“Untold Stories from an Eclectic, Exceptional Practice” Presentation by David Rockwell

04:00 - 19 August, 2012
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior by the Rockwell Group / © James Medcraft
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Interior by the Rockwell Group / © James Medcraft

In conjunction with its current exhibition The Landmarks of New York, the Parrish Art Museum will host an illustrated presentation by multi-talented, award winning architect David Rockwell titled “Untold Stories from an Eclectic, Exceptional Practice.” A brief discussion between Rockwell, who founded Rockwell Group in 1984 to focus on a diverse array of projects that range from hotels to hospitals, restaurants to airport terminals, and Broadway set designs to consumer products, and exhibition curator Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel will follow the talk. The program will take place Thursday, August 23, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for Parrish members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more information on the event, please visit here.

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

13:00 - 16 August, 2012

The relationship between social dynamics and architecture has always been intimate.  It is a constant dialogue between social norms and politics, stylistic trends and aesthetic choices, individual preferences and the collective good.  The Modernist Period was a time when architecture took on the challenge of many social problems.  In all the arts –  architecture, design, music and film – the period was highly politicized and the choices often gave way to a utilitarian ideal that was a hybrid of efficiency, simplicity and comfort.  Jake Gorst’s new film Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island, supported by Design Onscreen, is a message of preservation that takes us through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s.

On August 14th, Cook+Fox Architects hosted a private film screening at their office on 641 Ave of the Americas, presenting the treasures along the island’s shore that have fallen between the cracks of history.  The film looks at works from Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski and many others.

Follow us after the break to catch up on the history of the development of these houses on Long Island.

The Tallest Ferris Wheel

09:00 - 16 August, 2012

Staten Island, arguably New York’s most often forgotten borough, may finally be getting its moment in the spotlight.  Talks are in the works of creating a giant 600 ft Ferris wheel near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal to generate activity for the waterfront.   To put 600 feet in perspective, think bigger than the Singapore Flyer at 451 feet and the London Eye’s 450 ft marker, and much bigger than Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel at 150 feet.   While millions enjoy the free trip across the harbor on the ferry every year, few venture far from the boat.  The Ferris Wheel is intended to capitalize on the Island’s amazing views of Manhattan and build up the Island’s visitor flow.  “It’s the greatest thing that has been proposed for Staten Island, especially on the waterfront.  This could landmark us. We have 2 million tourists a year on the ferry, so we have a built-in audience to use it, and it’s a different audience every day. Once you can attract them off that boat, you got them here,” James Molinaro, the borough president, stated.

More after the break. 

Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders

01:00 - 14 August, 2012
© Peter Aaron / OTTO
© Peter Aaron / OTTO
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Joel Sanders
  • Collaborator

    Balmori Associates
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Peter Aaron / OTTO

© Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO +8

Writer’s Studio / Cooper Joseph Studio

22:00 - 10 August, 2012
© Elliott Kaufman
© Elliott Kaufman

Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio Location: Dean Road Ghent, NY, USA Architect In Charge: Wendy Evans Joseph Project Manager: Thruston Pettus Desing Team: Farzana Gandhi, Jonathan Lee Project Year: 2007 Photographs: Elliott Kaufman

© Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman © Elliott Kaufman +10

Updated Visuals for One World Trade

09:00 - 9 August, 2012
View from W Hotel © Port Authority and the Durst Organization
View from W Hotel © Port Authority and the Durst Organization

Check out these new renderings of One World Trade Center from the Port Authority and the Durst Organization.  The images were released to illustrate recent design modifications – such as a treatment for the tower’s first 20 stories and the elimination of the casing around the antenna.   These fresh thirteen visuals offer a look at the tower from perspectives taken around the boroughs and New Jersey.   While these renderings offer a taste of what can be expected,  it is great to physical progress being made and how close we are to a completed tower.

More after the break.

modeLab Patterning Lab: Parametric Patterns and Digital Fabrication Workshop

11:00 - 6 August, 2012
Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

modeLab is putting on a two-day workshop August 18-19 on the topic of Parametric Patterns with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will experiment with the materiality, craft, and effects of patterning through the distribution of simple and repeatable material events (the cut, the fold, and the perforation). Coupling Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication workflows, we will iteratively test our patterns while learning best practices for use of a large-format Laser Cutter. Prototypes will range in material palette (fabric, paper, plastic) based on participants’ interests and will be used to discuss issues of craft, detailing, and the assembly process. For more information, please visit here.

Video: Sigur Rós - Varúð by Ryan McGingley

20:00 - 5 August, 2012

As part of the ‘Valtari’ Mystery film experiment of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós, the video for Varúð was released few days ago. Directed by Ryan McGingley, it shows New York in a magnificent way as we architects would like to move around.

modeLab Intro Lab: Parametric Design with Grasshopper Workshop

07:00 - 4 August, 2012
Courtesy of modeLab
Courtesy of modeLab

Taking place August 17 from 10am-6pm in Brooklyn, Intro Lab is a one-day workshop put on by modeLab on the topic of Parametric Design with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, we will cover introductions to Algorithmic Design, Computational Geometry, and Parametric Modeling. Additionally, participants will explore concepts such as Object Attributes/Parameters, Part to Whole Relationships, and Data Flow. Emphasis will be placed on consistent organization of data through Lists and Data Trees and best practices for Creative Project Workflow Integration, File Modularity, and Data Visualization. For more information, please visit here.

'AFTER' Exhibition / kelly behun | STUDIO

04:00 - 3 August, 2012
Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White
Poured resin side table by kelly behun | STUDIO after Lynda Benglis. Photo Credit: Alex P. White

R 20th Century is pleased to present AFTER, curated by Kelly Behun and Alex P. White of kelly behun|STUDIO. AFTER, which is on view September 19-October 27, will feature works from kelly behun|STUDIO, one of the most innovative, experimental design studios working today, and R 20th Century, one of the leading galleries for the exhibition of historic and contemporary design.

Designs in the exhibition draw inspiration from methods of sampling, appropriation, and deconstruction and how these ideas relate to postmodern notions of authorship. AFTER acknowledges “reference” in ways that are alternately direct, irreverent, poetic and oblique. More information on the exhibition after the break.

OMA reimagines retail for Coach’s new stores

14:57 - 1 August, 2012
Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA
Coach Omotesando Conceptual © OMA

American retailer Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandising system that accommodates Coach’s wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach’s heritage stores. Since establishing its first workshop 1941, Coach has expanded from a specialist leather atelier to a global distributor of “democratized luxury goods”. This expansion has clouded the clarity of the brand’s original library-like stores, which used a rigorous organizational system that categorically sort projects inside minimal wooden shelving at assisted counters. OMA intends to create a flexible, modular system that embodies the clarity of the original stores and responds to the individual needs of locale.

Continue reading for more. 

The Media Room / Luca Andrisani

01:00 - 28 July, 2012
© Adam Chinitz
© Adam Chinitz

The Media Room was designed in connection with Metropolitan Home's Showtime House, an event where NYC top designers were challenged to transform a beautiful Gramercy Park townhouse into a beacon of modernism inspired by original Showtime hit series.

adAPT NYC Request for Proposals

23:00 - 26 July, 2012
Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
Courtesy of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Developing housing that meets the needs of how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s future economic success. Currently, the City’s housing stock is misaligned with the changing demographics of its population. There are 1.8 million one- and two-person households (more than 60 percent of New York City households) and only one million studios and one-bedrooms to meet this housing demand. According to the 2010 Census, the growth rates of the one- and two-person household populations exceed the growth rate of households with three or more people. adAPT NYC seeks to create additional choice within New York City’s housing market. Submissions are due no later than September 14 with a pre-submission conference to be held on July 31. To register and for more information, please visit here.

'A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion' Exhibition

11:00 - 26 July, 2012
Courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)
Courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF)

In 1953, six years before the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened to the public, two of his structures—a pavilion and model Usonian house—were built on the future site of the museum to house a temporary exhibition displaying the architect’s lifelong work. From July 27, 2012, to February 13, 2013, the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum will present A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion, an exhibition comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, highlighting the first Wright buildings erected in New York City. Text Courtesy of: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (SRGF). More information on the exhibition after the break.

The Hegeman / Cook + Fox

13:00 - 25 July, 2012
© Cook+Fox Architects
© Cook+Fox Architects

The Hegeman, designed by Cook + Fox Architects,  is a residential community in Brownsville, Brooklyn that provides housing for low-income and formerly homeless individuals. Developed by Common Ground Community – an innovative non-profit whose mission is to end homelessness – the Hegeman Residence will also provide a range of on-site social services in a model known as supportive housing. For a little bit of context, Brownsville has the highest concentration of NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) developments in New York City. A wave of arson in the 1970s destroyed most of the residential structures; Brownsville is just one of the many neighborhoods that were affected. The urban renewal that followed rebuilt many homes and designated them as low-income housing. The community has had many problems since associated with poverty, including crime and drug addiction, as well as low test scores and high truancy rates in the education system.

More after the break.

401 W 14th Street / COOKFOX

01:00 - 20 July, 2012
Courtesy of Cook + Fox.
Courtesy of Cook + Fox.

Courtesy of Cook + Fox. © Bilyana Dimitrova Courtesy of Cook + Fox. Courtesy of Cook + Fox. +6

What's in a Number?

09:24 - 11 July, 2012

What do you think of the number 300?  Mayor Michael Bloomberg found the number to be just the right amount of square feet necessary to attract a younger demographic to live in the city.   In a city-sponsored competition entitled adAPT NYC, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development is inviting developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in Kips Bay, Manhattan.  The challenge is to design what Bloomberg calls “micro-units”, between 275-250 sqf of living space, complete with a place a kitchen and a bathroom, but no closet is necessary. “Developing housing that matches how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s continued growth, future competitiveness and long-term economic success,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “People from all over the world want to live in New York City, and we must develop a new, scalable housing model that is safe, affordable and innovative to meet their needs.”

More about the competition after the break.

641 Avenue of the Americas / COOKFOX

01:00 - 5 July, 2012
©  Cook+Fox Architects
©  Cook+Fox Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY
  • Mep Engineer

     Flack+Kurtz, Inc.
  • Lighting Consultant

     Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc.
  • Green Roof Consultant

    Green Roof Blocks/Green Paks
  • HVAC Controls Consultant

    Trane New York
  • Graphic Desing Consultant

    Doyle Partners
  • Code Consultant

    JAM Consultants, Inc.
  • Client

    Cook+Fox Architects LLP
  • Size

    12,121 SF
  • General Contractor

    Stephens Construction
  • Millwork

    Woodweave Furniture Company
  • Commissioning Agent

    Jaros, Baum, and Bolles
  • LEED Certification

    Platinum
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

©  Cook+Fox Architects ©  Cook+Fox Architects ©  Cook+Fox Architects ©  Cook+Fox Architects +7