Symposium: Interpretations / Critical Shifts

Critical Shifts is a one-day, student-organized symposium dedicated to exploring the ongoing transformations of critical practice in architecture. The event brings together a diverse group of practitioners in order to investigate how their work (which often combines the activities and approaches of curation, editing, writing, design, teaching, and research) can begin to trace a nuanced map of the fieldʼs current critical terrain.

Critical Shifts will be held at Studio-X NYC in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 1-6pm and confirmed guests include Aaron Levy, Adam Bandler, Cynthia Davidson, Felicity D. Scott, Justin McGuirk, Ligia Nobre, Marina Otero Verzier, Mark Wasiuta, Mark Wigley, Matteo Ghidoni, and Tina Di Carlo.

More information can be found here.

Title: Symposium: Interpretations / Critical Shifts
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/234124760109047/
Organizers: Columbia University GSAPP
From: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 
Until: Sat, 05 Apr 2014 
Venue: Studio-X
Address: 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, USA

Robert A.M. Stern Tops NYC Tower with $100 Million Penthouse

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Robert A.M. Stern’s luxury 520 Park Avenue condominium tower, which is set to take its place on Manhattan skyline by 2017, will be topped with a 12,400 square foot triplex priced at $100 million – the city’s priciest unit. The penthouse will be one of 31 expansive residences offered in the limestone-clad building which, according to the a recent press release, will be “evocative of the great apartment buildings of the 1920′s and 1930′s.”  Developers William and Arthur Zeckendorf gained approval for the 51-story skyscraper by purchasing $30.4 million in air rights from the neighboring Christ Church. 

Construction Begins on the Vast Platform for New York’s Hudson Yards

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The construction of Hudson Yards, the biggest private real estate development in the history of the United States and currently the largest development in New York City since the Rockefeller Center, is gaining momentum. The vast infrastructural project in the heart of the city is set to enclose an active rail yard with an expansive platform, paving the way for 28 acres (and 17 million square feet) of commercial and residential space. Housing over 100 commercial units, 5000 residences, 14 acres of open public space, an enormous school and luxury hotel all on top of a working train depot, the project will directly connect to a new subway station and meet with the High Line.

Earthquakes – How Well Are We Prepared?

CCTV / OMA – © Frank P. Palmer. Image Courtesy of Chapter / Organizing Team

In a symposium at the AIA New York Chapter, seismologists, earthquake engineers, seismic code experts, emergency response managers, and architects conversant in seismic design will assemble for a conversation on available technologies and testing capabilities that, surprisingly, are located in New York State. They will “clarify the evolving role of design professionals, the building industry, and municipal and federal agencies in safeguarding our local communities”, as well as “educate the audience about the earthquakes, subsurface conditions, and construction approaches.”

Davis Brody Bond Releases New Details of the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Design Study for Foundation Hall featuring the Last Column. Image © Red Square Design

With completion in sight (May 2014), Davis Brody Bond has released detailed information on the design of the subterranean 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan. Located beneath the sculptural voids that form the 9/11 Memorial, the new museum has transformed a fixed set of geometric constraints into an emotional journey that gently descends visitors 70 feet below the ground level to the original foundations of the towers. 

Fifty Three, Inc / +ADD

© Matthew Williams

Interior Designers: +ADD
Location: , NY, USA
Designer In Charge: Laura Gonzalez Fierro
Collaborator: Carolina Rivera
Architect Of Record: Andrew Mikhael Architect
Area: 6600.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Matthew Williams

MoMA PS1 YAP 2014 Runner-Up: Mirror Mirror / Collective-LOK

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A vision by Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under)Collective–LOK’s compelling proposal to reimagine PS1’s triangular courtyard with a billowing “urban mirror” was one of five finalists shortlisted for the annual competition’s 15th edition. Though the Living’s compostable brick tower was ultimately crowned winner, the Collective-LOK’s Mirror Mirror was an intriguing proposal that transcended the boundaries of the site.

Exhibition / Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care

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Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. Built on the grounds of cancer hospitals, they are designed to be warm, welcoming places that provide practical, emotional, and social support. Conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer, the first Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh opened its doors to the public in 1996. Since then, Maggie’s has grown to 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond, with many more to follow.

This exhibition will focus in depth on five centers: Maggie’s Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry; Maggie’s Gartnavel, designed by Rem Koolhaas; Maggie’s Nottingham, designed by Piers Gough with interiors designed by Paul Smith; Maggie’s West London, designed by Richard Rogers; and Maggie’s Barts, designed by Steven Holl (not yet realized). In exploring the unique architectural elements of each center, from the undulating roofs of Gehry’s Dundee to Holl’s musically inspired space at the future Maggie’s Barts, the exhibition illustrates the importance of user-focused design in creating an environment of help and healing. By design, Maggie’s combines aspects of healthcare and treatment that are often separate in to a single hybrid building type; a space that is part-hospital, part-church, part-museum, and part-home.

Title: Exhibition / Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care
Website: http://www.nysid.edu/news-events/exhibitions/maggies-centres-a-blueprint-for-cancer-care
Organizers: NYSID
From: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 
Until: Fri, 25 Apr 2014
Venue: NYSID Gallery
Address: 161 East 69th Street, , NY 10021,

Via Verde / Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects

© David Sundberg

Architects: Dattner Architects + Grimshaw Architects
Location: 700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY, USA
Co Developers: Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies
Area: 294,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Sundberg, Vanni Archive

Foster + Partners’ New York Public Library Redesign in State of Limbo

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Foster + Partner’s controversial renovation plans for the Public Library (NYPL) are currently in a state of limbo while the city decides their course of action. Foster’s proposal for the 20th century Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years. 

Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transit Hub Fails to Impress

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“How can a $3.94 billion building be made to look cheap?” A small part of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub has been opened to the public, and the critics aren’t impressed. According to the  Times’ article by David Dunlap, the buildings “chunky fixtures” and “rough workmanship” “detract from what is meant to be breathtaking grandeur.” Read more, here.

Tadao Ando to Design First New York City Building

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Tadao Ando has been commissioned to design his first City building. Though little information has been released, the residential development firm Sumaida + Khurana has closed a deal with the Japanese architect to design a 32,000 square foot, eight-unit, luxury condominium building at 152 Elizabeth Street in Nolita. Construction is expected to begin later this year and the building will be completed in 2016.

WORKac to Design Brooklyn Art Facility for Eyebeam

© Dattner Architects / Bernheimer Architecture

Eyebeam, a non-profit art and technology center currently based in Manhattan, has commissioned WORKac to design its future home. Planned for the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place, within a mixed-use development designed by Dattner Architects and Bernheimer Architecture that will include market-rate and subsidized housing as well as a restaurant, the 27,000 square foot cultural facility will accommodate for the organization’s world-renowned artist residency program, diverse public programming and innovative education offerings for adults and teens. According to the developer, Jonathan Rose Companies intends to break ground next year with completion slated for late 2016. 

Symposium: Cities and Citizenship

Architects, Sociologists and Environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel.

Cities and Citizenship is a three-day symposium, consisting of a conference series and workshops, that explores how the design of cities can promote a more engaged citizenry.

The event will engage leading designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, urbanists, historians, and scientists. Cities and Citizenship is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut New York, Parsons The New School for Design, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Global Design NYU.

Title: Symposium: Cities and Citizenship
Website: http://www.gdnyu.com/events.html
From: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 
Until: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Wyoming Building / University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Address: 5 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003,

Norman Foster’s Ultra-Thin Condominum Tower to Rise Above Seagram Building

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Construction is officially underway on 610 Lexington Avenue, a 700-foot ultra-thin condominium tower designed by Foster + Partners in City. Designed as a contrast to its neighboring landmark, Mies van der Rohe’s midcentury Seagram Building, the slim 61-story tower will feature 91 luxury units encased within a pure white glass facade.

Exhibition / Brazil: Night & Day, by Photographer Andrew Prokos

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Among last year’s winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in “Brazil: Night & Day”, at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., .

Sponsored by Banco do Brasil and the Year of Brazil at Queens College, CUNY, the exhibition will include photographs from Niemeyer’s Brasilia, panoramic cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro at night, landscapes from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, and Rio street scenes. It will be on display from April 3 to April 25.

Waterfront Housing In a Post-Sandy World

Domino Sugar Site by SHoP Architects

Almost 400,000 New Yorkers live in floodplains, a number that should double by 2050 due to sea level rising. After Hurricane Sandy, the waterfront neighborhoods in which they live were dramatically re-envisioned, taking into account the heavy downpours and high winds that come with coastal storms. Is it possible to live safely while enjoying life at the water’s edge?

On March 17, the Center for Architecture will host a discussion with architects working on some of New York’s major waterfront residential developments. Lisa Schwert (SHoP Architects), Oliver Schaper (Gensler), and Eran Chen (ODA) will be there discussing their projects.

More information and registration here.

Title: Waterfront Housing in a Post Sandy World
Website: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=6904
Organizers: AIANY
From: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:00
Until: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:00
Venue: Center for Architecture
Address: 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012, USA

Rafael Viñoly’s Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory

Courtesy of Artvest Partners / Rafael Viñoly Architects

’s Park Avenue Armory, originally built in 1861 for the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and restored by Herzog & de Meuron in 2007, is about to be temporarily taken over by Rafael Viñoly. On April 30th 2014 Artvest Partners will launch Spring Masters New York, “a fair for art produced between antiquity and the 20th century, which corresponds with Christie’s and Sotheby’s signature Impressionism and modern art auctions”. Viñoly’s hexagonal grid of exhibition rooms will fill the 55,000 square foot Drill Hall in an attempt to break with the monotony of the rectangular grid format.