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Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Milestone Black-Glass Residential Tower for New York City

16:00 - 7 November, 2016
© bloomimages
© bloomimages

Richard Meier & Partners has revealed the design of 685 First Avenue, a new 42-story residential tower to be located just south of the United Nations Headquarters along the East River in Manhattan. The 460-foot-tall building, Meier’s tallest in New York City, will be primarily constructed of black glass and metal panels, marking a surprising departure away from Meier’s signature all-white aesthetic.

© bloomimages © bloomimages © bloomimages © Scott Frances +12

Never Built New York

04:30 - 4 November, 2016
Never Built New York, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Never Built New York shows us the visionary architectural ideas of the city's greatest dreamers across two centuries of New York City history. Nearly 200 proposals spanning 200 years encompass bridges, skyscrapers, master plans, parks, transit schemes, amusements, airports, plans to fill in rivers and extend Manhattan, and much more.

LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York

16:10 - 31 October, 2016
LOT Wins Competition to Transform Flatiron Plaza in New York, Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition
Flatiron Sky-Line / LOT. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition

LOT has been selected as the winner of the third annual Flatiron Public Plaza design competition in New York, which called for proposals from 5 New York City firms to design a temporary installation to be located at the base of the iconic Flatiron Building.

The winning proposal, titled “Flatiron Sky-Line,” consists of a series of 10 large contiguous arches, constructed out of white powder-coated steel tubes housing LED lights, from which an array of hammocks will be suspended to allow visitors to rest and take in the surrounding landmarks such as the Met Life Tower and Empire State Building.

Radiant Forest / Architensions. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Flatiron Roc Chair / Büro Koray Duman Architects. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Vanishing Point / FreelandBuck. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition Silver Shimmer / Young & Ayata. Image Courtesy of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition +7

Final Designs Revealed for BIG's East Harlem Development

15:25 - 28 October, 2016
Final Designs Revealed for BIG's East Harlem Development, © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY
© Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY

Final renderings of BIG’s latest New York City project, 149 East 125th Street in East Harlem, have been revealed at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. In contrast to original images showing a bright red facade, the undulating, rotating building will instead feature a gray exterior that Bjarke Ingels has referred to as “inspired by an elephant’s skin.”

© Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY © Blumenfeld Development Group. Via Curbed NY +4

Two Buildings by Renzo Piano Near Completion at Columbia University's New Manhattanville Campus

15:01 - 25 October, 2016
Two Buildings by Renzo Piano Near Completion at Columbia University's New Manhattanville Campus, Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman
Lenfest Center for the Arts (left) and Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right). Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman

The first stage of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus, consisting of two buildings by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is nearly complete, with a move-in and grand opening slated for spring 2017.

The Piano-designed Jerome L Greene Science Center and Lenfest Center for the Arts are the first two buildings to be completed within the larger campus masterplan, conceived by Piano in collaboration with SOM, that will eventually encompass nearly 19-acres between 125th and 133rd streets in northwestern Manhattan.

Jerome L. Greene Science Center, seen from the southeast. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center, seen from the 125th Street #1 train subway platform. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center: Collabora- tive meeting spaces and open-air staircases that connect two  oors. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman Jerome L. Greene Science Center: Double-height meeting and interactive spaces. Image © Columbia University / Frank Oudeman +13

Frick Collection Taps Selldorf Architects to Design Major Museum Expansion

16:00 - 20 October, 2016
Frick Collection Taps Selldorf Architects to Design Major Museum Expansion, A view of the museum's interior courtyard.. Image © flickr user gorbould. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A view of the museum's interior courtyard.. Image © flickr user gorbould. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

One year after public outcry led the Frick Collection to abandon plans for a 6-story addition by Davis Brody Bond, the museum has announced its newest renovation plans: a major upgrade, enhancement and expansion of the institution’s facilities to be designed by Selldorf Architects.

The expansion plan will address the Collection’s needs to “accommodate the growth of its collections and programs, upgrade its conservation and research facilities, create new galleries, and—for the first time—allow for dedicated spaces and classrooms for the Frick’s educational programs,” while staying within the museum’s existing built footprint. Circulation throughout the Frick will also be redesigned to provide a more natural visitor flow through the building’s exhibition galleries, library and public spaces.

26 Firms Selected to Design New York City’s Public Buildings

12:00 - 19 October, 2016
26 Firms Selected to Design New York City’s Public Buildings, Courtesy of Snøhetta
Courtesy of Snøhetta

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has selected 26 architecture firms to be pre-qualified to design new public projects throughout the city’s five boroughs. In effect until 2019, these firms will be given exclusive access to Request for Proposals (RFPs) for public works projects with an estimated budget of $50 million of less. These projects will include new constructions, additions and renovations of existing public buildings, parks and plazas.

The program, known as the Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Program, was established in 2005 to increase the efficiency and quality of procuring design services. Recent successes of the program include the Times Square pedestrian plaza by Snohetta, Dattner and WXY’s Spring Street Salt Shed, Studio Gang’s Fire Rescue 2, and BIG’s 40th precinct police station in the Bronx.

FXFOWLE Breaks Ground on New Statue of Liberty Museum

16:30 - 7 October, 2016
FXFOWLE Breaks Ground on New Statue of Liberty Museum , Courtesy of FXFOWLE
Courtesy of FXFOWLE

FXFOWLE has unveiled their design for a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. Set into a new landscape and lighting plan, the 26,000 square foot (2,415 square meter) museum will feature an exhibition experience by ESI Design, giving the island’s 4.3 million yearly visitors an opportunity “to learn about and honor the Statue’s history, influence, and legacy in the world.”

Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE Courtesy of FXFOWLE +5

BIG's Twisting Towers along the High Line Will Contain Condos & a Luxury Hotel

10:25 - 7 October, 2016
BIG's Twisting Towers along the High Line Will Contain Condos & a Luxury Hotel, Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY
Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY

BIG’s planned residential complex along the High Line in New York has gone through multiple iterations since its unveiling last November. Now, in its latest form of two twisting towers rising from a split podium, the project is receiving a new name and key program piece.

Image by BIG. Image via NY YIMBY Image by BIG. Image via NY YIMBY Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY Image by BIG. Image via Curbed NY +9

Leong Leong + JCJ Architecture Unveil Design of The Center for Community and Entrepreneurship in New York

08:00 - 6 October, 2016
Leong Leong + JCJ Architecture Unveil Design of The Center for Community and Entrepreneurship in New York, Image: Luxigon
Image: Luxigon

JCJ Architecture and Leong Leong have unveiled their design for the Center for Community and Entrepreneurship, a new mixed-use community building for the non-profit organization, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), which will be located in Flushing, Queens, New York. Upon completion, the building will span 90,000 square feet over seven stories at the corner of College Point Boulevard and 39th Avenue. 

Inspired by AAFE’s mission to enrich the lives of Asian Americans and others in need throughout New York City, the design is modeled using a progressive building form following the concept of holding hands in interweaving fingers.

Courtesy of JCJ Architecture | Leong Leong Image: Luxigon Image: Luxigon Image: Luxigon +5

Penn Station Palimpsest: PAU Proposes a Different Future for New York's Busiest Railway Station

10:00 - 5 October, 2016
Penn Station Palimpsest: PAU Proposes a Different Future for New York's Busiest Railway Station, Courtesy of PAU
Courtesy of PAU

Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a long-awaited and much-needed proposal for a makeover of Penn Station. Designed by SOM, the proposal for the new Penn Station–Farley Complex, to be completed in 2020, offers a pragmatic solution to the years of scrapped schemes and political stalling. However, The New York Times believes that Governor Cuomo’s proposal could be pushed further. The newspaper thus commissioned Vishaan Chakrabarti of PAU to come up with an alternative proposal to challenge Governor Cuomo’s plans.

Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU +17

Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in Queens

14:30 - 30 September, 2016
Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in Queens, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The new Hunters Point Community Library, designed by Steven Holl Architects, has topped out. Located along the East River in Long Island City, New York, the 22,000 square foot library will add a new community-devoted space to the waterfront, while serving as a new icon that can be seen from across the river in Manhattan.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Model of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Rendering of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +6

First Renderings Revealed of Revamped Plan for New York's Penn Station

10:05 - 28 September, 2016
First Renderings Revealed of Revamped Plan for New York's Penn Station , © Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley
© Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley

Update: We've added a gallery of renderings to the post!

Penn Station is finally getting its much-needed makeover. The transportation hub, the busiest train station in the country, has been the target of much ire and disdain ever since its Beaux-Arts predecessor, designed by McKim, Mead & White, was demolished in 1963, forcing the station to retreat into the dark, cramped passageways below Madison Square Garden. The ordeal lead critic and Yale University Professor Vincent Scully to memorably quip: “One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat.”

But today, after years of scrapped schemes, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a fast-track plan that will give New York’s scuttling visitors and commuters some breathing room as early as 2020. Led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the design calls for a new 255,000 square foot train hall and retail space in the James A. Farley Building, also known as the General Post Office, across 8th Avenue from Madison Square Garden and the current Penn Station entrance.

© Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley © Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley © Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley © Empire State Development. Image courtesy SOM | Volley +15

9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition

03:30 - 26 September, 2016
9/11 Memorial Visions: Innovative Concepts from the 2003 World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

More than a billion people watched the 9/11 World Trade Center destruction unfold on television, making it the greatest shared event in world history. Reflecting this fact, the 2003 World Trade Center Memorial Design Competition was open to anyone, drawing 5,201 entries from 60 countries, all of which were posted online.

5 Teams Shortlisted for Redesign of New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal

14:20 - 22 September, 2016
5 Teams Shortlisted for Redesign of New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, via PABTcompetition.com
via PABTcompetition.com

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has revealed the five finalists teams in competition to redesign the Port Authority bus terminal in west Manhattan: Arcadis of New York, Archilier Architecture Consortium, Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and Perkins Eastman.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition challenged architects to reimagine the current terminal building, built in 1950 and expanded in 1979, for the demands of modernday ridership. The terminal currently accommodates approximately 220,000 passenger trips and more than 7,000 bus movements on an average weekday, with demand projected to increase to 270,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2020, and as many as 337,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2040.

Continue reading to see each of the designs.

3D Printed Replica of Syrian Arch Destroyed by ISIS Erected in New York City

12:30 - 21 September, 2016

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A year after the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by the Islamic State, a 3D-printed recreation of one of its most iconic structures has begun its world tour. Originally erected in London’s Trafalgar square in April, on Monday, the replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was unveiled in its new location outside city hall in New York City.

Heatherwick Studio's "Vessel" Will Take the Form of an Endless Stairway at New York's Hudson Yards

12:30 - 15 September, 2016
Heatherwick Studio's "Vessel" Will Take the Form of an Endless Stairway at New York's Hudson Yards, Interior View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio
Interior View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio

UPDATE: We've added a video of Thomas Heatherwick explaining the design of "Vessel," after the break!

Thomas Heatherwick is bringing a new public monument to New York City. Today, Heatherwick Studio revealed the first renderings of “Vessel,” a 15-story tall occupiable sculpture comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs that will serve as the centerpiece of the new Hudson Yards development in west Manhattan.

View of the Special Events Plaza. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz Upper Level View Through the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio View of the Public Square and Gardens Looking South from 33rd St.. Image Courtesy of Forbes Massie-Heatherwick Studio View of the Pavilion Grove. Image Courtesy of VisualHouse-NelsonByrdWoltz +5

MASS Design Group Documentary, "Design that Heals," to Premiere at New York 2016 Architecture and Design Film Festival

11:10 - 15 September, 2016

Can a building help stem the tide of large epidemics?

In 2010, in the midst of the world’s worst cholera outbreak in over a century, MASS Design Group was challenged to design a cholera treatment center where the construction process, as well as the finished building, could address the underlying structural and social conditions that allow cholera to thrive.

This is the subject of Design that Heals, a new documentary that portrays the challenges, innovations, and triumph of the project, proving that, “Architecture and health are inseparable.” (Dr. Jean-William Pape, GHESKIO founder)

The 31-minute film, an official New York 2016 Architecture and Design Film Festival selection, will premiere September 29th at 6:30 and October 1st and 7:30. Screenings will be held at Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011.