Waccabuc House / Chan-li Lin

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Architect: AIA, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
Location: Waccabuc, , USA
Owners: Chan-li Lin & Denise Ferris
Structural Engineering: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design PC
Lighting Designer: LAM Partners
Construction Manager / Builder: Atlantic State Development Corporation
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf

Paul Rudolph’s Masterpiece at Risk

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Considered one of Paul Rudolph’s greatest achievements, the 1970’s Orange County Government Center is an icon of the late modernist era. Poor maintenance has lead to deterioration and in September a large flood caused extensive damage to the structure, forcing county officials to close the center. Since then, the county government has been calling for the building to be demolished. Last week, Orange County Executive Ed Diana proposed to replace the cultural icon with a $75 million, 175,000 square-foot mediocre building, offering only 22,000 square-feet of space more than the existing building. With renovation estimates around $67.2 million, or $40.9 million for a “less extensive upgrade”, the architectural and preservationist communities are outraged. Continue reading for more. 

Update: Community Meeting / Friends of the High Line

Interim Walkway at the Western Rail Yards. James Corner Field Operations and . Courtesy City of New York and Friends of the

Last night, ArchDaily joined the community of Chelsea and Friends of the High Line in the crowded auditorium of PS 11: The William T Harris School eager to see James Corner and Rick Scofidio’s latest ideas for the third installment of the High Line.  This last segment of the amazing elevated park project is the designers’ most crucial intervention as it culminates the strategies introduced in Phases 1 and 2 and must adaptively respond to new contextual relationships between 34th and 30th Streets.   Corner and Scofidio’s eloquent and coherent presentation very much responded to the community’s input from the last public meeting held in December, as the design addressed the need for a child’s play area with an idea for a section with rubberized beams, a place for spontaneous and planned performances, and more seating.  Scofidio kidded, “There are some things we could do better, and that’s exactly why we get to do the third phase.”

More about Phase 3 after the break.

‘Gathering’ Pavilion / Gathering

Courtesy of (Ginna Nguyen, So Sugita, Dale Suttle)

Gathering was a pavilion designed by Gathering (Ginna Nguyen, So Sugita, Dale Suttle) selected out of more than 600 international entries to be built in a “visionary village” in Union Square Park in September 2010. The distinguished jury included Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger and Geoff Manaugh, among others. Gathering was then purchased by the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and exhibited in Washington, D.C. through October 2010. Sukkah City was a competition that sought to re-imagine the sukkah, a temporary shelter erected each year to remember the biblical exodus from Egypt. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Iconic U.N. Headquarters Makeover

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Planned for completion in 2014, the iconic United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) is in the middle of a $1.876 billion refurbishment project, known as the Capital Master Plan, which seeks to update the aging building with a more safe, modern and sustainable work environment. Located on the 18-acre site that was donated by John D. Rockefeller in the 1950s, the UNHQ was designed by an international team of eleven architects who worked together in a post-World War II world to create an landmark building through collaboration rather than competition.

Continue reading for more details on the Capital Master Plan. 

Rem Koolhaas & Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ‘Project Japan: Metabolism Talks’ Lecture

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Architect Rem Koolhaas – author of Delirious New York – and curator – known for his exhibitions and his “endless conversation” with hundreds of artists and thinkers, racking up 2,000 hours of interviews since 1990 – will discuss their new book Project Japan, part oral history and part documentation of Japan’s radical mode of nation building. The event will take place March 8th at 7:00pm at the NYPL (New York Public Library) in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. More information on the event after the break.

Frieze Art Fair New York 2012

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A carefully selected presentation of over 170 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, Frieze Art Fair New York 2012 will take place May 4-7. Employing a distinct snake-shaped structure, Frieze will be designed by -based SO – IL architects. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the event will benefit from the same architectural approach that has made Frieze Art Fair, London one of the world’s leading art fairs. More information on the event after the break.

B*Session – The Business of Communication: Social Media and Content Marketing

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Today’s entrepreneurs are redefining what it means to be visionary in a slow economy. Using every available resource to create new assets, marketing through social media is becoming an important part of the strategy to reach our audiences.

Coordinated by the Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, nycobaNOMA, and sponsored by Mohawk Industries, Inc., the B*Session event, The Business of Communication: Social Media and Content Marketing, will take place on March 21st at the Mohawk New York Showroom. More information on the event after the break.

Video: Piada Cafe / Fieldlines Architecture / Great Spaces

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We have been sharing short clips from Great Spaces that offer a new spin on reviewing contemporary spaces ranging from SANAA’s latest art museum in the Bowery to UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilion by South Ferry.  This clip features the review of Piada Cafe, an Italian restaurant in midtown at the base of the Citigroup Building.  Designed by Fieldlines Architecture, the 900 sqf cafe situated on the corner of 53rd and Lex offers a sleek setting for its customers with a handsome curving central counter and a community table that shapes the main circulation path.  Have you had the chance to snack on some delicious Italian food and enjoy the architectural ambiance? Let us know in the comments below.

 

sg2012 Material Intensities Conference

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Taking place at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in , , the sg2012 Materials Intensities Conference will be in two parts, a four day Workshop 19-22 March, and a public conference beginning with Talkshop 23 March, followed by a Symposium 24 March. The event follows the format of the highly successful preceding events at sg2010 Barcelona and sg2011 Copenhagen.

The Talkshop (March 23) is an opportunity to share perspectives, open debates, pose questions, challenge orthodoxies and propose new ideas in informal and open discussions while the symposium (March 24) will showcase major projects that explore the range of ways materiality informs design. More information on the event after the break.

Call for Submissions: BOFFO Show House

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BOFFO is currently accepting submissions through March 26th for art & design furniture, products and more to arrange at their Show House open May 1 – 24, 2012. The BOFFO Show House exhibition will bridge art and design through installation showcasing designers and artists in a residential setting with the goal of creating a profound and relevant experience representing modern living at a visually enticing destination. For more information, please visit here.

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

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This workshop is a two-day intensive parametric design workshop by Studio Mode / modeLab to be held in during the weekend of April 07-08, 2012. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will engage both the conceptual as well as technical domains of applied parametric design.

Rhino, in conjunction with the parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper, offers the possibility to explore parametric and computational design with unprecedented fluidity. Leveraging this capacity, we have structured this workshop around a series of design strategies and case-study exercises with the capacity to generate and control degrees of variation within fields of entities. Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, visualization techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions. For more information, please visit here.

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: Coney Inland / Cameron Wu

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ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012  PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) in February. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s Wendy. Cameron Wu(Cambridge, MA) proposed Coney Inland, an architectural strategy which formally unifies and spatially modulates the challenging PS1 courtyard site. A series of developable surfaces (cones and cylinders) and their base structures normalize the contingencies of scale and shape of the three courtyard spaces, while their legible transformations register the idiosyncratic nature of the overall site geometry.

For generations of New Yorkers, Coney Island has served as the quintessential local retreat from the city. Unfettered access to sky, land, and sea makes it a clear contrast to the urban metropolis, drawing crowds in search of spatial and social release. Through the architectural translation of qualities inherent to this ocean-side precedent, Coney Inland imports the culture of casual beach leisure into the courtyard at MoMA PS1.

Steven Holl and Lars Müller in conversation at MoMA PS1

Courtesy of Stevn Holl and Lars Müller Publishers

ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 will be launching NY-based architect Steven Holl‘s newest books published by Lars Müller. These two luminaries of architecture and design will engage in a conversation about their respective projects as well as the collaborative publishing process on March 4th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Following the discussion, Holl will sign his two new publications, : Color Light Time and : Scale. More information after the break.

Michael Meredith: “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” Lecture

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The Design Criticism Department (D-CRIT) at the School of Visual Arts will be hosting the “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” lecture featuring Michael Meredith, co-principal and co-founder of MOS. With being an architectural practice that was born out of playful experimentation, what does being experimental mean and how is this related to criticism?

Therefore, Meredith will be talking about critical theory through his experience as an editor, critic, and educator and how this has shaped the way he sees the world of architecture and design. The lecture takes place April 10th and is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit here.

DPR Residence / Method Design Architecture + Urbanism PLLC

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Architect: Method Design Architecture + Urbanism PLLC
Location: Pound Ridge, New York, USA
Completion: September 2010
Method DesignTeam: Reese J. Campbell, Demetrios A. Comodromos, Jason Bean, Heath Horn
Consultants: David Kufferman, PE (Structural Engineering)
Builder: Riebe Construction, Magna Steel
Photographs: Taylor Deupree, Reese Campbell – Method Design Architecture & Urbanism PLLC

Pratt Institute presents two Public Exhbitions on the Work of Theoharis David

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Tonight in Brooklyn, – Architect, alumnus and longtime Pratt Architecture Professor Theoharis David, FAIA, will deliver a lecture which will be introduced by visionary architect Lebbeus Woods reflecting on David’s 43 years as a teacher through the work of his former students, many of whom have gone on to become accomplished architects and teachers. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception for “Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action,” an exhibition of models, photos, and concept drawings by David that will be on view at The School of Architecture through March 30. The Pratt’s Department of Exhibitions are also presenting “An Architect Drawing,” an exhibition of drawings and texts from David’s architectural experiences through September 28.

Tonight’s lecture is open to the public; however please note that seating priority is reserved for members of the Pratt community at 5:30PM and members of the public will be admitted at 5:50PM. Continue reading for more information.

Emerging New York Architects Competition Proposal: ‘The Hudson Exchange’ / SWARM

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The Hudson Exchange, a proposal for the Emerging New York Architects Competition by SWARM, was recently awarded second place for their concept. The design is a point of transfer incorporating a diversity of stakeholders relevant to community education, production, transport, and distribution of locally grown and sustainable food in West Harlem. More images and architects’ description after the break.