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Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility / Selldorf Architects

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility / Selldorf Architects, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig

© Marc Lins © Jonathan Chesley © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig +19

Exhibition / Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect

00:00 - 27 May, 2014
Exhibition / Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect, Radio Broadcasting Station / Photograph of Model / Detroit, 1925 / Vintage gelatin silver print / 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (12.4 x 17.5 cm)
Radio Broadcasting Station / Photograph of Model / Detroit, 1925 / Vintage gelatin silver print / 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (12.4 x 17.5 cm)

Ubu Gallery is pleased to present Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect, a debut exhibition devoted to this overlooked, yet highly influential, 20th Century modernist. Never-before-seen photographs, architectural drawings, letters, graphic design, and ephemera from Lonberg-Holm’s remarkably diverse career will be on view through August 1, 2014. The exhibition, which consists of selections from the extensive archive assembled by architectural historian Marc Dessauce, will solidify the importance of this emblematic figure in early 20th Century cultural and architectural history. Metropolis Magazine, the national publication of architecture and design, will publish an article on Knud Lonberg-Holm to coincide with this groundbreaking exhibition.

Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

00:00 - 23 May, 2014
Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

This summer, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture Foundation will present Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, an exhibition exploring why people gravitate to (or avoid) civic spaces – the places between buildings where people can assemble. Curated by Thomas Mellins and designed by Athletics, the exhibition opens Thursday, June 12, 6:00 PM and runs through Saturday, September 6 in the main galleries at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. 

Exhibition: World’s Fairs / Lost Utopias

00:00 - 21 May, 2014
Exhibition: World’s Fairs / Lost Utopias, © 2014 Jade Doskow New York 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” New York State Pavilion, Winter
© 2014 Jade Doskow New York 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” New York State Pavilion, Winter

In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Onishi Project and Kipton Cronkite are pleased to present World’s Fairs: Lost Utopias, the debut exhibition of Jade Doskow’s groundbreaking 7-year photography project. The exhibition will also include a 1968 triptych by Robert Rauschenberg and a dynamic group show---featuring Alexandra Posen, Greg Haberny, Naomi Reis, and Mark Freedman--- inspired by the cultural zeitgeist that surrounded this event.

Conference: Social Housing in Spain

00:00 - 21 May, 2014
Conference: Social Housing in Spain, © EmphasizeLLC
© EmphasizeLLC

Social Housing in Spain is intended to be the first of a series of international programs by the AIANY Housing Committee, highlighting exemplary housing design around the world. For the first program of the series, AIANY have invited three leading architects from Spain who are currently teaching in the tri-state area: Carmen Espegel, Iñaqui Carnicero, and María Hurtado de Mendoza. The panelists will present and comment upon innovative projects that follow the country’s strong social commitment to housing.

Apple Taps Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to Revamp Historic NYC Building

00:00 - 20 May, 2014
Apple Taps Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to Revamp Historic NYC Building, © Museum of the City via ifoAppleStore
© Museum of the City via ifoAppleStore

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Eckersley O'Callagha, both longstanding collaborators of Apple’s flagship stores, has been commissioned to transform a 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building on Madison Avenue into the chain’s next New York City store. Though little has been released about the design, the store’s grand opening is planned for 2015. More information can be found here

Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

The Design Trust for Public Space announces The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm, a new request for project proposals to redefine public space. 

Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum, Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta's entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Set to open to the public on Wednesday after a highly controversial and contested journey from idea to reality, the September 11 Memorial Museum has inevitably been a talking point among critics this week. The museum by Davis Brody Bond occupies the space between the Memorial Plaza at ground level and the bedrock below, with an angular glass pavilion by Snøhetta providing an entrance from above. A long ramp, designed to recall the access ramp with which tons of twisted metal was excavated from the site, descends to the exhibits which sit within the perimeter boundaries of the twin towers' foundations, underneath the suspended volumes of Michael Arad's memorial fountains.

The content of the museum is obviously fraught with painful memories, and the entrance pavilion occupies a privileged position as the only surface level structure ground zero, in opposition to the great voids of the memorial itself. The discussion at the opening of the museum was therefore always going to center on whether the design of the museum - both its built form and the exhibitions contained - were sensitive and appropriate enough for this challenging brief. Read the critics' takes on the results after the break.

AD Classics: World Trade Center / Minoru Yamasaki Associates + Emery Roth & Sons

00:00 - 11 May, 2014
AD Classics: World Trade Center / Minoru Yamasaki Associates + Emery Roth & Sons, via Wikipedia Commons
via Wikipedia Commons

A New York City icon that once rivaled structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, colloquially known as the Twin Towers, was one of the most recognized structures in history. Designed by Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, it held the title of Tallest Building in the World from 1972–1974.  Up until its unfortunate demise, the WTC site was a major destination, accommodating 500,000 working people and 80,000 visitors on a typical weekday.

© Flickr user David Farquhar via Wikipedia Commons via Wikipedia Commons via Wikipedia Commons +28

NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically

00:00 - 11 May, 2014
Exterior View. Image © NBRS + Partners
Exterior View. Image © NBRS + Partners

In response to New York City’s rapidly expanding population, NBRS + Partners has proposed a 40 story tall skyscraper that could help the city embrace its rapidly shifting demographics and size. Entitled “VIVO on High Line,” the adaptable steel-frame tower is essentially the vertical extension of the city’s beloved High Line park. 

“The podium screen engulfs the High Line folding it in and extending the lifeblood into the building base, like capillary action drawing it vertically,” described the team.

New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans

00:00 - 8 May, 2014
New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans, Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image © Foster + Partners

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has abandoned Norman Foster's controversial plans to transform part of its 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” into a circulating library. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio expressed skepticism towards the $150 million renovation earlier this year. 

According to a report by the New York Times, Blasio does not intend on reducing the NYPL funding, however the money will now be allocated to other purposes. 

Several library trustees have stated that in order to keep up with the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, they now intend on completing the renovation of the library's mid-Manhattan branch on Fifth Avenue. 

A response from Norman Foster, after the break...

Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart

01:00 - 7 May, 2014
Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +40

De Blasio Sets 10-Year Affordable Housing Plan for NYC

00:00 - 6 May, 2014
De Blasio Sets 10-Year Affordable Housing Plan for NYC, ODA Chosen to Design Largest Affordable Housing Project in New York. Image © ODA
ODA Chosen to Design Largest Affordable Housing Project in New York. Image © ODA

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has addressed the “crisis of affordability” by implementing a five-borough, ten-year plan that will build and preserve 200,000 affordable units over the coming decade. Believing affordable housing to be part of “the bedrock of what makes New York City work,” Blasio hopes the plan will make New York, once again, “a place where our most vulnerable, our working people and our middle class can all thrive.” Review the plan in detail and check out one of the largest affordable housing projects planned for the city, here

Jonathan Kirschenfeld to Receive Inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award

00:00 - 3 May, 2014
Jonathan Kirschenfeld to Receive Inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award, Jonathan Kirschenfeld. Image Courtesy of Institute for Public Architecture
Jonathan Kirschenfeld. Image Courtesy of Institute for Public Architecture

Jonathan Kirschenfeld, founder of the Institute for Public Architecture and principal at Jonathan Kirschenfield Architect PC, has been selected to receive the inaugural Henry Hobson Richardson Award. The award, presented by the New York State chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), lauded Kirschenfeld for his "contribution to the quality of New York State public architecture." 

CLOG : PRISONS Launch Event at Spitzer School of Architecture

00:00 - 1 May, 2014
CLOG : PRISONS Launch Event at Spitzer School of Architecture, Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

From CLOG. In many countries, architects assume that designing to meet the local building code assures that their buildings are safe for the public. But what if a building’s harm is not in the risk of the building falling down, but in the building performing as intended? If designed for the wrong purpose, can a building be a human rights violation, and if so, what should an architect do about it? 

Coinciding with the release of CLOG : PRISONS, the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City and the Masters of Urban Design Program at the Spitzer School of Architecture are hosting a lecture and panel response organized by CLOG that will critically examine the architecture of incarceration. 

Light Matters: Richard Kelly, The Unsung Master Behind Modern Architecture’s Greatest Buildings

01:00 - 29 April, 2014
Light Matters: Richard Kelly, The Unsung Master Behind Modern Architecture’s Greatest Buildings, Seagram Building, New York.
Seagram Building, New York.

Richard Kelly illuminated some of the twentieth century’s most iconic buildings: the Glass House, Seagram Building and Kimbell Art Museum, to name a few. His design strategy was surprisingly simple, but extremely successful. 

Lighting for architecture has been and still often is dominated by an engineering viewpoint, resigned to determining sufficient illuminance levels for a safe and efficient working environment. With a background in stage lighting, Kelly introduced a scenographic perspective for architectural lighting. His point of view might look self-evident to today’s architectural community, but it was revolutionary for his time and has strongly influenced modern architecture.

Read more about Richard Kelly’s remarkable, and unsung, contribution to architecutre, after the break.

Entrance, Seagram Building, New York. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto Seagram Building, New York. Image © Thomas Schielke Entrance, Seagram Building, New York. Image © Ezra Stoller/Esto Bar, Four Seasons Restaurant, Seagram Building, New York. Image © Hagen Stier +11

"Lebbeus Woods - Architect" Returns to NYC

00:00 - 27 April, 2014
"Lebbeus Woods - Architect" Returns to NYC, Unified Urban Field. Image Courtesy of Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Unified Urban Field. Image Courtesy of Estate of Lebbeus Woods

This summer, the drawings, theories and works of architect Lebbeus Woods are headed to the city that Lebbeus considered home. After a five-month stay at SFMOMA, the exhibit "Lebbeus Woods - Architect" will be at the Drawing Center in SoHo, Manhattan until mid-June. The following story and overview of the exhibition, by Samuel Medina, originally appeared at Metropolis Magazine as “Coming Home".

It’s all too biblical an irony that Lebbeus Woods—architect of war, catastrophe, and apocalyptic doom—died as strong winds, rain, and waves barreled down on Manhattan, his home for some 40-odd years. Woods passed the morning after Hurricane Sandy flooded Lower Manhattan, almost as if the prophet had succumbed to one of his turbulent visions. But this apocryphal reading is just one way to view Woods’s work, which, as often as it was concerned with annihilation, always dared to build in the bleakest of circumstances.

Rodrigo Nino: In Defense of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

00:00 - 24 April, 2014
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network
The 17John Building in New York. Image Courtesy of Prodigy Network

As both crowdsourcing and crowdfunding gather momentum in the architecture world, they also gather criticism. The crowdsourcing design website Arcbazar, for example, has recently attracted critics who label it as “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the internet started.” A few months ago, I myself strongly criticized the 17John apartment-hotel in New York for stretching the definition of "crowdfunding" to the point where it lost validity, essentially becoming a meaningless buzzword.

In response to this criticism, I spoke to Rodrigo Nino, the founder of Prodigy Network, the company behind 17 John, who offered to counter my argument. Read on after the break for his take on the benefits of tapping into the 'wisdom of crowds.'