Video: +FARM

This summer design/build program for architecture students aims to get their hands dirty with both design and construction experience. Relocating from their studio home at Direct Design Institute students and professorers participated in a one week building work shop at the Five Sisters Farm in Perrysville, New York. Funded by Kickstarter (today is the last day to donate!) +FARM provides students with the opportunity to learn about “direct design” by observation and the physical act of making a movable Chicken Coop and restoring an old farm house to be later used as an artist colony and hunter’s house.

Midtown Manhattan Ranks Second in 2011 Survey of U.S. Green Real Estate Markets

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Cushman & Wakefield, in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s BetterBricks Initiative, recently released its second annual Green Building Opportunity Index and three submarkets cracked the top ten.   Midtown, Midtown South, and Downtown placed second, fourth, and seventh, respectively in the Index.  One of the goals of this initiative is to assist urban planners and policymakers in examining data to understand what new policies and incentives may be useful in accelerating green building practices at the local level.

837 Washington Street Approved / Morris Adjmi Architects

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After patiently evolving the design of 837 Washington Street,  the Meatpacking District’s newest addition,  -based Morris Adjmi Architects are happy to announce the project’s recent approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The new office and retail building, which will rise from a 1930s warehouse, will be Adjmi’s fourth building in the Meatpacking District.  The project has been struggling to gain approval, primarily due to its height, as the building was originally conceived to stand 100 feet tall; however, the most recent design scheme shows the building measuring just below 80 feet, allowing it to blend more graciously with its surroundings.

More about the project after the break.

Twins: Houses in Five Parts / William O’Brien Jr

© William O'Brien Jr rendering by Peter Guthrie

Architects: William O’Brien Jr. LLC
Location: Upstate
Design Principal: William O’Brien Jr
Project Team: Bhujon Kang
Project Year: 2009-2011
Visualization: Peter Guthrie

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

Studio Mode/modeLab is pleased to announce the upcoming modeLab Parametric Design Workshop in over the weekend of August 20/21, 2011. In response to the overwhelming interest and success of last month’s workshop, modeLab will conduct one last Parametric Design Workshop this summer. The workshop will include a newly redeveloped curriculum and series of supporting lectures as a means to engage both the conceptual, as well as technical domains of applied parametric design.

Emphasis will be placed on workflows that utilize constraint-based design, associative modeling techniques, and environmental influencers to discover novel and inventive design solutions through the use of Grasshopper. Rhino, in conjunction with the parametric modeling plug-in Grasshopper, offers the possibility to explore parametric and computational design with unprecedented fluidity. Leveraging this capacity, we have structured this workshop around a series of architectural design strategies with supporting content to foster a fast-paced and productive learning environment.

As part of a larger online infrastructure, modeLab, this collection of Strategies, Primers, and Utilities provides workshop participants with continued support and knowledge to draw upon for future learning. Attendance will be limited to provide each participant maximum dedicated time with instructors. To register or for more information click here.

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter organizes international exchange of award-winning designers between New York and São Paulo


Last year, the New Practices Committee of the AIA Chapter recognized seven promising and pioneering new architecture and design firms working in – the New Practices 2010 winners.

This year, AIANY and the Center for Architecture are thrilled to send an exhibition of these firms to São Paulo, and welcome in return an exhibition of São Paulo’s winning new practices. New York’s 2010 winners will be on view at the São Paulo International Architecture Biennial in Oscar Niemeyer’s OCA Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park from November 1 – December 4, 2011 and the young Brazilian firms will be featured in an exhibition opening July 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in .

The exhibition will remain on view at the Center for Architecture until September 10, 2011. More information after the break.

NYU’s Department of Linguistics / 1100 Architect

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Architects: 1100 Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Juergen Riehm, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge; David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal; Texer Nam, AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager; Heather Braun, RA, Senior Designer; Amy Thornton, Senior Designer; Peter Heller, LEED AP, Designer; Serge Khoudessian, Designer; Heidi Hoerig, Designer; Helen Jung, Designer; Illaria Lamanna, Intern
Project Area: 22,500 square feet
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Moran, courtesy of 1100 Architect

Pawling House / SPG Architects

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This 3,330 sqf weekend getaway provides a private refuge for a NYC couple. The house sits on 5 semi-private acres. Its pavilion-like form nestles into a rise in the landscape allowing for the 2-story bedroom zone to seamlessly link with the main living areas, which contain living, dining, and kitchen functions.

Architect: SPG Architects
Location: Pawling, ,
Landscape Architecture: Mario Nievera
Interior Design: Frank Webb of White Webb Interiors
Photographs: Randy O’Rourke, Tim Street-Porter

Splash House from Parsons School of Design

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Parsons The New School for Design has joined with NYC Parks & Recreation via the Design Workshop, its innovative design-build studio led by graduate architecture students, to create a new pool pavilion for the Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center, a WPA–era bathhouse in Washington Heights.

Join us after the break to learn more about The Splash House.

Mercedes House: Phase 1 / TEN Arquitectos

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Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: , New York,
Client: Two Trees Management Co. LLC
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, Images Courtesy Two Trees Management Co. LLC

SoHo Synagogue / Dror

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Architects: Dror
Location: City, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: John Hall

The SoHo Synagogue is the community’s first ever synagogue and represents a fresh vision that translates the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. With a forward thinking approach, Rabbi Dovi Scheiner along with his wife Esty, founders of SoHo Synagogue,built a religious platform that invites the community to fully integrate their religion within their modern lifestyle. Mindful of the open mindset of lower Manhattan’s Jewish population, The SoHo Synagogue seeks to reinvent the synagogue as a comfortable and enjoyable setting for personal growth and communal connection.

SubCat Studios / Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

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Architects: Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP
Location: , New York, USA
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 18,300 sqf
Photographs: Chris Cooper Photographer

B*Sessions: Business Seminar Intellectual Property

Published playright and lawyer Cheryl L. Davis offers insight into copyright and trademark issues, governance in our tech savvy culture, and imaginative ways to encourage growth and production while retaining your brand.

You will understand:
*What is intellectual property
*Keys to managing your creative knowledge
*Ways to re-imagine control for long term success!

The seminar will take place Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Humanscale Showroom (11 East 26th Street, 8th Floor, NY). Entrance for nycobaNOMA members + local NOMA Chapters is free. Non members is $15.00 // free with RSVP by August 1st. Space is limited so RSVP to

Metal Shutter Houses / Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect

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The Metal Shutter Houses, designed by the internationally renowned Japanese firm Shigeru Ban Architects, are located on the south side of West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in West Chelsea’s art gallery district, steps away from the High Line, the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers, and the Hudson River Park. The block offers a bold display of the new : the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Headquarters are next door and Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th is across the street. Low-profile warehouse buildings throughout the neighborhood allow for long city views, including the Empire State building, from each floor of the Metal Shutter Houses.

Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Location: 524 West 19th Street New York City, New York, USA
Executive Architect: Montroy DeMarco, LLP
Structural Engineers: Robert Silman Associates, PC
Mechanical Engineers: ICOR Associates, LLC Consulting Engineers
Interiors: Shigeru Ban Architects +
Developer: HEEA Development LLC
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Michael Moran

ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition Winners

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The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (), in collaboration with Brooklyn-based fabrication house FLATCUT_ recently announced the winners of this year’s ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition. The competition challenged designers to create new forms in the categories of furniture, partition and lighting using innovative materials and digital fabrications applications. The winners brought not only ingenuity to their designs, but a sense of beauty and functionality that excited the jury. More images and information on the competition winners after the break.

Video: Craig Dyker talks about 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

We recently viewed an informative video about the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion on Architecture Record’s website. In this video Snøhetta‘s principal Craig Dykers explains the pavilion’s various meanings and features. The exterior is slotted to be completed this September 11th and the interior is expected to open September 11th, 2012.


Courtesy of Flickr CC License / kinerific

Manhattanhenge, is the term used to describe a biannual occurrence in City when the sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main grid. Adopted in 1811 the famous street grid of Manhattan, the Commissioners’ Plan, was the original design plan for the streets in which the grid plan is offset at 29.0 degrees from true east-west. Twice a year photographers gather to witness this urban solar phenomenon, when the sun sets perfectly between the skyscraper corridors and illuminates the north-south facades of the streets. Tripods and pedestrians filled the crosswalks this past Wednesday to catch a glimpse of this moment.

NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal: The World’s Largest Media Façade

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One of the ’s most forgettable buildings has been transformed into a model of modern technology. The Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), located in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd street, now boasts the world’s largest transparent media façade completed by GKD Metal Fabrics which effectively covers the building’s outdated steel façade. More images and project description after the break.