'Densify' Discussion at the Center for Architecture

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
'Densify' Discussion at the Center for Architecture, Courtesy of AIA New York
Courtesy of AIA New York

Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for Manhattan’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at Manhattan’s densest urban core, and Micro-housing that will significantly decrease the allowable dwelling size in New York City. The program will also include interviews with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on high-rise mix-use development in London, focusing on the Shard, and comparisons between Micro-housing in NYC and Asian precedents. For more information, please visit here.

'Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments' Exhibition

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
'Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments' Exhibition, Courtesy of Renzo Piano Foundation
Courtesy of Renzo Piano Foundation

Taking place June 27 - August 2, Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Foundation and generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, 'Fragments' is an exhibition of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition, Courtesy of Linda Farrow + BOFFO
Courtesy of Linda Farrow + BOFFO

BOFFO, with eyewear brand Linda Farrow, just launched their latest Building Fashion competition which asks participants to design and build a temporary store in New York City for the iconic eyewear brand. Exploring the intersection of architecture and fashion through integrated store and exhibition design, a shipping container, near New York City's Meatpacking district, will be redesigned inside and out providing a unique glimpse into the work of vibrant and acclaimed designers. This third annual installation series aims to once again push the limits of temporary architecture and the language of retail design.

BOFFO Building Fashion will also showcase design installations that push the limits of temporary architecture and retail spaces through fashion and architecture collaborations. The installations will be open to the public December 4-24. The deadline for project submissions is July 14. For more information, please visit here. Check out their video after the break.

+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
+ Pool Launches 'Tile by Tile' Kickstarter Campaign, © Family, PlayLab
© Family, PlayLab

+ Pool, the ambitious project to float a public swimming pool in New York's East River, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Tile by Tile," what will be the largest crowdfunded civic project to date. Those who back the pool will be rewarded by having their name engraved on one of the pool's 70,000 tiles.

+ Pool will filter the river water to give users a clean, safe yet natural environment to swim in and provide space for all types of "swimmers, bathers and hanger-outers" in each of its four sections. The current campaign's primary aim is to fund an in-situ floating test lab which will, for the first time, prove the feasibility of filtering river water by testing various potential filtration systems.

Read more about the + Pool and the growing trend towards crowdfunding after the break...

'Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' Film Screening

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
'Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line' Film Screening

Taking place this Thursday, June 20th, at 7:00pm EST, Van Alen Books welcomes Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a film screening of 'Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.' The 54-minute documentary offers insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of re-imagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces. The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden, as well as several critics and theorists. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David Van der Leer. More more information on the event, please visit here.

'FitNation' Exhibition

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
'FitNation' Exhibition, Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon
Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, from San Antonio to Cincinnati, communities and organizations across the United States are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases with a dose of powerful medicine: active design. Organized by AIA New York, with the Center for Architecture, their groundbreaking 'FitNation' exhibition. brings together for the first time 33 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia that showcase the ways design, policy, and grassroots strategies are promoting physical activity as part of daily life. The event began this week and concludes on August 8. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' Exhibition

00:00 - 11 June, 2013
'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' Exhibition

Taking place at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York from June 19 - July 20, the 'POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.' exhibition will investigate what constitutes a position in architecture today and how that might be generated through the architect’s drawing. The exhibition presents 30 original drawings by 30 architects of the Storefront gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street that address both ends of the architectural drawing spectrum, understanding its codes and protocols and deploying the personal obsession of each architect in the articulation of a position now. For more information, please visit here.

Exhibiting in New York in the Air: Alberto Campo Baeza Exhibition

00:00 - 9 June, 2013
Exhibiting in New York in the Air: Alberto Campo Baeza Exhibition, Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza
Courtesy of Alberto Campo Baeza

Exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York until this month, the work of Alberto Campo Baeza is on display to celebrate the awarding of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture 2013. In a spare white quadrangular room in the main building and with only natural light from above, 24 white panels appear floating over the walls, without touching or marking them. It is an exhibition that is very sui generis, it is an Exhibition in the air; it is an exhibition that is very Campo Baeza. More information on the exhibition after the break.

5th Avenue Camper Store / Nendo

01:00 - 28 May, 2013
© Jesse Goff
© Jesse Goff
  • Architects

  • Location

    522 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, USA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jesse Goff © Jesse Goff © Jesse Goff © Jesse Goff +18

Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Rotunda to be Temporarily Transformed into a Turrell Skyspace

00:00 - 23 May, 2013
Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Rotunda to be Temporarily Transformed into a Turrell Skyspace, James Turrell: Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013, Daylight and LED light, Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell, Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF
James Turrell: Rendering for Aten Reign, 2013, Daylight and LED light, Site-specific installation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York © James Turrell, Rendering: Andreas Tjeldflaat, 2012 © SRGF

With his first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, James Turrell will dramatically transform the sinuous curves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum into one of the largest Skyspaces he has ever mounted. Opening on summer solstice, June 21, 2013, Aten Reign will give form museum’s central void by creating what Turrell has described as “an architecture of space created with light.”

Ice Falls / James Carpenter Design Associates Inc

01:00 - 21 May, 2013
Ice Falls / James Carpenter Design Associates Inc, © Andreas Keller
© Andreas Keller
  • Architects

  • Location

    959 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Foster, Partners
  • Design Team

    Johanna Kindvall, Jonathan Forsythe
  • Architect Of Record

    Adamson Associates Architects
  • Design Principal

    Torsten Schlauersbach, Richard Kress
  • Water Consultant

    Fluidity Design Consultants
  • Cast Glass Fabrication

    John Lewis Glass
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

© Andreas Keller © Andreas Keller © Andreas Keller © Andreas Keller +15

'Le Corbusier/New York' Symposium

00:00 - 16 May, 2013
'Le Corbusier/New York' Symposium, Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York
Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York

Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium taking place June 8-9. The event will examine this world-renowned French architect's ideas on the city before and after his first trip to the United States, along with his influence on generations of American architects. The journey through Le Corbusier’s work will begin on Saturday with an exclusive preview of the MoMA exhibition led by its curator Jean-Louis Cohen and Sunday's events include engaging lectures at the Center for Architecture. Discussions will focus on how Le Corbusier's ideas about New York City influenced his work and how, in turn, Le Corbusier's legacy impacted the city's built environment. For more information, please visit here.

Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space, Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

Ground/Work is a design competition just launched yesterday that seeks to recognize emerging design talent with a highly visible built project in New York City for Van Alen Institute. Since 1982, the Institute has occupied the sixth floor of its building at 30 West 22nd Street in Manhattan, where a diverse program of competitions, curatorial initiatives, and public events has made Van Alen an influential center for design innovation. This year, the Institute is making its public-oriented mission central to the reinvention of its own office and event space, transforming the ground floor and lower level of its building for a new venue to house its entire work space and public programs. The deadline for submissions is June 13. For more information, please visit here.

Video: One World Trade Center Tops Out

19:39 - 13 May, 2013

Caution: This video may induce vertigo.

As the final segment of the One World Trade Center was hoisted into position – topping the structure out at a patriotic 1,776 feet – Curbed NY captured its journey via a small Go-Pro camera to reveal its fascinating, and somewhat nauseating, view of Manhattan.

While the US rejoices this monumental feat, a debate amongst architects, engineers and city officials lingers on whether or not the 408-foot spire will count towards the One WTC’s overall height and allow it to officially claim its title as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Port Authority argues that the spire doubled as a radio antenna is considered as non-essential telecom equipment and therefore should not be considered as part of the “architectural top”, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will make the final call in October.

Red Bull Music Academy New York / INABA

01:00 - 13 May, 2013
Red Bull Music Academy New York / INABA, © Greg Irikura
© Greg Irikura
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • INABA - Principal in Charge

    Jeffrey Inaba
  • INABA - Project Architect

    Ostap Rudakevych
  • INABA - Project Team

    Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan, Sean Connolly, Steven Tsai, Shuning Zhao, Allyn Hughes, Stephanie Lee, Richard Yoo
  • Architect of Record

    SLAB Architecture
  • Area

    38200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Greg Irikura © Greg Irikura © Greg Irikura © Greg Irikura +20

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects

01:00 - 10 May, 2013
Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY 10034, USA
  • Design Architects

    Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
  • Partner in Charge

    Chris McVoy
  • Associate in Charge

    Olaf Schmidt
  • Project Team

    Marcus Carter, Christiane Deptolla, Peter Englaender, Runar Halldorsson, Jackie Luk, Filipe Taboada, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Ebbie Wisecarver
  • Area

    4459.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

©  Iwan Baan © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy © Chris McVoy +31

MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as Architect of the Folk Art Museum , © Michael Moran
© Michael Moran

The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) to design its controversial expansion that will overtake the former American Folk Art Museum in New York. This news comes after an intense backlash from prominent architects, preservationists and critics worldwide pressured MoMA to reconsider its decision to raze the iconic, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-design museum in order to make way for its new expansion. 

In response, DS+R has requested that MoMA gives them the “time and latitude to carefully consider the entirety of the site, including the former American Folk Art Museum building, in devising an architectural solution to the inherent challenges of the project,” as stated by Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA’s director, in a memo sent on Thursday to his trustees and staff. He added, “We readily agreed to consider a range of options, and look forward to seeing their results.” 

More on the DS+R’s commission and the fate of the Folk Museum after the break...

Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

00:00 - 9 May, 2013
Council Approves Cornell’s Net-Zero Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island, © Kilograph
© Kilograph

City Council has approved Cornell’s two-million-square-foot tech campus planned to break ground in 2014 on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the ambitious carbon positive campus will offer housing for 2,000 full-time graduate students, world-class education facilities, a hotel, a corporate co-location building, and more than an acre of public open space. Construction will commence with the first, state-of-the-art academic building that will be designed by Thom Mayne, founder ofMorphosis, who will incorporate the latest environmental advances, such as geothermal and solar power, to achieve net-zero energy for the landmark structure.