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Banksy Critiques One World Trade as "Shyscraper"

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Banksy Critiques One World Trade as "Shyscraper", One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia
One World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

Banksy, the pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist who is currently making his rounds in New York City, has proclaimed the One World Trade Center as the city’s “biggest eyesore.” In a brief op-ed piece, Banksy describes the SOM-designed tower as a “shy skyscraper,” one that declares New York’s “glory days” are gone. 

“You really need to put up a better building in front of it right away,” stated Banksy. “... because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads, New York - we lost our nerve.”

Criticism of the One World Trade isn’t new, as many leading critics have bashed its design for being “meh” - a watered-down version of Daniel Libeskind’s original proposal

Read Bansky's full op-ed, after the break.  

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Design Ice Rink for NYC

00:00 - 26 October, 2013
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Design Ice Rink for NYC, Courtesy of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects / Dbox
Courtesy of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects / Dbox

After sitting derelict for years, the Kate Wollman Memorial Rink in Brooklyn's Prospect Park is poised for something of a rebirth. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's plans for a sports complex, known as Lakeside, is expected to restore the rink's role as the park's chief attraction. Michael Kimmelman recently stopped by the site to explore the project as it nears completion - click here to read his thoughts on what he calls one of the last "parting gifts of the Bloomberg era to the city."

3C Competition Winners Announced

01:00 - 26 October, 2013
First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper
First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper

Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.

The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:

White Arkitekter Wins FAR ROC Design Competition

01:00 - 23 October, 2013
White Arkitekter Wins FAR ROC Design Competition , View from Pier. Image Courtesy of White Arkitekter
View from Pier. Image Courtesy of White Arkitekter

Stockholm-based White Arkitekter, along with partners ARUP and Gensler, has been announced as the winner of the two-phase “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition in New York. Selected from a shortlist of four and an international pool of 117, White Arkitekter’s “untraditional” proposal aims to transform an 80-acre shoreline site in the Rockaways into a resilient and affordable community through a series of small interventions that can be tested, adjusted, or redesigned overtime during the development process.

Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made, Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects
Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects

On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year’s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year’s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.

Historic New York City House Seeks Permanent Home

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Historic New York City House Seeks Permanent Home, Courtesy of The Aluminaire House Foundation
Courtesy of The Aluminaire House Foundation

After being relegated to storage facilities for much of its lifetime, proposals to relocate the Aluminaire House seem to be picking up steam. The project, which was the first all-metal house in the United States, originally stood as a symbol for architectural modernism in a rapidly urbanizing New York.

Conference: Since Now From Then

00:00 - 11 October, 2013
Conference: Since Now From Then

The cultural, political and social context that produced - 30 years ago - Storefront for Art and Architecture has radically changed, yet the need to produce alternatives to the contemporary forces that shape public life are still as vital as ever.

AD Classics: The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
© Ezra Stoller/Esto
© Ezra Stoller/Esto

Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo established their own practice in 1966, after heading the firm of Eero Saarinen for several years. The Ford Foundation Headquarters is regarded as the pair's first major success, a combination of Roche's unique ideals and Dinkeloo's innovative structural solutions. They introduced an office typology in which employee interaction extended beyond departments and levels, reaching even to the public. 

© KRJDA © KRJDA © KRJDA © Richard Anderson +16

2013 MASterworks Awards

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
2013 MASterworks Awards , Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects. Image ©  Iwan Baan
Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

To celebrate excellence in architecture and urban design in New York City, the Municipal Art Society has announced the winners of this year’s MASterworks Awards. Starting with “Best New Building,” Steven Holl was awarded for his Campbell Sports Center in Manhattan. See who else was honored, after the break.

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

00:00 - 8 October, 2013
Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, speaks about projects in Asia and his design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s celebrated Lightfall with architect, educator and National Academician Stan Allen. The event will take place October 23, from 6:30pm till 8:00pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets, please click here.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture, © Anton Stark
© Anton Stark
  • Architects

  • Location

    John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), John F Kennedy Airport, NY 11430, USA
  • Principals

    Hayes Slade, James Slade
  • Design Team

    Tian Gao, David Iseri, Magda Stoenescu, Goizeder Arteche, Frances Calosso, Yuko Okuma, Allesandro Perinelli, Will Choi, Marco Juliani, Lauren Lochry, Santi Slade, Garrett Pruter
  • Collaborators

    Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
  • MEP Engineers

    ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
  • Structural Engineers

    Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor

    PT Projects - Peter Turvey
  • Lighting Design

    L’Observatoire International Inc.
  • Acoustic Engineers

    Cerami & Associates, Inc.
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Next Step Design
  • Contractor

    Holt Construction
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark © Anton Stark +16

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 5 October, 2013
Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti, El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila
El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

Foster + Partners Designs Luxury Residential Tower in Manhattan

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
Foster + Partners Designs Luxury Residential Tower in Manhattan, © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have just revealed a new design for a 19-story luxury condominium building at 551 West 21st Street, on the western side of Manhattan. The design features a cast concrete frame surrounding windows with a warmly colored metal trim that cover the full 11-foot floor to ceiling height.

2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
2013 Architecture & Design Film Festival

During the city’s most important moment for architecture and design (Archtober), the fifth annual Architecture & Design Film Festival will return to Tribeca Cinemas with its most ambitious and exciting program to date. Over the course of five days (October 16-20), the festival will screen 25 feature-length and short films from all over the world exploring various themes of art, architecture, design, urban planning, and more. In addition to the curated selection of films, ADFF will present a series of intimate discussions with architects, designers, industry leaders and filmmakers as well as three panel discussions. On Saturday afternoon, Wanted Design will curate a panel on gentrification in Brooklyn. The two Sunday panels are about historic preservation and Russian modernism.

653 10th Ave. Housing / Cannon Design

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
Courtesy of Cannon Design
Courtesy of Cannon Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Project Manager

    Andreas Hausler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
  • Project Designer

    Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
  • Managing Principal

    Robin Cibrano, AIA
  • Design Team Leaders

    Jovana Kandic-Carlot, Aimee Chang, AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team

    Aiyla Balakumar, Annette Giuffrida-Leveque RA, LEED AP, Tamako Ito, Roberto Macias, Jose Zequeira
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Cannon Design

Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design Courtesy of Cannon Design +41

Architecture City Guide: Modern New York

01:00 - 26 September, 2013
© Flickr CC license / Nickmilleruk
© Flickr CC license / Nickmilleruk

“A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe, and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.” Le Corbusier

This architecture city guide celebrates Modernism in one of the world's greatest cities: New York. We embark on an architectural journey through nearly a century of innovative, revolutionary architecture: from early 20th century, revivalist Beaux-Arts; to machine-age Art Deco of the Inter-War period; to the elegant functionalism of the International Style; to the raw, exposed Brutalism characteristic of the Post-War years; and, finally, to the splendid forms of organic architecture. From world-renowned landmarks to undiscovered jewels, we invite you to explore the 2,028 blocks that make Manhattan an architectural mecca for citizens around the world.

Find our special AD city guide after the break...

The Flatiron Building / Daniel Burnham (1902). Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The Chrysler Building / William Van Alen (1930). Image © New York Architecture Lever House / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1952). Image © Flickr CC license / Joseph Buxbaum Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum / Frank Lloyd Wright (1959). Image © Flickr CC license / Paul Arps +31

The Architectural League Announces the Current Work Fall 2013 Program

00:00 - 26 September, 2013
The Architectural League Announces the Current Work Fall 2013 Program

Each year, The Architectural League presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. The Architectural League’s Current Work program exemplifies its longstanding commitment to recognizing and nurturing excellence in architecture, urbanism, and design.

Videos: TEDCity2.0

00:00 - 25 September, 2013
Videos: TEDCity2.0

On September 20, 2013, TEDCity2.0 took place at the TimesCenter in New York City. 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.