Final Vision for Grand Central Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

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We showed you Foster + Partners’ vision, then SOM’s - now we bring you the third and final re-imagining of New York’s iconic Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

All three architects, asked by MAS to present at their 2012 summit in honor of Grand Central’s approaching centennial, considered not only how to improve and renovate the aging station (suffering from acute overcrowding) but also how to best adjust the surrounding neighborhood for upcoming changes in New York’s zoning laws (which will increase Midtown’s population density).

Much like the other two plans, WXY’s vision expands access points and public space, making the terminal far more pedestrian-friendly. However, the plan differs in that it focuses on harnessing the “untapped potential” of a few key locations along the station’s edge and proposes a tower with “sky parks” (to symbolize New York City’s commitment to green and healthy spaces). As Claire Weisz, Principal at WXY, said of the project, it would “make the Grand Central neighborhood a place people enjoy being in [and] not just running through.”

Check out WXY’s description of their plan for Grand Central Station, after the break…

Flat Iron Building / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

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Architects: Rosenbergs Arkitekter
Location: Torsgatan, Lilla Bantorget, ,
Architect In Charge: Inga Varg
Design Team: Pär-Åke Wiberg, Kalle Dinell, Joel Klehn
Year: 2009
Area: 18,200 sqm
Client: Skanska fastigheter AB
Photographs: Åke E:Son Lindman, Tord Rikard Söderström

Center School S.Miguel de Nevogilde / AVA Architects


Architects: AVA Architects
Location: Rua da Escola, Oporto, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso
Design Team: Inês Costa
Year: 2011
Area: 3,761.98 sqm
General Contractor: Costeira Empreiteiros, Sociedade de Construções S.A.
Client: GOP- EM da Câmara Municipal do
Photographs: FG+SG

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© Dwayne Oyler

Centerstage: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion / Oyler Wu Collaborative

Oyler Wu Collaborative… was once again asked to design the architecture for SCI-Arc‘s graduation ceremony along with other faculty members. The challenge included rethinking the event of the ceremony while keeping the existing pavilion they had previously designed. Essentially, the

Facebook Prineville Data Center / Sheehan Partners

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Architects: Sheehan Partners
Location: Prineville, , USA
Year: 2011
Area: 332,390 sq ft
Photographs: Jonnu Singleton

Danial / Reza Sayadian + Sara Kalantary

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Architects: Reza Sayadian +
Location: Tehran,
Associate Architect: Hamidreza Razmaria
Year: 2012
Area: 1,344 sqm
Construction: tdcoffice
Structure: Mohammad Fathi
Client: Nazila Ansari
Photographs: Alireza Behpour

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© Luigi Filetici

Cube House / Studio Schiattarella

Located in Rome’s ‘Olympic Village’, the ‘Cube House’ is laid out as a single unit in which a central element, in the form of a cube, divides and distributes its various functional areas without any interruptions: living, sleeping, cooking and…

Kyneton Residence / Intermode

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Architects: Intermode
Location: Kyneton, Victoria,
Project Collaborators: Carr Design Group VCON
Year: 2011
Area: 418 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Palais Thermal / KTP Architecten + formTL

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Architects: formTL + KTP Architecten
Location: Bad Wildbad, Germany
Fitter: Velabran/Novum
Client: Staatsbad Wildbad Bäder- und Kurbetriebs GmbH
Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Courtesy of UncommonGoods

How to Make It: Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

If you are considering turning your designs and business practices into a more eco-friendly, deeper shade of green, then we strongly encourage you to attend the ‘Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs’ free event as part of the How to…

Drents Museum / Erick van Egeraat

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Architects: Erick van Egeraat
Location: Assen,
Year: 2011
Photographs: J Collingridge

Knowledge and Cultural Square Winning Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten + Code Arkitektur + Buro Happold

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Just this Monday, Kongsberg City Council announced that Mecanoo Architecten, together with Code Arkitektur and Buro Happold, won the design for a Knowledge and Cultural Square in the center of Kongsberg, a former mining town about 75 kilometers southwest of Oslo, Norway. The project comprises of a design for a cultural and teaching building totaling approximately 24,000 m², and includes future expansion of other functions, such as student housing, sports facilities and businesses. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Guardian Parking / Fitzsimmons Architects

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Architects: Fitzsimmons Architects
Location: , Oklahoma, USA
Year: 2012
Area: 16,500 sqft
General Contractor: Lingo Construction
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Photographs: Joseph Mills

Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens in NYC!

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October 24 marks the long-awaited grand opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Four Freedoms Park in . Located on a triangular site formed by the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, the four-acre FDR memorial park stands for the “freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear”. It was conceived nearly four decades ago by the legendary architect , shortly before his death in 1974.

Read our previous coverage for all the design details and get a sneak peak after the break with images from the dedication ceremony.

One Taste Holistic / CROX International

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Architects: CROX International
Location: Hangzhou,
Head Designers: Tsung-Jen Lin, Director
Design Team: Ying-xiuLin ,Ben-tao Li
Year: 2012
Area: 360.0 sqm
Clients: One Taste Holistic Health Club
Photographs: Black

AD Round Up: Olympic Venues

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Time for our first selection of Olympic Venues. We have five great projects that you must check out! Like our AD Classics, Munich Olympic Stadium by Frei Otto & Gunther Behnisch and Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, . Don’t miss Herzog & de Meuron Bird’s Nest inside photos. Finally, revisit the great London 2012 Velodrome designed by Hopkins Architects or the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Air Flow House / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2008
Area: 279.18 sqm
Structural Engineers: Hidekazu Ikeda
Site Area: 498.15 sqm
Total Floor Area: 293.41 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Kenneth Frampton wins 2012 Schelling Architecture Theory Prize

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British-American architect and historian Kenneth Frampton has been confirmed as this year’s winner of the Theory Prize of the Schelling Architecture Foundation. The jury is honoring Frampton for his “fundamental studies on tectonics and the architectonic large-scale form as predominant elements of urban landscapes. His theoretical range encompasses a vastness that no other prominent thinker in architecture has yet achieved. In addition, he will be honored for his accurate studies in which he has been analyzing current construction processes as well as the history of modern architecture since the early 19th century”.

As the winner of the 2012 Theory Prize, Frampton will now participate as a jury member in the selection of the Schelling Architecture Prize winner. Given that of the ten winners of the Schelling architecture prize four of them have already won the Pritzker Prize – most recently Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu – the nomination for the Schelling Architecture Prize is in itself a distinction.

The three nominated practices for the €20,000 Schelling Architecture Prize are: