‘Pop-Up Hotel’ Winning Proposal / PINKCLOUD

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Designed by PINKCLOUD, their ‘Pop-Up Hotel’ proposal was recently selected as the winning entry in the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition. Their concept focuses on the transformation of empty Class A office spaces into hospitality spaces through a simple setup. They intend to partner with various owner/leasing agencies around Midtown in to identify buildings in need of revitalization. A uniquely urban experience, the Pop-Up hotel will feature a variety of amenities and rooms catering to a wide diversity of clientele. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Densify’ Discussion at the Center for Architecture

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Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for Manhattan’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at Manhattan’s densest urban core, and Micro-housing that will significantly decrease the allowable dwelling size in . The program will also include interviews with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on high-rise mix-use development in London, focusing on the Shard, and comparisons between Micro-housing in NYC and Asian precedents. For more information, please visit here.

‘Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments’ Exhibition

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Taking place June 27 – August 2, Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Foundation and generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, ‘Fragments’ is an of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition

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BOFFO, with eyewear brand Linda Farrow, just launched their latest Building Fashion competition which asks participants to design and build a temporary store in for the iconic eyewear brand. Exploring the intersection of architecture and fashion through integrated store and design, a shipping container, near ’s Meatpacking district, will be redesigned inside and out providing a unique glimpse into the work of vibrant and acclaimed designers. This third annual installation series aims to once again push the limits of temporary architecture and the language of retail design.

BOFFO Building Fashion will also showcase design installations that push the limits of temporary architecture and retail spaces through fashion and architecture collaborations. The installations will be open to the public December 4-24. The deadline for project submissions is July 14. For more information, please visit here. Check out their video after the break.

+ Pool Launches ‘Tile by Tile’ Kickstarter Campaign

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+ Pool, the ambitious project to float a public swimming pool in New York’s East River, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund “Tile by Tile,” what will be the largest crowdfunded civic project to date. Those who back the pool will be rewarded by having their name engraved on one of the pool’s 70,000 tiles.

+ Pool will filter the river water to give users a clean, safe yet natural environment to swim in and provide space for all types of “swimmers, bathers and hanger-outers” in each of its four sections. The current campaign’s primary aim is to fund an in-situ floating test lab which will, for the first time, prove the feasibility of filtering river water by testing various potential filtration systems.

Read more about the + Pool and the growing trend towards crowdfunding after the break…

‘FitNation’ Exhibition

Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, from San Antonio to Cincinnati, communities and organizations across the United States are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases with a dose of powerful medicine: active design. Organized by AIA New York, with the Center for Architecture, their groundbreaking ‘FitNation‘ exhibition. brings together for the first time 33 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia that showcase the ways design, policy, and grassroots strategies are promoting physical activity as part of daily life. The event began this week and concludes on August 8. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

‘Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line’ Film Screening

Taking place this Thursday, June 20th, at 7:00pm EST, Van Alen Books welcomes Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a film screening of ’Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.’ The 54-minute documentary offers insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of re-imagining the public identities of two major urban spaces. The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with City planning commissioner Amanda Burden, as well as several critics and theorists. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David Van der Leer. More more information on the event, please visit here.

Pool Pavilion / GLUCK+

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Architects: GLUCK+
Location: Lake George, New York, USA
Project Team: Shannon Bambenek, Richard Bednarczyk, John D’Agnone, Peter L. Gluck, Charlie Kaplan, Eric Schaefer, Robert Wall, Douglas Weibel
Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Warchol, Amy Barkow, Erik Freeland

‘POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.’ Exhibition

Taking place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in from June 19 – July 20, the ’POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions. will investigate what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The presents 30 original drawings by 30 architects of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street that address both ends of the architectural drawing spectrum, understanding its codes and protocols and deploying the personal obsession of each architect in the articulation of a position now. For more information, please visit here.

Exhibiting in New York in the Air: Alberto Campo Baeza Exhibition

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Exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in until this month, the work of Alberto Campo Baeza is on display to celebrate the awarding of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture 2013. In a spare white quadrangular room in the main building and with only natural light from above, 24 white panels appear floating over the walls, without touching or marking them. It is an that is very sui generis, it is an in the air; it is an that is very Campo Baeza. More information on the after the break.

MoMA presents ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’

Urban Plan for Algiers, project Plan and perspective. 1935. / Le Corbusier; The Museum of Modern Art, . Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes exhibit at the MoMA opens on June 15th. The exhibit will be centered around Le Corbusier‘s worldview of architecture.  It explores both his most famous architectural projects, as well as the means by which he was able to realize them.  Through a collection of early watercolors, drawings and photographs, curator Jean-Louis Cohen provides a peak into Le Corbusier’s journeys and developments as an architect, revealing how he explored the world and what he drew from his travels and observations.

More on ‘Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes’ after the break.

580 Carroll Street / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: 580 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215,
Architect In Charge: Enrique Norten
Area: 30000.0 sf2
Proyect Year: 2010
Photography: Courtesy of TEN Arquitectos, Marc Lins

5th Avenue Camper Store / Nendo

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Architects: Nendo
Location: 522 5th Avenue, , NY 10036, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Goff

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Rotunda to be Transformed into Turrell Skyspace

James Turrell: Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013, Daylight and LED light, Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Museum, © James Turrell, Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF

With his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, James Turrell will dramatically transform the sinuous curves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum into one of the largest Skyspaces he has ever mounted. Opening on summer solstice, June 21, 2013, the temporary installation Aten Reign will give form museum’s central void by creating what Turrell has described as “an architecture of space created with light.”

Ice Falls / James Carpenter Design Associates Inc

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Architects: James Carpenter Design Associates Inc
Location: 959 8th Avenue, , NY 10019, USA
Architect In Charge: Foster, Partners
Design Team: Johanna Kindvall, Jonathan Forsythe
Architect Of Record: Adamson Associates Architects
Design Principal: Torsten Schlauersbach, Richard Kress
Water Consultant: Fluidity Design Consultants
Cast Glass Fabrication: John Lewis Glass
Year: 2006
Photographs: Andreas Keller

‘Le Corbusier/New York’ Symposium

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Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium taking place June 8-9. The event will examine this world-renowned French architect’s ideas on the city before and after his first trip to the United States, along with his influence on generations of American architects. The journey through ’s work will begin on Saturday with an exclusive preview of the MoMA exhibition led by its curator Jean-Louis Cohen and Sunday’s events include engaging lectures at the Center for Architecture. Discussions will focus on how ’s ideas about New York City influenced his work and how, in turn, ’s legacy impacted the city’s built environment. For more information, please visit here.

Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space

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Ground/Work is a design competition just launched yesterday that seeks to recognize emerging design talent with a highly visible built project in for Van Alen Institute. Since 1982, the Institute has occupied the sixth floor of its building at 30 West 22nd Street in Manhattan, where a diverse program of competitions, curatorial initiatives, and public has made Van Alen an influential center for design innovation. This year, the Institute is making its public-oriented mission central to the reinvention of its own office and event space, transforming the ground floor and lower level of its building for a new venue to house its entire work space and public programs. The deadline for submissions is June 13. For more information, please visit here.

Video: One World Trade Center Tops Out

Caution: This video may induce vertigo.

As the final segment of the One World Trade Center was hoisted into position – topping the structure out at a patriotic 1,776 feet – Curbed NY captured its journey via a small Go-Pro camera to reveal its fascinating, and somewhat nauseating, view of .

While the US rejoices this monumental feat, a debate amongst architects, engineers and city officials lingers on whether or not the 408-foot spire will count towards the One WTC’s overall height and allow it to officially claim its title as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Port Authority argues that the spire doubled as a radio antenna is considered as non-essential telecom equipment and therefore should not be considered as part of the “architectural top”, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will make the final call in October.