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'NAWT Balloons' Land Art Generator Initiative Competition Entry / Norman Kelley

Designed for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition, the ‘NAWT Balloons’ concept, which was recently shortlisted in the competition, aims to couple the image of an oversized helium-filled teardrop with a nuanced application of wind energy technology. While the balloon’s image and subsequent geometry are the primitives to the proposal, the deployment on the Fresh Kills site ignites an interest in the oversized and the attenuated. Designed by Norman Kelley, through its multiplication and reconfiguration, this design may be able to produce new, yet familiar, collections of iconicity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Foster+Partners' First US Residential Building Breaks Ground

Courtesy of dbox branding & creative for Foster+Partners
Courtesy of dbox branding & creative for Foster+Partners

50 UN Plaza, Foster+Partners' first residential building in the U.S., broke ground this morning. With the Hearst Tower long finished, Tower 2 at Ground Zero near complete, and a new iconic building planned for 425 Park Avenue, 50 UN Plaza will only further solidify Lord Foster's mark on New York City. 

The 44-story luxury tower's privileged spot at the United Nations Plaza will give it remarkable views of the UN Building, the East River, and the Manhattan skyline. According to Foster, the building's deep bay windows (which line each of the tower's 3 volumes) will maximize that view and, along with its steel and glass facade, give the tower a distinctive, "jewel-like quality": “The slender proportion of 50 United Nations Plaza is attenuated by the vertical stacks of bay windows, which give it a distinctive identity[...] The polished stainless steel detailing of the facade is in the sprit of earlier historic towers in the city and it reflects the sharp quality of light which is special to New York." 

The building, whose construction will incorporate recycled materials, also has a strong environmental agenda, combining active and passive energy strategies.

According to the New York Observer, the tower's 87 units will range in size from 1,100 square feet one-bedrooms; three bedrooms as big as 3,000 square feet; full-floor residences; and a penthouse duplex, measuring about 10,000 square feet. One of the marquee features will also be a private driveway. The tower is expected to cost $500 million and be completed in 2014. 

More images and Foster+Partner's description of 50 UN Plaza, after the break...

'Solar Loop' Competition Entry / Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects

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Designed by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects, their ‘Solar Loop’ finalist entry for the Land Art Generator Initiative competition aims to expose more surface as possible to the southern solar rays. Sited in FreshKills Park in New York City, the shape comes directly from the solar diagrams, and deals easily with the sun following it with the best angle almost like a frozen artificial sunflower.bThe aesthetic of the sculpture is the result of this dialogue that becomes synthesis between the solar power and the park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Photography: The Rockaways, Post-Sandy / Amanda Kirkpatrick

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© Amanda Kirkpatrick

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but the destruction she left in her path remains a stark reminder of her strength. 

Photographer Amanda Kirkpatrick has shared with us her images of The Rockaways in Queens, an upper-class beach neighborhood that was one of the areas hit hardest by the storm. Kirkpatrick's objective eye documents the twisted boardwalks and unrecognizably distorted homes in an almost "clinical" way, honestly portraying the damage from the perspective of the broken structures themselves.

If you're interested in getting involved with Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts, you can get more information here. For more images from Amanda Kirkpatrick, read on after the break...

© Amanda Kirkpatrick © Amanda Kirkpatrick © Amanda Kirkpatrick © Amanda Kirkpatrick

510 W 22nd St / COOKFOX

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© 2012 dbox branding & creative

New York-based COOKFOX, formally known as Cook + Fox Architects, has designed a state of the art office tower planned to neighbor the High Line by 2014. Projected to achieve LEED Platinum status, the glass and steel mid-rise offers large, light-filled interior spaces engineered for comfort and high performance, along with spectacular views of the Hudson River and direct connections to the High Line. Continue reading for the architects’ description.

MoMA: Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

Tokyo 1955–1970 A New Avant-Garde; Courtesy of MoMA
Tokyo 1955–1970 A New Avant-Garde; Courtesy of MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is launching an exhibit called Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, that investigates the transformation of Tokyo from a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture and commerce.  The exhibition will run from November 18 through February 25, 2012 and includes over 200 works of various media including painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, drawings, graphic design, video and documentary film. More after the break.

'TENACITY' Architectural Research Proposal / PinkCloud.DK

Proposed by PinkCloud.DK, TENACITY seeks to revitalize the broken system of New York City Public Housing through architectural development, economic stimulus, education, and most importantly – community pride. The goal for this project is to be a catalyst for dialogue, spurring community and governmental action. The design of TENACITY is founded on the firm’s belief that a strong community is built upon three main goals – good health, prosperity, and family. More images and architects’ description after the break.

modeLab Lattice Lab

Originally scheduled for this weekend, the new dates for the Lattice Lab workshop, put on by modeLab, will take place November 17-18. The two-day workshop will focus on the topic of topological/subdivision modeling with paneling tools and weaverbird. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, they will cover fundamental concepts related to working with mesh geometry, high-order topological smoothing, and grid-based modeling. Drawing inspiration from the patterns found in 3-dimensional lattice structures, they will create geometrical units capable of responding to a range of dynamic contexts. Additionally, they will explore the limits and opportunities of 3D printing while testing the visual and structural effects of their lattices. For more information, please visit here.

2013 P.S.1 Shortlist

Wendy, 2012 Winner of YAP at MoMA P.S.1 © ArchDaily
Wendy, 2012 Winner of YAP at MoMA P.S.1 © ArchDaily

MoMA P.S.1 has announced five finalists to compete in the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP). Now in it’s 13th edition, the competition will challenge a group of emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series. This year’s finalists are CODA from Ithaca, New York; Leong Leong Architects and Moorhead & Moorhead both from New York City; TempAgency from Charlottesville, Virginia and Brooklyn; and French 2D, based in Boston and Syracuse, New York. Over the years, the YAP competition has inspired a vast amount of innovative proposals. Just check out last year’s winner, Wendy! This blue nylon beauty, designed by New York-based HWKN, graced the P.S.1 courtyard with her smog-eating, titania nanoparticle coated spikes. Learn more about the 2012 YAP award winner here. Best of luck to the 2013 finalists! via The Architect’s Newspaper, MoMA P.S.1

'The City That Never Was' Symposium

Co-organized, in cooperation with the Architectural League, by Christopher Marcinkoski and Javier Arpa, The City That Never Was symposium is a day-long event that uses the current crisis in Spain as a lens to reconsider patterns of urbanization and development around the world. Taking place November 9th from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Scholastic Building in New York, the event will reconsider how planners, designers, politicians, and financiers conceive of and realize large-scale contemporary urbanization and settlement. This event seeks to better understand the systems that have produced certain imbalances resulting from this urban growth and explore new models and approaches for urbanization and development. For more information, please visit here.

Iwan Baan vs. Sandy: The Story Behind That Iconic NYC Shot

Photo: Iwan Baan for New York Magazine
Photo: Iwan Baan for New York Magazine

We got in touch with Iwan Baan to ask him how on earth he got that incredible aerial shot of a Sandy-struck New York City for New York Magazinehe told us what it was like to face the frenzy and fly into the storm itself. Read his incredible story, after the break... 

Winners announced of the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition for Freshkills Park

Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows / James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze; Courtesy of LAGI
Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows / James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze; Courtesy of LAGI

Winners of the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition for Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NYC are out.  With 4 placed winners and a long list of shortlisted projects, the range of ideas shows how designers are exploring many different options for sustainable energy infrastructure. The Winners: First: Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows byJames Murray and Shota Vashakmadze Second: Fresh Hills by Matthew Rosenberg, Structural Engineering Consultant: Matt Melnyk, Production Assistants: Emmy Maruta, Robbie Eleazer Third: Pivot by Yunxin Hu and Ben Smith Fourth: 99 Red Balloons by Emeka Nnadi, Scott Rosin, Meaghan Hunter, Danielle Loeb, Kara McDowell, Indrajit Mitra, Narges Ayat and Denis Fleury   Check out the projects after the break!

Solar Carve Tower / Studio Gang Architects

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Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Jeanne Gang is about to make her New York debut, as the Chicago-based architect just unveiled the latest project planned to border New York City’s beloved High Line. The 180,000 square-foot office tower with ground level retail will replace an existing, disused meatpacking plant along 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. It will feature a “gem-like”, glass facade that is intelligently shaped to avoid the disruption of light, air and views from the High Line. Dubbed the Solar Carve Tower, the mid-rise structure is currently pending city approval and is planned for completion in 2015. Continue after the break for the architects’ description.

New York: Night and Day

Weehawken Waterfront Park, NJ Dream Hotel, Midtown Manhattan River Bridge, East River South 1st st. Williamsburg East 1st St. East Village 
East Broadway, Chinatown The Resevoir, Central Park East 2nd St. East Village 
Herman A Macneil Park, College Point East Houston St. East Village 
Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side 
Skillman Ave. Williamsburg   Created By: Philip Stockton Music By: Noel Heroux Color By: Sal Malfitano

SOM breaks ground on New York's First Net Zero Energy School

Aerial © SOM
Aerial © SOM

A few days before the wrath of Sandy, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) broke ground on what will be the first net zero energy school in New York City and the Northeast U.S. Located on a 3.5-acre site on Staten Island, at the intersection of Crabtree Avenue and Bloomingdale Road, P.S.62 Richmond will serve 444 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. When completed in Fall of 2015, the cutting-edge primary school will harvest as much energy from renewable on-site sources as it uses on an annual basis. Learn more after the break…

Wave Dilfert / The Principals

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© The Principles

Wave Dilfert: Wave (moves in wave-form oscillations) + Dilfert (geek-like intelligence, absorbs information like a sponge). Wave Dilfert is a new kind of space that reads the changes in light and shadow occurring within it, catalogs and calculates them, then pulses, contracts or expands in reaction. The installation was inspired by the work of Ushahidi; a non-profit, crowdsourcing disaster relief, tech innovator. Much how Ushahidi de-mystifies the complexities of war-torn or disaster ridden locales, The Principals developed a system that could de-mystify the complexities of space through sourcing the information of its users and making it accessible through interaction.

Will Sandy Finally Convince New York to Re-Design Its Waterfront?

On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: "The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop."
On Avenue C and 14th. Instagram User megetz: "The water came up to my knees when I joined my neighbors on the front stoop."

Maybe Sandy, the colossal hurricane that has barreled across the East Coast this week, will finally get the message across:  "We are all from New Orleans Now." 

Thanks to climate change, America's coastal cities, and particularly New York, have become increasingly vulnerable to nature's wrath. Over two years ago, MOMA asked five architects to come up with a redesign of lower Manhattan that would prevent damage in the event of major flooding. Barry Bergdoll, the Curator of the "Rising Currents" exhibit, put it to the architects this way: “Your mission is to come up with images that are so compelling they can’t be forgotten and so realistic that they can’t be dismissed.” 

Unfortunately, they were. As the many images from traditional news sources and social media users reveal, Sandy's damage has been extensive - and perhaps, in many ways, preventable. 

It often takes tragedy to instigate change. Let's hope that Sandy will finally get the conversation of New York's vulnerable urban landscape on to the table.

More images of Sandy's damage, as well as plans from MOMA's "Rising Currents" Exhibit, after the break...

Joe Fresh New York flagship / Burdifilek

  • Architects: Burdifilek
  • Location: New York, United States
  • Project Team: Diego Burdi, Paul Filek, Jeremy Mendonca, Jacky Kwong, Daniel Mei, Edwim Reyes, Anna Nomerovsky, Anthony Tey, Daniela Cerchie, Tom Yip; Callison Architecture, Inc.: David Curtis
  • Design Team: Joe Fresh Design Studio
  • Design Firm: Diego Burdi, Creative Partner; and Paul Filek, Managing Partner
  • Consulting Architect: Callison
  • Base Building Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • General Contractor: Richter Ratner
  • Engineer: Highland Associates
  • Lighting consultant: Lighting Workshop
  • Area: 17,783 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ben Rahn A-Frame, Courtesy of Burdifilek

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