R House / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: , , USA
Project Team: (Architecture Research Office) Principals: Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky; Project Manager: Megumi Tamanaha; Project Team: Melissa Eckerman, Jane Lea, Neil Patel, Anne-Marie Singer. (Della Valle Berheimer Architects) Principals: Jared Della Valle, Andrew Bernheimer; Project Architect: Garrick Jones; Project Team: Lara Shihab Eldin, Janine Soper
Project Year: 2008-2011
Area: 1,100 sf
Construction budget: $150,000
Clients: Home HeadQuarters, Inc., Syracuse University Center for Excellence, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Poly Prep Lower School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 50 Prospect Park West, , New York, USA
Cost: $20 million
Completed: 2007
Client: Poly Prep Country Day School
Landmark Status: Park Slope Historic District
Original Architect: Montrose Morris, Romanesque Revival Hulbert Mansion
Project Team: Samuel G. White, FAIA, Design Principal; Serena Losonczy, Project Manager; Matthew Mueller, Job Captain; Leonard Leung; Marie Marberg; Charles Melansen; Tomo Tsujita; Julie Janiski, LEED AP
Photographs: Jonathan Wallen

Design Tactics and the Informalized City Symposium

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Informality, which was first categorized and described in the 1970s, is now pervasive — across cities, in the places we live, work, and move through the everyday. For many, the informal is no longer a discrete sector appended to the workings of the “formal” city, but an integral effect of the structuring of cities and landscapes by contemporary economic, political, and technological change. Self-built architectures and urban agglomerations, ambivalent landscapes, nomadic and temporal spatial manifestations of informalized are situationally specific, but globally ubiquitous. Design Tactics and the Informalized City symposium, being put on by Cornell University on April 13-14, brings a discussion of this reality to disciplines that work on the city in material and spatial terms: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, engineering, media and product design. More information on the event after the break.

Cuomo to rethink Jacob Javits

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In his State of the State address last week, Governor Cuomo introduced the notion of replacing the Jacob Javits Center along Manhattan’s West Side with a new convention center in Queens.  Such a plan envisions a 3.8 million-square-foot exhibition center at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens – a project that would become the largest convention center in the United States and a major urban redevelopment project.   Through a joint-partnership with Genting Americas, the government would provide the land and Genting would provide the $4 billion to finance the convention center.  “Let’s build the largest convention center in the nation, period,” Mr. Cuomo said. “It will be all about jobs, jobs, jobs, tens of thousand of jobs.”

More about the Convention Center after the break.

Learning Spring School / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 247 East 20th Street at Second Avenue,
Cost: $31 million
Client: Simons Foundation, LearningSpring Elementary School, Margaret Poggi, Head of School, LearningSpring School, Jim Snyder, Board Member, LearningSpring School
Project Team: Ray H. Dovell, AIA, Design Principal; Elissa Icso, AIA, Project Manager; Matthew Mueller, AIA, Project Architect; Erica Gaswirth, LEED AP, Steven Dodds
Completed: 2010
Photographs: Frederick Charles

Flashback: The New 42nd Street Studios / Platt Byard Dovell White Architects

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Architects: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
Location: 225-229 West 42nd Street, New York,
Completed: 2000
Photographs: Elliott Kaufmann

Hudson River Education Center And Pavilion / Architecture Research Office

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Architects: Architecture Research Office
Location: Beacon, New York,
Project Team: Principal-in-charge: Adam Yarinsky; Project Team: Jeff Hong (project architect), Neil Patel, Jejon Yeung, Si Eun Lee
Gross Square Footage: Barn = 8,000 SF; Pavilion = 2,700 SF
Total Project Cost (including park): $8,720,000
Client: Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.
Photographs: James Ewing

Coleman Oval Skate Park Proposal / Holm Architecture Office + VM Studio

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Holm Architecture Office (HAO), in collaboration with VM Studio, recently received first place in a competition for the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park in Manhattan. Nine New York design firms were invited to participate in the competition, which was sponsored by Architecture for Humanity and a Gamechangers grant from Nike, a campaign encouraging community organizations to empower youth through sports programs that spur social and economic development. The project is being developed with the Parks & Recreation Department’s Adopt-a-Park program. More images and project description after the break.

Louver House / LSS

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Architects: Leroy Street Studio
Location: , NY
Completion: 2007
Size: 7,400 sf House, 1,900 sf Wood Shop and Garage
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Bay House / LSS

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Architects: Leroy Street Studio
Location: Long Island, New York,
Completed: 2009
Size: 5,570 sqft
Photographs: Scott Frances

Weekend House / David Jay Weiner

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Architects: David Jay Weiner, Architects, P.C.
Location: Rensselaer County, New York,
Square Footage: 1,200 sq. ft.
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, P.C.
Photographers: Tony Morgan / Step Graphics

   

Green Hotel in Williamsburg / Oppenheim Architecture + Design

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Oppenheim Architecture + Design recently won the international competition to design a new hotel in Brooklyn, NY. A third pillar of the Bridge to emerge after 108 years. Their design of the Williamsburg hotel attempts to capture the essence of this vibrant neighborhood. Adjacent to both the Williamsburg Bridge and the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank, the building expresses itself as three dramatically proportioned, rectilinear volumes of varied height and materiality. Soaring high above the neighborhood, the hotel becomes the third pillar of the bridge, while serving as an archetypical tower to the domed basilica of the historical bank.

Sustainability was once again an important issue for . The hotel will have geothermal, wind, and solar power generation, along with other resource saving strategies, for which they achieved Platinum LEED rating. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2012 New Practices New York Competiton

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New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and honors firms that have utilized unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. Participants must register by January 15th. To register and for more detailed information, please visit their website here.

ASAP Launch and Benefit

Bjarke Ingels/BIG. Danish Pavilion, project. 2010 Shanghai Expo. © Iwan Baan

A new not-for-profit art and architecture organization called ASAP (Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis), founded by former MoMA Curator Tina di Carlo, launches Monday, December 12 at the top of The Standard, with Bjarke Ingels, Alex Schweder La and Jerszy Seymour. More information on the event after the break.

Inverted Warehouse-Townhouse / Dean-Wolf Architects

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Architects: Dean-Wolf Architects
Location: , New York,
Partner in Charge: Kathryn Dean, AIA
Project Architect: Charles Wolf
Project Designer: Eunjeong Seong
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 10,500 sqf
Photographs: Paul Warchol

Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects

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Architect: Cook + Fox Architects, LLP
Location: New York,
Client: Home HeadQuarters, Inc.
Environmental Consultant: Terrapin Bright Green, LLC
Sustainable Construction Consultant: Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC
Structural Engineer: Severud Associates
Photographs: Cook + Fox Architects

John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for John Jay College of Criminal Justice, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), just took place early this month. Located in on 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets, the College’s new 625,000-square-foot building provides all the functions of a traditional college campus within the confines of a single city block and doubles the size of John Jay’s existing facilities by adding classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, faculty offices, and student lounges. More images and project description after the break.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar / JDS

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 Just in time for the holidays, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will return to a warehouse the 15th through 17th of December.  The Bazaar will re-imagine the sights, sounds and smells of traditional markets and will be filled with independent vendors selling artwork, accessories, and furniture, along with great music and food. Our friends from Danish firm JDS will be designing the master plan for the Bazaar and different furniture pieces after the firm captured the attention of the Bazaar organizers with their innovative ski jump in Norway.  

More about the bazaar after the break.