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One of New York City’s Most Significant Early Skyscrapers to Undergo $50 Million Renovation

16:20 - 18 October, 2017
One of New York City’s Most Significant Early Skyscrapers to Undergo $50 Million Renovation, via Silverstein Properties
via Silverstein Properties

One of New York City’s original skyscrapers and the former largest office building in the world, the Equitable Building, is set to receive a $50 million renovation and restoration that will bring the historic structure up to 21st century standards.

Built in 1915 in New York’s Financial District by architect Ernest R. Graham, the 1.9-million-square-foot Equitable Building was a pioneer in the city’s skyscraper boom, spanning an entire Broadway block between Pine and Cedar Streets. A simple extrusion of the site footprint, the building was notorious for its overbearing relationship to the street – outcry over which eventually led to the creation of the city’s famous setback zoning laws.

via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties via Silverstein Properties + 6

Interactive Spy Museum Designed by Adjaye Associates to Open in New York City

12:10 - 17 October, 2017
Interactive Spy Museum Designed by Adjaye Associates to Open in New York City, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has unveiled designs for SPYSCAPE, a new museum and interactive experience that illuminates the world of espionage from historical secret intelligence to modern day hacking through a collection of rare artifacts, exhilarating storytelling and immersive personalized experiences.

Located a stone’s throw from Times Square in New York City, the 60,000-square-foot space will use architecture as a key element of the museum experience. Inspired by the spaces occupied by the world’s most significant spy organizations, the building interiors will resemble a small town, with a variety of spaces unfolding beneath a vaulted canopy. Circulation will lead visitors through a wide range of vantage points and perspectives, playing with perceptions and drawing you into the individual pavilions.

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 4

Ai Weiwei Brings Over 300 Installations to NYC to Examine Issues of Borders and Immigration

09:30 - 13 October, 2017
“Arch,” Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park, Manhattan. Image © Jason Wyche
“Arch,” Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park, Manhattan. Image © Jason Wyche

This article was originally published by The Architect's Newspaper as "Ai Weiwei’s fences take on borders and belonging in NYC exhibit."

In Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a new exhibition by Ai Weiwei presented by the Public Art Fund, the artist and activist takes on the security fence as a medium for urban intervention, with New York City as his canvas. Some of the works might be easy to miss, like the chain link fences suspended over a gap between two buildings on East 7th Street, just steps from Ai’s old basement apartment. But others, like the monumental Gilded Cage at Doris Freedman Plaza in Central Park, or Arch, nested under the Washington Square arch, are unmistakable and grandiose.

"Gilded Cage," by Ai Weiwei, at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. Image © Jason Wyche Closeup of "Circle Fence," Unisphere. Image © Timothy Schenck "Circle Fence" by Ai Weiwei, at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. Image © Timothy Schenck "Harlem Shelter" series. Image © Jason Wyche + 10

OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas Selected to Design New Museum Expansion in New York

07:10 - 11 October, 2017
OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas Selected to Design New Museum Expansion in New York, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, both partners at OMA, have been tapped to design the recently-announced expansion of the New Museum in New York. OMA will design a new building adjacent to SANAA's tiered-box museum. The project is expected to break ground in 2019 and will give the New Museum an additional 50,000 square feet (4,650 square meters) for "galleries, improved public circulation and flexible space for the institution’s continued exploration of new platforms and programs." This will be Koolhaas' first public building in New York. According to the New York Times, the New Museum—the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to contemporary art—has already raised 50 percent of the cost.

Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

08:00 - 7 October, 2017
Drawing Event Will Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron
Courtesy of Flickr user: dbaron

On October 15th  four languages, three countries, and three astounding architectural projects will be brought together through a series of events and workshops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation seeks to commemorate the event with a full day program of activities entitled Drawing the Guggenheim. Visitors can explore and sketch the museums during a variety of public drawing exercises, architectural tours, films and family events at each of the Guggenheim locations.

Art Deco Inspired 45 Broad Street by CetraRuddy to Become Tallest Residential Tower in Lower Manhattan

16:00 - 6 October, 2017
Art Deco Inspired 45 Broad Street by CetraRuddy to Become Tallest Residential Tower in Lower Manhattan, © CetraRuddy
© CetraRuddy

Harkening back to the Art Deco structures of New York’s Financial District, CetraRuddy’s 45 Broad Street is set to rise in Lower Manhattan. After a groundbreaking ceremony in April, construction on the project has now begun. Once complete, the tower will top out at a peak of 1,115 feet (340 meters), making it the second tallest building in lower Manhattan (behind only One World Trade Center) and the tallest residential building south of the so-called “Billionaire’s Row” in Midtown.

Developer Secures Air Rights for BIG's Spiraling New York Office Tower

16:10 - 5 October, 2017
Developer Secures Air Rights for BIG's Spiraling New York Office Tower, © Tishman Speyer
© Tishman Speyer

The 65-story, winding glass skyscraper designed by BIG for New York’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, "The Spiral," is one step closer to realization, as developer Tishman Speyer has secured the necessary air rights for the structure, The Real Deal reports

The $157 million deal was made between the developer and the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for 669,000 square feet of development rights, equalling $235 per square foot. After adding in the square footage acquired in two separate deals in 2015 and last year, Tishman Speyer has now spent $265 million to gain more than 1.23 million additional square feet of buildable space for the 1,005-foot-tall tower. 

LACMA and Lincoln Center Reveal Divergent Plans

10:15 - 5 October, 2017
LACMA and Lincoln Center Reveal Divergent Plans, Exterior rendering of the LACMA renovation. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor
Exterior rendering of the LACMA renovation. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor

Two large-scale US cultural projects have, this week, announced major updates relating to the renovation of existing buildings – and both involve, to a greater and lesser extent, American business magnate, media mogul, and philanthropist David Geffen.

One—the Lincoln Center's Geffen Hall in New York City—has scrapped plans for a $500 million renovation to be led by Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects, while another—Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), for which a renovation is being led by Peter Zumthor—has seen a pledge by Geffen of $150 million toward its $600 million price-tag.

See New York's Old Kosciuszko Bridge Implode in This 360 Video

16:00 - 2 October, 2017

In the latest in their Daily360 series, the New York Times takes a look at this past weekend's demolition of the old Kosciusko Bridge on Newton Creek between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1939, the steel truss bridge had become a major bottleneck for traffic over the past 8 decades, prompting the state government to invest in a new cable-stayed design. The first span of that bridge opened in April, with a second span to be built over the path of the former bridge.

 “This is an area that was polluted from the industrial manufacturing economy,” said New York State Governor Cuomo. “We’re cleaning it up, but I think the crown jewel is going to be that new Kosciuszko bridge.”

Bloomberg Center / Morphosis Architects

13:00 - 2 October, 2017
Bloomberg Center  / Morphosis Architects, © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

© Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Maris Hutchinson + 40

Archtober, New York's Architecture and Design Festival, Begins This Weekend

16:00 - 29 September, 2017
Archtober, New York's Architecture and Design Festival, Begins This Weekend, Building of the Day: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
Building of the Day: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station (Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

During the month of October, a host of events will take place throughout the five boroughs of New York City as part of the month-long architecture and design festival, Archtober. The well-known Building of the Day series of walking tours continues with highlights including the Sea Glass Carousel, Freshkills Park, and the George Washington Bridge Bust Station.

New TWA Lounge Opens as Construction Moves Forward on Hotel Transformation

14:00 - 29 September, 2017
New TWA Lounge Opens as Construction Moves Forward on Hotel Transformation, The TWA lounge at 1WTC. Image © Jesse David Harris
The TWA lounge at 1WTC. Image © Jesse David Harris

A new space has been given a retro makeover while a historic one is racing towards modernization as work continues on the transformation of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal into a luxury hotel and event space. 

Just completed is the TWA Lounge, a satellite space for the hotel located on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center. Part gallery, part mock-up, the Lounge space recreates the look and feel of the original terminal down to the smallest detail.

The sunken lounge carpeted in Chili Pepper Red, the signature color created by Saarinen for the TWA Flight Center. The custom Solari© split-flap analog display, manufactured in Udine, Italy, shows flight departures. Image © Emily Gilbert Reception desk modeled after Jet Age city center TWA ticket counters created by iconic mid-century industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Image © Emily Gilbert Hotel rendering. Image Courtesy of MCR Development View of north hotel wing foundation. Image Courtesy of MCR Development + 27

All-In-One Structure Solves Flooding, Parking and the Lack of Green Space in Cities

08:00 - 25 September, 2017
All-In-One Structure Solves Flooding, Parking and the Lack of Green Space in Cities, Courtesy of THIRD NATURE
Courtesy of THIRD NATURE

As Earth’s population continues to grow, so does car traffic and issues related to climate change. It has been estimated about 30% of urban roadway congestion are drivers searching for a place to park. Car culture puts the pressure on cities to build more parking garages, which usually win out over green parks. Meanwhile, climate change continues to challenge cities to handle a great deal of stormwater. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is proof of this - as of Monday, 13 named storms have formed in the Atlantic ocean, costing 210 lives and counting. 

THIRD NATURE, a Danish architecture firm, designed a solution for the modern-day urban issues of flooding, parking and lacking green spaces with their project, POP-UP. A stacked green space, car park, and water reservoir, from top to bottom respectively, POP-UP uses Archimedes’ principle to store water and create floating space to store cars.

Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE Courtesy of THIRD NATURE + 14

New Renderings Have Been Released for Jean Nouvel's Latest New York Skyscraper

06:00 - 21 September, 2017
New Renderings Have Been Released for Jean Nouvel's Latest New York Skyscraper, Courtesy of VUW Studio
Courtesy of VUW Studio

The latest rendering for Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel's 53W53 has been released in anticipation for its completion next year as construction reaches the 58th floor out of the proposed 82. Capturing the entire design of the new landmark, the render provides a look to the tapering structure distinguished by its sculptural quality and the three floors of gallery space in the tower’s base adjoining the Museum of Modern Art as part of their expansion.

As 53W53 grows in front of New York’s eyes, the concrete skeleton currently standing forms the basis for the exposed structural system referred to by Nouvel as ‘diagrid’ as the tower’s silhouette is an ode to the iconic buildings that already grace the horizon in New York.

© Giles Ashford © Giles Ashford © Giles Ashford © Giles Ashford + 14

New Drone Footage Shows Construction of the Largest Residential Development in Bushwick, New York

06:00 - 20 September, 2017

ODA New York’s design for Bushwick II, a high-end residential complex on the former site of Brooklyn’s Rheingold Brewery, is coming to life in the fast-growing neighborhood of Bushwick, New York. Developed by All Year Management, 123 Melrose is already being clad. Meanwhile, Rabksy Group’s development, 10 Montieth, recently topped out. 

Together, the projects will cover three full city blocks, totaling 1.35 million gross square feet. Bushwick II will be the largest housing increase this neighborhood of Brooklyn has ever seen.

New Drone Footage Shows Construction of the Largest Residential Development in Bushwick, New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York Courtesy of ODA New York + 24

Proposed World's Tallest Wooden Structure Would Filter Contaminated Water in New York's Central Park

12:00 - 15 September, 2017
Proposed World's Tallest Wooden Structure Would Filter Contaminated Water in New York's Central Park, © DFA
© DFA

Responding to the ever-growing demand for sky-high public spaces and the need for innovative environmental solutions, New York-based studio DFA has envisioned a 712-foot-tall prefabricated timber observation tower in New York’s Central Park that, if built, would become the world’s tallest timber structure.

Combining the principles of “architecture, recreation, resiliency, and tourism,” the Central Park Tower would rise out of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the total park area and holds one billion gallons of contaminated water.

© DFA © DFA © DFA © DFA + 42

Heatherwick's Floating Pier 55 in New York Officially Abandonded

14:30 - 14 September, 2017
Heatherwick's Floating Pier 55 in New York Officially Abandonded, © Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon
© Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

Six months after preparatory site work was halted by legal action, plans for the Heatherwick Studio-designed Pier 55 park along the Hudson River in New York City have been abandoned.

Primary backer Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActive Corporation, announced the decision yesterday, citing ballooning costs and gear-halting legal worries. Initially estimated in 2011 to cost $35 million, the project had reached a $250 million price tag due to the complexity of the design and unforeseen environmental and legal concerns.

"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York

15:15 - 13 September, 2017
"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York, Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan
Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan

The innovative Cornell Tech campus has officially opened on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Master planned by SOM and featuring buildings and landscapes by Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, Handel Architects, and James Corner Field Operations, the campus represents a new vision of a campus for the digital age. Two years after breaking ground in 2015, the campus now houses some of the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world.

The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The Bridge / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Iwan Baan The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The House / Handel Archtiects. Image © Field Condition + 17