Archinect - News 2018-03-20T11:47:05-04:00 Frank Gehry + Santiago Calatrava rumored to be designing Hudson Yards buildings Justine Testado 2018-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-02-24T05:49:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>WSJ reports that &ldquo;a person familiar with the matter&rdquo; claims that Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry have been tapped to design buildings for the megaproject&rsquo;s second phase, due to rise over the west side rail yards [...] There&rsquo;s little information beyond that, but 2018 is the year that co-developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are due to start work on the platform that will cover the west side yards</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava may be joining the star-studded lineup of designers working on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> development, which &mdash; so far &mdash; includes&nbsp;SOM, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, Kohn Pedersen Fox, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, to name a few.</p> Get Lectured: Columbia GSAPP, Spring '18 Justine Testado 2018-01-18T14:44:00-05:00 >2018-01-18T14:45:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia GSAPP</a>'s jam-packed Spring '18 lecture series kicks off next Monday with a lecture by Rozana Montiel, who won the 2017&nbsp;Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. Other speakers include J&uuml;rgen Mayer H, Keller Easterling,&nbsp;Andr&eacute;s Jaque, Philip Yuan, T+E+A+M, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's a selection of upcoming lectures, conferences, and exhibitions.</p> <p><strong>LECTURES</strong></p> <p><strong>Jan 22</strong>, 6:30pm<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rozana Montiel</a></strong><br>Response by Amale Andraos</p> <p><strong>Jan 29</strong>, 6:30pm<br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a>: Thom Moran, Ellie Abrons, Adam Fure, and Meredith Miller <br></strong>Response by Ada Tolla&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Feb 5</strong>, 6:30pm<br><strong>AGENdA: Camilo Restrepo Ochoa </strong><br>Response by Enrique Wal...</p> Learning from Rikers Island: the future of carceral infrastructure in New York City Alexander Walter 2017-12-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2017-12-08T13:40:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mayor de Blasio&rsquo;s recent pledge to close the Rikers Island jail complex within ten years was met with celebration by many &mdash;&nbsp;and skepticism by others. After 85 years in the public imagination, it has become hard to believe that the East River behemoth could ever really be slain. But the reality of a post-Rikers future is coming into focus [...]. Rikers is toxic, and its era is done. A change is on the wind, it seems, and the island&rsquo;s aura of inevitability is finally dispersing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In their <em>Urban Omnibus</em> essay, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Jail to End All Jails</a>," authors Jarrod Shanahan and Jack Norton take a closer look at the history and a potential future of one of the nation's most notorious prisons and the greater jail infrastructure&nbsp;of a city where the average daily incarcerated population was at 9,400 in 2017.</p> <p>"Following the recommendation of the Lippman Commission in calling for a system of local jails to replace the central complex, de Blasio has released a plan for Rikers&rsquo; closure and sought support from consultants and City Council members in siting new jails or expanding existing borough facilities to accommodate more prisoners. The logic goes that jails in the boroughs will be closer to courts, helping cases move through the system more efficiently, and closer to the support of family and social services, helping prisoners stay out of the system once released."</p> Storefront is looking for NYC's next iconic image Hope Daley 2017-12-04T18:57:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>What model best represents new visions and values of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>? Cast your vote today for the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">icons</a> of New York and influence which souvenirs will represent the city next. The top three winners will be presented to the Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City's newest icons.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Midnight Commercial by KIT BKLYN</figcaption></figure><p>Icons will be selected from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Storefront for Art and Architecture</a>'s exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Souvenirs: New New York Icons</a></em>, open through December 9th. This is&nbsp;the second iteration of Storefront&rsquo;s model show and includes commissions of 59+ objects that redefine New York's iconic imagery.&nbsp;Drawing inspiration from each of the city's Community Districts, over 59 architects, artists, and designers have reimagined the referential images forming the global perception of the city and have proposed new understandings of the urban experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>Vote for your top three icons&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> LEONG LEONG designs Everlane's first flagship store in New York City Justine Testado 2017-12-01T19:42:00-05:00 >2017-12-01T20:06:56-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Known for their high-quality fashion basics and &ldquo;radical transparency&rdquo; ethos, hip online brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Everlane</a> is increasing their real-world presence with their first brick-and-mortar store in New York City. Opening early this month along Prince Street in Nolita, the Everlane store was designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEONG LEONG</a>, who has previously designed stores for brands like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Lim</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Siki Im</a>.</p> <p>Leong Leong worked with Everlane to create the 3,000 square-foot flagship, which evidently reflects the brand's pared down aesthetic and also features &ldquo;soft technology&rdquo; to bring the seamlessness of online shopping into a physical environment.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Leong Leong.</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Leong Leong.</figcaption><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Leong Leong.</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Upon entering, customers first encounter the flagship's 14-foot structural glass storefront and a lounging area. Products are displayed on units symmetrically organized along the store's central axis, with each unit wrapped in white perforated metal and providing access...</p></figure> Win a “Concrete New York” map city guide! Justine Testado 2017-11-30T12:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-29T18:24:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Explore New York City the (mostly) old-fashioned way with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Concrete New York&rdquo; Map</a>, the latest paper architectural map by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Crow Media</a>. This unique two-sided city guide highlights a selection of NYC's most celebrated concrete buildings as a gateway to discovering historic gems like Battery Hill at Fort Tilden or contemporary works like Steven Holl Architects&rsquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hunters Point Community Library</a>&nbsp;or Dattner Architects' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spring Street Salt Shed</a>. Thanks to Blue Crow Media, Archinect is giving away five Concrete New York maps to our readers!</p> <p>The foldable map includes an intro by Brooklyn-based writer Allison C. Meier, photographs by Jason Woods, and project details of over 50 of NYC's concrete buildings and structures, including Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s Brutalist Begrisch Hall, and the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Detail of the Concrete New York map. Image courtesy of Blue Crow Media.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Begrisch Hall at Bronx Community College by Marce...</figcaption></figure> Philip Johnson's AT&T Building up for consideration as designated landmark Hope Daley 2017-11-27T17:15:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tomorrow, Nov. 28, NYC Landmarks <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preservation</a> Commission&nbsp;will vote to consider calendaring Philip Johnson's AT&amp;T Building for a landmark designation hearing. 550 Madison Avenue, formerly known as the AT&amp;T Building or the Sony Tower, is an iconic postmodern skyscraper located in Manhattan. Upon succeeding in this first round of voting, a public hearing will follow at a later date.&nbsp;</p> Tadao Ando's first residential development in NYC has sold its highly anticipated penthouse for $35 Million Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-09T15:25:00-05:00 >2017-11-10T14:34:13-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s first residential development in&nbsp;NYC and outside Asia,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">152&nbsp;Elizabeth Street</a>, has just sold its highly anticipated duplex penthouse for $35 million. The 9,000-square-feet&nbsp;penthouse spans three floors and features a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home with an astonishing amount of private outdoor space. The home also&nbsp;features a&nbsp;number of custom details including a&nbsp;spiral staircase of stainless steel, stone and glass that will connect the three levels; a fireplace framed by&nbsp;Pietra Cardosa stone and artisan plaster; and a seamless kitchen that features a sliding countertop island by the Italian brand Minimal.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>No&euml; &amp; Associates with The Boundary</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>No&euml; &amp; Associates with The Boundary</figcaption><p><br></p><p>The penthouse also comes with an impressive 3,240-square-feet of outdoor space. The first floor of the home includes a private terrace outfitted with one of Ando's signature water walls, while the second includes a balcony off of the master suite. The third outdoor space,...</p></figure> Bjarke Ingels’ curvy East Harlem tower tops out Devin Gannon 2017-10-18T11:34:00-04:00 >2017-10-18T11:34:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The concrete, t-shaped residential tower designed by starchitect,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> and his firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, topped out over the weekend, adding diversity to Upper Manhattan&rsquo;s usual upright architecture. The&nbsp;East Harlem&nbsp;project at 158 East 126th Street, known as E126, uniquely slopes inward as it rises upward, allowing more sunlight to hit the street. As&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CityRealty</a>&nbsp;learned, the unusual configuration will provide residents incredible views of the East River and Central Park from a rooftop garden.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction progresses at E126, photo via CityRealty</figcaption></figure><p>According to the firm&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the t-shaped footprint, &ldquo;offers a diverse set of unit sizes and layout organizations.&rdquo; The building&rsquo;s facade of interlocking checkerboard pattern panel system allows floor-to-ceiling windows in every unit.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of E126 courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group</figcaption></figure><p>Developed by Edward Blumenfeld&rsquo;s Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG),...</p> Alvaro Siza’s first U.S. building in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen revealed DianePham 2017-09-26T11:50:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Back in 2015 architects and design buffs were excited to hear that Portuguese Pritzker Prize-winner &Aacute;lvaro Siza would be designing his highly-anticipated first U.S. building on Manhattan&rsquo;s west side in a neighborhood being called Hudson West. Now, developers Sumaida + Khurana and LENY have released renderings of the building at 611 West 56th Street on the former site of the Gristedes corporate headquarters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will rise 35 stories and hold 80 condo apartments.</p> NY Governor Cuomo selects Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw-led team to implement $10-billion JFK Vision Plan Alexander Walter 2017-09-25T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-25T13:26:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] announced the Port Authority's selection of a Mott MacDonald-led consulting team [...] for the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy Airport. This announcement is the next major step in the Governor's plan to transform JFK Airport - which welcomes more international passengers to the United States than any other U.S. airport -- into a unified, world-class operation to accommodate substantial forecasted passenger growth, while helping to further boost the New York City regional economy.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via JFK Vision Plan</figcaption></figure><p>Without mentioning specific details at this point, the announcement from Governor Cuomo lays out the general scope of this ambitious airport redevelopment project based on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">January report</a> from the Airport Advisory Panel, including "the creation of a seamless, interconnected terminal system, world-class customer service, a vastly overhauled roadway access network to reduce time-consuming bottlenecks, enhancements to JFK AirTrain together with the expansion of rail mass transit with the focus on developing a one-seat ride to and from the airport, development of modern cargo facilities and improvements to aeronautical infrastructure."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via JFK Vision Plan</figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects-led team also includes a variety of expert firms such as&nbsp;TranSolutions, Harris Miller Miller &amp; Hanson, VJ Associates, ACB Architects, EnTech Engineering, Naik Consulting, Reichman Frankle, and Holmes Keogh.&nbsp;</p> New images of Jean Nouvel's posh, MoMA-integrated luxury condo tower 53W53 Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T19:04:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the brand-new rendering above shows, the luxury condo tower designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel</a> will boast an unusual amenity: floors 2, 4 and 5 of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">53W53</a> will serve as new gallery levels for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art</a> when construction is completed. Additionally, according to a fact sheet, "benefactor W53 MoMA membership runs with each residence, and includes curated benefits and the potential for the building to host private events in the museum's sculpture garden." The tower, which is slated to top out at 1,050 feet, will be home to 145 residences ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, with a few private-elevator-accessible penthouse suites.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Images above and below: Hayes Davidson</figcaption><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure></figure><p>No two condos will have the same layout, thanks to the combination of Jean Nouvel's self-described "diagrid,"&nbsp;which refers to the tower's pronounced exterior structural system, and the tapering design itself, which precludes repetitive formats. The interiors of each condo are being designed by Thierry Despont, a...</p> New York's lost soul as catalogued by Jeremiah Moss Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T13:50:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If New York City has 8 million stories, than at least 4,650 are referenced in the book, which will serve as an invaluable resource to future scholars of the city. As its narrative moves north through Manhattan, visiting neighborhoods that have been gutted in recent decades&mdash;the Bowery, the Meatpacking District, Times Square, Harlem&mdash;it is interspersed with deeper considerations of how we got here as a society.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul</em></a> is a chronicle of New York City's hyper-gentrification of the past decade, which serves as a further development of the author's blog,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremiah&rsquo;s Vanishing New York</a>, that has extensively tracked the 'murdering' of the city's character through&nbsp;government policies and greed. Writing under the pseudonym of Jeremiah Moss, Griffith Hansbury&mdash;a&nbsp;psychoanalyst and social worker by day, and a poet and author by night, collected a 'body of evidence' of what has gone wrong with New York. Both personal and insightful, the book offers 27 chapters densely packed with detail&mdash;a thrilling mix of copious research and biting observations,&nbsp;featuring long lists of shuttered moms-and-pops and disappeared shopkeepers.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think too often people get stuck on the nostalgia of it,&rdquo; says Moss. &ldquo;They tell themselves these things which I think are memes, like &lsquo;this is normal, New York is always changing, people have always complained about New York changing, goin...</p> "Humanitarian emergency": Michael Greenberg looks inside New York City’s housing crisis Alexander Walter 2017-08-01T15:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T15:49:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New York City is in the throes of a humanitarian emergency, a term defined by the Humanitarian Coalition of large international aid organizations as &ldquo;an event or series of events that represents a critical threat to the health, safety, security or wellbeing of a community or other large group of people.&rdquo; New York&rsquo;s is [...] a &ldquo;complex emergency&rdquo;: man-made and shaped by a combination of forces that have led to a large-scale &ldquo;displacement of populations&rdquo; from their homes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"What makes the crisis especially startling," author Michael Greenberg continues in his latest piece for <em>The New York Review of Books</em>, "is that New York has the most progressive housing laws in the country and a mayor who has made tenants&rsquo; rights and affordable housing a central focus of his administration."</p> NYC's super skinny skyscraper is fat with cost overruns, prompting a lawsuit Julia Ingalls 2017-07-27T17:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T17:10:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The best things in life are free, but construction cranes still cost money, which has prompted an investor to sue the developers behind SHoP's 111 West 57th Street for failing to budget appropriately for the cost of cranes (among other things) for the super skinny tower, which is already way over budget and only approximately 25% assembled. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed NY</a>:</p> <p><em>One of the investors on the project is suing the developers and the lender over alleged construction cost overruns.</em></p> <p><em>The lawsuit, filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges that the project is already $50 million over budget when it hasn&rsquo;t even reached 20-stories yet.&nbsp;Eventually the building is proposed to rise to 1,421 feet with 82 stories.</em></p> Amid MTA's disastrous Summer, Cuomo moves forward with expensive plan to turn NY's bridges into a light show Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-20T14:58:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The project, part of a broader plan called &ldquo;New York Crossings,&rdquo; would outfit the MTA&rsquo;s seven bridges and two tunnels &mdash; and the Port Authority&rsquo;s George Washington Bridge &mdash; with pulsating, multicolored LED lights that can be choreographed with each other, with the Empire State Building and with One World Trade.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTA's crumbling infrastructure</a> has been making headlines since April and the situation does not appear to be getting any better for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC</a> transiters; three-quarters of the city's subway lines are plagued by chronic delays and frustrated riders continue to overcrowd the system.</p> <p></p> <p><br>While the parties involved point fingers and place blame every which way they can,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo,</a> has faced growing pressure to fix the system.<br></p> <p>Among the list of complaints being lodged against the Chief of State, are critiques of his plan to turn the region's bridges into a choreographed light show in concert with the city's skyscrapers. The cost of the lighting scheme has not been revealed though an early internal estimate put the price tag at $350 mill. In addition, where funding will come from remains unclear&mdash;a spokesman for Cuomo stated that "this is definitively NOT being paid for by the MTA," though a meeting back in January had suggested otherwise. Regardless of who picks up the tab, c...</p> Zaha Hadid-designed 520 West 28th Street named SARA NY 2017 Project of the Year Justine Testado 2017-07-03T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Society of American Registered Architects New York Council recently awarded its top 2017 Project of the Year accolade to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">520 West 28th Street</a> residential complex designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ismael Leyva Architects</a>. Adjacent to The High Line in the heart of West Chelsea, the sculptural 11-story&nbsp;development features 21 interlaced floors and 39 distinctive residential units up to 6,391 square feet and ceiling heights up to almost 11 feet high.&nbsp;The project is due for completion later this year.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Exterior view from 28th Street. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Kitchen, Unit 20. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Bedroom, Unit 29. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Staircase in Unit 37. Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.</figcaption></figure> Driverless Future Challenge finalists envision autonomous transit solutions for NYC Justine Testado 2017-06-28T14:39:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the rise of autonomous transportation technology&nbsp;in the U.S., what&nbsp;implementable&nbsp;strategies&nbsp;can help&nbsp;a&nbsp;dense urban landscape&nbsp;like New York City prepare efficiently for a driverless future? Design teams from around the world proposed their ideas in the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless Future Challenge</a>, organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a> (the creators of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>) and the City of New York.</p> <p>Participants from over 25 countries sent proposals&nbsp;that ranged from driverless food cards to using NYC's 311 system as a driverless dispatching center. Now, the jury has selected the four finalist teams.</p> <p>Find each proposal below &mdash; plus project videos!</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering</strong></p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering. Image courtesy of Blank Space.</figcaption></figure><p>Project summary: &ldquo;Public Square provides New York City an adaptable, responsive, and environmentally friendly way to rethink its streets and reclaim space for pedestrians. Public Squ...</p></figure> ODA's new condo building 15 Renwick Street "combats cold modernism" Julia Ingalls 2017-06-15T13:41:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The dark, quasi-Victorian corridors of ODA's 31-unit apartment building on New York City's Renwick Street are a purposeful nod toward British-born James Renwick, 19th century scientist and engineer, after which the street is named. The contrast between the portrait-clad hallways and the light, modern rooms they adjoin is striking; the two spaces almost seem to be from two entirely different buildings.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, as an alliterative press release notes, ODA is purposefully trying to "combat the cold modernism of so much contemporary construction" and the architects appear to succeed, primarily because the interiors don't shy away from texture. While the clean lines and unabashed abstract geometry of the modern canon are prominent here, so is an emphasis on not obscuring or disguising the composition of the materials.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The wood grain, both on the kitchen cabinets and the polished floors, is prominent. Instead of a soulless cradle of anonymous perfection, the dwelling spaces are rooted firm...</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-06-12T15:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-12T15:14:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out.</p><p>Coming up this week, watch architects and architecture editors duke it out in the inaugural&nbsp;Turncoats NYC architectural debate, or join Paul V. Turner (Wattis Professor Emeritus&nbsp;of Art at&nbsp;Stanford University) as he shares his research on&nbsp;Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings in the Bay Area in California.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turncoats NYC: Buildings Don't Matter | June 13</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Established in London and now operating in multiple cities,&nbsp;Turncoats NYC kicks off with the topic &ldquo;Buildings Don't Matter&rdquo;. Panelists will talk about the impact of visual culture on contemporary architecture.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bay Area Evidence: Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s San Francisco Projects and Clients | June 15</a></strong><br><img alt="" src=""></p><p>In this lecture,&nbsp;Paul V. Turner, Wattis Professor Emeritus&nbsp;of Art at&nbsp;...</p> Watch this time-lapse construction video of Herzog + de Meuron's Jenga-like 56 Leonard in NYC Julia Ingalls 2017-06-08T12:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T12:43:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a series of jutting balconies and abrupt offsets, the Herzog + De Meuron-designed 56 Leonard, described by the architects as "houses stacked in the sky,"&nbsp;is one of the more aesthetically adventuresome luxury condo towers to rise in New York City. This time-lapse video, replete with what the developers apparently feel is an inspiring musical soundtrack, shows the construction of the Jenga-like building over a period of a little under two years, from&nbsp;March 2014 to December 2016:</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-06-05T13:32:00-04:00 >2017-06-05T13:32:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> is in the spotlight this week as museums across the nation celebrate the architect's 150th birthday. Join the Guggenheim for its FLW&nbsp;birthday festivities, or listen in on a&nbsp;panel discussion about the evolving&nbsp;relationship between architecture and the art museum at The New York Public Library.&nbsp;Need a quick breather?&nbsp;Anish Kapoor recently debuted&nbsp;a mesmerizing whirlpool&nbsp;installation&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Brooklyn Bridge Park. Read on for more.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the Art Museum | June 7</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Photo: Bhakti Henna/Flickr.</em></p><p>&ldquo;Beginning with the examples of the Guggenheim and the Centre Pompidou,&nbsp;join Francesco Dal Co, Anthony Alofsin, Troy Conrad Therrien, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams as they discuss the complex and ...</p> Construction for Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group's “The Shed” pushes forward Justine Testado 2017-05-31T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-05-31T15:03:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[W]hile only the skeleton of the six-level structure [...] has been completed so far, there are already some elements that set The Shed apart. The most obvious of these is a telescoping shell on wheels that serves as both a fa&ccedil;ade for the gallery spaces and a flexible canopy that can be extended to enclose a public plaza [...]&ldquo;This project is bone and muscle and there's no fat,&rdquo; said the architect Elizabeth Diller</p></em><br /><br /><p>A look at the latest construction developments of the Hudson Yards' &ldquo;The Shed&rdquo; arts and culture center, which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">began</a> late last year and is due for a 2019 opening.</p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-05-30T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T14:05:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out.</p><p>This week, you can listen in on a discussion about the affordable-housing development process in NYC.&nbsp;Perkins + Will will&nbsp;open&nbsp;up their office for an&nbsp;Architectural League First Friday evening social. And&nbsp;if you haven't seen it already, The Met Fifth Avenue currently has an exhibition dedicated to legendary fashion designer&nbsp;Rei Kawakubo for the Costume Institute's&nbsp;2017 spring exhibition.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Friday: Perkins+Will | June 2</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Rush University Medical Center, Campus Transformation Project by Perkins+Will. Photo credit: Perkins + Will.</em></p><p>If you're an Architectural League member, here's a&nbsp;chance to visit the NY office of Perkins+Will.&nbsp;Join Perkins+Will&nbsp;for an evening of drinks, conversation, and a behind the scenes ...</p> As the cities change, Google Street View records Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T20:33:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time&mdash;and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Consider how much NYC has transformed in the past ten years. It is hard to even imagine the city's appearance in 2007 &mdash; prior to&nbsp;20 skyscrapers' rising above the southern side of Central Park, before projects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the High Line</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Park </a>even begun their construction,&nbsp;and back when&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamsburg</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City</a> were not nearly as dense as today.</p><p>To see it for yourself, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> for some time-traveling. The feature can be activated by pressing the clock icon below your location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><em>View of 339 11th St in 2009 vs 2016</em></p> "Show audiences that it's okay to dream" by Kickstarting Never Built New York Julia Ingalls 2017-05-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T13:16:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture author and curator&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Lubell</a> is partnering with the Queens Museum to bring <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Never Built New York</em></a> into the physical display space with a little help from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>. The drive, which needs to raise another $26K in 29 days, hopes to physically model some of the innovative, occasionally wild designs that were proposed decades ago but never realized. Lubell believes the project would "show audiences that it's okay to dream" in terms of imagining large-scale, inventive solutions to contemporary urban problems. The modeling would take place on one of the largest scale models of New York City and its surrounds, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as explained in the accompanying video to the Kickstarter drive.&nbsp;</a></p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-05-15T12:37:00-04:00 >2017-05-15T12:37:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out.</p><p>NYCxDesign events continue throughout this week.&nbsp;It's also the final days of the&nbsp;&ldquo;Breuer Revisited&rdquo; exhibition, which features commissioned&nbsp;photos of Marcel Breuer's architecture&nbsp;interpreted&nbsp;by artist&nbsp;Luisa Lambri and photographer Bas Princen. Have a look at our latest event recommendations for NYC.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island's Waterfront |&nbsp;May 17</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>View of the Staten Island Ferry. Photo: m01229/Flickr.</em></p><p>&ldquo;Staten Island&rsquo;s North Shore is changing at an incredible pace. In many ways, the creative and cultural sectors aid this development, as they shape the place where they live and work. How do we ensure these sectors continue to have role in and connect to this transformation?&rdquo; Join the Design Tru...</p> NY Construction Alliance pushes for mandatory drug/alcohol testing on all NYC construction sites Justine Testado 2017-05-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:06:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Construction Alliance</a> is urging City Council to consider mandatory drug and alcohol testing on all New York City construction sites.&nbsp;</p><p>NYCA president Kenneth Thomas recently made the following statement:</p><p><em>&ldquo;New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) is committed to worksite safety and our members take proactive steps to prevent substance abuse-related incidents. In fact, our members already engage in proactive random drug tests on sites. Industry stakeholders such as the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Building Trades Employers Association have already expressed strong support for addressing the problem of drug and alcohol in the construction industry. </em></p><p><em>The City Council should consider how mandatory drug and alcohol testing could increase construction safety on New York City worksites. We look forward to discussing this issue with city officials and how a drug and alcohol testing mandate could help make our industry safer for all workers.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Associated Builders and Co...</a></p> This week's picks for NYC architecture and design events Justine Testado 2017-05-08T13:22:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T13:22:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Planning for another week in New York City? If you're curious about where design-inclined folks are gathering&nbsp;around town, Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of local architecture and design&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;that are worth checking out.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out.</p><p>This week's picks feature a book talk that examines how the built environment shapes the human experience, and&nbsp;an evening with Rethink Studio about turning visions of a&nbsp;&ldquo;Post-Robert Moses New York&rdquo; into reality. Last but not least, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a> and Chris McVoy will take part in a discussion&nbsp;about the new Queens Library at Hunters Point later this week.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Your World: A Conversation | May 9</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""><em>Image via</em></p><p>Check out a free book talk about&nbsp;&ldquo;Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives&rdquo; by&nbsp;architectural historian and critic&nbsp;Sarah Williams Goldhagen, who will be in conversation with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nader Tehrani</a>. In her book,&nbsp;Goldhagen &ldquo;utilizes recent research in cognitive neuroscience an...</p> Design Trust seeking proposals for “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” initiative Justine Testado 2017-05-01T16:19:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T16:23:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>&ldquo;In today&rsquo;s political climate, we must affirm and ensure that New York City&rsquo;s public realm provides places of refuge and play, congregation and demonstration, and dialogue and exchange.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In their latest community-driven effort, the non-profit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Trust for Public Space</a> recently launched &ldquo;Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC&rdquo;. The citywide call invites design firms, communities, agencies, and individuals based in any of New York City's five boroughs to send project ideas for planning and designing public spaces that are more accessible, resourceful, and can be sustainably maintained and operated.</p><p>Here are more details from the Design Trust:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>The Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space.</em></p><p>Proposals must&nbsp;be&nbsp;research, design, and planning projects that will unlock the potential of NYC&rsquo;s shared spaces, including underutilized and under-resourced community assets. Projects may be site-specific but must potentially change the way NYC&nbsp;develops and manages public space citywide.&nbsp;</p><p>Although Design Trust efforts may eventually lead to built work, projects should demonstrate broad policy or programming goals, with potential for furt...</p>