Archinect - News 2018-08-19T19:29:57-04:00 The home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is now up for auction Hope Daley 2018-07-27T13:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-27T13:27:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In 2016, the Berlin-based US artist Ryan Mendoza and Rhea McCauley, the niece of Rosa Parks, teamed up to save the civil rights activist&rsquo;s Detroit home from demolition. Now, the structure is heading to another block: the New York auction house Guernsey&rsquo;s, where it is due to be auctioned tomorrow (26 July) with an estimate of $1m-$3m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Park's house is part of the 700-lot of African American Historic &amp; Cultural Treasures up for sale at&nbsp;the New York <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">auction</a> house Guernsey&rsquo;s.&nbsp;McCauley initially bought the house for just $500 back in 2016 reaching out to Mendoza to help <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserve</a> the house. In 2017 the structure was safely disassembled and reassembled in Berlin where it was open to the public hosting sound performances inside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rosa Parks originally lived in the three-bedroom house with&nbsp;17 relatives after she left the south in 1957 for Detroit. Mendoza and McCauley&nbsp;have hopes that the house will end up in an institution where it can inspire visitors with Park's life and legacy in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">civil rights</a>.&nbsp;</p> Foster + Partners to design new boathouse for NYC's underserved communities Alexander Walter 2018-07-18T14:32:00-04:00 >2018-07-18T14:34:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Row New York announced [...] that award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners will design a new boathouse and flagship location for the nonprofit organization, which offers a competitive rowing and academic success program to students from underserved communities throughout New York City. The new 14,000-square- foot facility is being designed pro bono by Foster + Partners in association with Bade Stageberg Cox [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Located on the Harlem River in northern Manhattan, the new boathouse will allow Row New York to dramatically expand its youth program for middle and high school students from New York&rsquo;s most underserved schools and will feature a learning center with two state-of-the-art classrooms to accommodate the organization&rsquo;s academic programs," reads the announcement from nonprofit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Row New York</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"It will also broaden community access to the waterfront, with five boat bays that can accommodate up to 60 boats, community programming, and kayaks for public use. Designs for the boathouse, which are going through an approval process with NYC Parks and the Public Design Commission, are expected to be unveiled in fall 2018."</p> NYC free wifi-provider collaborates with Never Built New York with kiosks around the city Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-16T15:45:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T17:21:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>An astounding collection of architectural projects that never made it into being are being displayed on kiosks around New York City. Based off the 2016 book&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built New York</a></em>, LinkNYC&mdash;which supplies the city with free wifi&mdash;is collaborating with curators and authors Greg Goldin and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Lubell</a> to highlight some of the fantastical structures that appeared in their book, and almost graced the city's famous skyline.&nbsp;</p> <p>While never actualized, many of these unbuilt plans for towers, bridges and parks, hold a unique place within architectural history and its collective imagination. Memorable proposals such as Moshe Safdie's 'Habitat New York', Robert Moses' Mid-Manhattan Expressway, and I.M Pei's 'Hyperbloid', are some of the works that will be on display. Placed on kiosks near the location they would have risen, the posters show what could've been, reminding passersby it's okay to dream.</p> 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence Orhan Ayyüce 2018-07-03T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As New York enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is in imminent danger of becoming something it has never been before: unremarkable. It is approaching a state where it is no longer a significant cultural entity but the world&rsquo;s largest gated community, with a few cupcake shops here and there. For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The story keeps going. "This is not some new phenomenon but a cancer that&rsquo;s been metastasizing on the city for decades now. And what&rsquo;s happening to New York now&mdash;what&rsquo;s already happened to most of Manhattan, its core&mdash;is happening in every affluent American city. San Francisco is overrun by tech conjurers who are rapidly annihilating its remarkable diversity; they swarm in and out of the metropolis in specially chartered buses to work in Silicon Valley, using the city itself as a gigantic bed-and-breakfast. Boston, which used to be a city of a thousand nooks and crannies, back-alley restaurants and shops, dive bars and ice cream parlors hidden under its elevated, is now one long, monotonous wall of modern skyscraper. In Washington, an army of cranes has transformed the city in recent years, smoothing out all that was real and organic into a town of mausoleums for the Trump crowd to revel in."</p> Frick Collection expansion clears NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission hurdle Alexander Walter 2018-06-27T14:03:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T14:08:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a major victory for the Frick Collection, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved the museum&rsquo;s latest plan to expand and renovate its 1914 Gilded Age mansion &mdash; the institution&rsquo;s fourth such attempt to gain more space for its exhibitions and public programs. [...] Some critics were disappointed by Tuesday&rsquo;s vote. Theodore Grunewald, a preservationist, called it &ldquo;a vote for blandness.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The approved proposal represented a revised version of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection</a> expansion scheme, taking into consideration concerns brought forward by the Stop Irresponsible Frick Development preservationist group at an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">impassioned four-hour public hearing in May</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The expansion plans were designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a> with Executive Architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a>.</p> Get a first look at the amenities at Bjarke Ingels’ High Line towers Dana Schulz 2018-06-26T20:14:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T23:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developer HFZ Capital gives us our first view of the amenities at Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; High Line-facing XI condo/hotel project. See renderings of the swanky amenity space located within the development&rsquo;s skybridge. The double-height podium bridge, which connects the asymmetrical, twisting towers, will have a retractable movie screen, private wine tasting room, bar, and library.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=2000"><figcaption>Rendering by Dbox for HFZ Capital</figcaption></figure> BIG's 'Humanhattan 2050' promotes resilient design for NYC waterfront at the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2018-06-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T10:04:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lower Manhattan could be the first to test out an innovative system that is being proposed as a way to protect cities from rising sea levels and future storms. Called &ldquo;Humanhattan 2050,&rdquo; a visionary idea from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that&rsquo;s on view in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the project not only proposes new infrastructure to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years, it will also make these spaces more accessible and enjoyable.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>Avid Archinect readers will remember the "Humanhattan 2050" scheme from its initial iteration, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s 2014&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design competition</a>-winning proposal "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BIG U</a>" in response to the most devastating storm ever to hit New York, Hurricane Sandy, and the need for resilient, disaster-prepared city planning.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'Humanhattan 2050' exhibit for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a> is a vision that expands upon BIG&rsquo;s winning idea by enlarging the boundaries of Lower Manhattan with a building development created on an extension of land it cleverly calls MOMA, which is short for MOre MAnhattan," writes Paul Laster for the <em>Observer</em>.</p> Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> Yayoi Kusama 'Narcissus Garden' on view at the Rockaways this summer Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T19:10:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama&lsquo;s reflective&nbsp;Narcissus Garden, which she first showed at the Venice Biennale in 1966, is set to open in the Rockaways on July 1. The work, which is comprised of 1,500 mirrored, stainless steel orbs, will be installed in a former train garage at New York&rsquo;s Fort Tilden, a former US military base on the beach. Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden was also on view at Philip Johnson&rsquo;s Glass House in 2016 and at&nbsp;England&rsquo;s Chatsworth House in 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, T9 building. Site of Yayoi Kusama&rsquo;s Narcissus Garden for Rockaway! 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Pablo Enriquez.</figcaption></figure><p>"Narcissus Garden was first presented in 1966 when Kusama staged an unofficial installation and performance at the 33rd <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a>," explains the project description issued today by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>. "The silver spheres, originally made from plastic, were installed on the lawn in front of the Italian Pavilion, reflecting the landscape of the exhibition grounds. Kusama herself stood among them, barefoot and dressed in a gold kimono, alongside yard signs inscribed with the words 'Narcissus Garden, Kusama' and 'Your Narcissism for Sale.' Throughout the opening day of the exhibition, Kusama remained in the installation, tossing the spheres in the air and offering to sell them to visitors for 1200 lire (approximately $2) each. The action, which was viewed both as self-promotion and a critique on the commercialization of cont...</p> Bryony Roberts Studio riffs on the geometries of the original gallery flooring for 2018 League Prize Exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-18T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T16:57:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On Thursday, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a> will open up their annual exhibition featuring work from the six <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">League Prize winners</a> for this year. Honoring designers ten years or less out of school, the prestigious award has become highly sought after by promising young practitioners hoping to join the ranks of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billie Tsien</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rick Joy</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>, all of whom received the award long before becoming recognizable names in the architecture world.&nbsp;</p> <p>This years theme was Objective, asking entrants to respond to the prompt: How do we define or understand architecture in a post-truth world? Byrony Roberts, a 2018 League Prize recipient and founder of the New York-based design and research practice that shares her name, has decided to approach the question by building off her work that seeks to occupy, re-enact, and re-vision historically charged spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image Courtesy Bryony Roberts Studio.</figcaption></figure><p>"Assuming that we don&rsquo;t have an objective, scientific, absolute understanding of ...</p> The history and future of New York City's streetlight system Alexander Walter 2018-06-11T20:51:00-04:00 >2018-06-12T09:21:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New York&rsquo;s nightscape is as iconic [...] as it is taken for granted. A city without streetlights is impossible to imagine, but New York&rsquo;s 396,572&nbsp;street-side luminaires are as unremarkable as the streets&rsquo; paving &mdash; invisible until something changes. An initiative to replace sodium and halogen bulbs with energy- and cost-efficient LEDs has thrown the nightscape suddenly into question, as some city residents bemoan the loss of romance (and sleep).</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her piece for <em>Urban Omnibus</em>, landscape and urban designer&nbsp;Emily Schlickman takes a fascinating closer look at the history of New York City's system of street-side luminaires (the largest in the nation), and how the recent transition to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LED technology</a> is affecting the city and its residents&mdash;both people as well as nocturnal fauna.</p> Domino Sugar Factory's waterfront park prepares for grand opening in Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2018-06-06T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-06-06T14:26:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A dramatic shift is underway on the Williamsburg waterfront: The ruins of the former Domino Sugar Refinery, a neighborhood landmark since the 19th century, are in the process of being transformed into an 11-acre megaproject. Four new buildings are on the way, as is a renovation of the massive factory building [...] Domino Park, a six-acre green space that hugs the edge of the development, opens on June 10.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> documents the transformation of the former&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domino Sugar Factory</a> where one piece of the massive revitalization&mdash;the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a>-designed&nbsp;Domino Park&mdash;will open to the public this Sunday. (Prepare for spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.)</p> Selldorf Architects' Frick Collection expansion design faces resistance Alexander Walter 2018-05-31T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-05-31T15:25:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At an impassioned four-hour public hearing [...] by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), around 50 members of the public, as well as Selldorf, the Frick&rsquo;s director Ian Wardropper and members of the commission debated the proposed $160m Annabelle Selldorf Architects-designed expansion and renovation of the Frick Collection in New York. The LPC remains undecided on the project, which is due to break ground in 2020 [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Many of the strongest criticisms throughout the hearing, particularly on this multi-storey library extension, came from local residents, although the neighbourhood speakers overall seemed split on the project," <em>The Art Newspaper</em> reports.</p> <p>Take a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closer look</a> at the expansion scheme, designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selldorf Architects</a> with&nbsp;Executive Architect Beyer Blinder Belle, which was unveiled by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frick Collection</a>&nbsp;last month.</p> Judge faults crane operator and DOB inspectors in deadly 2016 Tribeca crane collapse Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-16T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T13:28:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2016, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan crane collapse</a> in Tribeca killed one person, seriously injured two others and left another with minor injuries.&nbsp;Workers were trying to secure the crane against winds by lowering the boom when the crane collapsed to the ground. The accident was caused by a series of operator errors including a failure to properly secure the crane overnight and lowering it at the wrong angle.</p> <p>Last week, New York judge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ingrid Addison issued a 68-page decision</a> that faults operator Kevin Reilly for the collapse and approves the yanking of his license. Addison also faulted the Department of Building for signing off on inadequate plans and ripped the department for arguing that they are "not responsible for ensuring plans are safe for New Yorkers."</p> Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York launches call for new Director Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-11T16:18:00-04:00 >2018-04-12T12:47:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in March, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> in&nbsp;London <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> Eva Franch i Gilabert would become the school's new Director after a competitive international search. Franch, who is the first woman to be elected director of the AA, is&nbsp;coming from the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront for Art &amp; Architecture</a>&nbsp;in New York, where she has served as Chief Curator and Executive Director for the past eight years.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Renfro</a>, President of Storefront's Board of Directors, said "Eva brought a level of energy and rigor to Storefront's programming that was unprecedented. While we are sad to see her go, we are thrilled that Storefront has been so instrumental in her nomination to head one of the most important architectural institutions in the world. We wish her the best of luck."<br></p> <p>Franch will continue to head the independent art and architecture organization until June 2018. Today, the space has begun the search, launching a call for their new director. The process will be carried out by an internal search committe...</p> Inspired by Bamboo scaffolding, ODA designs "Dragon Gate" at the Canal Street Triangle Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-05T15:01:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T15:21:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ODA New York</a>&mdash;known for their distinctive residential projects like 420 Kent,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2222 Jackson</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">251 1st Street</a>&mdash;has put forth a proposal that would reclaim an underutilized pedestrian island in Manhattan's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinatown</a>. The 'Dragon Gate' pavilion, a massive steel structure reminiscent of bamboo scaffolding,&nbsp;would offer a new gateway to the growing Chinatown neighborhood at the Canal Street Triangle.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Labtop</figcaption></figure><p>The design, recognizing Chinatown as home to the largest Chinese population outside of Asia, deploys modern building materials while invoking Chinese Symbolism. Blending the two, the project manages to capture the neighborhood's unique characteristics and honors "the spirit of a place that feels at once timeless and original."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Diagram: ODA New York</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Diagram: ODA New York</figcaption></figure><p>Designed for the triangular traffic island at the intersection of Canal, Baxter, and Walker Streets, the pavilion mimics the triangular shape in order to take full advantage of its site. Rising 33 feet, the Drag...</p> Construction of David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper kicks into next gear Alexander Walter 2018-04-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T14:00:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last December, plans were unfurled for 130 William, a reverential new skyscraper to jostle amongst the spired giants of lower Manhattan. [...] we can note that the project has achieved two small construction milestones in its journey against the sky: crews have reached street level and standing upright is a red kangaroo crane that will bring the rectangular tower to its full 66-floor, nearly 800-foot-tall summit.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fully revealed</a> only a few weeks ago, the Lightstone-developed, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>-designed 800-foot luxury condo tower is already making construction progress with its crane fully installed and prepared to stack 66 floors wrapped in a hand-cast concrete facade with bronze detailing towards the Manhattan sky.</p> New photos reveal the beauty of Zaha Hadid Architects' completed 520 West 28th Street facade Alexander Walter 2018-03-15T14:34:00-04:00 >2018-03-15T14:48:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> have released new Hufton+Crow photographs of the recently completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">520 West 28th Street</a> development&mdash;and they're pretty stunning.</p> <p>Standing smack adjacent to Manhattan's famed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>, the 11-story residential mid-rise is certainly a formidable first project in New York City for ZHA. Since we <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published initial renderings</a> back in 2013, readers speculated about the quality of the highly animated facade, and these new photographs allow a good glimpse of the impressive workmanship that went into hand-brushing and hand-tinting the curvy steel exterior.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><p>The facade reveals the 21 interlaced split levels in a dramatic fashion, echoing&nbsp;the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line, according to the architects.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Hufton+Crow</figcaption></figure><p>The list of amenities and other luxury goodies includes Boffi kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design, private elevator lobbies, sculpture garden, 25-yard sky-...</p> Civic beacon or bunker? Photographer Kris Graves documents all of New York City’s 77 police precincts. Alexander Walter 2018-03-13T15:06:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T15:13:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the difference between a school, a library, and a police precinct? They&rsquo;re all civic institutions designed to communicate their contribution to a well-functioning society. [...] Kris Graves photographed every one of New York City&rsquo;s 77 precinct station houses for Urban Omnibus. The blue and white car, the badge, and the uniform all communicate &ldquo;police&rdquo; on city streets, but the building, the police&rsquo;s permanent home in the neighborhood, conveys a particular message. What does it say?</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you enjoyed photographer Kris Graves <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">documenting</a> the grid-disrupting topography of the Bronx for <em>Urban Omnibus</em> a while ago, you'll love his latest piece: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beacon / Bunker</a>, a series of photographs of&nbsp;every one of New York City&rsquo;s 77 police precinct station houses across the five boroughs. "Whether the precinct is a reassuring beacon of safety or a bunker of malfeasance may depend more on individual or collective associations than on the architecture."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>40th Precinct, Bronx. &copy; Kris Graves.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>23rd Precinct, Manhattan. &copy; Kris Graves.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>105th Precinct, Queens. &copy; Kris Graves.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>83rd Precinct, Brooklyn. &copy; Kris Graves.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>121st Precinct, Staten Island. &copy; Kris Graves.</figcaption></figure><p>Find the complete set of all 77 NYC precincts over at <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Omnibus</a></em>.</p> Planned demolition of SOM-designed JPMorgan Chase HQ draws criticism Alexander Walter 2018-02-22T13:48:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T19:09:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Earlier today, news broke that the De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and replace the structure with a shiny new 70-story building. The deal was negotiated in the wake of the Midtown East rezoning, which loosened zoning regulations for the area in exchange for developers providing street-level and infrastructure improvements.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Not so fast! </em>said architecture critics and preservationists when news broke that the midcentury 270 Park Avenue tower in Manhattan's East Midtown, currently home of banking giant JPMorgan Chase, had quietly been selected&mdash;not for landmark designation&mdash;but for the chopping block.&nbsp;</p> <p>Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie de Blois</a> as&nbsp;Union Carbide Building,&nbsp;the 50-story&nbsp;skyscraper was completed in 1961 and is considered an important example of female-led midcentury corporate architecture.</p> 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> Pier 40 concept envisions an offshore apartment complex in Chelsea that allows for sea-level rise Dana Schulz 2018-02-12T20:21:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T20:21:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Local multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Chelsea's rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future NYC. The future-proof housing, commercial, and recreation complex would rise from the Hudson River and be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels while addressing the city&rsquo;s dire need for affordable housing.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1500"><figcaption>Renderings courtesy of DFA</figcaption></figure> The pop culture-bending firm, Family New York, has decided to part ways Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-08T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-02-08T13:37:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since establishing the practice in 2010, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family New York</a> has accrued an impressive array of projects to their name, as well as fans of their work. Over the course of only eight years, founders Oana Stanescu and Dong-Ping Wong have had the opportunity to collaborate with everyone from the New Museum to Virgil Abloh and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kanye West</a> and Kim Kardashian. During this time, the duo has engaged in fanciful projects like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their proposal</a> for a water-filtering, floating pool&nbsp;off the shores of New York City and their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">movable, 50-foot volcano</a>&nbsp;for West's dazzling, Yeezus tour.</p> <p>Despite this solid run, the two have decided to go their separate ways and disband the practice. According to their statement, Stanescu, who is a former top-notch&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect School Blogger</a>,&nbsp;is going on to pursue a multifaceted practice under her own name. She will also continue on with her teaching positions at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard GSD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union</a>. Wong has also decided to start his own firm, FOOD, with projects already in the works i...</p> Lella and Massimo Vignelli's legendary New York home to list for $6.5 million Justine Testado 2018-01-26T14:10:00-05:00 >2018-01-26T14:11:05-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Other than the conversion of the dining room into a library and a den into office space in 2000, the apartment has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s. &ldquo;Some people might see this as dated,&rdquo; [Luca] Vignelli said. But much of the apartment feels timeless, as his parents intended, he added: &ldquo;I would love to see somebody who appreciates the space and their presence in the space&rdquo; as a buyer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The design legacy of the late Lella and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massimo Vignelli</a> lives on in their New York home, which will be listed for $6.5 million.&nbsp;The home hasn't changed much since the couple bought it in 1978. Their children Luca and Valentina Vignelli, who are selling the duplex because they both live elsewhere, are hoping they can find the right buyer.&nbsp;</p> Cooper Robertson tapped as executive architect for New Museum expansion Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-25T18:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoehei Shigematsu</a>&nbsp;would be heading the institution's expansion that will nearly double their footprint in New York. The contemporary art museum has been situated at 235 Bowery in a building designed by the Japanese firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> since 2007.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shortly thereafter, the museum bought a neighboring six-story masonry building that has since housed their incubator programs. As part of the expansion, the museum plans to connect the two, adjacent structures while overhauling 251 Bowery for an additional&nbsp;50,000 square feet of galleries, improved public circulation, and flexible space for the institution&rsquo;s experimental programs.</p> <p>In collaboration with the design architects at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> New York, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Robertson</a> has been selected as the executive architects for the expansion.&nbsp;Spearheaded by partner Scott Newman, FAIA, and senior associate Andrew Barwick, RA, this commission is the latest in a long line of notable museum projects by the firm, whos...</p> Going from bad to worse: Penn Station's massive tunnel system is aging rapidly Alexander Walter 2018-01-11T17:35:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I&rsquo;d been assigned to write a story about Pennsylvania Station, but I wanted to get a caboose-eye view of the decaying tunnels leading up to it, because the only imaginable way the station could be any worse is if it were underwater. Penn, the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s busiest train station, serves 430,000 travelers every weekday&mdash;more than LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports combined.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As the gateway to America&rsquo;s largest city," Devin Leonard writes in his piece for <em>Bloomberg Businessweek</em>, "Penn Station should inspire awe, as train stations do in London, Paris, Tokyo, and other competently managed metropolises. Instead, it embodies a particular kind of American failure&mdash;the inability to maintain roads, rails, ports, and other necessary conduits."</p> Renzo Piano to design new $50M art gallery for mega-dealer David Zwirner Alexander Walter 2018-01-09T18:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-09T18:22:51-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>That, Mr. Zwirner said, is the site of what in the fall of 2020 will become the new heart of his New York operation: a five-story, $50 million gallery designed by Renzo Piano. [...] The precise design has yet to be determined &mdash; Mr. Piano is in the early stages of the process. But it is likely to have a similarly spare aesthetic to Mr. Zwirner&rsquo;s current spaces, by Annabelle Selldorf.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In its article about art dealer David Zwirner's upcoming Renzo Piano-designed gallery and global headquarters, the <em>NYT</em> recounts a telephone interview with Piano about (early) design visions for the building: "You kill art by making just white boxes, so you need to integrate emotion in some way. You cannot be neutral, because otherwise you disappear." <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>David Zwirner's current portfolio of NYC galleries includes this 20th Street gallery in West Chelsea by Selldorf Architects. Photo: Jason Schmidt.</figcaption></figure><p>When completed in 2020, the building will be the Zwirner art empire's fifth gallery in New York and the seventh worldwide.<br></p> Cost of the Long Island Rail Road project balloons to be the most expensive in the world Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-29T15:57:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The estimated cost of the Long Island Rail Road project, known as &ldquo;East Side Access,&rdquo; has ballooned to $12 billion, or nearly $3.5 billion for each new mile of track &mdash; seven times the average elsewhere in the world. The recently completed Second Avenue subway on Manhattan&rsquo;s Upper East Side and the 2015 extension of the No. 7 line to Hudson Yards also cost far above average, at $2.5 billion and $1.5 billion per mile, respectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Against the back drop of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York subway system's</a>&nbsp;massive<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;delays</a>,&nbsp;<em>the New York Times</em> looks into why project costs for a 3.5-mile tunnel connecting Grand Central Terminal to the Long Island Rail Road ballooned to nearly $3.5 million for each new mile of track.&nbsp;</p> In search of better affordable housing: the origin story of the Bronx's Twin Parks development Alexander Walter 2017-12-27T14:02:00-05:00 >2017-12-27T14:02:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the 1970s, a state agency tapped some of the best young architects in the country for an ambitious affordable housing effort that&mdash;despite its flaws&mdash;could not be matched today. Twin Parks, an affordable housing project in the Bronx, does not comport with expectations. [...] Overall, it provides palpably better affordable housing than what&rsquo;s typically offered in the U.S., and maintains an engaged community.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CityLab</em> writer Anthony Paletta looks back at the origins of the 1970s Twin Parks affordable housing development in the Bronx and its (now) famous architects who were then just gaining traction in their young careers, most notably Richard Meier, James Polshek (and this year's winner of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA Gold Medal</a>), and Lo-Yi Chan.</p>