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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.

City of Dreams Pavilion Competition 2013-2014

00:00 - 7 May, 2013
City of Dreams Pavilion Competition 2013-2014, City of Dreams Pavilion 2012-2013 Winner: 'Head in the Clouds' by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects
City of Dreams Pavilion 2012-2013 Winner: 'Head in the Clouds' by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects

FIGMENT has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host their 4th annual call for proposals to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Participants are being challenged to imagine a future New York City where anything is possible. The deadline to register is June 1, and submissions are due July 1. For more information, please visit here.

The East Harlem School / GLUCK+

01:00 - 6 May, 2013
The East Harlem School / GLUCK+, © Erik Freeland
© Erik Freeland
  • Architects

  • Location

    309 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029, USA
  • Design Team

    Shannon Bambenek, Kees Brinkman, Kathy Chang, Steven Chen, A.B. Moburg-Davis, Marc Gee, Peter L. Gluck, Bethia Liu, Jill Reinecke , Elaine Sun, Stacie Wong
  • Area

    27800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Erik Freeland © Erik Freeland © Theo Morrison © Erik Freeland +18

One World Trade Center Will Soon Top Out at 1,776 Feet

00:00 - 3 May, 2013

After weather conditions refused to cooperate on Monday, the final two sections of Freedom Tower have been lifted to the summit of the One World Trade CenterConstruction of the gargantuan 758-ton, 408-foot spire - a joint Canadian-U.S. venture - began in December 2012, when 18 separate pieces were shipped to Manhattan from Canada and New JerseyThis final addition, including a steel beacon, means that the height of the building will soon rise from 1,368 feet to a more patriotic 1,776 feet once the segments are permanently installed within the next few weeks. However, it's not yet certain that the building will officially be the tallest in the U.S.

Read more after the break...

Tomas Ghisellini Architects at MoMA New York

00:00 - 1 May, 2013
Tomas Ghisellini Architects at MoMA New York, Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects
Courtesy of Tomas Ghisellini Architects

Scheduled to be on view from July 10th to December 1st at MoMA New YorkTomas Ghisellini Architects will be presenting the international exhibition 'Cut'n'Paste'. With a recent project exposed, their exhibition is dedicated to design, composition and communication languages of contemporary architecture. For more information, please visit here.

FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Competition

01:00 - 27 April, 2013
FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Competition, pre-Hurricane Sandy boardwalk / © 2013 FARROC
pre-Hurricane Sandy boardwalk / © 2013 FARROC

The extensive damage to low-lying waterfront zones caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 reinforced the need for resilient infrastructure and redevelopment strategies for existing coastal communities throughout the greater New York area. Costly damage to buildings, roads, and utility systems by the storm raises the controversial question of whether areas of particular geographic vulnerability should be rebuilt, maintained and defended, or simply abandoned. In an effort to solicit creative ideas, the FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] competition seeks innovative proposals for the design and development of a comprehensive new master plan for Arverne East, a vacant 80+ acre Urban Renewal site on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City. Submissions are due no later than June 14. For more information, please visit here.

Another Pamphlet, Symmetry no.05 Launch Event

00:00 - 27 April, 2013
Another Pamphlet, Symmetry no.05 Launch Event, © Another Pamphlet
© Another Pamphlet

Above all, another pamphlet is a conversation, a loose exchange of forms and ideas, an excuse to play, a frame through which to look, a shared excitement. It is an open dialogue with our friends, our histories, and our surroundings. Meaning both “more of the same” and “something different”, “another” contains the seeds of both continuity and change. Another pamphlet mines this contradiction - this tension between past and future - opportunistically interrogating, critiquing, and celebrating the discipline of architecture. Their latest issue, Symmetry no.05, was just released and they are having a launch event this Thursday, May 2, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Printed Matter, Inc. in New York City. For more information, and to order a pamphlet, please visit here.

Going Viral at the Center for Architcture: Mark Wigley + ArchDaily

00:00 - 26 April, 2013
Going Viral at the Center for Architcture: Mark Wigley + ArchDaily

Last year, we spoke at a packed lecture at the Center for Architecture, along with Bjarke Ingels, the Morpholio team and moderator Ned Cramer; we were discussing the impact social media and technology have on our profession and the way in which we design. 

And now, thanks to the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, we are happy to invite you to a new event taking place at the Center for Architecture on May 2nd, 2013 at 6:30PM, where together with Mark Wigley (Dean Columbia GSAPP) we will address the present and future of architecture education. The lecture will be followed by a panel with our friends Carlo Aiello (eVolo), David Fano (CASE), Jill Fehrenbacher (Inhabitat), Toru Hasegawa (Morpholio), Tim Maly (Wired Magazine ) and Cliff Kuang (Fast Company / Co.Design).

More details and RSVP form here, more information after the break. See you on Thursday!

Visionaries: The New York Wheel

00:00 - 25 April, 2013
Visionaries: The New York Wheel, The New York Wheel - Eastern View / Courtesy of Trespa Design Centre
The New York Wheel - Eastern View / Courtesy of Trespa Design Centre

Taking place at Trespa Design Centre in New York, the 'Visionaries: The New York Wheel' event welcomes Richard Marin, President +CEO, New York Wheel LLCNavid MaqamiPerkins EastmanRick ParisiM. Paul Friedberg + PartnersPenny KnopsDesign + Sustainability Management, for one of the first-ever presentations on the proposed New York Wheel project. Located on the north shore of Staten Island (St. George), the 630-foot, or roughly 60-story attraction, promises to become one of the City’s great landmark attractions. The event takes place 6:30-8:00pm EST. For more information, please visit here.

'Low Rise High Density' Exhibition

00:00 - 25 April, 2013
'Low Rise High Density' Exhibition, Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York
Courtesy of Center for Architecture & AIA New York

Opening today at the Center for Architecture in New York, the 'Low Rise High Density' exhibition examines a housing type celebrated in the 1960s and ‘70s, and what it means in the United States today. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Public Architecture with AIA New York, architectural drawings, photographs, and oral histories will be presented with project architects, tracing the typology over the last 50 years. The exhibition will be on view until June 29. More information after the break.

Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition

00:00 - 23 April, 2013
Designers React to Folk Art Museum's Imminent Demolition, Courtesy of FolkMOMA
Courtesy of FolkMOMA

As we reported yesterday, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced their plans to demolish the 12-year old American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams & Bille Tsien. The MoMA, which has planned a new expansion on either side of Williams & Tsien’s building, claims that the building will prevent the floors from lining up and thus must be demolished. Moreover, officials claim that the building's opaque facade isn’t in keeping with the MOMA’s glass aesthetic.

Designers and architects, outraged by the MoMA's decision to destroy such a young and architecturally important part of New York's urban fabric, are now challenging the validity of the MoMA's claim. Not only has a petition been started to prevent the demolition, but many are pleading with MoMa to consider how the Folk Art Museum could be integrated into the new expansion. In fact, a Tumblr - crowdsourcing ideas for potential re-designs - has even been set-up. 

See more designers' reactions & suggestions on how to save the American Folk Art Museum, after the break...

Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event

00:00 - 20 April, 2013
Crafting the Interview 4.0 Event, Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Now in it's 4th year, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCOBA) announced their Crafting the Interview event for graduating college students and young professionals seeking feedback on their portfolio. A panel presentation will provide information about the job searching process and current market trends. The event will offer constructive one-on-one feedback to participants and a panel discussion comprised of HR professionals representing different sectors of the architectural + design community. The event is intended to prepare attendees to be practiced for potential interviews and to gain an understanding of current job trends. The event will take place May 18th from 11:00am-4:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

Conflict of Interests Symposia

00:00 - 19 April, 2013
Conflict of Interests Symposia, Courtesy of Columbia University GSAPP/ Applied Architecture Research Program
Courtesy of Columbia University GSAPP/ Applied Architecture Research Program

Columbia University's GSAPP Applied Architecture Research program will be holding their Conflict of Interests event on Friday, April 16th from 2:00pm-6:00pm, which will be organized as a series of conversations—five distinctive panels—discussing the limits of applied research in contemporary practices and academia. This event will be the first in a series of symposia investigating the role of applied research in architecture. Nestled in an intersection between practice and theory, applied architectural research can potentially work as a space for overlap and negotiation. This event will formally make explicit the opportunities for architectural research to bridge the gap between the archive and the laboratory. For more information, please visit here.