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 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.

Time-Lapse: One World Trade Center

On the twelfth anniversary of September 11th, we would like to share with you this incredible capturing the progress of the Center between October 2004 and September 2013. The 1,776 foot tall skyscraper, which is expected to be the tallest in Western Hemisphere, topped out earlier this year and is slated for completion in 2014.

The Penn Station Proposals: Vanity Projects?

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In this article in the New York Observer, Stephen Jacob Smith discusses the future of Penn Station, now that ’s permit has been extended by just 10 years. Smith thinks that the grand redesigns of the station itself are pure vanity – considering the poor organization of the current station and the competing interests of the stakeholders involved – and proposes that there are better improvements to be had in unseen infrastructure improvements rather than show-stopping architecture. Read the full article here.

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.

The Bloomberg Years: Reshaping New York

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Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2001, the fabric of City has been in constant flux. In just 12 years, Bloomberg has lead an effort to rezone 37 percent of the city to create opportunities for high-density growth, as well as aided the construction 40,000 new buildings and 450 miles of bike lanes. Putting these efforts in perspective, the Times has released the interactive feature “Reshaping New York” that compares statistics with drastic ‘before and after’ comparisons. Check it out and read our report on Bloomberg’s lasting affect on the Empire State here.

MoMA Releases First Storybook: “Young Frank, Architect”

Cover of Young Frank, Architect, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Inspiring builders of all ages, has released their first storybook, following the adventures of a young, architect and his architect grandfather: Young Frank and Old Frank. The creative pair – with matching bow ties, straw boater hats and, of course, Le Corbusier-inspired glasses – optimistically views the world as an endless supply of inspiration and possibilities. Everything, from macaroni to old boxes, inspires them to create – especially after discovering the works of Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright at The Museum of Modern Art. Young Frank, Architect was written by the renowned children’s author and illustrator Frank Viva. More information can be found here on MoMA.

STUDIOKCA’s ‘Head in the Clouds’ Pavilion Opens in NYC

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Back in February of this year, the non-profit arts organization FIGMENT asked “What would an art pavilion made out of and based around the idea of ‘The City of Dreams’ look like to you?.” Brooklyn-based STUDIOKCA beat out over 200 other submissions in the competition with their Head in the Clouds pavilion, now open to the public on Governors Island in NYC.

BIG, OMA Shortlisted by HUD to “Rebuild by Design” Post-Sandy

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced ten shortlisted teams to compete in the multi-stage regional design competition “Rebuild by Design.” Each team will aim to “promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding.”

The 10 multidisciplinary, shortlisted teams are:

Midtown Financial Company / a + i architecture

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Architects: a + i architecture
Location: , NY
Architecture Project Team: Dag Folger, Michael Lehner, Carrie Gibbs, Elizabeth Fennell, Phil Ward, Alan Calixto
Area: 110,000 sqm
Photographs: Magda Biernat

M&M House / Stan Allen Architect

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Architects: Stan Allen Architect
Location: ,
Project Team: Giancarlo Valle, Marc McQuade, Chris Oliver
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Gerson, Courtesy of Stan Allen Architect

New York Announces Plans to Build Brooklyn Bridge Beach

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NYDaily News reports that the 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 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.

AD Classics: Modern Architecture International Exhibition / Philip Johnson and Henry-Russell Hitchcock

Model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye from Modern Architecture: International [MoMA Exh. #15, February 9-March 23, 1932
“Modern Architecture: International Exhibition” is the title of an exhibition that took place in 1932 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Curated by and Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the exhibition introduced an emerging architectural style characterized by simplified geometry and a lack of ornamentation; known as  the “International Style,” it was described by Johnson as “probably the first fundamentally original and widely distributed style since the Gothic.” The exhibition, along with an accompanying catalogue, laid the principles for the canon of Modern architecture.

Bloomberg’s Legacy: The Construction Boom of NYC

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s twelve years in office will leave an undeniable impression on the physical of the city for future generations.  The new and revised policies of this administration have encouraged unprecedented growth of New York City and its outer boroughs in the years following 9/11.  According to a new series called The Bloomberg Years by WNYC, and this article by Matthew Schuerman, Bloomberg’s three consecutive terms have made New York City taller, more attractive and, in turn, more expensive.

Madison Square Garden Limited to 10 Year Permit

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Competition Proposal for a New Penn Station

A landslide vote (47-1) by the Council has limited the permit for Madison Square Garden to just 10 years. The decision comes after the property owner’s – MSG Company - 50 year permit expired earlier this year, sparking a heated debate on whether or not the city should deny the owners request to renew the permit in perpetuity and envision plans for a new Penn Station.

Video: Steven Holl on Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center

Legendary American architect Steven Holl has collaborated again with Spirit of Space to produce two short videos on the recently completed Campbell Sports Center in . While always compelling to hear an architect discuss a project, these videos integrate the architect’s narration with different dynamic shots of the building’s detail and context, thus truly immersing the viewer in the project.

The first video (above) features and senior partner Chris McVoy explaining the project’s inspiration, design concept and program; simultaneously, the filmmakers take us into the space and show how the new athletic facility is being used by the student athletes. The second, shorter, video (after the break) shows the building in the city, revealing the fascinatingly complex relationship between the passing subway cars, the field hockey players, the movement of shadows and the building itself.

See the second video, after the break…

Zaha Hadid Unveils New York Apartment Block Alongside High Line

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Zaha Hadid has unveiled her first City commission: an 11-story, luxury apartment block planned alongside the second section of the High Line in Chelsea at 520 West 28th Street.

Spearheaded by New York developer Related Companies, the “sculpted” glass and steel residential development hopes to lure buyers with its expansive, double-height entrance lobby, communal garden, generous terraces, private courtyards, and, of course, exclusive views of New York’s most beloved attraction: the .

Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

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Architects: Fabrica 718
Location: , NY, USA
Architectural Designer:
Architect Of Record: Studio Cicetti Architect
Design Team: Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
Expediter: Schnall Consulting
Contractor: WM Dorvillier & Co
Passive House Engineer: ZeroEnergy Design
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hai Zhang

AD Interviews CODA, MoMA PS1 YAP Winner 2013

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Starting this Saturday, the public will finally be able to admire the winner of this year’s Young Architects ProgramParty Wall – at the courtyard in Long Island City. Every Saturday this summer through September 7, Party Wall will be the multi-functional backdrop (at once wall, water feature, shading and seating storage device) for Warm Up 2013, an outdoor music series.

We spoke with Party Wall’s designer, Caroline O’Donnell, principal of CODA, just this morning; she told us that although much has been made of Party Wall’s ingenious material (skateboarding scraps) and multi-functionality, it’s most important feature is it’s referentiality to the urban language of Long Island City.As O’Donnell told us: “we started to understand the relationship between the wall and the other languages—Long Island City, the billboards, the graffiti. We realized we had entered into a dialogue with a bigger urban context.”In fact, the wall itself is a legible sign – written in the shadow it forms.

Read our interview with O’Donnell on Party Wall’s ingenious design, after the break…