David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill Development: A New Typology for Affordable Housing

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates’ latest development has opened in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, New York: a complex that aims to combat poverty and revitalize the community by bringing together affordable (including for homeless New Yorkers), a Preschool, and a 17,000 square foot cultural institution –  the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The “school in a museum” is designed to engage students and foster a new generation of Sugar Hill artists and innovators.

“The Sugar Hill Development is a new typology for , with its mixed program of museum space, community facilities, offices and apartments,” David Adjaye noted at yesterday’s opening press conference, “My hope is that the building—perched high on Coogan’s Bluff—will offer a symbol of civic pride and be a valued new resource for the neighborhood.”

The architect’s description of the project, after the break.

Frick Collection to Expand With New 6 Story Gallery

Yesterday the Frick Collection announced its plans for a 6-story extension to its gallery in New York, designed by Davis Brody Bond. This article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times outlines the details of the extension, as the Frick adds itself to the list of post-recession cultural building projects – a list which includes the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Miami‘s Pérez Art Museum. The article also outlines the challenges the Frick will have in expanding its landmarked 1914 building. Read the article in full here.

Sugar Hill Development / Adjaye Associates

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Architects: Adjaye Associates
Location: Harlem, New York, NY,
Area: 191,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Revised Renovation Plan Released for New York Public Library

The ’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

Details have been released on the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) plan to renovate its Mid-Manhattan branch, while creating more public space within its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The news comes shortly after Foster + Partner’s redesign of the the Beaux-Arts landmark was scrapped due to concerns of a ballooning budget. The revised $300 million overhaul suggests a more affordable option of relocating Schwarzman’s main stacks beneath Bryant Park, while establishing a more campus-like connection with a fully renovated Mid-Manhattan branch. All the details, here.

Proposal for New York Skyscraper Cantilevers Lobby Over Its Neighbors

Section Rendering. Image © Fundamental

The typical skyscraper is a nondescript tower constructed of a steel frame and glass curtain wall. Architects from the firm Fundamental are challenging this convention with “ Tomorrow,” a proposal that earned them a runner-up place in Metropolis Magazine’s Living Cities Competition. This progressive design weds revolutionary structural technology with a unique programmatic layout to draw people from all walks of life to the city of New York.

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility / Selldorf Architects

© Nikolas Koenig

Architects: Selldorf Architects
Location: Brooklyn, NY,
Area: 140000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig, Marc Lins, Jonathan Chesley, John Majors

Exhibition / Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect

Radio Broadcasting Station / Photograph of Model / Detroit, 1925 / Vintage gelatin silver print / 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (12.4 x 17.5 cm)

Ubu Gallery is pleased to present : The Invisible Architect, a debut exhibition devoted to this overlooked, yet highly influential, 20th Century modernist. Never-before-seen photographs, architectural drawings, letters, graphic design, and ephemera from Lonberg-Holm’s remarkably diverse career will be on view through August 1, 2014. The exhibition, which consists of selections from the extensive archive assembled by architectural historian Marc Dessauce, will solidify the importance of this emblematic figure in early 20th Century cultural and architectural history. Metropolis Magazine, the national publication of architecture and design, will publish an article on Knud Lonberg-Holm to coincide with this groundbreaking exhibition.

Born in Denmark, Knud Lonberg-Holm (January 15, 1895–January 2, 1972), was an architect, photographer, author, designer, researcher, and teacher. Lonberg-Holm’s early work in Denmark and Germany initially associated him with the Berlin Constructivist and Dutch De Stijl groups. An émigré to America in 1923, Lonberg-Holm was a fundamental correspondent with prominent European architects and their modernist counterparts in the U.S. The exhibition will feature a selection of letters to Lonberg-Holm from a pantheon of the European avant-garde including László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, Theo Van Doesburg, Buckminster Fuller, Hannes Meyer, J.J.P. Oud, El Lissitzky, and Richard Neutra.

Title: Exhibition / Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect
Website: http://www.ubugallery.com/lonberg-holm-invisible-architect/#.U3-vKC9RG5t
From: Tue, 06 May 2014 
Until: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 
Venue: Ubu Gallery
Address: 416 East 59th Street, , NY 10022, USA

Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

This summer, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter () and the Center for Architecture Foundation will present Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, an exhibition exploring why people gravitate to (or avoid) civic spaces – the places between buildings where people can assemble. Curated by Thomas Mellins and designed by Athletics, the exhibition opens Thursday, June 12, 6:00 PM and runs through Saturday, September 6 in the main galleries at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

Open to the Public: Civic Space Now will be complemented by an international, day-long symposium on Saturday, May 14 that will also develop the ideas of other concurrent exhibitions at the Center for Architecture. For more information, please click here.

Title: Exhibition / Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
Website: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=upcoming&expid=277
Organizers: AIANY
From: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 
Until: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 
Venue: Center For Architecture
Address: 536 LaGuardia Place, , NY 10012, USA

Conference: Social Housing in Spain

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Social Housing in Spain is intended to be the first of a series of international programs by the AIANY Housing Committee, highlighting exemplary housing design around the world. For the first program of the series, AIANY have invited three leading architects from Spain who are currently teaching in the tri-state area: Carmen Espegel, Iñaqui Carnicero, and María Hurtado de Mendoza. The panelists will present and comment upon innovative projects that follow the country’s strong social commitment to housing.

The first decade of the XXI century was a landmark of quality and diversity in social housing in Spain.During those years, Spain built more collective housing than the production of England, France, and Germany combined. Approximately 4 million of units were built between 2000 and 2008. The municipal housing companies promoted, by means of open design competitions, a large number of significant works that championed research to new ways of living, hybrid typologies, construction systems linked to prefabrication and industrialization methods, and towards finding new explorations of shared space for new communities. The right to housing is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution. Publicly protected housing in Spain represents a peculiarity compared to social housing models in other EU countries, in that it is housing provided almost entirely for owner-occupation.

Title: Conference: Social Housing in Spain
Website: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=7055
Organizers: AIANY Housing Committee
From: Thu, 29 May 2014 18:00
Until: Thu, 29 May 2014 20:00
Venue: Center For Architecture
Address: 536 LaGuardia Place, , NY 10012,

Exhibition: World’s Fairs / Lost Utopias

© 2014 Jade Doskow 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” State Pavilion, Winter

In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Onishi Project and Kipton Cronkite are pleased to present World’s Fairs: Lost Utopias, the debut exhibition of Jade Doskow’s groundbreaking 7-year photography project. The exhibition will also include a 1968 triptych by Robert Rauschenberg and a dynamic group show—featuring Alexandra Posen, Greg Haberny, Naomi Reis, and Mark Freedman— inspired by the cultural zeitgeist that surrounded this event.

Jade Doskow’s large-scale color photographs illustrate utopian iconic architecture and art remaining after the close of 1960’s world’s fairs, and the arbitrary nature of what has been preserved, discarded, or repurposed on these sites. In the cities represented here, New York dominates, in celebration of the 50-year anniversary. The crowning glory that still remains is the New York State Pavilion, an unusual, dynamic carousel-like structure designed by Philip Johnson.

Title: Exhibition: World’s Fairs / Lost Utopias
From: Wed, 28 May 2014 
Until: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 
Venue: Onishi Project
Address: 521 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001,

Apple Taps Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to Revamp Historic NYC Building

© Museum of the City via ifoAppleStore

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Eckersley O’Callagha, both longstanding collaborators of Apple’s flagship stores, has been commissioned to transform a 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building on Madison Avenue into the chain’s next store. Though little has been released about the design, the store’s grand opening is planned for 2015. More information can be found here

Request for Proposals: The Energetic City / Connectivity in the Public Realm

The Design Trust for Public Space announces The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm, a new request for project proposals to redefine public space.

The Energetic City is an initiative to seed and develop new forms of connectivity among the diverse people, systems, and built, natural and digital environment of . This public call invites proposals for research, design and planning projects to improve the experience of urban life by connecting people through ‘great’ design informed by the needs and aspirations of community users.

This year the Design Trust places a special emphasis of opening the project call to individuals, in addition to community groups and public agencies. We will offer seed funding so the projects can begin immediately. Projects may include the production of a clearly defined deliverable—a design prototype, pilot intervention, beta app, publication, video, or public artwork, among other possible formats—or be structured as the research, planning, or public outreach stage of a potentially larger project, where the process will inform the ultimate deliverable.

The kick-off event will take place on Monday May 19, from 7-9 pm, at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. For more information, please click here.

Critical Round-Up: The September 11 Memorial Museum

Two salvaged columns from the towers, placed inside Snøhetta’s entrance building. Image © Jeff Goldberg / ESTO

Set to open to the public on Wednesday after a highly controversial and contested journey from idea to reality, the September 11 Memorial Museum has inevitably been a talking point among critics this week. The museum by Davis Brody Bond occupies the space between the Memorial Plaza at ground level and the bedrock below, with an angular glass pavilion by Snøhetta providing an entrance from above. A long ramp, designed to recall the access ramp with which tons of twisted metal was excavated from the site, descends to the exhibits which sit within the perimeter boundaries of the twin towers’ foundations, underneath the suspended volumes of Michael Arad‘s memorial fountains.

The content of the museum is obviously fraught with painful memories, and the entrance pavilion occupies a privileged position as the only surface level structure ground zero, in opposition to the great voids of the memorial itself. The discussion at the opening of the museum was therefore always going to center on whether the design of the museum – both its built form and the exhibitions contained – were sensitive and appropriate enough for this challenging brief. Read the critics’ takes on the results after the break.

NBRS Proposes to Extend High Line Vertically

Exterior View. Image © NBRS + Partners

In response to New York City’s rapidly expanding population, NBRS + Partners has proposed a 40 story tall skyscraper that could help the city embrace its rapidly shifting demographics and size. Entitled “VIVO on High Line,” the adaptable steel-frame tower is essentially the vertical extension of the city’s beloved High Line park. 

“The podium screen engulfs the High Line folding it in and extending the lifeblood into the building base, like capillary action drawing it vertically,” described the team.

AD Classics: World Trade Center / Minoru Yamasaki Associates + Emery Roth & Sons

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A New York City icon that once rivaled structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, the , colloquially known as the Twin Towers, was one of the most recognized structures in history. Designed by Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki, it held the title of Tallest Building in the World from 1972–1974.  Up until its unfortunate demise, the WTC site was a major destination, accommodating 500,000 working people and 80,000 visitors on a typical weekday.

New York Public Library Scraps Foster-Designed Renovation Plans

renovation scheme. Rendering by dbox. Image Courtesy of

The (NYPL) has abandoned Norman Foster’s controversial plans to transform part of its 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” into a circulating library. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio expressed skepticism towards the $150 million renovation earlier this year. 

According to a report by the New York Times, Blasio does not intend on reducing the NYPL funding, however the money will now be allocated to other purposes. 

Several library trustees have stated that in order to keep up with the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, they now intend on completing the renovation of the library’s mid-Manhattan branch on Fifth Avenue. 

A response from Norman Foster, after the break…

Bushwick Inlet Park / Kiss + Cathcart

© Paul Warchol

Architects: Kiss + Cathcart
Location: Brooklyn, NY,
Area: 13,300 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Warchol

De Blasio Sets 10-Year Affordable Housing Plan for NYC

ODA Chosen to Design Largest Affordable Project in New York. Image © ODA

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has addressed the “crisis of affordability” by implementing a five-borough, ten-year plan that will build and preserve 200,000 affordable units over the coming decade. Believing affordable housing to be part of “the bedrock of what makes New York City work,” Blasio hopes the plan will make New York, once again, “a place where our most vulnerable, our working people and our middle class can all thrive.” Review the plan in detail and check out one of the largest affordable housing projects planned for the city, here