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LOT-EK's Triangle Stack Opens at Brooklyn's Domino Park

Architecture practice LOT-EK's Triangle Stack #2 project is now open at Domino Park in Brooklyn. Designed for the Brooklyn Museum to support an urban-scale mural by the artist JR, and create an instant public space, the 60-foot tall triangular courtyard opens to the city and the sky. These "STACKS" are temporary large-scale installations that aim at creating sudden and powerful experiences in public space.

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207 West 79th Street Apartments / Morris Adjmi Architects

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Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & spring street Salt Shed / Dattner Architects

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12 Warren / DDG

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  • Architects: DDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50131 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dornbracht, Admonter, Gaggenau, Carrara marble, Saint Laurent Marble, +1

"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York

The innovative Cornell Tech campus has officially opened on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Master planned by SOM and featuring buildings and landscapes by Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, Handel Architects, and James Corner Field Operations, the campus represents a new vision of a campus for the digital age. Two years after breaking ground in 2015, the campus now houses some of the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world.

The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for MorphosisThe Bridge / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Iwan BaanThe Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for MorphosisThe House / Handel Archtiects. Image © Field Condition+ 17

Saskia Sassen, Krister Lindstedt and Mimi Hoang on the Architecture of Migration

At this year's reSITE conference in Prague, speakers attended from around the globe to present differing perspectives on the challenges of migration, with topics of interest ranging from economics, to city planning to architecture. But as revealed by the following presentations, migration is a topic that requires interrogation on a number of different scales and in a number of different contexts: from the global economic focus offered by Saskia Sassen in her opening keynote lecture, to the focused challenges of designing micro-apartments shown by Mimi Hoang of nArchitects; and even to the unusual case presented by Krister Lindstedt of White Arkitekter, when a migration is undertaken not by individual people but by a whole town at once.

Proposal for Kiruna town square. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + SjöbergCarmel Place. Image © Field ConditionInterior of a micro-apartment at Carmel Place. Image © Pablo EnriquezProposal for a neighborhood in Kiruna. Image © White Arkitekter+ 5

How Migration Will Define the Future of Urbanism and Architecture

When we started talking about migration [as a conference theme], everybody said ‘don’t do it, it’s too controversial.’ We said that’s exactly why we’re going to do it.

This defiant attitude was how Martin Barry, Chairman of reSITE, opened their 2016 Conference in Prague three weeks ago. Entitled “Cities in Migration,” the conference took place against a background of an almost uncountable number of challenging political issues related to migration. In Europe, the unfolding Syrian refugee crisis has strained both political and race relations across the continent; in America, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has led a populist knee-jerk reaction against both Mexicans and Muslims; and in the United Kingdom—a country only on the periphery of most attendees’ consciousness at the time—the decision in favor of “Brexit” that took place a week after the conference was largely predicated upon limiting the immigration of not only Syrians, but also of European citizens from other, less wealthy EU countries.

In architecture, such issues have been highlighted this year by Alejandro Aravena’s Venice Biennale, with architects “Reporting from the Front” in battles against, among other things, these migration-related challenges. From refugee camps to slums to housing crises in rich global cities, the message is clear: migration is a topic that architects must understand and respond to. As a result, the lessons shared during reSITE’s intensive two-day event will undoubtedly be invaluable to the architectural profession.

AD Readers Debate: Living Standards, From Micro-Apartments to Favelas

The past month has seen a variety of potential topics of discussion - but when it comes to the most thoughtful comments, it seems ArchDaily users have been preoccupied with one theme: quality of life. From a discussion about micro-apartments, to a critical take on the supposedly "romantic" portrayal of favelas, and even to a prediction that soon the design of virtual reality will take precedence over the design of actual reality, it seems our readers have been thinking a lot about living conditions in many spheres of life. Read on to find out what they had to say.

Micro-Apartments: Are Expanding Tables and Folding Furniture a Solution to Inequality?

This opinion-piece is a response to Nick Axel’s essay Cloud Urbanism: Towards a Redistribution of Spatial Value, published on ArchDaily as part of our partnership with Volume.

In his recent article, Nick Axel puts forward a compelling argument for the (re)distribution of city-space according to use value: kickball trophies and absentee owners out, efficient use of space in. Distributing urban space according to use certainly makes sense. Along with unoccupied luxury condos that are nothing more than assets to the 1% and mostly empty vacation apartments, expelling (rarely accessed) back-closets to the suburbs frees more of the limited space in cities for people to actually live in.

Bjarke Ingels on Sculptural Skyscrapers and Refining Parameters in High Rise Design

In an interview with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Bjarke Ingels reflects on the design of skyscrapers, noting how "sculpture is fine, but if its arbitrary it's not as interesting." Architects, Ingels argues, have the problem of "skilled incompetence:" the notion that they "already know the answer before [they've] even heard the question." This prevents them "from questioning the question, or having the question rephrased, or elaborating on the question, or even listening for the question – because [they] already know the answer."

First Look Inside BIG's W57 Manhattan Pyramid

Field Condition has published a photographic tour through BIG’s first New York project, two months after W57 topped out. A “courtscraper,” as the Danish practice affectionately calls it, the 32-story, 709-unit tower is a hybrid of the European courtyard block and New York City skyscraper. It’s tetrahedral shape, “born from logic,” is designed to provide every resident in the building's North Tower to have views of the Hudson River, while allowing sunlight deep into the building's interior space. View the project from within, after the break.

Southeast corner of W57 (left) and the Helena (right) from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition© Field ConditionLooking South from the peak structure. Image © Field ConditionNortheast corner from West 58th Street. Image © Field Condition+ 7

Renzo Piano's Columbia University Science Center to Open Next Year

The first phase of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Renzo Piano Building Workshop's (RPBW) expansive Manhattanville Campus plan for Columbia University is making significant progress; completion is nearing on a highly-anticipated portion of the project - RPBW's LEED platinum Jerome L. Greene Science Center, which is scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 just six miles North of the practice's soon-to-open Whitney Museum.

More on the mixed-use structure after the break.

South facade. Image © Field ConditionSoutheast corner. Image © Field ConditionExterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBWExterior Rendering. Image Courtesy of RPBW+ 7

In Progress: West 57th Street / BIG

The southeast corner from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition
The southeast corner from West 57th Street. Image © Field Condition
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  • Location

    West 57th Street, New York, NY, USA
  • Partners-in-Charge

    Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader

    Beat Schenk
  • Project Architect

    David Brown
  • Project Team

    Alessandro Ronfini, Sören Grünert, Maya Shopova, Lauren Turner, Tiago Barros, Tyler Polich, Ivy Hume, Yi Li, Daniel Sundlin, Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Hongyi Jin, Mina Rafiee, Tara Hagan, Rakel Karlsdottir, Celine Jeanne, Aleksander Tokarz, Alessio Valmori, Alvaro Garcia Mendive, Felicia Guldberg, Gabrielle Nadeau, Ho Kyung Lee, Julian Liang, Julianne Gola, Lucian Racovitan, Marcella Martinez, Dominyka Mineikyte, Eivor Davidsen, Gul Ertekin, Maria Nikolova, Minjae Kim, Mitesh Dixit, Nicklas Rasch, Riccardo Mariano, Stanley Lung, Steffan Heath, Thilani Rajarathna, Xu Li, Christoffer Gotfredsen
  • Architect of Record

    SLCE Architects
  • Landscape Architects

    Starr Whitehouse
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Field Condition
  • Location

    West 57th Street, New York, NY, USA
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Field Condition

The southwest corner from the Hudson River Greenway. Image © Field ConditionDetail of the curtain wall on the north façade. Image © Field ConditionThe northwest corner from 12th Avenue. Image © Field ConditionDetail of the interior courtyard façade. Image © Field Condition+ 15