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AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017

15:05 - 19 April, 2017
AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017, Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson
Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have named the recipients of the 2017 Top Ten Awards, celebrating buildings that best exemplify the integration of great design, great performance and sustainable design excellence.

Now in its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards program was established to honor projects that protect and enhance the environment through an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

WXY and BLA Unveil New York Affordable Housing Development

14:00 - 18 February, 2017
WXY and BLA Unveil New York Affordable Housing Development, Courtesy of WXY/BLA
Courtesy of WXY/BLA

WXY architecture + urban design has unveiled its design for The Peninsula, a five-acre mixed use development for New York City that aims to “create [an] instant [community] with jobs, training, education, and hundreds of affordable apartments.”

Created in conjunction with Body Lawson Associates (BLA) for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Department of Housing and Preservation Development (HPD), the project will feature retail, light industrial, recreational, and residential space—all of which will be affordable—in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.

New York City Unveils Plans for New Fashion and Film Hub in Brooklyn

12:20 - 16 February, 2017
New York City Unveils Plans for New Fashion and Film Hub in Brooklyn, © WXY Architecture + Urban Design
© WXY Architecture + Urban Design

As rising rents have began to drive out historic garment companies from New York City’s storied Garment District in Midtown Manhattan, mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans for a new development that would bring together the artistic fields into one creative hub in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Conceived and designed by WXY architecture + urban design, the $136 million “Made in NY Campus” will provide the setting for film and television production, virtual reality tech offices, and a new home for New York’s fashion and garment manufacturing industry.

© WXY Architecture + Urban Design © WXY Architecture + Urban Design © WXY Architecture + Urban Design © WXY Architecture + Urban Design + 7

New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus

14:00 - 23 January, 2017
New York City's SeaGlass Carousel, Photographed by Danica O. Kus, © Danica O. Kus
© Danica O. Kus

In this latest photoseries, architectural photographer Danica O. Kus takes her lens inside New York City’s SeaGlass Carousel, designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design with artist George Tsypin. Completed in summer 2015, the 2,575 square foot nautilus-shaped pavilion has become a new attraction within a Piet Oudolf-designed landscape in Battery Park, drawing in visitors with an immersive LED and audio experience inspired by bioluminescent organisms found deep within the ocean.

© Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus © Danica O. Kus + 15

WXY Transforms Former Shipyard into Innovation Hub in New Jersey

14:25 - 5 October, 2016
WXY Transforms Former Shipyard into Innovation Hub in New Jersey, Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

2016 New York State Firm of the Year WXY Architecture + Urban Design has been commissioned to masterplan and develop a 130-acre former shipyard into a modern “innovation district” featuring flexible workspaces and a modern maker hub at Kearny Point, New Jersey. Working with owner Hugo Neu, WXY’s plan calls for the adaptive reuse of several former maritime industry buildings that once served as factories for warships.

Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design + 10

WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn

08:00 - 16 May, 2016
WXY Releases Plans for 50 Acre Public Space Stretch in Brooklyn, Courtesy of WXY
Courtesy of WXY

Design firm WXY architecture + urban design has released plans for a reconnection of nearly 50 acres of public space between downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Called The Brooklyn Strand, the project seeks to create a more appealing and accessible waterfront, while transforming the quality of public space in the area.

WXY + DLand Tapped for Study and Planning of High Line-Inspired Park in Queens

00:00 - 1 September, 2013
WXY + DLand Tapped for Study and Planning of High Line-Inspired Park in Queens, Courtesy of WXY and DLANDSTUDIO
Courtesy of WXY and DLANDSTUDIO

WXY Architecture + Urban Design and dlandstudio architecture & landscape have been commissioned to lead a feasibility study and planning for The QueensWay, a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks in Queens, New York, that will be converted into a High Line-inspired park and recreational pathways. As we reported earlier this year, the elevated railway line has been inactive since 1962 and, if transformed into a public parkway, has the capablitiy of serving more than 250,000 residents that live alongside it. 

WXY's Claire Weisz "Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay" Lecture

00:00 - 12 April, 2013
WXY's Claire Weisz "Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay" Lecture, Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Claire Weisz, AIA, founding principal of WXY and a frequently cited expert source on waterfront design, will be speaking on the topic "Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay" with a panel at 6:00pm on April 25 in New York City. A leading advocate for post-Hurricane Sandy infrastructure design, Weisz's firm is known for such waterfront projects as the East River Blueway, a planned reconstruction of miles of Manhattan water's edge, as well as Transmitter Park, Rockaway Park, Sherman Creek Waterfront, and Battery Park. 

Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design

01:00 - 23 March, 2013
Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

In an effort to saving the crumbling 15-acre Pier 40 on Manhattan’s Lower West Side waterfront, seven downtown youth sports groups have released a concept plan prepared by WXY Architecture + Urban Design to open up 40% more space for more fields and park space on the pier, mainly by creating a new development site for two new, 22-story residential buildings in an area along West Street directly in front of the pier. The development approach would open the existing 800-foot-long pier shed building that encloses the park fields to improve connections and access between the Hudson River, the pier, and the park. The result knits together leisure and recreation amenities with a premier waterfront destination. More images and architects' description after the break.

Which Grand Central Vision Is the Best for New York?

00:00 - 26 October, 2012
Which Grand Central Vision Is the Best for New York?, Courtesy of 2012 SOM
Courtesy of 2012 SOM

The New York Time’s Michael Kimmelman described it as an “ennobling experience, a gift,” a lesson on what architecture, at it’s best, can be. 

Indeed, entering the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal is a pleasure that rivals few others. For me, it took me by surprise: walking, as New Yorkers do, in a determined beeline through an undistinguished tunnel, I was suddenly struck by light. I stopped, as New Yorkers never do, to observe a vaulted, starry ceiling, the changing light, and multitudes of people whipping by. 

Grand Central is one of New York’s most beloved icons, one of the few which tourists and natives share alike. Which is not to say, of course, that it isn’t in need of a face-lift. 

The Terminal’s upcoming centennial, which corresponds with proposed re-zoning laws that would completely change the face of Midtown, makes now the perfect moment to consider how Grand Central’s grandeur can be preserved and its neighborhood reinvigorated. Last week, the Metropolitan Art Society (MAS) invited three firms to share their visions - and while SOM’s gravity-defying “halo” may have stolen the show, only one truly captured the spirit of Grand Central, and explored the full potential of what it could - and should - one day be. 

© Foster + Partners Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design Courtesy of 2012 SOM + 14

Final Vision for Grand Central Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

00:00 - 24 October, 2012
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design

We showed you grand central plan" href="http://www.archdaily.com/284451/foster-partners-re-imagines-grand-central/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://www.archdaily.com/284451/foster-partners-re-imagines-grand-central/" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px; ">Foster + Partners' vision, then SOM's - now we bring you the third and final re-imagining of New York's iconic Grand Central Station, by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

All three architects, asked by MAS to present at their 2012 summit in honor of Grand Central's approaching centennial, considered not only how to improve and renovate the aging station (suffering from acute overcrowding) but also how to best adjust the surrounding neighborhood for upcoming changes in New York's zoning laws (which will increase Midtown's population density).

Much like the other two plans, WXY's vision expands access points and public space, making the terminal far more pedestrian-friendly. However, the plan differs in that it focuses on harnessing the "untapped potential" of a few key locations along the station's edge and proposes a tower with "sky parks" (to symbolize New York City's commitment to green and healthy spaces). As Claire Weisz, Principal at WXY, said of the project, it would “make the Grand Central neighborhood a place people enjoy being in [and] not just running through.”

Check out WXY's description of their plan for Grand Central Station, after the break...