Archinect - News 2017-07-27T00:45:15-04:00 Want to work in a giant basket? Ohio's soon-vacated landmark faces uncertain future Justine Testado 2016-03-11T14:06:00-05:00 >2016-03-21T14:04:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[JRJR Networks] is eager to shed itself of the big basket, but that may not be easy. What non-basket-related company will want a giant basket to be the face of their company? Are there enough well-off eccentrics in or visiting Newark to convert it into market-rate apartments or a boutique hotel?...A deal to donate the building to the city no longer appears to be in the works, and foreclosure is a possibility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few throwbacks related to weird architecture in Archinect news:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Movie-themed resort in Macau to show off "figure-8" ferris wheel</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southwark planners nix 'crude and literal' rocket-shaped flats</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014</a></p> Newark's 69,000 sq ft indoor vertical farm to break ground today Justine Testado 2015-07-09T09:34:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:35:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will reportedly be the world's largest indoor vertical farm will break ground on July 9 along 212 Rome Street in Newark, New Jersey. Earlier this year, leading vertical farm commercial grower AeroFarms, the property management firm RBH Group, and their affiliates jointly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> the conversion of a former steel factory into a spankin' new 69,000 square-foot indoor vertical farm. The first phases of the project are scheduled to open later this year.</p><p>Located on a three-acre site in the heart of Newark's Ironbound district, the $30 million project will also include AeroFarms' global corporate headquarters. AeroFarms partnered with Ironbound Community Corporation to create a recruiting and job training program to&nbsp; boost job opportunities for the local community, which is dealing with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new vertical farm is said to be capable of growing up to 2 million pounds of baby leafy greens and herbs in a controlled and sanitary facili...</p> The Pulaski Skyway tells the tale of America's aging highway system Alexander Walter 2015-06-16T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of Newark, New Jersey, the Pulaski Skyway became the country&rsquo;s first so-called &ldquo;superhighway&rdquo; &mdash; a 3.5-mile raised roadway running over the top of some of the most heavily industrialized property in the country. [...] In infrastructure terms, the Pulaski is what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;functionally obsolete,&rdquo; meaning it doesn&rsquo;t meet modern design standards &mdash;and the money being spent to fix it up won&rsquo;t change that.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Newark to convert steel factory into world's largest indoor vertical farm Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:24:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next time you dig into a bowl of leafy greens, chances are they were grown in the heart of Newark, soon home to the world's largest indoor vertical farm*.</p><p>AeroFarms, a leading commercial grower for vertical farming and controlled agriculture, together with property management firm RBH Group, a slew of investment partners along with the City of Newark and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the intent to redevelop a former industrial site in Newark's Ironbound district into a state-of-the art 69,000 square foot indoor vertical farm.</p><p>Putting down roots (no pun intended) in a converted steel factory located at 212 Rome Street, the $30M project will also include AeroFarms' global corporate headquarters.</p><p>Read on for some more information we've received.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Currently under construction, the first phases will open in the second half of 2015, creating approximately 78 jobs in a local community with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average. Additionally, A...</em></p> New Jersey's first protected bike lane about to be removed again Alexander Walter 2014-12-26T13:15:00-05:00 >2014-12-29T12:44:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark has New Jersey&rsquo;s first protected bike lane, as far as we know. But unfortunately it looks like the Garden State will soon be back to zero. Andrew Besold at WalkBikeJersey is reporting Mayor Ras Baraka has ordered the removal of the bike lane, and in the meantime is allowing people to park in it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Richard Meier Goes Home, to Recall and to Work Richard Meier & Partners 2014-01-27T11:53:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T18:18:56-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Meier is returning to his roots with two new developments in New Jersey, where he grew up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Phase One of Richard Meier's Teacher's Village Opens in Newark Richard Meier & Partners 2013-10-01T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:20:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Balancing Meier&rsquo;s familiar white metal panels with a rich, iron spot brick, the architects were careful to break down the massing of the contemporary buildings, not exceeding a height of 60 feet in front, in keeping with the Newark Living Downtown Plan.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A $150M, Richard Meier-Designed Village For Teachers? In Newark?! Richard Meier & Partners 2012-05-30T13:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T13:46:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It was not typically a type of project we normally do,&rdquo; says Dukho Yeon, the firm&rsquo;s associate partner-in-charge on Teachers Village. &ldquo;This was part of basically everybody including the investors giving back to the city of Newark.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Newark Project Aims to Link Living and Learning Richard Meier & Partners 2012-03-07T11:14:00-05:00 >2012-03-07T11:17:46-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NEWARK &mdash; Work has begun on an education-centered community featuring three charter schools and affordable housing for teachers in the city&rsquo;s decayed downtown, with much of the design work done by the noted architect Richard Meier. The development, called Teachers Village, is expected to cost $149 million when it is completed two years from now.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>