Archinect - News 2017-09-25T22:08:03-04:00 An ambitious plan to overhaul Penn Station, by moving Madison Square Garden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-30T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:36:50-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Penn Station is much more than a transportation center. As the heart of the Northeast Corridor rail system, it has the potential to link downtown to downtown along the Eastern Seaboard in a way far more economical, expedient and environmentally sustainable than air travel. But while the governor&rsquo;s recently announced plan is a step toward this goal, more must be done. What we propose in addition is a completely new commuter station on the site of Madison Square Garden</p></em><br /><br /><p>The proposed plan for Penn Station's redesign comes by way of&nbsp;Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Practice for Architecture and Urbanism</a>.&nbsp;Previously, Chakrabarti was&nbsp;the director of Manhattan's Department of City Planning under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he also oversaw prior refurbishment plans for the station.</p> <p>Previously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had released a plan to bring Penn Station up to speed (it was designed for a third of its current 650,000 daily commuters). But while the Governor's plan, headed by SOM, is focused mostly on utility, Chakrabarti's plan (as he writes for&nbsp;<em>The Times</em>) aims to provide the city with a grand public space&mdash;by physically relocating Madison Square Garden (an idea that has been floated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>) to honor the original station's legacy where travelers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"entered the city like a god"</a>.</p> <p>Related on Archinect:</p> <ul><li><a title="Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP</a></li><li><a title="Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before ...</a></li></ul> Vishaan Chakrabarti leaves SHOP, launches new firm PAU Julia Ingalls 2015-10-21T16:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:36:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Vishaan Chakrabarti has amicably departed from SHoP Architects, where he was principal from 2012 to 2015, and has now launched a new firm, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a press release, "PAU will offer two main business services &ndash; architecture and strategic planning. The latter will include tactical advice and advocacy, helping clients master plan and obtain entitlements for density and infrastructure at a macro-level, while also helping to define, intensify and enhance the experience of the urban environment. Initial clients include Sidewalk Labs, a new project with Two Trees Management, and a new cultural building in Manhattan."</p> <p>For more of Archinect's coverage of SHoP Architects and Vishaan Chakrabarti, please see:</p> <p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP&rsquo;s Essex Crossing Mega-Market Will Be One of Largest in the Nation</a></p> <p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bracket [takes action]: submissions selected and new website launches!</a></p> <p><img src=""></p> Bracket [takes action]: submissions selected and new website launches! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-26T17:01:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T18:12:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><em>[takes action]</em>&nbsp;is the fourth issue from <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bracket</a></strong>,<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Archinect's collaborative publication with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InfraNet Lab</a>.&nbsp;Edited by a diverse collection of professionals from the intersecting worlds of architecture, environment, and digital culture, <strong>Bracket</strong>'s content is sourced from an open-call for submissions.</p><p><strong>Bracket</strong> <em>[takes action]</em> asks: What are the collective projects in the public realm to act on?</p><p>How have recent design projects incited political or social action? How can design catalyze a public, as well as forums for that public to act? What is the role of spatial practice to instigate or resist public actions? Bracket 4 provokes spatial practice&rsquo;s potential to incite and respond to action today.</p><p>Peruse the selected entries (on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brand new website</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">!</a>):&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bracket</strong>&nbsp;<em>[takes action]</em></a></p><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jury</a> included:</p><ul><li>Pier Vittorio Aureli, founding partner of Dogma,&nbsp;teaches at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA School of Architecture in London</a> and is visiting professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale University</a>.</li><li>Vishaan Chakrabarti,&nbsp;Principal at&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>.</em></li><li>Adam Green...</li></ul> A Manifesto for Hyperdensity Places Journal 2013-06-14T13:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:36:52-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>We cannot expect big American cities to reach their potential when the very professions that purport to defend and perpetuate urbanism recoil at the presence of towers. Left rudderless by the experts, we are forced to inhabit the bleak consequences of a poorly regulated marketplace, analogous to a population that must operate on its own cancers due to the confused surgeons who keep cutting away at the healthy tissue.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Americans are famously conflicted about urban development: somehow we've demonized both sprawl and density. But today there is a new conversation about the future of cities, driven by diversifying social desires, evolving technologies, and pressing environmental constraints.</p> <p> On Places, in an excerpt from the new book <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America</a>,&nbsp;</em>Vishaan Chakrabarti contributes a bold argument for hyperdensity. The very dense city, he says, not only promotes prosperity, sustainability and delight; it will also determine our strength as a nation.</p> New New Amsterdam: Would Some Giant Dutch Sea Gates Have Saved New York? HotSoup 2012-11-01T11:46:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T09:42:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They really don&rsquo;t treat the water in this kind of eggshell kind of way that they do in the United States,&rdquo; Mr. Chakrabarti said. &ldquo;They reclaim the land, use dredging material, do a whole variety of things to reshape the shoreline, like we first did when we were New Amsterdam. The Dutch have unrivaled experience in dealing with flooding. They really know how to shape the water&rsquo;s edge, and I think we really have to rethink the way we deal with the water&rsquo;s edge, given what&rsquo;s happened with Sandy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect and planner Vishaan Charkrabarti, director of Columbia's Center for Urban Real Estate and a partner at SHoP, has a novel idea to save New York from the next big one: Build some giant sea gates around the harbor, like they have in Rotterdam. Also, a barrier island or two would be good.</p> Vishaan Chakrabarti Joining SHoP, Promises New Epoch of Planning HotSoup 2012-03-06T12:12:00-05:00 >2012-03-08T11:58:18-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Mr. Chakrabarti said the firm is determined to shake things up in the world of architecture, development and planning. &ldquo;Most master planning, you use pretty pastel drawings that rarely have anything to do with what gets built,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Planning has been static, it hasn&rsquo;t been performative. Most of these plans, they get implemented over 20 or 30 years. Think of how much a city and the world changes in that span of time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> The former city planner, developer and current chair of Columbia's real estate development program, the Center for Urban Real Estate, joins the hotshot New York firm.</p>