Archinect - This Gorgeous Mess 2016-05-31T23:48:07-04:00 Protest Park Nalina 2011-10-10T11:56:08-04:00 >2011-10-10T22:20:17-04:00 <p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Occupy Wall Street</a> (OWS)&nbsp; protest has gone from media eruption to tourist destination.&nbsp; When I visited Zuccotti Park on Saturday out-of-towners were photographing protesters as if they were zoo animals.&nbsp; I was impressed at how focused the demonstrations are and how they utilize the space of the 3,300 square foot park so effectively.&nbsp; The logistics of it aren't great; people are sleeping on quilts on the paving, eating take-out pizza, and using washrooms at local delis.&nbsp; But the park, a bland space with granite benches and shade trees, is ideal staging.&nbsp; The noisiest, most extravagant, protesters gather along Church Street, catching tourist traffic from the former World Trade Center site one block uptown.&nbsp; Other, quieter, protesters stand at the opposite side, along Broadway, below the giant red Mark di Suvero sculpture, which has taken on revolutionary, constructivist overtones.&nbsp; The south and north sidewalks have become promenades, with visitors lingering to take it all in, a...</p> Barrels Nalina 2011-10-05T12:30:55-04:00 >2011-10-10T20:32:20-04:00 <p> People walking down Lafayette Street are stopping and peering into the windows of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Center for Architecture</a> like it's Christmastime at Barney's.&nbsp; There are quantities of bricks, CMU, steel members, dimension lumber and batt insulation hanging there in mid-air.&nbsp; Each bundle is, in its embodied energy, equivalent to one gallon of oil.&nbsp; It's all part of a new exhibit, &ldquo;<a href=";expid=141" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buildings=Energy</a>,&rdquo; showing the costs, in energy, of building design.&nbsp; Inside the gallery there are renderings that document the development of one theoretical Manhattan office tower, and tracking how decisions made during its design, construction, engineering, and operation impact overall energy use.&nbsp; It's a difficult concept to illustrate, even to industry professionals, and the curators have done a good job.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> But there are some other, outstanding issues.&nbsp; First, there's the question of how LEED and other codes fit in.&nbsp; There's no mention of LEED standards or ratings in any part of the exhibit.&nbsp; It's suc...</p> How Square Nalina 2011-10-03T12:11:21-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <p> First they took away the funk, then they took away the street, and now they're taking away the interim urban plaza on Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets.&nbsp; Last week the New York City <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Snohetta</a>'s design to make the Times Square plaza a more permanent pedestrian space.&nbsp; An initial rendering shows a sea of dark interlocking pavers that simply extend the sidewalk at the west side of Broadway, locating some clustered chairs, tables and benches along the edge of Sixth Avenue.</p> <p> What's great about the current scheme, developed and implemented under the leadership of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, is that it's so loosely designed.&nbsp; It's just a giant patch of street painted blue and crowded with patio furniture.&nbsp; During rush hours it can be a giant sidewalk, with people streaming through to get from one place to the next.&nbsp; But at dusk the plaza is crammed with theater-goers waiting for showtime and tourists waiting for the nighttime spectacle of Times Square.&nbsp; ...</p>