Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero / Steven Spielberg

Tune into the Discovery Channel tonight at 8 E/P for executive producer ’s Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.  This two part 6-hour documentary (the second installation will run September 1st) will take viewers on the journey of the process and struggles behind constructing One World Trade Center.  As George Pataki, former governor, explains, the construction site is vastly different from any other site as it is hallowed land.  Working to keep the memory of those fallen alive, and provide a symbol of strength, the rebuilding process continually faces challenges as the complex’s four skyscrapers, transportation hub, museum and memorial are “all being constructed at the same time and on the same location.”  Watching this short clip we spotted on The Hollywood Reporter gave me chills – especially the part about “Big Red” and its fallen ones.   Let us know what you think of the documentary this evening; we are sure it won’t disappoint!

9/11 Memorial Time Lapse

With the Freedom Tower rising about a storey a day, it is amazing to see the progress and the impact the structure is having on the skyline.  We spotted this time lapse video of the construction of the Memorial, showing the filling of the towers’ footprints, to the thousands of gallons of water being pumped into the voids, and the hundreds of white oaks planted.  Our favorite part is at the end of the video when it zooms to show the Memorial’s scale and positioning in relationship to the new built structures.  As the tenth anniversary of this horrific tragedy quickly approaches, millions will be remembering the day in their own way, from a Hand-in-Hand public show of unity when thousands will join hands along the West Side of Manhattan on September 10 to an 1,800 person motorcycle ride from the South of the country to Ground Zero.  We are also glad that New Yorkers and Americans will have a finished Memorial to show our strength, unity and growth.

Mexico City’s High Line Park

Courtesy of Federal District Public Space Authority

To say New York’s High Line is a successful project is putting it very lightly.  From the moment the overgrown landscape opened, thousands have flocked to experience the amazing public space and dozens have been inspired to incorporate similar urban reuse attitudes in their cities.  Ruth Samuelson shared ’s inspired project which seeks to apply the New York High Line’s sense of serenity to a busy intersection by mid-2012. “The High Line in New York seemed to me a fresh breath of air, completely.   just needs – within so many streets, so many avenues – respite like this,” explained Daniel Escotto Sánchez, the general coordinator for the city’s Public Space Authority.

More about the project after the break.

Boffo Building Fashion Competition Winners

© Boffo Building Fashion - Nicola Formichetti / Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Boffo is a non-profit organization focused on culture and the arts. Through events and exhibitions Boffo draws attention to artists and designers while often giving them an opportunity to display their work. Boffo recently announced the winners of their Boffo Building Fashion competition, an open competition that called for architects to pair with fashion designers to build temporary spaces displaying both talents. Find out who the architects and designers are after the break.

Update: BMW Guggenheim Lab / Atelier Bow-Wow

Exterior view from East First Street. Photo: Paul Warchol

Last Fall, we introduced the collaborative effort between the Guggenheim and BMW to create a modern day public form exploring a variety of urban issues. The Lab, designed by Atelier Bow-Wow, has just opened in the East Village on a leftover 2,000 sqf plot squished between two existing buildings. With the ground level open to passersby, the museum focuses on creating a transparent and welcoming atmosphere to house discussions, lectures and the like. “We wanted the Guggenheim Labs to be in the middle of an urban environment where people live, work and hang out,” Mr. van der Leer, a curator for the Guggenheim, told the Times.

More about the Lab, including a video courtesy Atelier Bow-Wow, after the break.

Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings: A New York Archive Exhibition

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Storefront for Art and Architecture will present Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings: a New York Archive, a project by Matilde Cassani opening on September 13th. The project unveils the hidden spaces within dedicated to the different beliefs of its citizens.

As part of an upcoming exhibition, they are developing a New York Archive of Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings and they need your help. This is an open call for contributions that explain either a story or the memory of a visit, a sketch of a known space, a photograph of a street sign, a location in a map, anything that might help us construct the most comprehensive guide to the sacred unknown of New York. To participate, you are encouraged to submit any material at their website.

More information on the exhibition after the break.

SYPartners / A+I Design Corp

© Magda Biernat

Architects: A+I Design Corp
Location: City, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Magda Biernat

Campus Commons, SUNY at New Paltz / ikon.5 architects

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Architect: ikon.5 architects
Location: ,
Project Area: 12,000sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Mauss/Esto

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, . 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

Photo by SkilliShots - http://www.flickr.com/photos/skillicorn/

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

© Morris Adjmi Architects

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 City over the weekend of August 20/21, 2011. In response to the overwhelming interest and success of last month’s workshop, 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

© Michael Moran, courtesy of

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

© Tim Street-Porter

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, New York,
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

Courtesy of Parsons School of Design

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

© Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, Images Courtesy Two Trees Management Co. LLC

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