Archinect - News 2018-02-18T22:45:36-05:00 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> Corrupt NYC landlord ordered to pay a record $8M to tenants and sentenced to 1 year at Rikers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-22T14:31:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the summer of 2016, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman charged Croman with 20 felonies, including harassing tenants at rent-regulated apartments within his various properties as well as falsifying rental income in order to secure as much as $45 million in financing. This fall, Croman plead guilty to charges of grand larceny, tax fraud, and an additional fraud charge relating to false statements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The notorious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> landlord Steve Croman, who owned nearly 150 buildings across the city, has agreed to pay $8 million to his former tenants, the largest-ever settlement with an individual landlord in the state. Additionally, he has been sentenced to serve one year of jail time at Rikers Island.</p> <p>In recent years, New York lawmakers have been pushing for stricter laws to crack down on abusive landlords. Back in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an 18-law package that aims to protect tenants from harassment by landlords and make it easier for residents to take abusive building owners to court. They also increase punishments and enforce laws against dangerous and illegal construction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has echoed these efforts, emphasizing that his office has zero tolerance for landlords who try to boost their profits while disregarding the wellbeing of their tenants. Croman, who would push out rent-regulated tenants by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">turning off their electricity, removing wa...</a></p> Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center site runs into funding issues, halts construction Alexander Walter 2017-12-18T15:33:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:35:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction at the site of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City has been halted by the main construction company because the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has defaulted on payments, according to a letter sent by the company to its subcontractors working at the site.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America</figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America acknowledged the payment issues and responded in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>: "In light of recent financial difficulties at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and in order to make certain that all operations and funds are being correctly managed, this difficult yet necessary step has been taken. The Archdiocese is confidently hopeful that construction will recommence in the very near future and has been assured by Skanska &mdash;the construction company responsible for building the church&mdash; that they are looking forward to the rescinding of this temporary suspension to continue working together in cooperation with the Archdiocese for the completion of the building project."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America</figcaption></figure> David Adjaye’s 800-foot, hand-cast concrete condo tower in NY's Financial District revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-15T13:35:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Developer Lightstone has finally presented the first official reveal of 130 William, the highly anticipated condominium tower designed by British architect&nbsp;Sir <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>. His first tower in city, Adjaye will be adding to Manhattan's iconic skyline with a 800-foot, 66-story residential tower in the Financial district.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p>The newly released design is a marked departure from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">early conceptual studies of the tower</a>, which showed a gold prism against rigid rows of arched windows. The windows remain arched, but are varied in scheme and plans for the tower now include an additional 50 extra feet and an extra 5 stories. Adjaye's design has also traded gold for concrete, a refreshing break from the sleek steel and heavily glassed high rises that have become ubiquitous in this part of the city.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p>Featuring a fa&ccedil;ade of hand-cast concrete with bronze detailing, his design makes nods to the past and a...</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> Statue of Liberty Museum tops off construction ahead of 2019 opening Dana Schulz 2017-12-05T11:27:00-05:00 >2017-12-05T11:29:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yesterday morning construction topped off at the Statue of Liberty Museum, a brand new $70 million building on Liberty Island designed by FXFOWLE and ESI Design, marking a milestone before the 2019 opening. Diane von Furstenberg, who is still working to raise money for the museum, and Stephen Briganti, president of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, signed their names on the beam symbolically hoisted to the top of the structure.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Rendering via FXFOWLE</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Photo from topping off ceremony by Emily Nonko for 6sqft</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Photo from topping off ceremony by Emily Nonko for 6sqft</figcaption></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> Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism Anthony Morey 2017-11-10T15:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large &mdash; one that would be potentially soiled with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's revamp</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Norman Foster Instagram</figcaption></figure><p><em>&lsquo;I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement &ndash; and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'</em><br></p> <p>While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a building, it has come to signify so much more. Johnson's design radically shifted our view of Architecture; it t...</p> The architectural community responds to Snøhetta's proposed update to Johnson's AT&T building Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-01T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The news of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's renovation of Philip Johnson's iconic postmodern AT&amp;T Building</a>&nbsp;has the architectural world abuzz, with many lamenting the controversial overhaul. There is a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">petition going around</a> to give the building landmark status&mdash;only recently made possible due to the structure's age&mdash;in an attempt to save the building's signature base from the proposed glass-curtain treatment. There is also a protest that has been scheduled for this Friday, more details on which can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond organizing action, many have also taken to twitter to offer up their opinions on the new design met with mixed reviews, both in particular and in principle.&nbsp;Below are some of the responses.</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> <p></p> <p><br></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><br></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><br></p> <p>In our own comment sections regarding the plans, Archinect readers had this to say:</p> <p>"<em>WTF Snohetta</em>"&nbsp;<strong>&ndash;Koww</strong><br></p> <p>"<em>It&rsquo;s not hard to give the building a respectful upgrade&mdash;brighten up the windows and lighting which are dark and obstructed now (can do the same with the nice interior space). Not sure wh...</em></p> New York Wheel faces enormous challenges to become viable Alexander Walter 2017-11-01T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-11-01T13:30:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Work has ground to a halt at the New York Wheel, a massive attraction that developers say will help turn the St. George Ferry Terminal into a bustling tourist destination. The latest projections put the wheel&rsquo;s price tag at $590 million, more than twice initial estimates. The developers concede there have been setbacks, but they say they are still on firm financial footing and expect the project to succeed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Building an audience from scratch for a new, expensive attraction on Staten Island's North Shore where visitors are also willing to spend $35 per ride to recover the half-billion-plus-dollar investment will be a steep challenge, <em>Crain's</em> reports: "To break even, the wheel likely needs to attract closer to 3 million visitors annually at $35 per head, judging from the developers' previous comments and information from Hunden Stratetgic Partners."</p> Philip Johnson's iconic postmodern AT&T Building is getting a makeover from Snøhetta Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-30T16:57:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Johnson</a> and John Burgee's 1984 AT&amp;T Building, for many, signaled the arrival of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Postmodernism</a> onto the world scene. Now known as the Sony Tower, the 37-story skyscraper's deployment of historicity contradicted the glass and metal modernism of its neighbors, signaling a new architectural era that landed it on the front page of&nbsp;<em>the New York Times, </em>and it's architect, Philip Johnson, onto the cover of <em>Time</em><em>.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>After housing one of world's largest companies for decades, AT&amp;T, facing financial troubles, sold the building in 2002 to Sony who once again, sold the building to the real-estate developer Chetrit group in 2013. After deserting plans to convert the office tower into luxury condos and a hotel, Chetrit group sold the tower to Olayan America in 2016, who has since tapped international firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> for the building's renovation.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Comparison of Existing building and Sn&oslash;hetta's proposed design. &copy;DBOX.</figcaption></figure><p>The building has never been designated as a landmark, and whether or not it shou...</p> Aaaand it's back: Heatherwick's Pier 55 happening after all Alexander Walter 2017-10-26T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-10-26T13:35:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Pier 55, the elaborate $250 million performing arts center on an undulating pier in the Hudson River, is back from the dead. Forty-three days ago, Barry Diller, the entertainment mogul behind the plan, pulled the plug on the project [...] Now, in an agreement brokered by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mr. Diller agreed to revive the project, known as &ldquo;Diller Island,&rdquo; and opponents who had filed a series of lawsuits to stop the plan agreed to drop their legal battle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In never-ending-money-and-politics-tale news: "Diller Island," the controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a> park structure floating in New York's Hudson River, isn't so <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dead</a> after all after reports of a Governor Cuomo-brokered agreement between billionaire financier Barry Diller and opponents surfaced yesterday.</p> <p>"In return, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has promised to complete the 4.5-mile-long Hudson River Park," the <em>New York Times </em>writes, "which stretches along the waterfront from Battery Park City to 59th Street and includes Pier 55 at the foot of 14th Street &mdash; and to protect the marine estuary from development."</p> <p>We're holding our breath.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></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> The New Yorker commiserates the demolition of Citicorp's brutalist plaza, recently named a protected "city landmark" Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-17T14:42:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New York City&rsquo;s Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Citicorp complex a protected landmark on December 6, 2016, but between that designation and its earlier &ldquo;calendaring&rdquo; (the scheduling of a public hearing and the first formal step in the designation process) in May of last year, approvals for demolition and new construction were secured.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite being named a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">city landmark</a>&nbsp;in 2016, the brutalist sunken plaza of 601 Lexington Avenue, formally known as the Citicorp Center, was demolished over the summer.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"The finest part of the new urban composition was a sunken plaza, a dozen feet below sidewalk level. Entered from the block&rsquo;s southwest corner and uncannily sheltered by the underbelly of the elevated skyscraper ten stories overhead, it was a consequence of the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;plaza bonus&rdquo; zoning, which allowed developers to build higher in exchange for incorporating public space into their property. It was the work of Hideo Sasaki, one of a great generation of landscape architects&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Kiley</a>, Lawrence Halprin and Harriet Pattison prominent among them&mdash;who worked alongside such familiar heroes of mid-century modern design as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louis Kahn</a>.&nbsp;"</em></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> will lead the&nbsp;200,000-square-foot renovation&nbsp;of the plaza.&nbsp;</p> New York's iconic yellow cabs are slowly disappearing from city streets — and Uber is cashing in Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-13T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-10-13T15:14:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What seemed inevitable for quite some time now, has finally come to pass; Uber has overtaken yellow cabs in average daily ridership figures, the New York Times reports. This past July, Uber witnessed an average of 289,000 rides per day, whereas yellow cabs only managed 277,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More than half of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>'s rides start outside of Manhattan. Yellow and green cabs are not as accessible in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island and users prefer Uber and other ride-share apps. The company capitalized on this market by offering borough-specific promotions and moved its support and recruitment center outside of Manhattan.&nbsp;</p> New Museum taps Rem Koolhaas’ OMA to design next phase of Bowery expansion Devin Gannon 2017-10-11T12:32:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA&rsquo;s</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoehei Shigematsu</a> will design the museum&rsquo;s new building at 231 Bowery as part of the institution&rsquo;s expansion. The new structure, purchased by the contemporary art museum in 2008, will link the museum&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sanaa</a>-designed building and double their footprint on the Bowery, adding 50,000-square-feet of space. OMA&rsquo;s first public project in New York City, 231 Bowery is expected to break ground in 2019.</p> <p>First announced last May, the museum&rsquo;s expansion makes way for more galleries, improved public circulation and flexible space for new programs. In a press release, a member of the museum&rsquo;s board of trustees, Lisa Phillips, called OMA a &ldquo;great choice.&rdquo; She added, &ldquo;Koolhaas has thought deeply about the identity and landscape of our city going back to his landmark book <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delirious New York</a>, published in 1978, a year after the Museum&rsquo;s founding. Though he is one of the world&rsquo;s finest architects with a deeply civic and ...</p> Come party with Archinect in New York this Thursday! UPDATE: RSVP's have maxed out, contact us to get on wait list Archinect 2017-10-09T19:46:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;We have already hit our limit of 500 confirmed guests for the party. If you have RSVP'd and cannot make it, please update your status <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to free up some space for others. If you would like to attend, please send us an email to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>, indicating your name and guest name(s), so we can add you to the waiting list.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>We're hosting another party, along with our friends <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bespoke</a>, next Thursday, October 12th, at the Steelcase WorkLife Showroom. Please join us for for an evening of&nbsp;champagne, hors d&rsquo;oeuvres and socializing. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to RSVP</a></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> Another Heatherwick project dead, this time New York's Pier 55 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-15T14:47:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T17:25:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After years of toe-to-toe battling with a small band of critics and a fellow billionaire, Barry Diller said Wednesday that he was pulling the plug on his family&rsquo;s commitment to build and operate a $250 million performance center on an undulating pier 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in August, plans for the controversial Thomas Heatherwick-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garden Bridge</a>, a pet project of former conservative London mayor Boris Johnson,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was scrapped due to the Trust's inability to raise private funds in the absence of public funding</a>. Now, another one of Heatherwick's proposed plans, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pier 55</a>, is getting the boot as well. The project was the vision of American media company IAC chair, Barry Diller. Blueprints for the elevated island park in the Hudson River off Manhattan included a performance venue, an outdoor theater, and a gathering space.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Mr. Diller cited the escalating costs of the project along with the continuing controversy surrounding it as the reasons for the drop. When first proposed, the park was to cost $35 million, but that number eventually increased to over $250 due to legal delays as well as the design's growing complexity. Supporters of the project included the local community board, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Chuck Schumer. On ...</p> DFA proposes 712-foot observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir Dana Schulz 2017-09-14T15:36:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T15:41:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Creative studio DFA is proposing a 712-foot public observation tower in Central Park that would double as a sustainable filtration system to clean the hazardous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and turn it into a non-toxic, useable freshwater pond. Though meant to be temporary, the prefabricated tower would be the world&rsquo;s tallest timber structure if completed, featuring a 56-foot-wide viewing platform and a glass oculus that showcases the tower&rsquo;s functional elements.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Via DFA</figcaption></figure> Win 2 tickets to Beaux Arts Ball 2017: Alchemy Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-14T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural League of New York</a>&nbsp;is getting ready to kick off another eventful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beaux Arts Ball</a>,&nbsp;taking place September 22nd at Building 28 in Brooklyn's Navy Yard. Attendees will get to mingle with fellow designers and friends, listen to music spun by DJay Jung&nbsp;while&nbsp;illuminated by lighting from Joel Fitzpatrick Studios, and see site-specific installations by Brett H. Schneider and Lizzie Hodges.</p> <p><strong>Thanks to The Architectural League, Archinect is giving away two pairs of tickets to two of our readers!</strong>&nbsp;<br></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s theme, Alchemy, celebrates&nbsp;the transformation from one state to another, the quicksilver act of creation: dockyards into an innovation hub; concrete, steel, and wood into the world we live in.&nbsp;<strong>For a chance to win</strong>, respond to the following prompt in the comment section below by <strong>Friday, September 15th, 12 PM EST</strong>: Name your favorite instance of adaptive re-use in architecture this year.<br></p> <p>Only your first comment will count. Two winners will be announced next Monday, September...</p> Morphosis' new Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech campus now open Justine Testado 2017-09-13T19:58:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>'&nbsp;Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center in Roosevelt Island, New York has officially opened its doors. Designed as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell Tech</a>'s &ldquo;home base&rdquo;, the academic building was named in honor of&nbsp;Emma and Georgina Bloomberg, in recognition of a $100 million gift from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> as design director and Morphosis principal&nbsp;Ung-Joo Scott Lee as project principal, the 4-story, 160,000 sq.ft. educational hub provides traditional classrooms and large workspaces as well as clusters of &ldquo;break-out&rdquo; spaces, huddle rooms, and social areas for group study sessions. Students can also use the quiet rooms and micro-pods for working privately or as telephone booths.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Interior. Photo: Matthew Carbone for Morphosis.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ground floor. Photo: Matthew Carbone for Morphosis.</figcaption></figure><p>Aiming to be New York's first net-zero university building, the non-fossil fuel Bloomberg Center is equipped with multiple sustainable features, such as a 40,000 sq.ft. solar canopy that supports 1...</p>