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Beacons of Pride: #LoveWins in These Illuminated Buildings

15:35 - 26 June, 2015
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com

Earlier today, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states, effectively overruling 14 states that so far have continued to enforce a ban (if you've been on Facebook in the last few hours, you've probably already heard). The ruling comes just in time for Pride Parades which will take place this weekend in many cities, and to celebrate this historic decision, we've rounded up some iconic buildings lit up for past Pride Parades for everybody to enjoy - equally.

Andrés Jaque Cleans New York's Water with COSMO

14:14 - 26 June, 2015

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This week COSMO begun its venture to filter more than 42,000 gallons of New York City water during the course of MoMA PS1's Summer Warm Up series. The 16th installation built as part of the annual Young Architect's Program (YAP), COSMO is a portable water purifier designed by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation to combat the world's clean water crisis while serving an animated backdrop to PS1's party atmosphere. 

An interview with Jaque, after the break.

The Paper Factory Hotel / DHD Architecture + Interior Design

15:00 - 24 June, 2015
The Paper Factory Hotel / DHD Architecture + Interior Design, © David Ayash
© David Ayash

© David Ayash © David Ayash © David Ayash © David Ayash +14

Sustainability on Roosevelt Island: How Morphosis and Arup Are Making Cornell's Bloomberg Center Net Zero

09:30 - 24 June, 2015
© Cornell University / Kilograph
© Cornell University / Kilograph

When the first images of Cornell University's new campus on Roosevelt Island were unveiled last year, the First Academic Building (now known as the Bloomberg Center) was highlighted as a design driven by sustainability. In this interview, originally published by Arup's newly-revamped online magazine Arup Doggerel as "Net zero learning," Sarah Wesseler talks to members of the team from Morphosis, Arup and Cornell about how they designed the building to be one of the most sustainable education facilities in the world.

For its new tech-focused New York City campus, Cornell University set out to create one of America’s most sustainable university centers. With the net zero Bloomberg Center now in construction, I interviewed three leaders of the design team — Diana Allegretti, Assistant Director for Design and Construction at Cornell; Ung Joo Scott Lee, a principal at Morphosis; and Tom Rice, a structural engineer and project manager at Arup.

Bloomberg Center exterior rendering. Image © Morphosis Architects © Cornell University / Kilograph Bloomberg Center exterior rendering. Image © Cornell University / Kilograph © Cornell University / Kilograph +14

The Dillon / Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects

09:00 - 23 June, 2015
The Dillon / Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects, © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

Courtesy of Henry Smith-Miller © Alexander Severin © Michael Moran © Michael Moran +18

CTBUH Names World's 4 Best Skyscrapers of 2015

12:31 - 22 June, 2015
CTBUH Names World's 4 Best Skyscrapers of 2015, Bosco Verticale. Image © Kirsten Bucher
Bosco Verticale. Image © Kirsten Bucher

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has shortlisted four buildings for the annual "Best Tall Building Awards." Considered to be the four best skyscrapers of the year, the buildings have been named from each of the four competing regions in the world - Americas; Asia and Australia; Europe; the Middle East and Africa - from nominees representing 33 countries. One of the buildings will be crowned the world's best at a ceremony this November. 

The four top skyscrapers for 2015 are...

Sung Jang Creates Modular Pieces for “This is Not a Duet” Exhibit in New York

16:00 - 20 June, 2015
Sung Jang Creates Modular Pieces for “This is Not a Duet” Exhibit in New York, Mobi by Sung Jang. Image Courtesy of Chamber
Mobi by Sung Jang. Image Courtesy of Chamber

Currently on display at the Chamber in New York, Sung Jang’s “Mobi” is the investigation of transforming a modular, buttress-like element into “the human perception of beauty.” Mobi is part of Chamber’s latest exhibit, “This is Not a Duet,” curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Juan Garcia Mosqueda, and which showcases the oppositional work of two artists. Sung's Mobi is complimented by Gala Fernandez Montero's “Caro Ettore.”

WEISS/MANFREDI Break Ground on "The Bridge" at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus

14:20 - 17 June, 2015
WEISS/MANFREDI Break Ground on "The Bridge" at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island Campus, Cornell Tech Phase 1. Image © WEISS/MANFREDI
Cornell Tech Phase 1. Image © WEISS/MANFREDI

WEISS/MANFREDI broke ground yesterday on Cornell Tech's pioneering building, "The Bridge." Spearheading the first phase of the $2 billion Roosevelt Island tech campus, the new building will "bridge" the gap between academia and industry, providing a seven-story "corporate co-location" loft where students and industry leaders will collaborate.  

“The Bridge is a crystalline incubator with river-to-river views and creates a three-dimensional crossroads, an ecosystem of innovation to catalyze collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs,” say design partners Marion Weiss and Michael A. Manfredi.

170 Amsterdam / Handel Architects

11:00 - 16 June, 2015
170 Amsterdam / Handel Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    170 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023, United States
  • Area

    21235.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +16

Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?

08:00 - 16 June, 2015
Could the Empire State Building Have Been Built with Wood?, Courtesy of Metsä Wood
Courtesy of Metsä Wood

Michael Green has teamed up with Finnish forestry company Metsä Wood and Equilibrium Consulting to redesign the Empire State Building with wood as the main material. The project is part of Metsä Wood’s “Plan B” program, which explores what it would be like for iconic buildings to be made of timber. Their work shows that not only can wood be used to produce enormous structures in a dense urban context, but also that timber towers can fit into an urban setting and even mimic recognizable buildings despite differences in material.

Bjarke Ingels Talks About Two World Trade Center

09:30 - 15 June, 2015
Bjarke Ingels Talks About Two World Trade Center, © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG
© DBOX, Courtesy of BIG

Last week, after a month of speculation, BIG unveiled their plans for New York's Two World Trade Center, replacing Foster + Partners' design which although started on site, was stalled due to the financial crash of 2008. With the building's high profile, in just one week BIG's design has been the subject of intense scrutiny. In this interview, originally published by New York YIMBY as "Interview: Bjarke Ingels On New Design For 200 Greenwich Street, Aka Two World Trade Center," Nikolai Fedak talks to Bjarke Ingels about the design of the tower and why it was necessary to replace the scheme by Foster + Partners.

YIMBY sat down with Bjarke Ingels to talk about his firm’s design for 200 Greenwich Street, aka Two World Trade Center. Despite public outcry following the change from the Norman Foster version of the tower, BIG’s innovative and forward-thinking building will truly respond to the human needs of its tenants, while also punctuating the Downtown skyline with a 1,340-foot take on a classic ziggurat. We’ve also obtained a few additional renderings of the soon-to-be icon’s impact on the cityscape.

One of the design's rooftop gardens. Image © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG Lobby. Image © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG +9

Purpose / A+I

09:00 - 14 June, 2015
Purpose / A+I, © Magda Biernat
© Magda Biernat
  • Architects

  • Location

    Flatiron District, New York, NY, United States
  • Area

    15000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat © Magda Biernat +10

A-Frame ReThink / Bromley Caldari Architects

13:00 - 12 June, 2015
A-Frame ReThink / Bromley Caldari Architects, © Mikiko Kikuyama
© Mikiko Kikuyama
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY 11782, United States
  • Collaborators

    Eurometal (stairs), Lynbrook (skylights), North Shore Window & Door (window)
  • Area

    218.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama +21

Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects

09:00 - 11 June, 2015
Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects, © Durston Saylor Photography
© Durston Saylor Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    42 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014, United States
  • Submitting Architect

    Andrew Bartle, AIA
  • ABA Studio Team

    Andrew Bartle, Sean Auyeung, Mark Barone, Karl Jensen, Joanne Graney, Ken Lake, John Thurman, Erin Ross
  • Area

    22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography +20

Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects

09:00 - 11 June, 2015
Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects, © Durston Saylor Photography
© Durston Saylor Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    42 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Submitting Architect

    Andrew Bartle, AIA
  • ABA Studio Team

    Andrew Bartle, Sean Auyeung, Mark Barone, Karl Jensen, Joanne Graney, Ken Lake, John Thurman, Erin Ross
  • Area

    22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography +20

BIG Replaces Foster, Unveils Plans for 2 World Trade Center

12:49 - 9 June, 2015
BIG Replaces Foster, Unveils Plans for 2 World Trade Center, © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG
© DBOX, Courtesy of BIG

BIG has revealed plans for the fourth and final skyscraper planned for the World Trade Center site - the 2 World Trade Center (2 WTC) - confirming rumors that the Danish architect has replaced Norman Foster as the project's architect. 

As announced by WIRED, the controversial take over is the result of James Murdoch's distaste for Foster's decade-old scheme and preference for a more integrated workplace. Though the foundation of Foster's building has already been built, the BIG scheme will now be realized and become the new headquarters of Rupert Murdoch’s media companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

Designed as seven unique building stacked on top of each other, the stepped 2 WTC tower will rise 1,340 feet - a height that would make it Manhattan's third-tallest building if built today. 

Watch Bjarke Ingels explain the concept in a video, after the break. 

© DBOX, Courtesy of BIG © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG © DBOX, Courtesy of BIG +34

Renzo Piano on the Whitney Museum and the Value of Public Space

09:30 - 9 June, 2015
Renzo Piano on the Whitney Museum and the Value of Public Space, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

Throughout his career, Renzo Piano has designed dozens of museum buildings becoming the most prolific museum designer of our time. Yet, it has been some time since one of his designs has been as widely discussed and analyzed as his latest, the Whitney Museum in New York. In this interview, originally published on The Value of Architecture as "A House for Freedom: an Interview with Renzo Piano," David Plick speaks with Piano about the many inspirations of the Whitney Museum, from the previous Whitney Museum by Marcel Breuer to the neighboring High Line, the city on one side and the river on the other.

Renzo Piano is the great champion of public space. Whether the visitors and citizens of the city are aware of it or not, he improves their quality of life by sharing with them a living space designed specifically for the cultivation and dispersion of ideas and the enrichment of civic life. He’s the architect who cares about the individual’s experience of a building, who cares about how people interact with the space, and how the space then interacts with the world. At the Whitney Museum of American Art, much like the Centre Pompidou, or Beaubourg as he would say, he showed this by including a large area in front—a “piazza” he calls it—for people to meet, congregate, chat, and even loiter. He’s somehow simultaneously innovative and selfless. And because of this, he can masterfully fuse form and function, creating beauty for himself because he loves it and thinks it will save people, yet it all means nothing to him if he can’t share in this emotion with others.

The Relationship between the Whitney Museum and the Southern End of the High Line. Image © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux +9

Video: Tadao Ando on Designing His First New York Building

12:44 - 8 June, 2015

"A living space should be a sanctuary. It has to be a place where you can reflect on your life." - Tadao Ando

NOWNESS has released a new video, this time interviewing the legendary Japanese architect Tadao Ando about his first New York building: Ichigoni 152. Planned to replace a parking garage on the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Street in Manhattan’s Nolita, the seven-story, seven-residence building aims to embody the energy of living in New York, while maintaining its role a "quite" and "sensitive" place of refuge for its inhabitants. "I would like to create something that only a Japanese person could do," says Ando. "It's about sensitivity."