Will Sandy Finally Convince New York to Re-Design Its Waterfront?

On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: “The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop.”

Maybe Sandy, the colossal hurricane that has barreled across the East Coast this week, will finally get the message across:  ”We are all from New Orleans Now.”

Thanks to climate change, America’s coastal cities, and particularly , have become increasingly vulnerable to nature’s wrath. Over two years ago, MOMA asked five architects to come up with a redesign of lower Manhattan that would prevent damage in the event of major flooding. Barry Bergdoll, the Curator of the “” exhibit, put it to the architects this way: “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.”

Unfortunately, they were. As the many images from traditional news sources and social media users reveal, Sandy’s damage has been extensive – and perhaps, in many ways, preventable.

It often takes tragedy to instigate change. Let’s hope that Sandy will finally get the conversation of New York’s vulnerable urban landscape on to the table.

More images of Sandy’s damage, as well as plans from MOMA’s “Rising Currents” Exhibit, after the break…

JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

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Architects: Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Danilo Matoso Macedo
Collaborators: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca, Viviane Berlim
Structure: Marcello Usai
Lot Area: 800 sqm
Area: 355 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Joana França

ARBRE / ETB Studio

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ETB Studio shared with us their new project in Carrouge, . The intervention tries to create an auxiliary building to the existent school building, and generate new urban dynamics for the neighbourhood, and offer to Carrouge a public space capable of improving the life conditions of the residents.

More images after the break.

Films & Architecture: “Click”

Films & Architecture: “Click”

This week we propose a much lighter film but that still linked with our profession since it shows most of the domestic issues of an architect’s life. Deadlines, unexpected changes of schedule, and overnight work become a routine on the main character’s…

Tower B1 / Valle Architetti

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Architects: Valle Architetti
Location: Roma,
Architect In Charge:Piero Valle, Ugo Tranquillini, Stefano Bindi.
Design Team: Servizio Ingegneria Lamaro Appalti Spa Unipersonale, arch. Rossella Capri
Structures: SBG & Partners: biggiguerrini ingegneria Spa, ing. Massimo Guerrini, ing. Luciano Gioacchini.
Mechanical Systems: ENETEC Srl – Ingegneria Energetica e Realizzazione Impianti Roma, ing. Renato Tito, arch. Giorgio Landolfi.
Client: Porta di Roma Srl.
Building Contractor: ELLEPI S.C.A.R.L., Roma
Year: 2011
Photographs: Giuseppe Dall’Arche

Joe Fresh New York flagship / Burdifilek

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Architects: Burdifilek
Location: New York,
Project Team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Kwong, Daniel Mei, Edwim Reyes, Anna Nomerovsky, Anthony Tey, Daniela Cerchie, Tom Yip; Callison Architecture, Inc.: David Curtis
Design Team: Joe Fresh Design Studio
Area: 17,783 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ben Rahn A-Frame

‘Silver Streak’ Architecture At Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

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Loisos + Ubbelohde just received the highest award at the 2012 Architecture at Zero competition for their proposal, ‘Silver Streak’. The contest, sponsored by PG&E and AIA San Francisco, was conceived as a response to the lofty zero net energy targets set out by the Public Utility Commission. As the recipient of one of two honor awards, their design for the University of , campus features an administration building that acts as both a threshold to campus and an energy field in the large plane of the agricultural valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Fontys Sports College / Mecanoo

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Architects: Mecanoo
Location: ,
Area: 16,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Mecanoo

Centre for Digital Media / Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects

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Architects: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Interiors: MCM Interiors Ltd.
Area: 49,091 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Lepper

Courtesy of Building Trust International
Courtesy of Building Trust International

Building Trust International Open International Design Competition

Focused on ‘Cambodian Sustainable Housing’, the new Building Trust International Open International Design Competition looks into designing affordable, flood resistant housing in the South-east Asian country. In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects…

Blairgowrie House / Intermode

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Architects: Intermode
Location: Rye, Victoria,
Project Collaborators: Carr Design Group VCON
Year: 2012
Area: 270 sqm
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Administrative Center Jesenice / Studio Kalamar

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Architects: Studio Kalamar
Location: , Slovenia
Architect In Charge: Andrej Kalamar
Area: 2980 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of , Miran Kambič

Courtesy of PAR, Labtop
Courtesy of PAR, Labtop

Keelung Harbor Competition Entry / PAR + SES

Designed by PAR (Platform for Architecture + Research) and SES… (Sériès et Sériès), their stage two finalist entry for the Keelung Harbor competition adopts a form that resists easy classification to free-associate with successive symbols of the utilitarian, the industrial,

Bujang-li House / Oh Jongsang

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Architects: Oh Jongsang
Location: , South Korea
Site Area: 1,279 sqm
Area: 135 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Oh Jongsang

Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

© Moreno Maggi; Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management / Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Location: 401, rue le Titien 34000 ,
Year: 2007-2012: competition 2007, won competition April 2007, building site January 2010, Inauguration September 2012
Project Team: Damon Belusco (project leader), Michele D’Arcangelo, Nicola Cabiati (model), Ana Gugic (interiors)
Client: Région Languedoc-Roussillon
Contractors: GFC – structure, SMAC – façades, BARSALOU – frames
Consultants: ALTIA – Acoustics, NEVEUX-ROUYER – Landscape Architects, ALMA Consulting – Kitchen design
Net surface: 23,600 sq.m.
Gross surface: 25,736.80 sq.m.
Area surface:16,500 sq.m.

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Soho, , China
Architects In Charge: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
Associate: Cristiano Ceccato
Project Architect: Yoshi Uchiyama
Project Team: Stephan Wurster, Michael Hill, Samer Chamoun, Eugene Leung, Rita Lee, Lillie Liu, Rolando Rodriguez-Leal, Wen Tao, Tom Wuenschmann, Seung-ho Yeo, Shuojiong Zhang, Michael Grau, Shu Hashimoto, Shao-Wei Huang, Chikara Inamura, Lydia Kim, Yasuko Kobayashi, Wang Lin, Yereem Park
Local Design Institute: BIAD Beijing Institute of Architecture & Design
Area: 332857.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Katsumata Centre / James Deans & Associates

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Architects: James Deans & Associates
Location: Bell Post Hill, ,
Project Architects: James Deans, Mike Nowson
Client: Kardinia International College
Year: 2011
Photographs: Tim Loft

In Progress: Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Lengweg 
3192 BM, Rotterdam
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Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Joris van den Hoogen, Jos Beekhuijzen
Collaborators: Mai Henriksen, Jochem Homminga, Joost Korver, Marie Morin, Julius Klatte, Sjoerd Wilbers, Benine Dekker, Anne-Marie Diederich
Consultants: ABT BV, Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV
Client: Woonbron
Area: 41100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jan Bitter, Courtesy of