Archinect - News 2018-05-22T15:23:36-04:00 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> 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>