High Line-Inspired Park proposed in Queens

Rockaway Rail Branch of the LIRR; Photos Courtesy of Friends of the Queensway © 2012

When plans for the High Line were first revealed it made quite an impression on the design community. The converted elevated rail line, long abandoned by City, was threatened by demolition until a group of activists fought for its revival and helped transform it into one of the most renowned public spaces in Manhattan. Now Queens, a borough with its own abandoned infrastructure is on its way to redeveloping the land for its own version of the High Line, to be known as the .

In late December, the Trust for Public Land announced that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded a $467,000 grant to the organization to begin a feasibility study on the 3.5 mile Long Island rail line. Early proposals reveal a new pedestrian and bike path, public green space and a cultural gateway that will celebrate Queens’ diversity in art, sculpture and food, serving the 250,000 residents that live in the neighborhoods along the route, which include Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Forest Park.

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Sound House / Roger Ferris + Partners

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Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: , Connecticut, United States
Design Team: Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
General Contractor: The SBE Company
Structural Engineer: The DiSalvo Ericson Group, Ridgefield, CT
Area: 1,500 sqft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Woodruff/Brown

Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins
Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins

Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition

Celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler…, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century, the ‘Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ traveling exhibition will take place January 10-February 10 in Sofia, Bulgaria at the VIVACOM Art

Alejandra House / Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos

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Architects: Cekada-Romanos Arquitectos
Location: , Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Design Team: Sebastián Cekada, Juan Andrés Romanos
Structural Engineering: Gustavo Caggiano
Contractor: Horacio Díaz Construcciones
Area: 198 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Walter Salcedo

Rem Koolhaas To Direct 2014 Venice Biennale

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It seems the rumors were true. The ’s board has just confirmed that will be the Director for the next Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 (to take place June 7th to November 23rd).

There’s no word yet of the theme that will be chosen. Koolhaas has only commented that: “We want to give a new look to the basic elements of architecture – used by any architect, anywhere and at any time – to see if we can discover something new about architecture.”

The 2012 Biennale, curated by David Chipperfield, who chose “Common Ground” as the theme, was characterized by collaboration and socially-oriented projects (which stole the show). If Koolhaas’ radical leanings and adventurous design sensibilities are anything to go by, the 2014 Biennale will probably push the envelope even further.

Revisit our coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale and read more about Rem Koolhaas, including our popular editorial and an essay written by former New York Times architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff.

Story via Venice Biennale and bd online 

Strip of Six Apartments in Eze / CAB Architects

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Architects: CAB Architects
Location: Route de Beausoleil,
Design Team: Jean-Patrice Calori, Bita Azimi, Marc Botineau
Area: 550 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Serge Demailly

Courtesy of AIA Utah
Courtesy of AIA Utah

SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition

Organized by AIA Utah Young Architects Forum and the Downtown Alliance, in collaboration with Utah Heritage Foundation, Sixty-Nine Seventy invites design teams from around the world to re-envision the circulation areas and passages of two blocks in Salt Lake City’s…

Photographer’s Weekendhouse / General Design

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Architects: General Design - Shin Ohori
Location: Kujukuri, Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture,
Site Area: 1,463.40 sqm
Built Area: 526.97 sqm
Total Floor Area: 440.97 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Daici Ano

Research Center in Sustainable Chemistry – Tarragona University / taller 9s arquitectes

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Architects: taller 9s arquitectes
Location: Tarragona,
Architect In Charge: Oriol Cusidó & Irene Marzo + Josep Benedito + Ignacio Sánchez
Area: 5,700 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

Véolia Environnement Centre Est / Arte Charpentier Architectes

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Architects: Arte Charpentier Architectes
Location: Rue Lionel Terray, ,
Architect In Charge: Jérôme le Gall, Sylvie Levallois & Gregoire Mussat
Interiors: Edith Richard & Clémence Rabin Le Gall
Landscape : Nathalie Leroy
Area: 8,7oo sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Geraldine Bruneel, Paul Kozlowski

L’And Vineyards Hotel / PROMONTORIO + Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan

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Architects: PROMONTORIO, Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan
Location: 7050 , Portugal
Architecture: PROMONTORIO
Interior Architects: Studio MK27
Landscape Architecture: PROAP
Area: 2,964 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House Uesslingen / Spillmann Echsle Architekten

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Architects: Spillmann Echsle Architekten
Location: Iselisbergstrasse, Uesslingen-Buch,
Architect In Charge: Monika Moor
Construction Management: Haeni Baumanagement, Uesslingen
Main Constructor: Kaufmann Oberholzer, Schönenberg
Year: 2008
Photographs: Roger Frei

Chocolaterie Bovetti / CA/PA Architectes

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Architects: CA/PA Architectes
Location: Lavilledieu, Terrasson-Lavilledieu,
Client: Bovetti Chocolats
Area: 2,641 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CA/PA Architectes

Pioneering architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable has died at 91

A portrait of architecture critic in 1986. Via the WSJ

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013), known as “the dean of American architectural criticism”, has passed away at the age of 91 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Huxtable began her legendary career when she was appointed as The Times’ first architecture critic in 1963. Her sharp mind and straightforward critiques paved the way for contemporary architectural journalism and called for public attention to the significance of architecture.

As Paul Goldberger describes in his 1996 Tribute to Ada Louise Huxtable, “Ada Louise Huxtable has been more than just the most important pioneer of architectural criticism in newspapers in our time: she has been the most important figure in communicating the urgency of some kind of belief in the values of the man-made environment in our time, too. She has made people pay attention. She has made people care. She has made architecture matter in our culture in a way that it did not before her time.”

Get an understanding of Huxtable’s influential voice with her latest critique on Foster+Partners’ proposed renovation for the New York Public Library here.

NEO Bankside / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, Borough of Southwark, , UK
Landscape Architects: Gillespies
Year: 2012
Photographs: Edmund Sumner, Spring & Mercer LLP, , Gillespies

Vejlskovgaard Stable / LUMO Architects

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Architects: LUMO Architects
Location: Favrgaardsvej, , Denmark
Client: Hans Jakob Fenger and Realdania
Collaborators: Schul Landscape, LRO, Ramboll, Niras
Area: 8,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of LUMO Architects

Zaha Hadid to Regenerate Historic Site in Belgrade

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Marking the “continuance of ’s signature ‘Modernist’ movement”, which produced a number of iconic buildings throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Serbian capital is proud to unveil Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) contemporary masterplan for Beko. This all-inclusive, mixed use project embeds itself within the undulating topography of the abandoned Beko textile factory in a style that directly reflects Zaha’s distinct style of Parametricism.

Focused on urban regeneration, the project will join forces with Sou Fujimoto’s proposed ‘Cloud’ on the adjoining Sava waterfront to revitalize Belgrade’s cultural axis.

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Branch House / KINO Architects

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Architects: KINO Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Masahiro Kinoshita
Site Area: 344.26 sqm
Building Area: 120.61 sqm
Total Floor Area: 176.70 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano