Barclays Center to be Topped with Massive Green Roof

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Developers Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Greenland Group have decided to realize SHoP Architects’ original plan to top Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a 130,000 square foot green roof. Though the design was first disregarded due to budget cuts, the developers have deemed it necessary to enhance the marketability the Atlantic Yards’ three residential towers – the first is currently underway – and dampen the noise from loud concerts. Little details have been released about the green roof’s design, however rumor has it that it might not be open to the public as it was originally intended. 

WORKac to Design Brooklyn Art Facility for Eyebeam

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Eyebeam, a non-profit art and technology center currently based in Manhattan, has commissioned WORKac to design its future home. Planned for the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place, within a mixed-use development designed by Dattner Architects and Bernheimer Architecture that will include market-rate and subsidized housing as well as a restaurant, the 27,000 square foot cultural facility will accommodate for the organization’s world-renowned artist residency program, diverse public programming and innovative education offerings for adults and teens. According to the developer, Jonathan Rose Companies intends to break ground next year with completion slated for late 2016. 

LeFrak Center at Lakeside / Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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Architects: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Location: Prospect , , NY, USA
Project Team: Erin Putalik, Nate Petty, Shengning Zhang
Project Manager: Andy Kim
Project Architect: Elisa Testa
Area: 75000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Moran/OTTO

Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium / Allen Jack+Cottier Architects

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Architects: Allen Jack+Cottier Architects
Location: Hawkesbury River Information Centre, 5 Bridge Street, Brooklyn NSW 2083,
Project Architects: John Gunnell, Jennifer Gehbauer
Design Director : Michael Heenan
Project Director: John Whittingham
Area: 690.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of AJ+C

HAO Makes Counter-Proposal To “Save” Sugar Factory from Development in Brooklyn

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HAO, together with community group, Williamsburg Independent People, hope to save the historic Domino Sugar Factory site and halt the current masterplan by SHoP Architects which proposes an additional 2,200 luxury apartments along the East River waterfront in Brooklyn, New York

HAO’s counter proposal seeks to adaptively reuse the existing factory buildings, including the iconic Civil War-era Domino Sugar Refinery — which has defiantly held its ground amidst heavy redevelopment in surrounding areas. Not unlike SHoP’s proposal, HAO aims to regenerate these spaces into a “world-class cultural destination” that combines public and private programs. 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center / WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/ Landscape/ Urbanism

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Architects: WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Location: Brooklyn, NY 11225,
Site Design:
Landscape Architect: HMWhite
Civil And Structural Engineers: Civil and Structural Engineers
Lighting: Brandston Partnership
Landscape Contractor: Kelco
General Contractor: EWHowell
Contractors Construction Manager: LiRO
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aaron Booher

3C Competition Winners Announced

First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper

Operation Resilient (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.

The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Design Ice Rink for NYC

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After sitting derelict for years, the Kate Wollman Memorial Rink in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is poised for something of a rebirth. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s plans for a sports complex, known as Lakeside, is expected to restore the rink’s role as the park’s chief attraction. recently stopped by the site to explore the project as it nears completion – click here to read his thoughts on what he calls one of the last “parting gifts of the Bloomberg era to the city.”

Weeksville / Caples Jefferson Architects PC

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Architects: Caples Jefferson Architects PC
Location: , New York,
Construction Manager: Hill International
General Contractor: Brickens Construction
Area: 23000.0 sqm
Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Julian Olivas

City Modern Home Tours

SkyHouse by David Hotson Architect / © Eric Laignel

Visit some of the city’s most gawk-worthy homes designed and furnished by ’s top architects and interior decorators. From a penthouse with a three-story slide to the ultimate man cave, these private residences exemplify ingenuity, innovation, and forward-thinking urban design.

The week kicks off on September 27 with a Meet the Architects celebration, followed by a weekend of mag-worthy City Modern home tours in Manhattan and . From real life chutes and ladders at the Skyhouse – the four-story penthouse in the Financial District, complete with an 80-foot-long mirror-polished stainless steel slide – to the decked out, James-Bond-meets-Barbarella pad of Flavor Paper kingpin Jon Sherman – this tour is sure to stir the senses as well as great design ideas for any home. 

An A-list of notable firms bring ticket-buyers 10 breath-taking homes, including David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Architecture for Humanity. The Meet the Architects opening event on September 27 in Soho offers the chance to meet them all and to get a sneak peek of the homes.

BIG Designs Pier 6 Viewing Platform for Brooklyn’s Waterfront

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Following the news that Studio V Architecture has been commissioned to convert the 19th century Empire Stores, next to Brooklyn Bridge, into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled designs for “a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform” close by.

Reviving Brooklyn’s Waterfront, 19th Century Warehouses Evolve Into 21st Century Hubs

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After fifty years of neglect the Empire Stores, located next to the Brooklyn Bridge, are now the most coveted property in New York. Midtown Equity has partnered with Studio V Architecture to adaptively reuse the 19th-century coffee warehouse into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, highlighted by a Brooklyn-centric cultural museum. “After the Brooklyn Bridge,” says Joe Cayre, Chairman of Midtown Equities, “the Civil War era Empire Stores are the most iconic structures on the Brooklyn waterfront. As a Brooklyn native who raised my family in the borough, it is an honor for my firm to be chosen for the redevelopment of the Empire Stores.”

Learn more after the break…

Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into “Sponge Park”

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One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside ’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.

New York Announces Plans to Build Brooklyn Bridge Beach

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NYDaily News reports that the New York City Council has allocated $7 million to redevelop a 11,000 square foot swath of forgotten land into a beautiful, sandy beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Originally conceived as part of New York’s “Blueway” plan, the project will grant access to terraced seating, wading pools and fishing areas, along with a kayak launch and concession stand via tree-lined walkways. See what else the “Blueway” entails, here on ArchDaily.

Carved Duplex / SPACECUTTER

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Architects: SPACECUTTER
Location: , NY, USA
Architect In Charge: Alex Gil
Area: 2,300 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Vahrenwald

Video: American Design Club

The American Design Club (AmDC) was conceived in the spring of 2008. At that time, America’s relevance in the design world was being questioned, with some postulating that US-based designers would never be as influential or productive as their European counterparts. Looking around, however, all they saw was talent and ambition in our fellow American designers, from close friends to former employers to recent design school graduates. What was missing was an avenue for these designers to share their work with a broad audience. The AmDC’s founding members resolved to improve the situation by creating a platform from which designers could launch new ideas and connect with one another.

Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

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The proposal for Healthy is a collaboration between a visionary client, a health scientist and ISA – Interface Studio Architects to investigate the potential for health outcomes to influence large-scale neighborhood and building design. The consulting team developed a conceptual tool in order to bring spatial design and health outcomes into communication with one another. “The Matrix” is a key proposal of the work which creates a bridge between health-related research and literature, factors, health impacts, program, and design parameters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Point / COOKFOX

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City Point is a proposed 1.8 million square foot, multi-phase, mixed-use development designed by -based practice COOKFOX for the center of the rapidly transforming Downtown . The project will create an iconic presence by acting as a cornerstone for the skyline and establishing a critical mass of new growth. The three distinct phases of City Point encompass retail space, affordable and market-rate housing, office space and a market hall, which together create a strong base for growth and integration in the core of . City Point will foster a multi-use urban environment, connect subway commuters with green spaces, and create a vibrant heart in the downtown area.

More about City Point after the break…