Update: The High Line + Koons

Image by James Corner Field Operations, , and Jeff Koons. Courtesy of Friends of the

In the middle of March, we attended a community meeting for the third installment of the High Line and shared James Corner and DS + R’s visions for the final stretch of the elevated rail line.   While the meeting offered an in depth look as to how it would tie together the previously featured conceptual elements, perhaps the already daring project needs a little more spice…perhaps, the High Line needs Jeff Koons.  The American artist has been in contact with the founders of the Friends of the High Line (the nonprofit which saved the railway from being demolished) as it is possible the public park could be outfitted with his lastest sculpture, Train, a massive replica of a 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive.  Oh, and did we mention that the train would be danging dramatically in the air, suspended from a crane?

More about Train after the break. 

New York City Theatre / David Vecchi & Emanuela Ortolani

© David Vecchi

The project of the Theatre, designed by David Vecchi & , stems from the intent to promote the independent play and recover the pioneer spirit that distinguished Broadway at the beginning. Exhibited in the ESA gallery as part of the Selon du Dessin in Paris, The proposal is for a mixed-use building that, in addition to the main function of theater, welcome inside offices and residences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Sign this Petition and Help Save Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

by Paul Rudolph © New York Times - Tony Cenicola

Many of you may already be aware that Paul Rudolph’s iconic Orange County Government Center is at risk of being demolished. Leaky roofs and a damaging flood have convinced Orange Country executive director Eddie Diana to favor this dreadfully mundane neo-colonial office building over Rudolph’s Brutalist landmark. Cost is not an issue, as the price tag for the new building exceeds the cost to renovate the historical icon, and many understand the immense cultural value of preserving a legacy; however, this battle is nearing a loss and only solidarity will save it.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has launched a petition to oppose the demolition. With the Orange County Legislature deciding the fate of Rudolph’s building next month (May 3), it is important you sign the petition now. WMF needs to collect 20,000 signatures. Sign the petition here.

U.S. Census Bureau reports Los Angeles as the Nation’s Densest Urban Area

Downtown LA, 2010 © Slices of Light

Based on 2010 Census results, the nation’s most densely populated urbanized area is /Anaheim/Long Beach, , with nearly 7,000 people per square mile. Surprised? Not only did the Los Angeles area rank first, but of the ten most densely populated urbanized areas, nine are in the West, with seven of those in California. Continue reading for more.

208 West 96th Street Residences / Arctangent Architecture + Design

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Architects: Arctangent Architecture + Design
Location: Upper West Side, ,
Completion Date: 2011
Total Building Floor Area: 2,080 sqm
Principals in Charge: Keitaro Nei & David Hu
Project Designers: Mark Gumienny, Javier Oddo, & Bridgett Cruz
Structural Engineer: Efraim Goldstein, PE PC
MEP Engineer: A Joselow, PC
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design Inc.
Photographs: Arctangent Architecture + Design, Peiheng Tsai 

  

‘Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters’ Symposium

Courtesy of GSAPP

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and (GSAPP) at will be holding the Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters Syposium taking place Friday, March 23rd from 12:00pm – 8:30pm. Promiscuous Encounters, which is free and open to the public, has two main ambitions: first, to examine the fascinating blurriness and productive interplay between the critical, curatorial and conceptual capacities of architecture, including how and where they intersect and overlap and, second, to expand the definitions of what these terms mean in relation to theory and practice by reexamining the sites of criticality and their modes of operation. More information on the event after the break.

‘Vertical Ground’ Skyscraper Proposal / Code [9]

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, a collaboration between Nassim Es-Haghi, George Kontalonis, Jared Ramsdell, and Rana Zureikat, challenges the traditional campus typology that exists today, by looking into education, society, environment and networks with their ‘Vertical Ground’ Skyscraper proposal. Their concept proposes a deployable system that can reconfigure into any environment and function as a flexible and interconnected campus. The synthesis is a new definition of a campus, one that is set within today’s environment and society. More images and the team’s description after the break.

Orchestra Of St. Lukes / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

© Francis Dzikowski – ESTO

Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
Location: New York,
Completion: March 2011
Size: 15,000 square feet
Cost: $10,000,000
Client: Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, New York
Photographer: Francis Dzikowski – ESTO

 

Waccabuc House / Chan-li Lin

© Brad Feinknopf

Architect: AIA, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC
Location: , New York, 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

Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph © Times - Tony Cenicola

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 and Friends of the High Line

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

Courtesy of NYPL

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

Courtesy of SO - IL

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

Courtesy of Smartgeometry

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.