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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.

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The Media Room / Luca Andrisani

01:00 - 28 July, 2012
The Media Room / Luca Andrisani, © 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
401 W 14th Street / COOKFOX, Courtesy of Cook + Fox.
Courtesy of Cook + Fox.
  • Architects

  • Location

    401 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Architect

    Cook+Fox Architects
  • Client

    Taconic Investment Partners
  • Area

    37030.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Cook + Fox., Bilyana Dimitrova

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
641 Avenue of the Americas / COOKFOX, ©  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

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveils New Columbia University Medical Building

15:00 - 3 July, 2012
Exterior View South - Courtesy of CUMC
Exterior View South - Courtesy of CUMC

Columbia University has been at the forefront of medical education for more than two centuries, as it was the first medical school in the United States to award the M.D. degree in 1770. Now, the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building that reflects how they believe medicine is and should be taught, learned and practiced in the 21st century.

Located on the CUMC campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan, the 14-story facility will aim to achieve LEED Gold certification and incorporate technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center. The design is led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect.

Continue after the break for more details!

Lobby - Courtesy of CUMC Auditorium Entry - Courtesy of CUMC Floating Terrace - Courtesy of CUMC Elevated Cafe - Courtesy of CUMC +11

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

    2011
  • 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
© NYC DDC
© NYC DDC

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
© NYC EDC
© NYC EDC

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.