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4 Projects That Show Mass Timber is the Future of American Cities

09:30 - 24 November, 2018
4 Projects That Show Mass Timber is the Future of American Cities, Courtesy of DLR Group
Courtesy of DLR Group

As architects face up to the need for ethical, sustainable design in the age of climate change awareness, timber architecture is making a comeback in a new, technologically impressive way. Largely overlooked in the age of Modernism, recent years have seen a plethora of advancements related to mass timber across the world. This year alone, Japan announced plans for a supertall wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, while the European continent has seen plans for the world’s largest timber building in the Netherlands, and the world’s tallest timber tower in Norway.

The potential for mass timber to become the dominant material of future sustainable cities has also gained traction in the United States throughout 2018. Evolving codes and the increasing availability of mass timber is inspiring firms, universities, and state legislators to research and invest in ambitious projects across the country.

AD Classics: New Museum / SANAA

22:00 - 14 October, 2018
AD Classics: New Museum / SANAA, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

This article was originally published on July 22, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

The New Museum is the product of a daring vision to establish a radical, politicized center for contemporary art in New York City. With the aim of distinguishing itself from the city’s existing art institutions through a focus on emerging artists, the museum’s name embodies its pioneering spirit. Over the two decades following its foundation in 1977, it gained a strong reputation for its bold artistic program, and eventually outgrew its inconspicuous home in a SoHo loft. Keen to establish a visual presence and to reach a wider audience, in 2003 the Japanese architectural firm SANAA was commissioned to design a dedicated home for the museum. The resulting structure, a stack of rectilinear boxes which tower over the Bowery, would be the first and, thus far, the only purpose-built contemporary art museum in New York City.[1]

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 30

WXY Proposes Vertical Manufacturing Buildings in New Brooklyn Navy Yard Masterplan

13:00 - 2 October, 2018
WXY Proposes Vertical Manufacturing Buildings in New Brooklyn Navy Yard Masterplan, Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY
Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY

The New York firm WXY and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation have proposed vertical manufacturing buildings in a new Navy Yard masterplan. A series of renderings show plans for the next phase of development, including high-rise structures with 5.1 million square feet of urban industrial space. The $2.5 billion masterplan was first announced in January 2018, and as Curbed NY reports, the master plan and rezoning calls for new manufacturing buildings, increased public access, and more educational programming.

Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY + 8

Brooklyn Townhouse - Elevated Assembly / TAKATINA

15:00 - 28 September, 2018
Brooklyn Townhouse - Elevated Assembly / TAKATINA, © Mikiko Kikuyama
© Mikiko Kikuyama

© Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama © Mikiko Kikuyama + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Takaaki Kawabata
  • Architect of Record

    PRIMATE LLC
  • Area

    218.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Barclays Center / SHoP Architects

15:00 - 24 August, 2018
Barclays Center / SHoP Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Design Architect

    SHoP Architects PC
  • Design Builder

    Hunt Construction Group Inc.
  • Architect of Record

    Ellerbe Beckett/AECOM
  • Area

    675000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

325 Kent Avenue / SHoP Architects

09:00 - 5 August, 2018
325 Kent Avenue / SHoP Architects, Courtesy of SHoP Architects
Courtesy of SHoP Architects

Courtesy of SHoP Architects Courtesy of SHoP Architects Courtesy of SHoP Architects Courtesy of SHoP Architects + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Project Year

    2018

A Floating Timber Bridge Could Connect Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City

14:00 - 9 June, 2018
A Floating Timber Bridge Could Connect Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City , Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design
Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design

If you stand in Manhattan Avenue Park in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, you’ll see the Long Island City skyline across a small creek. On the Greenpoint side of the creek, a historic neighborhood of row houses and industrial sites is rapidly growing. On the Long Island City side, high-rise apartments and hundreds of art galleries and studios line the East River. Just a stone’s throw away, Long Island City can feel like a world apart from Greenpoint. That’s in large part due to the fact that only one bridge connects the neighborhoods—and it’s meant more for cars than pedestrians or cyclists. Isn’t there a better way? Architect Jun Aizaki thinks so. For the past few years, he and his team at CRÈME Architecture and Design have been working on the so-called “Timber Bridge at Longpoint Corridor."

Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design + 8

Supreme Store / Neil Logan Architect

09:00 - 31 May, 2018
Supreme Store / Neil Logan Architect, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

© Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman © Dean Kaufman + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    152 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Neil Logan, Minji Kim
  • Area

    2938.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Medly Pharmacy / Sergio Mannino

15:00 - 28 May, 2018
Medly Pharmacy / Sergio Mannino, © Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio
© Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio

© Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio © Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio © Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio © Charlie Schuck and Sergio Mannino Studio + 25

Empire Stores / S9 Architecture

09:00 - 25 May, 2018
Empire Stores / S9 Architecture, © Imagen Subliminal
© Imagen Subliminal

© Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal + 12

Studio Gang Unveils Images of Rippled Condominium Tower in Brooklyn, New York

14:00 - 19 April, 2018
Courtesy of Binyan
Courtesy of Binyan

Studio Gang has released details of their proposed condominium tower in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City. “11 Hoyt” has been designed with an emphasis on nature and community-building, responding to a lack of comfortable outdoor space in Brooklyn through the creation of an “outdoor-indoor environment."

The Studio Gang scheme, designed in collaboration with Hill West Architects, reclaims a former parking garage site in a rapidly-densifying area, where the population has increased by 40% in twenty years. 11 Hoyt is set to transform the site into an elevated green podium anchored by a 770,000-square-foot (71,000-square-meter) residential tower featuring a “scalloped” façade.

Brooklyn Passive House Plus / Baxt Ingui Architects

11:00 - 18 April, 2018
Brooklyn Passive House Plus / Baxt Ingui Architects, © John Muggenborg Photography
© John Muggenborg Photography

© John Muggenborg Photography © John Muggenborg Photography © John Muggenborg Photography © John Muggenborg Photography + 16

Call for Submissions: AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards 2018

17:09 - 6 March, 2018
Call for Submissions: AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards 2018

AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards 2018 launched in collaboration with AIA Bronx. With the growth of new development and renovation in our boroughs over the past five years, our professional associations are excited to collaborate on this event tailored to professions of the built environment that we all share.

Open Call: Building Brooklyn Awards 2108

17:04 - 5 March, 2018
Open Call: Building Brooklyn Awards 2108, Building Brooklyn Awards at historic Kings Theatre restoration
Building Brooklyn Awards at historic Kings Theatre restoration

The Building Brooklyn Awards is the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce's annual architectural competition celebrating the best built and renovation projects in the borough for the prior year, with substantial completion by December 31.

In its 18th year, the competition is open to only projects within Brooklyn, NY and applications may be self-nominated or nominated by another entity. The annual award ceremony is held every July. Nomination forms can be accessed at https://brooklynchamberofcommerce.wufoo.com/forms/szlf8kr0aifgme/

Dumbo Townhouses / Alloy Design

13:00 - 4 March, 2018
Dumbo Townhouses / Alloy Design, © Cameron Blaylock
© Cameron Blaylock

© Pavel Bendov © Cameron Blaylock © Pavel Bendov © Cameron Blaylock + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    55 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Jared Della Valle, AJ Pires, Garland deGraffenried, Tara Mrowka, Benjamin Meade, Jeffrey Sullivan
  • Area

    18000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Downtown Brooklyn's Latest Megaproject Will Feature a 986-Foot-Tall Tower and 2 Schools by ARO

12:00 - 14 February, 2018
Courtesy of Alloy Development
Courtesy of Alloy Development

Renderings have been revealed for another landmark addition to Brooklyn’s skyline: 80 Flatbush, a dual tower and school complex to be built in the borough’s fast growing Downtown.

Located on a triangular site directly across the street from TEN Arquitectos’ recently completed 300 Ashland and steps from the Barclay’s Center, 80 Flatbush will consist of a mix of new-built and renovated historic structures. Two towers designed by Alloy Development – the taller of which will reach 986 feet – will flank two new schools designed by Architecture Research Office and two 19th century buildings that will be repurposed as retail and cultural facilities. Open spaces will be designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Courtesy of Alloy Development Courtesy of Alloy Development Courtesy of Alloy Development Courtesy of Alloy Development + 9

The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn

12:00 - 5 February, 2018
The Western Hemisphere’s Highest Residential Infinity Pool to be Built in Brooklyn, © Williams New York
© Williams New York

A new infinity pool offering unparalleled views of New York City is to be constructed atop KPF’s upcoming Brooklyn Point tower. At 680 feet above grade – nearly 100 feet higher than the iconic infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore – when completed the pool will become the “highest residential infinity pool in the Western Hemisphere."

3D-Printed "Window to the Heart" to Be Constructed in Times Square for Valentine's Day

14:10 - 25 January, 2018
3D-Printed "Window to the Heart" to Be Constructed in Times Square for Valentine's Day, Courtesy of ArandaLasch + Marcelo Coelho with Formlabs
Courtesy of ArandaLasch + Marcelo Coelho with Formlabs

The collaboration of Aranda\Lasch + Marcelo Coelho has been selected as the winners of this year’s Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition for their 3D-printed proposal, Window to the Heart.

Envisioned as the “world’s largest lens,” the installation was in response to its location within one of the world’s most instagrammed places, Times Square. The 12-foot-diameter Fresnel lens, designed with 3D-printing manufacturer Formlabs and structural engineer Laufs Engineering Design, will capture the image of the square within the heart-shaped window at its center, bending and distorting the surround myriad lights and colors.