Film Screening: Brooklyn Farmer

18:00 - 6 February, 2016

Explore the unique challenges faced by Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers determined to run a commercially viable farm in New York City. The film Brooklyn Farmer follows the team as they set out to build the world’s largest rooftop farm within the constraints of the Big Apple.

Studio Gang Designs Brooklyn Training Facility for New York Fire Department

14:00 - 28 January, 2016
© Studio Gang Architects
© Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang has designed a new training facility - Fire Rescue 2 - for New York's elite FDNY Company 2. Planned to be built on a Brownsville site in Brooklyn by 2017, the station uses voids as an architectural element that helps the fire team better stage and simulate emergency situations, while bringing natural light and fresh air deep into the building. 

"Company 2 is trained to respond to various emergency scenarios, from fire and building collapses to water rescues and scuba operations. During emergencies, the Company must often utilize voids in buildings, whether creating them to let heat and smoke out of a structure or locating them as a means of escape," describes Studio Gang.

National Sawdust / Bureau V

09:00 - 8 January, 2016
© Floto + Warner
© Floto + Warner

© Floto + Warner Courtesy of Bureau V © Floto + Warner © Floto + Warner +23

ODA’s 71 White Street in Brooklyn Incorporates the Site's Graffitied Walls Into the Design

08:00 - 28 December, 2015
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ODA New York
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of ODA New York

Bushwick, now famed for its art, night life and abundance of green spaces, is one of the fastest gentrifying neighbourhoods in Brooklyn. ODA New York's 71 White Street will be the latest in new developments taking over former industrial buildings in the neighborhood -- but with a twist. Using the foundation of a former 1930s manufacturing building, 71 White will preserve its graffitied brick exterior, maintaining the character of the neighbourhood. Read more about the project after the break.

Writing Pavilion / Architensions

11:00 - 27 November, 2015
© Cameron Blaylock
© Cameron Blaylock

© Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock +20

Brooklyn’s First Supertall Skyscraper to be Designed by SHoP

11:18 - 9 November, 2015
The proposed "340 Flatbush" Avenue tower. Image © SHoP Architects; H/T New York Yimby
The proposed "340 Flatbush" Avenue tower. Image © SHoP Architects; H/T New York Yimby

The first image of what will be Brooklyn's tallest building has been unveiled. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 1000-foot-tall skyscraper will boast a 12:1 ratio, as New York Yimby reports, making it one of New York's skinniest towers - despite being double the width of the practice's 111 West 57th Street project

"340 Flatbush," as it's known, is being developed by JDS. Upon its (tentative) completion in early 2019, the building will offer 466,000-square-feet of residential space, forming 550 units, and 140,000-square feet of commercial space. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park: What a Design by O'Neill McVoy + NVda Says About the State of Architecture

08:30 - 26 October, 2015
Garden Spiral Tower on the Harbor. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects
Garden Spiral Tower on the Harbor. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects

In Mark Foster Gage’s essay “Rot Munching Architects,” published in Perspecta 47: Money, the Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture strove to find meaning in the current design landscape. Taking the essay title from a larger stream of expletives spun across the facade of the Canadian pavilion as part of artist Steven Shearer’s installation at the 54th Venice Art Biennale in 2011, Gage found truth in the vulgarities, arguing that - in a very literal sense - “architectural experimentation has left the building” as the discipline has been made impotent under the hostage of late capitalist ambition.

Last summer, when Brooklyn Bridge Park unveiled 14 proposals as finalists for two residential towers at the park's controversial pier 6 site, you could be fooled into thinking that design is alive and well. A caveat of the park’s General Project Plan (GPP) was to set aside land for retail, residential and a hotel development, in order to secure funding and achieve financial autonomy. The plans had already fueled a decade of legal battles and fierce opposition from the local community, with arguments ranging from the environment, to park aesthetics, to money-making schemes, but last year a bright outcome appeared a possibility, when the park unveiled the competing plans including those by Asymptote Architecture, BIG, Davis Brody Bond, Future Expansion + SBN Architects, WASA Studio, and of particular interest, O’Neill McVoy Architects + NV/design architecture (NVda).

Harbor Pair and Pedestrian Bridge. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects View from Manhattan. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects Garden Spiral Tower. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects Brooklyn Waterfront. Image Courtesy of O'Neill McVoy Architects +15

Pratt Institute's New Film/Video Department Building / Wasa/Studio A

13:00 - 20 July, 2015
© Alexander Severin | RAZUMMEDIA
© Alexander Severin | RAZUMMEDIA

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Navy Green Supportive Housing / Architecture in Formation + Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

09:00 - 10 July, 2015
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© Tom Powel Imaging

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The Whole Building’s a Stage in This Conceptual Cirque du Soleil Theatre Design

08:00 - 5 July, 2015
Courtesy of Flying Architecture
Courtesy of Flying Architecture

A team of students from Austrian-based Studio Hani Rashid at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna have unveiled their conceptual design for a Cirque du Soleil Performance Center in Brooklyn, New York.

With its interior and exterior blended together, the entire building becomes a stage. Featuring large windows that allow the public to watch performances and training activities inside, people on each side are both viewers and viewed.

ODA Unveils Plans for Brooklyn Bridge Park Residential Towers

16:00 - 1 July, 2015
© ODA Architecture
© ODA Architecture

Details have been released on a new residential project designed by ODA Architecture at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. Occupying two waterfront sites in the Pier 6 uplands development area, the project will include two10,000-square-foot buildings focused on affordable housing, community development and preserving the surrounding parkland.

COOKFOX Architects' 550 Vanderbilt Condo Opens for Sale

08:00 - 30 June, 2015
Street View. Image Courtesy of VUW Studio
Street View. Image Courtesy of VUW Studio

COOKFOX Architects’ new project, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue has opened for sale. The 17-storey building will be the first of four condominiums in the 22-acre Pacific Park Brooklyn development in Prospect Heights. The project aims to create a new neighbourhood of 14 buildings, all connected to 8-acres of public green space designed by landscape architecture firm Thomas Balsley Associates. Read more about this project after the break.

Brooklyn Desks / STUDIOSC

11:00 - 4 June, 2015
© Garrett Rowland
© Garrett Rowland

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Showcases 5 Murals by Michael Graves

12:43 - 29 May, 2015
© Michael Graves via The New York Times
© Michael Graves via The New York Times

Brooklyn Academy of Music is showcasing five murals by the late Michael Graves as part of the institution's permanent visual art collection. All completed in 1974, the paintings were originally commissioned by Charles Gwathmey - one of the New York Five, along with Graves. And, as the New York Times reports, their "heightened use of color and ornamentation" portray a "general shift away from minimalism." Read more about the murals, here

Please Touch the Art: Jeppe Heine's "Labyrinth NY" Installed in Brooklyn

08:00 - 24 May, 2015
"Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches
"Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches

For the next year, visitors at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park will have the chance to interact with "Please Touch the Art", an exhibition of works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Playful, inventive, and immediately striking, Hein's work engages audiences as "active participants," inviting spontaneity and user interaction. Curated by Nicholas Baume, the exhibition contains three bodies of work by Hein: the soaring water jets of Appearing Rooms, the sixteen bright red benches of Modified Social Benches, and the reflective vertical planks of Mirror Labyrinth NY.

The exhibition is a project of New York City's Public Art Fund, a non-profit organization responsible for numerous free exhibitions offering "powerful experiences with art and the urban environment".

Learn more about the Mirror Labyrinth NY installation and view selected images after the break.

"Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches "Mirror Labyrinth NY", Jeppe Hein (2015), High polished stainless steel, aluminum,106.5 x 346.5 x 338.5 inches +4

New York to Complete First Prefabricated "Micro-Apartments" this Year

18:00 - 24 February, 2015
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS / NYC Mayor's Office

With floor areas clocking in at as little as 260 square feet, My Micro NY housing units by nARCHITECTS are the latest singles-oriented housing option to enter the New York rental market. The modular units will be fabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for stacking in Kips Bay this spring, and are projected to welcome their first inhabitants by the end of 2015.

Current New York city zoning and density rules set a minimum apartment floor area of 400 square feet, yet this regulation was waived for My Micro NY in the interests of creating more affordable housing. An inflated rental market has long posed issues for those seeking housing in the city, particularly singles and students with tight budgets. My Micro NY will create 9 stories and 55 individual apartments, whose features include 9 and 10 foot ceiling heights, Juliette balconies, and concealed storage space.

A look inside, after the break. 

ODA Aims to Bring “Qualities of Private House” to Multi-Family Housing in Brooklyn

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
© ODA Architecture
© ODA Architecture

ODA Architecture has shared with us “510 Driggs,” a multi-family residential project that aims to provide residents with the “qualities of a private house” within Brooklyn’s dense urban landscape. Each of the six-story building’s 100 units will be equipped with a large, functional outdoor space and at least two exposures to maximize light and air. 

High-Speed "Skyway" Aims to Shorten Commutes from Brooklyn to Manhattan

00:00 - 16 September, 2014
© East River Skyway via New York Daily News
© East River Skyway via New York Daily News

New York real estate executive Daniel Levy of CityRealty has unveiled a proposal to connect Brooklyn’s waterfront to Manhattan with a $75 million “East River Skyway.” According to Levy, the high-speed gondola could shorten commutes to just four minutes and move more than 5,000 people per hour, while relieving congestion on ferries, subways and bridges. “[The Skyway] would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution," said Levy. "It is essential to adapt New York City's transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas.” Levy will present the project in an effort to harness support at the Brooklyn real estate summit on Tuesday.