous venue Madison Square Garden be relocated to the nearby Morgan Post Office and Annex, which occupies&nbsp;the block bound by&nbsp;9th and 10th avenues and 28th and 30th streets. They say the mail sorting facility site is large enough to accommodate a new state-of-the-art arena and it's just a quick walk to Penn Station.</p><p>Penn Station was designed&nbsp;for 200,000 passengers a day and now sees 600,000, making a redesign necessary.</p> Editor's Picks #340 Nam Henderson 2013-11-05T12:13:00-05:00 >2013-11-06T11:06:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect announced Screen/Print, an experimentat in translation across media, featuring a close-up digital look at printed architectural writing. For it's first run, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print featured SOILED magazine&rsquo;s fourth issue, Windowscrapers</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Plus, in the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect spoke with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect-turned-fashion designer (andProject Runway season 12 finalist) Justin LeBlanc</a>.&nbsp;Mr. LeBlanc received his BA in Architecture at North Carolina State University from 2004-2009 and is "<em>currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State the Art and Design Department with a concentration in Fashion...also the Faculty Advisor for NCState&rsquo;s Art2Wear program</em>"</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buffalo Rising called Archinectors attention to the fact that on Nov 6, 2013 the Buffalo City Planning Board will meet to review plans submitted by Norstar Development that will demolish five buildings of the Paul Rudo...</a></p> 50th anniversary of NYC Penn Station demolition to be honored by staged reading and panel highlighting the debate on historic preservation Justine Testado 2013-10-31T14:49:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T18:39:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eternal Space will visually recreate the marvel of the former Pennsylvania Station using the actual photographs that documented the station&rsquo;s demise. [...] Using the latest in projection technology these arresting photographs will speak to the tragic demolition of an American architectural masterpiece [...] On the 50th anniversary of that great loss, The Eternal Space will pay tribute to the station and the gifted photographers who worked to immortalize it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects, historians, and all urban enthusiasts are invited to a free evening event that will acknowledge the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">50th anniversary of the demolition of NYC's Pennsylvania Station</a> on Nov. 6 at the AIA | NY Center for Architecture. Hosted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA | NY</a>, the program will begin with a live reading of selected scenes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Eternal Space</em></a>, a two-man stage play set during the Penn Station's demolition, which began on Oct. 28, 1963.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The play presents a dialogue on the value of old vs. new, past vs. present, and all the timeless arguments that come with them that last to this day. The Eternal Space also points out the ongoing yet overlooked debate on the preservation of historic structures in New York and throughout the U.S. Never-published photography of the demolition from some of the subject's most notable photographers will provide the scenic backdrop for the staged reading.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The reading will be followed by&#8203; a panel discussion &mdash; moderated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a> Senior Editor Hana Alberts ...</p> Prentice Hospital Could Become Modern Architecture’s ‘Penn Station Moment’ Archinect 2013-10-15T12:58:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T06:29:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, as Goldberg&rsquo;s famous work is pulled apart by wreckers, nothing about its loss seems symmetrical or graceful. Within 40 years, the building transitioned from a proud symbol of civic renewal and design innovation to the victim of old-fashioned Chicago politics. The controversy surrounding the demolition of Prentice, however, injected the preservation movement into an urban design discussion with a presence not seen in a long time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Prentice comes down, stakes rise on its replacement</a></p> NYC Council votes to limit Madison Square Garden's permit to just 10 more years Archinect 2013-07-26T19:57:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T21:03:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, led by Speaker Christine Quinn, the New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden&rsquo;s permit to operate on top of Penn Station to just 10 more years. Building a new Penn Station and the next Madison Square Garden will not only improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who use the station every day &ndash; it will revitalize the surrounding area and bring tremendous long-term economic value to the region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Thinking Big - Four Visions of a New Penn Station Archinect 2013-05-29T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:11:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Municipal Art Society asked four design firms to draw big: Reimagine the ideal Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden. The proposals &mdash; by Diller Scofidio &amp; Renfro, SHoP Architects, Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture &mdash; will be introduced on Wednesday at the TimesCenter. All plans expect the new station to include high-speed rail.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> SHoP ARCHITECTS Expands the existing site with a lightweight concrete structure that is meant to evoke the old Penn Station and seeks to make the station a social meeting spot. &ldquo;When&rsquo;s the last time you heard someone say, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s meet for a drink at Penn Station?'&rdquo; asked Vishaan Chakrabarti, a principal. &ldquo;People say that about Grand Central all the time.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> SKIDMORE, OWINGS &amp; MERRILL Moves Madison Square Garden off site and expands the station to four city blocks from two. Above ground: green space four times the size of Bryant Park; housing twice the size of Tudor City; more offices than Rockefeller Center; and more cultural spaces than Lincoln Center. &ldquo;We saw Madison Square Garden as a sideshow,&rdquo; said Roger Duffy, a design partner. &ldquo;The primary purpose of the site is for the public and transportation.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> DILLER SCOFIDIO &amp; RENFRO Moves Madison Square Garden across Eighth Avenue next to the James A. Farley Post Office building; Penn Station becomes a multilevel publi...</p> Fix Penn Station Now; Raze $1 Billion Knicks Garden Later Archinect 2013-05-15T12:12:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:22:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s perched atop the depressing, low-ceilinged maze known as Penn Station, daily hive for 600,000 scuttling commuters. The Garden&rsquo;s presence is one major impediment to the 25-year-old dream of turning the decrepit and overcrowded Penn station into a smoothly operating city gateway.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> To Resurrect Penn Station, NYC Urges MSG to Move HotSoup 2013-05-07T12:29:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T20:59:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"While Madison Square Garden maintains that the arena special permit should continue in perpetuity, we believe the term is warranted due to the uniqueness of the site and the importance of Penn Station to the city," said Amanda Burden, the head of City Planning Department who also chairs the City Planning Commission.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The New York City Planning Commission has laid out a case for restricting a special permit to 15 years that allows Madison Square Garden to operate in the heart of Midtown. The move would hopefully restart negotiations to get "the world's most famous arena" to relocate, freeing up space to rebuild Penn Station and undo half a century of dismal train travel into New York. Jane Jacobs would be proud.</p> <p> Previously:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's Penn Station Makeover Faces Arena-Sized Obstacle</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Proposal for Penn Station and Madison Square Garden</a></li> </ul> New York's Penn Station Makeover Faces Arena-Sized Obstacle Alexander Walter 2013-04-10T13:06:00-04:00 >2013-05-07T12:36:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every day, more than 600,000 thousand rail commuters navigate the crowded maze of tunnels and tracks that is Penn Station. Mass transit advocates would like to replace the aging station with a world-class transportation hub. But there's a big obstacle: Madison Square Garden, the arena that sits directly on top of Penn Station. And the Garden's owners show no signs of moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Municipal Art Society Challenges Architects for New Penn Station Vision</a></p> Municipal Art Society Challenges Architects for New Penn Station Vision Archinect 2013-04-03T20:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-04T09:24:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The four firms &mdash; Santiago Calatrava, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects and SOM &mdash; will have until May 29 to propose new designs that will be unveiled to the public that day at the TimesCenter on West 41st Street. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re really trying to unlock people&rsquo;s imaginations about the very real potential of a new arena and of a new Penn Station,&rdquo; said Vin Cipolla, the society&rsquo;s president, in an interview.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 50 Years Ago, Sharply Dressed Protesters Stood Up for a Train Station They Revered Archinect 2012-08-01T13:57:00-04:00 >2012-08-06T18:51:29-04:00 <img src="" width="480" height="697" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects Peter Samton and Diana Goldstein can tell you exactly where they were a half century ago, at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, 1962: out on Seventh Avenue, tilting at windmills. Pennsylvania Station, the McKim, Mead &amp; White masterpiece, was doomed. They knew it. But they weren&rsquo;t going to let it go down undefended.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Proposal for Penn Station and Madison Square Garden Archinect 2012-02-08T13:55:00-05:00 >2012-02-08T13:55:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some 600,000 commuters, riding Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit, now suffer Penn Station every day. That makes it probably the busiest transit hub in the Western world, busier than Heathrow Airport in London, busier than Newark, La Guardia and Kennedy airports combined. To pass through Grand Central Terminal, one of New York&rsquo;s exalted public spaces, is an ennobling experience, a gift. To commute via the bowels of Penn Station, just a few blocks away, is a humiliation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>