Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

01:00 - 3 July, 2012
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi
  • Architects

  • Location

    2180 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10035, USA
  • Project Team

    Scott Newman, Bruce Davis, Tom Wittrock
  • Area

    145000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi +20

Challenge: REskin an Aging Building in NYC

15:00 - 2 July, 2012

In a call for a Sustainable New York City, Mayor Bloomberg stated: “Given that buildings account for more than 80 percent of all municipal greenhouse gas emissions, constructing buildings with energy-efficient features is essential to reducing those emissions, and DDC plays a critically important role in that work.”

This is a great idea for new construction, but what about the existing, aging buildings? Most older buildings were built in a time when energy costs were low and the exterior walls were used less for energy performance and more for structural integrity. Knocking these buildings down to start over would cause a greater environmental impact due to the tons of waste material that would need to be discarded. So, what is the solution? REskinDesignByMany‘s challenges you to cleverly reskin a decaying urban building on the corner of Broadway and Reade St in New York City. Submissions can range from a focused investigation to an entire reskinning of the building.

The REskin challenge is sponsored by Autodesk and media partners ArchDaily. Winners will receive a full license of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013. Check out the building and learn more after the break!

Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park / Cook + Fox Architects

13:00 - 27 June, 2012
© Cook+Fox Architects
© Cook+Fox Architects

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in midtown New York, designed by Cook + Fox Architects, is the first commercial high-rise to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The design and high performance of this building is intended to set a new standard for commercial construction and for the office-work environment.  By focusing on ways to emphasize daylight, fresh air and a connection to the outdoors, the architects redefine the parameters of the skyscraper as more than a glass box.

More on the strategies implemented in this project after the break.

Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park / Cook + Fox Architects © David Sundberg / Esto © Cook+Fox Architects © David Sundberg / Esto +16

FDNY Marine Company 9

01:00 - 27 June, 2012
FDNY Marine Company 9, © Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol +17

What Can Architecture Do for Your Health?

13:00 - 26 June, 2012

In an effort to make New York City’s built environment “more livable and hospitable” the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), Health and Mental Hygiene, Transportation (DOT), and City Planning have developed the Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design to be referenced in conjunction with the DOT’s Street Design Manual and other guidelines produced by NYC. The guidelines are written for urban planners, designers and architects and are driven by the need to address health concerns such as obesity and diabetes through intelligent design. Our built environments give us cues as to how to inhabit them and have tremendous effects, sometimes subconscious, on our lifestyles. Do you walk, drive, or bike to work? Do you take the stairs or the elevator? We make these types of decisions, which are largely based on comfort, on a daily basis. But the guidelines established in this manual are intended to give designers the tools to encourage healthy lifestyle choices to address the social concerns of NYC. So, what can planners, architects and designers do to create an active and healthy city? Find out after the break.

Milestone for 4 World Trade

09:00 - 26 June, 2012

Yesterday, the final steel beam rose 977 feet into the air and was placed atop 4 World Trade Center – the 72-story tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. As gospel singer BeBe Winans sang “God Bless America”, the 8 ton beam, signed by all members of the team and adorned with an American flag, reached its final destination atop the city’s sixth tallest tower.

At over 80 years of age, Maki is making his New York debut in an elegant manner.  The tower was designed to serve as a “respectful backdrop” to the National September 11 Memorial and not to compete with 1 World Trade.  ”This is a special place with a sacred meaning and we felt we had to be respectful,” explained Osamu Sassa, Maki’s project architect, to The New York Times.   Such a ideology offers a strong contrast with the other architectural statements that will eventually rise as part of the World Trade Center complex, such as Norman Foster’s 2 World Trade and Richard Roger’s 3 World Trade.   While the minimalism of Maki may have kept the design under the radar during its design and construction stages, the grace of its simplicity will craft a dignified presence while visiting the site.  ”The design of the tower at 150 Greenwich has two fundamental elements –  a ‘minimalist’ tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a ‘podium’ that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalization of lower Manhattan,” explained Maki.

More about 4 World Trade after the break. 

A Bright Future for Willets Point - Redevelopment on an Environmentally Marred Peninsula

13:00 - 25 June, 2012

The New York Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg of NYC announced the completion of the final plan for Willets Point - a peninsula on the Flushing River in Northern Queens, New York. The development of Willets Point is part of the urban renewal project associated with Citi Field – the Mets’ new stadium. Nicknamed the Iron Triangle, the project will include housing for mixed incomes, retail and entertainment amenities, a hotel, a convention center, office space, parks and open space, and a new public school, all of which falls under the umbrella of LEED-certified buildings and infrastructure. As with every redevelopment plan, there are positives and negatives to restructuring the community.

Read on for more after the break.

Green Carceri (Highline 4.0) / TARQUITECTOS

11:00 - 25 June, 2012

The Green Carceri, designed by TARQUITECTOS, arises as a natural extension of the High Line Park, connecting himself with the High Line and flying over the river, thus enabling a continuation of the public space underneath with the neighborhood to the height of the street and the docks. Winding around a series of vertical communication cores, the building allows both internal transit users and visitors to descend to the level of the street without having to enter the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Governors Island / West 8

19:00 - 20 June, 2012
© West 8 / Rogers Marvel Architects / Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Mathews Nielsen / Urban Design +
© West 8 / Rogers Marvel Architects / Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Mathews Nielsen / Urban Design +

Despite all of the preconceived notions about New York City being overpopulated, noisy and constantly bustling, there are numerous pockets within the five boroughs that offer respite from the city. This design strives to be one such pocket – or island. Governors Island has a long military history that dates back to 1776. It was controlled by the U.S. Government first for the U.S. Army and later for the Coast Guard. In 2002 the island was “sold” to the people of New York and declared a national monument. In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson agreed on the future operations, planning and redevelopment of the island through the Trust for Governors Island. Since then, the island has been open during the summer months for visitors to enjoy the unique seclusion offered by the the old military grounds. But the Trust had bigger plans. Choosing a team of architects, urban planners, designers and landscape architects that include Rogers Marvel Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mathews Nielsen and led by West 8, plans began to unfold that would reimagine the island as a getaway for New Yorkers. Playing up to its isolation, its abundance of lawns and trees, and the views that it offers, the first phase of the plans have officially broken ground and are scheduled for completion in Fall 2013.

Check out what’s in store for Governors Island after the break.

Video: The Manhattan Project / Cameron Michael

15:00 - 17 June, 2012

Cameron Michael captures the energy of the city with this time-lapse production. From the highline to the city skyline, this video makes you feel like you’ve just spent your entire Sunday walking through the streets of Manhattan. Although Michael admittedly “bent” a few laws while filming The Manhattan Project, this adventure seems to have been well worth the effort. Enjoy!

CLOG: Data Space launch

11:30 - 13 June, 2012
Courtesy of CLOG
Courtesy of CLOG

Taking place June 15th from 7-9pm at McNally Jackson in New York, CLOG is inviting the public in their celebration of the launch of their third issue, Data Space.

A Lesson in Dedicated Collaboration: Hunts Point Landing on the South Bronx Greenway / Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

13:00 - 6 June, 2012
© New York City Economic Development Corporation
© New York City Economic Development Corporation

In the past decade New York City’s government, along with numerous organizations and design teams, have taken the initiative to revive the city’s public spaces and reclaim underutilized areas that have long been associated with the city’s manufacturing past.  We’re all familiar with the High Line, a project that takes over the elevated rail lines of Chelsea and Meat Packing District that until several years ago stood as a desolate and eroding piece of infrastructure,  which was beautiful in its own way but largely underutilized.  Then there is the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has become a mecca for designers, fabricators and research companies and has recently acquired a museum to celebrate its history.   And of course, there are the city’s waterways, which, since New York City’s early history, have served its manufacturing and trade economy, have become parks along the waterfront as part of the Hudson River Greenway and the FDR Drive.  Manufacturing has long been replaced by Wall Street, but there are parts of the city that still retain the industrial past along the historic waterfront and continue to operate some of the most important facilities that allow the city to function.  Now it is time to reintroduce a public use among these industrial zones.

More after the break!

SUNY / Perkins Eastman

01:00 - 6 June, 2012
SUNY / Perkins Eastman, © David Revette
© David Revette

© David Revette © David Revette © David Revette © David Revette +9

Rising from Tragedy: A Conversation with Calatrava, Childs, and Libeskind by Andrew Caruso

19:00 - 4 June, 2012
1 World Trade Center rendering © SOM / dbox studio
1 World Trade Center rendering © SOM / dbox studio

National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine contributor Andrew Caruso takes you “inside the design mind” of three prominent figures in the 9/11 rebuilding process with this recent interview conducted at the 2012 AIA National Convention

Heroic. Contemplative. Grieving. Victorious. The rebirth of the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan has engendered significant public reaction and reflection. With implications as complex as they are profound, it is not surprising that it has taken more than a decade to heal the urban scars of September 11, 2001.

I had the rare opportunity to sit down with three architects working on the site, Santiago Calatrava, David Childs, and Daniel Libeskind, at the recent American Institute of Architects convention in Washington, D.C., where they were honored along with four others, as “Architects of Healing.” We discussed their experience of reshaping one of the most culturally significant sites in the history of the United States.

The Realization of the “Cosmic Quilt” / The Principals

13:00 - 30 May, 2012
© Walling McGarity Photography
© Walling McGarity Photography

Remember the “Cosmic Quilt” kickstarter campaign we published a few weeks ago? Well, it was a success! With the help 20 students from the Art Institute of New York, The Principals were able to construct a reactive architectural environment just in time for the New York Design Week that took place May 19-21.

Continue after the break for more.

© Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography © Walling McGarity Photography +10

Update: John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM

01:00 - 30 May, 2012
Update: John Jay College of Criminal Justice / SOM, © SOM | Eduard Hueber
© SOM | Eduard Hueber
  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, USA
  • Architect

    Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • Landscape Architect

    Quennell Rothschild & Partners
  • Structural Engineering

    Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP
  • Lighting

    SBLD Studio
  • Client

     City University of New York; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
  • Cost Estimating

    AccuCost Construction Consultants, Inc.; Turner Construction Co.
  • Graphics

    Lebowitz/Gould/Design, Inc.
  • Owner’s Representative/Construction Manager

    Turner Construction Co.
  • MEP Engineering & Vertical Transportation

    Jaros Baum & Bolles
  • Laboratories Planning

    GPR Planners Collaborative, Inc.
  • Civil/Geotechnical/Environmental

    Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, P.C.
  • Food Service

    Romano Gatland
  • Acousitcs, AV, IT Telecommunications

    Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Zoning

    Development Consulting Services, Inc
  • Expediting Services

    RPO, Inc.
  • Higher Education Programming

    Scott Blackwell Page Architect
  • Photographs

© SOM | Eduard Hueber © SOM | Eduard Hueber © SOM | Eduard Hueber © SOM | Eduard Hueber +18

Logan Offices / SO-IL

01:00 - 29 May, 2012
Logan Offices / SO-IL, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

    SO-IL - Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou
  • Location

    New York, USA
  • Team

    Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou (Assoc. Principal- in Charge) as well as Danny Duong and Nicole Passarella
  • Client

  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Iwan Baan ©  Naho Kubota +14

Owen Launch / Tacklebox Architecture

01:00 - 29 May, 2012
Owen Launch / Tacklebox Architecture, © Juliana Sohn for OWEN
© Juliana Sohn for OWEN

© Juliana Sohn for OWEN © Juliana Sohn for OWEN © Juliana Sohn for OWEN © Juliana Sohn for OWEN +6