2012 President’s Medal / Amanda Burden

11:30 - 11 April, 2012

Amanda Burden has been making a big impact on the City.  As Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning, Ms. Burden’s efforts to revitalize New York have resulted in the preservation of the High Line, the creation of the East River Waterfront Esplanade, and the future development of Freshkills Park – a former landfill in Staten Island, to name a few.  Both on an architectural and urban level, and also from a sustainability policy viewpoint, Ms. Burden’s years as Chair has effectively “raised the quality of design in our city and our expectations about design and city life.”

This week, Ms. Burden has been recognized by the Architectural League of New York and has been awarded their highest honor, the President’s Medal.  Such an award is rightly deserved as Ms Burden’s impact on architecture and planning initiatives has shaped the public spaces that have grown to define New York.  The President’s Medal is an honor that is awarded by peers from an organization that is independent of any professional or policy agenda, and with this recognition, Ms. Burden joins recent recipients such as Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, Ada Louise Huxtable, Robert A.M. Stern, Kenneth Frampton, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

More about the award after the break. 

Video: Manhattan Memorious / Reiser + Umemoto

13:00 - 4 April, 2012

Created by Reiser + Umemoto for the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, “Manhattan Memorious” explores what Manhattan could have been. The film visualizes several unrealized projects from Manhattan, including Buckminster Fuller’s dome over Midtown, Rem Koolhaas’ City of the Captive Globe, RUR’s East River Corridor, Paul Rudolph’s Eastside Redevelopment Corridor, Morphosis’ West Side Yard and others.

Video: 1920s New York

19:00 - 1 April, 2012

Filmed in 1921, Manhatta reveals a typical day in Lower Manhattan in the early part of the 20th century. Painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand created this silent film to discover the relationship between film and photography, while exploring their love to the City. Just as it is today, the City is amidst endless chaos.

Update: Resistance to NYU 2031 Expansion Heightens

14:53 - 29 March, 2012
Illustrative Rendering of the Greene Street Walk, Part of the NYU 2031 Expansion Plan. © NYU
Illustrative Rendering of the Greene Street Walk, Part of the NYU 2031 Expansion Plan. © NYU

The contenders: NYU and the Greenwich Village community. Let Round 2 commence.

Almost two years after we first brought you news about NYU 2031, NYU’s plans for expansion in Brooklyn, Governor’s Island, and (most controversially) in Greenwich Village, and the fight has not only continued, but escalated. A debate, hosted by The Municipal Art Society of New York, two nights ago brought about 200 NYU affiliates and community residents together, but only spatially; there was a considerable lack of willingness to compromise from either camp.

NYU’s plan, thought up by Toshiko Mori Architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and Grimshaw Architects, has ruffled feathers mostly for the fact of its bulk. The 2.5 million square-foot development (1.1 million of which would be underground) is the largest ever proposed for the Village, and has drawn criticism for its potential to diminish light, greenery, and open space in the neighborhood.

208 West 96th Street Residences / Arctangent Architecture + Design

01:00 - 21 March, 2012
© Arctangent Architecture + Design
© Arctangent Architecture + Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Upper West Side, New York City, USA
  • Principals In Charge

    Keitaro Nei & David Hu
  • Project Designers

    Mark Gumienny, Javier Oddo, & Bridgett Cruz
  • Structural Engineer

    Efraim Goldstein, PE PC
  • Mep Engineer

    A Joselow, PC
  • Lighting Design

    PHT Lighting Design Inc.
  • Area

    2080.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Arctangent Architecture + Design

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'Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters' Symposium

11:00 - 18 March, 2012
Courtesy of GSAPP
Courtesy of GSAPP

The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University will be holding the Interpretations: Promiscuous Encounters Syposium taking place Friday, March 23rd from 12:00pm – 8:30pm. Promiscuous Encounters, which is free and open to the public, has two main ambitions: first, to examine the fascinating blurriness and productive interplay between the critical, curatorial and conceptual capacities of architecture, including how and where they intersect and overlap and, second, to expand the definitions of what these terms mean in relation to theory and practice by reexamining the sites of criticality and their modes of operation. More information on the event after the break.

Orchestra Of St. Lukes / H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

01:00 - 15 March, 2012
© Francis Dzikowski – ESTO
© Francis Dzikowski – ESTO

© Francis Dzikowski – ESTO © Francis Dzikowski – ESTO © Francis Dzikowski – ESTO © Francis Dzikowski – ESTO +9

The Iconic U.N. Headquarters Makeover

15:00 - 9 March, 2012
© United Nations Photo
© United Nations Photo

Planned for completion in 2014, the iconic United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) is in the middle of a $1.876 billion refurbishment project, known as the Capital Master Plan, which seeks to update the aging building with a more safe, modern and sustainable work environment. Located on the 18-acre site that was donated by John D. Rockefeller in the 1950s, the Manhattan UNHQ was designed by an international team of eleven architects who worked together in a post-World War II world to create an landmark building through collaboration rather than competition.

Continue reading for more details on the Capital Master Plan. 

Frieze Art Fair New York 2012

11:18 - 8 March, 2012
Courtesy of SO - IL
Courtesy of SO - IL

A carefully selected presentation of over 170 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, Frieze Art Fair New York 2012 will take place May 4-7. Employing a distinct snake-shaped structure, Frieze New York will be designed by New York-based SO – IL architects. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, the event will benefit from the same architectural approach that has made Frieze Art Fair, London one of the world’s leading art fairs. More information on the event after the break.

B*Session - The Business of Communication: Social Media and Content Marketing

23:00 - 7 March, 2012
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA
Courtesy of nycobaNOMA

Today’s entrepreneurs are redefining what it means to be visionary in a slow economy. Using every available resource to create new assets, marketing through social media is becoming an important part of the strategy to reach our audiences.

Coordinated by the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, nycobaNOMA, and sponsored by Mohawk Industries, Inc., the B*Session event, The Business of Communication: Social Media and Content Marketing, will take place on March 21st at the Mohawk New York Showroom. More information on the event after the break.

Call for Submissions: BOFFO Show House

04:00 - 6 March, 2012
Courtesy of BOFFO
Courtesy of BOFFO

BOFFO is currently accepting submissions through March 26th for art & design furniture, products and more to arrange at their Show House open May 1 – 24, 2012. The BOFFO Show House exhibition will bridge art and design through installation showcasing designers and artists in a residential setting with the goal of creating a profound and relevant experience representing modern living at a visually enticing Manhattan destination. For more information, please visit here.

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

11:00 - 5 March, 2012
Courtesy of Studio Mode / modeLab
Courtesy of Studio Mode / modeLab

This workshop is a two-day intensive parametric design workshop by Studio Mode / modeLab to be held in Brooklyn during the weekend of April 07-08, 2012. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, this workshop will engage both the conceptual as well as technical domains of applied parametric design.

2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: Coney Inland / Cameron Wu

15:00 - 3 March, 2012
Aerial - Courtesy of Cameron Wu
Aerial - Courtesy of Cameron Wu

ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) in February. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s Wendy. Cameron Wu(Cambridge, MA) proposed Coney Inland, an architectural strategy which formally unifies and spatially modulates the challenging MoMA PS1 courtyard site. A series of developable surfaces (cones and cylinders) and their base structures normalize the contingencies of scale and shape of the three courtyard spaces, while their legible transformations register the idiosyncratic nature of the overall site geometry.

For generations of New Yorkers, Coney Island has served as the quintessential local retreat from the city. Unfettered access to sky, land, and sea makes it a clear contrast to the urban metropolis, drawing crowds in search of spatial and social release. Through the architectural translation of qualities inherent to this ocean-side precedent, Coney Inland imports the culture of casual beach leisure into the courtyard at MoMA PS1.

Main Courtyard - Courtesy of Cameron Wu MoMA PS1 Warm Up - Courtesy of Cameron Wu Courtesy of Cameron Wu Model - Courtesy of Cameron Wu +28

Michael Meredith: “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” Lecture

23:00 - 2 March, 2012
Courtesy of School of Visual Arts Design Criticism Department
Courtesy of School of Visual Arts Design Criticism Department

The Design Criticism Department (D-CRIT) at the School of Visual Arts will be hosting the “Playful Experimentation and Criticism” lecture featuring Michael Meredith, co-principal and co-founder of MOS. With MOS being an architectural practice that was born out of playful experimentation, what does being experimental mean and how is this related to criticism?

Pratt Institute presents two Public Exhbitions on the Work of Theoharis David

15:00 - 1 March, 2012
Allegra GSP Sport Center © Charalambos Artemis
Allegra GSP Sport Center © Charalambos Artemis

Tonight in Brooklyn, New York – Architect, alumnus and longtime Pratt Architecture Professor Theoharis David, FAIA, will deliver a lecture which will be introduced by visionary architect Lebbeus Woods reflecting on David’s 43 years as a teacher through the work of his former students, many of whom have gone on to become accomplished architects and teachers. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception for “Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action,” an exhibition of models, photos, and concept drawings by David that will be on view at The School of Architecture through March 30. The Pratt’s Department of Exhibitions are also presenting “An Architect Drawing,” an exhibition of drawings and texts from David’s architectural experiences through September 28.

Tonight’s lecture is open to the public; however please note that seating priority is reserved for members of the Pratt community at 5:30PM and members of the public will be admitted at 5:50PM. Continue reading for more information.

Allegra GSP Sport Center © Theoharis David Athletic Center in Kaimakli, Cyprus, Under Construction © Theoharis David Gladstonos 22 Private Residential Development in Nicosia, Cyprus © Theoharis David Theo David Drawing, Moscow +13

Cornell Reveals the Architects Competing to Design the First NYC Tech Campus Building

15:00 - 29 February, 2012
© Cornell University
© Cornell University

After Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President Skorton and Technion President Lavie announced Cornell’s victory over Stanford to build an eleven acre state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the team has now tackled their next step in choosing six high-profile architecture firms competing to design the schools first academic facility.

Selected from over more than 40 firms from the U.S. and abroad, the finalists include Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Continue reading for more information.

Hudson Valley Country House / Fractal Construction LLC

01:00 - 27 February, 2012
  • Architects

    Fractal Construction LLC
  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Architecture

    Fractal Construction LLC
  • Project Team

    Principal Designer – Ulises Liceaga
  • Project Manager

    Annemarie Moerl
  • Owner

    Christina Isaly-Liceaga
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm

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2012 MoMA PS1 YAP Runner-Up: The Mechanical Garden / Ibañez Kim Studio

19:00 - 26 February, 2012
Aerial - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio
Aerial - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio

ArchDaily announced the winning proposal for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) earlier this month. In order to bring you full coverage of the annual competition, we are featuring the other four creative designs that competed against HWKN’s WendyIbañez Kim Studio (Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim) proposed a Mechanical Garden that enjoyed a unique partnership with artists and engineers in Philadelphia.

Canopy - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio Canopy at Night - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio Model Aerial - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio Party - Courtesy of Ibañez Kim Studio +15