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Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into "Sponge Park"

00:00 - 20 August, 2013
Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into "Sponge Park", Courtesy of dlandstudio
Courtesy of dlandstudio

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 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

00:00 - 5 August, 2013
New York Announces Plans to Build Brooklyn Bridge Beach, via NYDaily News
via NYDaily News

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 waterfront 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

01:00 - 22 July, 2013
© Michael Vahrenwald
© Michael Vahrenwald
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Alex Gil
  • Area

    2300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Michael Vahrenwald © Michael Vahrenwald © Michael Vahrenwald © Michael Vahrenwald +13

Video: American Design Club

00:00 - 5 June, 2013

Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects, Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects
Courtesy of ISA - Interface Studio Architects

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

00:00 - 8 April, 2013
City Point / COOKFOX, © COOKFOX
© COOKFOX

© COOKFOX © COOKFOX © COOKFOX © COOKFOX +11

  • Architects

  • Area

    1.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 4 April, 2013
Whole Foods Set to Build First Commercial-Scale Greenhouse on Brooklyn Rooftop, via Fast Co.Design
via Fast Co.Design

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

Wyckoff House Museum / nARCHITECTS

01:00 - 24 March, 2013
Wyckoff House Museum  / nARCHITECTS, Courtesy of nARCHITECTS
Courtesy of nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS is designing a cultural education complex for the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn on the site of New York's 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

01:00 - 20 March, 2013
© Adam Friedberg
© Adam Friedberg

© Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg © Adam Friedberg +13

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

00:00 - 28 February, 2013
Pratt Explores the Importance of Cold War Era Pre-Fabricated Building Systems , Housing Prototype Systems; Courtesy of Pedro Alonso
Housing Prototype Systems; Courtesy of Pedro Alonso

Pratt Institute'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.

253 Pacific Street / James Cleary Architecture

01:00 - 12 February, 2013
253 Pacific Street / James Cleary Architecture, © James Cleary Architecture
© James Cleary Architecture

© James Cleary Architecture © James Cleary Architecture © James Cleary Architecture © James Cleary Architecture +16

Modular Residential Tower To Be Built at Atlantic Yards

15:00 - 29 November, 2012
© SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

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 New York City and worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in New York City since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago. More information after the break.

How to Make It: Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

23:00 - 23 October, 2012
Courtesy of UncommonGoods
Courtesy of UncommonGoods

If you are considering turning your designs and business practices into a more eco-friendly, deeper shade of green, then we strongly encourage you to attend the ‘Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs’ free event as part of the How to Make it series. Hosted by UncommonGoods, a brooklyn-based online retailer of unique gifts and creative designs, the event includes a panel of design professionals sharing their advice on how to source more eco-friendly materials and how to set up a studio or workspace with little environmental impact. Taking place October 29th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their product ideas and designs with the buyers and panelists. For more information on the event, please visit here.

modeLab Simulation Lab

04:00 - 3 October, 2012
Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

Taking place October 20-21, modeLab is putting on Simulation Lab, a two-day workshop on the topic of simulation with processing. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover technical programming concepts such as syntax, control, and modularity. Utilizing a suite of libraries to extend processing’s functionality, they will explore and incrementally develop force-based, physics-based, and agent-based simulations. Additionally, they will examine strategies for visualizing the dynamic nature, unexpected tendencies, and behavioral effects present in our simulations. For more information, please visit here.

modeLab Patterning Lab: Parametric Patterns and Digital Fabrication Workshop

11:00 - 6 August, 2012
Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab is putting on a two-day workshop August 18-19 on the topic of Parametric Patterns with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will experiment with the materiality, craft, and effects of patterning through the distribution of simple and repeatable material events (the cut, the fold, and the perforation). Coupling Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication workflows, we will iteratively test our patterns while learning best practices for use of a large-format Laser Cutter. Prototypes will range in material palette (fabric, paper, plastic) based on participants’ interests and will be used to discuss issues of craft, detailing, and the assembly process. For more information, please visit here.

modeLab Intro Lab: Parametric Design with Grasshopper Workshop

07:00 - 4 August, 2012
Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

Taking place August 17 from 10am-6pm in Brooklyn, Intro Lab is a one-day workshop put on by modeLab on the topic of Parametric Design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will cover introductions to Algorithmic Design, Computational Geometry, and Parametric Modeling. Additionally, participants will explore concepts such as Object Attributes/Parameters, Part to Whole Relationships, and Data Flow. Emphasis will be placed on consistent organization of data through Lists and Data Trees and best practices for Creative Project Workflow Integration, File Modularity, and Data Visualization. For more information, please visit here.

The Hegeman / Cook + Fox

13:00 - 25 July, 2012
© Cook+Fox Architects
© Cook+Fox Architects

The Hegeman, designed by Cook + Fox Architects,  is a residential community in Brownsville, Brooklyn that provides housing for low-income and formerly homeless individuals. Developed by Common Ground Community – an innovative non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness – the Hegeman Residence will also provide a range of on-site social services in a model known as supportive housing. For a little bit of context, Brownsville has the highest concentration of NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) developments in New York City. A wave of arson in the 1970s destroyed most of the residential structures; Brownsville is just one of the many neighborhoods that were affected. The urban renewal that followed rebuilt many homes and designated them as low-income housing. The community has had many problems since associated with poverty, including crime and drug addiction, as well as low test scores and high truancy rates in the education system.

More after the break.

The Realization of the “Cosmic Quilt” / The Principals

13:00 - 30 May, 2012
© Walling McGarity Photography
© Walling McGarity Photography

Remember the “Cosmic Quilt” kickstarter campaign we published a few weeks ago? Well, it was a success! With the help 20 students from the Art Institute of New York, The Principals were able to construct a reactive architectural environment just in time for the New York Design Week that took place May 19-21.

Continue after the break for more.

© Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography +10