Exhibition: Isay Weinfeld at Espasso

Isay Weinfeld, the multi-award winning Brazilian architect and designer, will be opening his first ever US exhibit at Espasso in conjunction with the launch of a new monograph that takes a closer look at his recent projects.

Isay is behind some of Brazil’s most visionary buildings and this year marks his 40th year practicing architecture. Over the last few years he has designed the award-winning 360° Building, the Fasano Porto Feliz, winner of Interior Design’s award for best resort hotel, numerous retail spaces along the Rua Oscar Freire and stunning residential projects that showcase contemporary . The A to Z exhibit is being premiered in the US at Espasso and also serves as the launch for the monograph titled .

Title: Exhibition: Isay Weinfeld at Espasso
Organizers: Espasso
From: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 
Venue: Espasso
Address: 38 North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013, USA

First Section of Santiago Calatrava’s PATH Station Opens in NYC

Image via Daily News © Mark Bonifacio

A portion of Santiago Calatrava’s $4 billion station has opened. According to NY Daily News, the Western Concourse will now relieve New Yorkers from “cramped sidewalks and temporary bridges” crossing West St. with a 600-foot underground passage lined in “bright white marble” that connects the World Trade Center to the neighboring office complex formerly known as the World Financial Center. Once complete in 2015, the controversial transit hub will double as a massive shopping and retail complex, which aims to “transform” the cultural experience of lower Manhattan. 

Heatherwick Tapped to Design $75 Million Icon for NYC

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / . Image © Daniele Mattioli

Related Companies founder Stephen Ross has commissioned London designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick to design what could be, according to the Wall Street Journal, “one of the most expensive works of public art in the world.” Planned to be the centerpiece of Related’s Hudson Yards project in ’s West Side, the estimated $75 million artwork and its surrounding 4-acre public space aims to become “new icon for the city.”

Banksy Critiques One World Trade as “Shyscraper”

Center as seen from the Hudson River. Image © Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

Banksy, the pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist who is currently making his rounds in New York City, has proclaimed the One World Trade Center as the city’s “biggest eyesore.” In a brief op-ed piece, Banksy describes the SOM-designed tower as a “shy skyscraper,” one that declares New York’s “glory days” are gone.

“You really need to put up a better building in front of it right away,” stated Banksy. “… because you currently have under construction a one thousand foot tall sign that reads, New York – we lost our nerve.”

Criticism of the One World Trade isn’t new, as many leading critics have bashed its design for being “meh” - a watered-down version of Daniel Libeskind’s original proposal

Read Bansky’s full op-ed, after the break.  

3C Competition Winners Announced

First Place: Adaptive Urban Habitats / Mixed Paper

Operation Resilient (ORLI) has just announced the winners of its 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities ideas competition. Entrants were asked to design solutions that were not just resilient but also contextually sensitive and pragmatic to the devastating aftermath of Super-storm Sandy as well as all future natural disasters. Over 60 submissions were received from 20 different countries and 32 finalists were engaged in a public education strategy through a public voting campaign. A jury panel of eight leading professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and disaster mitigation met in mid-September to review the top finalists and selected 3 winners.

The 2013 winners of the 3C Competition are:

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Design Ice Rink for NYC

Courtesy of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects / Dbox

After sitting derelict for years, the Kate Wollman Memorial Rink in Brooklyn’s is poised for something of a rebirth. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s plans for a sports complex, known as Lakeside, is expected to restore the rink’s role as the park’s chief attraction. recently stopped by the site to explore the project as it nears completion – click here to read his thoughts on what he calls one of the last “parting gifts of the Bloomberg era to the city.”

White Arkitekter Wins FAR ROC Design Competition

View from Pier. Image ©

Stockholm-based White Arkitekter, along with partners ARUP and Gensler, has been announced as the winner of the two-phase “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition in New York. Selected from a shortlist of four and an international pool of 117, White Arkitekter’s “untraditional” proposal aims to transform an 80-acre shoreline site in into a resilient and affordable community through a series of small interventions that can be tested, adjusted, or redesigned overtime during the development process.

Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made

Daeyang Gallery and House, Seoul, Korea (2012), Steven Holl Architects

On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year’s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year’s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.

The event is free and open to the public, although advance registration is recommended. To learn more about the event, and upcoming webinars on the latest research in the field, please visit the Philips Lighting University website.

Title: Luminous Talks: Nature and Man-Made
Website: http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/connect/Lighting_University/luminous-talks.wpd
Organizers: Parsons The New School for Design, Philips
From: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00
Until: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:30
Venue: Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Address: 66 5th Avenue, , NY 10011,

Historic New York City House Seeks Permanent Home

Courtesy of Flickr User jenosale

After being relegated to storage facilities for much of its lifetime, proposals to relocate the Aluminaire House seem to be picking up steam. The project, which was the first all-metal house in the , originally stood as a symbol for architectural modernism in a rapidly urbanizing .

Public School 158 Bayard Taylor Library / Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani

Courtesy of Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani

Architects: Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani
Location: 1458 York Avenue, New York, NY,
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani

Conference: Since Now From Then

The cultural, political and social context that produced – 30 years ago – Storefront for Art and Architecture has radically changed, yet the need to produce alternatives to the contemporary forces that shape public life are still as vital as ever.

Since Now From Then is a conference that takes the form of a day-long conversation on the first and next 30 years of and its role addressing contemporary questions in a broader cultural context. The program brings together prominent figures from both inside and outside the organization’s past history to discuss three of the foundations at the core of the institution’s mission: Experiments, Alternatives, and Public.

Participants include Carson Chan, Michael Young, Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Hitoshi Abe, Craig Buckley, Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, Snarkitecture, Chus Martinez, Steven Madoff, Betarice Galilee, Pedro Gadanho, Beatriz Colomina, Andres Jaque, Francisca Benitez, Cristina Goberna, Amale Andraos, Jimenez Lai, Claudia Gould, Minsuk Cho, Kyong Park, Victoria Bugge Oye, Shirin Neshat and Eva Franch i Gilabert.

More information after the break.

AD Classics: The Ford Foundation / Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

© Ezra Stoller/Esto

Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo established their own practice in 1966, after heading the firm of Eero Saarinen for several years. The Ford Foundation Headquarters is regarded as the pair’s first major success, a combination of Roche’s unique ideals and Dinkeloo’s innovative structural solutions. They introduced an office typology in which employee interaction extended beyond departments and levels, reaching even to the public. 

2013 MASterworks Awards

Campbell Sports Center / Steven Holl Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

To celebrate excellence in architecture and urban design in City, the Municipal Art Society has announced the winners of this year’s MASterworks Awards. Starting with “Best New Building,” Steven Holl was awarded for his Campbell Sports Center in . See who else was honored, after the break.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

© Anton Stark

Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), NY, USA
Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
Design Team: Tian Gao, David Iseri, Magda Stoenescu, Goizeder Arteche, Frances Calosso, Yuko Okuma, Allesandro Perinelli, Will Choi, Marco Juliani, Lauren Lochry, Santi Slade, Garrett Pruter
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Stark

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen and Stan Allen, FAIA

Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Professor and Chair of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, speaks about projects in Asia and his design for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s celebrated Lightfall with architect, educator and National Academician Stan Allen. The event will take place October 23, from 6:30pm till 8:00pm at the National Academy Museum. For tickets, please click here.

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion – A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

More information after the break.

Foster + Partners Designs Luxury Residential Tower in Manhattan

Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have just revealed a new design for a 19-story luxury condominium building at 551 West 21st Street, on the western side of Manhattan. The design features a cast concrete frame surrounding windows with a warmly colored metal trim that cover the full 11-foot floor to ceiling height.

653 10th Ave. Housing / Cannon Design

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Architects: Cannon Design
Location: , NY, USA
Project Manager: Andreas Hausler, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Project Designer: Ernesto Trindade, AIA, LEED AP
Photographs: Courtesy of Cannon Design