Archinect - News 2017-09-20T23:33:03-04:00 Lower Manhattan is quickly becoming the epicenter of the New York architecture scene Nicholas Korody 2017-07-19T14:03:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T12:08:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Real Deal</a></em>, via the Downtown Alliance, the center of the New York architecture world is heading south, with over 100 architecture and engineering firms concentrated in Lower Manhattan. Nearly half of them moved there in the last decade or so, while others&mdash;like SOM and AECOM&mdash;settled in the area even earlier.</p> <p>Apparently, a lot of the firms were once in Midtown South and SoHo, but rising rents forced them out. In fact, 10 of the 15 architecture firms that relocated to Lower Manhattan in 2014 were coming from the former. That&rsquo;s because, in part, rents jumped a solid 13% each year between 2010 and 2013 in Midtown South&mdash;the &ldquo;most expensive major market in the nation,&rdquo; according to Tristan Ashby of JLL.</p> <p>Other forces driving architecture down into the lower reaches of Manhattan include easy access to mass transit as well as an influx of new restaurants.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not clear how long Lower Manhattan will remain the loci of New York architecture. For example, BIG has announced t...</p> Initiated by Donald Trump, the Far West Side of Manhattan Development is Almost Finished Nicholas Korody 2017-06-23T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T11:58:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The effort to convert the old Penn Central rail yard on the Far West Side of Manhattan into high-rises has bumped along since being proposed in the mid-1970s by a developer named Donald J. Trump. What was proposed for the area often rankled neighbors, who found the buildings to be too tall, too close together and too pricey. But, after welcoming its first residents in the late 1990s, the controversial mega-project is entering its homestretch.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The site includes buildings by architects like Richard Meier and the soon-too-be-completed Three Waterline Square by Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly.</p> <p>While Donald Trump is no longer the landlord, his name still appears on fa&ccedil;ades.</p> New York to spend $100M to extend the Waterfront Greenway surrounding Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2017-04-27T12:32:00-04:00 >2017-04-27T12:32:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile ring of parkland that surrounds Manhattan&mdash;or almost all of it, that is. Between 41st and 61st Streets along the East River lies a &ldquo;glaring gap&rdquo;, as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls it. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will spend $100 million to close part of the gap, with another $5 million dedicated to smaller gaps in Harlem and Inwood.</p><p>Specifically, a path will be built atop pilings from 53rd to 61st Street, standing some 15 feet from the shoreline on a boardwalk rising above the water. Eventually, the goal is to surround the entire island with bike and running paths.</p><p>&ldquo;The Hudson River Greenway has vastly improved quality of life on the West Side, and we want families in every corner in the borough to have that same access to bike, walk and play along the water,&rdquo; Mr. de Blasio said. &ldquo;This is the first of many big investments we&rsquo;ll make as we bring the full Greenway to reality.&rdquo;</p> Visiting Philip Johnson's other glass house in midtown Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T14:16:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T14:16:48-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Walk through the towering door now, and Midtown falls away. The transition is not abrupt; a visitor is met first with a bank of wooden cupboards, easing newcomers off the street and into the vastness of the house itself. Then, space. The main room provides an unimpeded vista through 100 feet of natural-lit openness, a glass wall, a courtyard and pond, and a small separate structure beyond. The effect &mdash; of muted light, of air, of cleanness &mdash; is moving.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p>Fresh from her daily column at&nbsp;<a href="http://Walk%20through%20the%20towering%20door%20now,%20and%20Midtown%20falls%20away.%20The%20transition%20is%20not%20abrupt;%20a%20visitor%20is%20met%20first%20with%20a%20bank%20of%20wooden%20cupboards,%20easing%20newcomers%20off%20the%20street%20and%20into%20the%20vastness%20of%20the%20house%20itself.%20Then,%20space.%20The%20main%20room%20provides%20an%20unimpeded%20vista%20through%20100%20feet%20of%20natural-lit%20openness,%20a%20glass%20wall,%20a%20courtyard%20and%20pond,%20and%20a%20small%20separate%20structure%20beyond.%20The%20effect%20%E2%80%94%20of%20muted%20light,%20of%20air,%20of%20cleanness%20%E2%80%94%20is%20moving." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Paris Review</a>, Sadie Stein visits a Philip Johnson-designed apartment/artistic showcase in midtown Manhattan known as the "Rockfeller Guest House."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Combining a rich historical narrative with some evocatively observed design, this piece is, as befits its author, a delightful and engaging read (and the photos aren't bad, either).</p> A tower that arcs high above New York Nicholas Korody 2017-03-23T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T18:32:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;What if our buildings were long instead of tall?&rdquo; ask oiio studio, authors of a new, speculative project titled &ldquo;The Big Bend&rdquo;. Their design, which seems to riff on Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">432 Park Avenue</a>&nbsp;Condominium tower, features a horseshoe shaped tower that arcs high in the air, framing Central Park. The project seems hyperbolic, but in their description the architect seem to think there&rsquo;s meat to the idea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>From the architects:</strong></p><p><em>There is an undeniable obsession that resides in Manhattan. It is undeniable because it is made to be seen. There are many different ways that can make a building stand out, but in order to do so the building has to literary stand out.</em></p><p><em>We have become familiar with building height measurements. We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property&rsquo;s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>New York city&rsquo;s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which develope...</em></p> How 100 years of zoning shaped New York City's quest for sunlight Alexander Walter 2016-12-19T19:17:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T19:18:09-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Ever since 19th century city commissioners laid a grid on the hilly island of Manhattan, New York City has been squeezing skyward. That&rsquo;s meant natural light has always been in short supply&mdash;for some New Yorkers more than others. Access to sunshine was one of the main drivers of the first zoning laws, as a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, Mastering the Metropolis, explores.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twilight Zoning: What 100 years of zoning hath wrought, ft. special guest Mitch McEwen on Archinect Sessions #77</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama calls for zoning overhaul, blames existing laws for rising inequality and unaffordable rents</a></li></ul> Michael Kimmelman presents his 2016 'Best Architecture in New York' list Alexander Walter 2016-12-16T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:11:25-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In ways big and small, architects like Mr. Berman have changed New York City this year. Projects like the library branch made it a little more livable and humane. What follows is nothing nearly as disciplined or logical as a list of 2016&rsquo;s architectural highs and lows in town. It&rsquo;s more a kind of belated thank you note for a few projects that kept faith with architecture&rsquo;s ideals and the city&rsquo;s better self.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kimmelman</a>'s NYC-best-of-16 roundup includes DS+R/Gensler's Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Via 57 West by Bjarke Ingels &amp; team, and the Renzo Piano-designed Jerome L. Greene Science Center, among others.</p><p>In the mood for more year-end reflections? Don't miss our ongoing series <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect 2016 Year in Review</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> One World Trade Center needs a bath—but its washing system is broken Nicholas Korody 2016-11-28T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:23:46-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A majority of the windows at One World Trade Center haven&rsquo;t been washed since 2015, because the system used to suspend the washers isn&rsquo;t safe, a representative for the Durst Organization told The Real Deal. Typically, a boom at the top of the building lowers a window-washing rig that moves horizontally as the boom moves along a track on the roof. But in early 2016, Durst noticed that welding in the track &mdash; where pieces of metal are joined together &mdash; was riddled with cracks.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The track, built in 2013, also has undersized bolts and suffers from other design flaws, said Jordan Barowitz, a spokesperson for Durst.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Port Authority plans to sell One World Trade Center for up to $5B</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Tallest Lego model in the U.S. unveiled: One World Trade Center in all its pixely might</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">11 years of One World Trade Center construction in one short time-lapse video</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The view from One World Trade Center</a></li></ul> The NSA spy fortress in the middle of New York City Nicholas Korody 2016-11-28T13:20:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:23:33-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><em>The Intercept</em>&nbsp;has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> a fascinating, and eerie, investigation into the iconic Brutalist tower at&nbsp;33 Thomas Street in Manhattan. Built to withstand a nuclear bomb, the modern fortress has no windows. At night, the building is a dark shadow blocking the illuminated towers around it.</p><p>But 33 Thomas Street wasn't built as a fallout shelter&mdash;or not for humans at least. Rather, the building was intended to house a massive array of servers, switchboards and computers. According to&nbsp;<em>the Intercept,&nbsp;</em>it's also one of the NSA's most important spy hubs, "used to tap into phone calls, faxes, and internet data."</p><p><em>Documents obtained by The Intercept from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden do not explicitly name 33 Thomas Street as a surveillance facility. However &mdash; taken together with architectural plans, public records, and interviews with former AT&amp;T employees conducted for this article &mdash; they provide compelling evidence that 33 Thomas Street has served as an NSA surveillance site, code-named T...</em></p> Construction begins on Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group's “shape-shifting“ arts center in Manhattan Justine Testado 2016-11-23T18:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:46:50-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Dubbed &ldquo;The Shed&rdquo;,] The 18,500 square metre venue has six storeys and can &ldquo;accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work&rdquo;. A cultural centre will be encased in a 34m-high outer shell that can slide on rails to double the ground space. The building includes two large-scale column-free galleries comprising 2,320 square metres of museum-quality space, a 500-seat theater and event and rehearsal spaces. [Completion is due] in 2019.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about New York's Hudson Yards:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG-designed "The Spiral" Hudson Yards tower is inching closer to becoming reality</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings of Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel" for New York's Hudson Yard revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></p> VACANT NEW YORK maps Manhattan's shuttered storefronts Alexander Walter 2016-09-02T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-09-05T00:19:12-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>This is high-rent blight. The vacancy problem is immediately visible but lacking in hard data. The intent of this project is to provide some background around commercial vacancies and use a map to give some insight into the extent of the issue, ideally doubling as a tool for community groups and policymakers to identify areas for intervention. It's an obvious problem without a clear set of causes or solutions, but there are several contributing factors [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the interactive VACANT NEW YORK&nbsp;map.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> Taking a break from cars in automobile-centric Manhattan Nicholas Korody 2016-08-16T12:09:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Pedestrianism among advocates and urban planners in the new, young century has been on the ascent in global cities far and wide, with many pushing for more restrictions on cars in the interests of bipeds and cyclists. That was part of thinking behind the Shared Streets initiative, a five-hour long event over the weekend. It saw the city demarcate some 60 blocks of Manhattan&rsquo;s oldest neighbourhood as part of an urban geographical experiment...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many cities have been trying to go car-less (at least temporarily). For more pedestrian-friendly initiatives, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Prince Charles calls to reclaim the streets from cars with his 10-point &ldquo;master plan&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Humanizing street design with 'shared space'</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Pedestrians and light rail retake Sydney (well, George Street at least)</a></li></ul> Construction on One Vanderbilt to move forward after lawsuit settled Nicholas Korody 2016-08-15T15:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:28:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Visitors to Manhattan will soon be greeted by a gleaming new 1,401-foot tower as they exit Grand Central Terminal, now that a lawsuit between two major real estate companies has been settled. Midtown TDR Ventures, the owners of historic Grand Central, withdrew their $1.1 billion lawsuit against SL Green Realty Corp, the City Council, and the de Blasio administration on Wednesday.</p><p>A few years back, SL Green attempted to buy the air rights above Grand Central from TDR Ventures in order to build the tower higher than zoning allowed. But then the de Blasio administration rezoned the area in exchange for $200 million in transportation funds. This didn&rsquo;t go over well with TDR, who felt cheated out of their compensation for air rights.</p><p>The lawsuit was withdrawn after a leadership change at TDR Ventures, which will allow SL Green to move forward with the project, which will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The firm describes the tower as a "21st century successor to Rockefeller Center".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t ...</a></p> Gaudí envisioned a parabolic hotel apparently proposed for site of original WTC Twin Towers Justine Testado 2016-07-08T19:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:53:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Dubbed the Hotel Attraction (according to Matamala&rsquo;s recollection), Gaud&iacute; proposed a parabolic skyscraper towering over the city at 360 meters. It would have been the tallest building in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building. The exact location for the proposed tower is unknown, but a group of architects and historians argued that it was intended for the site of the first World Trade Center towers and put it forward for the Ground Zero memorial design competition in 2003.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation" showcases the collaborative efforts to finish Gaud&iacute;'s towering basilica</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A 1-Minute Video Shows The Completion Of Gaud&iacute;'s Sagrada Fam&iacute;lia</a></p> Construction on Heatherwick's Pier55 halted due to court order Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T17:28:00-04:00 >2016-07-01T03:36:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>An appellate court on Thursday halted construction on Pier55... Crews had just begun work on the $130 million green space... The opponents, led by the City Club of New York, filed suit in state Supreme Court in June 2015, arguing that the Hudson River Park Trust, the entity that manages and operates the park, did not go through the proper channels to launch the project and didn't adequately study the potential environmental impacts of Pier55.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2.7 acre, Thomas Heatherwick-designed park, which is funded largely by the Diller-von Furstenberg family, has been controversial for both its design and for the alleged secrecy surrounding it.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The project is significantly imperiled at this point, and we are very happy about that," &nbsp;Richard Emery, the attorney representing the plaintiff stated. "We think this is a project borne of secrecy and deception, and should not be part of the city landscape without a very different approach to getting public and government approvals."</p><p>A spokesperson for Pier55 Inc, on other hand, said, "By continuing its misguided crusade, the City Club is obstructing the will of the local community and undermining a much-needed effort to create new public parks in New York City."</p><p>The state appellate court ordered work to be halted until September, when the case will be heard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on Pier55 and other Heatherwick projects, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of Hea...</a></li></ul> New renderings of Tadao Ando's living wall in Manhattan Julia Ingalls 2016-06-30T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:16:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As luxury condominiums go, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152 Elizabeth Street</a> displays an unusual rigor and finesse: this is not an exercise in overindulgence, but in refined balance.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>With its 32,000 square feet split between seven individual residences, Tadao Ando's floor-to-celling windowed, burnished metal,&nbsp;poured-in-place concrete structure also features a 55' x 99' living wall with vegetation that shifts seasonally for the ideal mix of color and texture.&nbsp;English Ivy, Boston Ivy, Virginia Creepers, Jasmine Clematis and climbing Hydrangeas will make up this constantly evolving green wall, a blend that was picked in part by landscape firm&nbsp;M. Paul Friedberg and Partners.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to a press release, "the building&rsquo;s design references four primary&nbsp;elements - light, sound, air, and water." Sited in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, the design of 152 Elizabeth Street's interiors is a collaboration between Ando and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gabellini Sheppard Associates</a>, the latter of which is serving as the architect of record.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Once likened t...</p> New York can't be what it used to be, thanks to zoning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-20T13:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T01:13:16-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Many buildings in distinctive Manhattan neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Upper East Side and Washington Heights could not be erected now: Properties in those areas tend to cover too much of their lots (Washington Heights), have too much commercial space (Chinatown) or rise too high (the Upper East Side). [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s ridiculous that we have these hundred-year-old buildings that everyone loves, and none of them &lsquo;should&rsquo; be the way they are.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious &quot;smart city&quot; experiment" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a title="NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building</a></li><li><a title='A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A guide for New Yorkers exploring the "Suburban Jungle"</a></li><li><a title="Sidewalks, New York's &quot;most desirable real estate&quot; " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalks, New York's "most desirable real estate"</a></li><li><a title="Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> It's official: $250M mega penthouse in Stern-designed 220 Central Park South tower is now NYC's priciest address Alexander Walter 2016-05-05T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T21:52:42-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It has been whispered about for months, but now it&rsquo;s official: Vornado Realty Trust&nbsp;is offering up a palatial four-floor apartment at 220 Central Park South that is priced at a record-smashing $250 million. The massive condominium will encompass floors 50 through 53 of the Robert A.M. Stern-designed limestone tower, and it will span some 23,000 square feet [...]. The asking price works out to nearly $11,000 per square foot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">This $250M mega penthouse might become New York's priciest home</a></p> Hudson Yards could generate nearly $19B for New York City, study claims Alexander Walter 2016-05-04T17:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T20:23:01-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A study commissioned by the developer indicated that total economic output of the companies projected to occupy Hudson Yards will contribute $18.9 billion to the city's gross domestic product. [...] Many projections in the report are also contingent on a host of economic indicators in the city, including demand for Class A office space. Out of the 10.4 million square feet Related will have to lease up, so far it has locked in commitments from tenants for 4 million square feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Hudson Yards project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground</a></li></ul> Construction of Heatherwick + Signe Nielsen-designed Pier 55 to begin this summer Justine Testado 2016-04-29T14:43:00-04:00 >2016-05-18T00:52:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Work will go ahead to construct an &ldquo;elevated island park&rdquo; in the Hudson River off Manhattan after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from environmental and civic advocates. The $130m park, which has been given the go-ahead by the US Army&rsquo;s Corps of Engineers, will be based on the Hudson River... Judge Joan Lobis, who threw out the lawsuit, said: &ldquo;A significant purpose of maintaining event spaces in the park is to generate funds for the ongoing upkeep of the park, which is surely a park purpose.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking at all sides of the Pier 55 offshore park development</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Diller Pledges $130M for Futuristic Offshore Park on the West Side</a></p> Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T17:50:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:42:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Workers have almost completed mounting the copper paneling&nbsp;on the American Copper Buildings&nbsp;(n&eacute;e&nbsp;626 First Avenue), the new tilting, two-towered development on Manhattan&rsquo;s East Side, but their&nbsp;most striking feature&mdash;a three-story, 100-foot-long skybridge&mdash;is still open to the elements. [...] The skybridge itself, though, is designed to be the showstopper. The architects placed a 75-foot lap pool on the bridge, so residents can swim 300 feet in the air [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Interior rendering of the skybridge pool area on the 29th floor.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Exterior rendering of the SHoP-designed towers with the skybridge spanning the 27th to 29th floors. (Image: JDS Development; via</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; JDS Developers hope to have the towers completed in 2017.</p><p>Images via the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developer's website</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's NEW "Rooftop Spaces" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped</a></li></ul> NYC's hot new developer design trend: the 1902 Flatiron Building Julia Ingalls 2016-04-07T19:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-07T19:36:28-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The lots that determine the Flatiron shape have previously been avoided since the resultant interiors are unusual and not easy to market,&rdquo; Patrice Derrington, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, wrote last week in an email. &ldquo;However, &lsquo;as needs be&rsquo; developers are attending to these less favorable sites, as they eke out every last possibility.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>As new New York City real estate gets increasingly rare and pricey, architects are facing unusual design challenges. Herewith, some of most expensive, tiniest, and outr&eacute;&nbsp;in NYC design news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NYC Apartment Complex Is Officially Renting</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York's Megatowers: Nothing but 'Vertical Money'?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Frick Collection puts forward RFQ to invited architecture firms in new revision plan Justine Testado 2016-03-31T20:53:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:23:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>With The Frick Collection&rsquo;s garden saved, the museum is moving forward with a new preservationist-friendly plan for expansion...The Frick Collection, looking to realize a revised expansion for the institution, has put forward a request for qualifications to a chosen group of architectural firms. The Frick plans to announce its selected finalist later this year, and plans to reveal designs in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Museum director Ian Wardropper tells&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;20 firms have been invited to submit RFQs.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection drops controversial expansion plan</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans</a></p> Cheers! Manhattan decriminalizes public drinking, urination Nicholas Korody 2016-03-02T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:10:13-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Beginning on Monday, March 7, 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney&rsquo;s Office will no longer prosecute most violations or infractions, and the NYPD will no longer arrest individuals who commit these offenses &ndash; such as littering, public consumption of alcohol, or taking up two seats on the subway &ndash; unless there is a demonstrated public safety reason to do so. This initiative will enable the NYPD to devote its resources to investigating serious crimes...</p></em><br /><br /><p>New Yorkers rejoice! A new initiative announced by the Manhattan District Attorney, the NYPD Commissioner and the Mayor means that you're now less likely to get arrested for sipping on a tallboy on your way back from a bodega.</p><p>While you still may get a summons and have to pay a fine, the announcement suggests you may just find yourself with a warning. Either way, this is good news &ndash; particularly for people of color, as about <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">81%</a> of quality-of-life violations given in NYC between 2001 and 2013 were to African American or Hispanic individuals.</p><p>The changes also mean it's less likely for you to get arrested for urinating in public. As any visitor to Manhattan knows, a good public bathroom is hard to find.</p><p>For more New York news, check out other Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's concept for a spiraling-landscape tower in NYC's Hudson Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crane collapses in Manhattan, one dead and two seriously injured</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop, but for New Yor...</a></li></ul> Foster + Partners-designed 3 Sutton Place shelved after developer defaults on loans Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T16:52:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T17:12:40-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>3 Sutton Place, a planned 950-foot-tall, 68-story Manhattan condo tower, won&rsquo;t be materializing along the East River. After defaulting on $128.8 million in loans from lender Gamma Real Estate, developer Bauhouse Group&lsquo;s site at 426-432 East 58th Street will face foreclosure sale February 29th. The site currently houses three contiguous five-story apartment buildings, which Bauhouse purchased to make way for the massive Foster + Partners-designed midtown skyscraper project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Interested in other articles about Foster and Partners? Check out some of our past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon city</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art breaks ground on Foster + Partners-designed expansion project</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The selective amnesia of Foster + Partners' Maspero Triangle District Masterplan</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster says he has "no power as an architect, none whatsoever" &ndash; only advocacy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners, HOK among shortlisted for massive Palace of Westminster restoration project</a></li></ul> Take a listen to the NYT's beautiful sonic portraits of architectural spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-29T17:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:40-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>we rarely talk about how architecture sounds, aside from when a building or room is noisy. [...] Sound may be invisible or only unconsciously perceived, but that doesn&rsquo;t make it any less an architectural material than wood, glass, concrete, stone or light. [...] Acoustics can act in deep, visceral ways, not unlike music ... And while it&rsquo;s sometimes hard to pin down exactly how, there is often a correlation between the function of a place or an object and the sound we expect it to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and producers Alicia DeSantis, Jon Huang and Graham Roberts document the sounds of some archetypal city spaces, conveying the personality and subtle (or sometimes not) musicality of interiors.</p> The challenges and opportunities of updating Midtown NY’s aging office towers Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T18:20:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:34:04-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Amid contentious debate on rezonings across the city, the late 2013 hubbub around an upzoning proposal for East Midtown has, for the moment, abated &mdash; but hasn&rsquo;t disappeared. In a bid to spur significant new development for the first time in decades, the de Blasio administration is currently retooling the Bloomberg-era plan to allow developers to construct much larger buildings [...] Whether this rezoning eventually occurs or not, the buildings in Manhattan&rsquo;s core aren&rsquo;t getting any younger.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scroll through the "new New York Skyline" with this interactive infographic</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings &amp; Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY&rsquo;s Future Tallest Office Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Historic 190 Bowery to be Restored</a></li></ul> Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC's new garage-and-salt-shed complex: "Best examples of new public architecture in the city" Alexander Walter 2015-12-22T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-12-24T01:32:21-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After years of noisy protests, the New York City Department of Sanitation&rsquo;s new garage-and-salt-shed complex has opened in Hudson Square, on the northern edge of TriBeCa. [...] The garage and shed have ended up being not just two of the best examples of new public architecture in the city but a boon to the neighborhood, whether the wealthy neighbors have come around to it or not. I can&rsquo;t think of a better public sculpture to land in New York than the shed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What if: Perkins Eastman's "Green Line" proposal turns Broadway into a 40-block park in the heart of Manhattan Alexander Walter 2015-12-15T14:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T07:24:52-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Perkins Eastman is taking two of the best-loved urban land-use stories of the Bloomberg era&mdash;the High Line and Times Square&mdash;and combining them into one. The Green Line extends the logic of changes that have already taken root along the limited stretch of Broadway running through Times Square. [...] proposal builds on the work of Jan Gehl and Sn&oslash;hetta, the architects who pedestrianized Times Square. Yet it also echoes the High Line by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Renderings & Video of One Vanderbilt, Midtown NY’s Future Tallest Office Tower Alyssa Alimurung 2015-12-03T18:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:55-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The digital production studio Visualhouse has released film and renderings of how SL Green&rsquo;s One Vanderbilt will meet the street, and also remind us just how gargantuan the tower will be. According to the tower&rsquo;s architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, the tower will rise 1,501 feet to its spire, making it the third tallest building in the city upon completion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>