Video: Global Conservation Center / FXFOWLE

This LEED Gold building is now the headquarters for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Designed by FXFOWLE, the Global Conservation Center sits in the middle of the Zoo. The building harmonizes so well with the site that the wild animals hardly give notice to its presence; they treat it much like they treat a natural rock outcropping in the landscape. This makes for interesting employee lunches where they spend their time observing wild turkeys, swooping Inca terns and many other creatures. The design capitalizes on this wonderful opportunity by drawing staff outside with generous terraces and a patio the size of the staff dinning room. From more information check out the video and read Laura Raskin’s article at Architectural Record’s website.

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+ Pool / Family and PlayLab in collaboration with Arup

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A 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the continued development of + Pool is underway. From the creative minds at Family and PlayLab, + Pool is a collaboration to design a floating riverwater pool for everyone in the rivers of . Beginning the next phase of the project, material testing and design, the online fundraising campaign hopefully will raise the initial $25,000 needed to begin physically testing the filtration membranes providing results to determine the best filtration membranes and methods to provide clean and safe riverwater for the public to swim in.  A preliminary engineering feasibility report was initially conducted by Arup New York, which assessed the water quality, filtration, structural, mechanical and energy systems of + Pool.

Family and PlayLab launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign this month with the ultimate goal of generating enough support to prototype the filtration system by building a full-scale working mockup of the one section of + Pool. Research, design, testing and development will continue through the year in conjunction with permitting, approvals and building partnerships with community, municipal, commercial and environmental organizations.

Donation levels for the Kickstarter campaign range from $1 to $10,000 with the hope that everyone interested in cleaner public waterways can get involved. Donors can choose from a variety of incentives and gear up for a day at the pool.  For more information about the project and the campaign or to donate click here.  Or write to info@pluspool.org.

Follow the break for more details about this project and the history of floating pools in New York City, which date back to the early 19th century.

TriBeCa Loft Residence / A+I Design Corp

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Architects: A+I Design Corp
Location: City, , USA
Project team: Brad Zizmor, Anastasia Amelchakova, Eliane Maillot
Project area: 4,100 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Magda Biernat

Sustainable Vertical Neighborhood / Solus4

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This project comes from architectural and urban planning firm, solus4 who has devised a set of principles that guided the design of the Sustainable Vertical Neighborhood.  This “neighborhood” takes its form in an iconic 950 foot tall residential tower in City.  Applying these principles to a vertical neighborhood requires the full engagement of the design team, the building team, the financing team and the owners.

Read on for more on this project after the break.

New York City Design Commission Awards 11 Projects with Excellence in Design

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The New York City Design Commission held the 29th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design earlier this week at the recently renovated Museum of the Moving Image. Eleven public projects received this honor of distinction, which range from an animal shelter and a salt shed to a children’s museum and a library. Selected by an 11 member jury from hundreds of submissions the recipients ‘exemplify the highest standard of design’. A complete list of winners can be found following the break.

Visual Permeability Pavilion / Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Team

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Recently completed as part of a digital fabrication course at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, the Visual Permeability Pavilion was designed and built as part of their end of the year show and graduation ceremonies. The purpose of the pavilion is to provide multiple spaces for relaxation, contemplation, and social interaction. The group members included Luis Alarcon, Aaron Berman, Michael Georgopoulos, Eun Ki Kang, Dayeon Kim, Nicole Kotsis, Jeeun Grace Lee, Aaron Mark, Hylee Oh, and Steven Sanchez. More images and their description after the break.

Holding Pattern, P.S.1 2011 Installation / Interboro Partners

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A few weeks ago we shared with you photographs of this year’s P.S.1 Young Architects Program winning design, “Holding Pattern”, while in the process of installing its canopy piece. Now we are bringing you the completed structure which is open to the public through September 19th.

Designed by Interboro Partners, Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, “Holding Pattern” is a community based design that incorporates both the program requirements and the communities needs.  Stretching the funds, Interboro Partners will be able to serve two purposes; as the materials will be recycled, donating ping pong tables, benches, and flood lights, (a total of 79 items) to over 50 organizations in the Long Island neighborhood.

The Greatest Grid: A Call for Ideas

On the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of the 1811 Commissioners’ Plan for , the foundational document that established the Manhattan street plan from Houston Street to 155th Street, the Architectural League invites architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and other design professionals to use the Manhattan street grid as a catalyst for thinking about the present and future of New York.

For two centuries, the Manhattan street grid has demonstrated an astonishing flexibility to accommodate the architectural gestures and urban planning theories of successive generations of architects, urban designers, private developers, and city officials. Given its capacity for reinvention, how might the Manhattan grid continue to adapt and respond to the challenges and opportunities–both large and small–that New York faces now and into the future? For more information, please click here.

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop this weekend

With the modeLab Parametric Design Workshop quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce that there are only a few seats remaining. In order to expand upon previous introductory-level workshops, as well as provide more in-depth exercises, we have restructured this workshop to include a series of presentation documents, lectures, and a fully revised parametric design curriculum.

As a reminder, the location of this workshop is in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, conveniently located at the foot of the . Check out the link to information about the newly opened second-phase section just above 23rd Street. We are in for an exciting weekend and look forward to seeing you there.

To guarantee your seat in the workshop, please finalize your registration by submitting payment via the “Pay Now” button on the workshop webpage. Feel free to submit any questions to this address (workshop@studiomode.nu). We look forward to your participation.

MonoVision by Scott Frances

Pond Press proudly announces the publication of MonoVisioN, noted photographer Scott Frances’s first monograph. The book includes an introduction by renowned architect Richard Meier.

Renowned for his architecture and lifestyle photography, Scott is a frequent contributor to such illustrious magazines as Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Times Magazine, and Departures. Scott has worked with many of the world’s most famous architects and designers after beginning his career shooting for Richard Meier. He has photographed the homes of such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Jim Belushi, Claire Danes, Clive Davis, Steve Jobs, Elton John, Cindy Crawford, Ted Turner and Jessica Lange.

Coinciding with the release of the book is an exhibition of MonoVisioN at the D & D Building in New York on June 21st, 2011.

Stone Houses / Leroy Street Studio

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Architects: Leroy Street Studio
Location: East Hampton, , USA
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 650.32 sqm
Photographs: Charles Mayer & Paul Warchol

Mark di Suvero’s Sculptures featured on Governors Island

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Just 800 yards from the tip of Lower Manhattan, is hosting Mark di Suvero’s monumental sculptures, organized by Storm King Art Center. The sculpture garden is open to all visitors to Governors Island, which will be accessible this season until September 27, 2011. More images and information after the break.

Design Talk with Howard Duffy

This coming June 30th please join nycobaNOMA in welcoming of HTD STUDIO DESIGN OFFICE for an intimate lecture and cocktail/networking mixer.

Howard will be discussing his office’s current projects and investigations. The brief presentation starts promptly at 7pm to allow for continued networking + mingling amongst our design and building industry peers. The event will take place at the Innovant Showroom, 37 West 20th Street, .

For more information, please click here.

Gladstone Gallery 21st Street / Selldorf Architects

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Located in Chelsea between 10th and 11th Avenues and situated between two other prominent galleries, this building is a secondary exhibition space for the Gladstone Gallery and was designed to house large installations of sculpture. Respecting the area’s industrial warehouse buildings, the façade is constructed of dark grey hand-cut brick of unusual proportions, laid with filled joints to underscore the monumental appearance. The façade features a large opening on the ground floor and ribbon windows on the upper levels.

Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: 21st Street, New York City, New York,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

Video: West 57th / BIG

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West 57th, BIG’s design of a apartment building for client Durst Fetner Residential, takes shape in model form in this video. On display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the model is part of Living: Frontiers of Architecture III-IV exhibition. The exhibition which opened the first of this month and will run through October 2nd ‘is full of impressions and insights into the multiple ways we live in the world today’.

Queens Theater in the Park / Caples Jefferson

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Architects: Caples Jefferson
Location: , , USA
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,077.67 sqm
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

EDUN Americas, Inc. Showroom & Offices / Spacesmith

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EDUN is a progressive fashion company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. In May 2010, Spacesmith was retained to design the lifestyle fashion brand’s new 8,600 square foot space to house offices; a showroom; design, production & marketing teams; and a sample room on the corner of Grand and Mercer Streets in Soho. The design intent was to keep the new construction to a minimum while allowing natural daylight to penetrate into the space and to embrace EDUN’s commitment to sustainability. It was fundamental to EDUN that Spacesmith design the space using reclaimed and salvaged materials and furnishings and to work with local vendors, craftsmen and craftswomen.

Architect: Spacesmith
Location: , New York, USA
Project Area: 8,600 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Project Team: Jane Smith, Partner in Charge; Charles Patten, Design Principal; Ambar Margarida, Stefan Danicich
Photographs: Courtesy of Spacesmith

Part Two of the High Line Opens / Field Operations + DS+R

Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, the pathway rises eight feet above the , winding through a canopy of trees, between West 25th and West 27th Street, looking South. ©Iwan Baan

New Yorkers can’t get enough of James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s High Line as millions meandered along the refurbished rail tracks enjoying spectacular views of the skyline.   And yet, the opening of the High Line in 2009 offered a mere preview of the project’s total grandeur as parts two and three of the 1.45 mile project were still to come.   Today, the second phase of the High Line has opened to the public – a section which stretches from West 20th up to West 28th Street.  This segment includes a hovering frame that will display people’s silhouettes against the evening sky, an elevated pathway which brings visitors to the level of the trees’ canopy, and a Great Lawn which will be perfect for sun-bathing and a summer time picnic.

After the break you can find a great set of photos from Iwan Baan, via the High Line Facebook Page, and some more information about the project.