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 waterfront 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 of the Empire Stores.”

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Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into “Sponge Park”

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One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s . 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 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 ’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,
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 Urbanism 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 Brooklyn. The project will create an iconic presence by acting as a cornerstone for the Brooklyn skyline and establishing a critical mass of new growth. The three distinct phases of City Point encompass retail space, affordable and market-rate , office space and a market hall, which together create a strong base for growth and integration in the core of Brooklyn. City Point will foster a multi-use urban environment, connect subway commuters with green spaces, and create a vibrant heart in the downtown area.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard / workshop apd + Beyer Blinder Belle

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Architects: workshop apd, Beyer Blinder Belle
Location: Brooklyn, , of America
Design Team: Matthew Berman; Andrew Kotchen; James Krapp; Brook Quach; Tyler Marshall and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Partners LLP (Elizabeth Leber; Jean Campbell; Michael Tucker)
Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Geotechnical Civil/Environmental: Langan Engineering
Lighting Designers: Tillett Lighting Design
Landscape Design: D.I.R.T. Studio
Area: 32568.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: T.G. Olcott

Whole Foods Set to Build First Commercial-Scale Greenhouse on Brooklyn Rooftop

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has teamed up with New York’s local organic grower, , to build the first commercial-scale greenhouse attached to a supermarket. The 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, expected to open in Brooklyn this Fall, will provide locally grown produce year-round to nine Whole Foods stores in New York City area. 

Wyckoff House Museum / nARCHITECTS

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nARCHITECTS is designing a cultural education complex for the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn on the site of New Yorks oldest house. The Wyckoff House has an immense history as it was the first landmark designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1968. nARCHITECTS’s educational complex will act as a portal between its present day environment and historical site. Due to its exceptional spatial and temporal intervention, the design was recently awarded an AIA New York Design Merit Award.

Brooklyn Studio / David Berridge Architect

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Architects: David Berridge Architect
Location: , NY, USA
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Area: 5,500 sqft
Year: 2008
Photographs: Adam Friedberg, David Berridge

Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects

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Last Summer, Two Trees bought the Domino Sugar Factory site in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to be developed into a new mix-use master plan. The previously proposed scheme by Rafael Viñoly Architects (seen here) consisted of four large towers along the East River front, but the design was largely disliked by the community, and as a result Two Trees hired SHoP Architects along with James Corner Field Operations to have a go at the design. The result is a wildly different scheme, consisting of five towers with 60% more open space along the water front, 631,000 square feet of new office space (versus the previous 98,000 square feet), and over two-thousand new apartments. This marks a huge change for what could be considered as the most important waterfront real estate in , and potentially become the new image of for the whole world.

Event: Pratt Explores the Importance of Cold War Era Pre-Fabricated Building Systems

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’s School of Architecture will present “COLD war COOL digital,” an exhibition of 20 scaled prototypes of modernist, pre-fabricated, and globally-distributed Cold War era housing systems that were created using contemporary 3D printing technologies (opening reception 2/18 at 6:15, details below). The exhibition will investigate architectural modernism and its global influence and will connect with contemporary prototype pre-fabrication methods and digital research in housing and skyscraper design. A symposium that explores the technical, aesthetic, and political aspects of prototyping and pre-construction in architecture will be held tonight in conjunction with the exhibition.

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253 Pacific Street / James Cleary Architecture

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Architects: James Cleary Architecture
Location: 253 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201,
Area: 9170.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Cleary Architecture

Lego Housing Units on the Street / Jaye Moon

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In an effort to alleviate some of the stress and frustration associated with New York’s continued crisis, Jaye Moon, a -based street artist, decided to leave new buildings made of Legos cradled in the limbs of trees, or wrapped around their trunks. Carefully designed, the blocked geometry of her architectural construction is considered to allow for the expansion of tree limbs and to avoid damage. Catching the eye of local New Yorkers and captivating anyone who may pass by her creations, Moon says she chose Legos as a medium because they are ready-made objects that mimic industrial, mechanical uses and because they summon a certain childlike innocence and sense of play. More images and information after the break.

Modular Residential Tower To Be Built at Atlantic Yards

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Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) just announced that they will be partnering with Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction and development groups, for the B2 project. This project is making headlines because it will be the first residential tower that is part of the Atlantic Yards Development in Brooklyn using modular construction. FCRC plans to break ground on the 32-story building on December 18th and anticipates that the building will open in 2014. While high-rise modular technology has been initially developed for use at Atlantic Yards, this new industry has the potential to create modular components for construction projects across and worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago. More information after the break.

modeLab Lattice Lab

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Originally scheduled for this weekend, the new dates for the Lattice Lab workshop, put on by modeLab, will take place November 17-18. The two-day workshop will focus on the topic of topological/subdivision modeling with paneling tools and weaverbird. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover fundamental concepts related to working with mesh geometry, high-order topological smoothing, and grid-based modeling. Drawing inspiration from the patterns found in 3-dimensional lattice structures, they will create geometrical units capable of responding to a range of dynamic contexts. Additionally, they will explore the limits and opportunities of 3D printing while testing the visual and structural effects of their lattices. For more information, please visit here.

modeLab Lattice Lab

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Lattice Lab is a two-day workshop put on my modeLab, which takes place November 10-11. The lab will focus on the topic of topological/subdivision modeling with paneling tools and weaverbird. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover fundamental concepts related to working with mesh geometry, high-order topological smoothing, and grid-based modeling. Drawing inspiration from the patterns found in 3-dimensional lattice structures, they will create geometrical units capable of responding to a range of dynamic contexts. Additionally, they will explore the limits and opportunities of 3D printing while testing the visual and structural effects of their lattices. For more information, please visit here.