NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Lauds “Exciting” New Building

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Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Fred Bland proclaimed it to be the most exciting building ever proposed during his tenure.

The proposal for the six-story, 34,000 square foot building on the intersection of Broadway and Spring Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in New York City, designed by BKSK Architects, sits on a $147.9 million site. Prominent developers purchased the site in December of 2012, setting a per-buildable-square-foot record for SoHo retail. Their early intent of demolishing the existing building and constructing a new one garnered significant opposition. That is, till they revealed what was to replace it.

Videos: TEDCity2.0

On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place at the TimesCenter in . Co-curated and co-hosted by Chris Anderson, John Cary, and Courtney Martin, the event surfaced stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, and featured an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners.

On session 4 (videos after the break), you’ll find speakers Enrique Peñalosa (former mayor of Bogotá), Alan Ricks (MASS Co-Founder), Francis Kere and Iwan Baan. More information on all the speakers can be found here.

Collective-LOK Wins Van Alen Institute’s Ground/Work Competition

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Last May, the Van Alen Institute of New York called on emerging architects to design an engaging and accessible street-level venue for the Institute to house its entire work space and public programs. This past July the competition finalists were revealed and now Collective–LOK has been announced as the winner of Ground/Work: A Design Competition for ’s New Street-Level Space.

Read on to learn about their winning design…

AD Classics: The Museum of Modern Art

View of the gallery complex from the Sculpture Garden. Image © Timothy Hursley

The entrance to the Museum of Modern Art is tucked beneath a demure facade of granite and glass in Midtown . Its clean, regular planes mark Yoshio Taniguchi’s 2004 addition to the MoMA’s sequence of facades, which he preserved as a record of its form. Taniguchi’s contribution sits beside the 1984 residential tower by Cesar Pelli and Associates, followed by Philip Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone’s original 1939 building, then Philip Johnson’s 1964 addition. Taniguchi was hired in 1997 to expand the Museum’s space and synthesize its disparate elements. His elegant, minimal solution presents a contemporary face for the MoMA while adhering to its Modernist roots.

City Modern Home Tours

SkyHouse by David Hotson Architect / © Eric Laignel

Visit some of the city’s most gawk-worthy homes designed and furnished by New York’s top architects and interior decorators. From a penthouse with a three-story slide to the ultimate man cave, these private residences exemplify ingenuity, innovation, and forward-thinking urban design.

The week kicks off on September 27 with a Meet the Architects celebration, followed by a weekend of mag-worthy City Modern home tours in Manhattan and . From real life chutes and ladders at the Skyhouse – the four-story penthouse in the Financial District, complete with an 80-foot-long mirror-polished stainless steel slide – to the decked out, James-Bond-meets-Barbarella pad of Flavor Paper kingpin Jon Sherman – this tour is sure to stir the senses as well as great design ideas for any home. 

An A-list of notable firms bring ticket-buyers 10 breath-taking homes, including David Hotson Architect, Architecture in Formation, Leone Design Studio, Asfour Guzy Architects, Resolution: 4 Architecture, James Cleary Architecture, Skylab Architects, Christian Hubert Studio, Bergen Street Studio and Ben Hansen Architect. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Architecture for Humanity. The Meet the Architects opening event on September 27 in offers the chance to meet them all and to get a sneak peek of the homes.

Watch TEDCity2.0: Dream me. Build me. Make me real.

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Calling all urban innovators, organizers, stewards and builders: Today, September 20th, from 9am to 5pm EST, curators Chris Anderson, John Cary and Courtney Martin will kick off TEDCity2.0: Dream me. Build me. Make me real. The day-long event, which will be live-streamed for free, will share stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, while featuring an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including walkability expert Jeff Speck, world renowned architectural photographer , and several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. View the event program for more details.

—Scape Adaptors: Maria Alessandra Segantini Lecture at Columbia

Maria Alessandra Segantini, principal of C+S Architects will be giving a lecture on Thursday, September 19, 1:00pm at Columbia GSAPP, . The lecture, called -Scape Adaptors, will be introduced by Kenneth Frampton.

More information can be found here.

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park / Thomas Balsley Associates + Weiss Manfredi

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Architects: Weiss Manfredi, Thomas Balsley Associates
Location: Center Boulevard, Long Island City, NY,
Park Designers: , Weiss/Manfredi
Photographs: Albert Večerka

Archtober 2013: Architecture and Design Month in NY

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official New York City Architecture and Design Month. 

More than 50 participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art have curated more than 150 programs, including exhibits, movies, talks, and walking tours. As Rick Bell, Executive Director of the AIA New York said today during the press preview: “There is something for everyone“.

More information, including some highlights for the festival after the break.

In Pursuit of Architecture: A Conference on Buildings and Ideas

To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.

Some of the offices that will be present include C+S architects, LAN, Neil M. Denari Architects, Preston Scott Cohen, Reiser + Umemoto, and UNStudio. For complete details, please click here.

Title: In Pursuit of Architecture: A conference on buildings and ideas
Website: http://www.anycorp.com/inpursuit/
Organizers: Log
From: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:00
Until: Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:00
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art
Address: 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, USA

Reviving Brooklyn’s Waterfront, 19th Century Warehouses Evolve Into 21st Century Hubs

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After fifty years of neglect the Empire Stores, located next to the Brooklyn Bridge, are now the most coveted waterfront property in New York. Midtown Equity has partnered with Studio V Architecture to adaptively reuse the 19th-century coffee warehouse into 380,000 square-feet of office, restaurant and commercial space, highlighted by a -centric cultural museum. “After the Bridge,” says Joe Cayre, Chairman of Midtown Equities, “the Civil War era Empire Stores are the most iconic structures on the waterfront. As a native who raised my family in the borough, it is an honor for my firm to be chosen for the redevelopment of the Empire Stores.”

Learn more after the break…

Time-Lapse: One World Trade Center

On the twelfth anniversary of September 11th, we would like to share with you this incredible time-lapse 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.

André Balazs Tapped to Transform JFK’s Historic TWA Terminal

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André Balazs, CEO of André Balazs Properties, has been tapped by Port Authority officials to redevelop the historic, Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in . Balazs will transform the terminal into the “Standard, Flight Center” hotel and conference center, equipped with food and beverage space, retail, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum.

Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism

In 1913, an art exhibition opened in that shocked the country, shattered perceptions of beauty, and shifted the American cultural landscape forever. “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” became known simply and infamously as “The Armory Show,” after its venue­, the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. It was a show of clashing and competing “–isms:” Cubism, Modernism, Realism, Futurism, Fauvism…

On September 28, 2013, The Architectural League of New York will celebrate the centennial of this historic event with a spectacular party in the same space. For one night, an architectural installation, processional performance, and original music will coalesce in a highly charged and evocative environment to transform the Lexington Avenue Armory once again.

For complete information (including a special dress code involving your favorite ism), please click here. And don’t forget to buy your tickets here! See you there!

Title: Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism
Website: http://archleague.org/2013/09/beaux-arts-ball-2013/
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York
From: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:00
Until: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 01:00
Venue: 69th Regiment Armory
Address: Lexington Avenue & East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010,

‘Coverage: Seventy-Five Years of Oculus’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Center for Architecture September 3-23, AIA New York‘s ‘Coverage: Seventy-Five Years of Oculus’ Exhibition celebrates 75 years of Oculus and the 10 years since the 2003 re-launch. The exhibition will include original issues of Oculus from the AIA New York Chapter’s archives dating back to 1938, and will trace the publication’s history from an newsletter to the quarterly architectural journal it is today. The opening reception takes place 6:00-8:00pm EST. For more information, please visit here,

Deborah Berke to Redesign Landmarked Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Richardson Olsmted Complex, a National Historic Landmark that is widely considered to be one of Buffalo‘s most important and beautiful buildings, will be rehabilitated and reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. The design team, including New York-based Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners and Buffalo-based Peter Flynn of , have high hopes of transforming the 19th-century, unused building into a “thoroughly modern travel and cultural experience” while maintaining a deep respect for its long history.

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence

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The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, NY is captured here by brazilian photographer Paul Clemence from Facebook.com/Archi-Photo. This photo gallery very elegantly emphasizes the building’s delicate placement on the landscape as well as its natural surrounding beauty of which the architects took their inspiration. Clemence also captures the project’s moment of outdoor shelter that surrounds the building to  emphasize the importance of the site and its interaction with the art within.The full photo gallery can be viewed after the break.

Networking/Happy Hour

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Taking place at the Daltile Design Gallery September 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm EST, nycobaNOMA ( Coalition of Black Architects &  Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) will present Networking/Happy Hour which includes a Design Talk with Mark Gardner, principal of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects (J/GA). The award-winning -based studio is know for their expertise in designing high-end commercial and residential buildings and interiors, furnishing and objects. Gardner will speak about the office’s current works, endeavors, and project installations. For more information, please visit here.