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Architects in Conversation: Jeanne Gang + Paul Goldberger

11:00 - 1 October, 2012
Aqua Tower by Studio Gang / © gshowman via flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gshowman/
Aqua Tower by Studio Gang / © gshowman via flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gshowman/

Visionary architect, MacArthur Fellow and National Academician Jeanne Gang joins Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and architecture critic Paul Goldberger as part of the Academy’s annual Architects in Conversation series. Together they will discuss Studio Gang’s past, present, and future projects, as well as Gang’s role within the important architectural tradition of Chicago. The talk will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:30pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets and for more information, please visit here.

Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair

07:00 - 29 September, 2012
Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy
Courtesy of The Battery Conservancy

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A Chair is a unique open call to design students and design professionals living in the North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Design an iconic, movable outdoor seating element for NYC’s 25-acre historic Battery Park, AKA The Battery. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, which annually welcomes six million visitors. They are offering an earlybird registration rate for all who register by this Sunday, Sept. 30. All design entries are due October 30. To register and for more information, please visit here.

AD Interviews: Reiser + Umemoto

16:48 - 24 September, 2012

Since it’s founding in 1986, Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture P.C. has become a widely published, internationally recognized practice with a diverse collection of projects ranging in scale. On multiple occasions, the firm has been awarded for their contributions to architectural practice and theory – the most recent being The Cooper Union’s 2008 Presidential Citation and the 2011 John Hejduk Award – as they treat “each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution.”

Ground Zero Master Plan / Studio Daniel Libeskind

19:00 - 23 September, 2012
WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties
WTC Site Night, Silverstein Properties, New York © Silverstein Properties

With last year’s opening of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero and the near-completion of the World Trade Center One, Daniel Libeskind’s vision for the World Trade Center site is close to presenting the future of NYC’s downtown financial center, 11 years after the attacks. Studio Daniel Libeskind was selected to develop the master plan for the site in 2003, and since has been coordinating with NYC’s numerous agencies and individual architects to rebuild the site. The project, in Libeskind’s words, is a “healing of New York”, a “site of memory” and “a space to witness the resilience of America”.

Follow us after the break for more on the elements and progress of the master plan.

Two Architects investigate the Evolution of #OWS

19:02 - 19 September, 2012
Liberty Plaza © Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder
Liberty Plaza © Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder

Our friends at Design Observer’s Places Journal have shared with us two fascinating articles, written by architects Jonathan Massey and Brett Snyder, that explore the physical and virtual evolution of Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) as it transformed from the privately owned public space of Zuccotti Park into the bustling micro-city of Liberty Plaza sustained by online media.

To learn how OWS has influenced architecture and urbanism, Massey and Snyder asks the following questions: What’s the layout of this place? What are its rules, and who owns it? How does its design shape possibilities for individual and collective action?

'Past Futures, Present, Futures' Exhibition

11:00 - 6 September, 2012
Visionary Palimpsest, New York. Past Futures, Present Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2012
Visionary Palimpsest, New York. Past Futures, Present Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2012

Storefront for Art and Architecture is opening up its fall exhibition season starting September 25th with ‘Past Futures, Present, Futures’. The exhibition, which will be up until November 17th, presents 101 unrealized proposals for New York City, with 101 reenactments by invited artists, architects, writers, and policy-makers to create alternative visions for the present and future of the city. The exhibition is curated by Eva Franch and designed by Leong Leong. An opening reception will take place on September 25, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm. For more information, please visit here.

115 Norfolk / Grzywinski+Pons

01:00 - 28 August, 2012
115 Norfolk / Grzywinski+Pons, © Floto + Warner
© Floto + Warner
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY
  • Design Team

    Matthew Grzywinski, Amador Pons
  • Area

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  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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Dutchess House No. 1 / Grzywinski + Pons

02:00 - 25 August, 2012
© Floto + Warner/OTTO
© Floto + Warner/OTTO

Architects: Grzywinski + Pons Location: Millerton, NY, USA Design Team: Matthew Grzywinski, Amador Pons Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Floto + Warner/OTTO

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The Nolitan / Grzywinski + Pons

01:00 - 22 August, 2012
The Nolitan / Grzywinski + Pons, © Floto + Warner
© Floto + Warner

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West 18th Street / ODA

09:30 - 21 August, 2012

Recently, we shared ODA’s honorable mention proposal for the National Library of Israel which fosters an open haven for learning and activity.  The New-York based firm is also working on projects a bit closer to home in Manhattan that approach zoning restrictions with an air of optimism.  ODA explained, “We embrace those parameters (zoning ordinances) and use them as the DNA of our buildings. If carefully studied, NYC’s zoning allows for many interpretations that follows logical principals.”

More about the residences after the break.

“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
Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders, © Peter Aaron / OTTO
© Peter Aaron / OTTO

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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

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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.