Archinect - News 2018-11-19T17:01:00-05:00 MVRDV's first US project is an explosion of color and function for the city Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-15T18:33:00-05:00 >2018-11-19T16:44:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Underutilized space is an unfortunate yet reoccurring issue that takes place in densely populated cities, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a> being no exception. When Youngwoo &amp; Associates decided to take on a large underutilized space at the intersection of Amsterdam Ave and Washington Bridge, the team at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MDRDV</a> took to the challenge and created the plans for Radio Tower &amp; Hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Street view Image &copy; MVRDV</figcaption></figure><p>Built on one of the major linking areas between Manhattan and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Jersey</a>, the multi-leveled, multi-purpose building is set to tackle a main design challenge: navigating a way to create a large volumed structure while still keeping its relevance and contextual nature. Standing at 22 stories tall, this "vertical village" takes the typical composition of a small block to be taken apart and reassembled into a stack. The asymmetrical arrangement of these stacked volumes are designed to appear like separate buildings. Each stacked volume, measuring roughly the same size as the others, is finished with a different...</p> JPMorgan Chase reveals two options for Foster-designed supertall HQ Alexander Walter 2018-11-14T14:14:00-05:00 >2018-11-15T11:38:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] the second supertall to result from the Midtown East rezoning is moving forward, with JPMorgan Chase filing a text amendment with City Planning for a 1,400-foot tower on the site of 270 Park Avenue. Designed by Foster + Partners Architects, the plans also come with the first renderings of the 2.4 million square foot supertall, and massing diagrams that offer a look at what&rsquo;s in store for New York City&rsquo;s most central business district.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcing Foster + Partners</a> as design architect for its new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">270 Park Avenue HQ tower</a> a few days ago,&nbsp;JPMorgan Chase has now filed a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">zoning text amendment</a> with NYC's City Planning department.&nbsp;</p> <p>The document shows two options for a massive supertall tower to replace the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current building</a> from 1961; one option rising an impressive&nbsp;1,566 feet and 8 inches above ground, and the other version standing 'merely' 1,400 feet to its rooftop.</p> <p>"Either option would make a very substantial impact on the Midtown East skyline," reports <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YIMBY</a></em>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>270 Park Avenue: proposed No-Action and With-Action options. Image: New York Department of City Planning.</figcaption></figure> The New York Public Library is now loaning out clothing and accessories for job interviews Paul Petrunia 2018-11-12T17:16:00-05:00 >2018-11-12T17:16:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>NYPL's Riverside branch has initiated a new program called&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grow Up Work Fashion Library</a>", loaning neckties, briefcases and handbags to assist library members in their job search. The items may also be loaned out for formal occasions, with the only requirement being that that the member owe less than $15 in overdue fines.&nbsp;</p> <p>The program was spearheaded by Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian at the branch, who has noticed a number of the people she worked with could not afford these items.&nbsp;</p> Zaha Hadid Gallery's New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T20:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T10:05:14-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The esteemed works of the late <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> and her practice traverse into all forms of conceptualized design. You name it, Zaha Hadid has probably made some sort of contribution. However, in exploring various forms of design from city plans, to furniture pieces, product design, and even jewelry, Dame Hadid's lust for creation has only deemed her and her team in spearheading the trajectory of design and architecture. Having established her product design practice in 2006, an extensive collection of projects have come through the doors of Zaha Hadid Designs.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Facade of 520 West 28th St Image &copy; ZHA</figcaption></figure>&ldquo;My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our on-going design investigation." <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Avia Chandalie...</figcaption></figure> Central Park's long forgotten design alternative Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T19:03:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T19:03:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">landscape</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> wouldn't be complete without a view of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Central Park</a>. But, what if the beloved New York staple could have looked different? It's hard to envision Central Park any other way, but after the uncovering of a long forgotten park plan was rediscovered renderings could prove otherwise.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Central Park Image &copy; Airpano</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>In 1858, a design competition invited individuals to submit their ideas for the construction of, at the time, an area of unused space. For a prize of $2000, submissions had to include various features ranging from a fountain, skating arena, parade ground, four major cross streets, and a room for an exhibition hall.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of John J. Rink's Central Park submission Image &copy; Budget Direct </figcaption></figure><p>After reviewing 33 potential park designs two individuals by the name of F.L. Olmsted and C. Vaux and their plan, "Plan Number 33," was selected. Thanks to their submission Central Park loo...</p> New York Wheel canceled. Now what? Alexander Walter 2018-11-08T15:50:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T14:16:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The New York Wheel was heralded as Staten Island&rsquo;s boldest project [...] And then on October 23, after over five years in the pipeline and $400 million in private investment, the New York Wheel was pronounced dead. The results of the developers&rsquo; divisive, much-litigated efforts are a concrete plinth and completed parking garage.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em>'s Zoe Rosenberg examines what the future may hold for&nbsp;Staten Island&rsquo;s ambitious North Shore revitalization after the developers last month pulled the plug on the&nbsp;630-foot&nbsp;main attraction, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Wheel</a>.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: S9 Architecture / Perkins Eastman</figcaption></figure> Amazon's HQ2 may be 2 HQs after all Alexander Walter 2018-11-06T13:31:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T13:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has switched gears and is now finalizing plans to have a total of 50,000 employees in two locations, according to people familiar with the decision-making process. The company is nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens [...]. Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, one of the people said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It looks like Jeff Bezos may have finally found that second home for his online empire&mdash;or make that second <em>and</em> third. After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrowing down the list of cities</a> that could be potential new hosts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> in January, the company has been tight-lipped about its final decision. Until yesterday. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>These 20 cities successfully flirted their way into Amazon's inner circle, but 18 may be swiped left soon.</figcaption></figure><p>The <em>NYT </em>reports that Amazon is in final talks with not just one but two cities to share the pie that had been dangled as irresistibly lucrative carrot in front of local politicians for months now: Long Island City, New York and Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia.<br></p> JPMorgan Chase picks Foster + Partners to design new HQ Alexander Walter 2018-11-01T13:52:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T13:28:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co.&rsquo;s Jamie Dimon has said he wants to build a new world-class headquarters for the 21st century. Now he&rsquo;s hiring the architect behind Apple Inc.&rsquo;s futuristic offices to design the new Park Avenue tower. Foster + Partners will serve as the lead architect on the project[...]. It also designed 425 Park Ave., under construction a few blocks to the north. The bank didn&rsquo;t disclose details of the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Banking giant JPMorgan Chase initially floated plans to demolish its current New York City home at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">270 Park Avenue</a> back in February, and this week's selection of Norman Foster as the design architect of the replacement building appears to seal the fate of the old tower.&nbsp;</p> <p>Completed in 1961 and designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOM</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie de Blois</a> as Union Carbide Building,&nbsp;the 50-story&nbsp;midcentury modernist high-rise does not enjoy landmark status and will likely be demolished next year&mdash;despite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservationist and environmental concerns</a>.</p> Occupying institutional space with light: The Illuminator Alexander Walter 2018-10-31T16:29:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T16:30:48-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Enter the Illuminator, a New York-based art activist collective, whose shifting membership has mastered the legal grey zone that regulates projection in public. [...] the Illuminator takes the normally stationary technology out of the classroom and onto the streets, affixing a high-powered, 12,000-lumens projector atop a van &mdash; or, when special nimbleness is required, a trolley &mdash; to ignite urban fa&ccedil;ades with political statements that are as bold as they are temporary.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Illuminator Collective.</figcaption></figure><p>For this recent <em>Urban Omnibus</em> feature,&nbsp;digital media scholar&nbsp;Eli Horwatt interviews art-activist collective&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Illuminator</a>. Since capturing the public attention with their&nbsp;Occupy-inspired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">99% Bat Signal</a> projection in 2011, the collective has been, quite literally, making headlines with large-scale interventions on institutional facades such as the "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">We&rsquo;re all sitting ducks</a>" slogan beamed on&nbsp;the outside of the United Nations building during a Nuclear Non-Proliferation conference in 2015 as well as smaller installations like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Edward Snowden hologram</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: The Illuminator Collective.</figcaption></figure><p>"When we project directly onto the facade of an institution whose policies and actions we stand against, we know that we are working within a set of constraints that require precise planning and rapid adaptability. We know that if they become aware of our actions, institutions will work quickly to remove any type of critical messaging from association with their buildi...</p> 55 Hudson Yards completes construction in Manhattan Alexander Walter 2018-10-31T14:19:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T14:20:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Mitsui Fudosan has built a 51-story office building in New York, demonstrating Japanese developers' strong appetite for overseas investment as their home market shrinks. The company announced Friday that it has completed 55 Hudson Yards in the heart of Manhattan. Next door, construction continues on another 58-story office development at 50 Hudson Yards.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>55 Hudson Yards, facade details. Photo: ACME/Flickr.</figcaption></figure><p>The 51-story office tower <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">55 Hudson Yards</a> (originally known as One Hudson Yards) has recently wrapped up construction. Designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates</a>, the high-rise stands 780 feet tall and offers a total floor area of 1,265,700 square feet.</p> BIG and WeWork complete first WeGrow elementary school in NYC Justine Testado 2018-10-30T19:48:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T11:58:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>New York City now has its first WeGrow school. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeWork</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teamed up</a> to design the 10,000 square-foot private elementary school, which is located in WeWork's Chelsea headquarters. The school will teach kids ages 3 to 9 a more &ldquo;conscious approach to education,&rdquo; BIG says. Envisioned as an open, nature-themed learning environment, WeGrow is &ldquo;playful and transparent, yet home-like and structured&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>The school comprises of four classrooms, flexible workshops, community space, a multi-purpose studio, art studio, music room, and other nature-themed playscapes that encourage interactive learning, creativity, and collaboration. Carefully designed furniture, ambient lighting, and other details help create an optimal learning space.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu.</figcaption></figure><p>Acoustic felt &ldquo;clouds&rdquo; on the ceiling were designed to resemble various patterns found in nature &mdash; like fingerprints, coral, and the moon &mdash; and are illuminated by Ketra bulbs that change color and intensity according to t...</p> Thomas Heatherwick's Vessel launches early ticket signup for spring opening Alexander Walter 2018-10-22T15:42:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T10:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you've been itching to climb that new Thomas Heatherwick-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Vessel' staircase sculpture</a> at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> development in New York City, you'll have to exercise patience first until the $150 million attraction officially opens to the public in spring 2019. <br></p> <p>To manage the anticipated crowds, the intricate 150-foot-tall steel structure will require visitors to get tickets for dedicated time slots which will become available in February. An early ticket signup form for ubereager climbers ("<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in good health and free from any physical limitations</a>") has been launched on Hudson Yard's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. <br></p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Comprised of almost 2,500 steps and standing 150 feet tall, Thomas Heatherwick&rsquo;s interactive design piece is opening to the public in Spring of 2019. Head to our story to sign up for tickets when the schedule is released in February. #HelloHudsonYards</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Hudson Yards New York</a> (@_hudsonyardsnyc) on Oct 18, 2018 at 9:32am PDT<br><p>The Ves...</p> New York Building Congress estimates strong construction activity in nonresidential sectors Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T18:49:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>'s estimated construction for 2018-2020 predicts strong growth across all sectors of development. According to its forecasts, "New York City is in the midst of its second and most robust building boom of the 21st century," the report says.&nbsp;</p> <p>Put out by the New York Building Congress, the report anticipates that construction activity will reach a record-setting $61.8 billion by the end of 2018, a 25% increase from 2017. This level of spending will remain consistent with $59.3 billion in construction spending projected for 2019, followed by $56.4 billion in 2020.</p> <p>The largest increases in activity are expected for non-residential sectors. Construction spending in office, institutional, government, sports and entertainment, and hotel categories will see the biggest increase in activity, with spending anticipated to hit $39 billion by the end of 2018, a roughly 66% increase from 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>While public works and government infrastructure is projected to re...</p> New renderings of Central Park Tower aka Nordstrom Tower aka 217 West 57th Street Alexander Walter 2018-10-16T13:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s looking to be a big year for Billionaires&rsquo; Row: Just one month after sales launched at 111 West 57th Street, Extell has followed suit at Central Park Tower, its behemoth located at 217 West 57th Street. [...] The development has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since plans were announced more than five years ago. Construction got underway not long after, but details about the tower have been few and far between.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a target floor count of 101 and designed to stand 1,550 feet tall once completed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tower</a> on Billionaires&rsquo; Row brands itself as the "tallest residential building in the world". At this height, the upper floors don't have much else standing in their way to interrupt their million-dollar views of New York City's Central Park.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @centralparktower on Instagram</figcaption></figure> Construction update: David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper gets its hand-cast concrete facade installed Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>David Adjaye&rsquo;s Financial District condo at 130 William Street has made significant progress since construction started earlier this year. New construction site photos by Field Condition are giving us the first peak at the distinctive hand-cast concrete facade. The photos also offer a peek at the bronze-accented frames of the windows&mdash;this bronze theme will continue in the apartments with Adjaye also designing many of the interior fixtures that will be done up in burnished bronze.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has some fresh construction photos of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>-designed 800-foot, 66-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">130 William Street</a> condo tower where workers are currently installing the building's most striking feature, the hand-cast concrete facade with its&nbsp;bronze-trimmed window frames.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find the full set of photos over on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Condition</a> website.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured today on facade panels are going up at David Adjaye&rsquo;s @130william residential condo tower in the Financial District. The panels are hand cast textured concrete with a smooth concrete border at the bronze window frames.</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Field Condition</a> (@field_condition) on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:43am PDT</p> New details emerge for JFK Airport's $13 billion revamp Justine Testado 2018-10-04T18:19:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled several new details about the upcoming transformation of [JFK Airport,] most notably the creation of two new terminals that will replace some of the existing terminals, and rise on the northern and southern end of the complex. The cost of this revamp has gone up from the $10 billion estimate that accompanied the first announcement about the redevelopment in early 2017 to the current estimate of $13 billion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> José Esparza Chong Cuy to take over for Eva Franch i Gilabert as Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-04T13:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-04T13:42:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Jos&eacute; Esparza Chong Cuy has been appointed Executive Director and Chief Curator of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Storefront for Art and Architecture</a>. The Mexican architect, curator and writer will be taking over for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eva Franch i Gilabert</a>, who was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> as the new director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural Association</a> in London back in March.</p> <p>Esparza Chong Cuy will assume the position beginning November 1st, 2018. He comes via the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where he has served as the Pamela Alper Associate Curator since 2016. Prior to Chicago, his impressive CV includes stints at the Museo Jumex in Mexico, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lisbon Architecture Triennial</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> in New York, and some time spent at the Storefront as well as a Curatorial Associate.</p> <p>"We are thrilled to welcome Jos&eacute; to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago," remarked Charles Renfro, President of Storefront's Board of Directors.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Through his background and experiences in Mexico, the US, and ...</p> Brooklyn Navy Yard reveals expanded master plan Alexander Walter 2018-10-01T18:26:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T18:28:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>This week, the Navy Yard released new renderings and an expanded master plan that shows a 30-year plan for the complex. Developed with the multidisciplinary design firm WXY, the master plan includes three new buildings totaling 5.1 million square feet [...]. The plan also includes increased public access to the complex, including retail and open space, and improved wayfinding and circulation. The expected cost is $2.5 billion, coming on the heels of a nearly complete $1 billion expansion.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has a lengthy piece up about the recently unveiled new master plan for the&nbsp;300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard megadevelopment.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure><p>Members of the public are invited to join a series of tours of new projects (including&nbsp;BLDG 77 &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Lab</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marvel Architects</a> as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S9 Architecture</a>'s newly opened <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dock 72</a>) and a presentation of the new master plan by representatives from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY + architecture + design</a> tomorrow, October 2, from 4 &ndash; 7:30pm. The event&nbsp;<em>Anchoring Manufacturing: Brooklyn Navy Yard</em> is presented by the Urban Design Forum and requires <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">prior registration</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: bloomimages; Image via BNYDC/WXY architecture + urban design</figcaption></figure> First look at interiors and private park at Jeanne Gang’s Downtown Brooklyn condo Dana Schulz 2018-09-26T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-10-01T13:56:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To coincide with the sales launch at Downtown Brooklyn&lsquo;s 57-story tower at 11 t Street, Tishman Speyer has released a slew of new renderings of the Jeanne Gang-designed condo. Previous views have shown how Gang&rsquo;s signature metallic rippling effect will be applied to the facade, but the new batch gives us a better look at the nearly 27,000-square-foot private park and the first glimpse of the interiors and amenity spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios for 11 Hoyt</figcaption></figure> Bullet-proof Upper East Side townhouse designed by Rafael Viñoly lists for $50M Dana Schulz 2018-09-25T18:42:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T21:58:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly is best known for designing 432 Park, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, but he makes time for private homes, too&ndash;at least when they have headline-making features like a bullet-proof glass facade. His firm was first tapped to design this Upper East Side townhouse by Argentinian billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian to serve as his home and U.S. headquarters, but it looks like he instead decided to list the finished product for $50 million.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New York City's big art switcheroo involves The Met, The Frick, The Whitney, and a certain Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2018-09-21T19:01:00-04:00 >2018-09-22T09:14:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Henry Clay Frick&rsquo;s venerable Old Master paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and porcelain seem destined for a change of scene. In an unusual game of musical chairs, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Frick Collection announced today (21 September) that the Met will vacate the Brutalist Breuer building on Madison Avenue in 2020. Its departure will make way for the Frick to move in late that year while its mansion undergoes a renovation and expansion five blocks away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to catch up with Archinect's coverage of the not entirely undramatic Frick Collection expansion saga.&nbsp;</p> A case for Brooklyn YIMBYism Alexander Walter 2018-09-12T17:09:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T15:08:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>At its current rate of growth, Brooklyn is about to be more populous than the entire city of Chicago. Saying &ldquo;we need more housing&rdquo; is a given, but no one agrees on where, how high, and for whom. And New York has been later to that discussion than San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles: While the city is building housing, technically, it is nowhere near enough to meet the needs of 144,000 new Kings County residents since 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange takes a closer look at Brooklyn's contested&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">80 Flatbush</a> mixed-use development and argues why it's good for the borough.</p> Residents sue to stop Sutton 58 high rise construction in NYC Hope Daley 2018-08-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T15:05:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sutton Place residents filed a lawsuit Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to stop a luxury condo tower from rising on East 58th Street. The plaintiffs, a group called the East River Fifties Alliance, are residents from the surrounding neighborhood, including condo owners whose views would be blocked by a roughly 800-foot tower under construction at 430 E. 58th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction on NYC's Sutton 58 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">condo</a> project was previously halted after Sutton Place residents secured a rezoning proposal. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rezoning</a> mandated squatter buildings making Sutton 58 noncompliant. Since then a city zoning board granted the project&nbsp;a reprieve, resulting in the resident's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> to stop construction.&nbsp;</p> Construction for new Statue of Liberty Museum progresses, opening date currently set for May 2019 Justine Testado 2018-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T11:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since topping off <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last December</a>, the new Statue of Liberty Museum continues to shape up ahead of schedule and is currently expected to open in May 2019. Last month, the Statue of Liberty Museum-Ellis Island Foundation launched <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a fundraising campaign</a> that would help the construction of the new 26,000 square-foot space reach completion.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. Credit: FXCollaborative.</figcaption></figure><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXCollaborative</a> as architect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESI Design</a> in charge of exhibition design, the new museum will be accessible to more of the Statue of Liberty's estimated 4.3 million visitors annually. Below are a few recent construction photos that&nbsp;FXCollaborative shared with us:<br></p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p>The new museum will have a green roof, reflective glass exteriors,&nbsp;interiors and exteriors built with materials native to Liberty Island, as well as materials used to build the Statue of Liberty and Fort Wood, like Stony Creek granite, br...</p> NY City Planning Commission approves Brooklyn's 80 Flatbush Ave skyscraper Justine Testado 2018-08-23T14:55:00-04:00 >2018-09-12T15:52:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>... the project will create 900 apartments, some of which will be located within a 986-foot skyscraper, which would become the borough&rsquo;s second-tallest tower if built; it would also have cultural space, two schools, and retail. The development has divided locals and elected officials; some tout the fact that the development will bring two schools to the neighborhood along with 200 permanently affordable apartments, but others [...] feel the project is too out of scale with the neighborhood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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>