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New York: The Latest Architecture and News

Manhattan’s Japan Society Explores Artist Kazuko Miyamoto’s Relationship with her Studio Architecture

Recreating the artist studio in an exhibition has always been a challenge for curators and exhibition designers––bringing in the right amount of “mess,” intricately revealing the workings of artistry, and maintaining the visual coherence are all boxes to be checked while letting the audience behind the curtain. Kazuko Miyamoto: To perform a line, Japan Society’s survey of the artist’s five-decade career in sculpture, drawing, and performance solves this challenge in ways that are both practical and poetic.

Courtesy of Japan SocietyKazuko Miyamoto, Archway to Cellar, PS1 Installation, 1978. Image © Kazuko Miyamoto. Courtesy of the artist; EXILE, ViennaKazuko Miyamoto, Archway to Cellar, PS1 Installation, 1978. Image © Kazuko Miyamoto. Courtesy of the artist; EXILE, ViennaKazuko Miyamoto. Untitled. 1973, Installation at the Penthouse at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image © Kazuko Miyamoto. Courtesy of the artist; EXILE, Vienna+ 10

Winners of the 2022 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers Announced

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of the 41st cycle of the annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Open to young architects and designers ten years or less out of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program, the award seeks to recognize visionary work by young practitioners and encourage the development of talented young architects and designers.

Control Syntax Rio, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2016.Photo by Pim Top. Image Courtesy of The Architectural League of New YorkPrairie Plots, Houston, TX, 2022. Courtesy of Dept.. Image Courtesy of The Architectural League of New YorkPalimpsesto, Tamayo Pavilion, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2021.Photo by Arturo Arrieta. Image Courtesy of The Architectural League of New YorkPlan Unplanned: Ideas for an Affordable Chinatown, New York, NY, 2021.Courtesy of Citygroup. Image Courtesy of The Architectural League of New York+ 12

New York City Plans to Convert Underutilized Hotels Into Affordable Housing to Combat the Homelessness Crisis

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Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, expressed his support for a state bill that would make it easier for the city to convert underutilized or vacant hotels into affordable and supportive housing. The mayor urges New York state legislators to unlock a critical tool in combating the affordable housing crisis and tackling homelessness in the process. The conversion framework proposed by the bill would allow authorities to create affordable housing units at two-thirds of the cost and one-third of the time necessary for ground-up construction.

Situationist Funhouse: Art’s Complicated Role in Redeveloping Cities

Courtesy of Stephen Zacks. ImageHovagimyan collaborated with Gordon Matta-Clark on Day’s End, in which Matta-Clark illegally cut a half-moon through the Navy Pier at the end of Gansevoort Street in 1975
Courtesy of Stephen Zacks. ImageHovagimyan collaborated with Gordon Matta-Clark on Day’s End, in which Matta-Clark illegally cut a half-moon through the Navy Pier at the end of Gansevoort Street in 1975

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

While Stephen Zacks’ new book, G.H. Hovagimyan: Situationist Funhouse, is ostensibly about the life and work of the artist, there’s an intriguing and seemingly topical subtext looming in the background: the role of art and culture on the development and redevelopment of cities. It’s a complicated and sometimes fraught issue, prone sometimes to simplistic, even binary thinking. Zacks, a friend and former colleague at Metropolis, has always had a more nuanced view of the issue. Last week I reached out to him to talk about the work of Hovagimyan, the historic lessons of 1970s New York, and why “gentrification” needs a new name.

Manhattan’s Center for Architecture Imagines the Future of Universal Design

How can Universal Design bridge the divides that have left many Americans stranded in their own communities? In its latest exhibition, Manhattan’s Center for Architecture calls for a “reset.” On view until September 3, Reset: Towards a New Commons, displays projects that “encourage new modes of living collaboratively” and “more holistic approaches to inclusion.”

Shared Porch, Aging Against the Machine. Image Courtesy of The Center for ArchitectureDecolonizing Suburbia. Image Courtesy of The Center for ArchitectureBlock Party. Image Courtesy of The Center for ArchitectureInstallation view of Reset: Towards a New Commons, now on view at Manhattan’s Center for Architecture through September 3. Image © Sam Lahoz+ 4

How Robert A.M. Stern Resurrected Architectural History

Stern, at the Yale School of Architecture, via Dan’s Hampton. Image Courtesy of Common Edge
Stern, at the Yale School of Architecture, via Dan’s Hampton. Image Courtesy of Common Edge

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I was lucky enough to get a summer job with Robert A.M. Stern while I was in graduate school. Stern’s new memoir, Between Memory and Invention: My Journey in Architecture (MonacelliPress, 2022), has prompted my own mini-memoir, with some relevant details not included in the book.

I arrived at the office in the early summer, not long after the dissolution of Stern & Hagmann and then Bob’s divorce. I found two young architects-to-be, a sweet but disorganized secretary-receptionist-bookkeeper, and Bob. The office grew during the summer and beyond—and today there are over 200 in the office, including 16 partners in Robert A.M. Stern Architects (aka RAMSA).

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Cabins, Compounds & Country Homes: Residential Design in Upstate New York

New York's residential design culture extends far beyond the Big Apple. The Hudson Valley is a region that stretches along the Hudson River from Westchester County to Albany. Known for its vineyards, orchards and farms, the river valley includes a series of small towns and remote homes. Today, these rural residences are being designed to explore the connections between people, nature and place.

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In Plain Sight Apartment / Nakworks

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  • Architects: Nakworks
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1700 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Lutron, Galassia, Tacchini, PureBond Playwood

Foster + Partners Reveals Design for JPMorgan Chase's New Headquarters in New York

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© dbox / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners revealed the design of a new skyscraper at 270 Park Avenue that will host JPMorgan Chase’s New York headquarters. The 60-story tower is set to be the city’s largest all-electric tower with net-zero operational emissions powered by renewable energy sourced from a New York State hydroelectric plant and is designed around high standards regarding wellness and hospitality. The project’s morphology creates extensive ground-level outdoor space with green areas and a public plaza, accompanied by various amenities geared towards the neighbourhood’s residents. Under construction since 2021, the project replaces SOM's Union Carbide Building, which became the tallest voluntarily demolished building in the world.

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New Images Reveal Progress of Studio Gang's Museum of Natural History Expansion in New York

New images have been released by Studio Gang showcasing the construction progress of the firm's American Museum of Natural History Expansion in New York. Dubbed as the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, the project will link together 10 museum buildings, improving circulation and creating one monumental campus of exhibition galleries, state-of-the-art classrooms, an immersive digital theater, and a redesigned library.

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Radio Park at Rockefeller Center / HMWhite

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Frida Escobedo Selected to Design the New Modern and Contemporary Art Wing of The Met in New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has selected Mexican architect Frida Escobedo to design the new $500 million modern and contemporary art wing. The Met does not have, until now, a thematic area that would house pieces corresponding to this temporality in art.

Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition Featuring Never-Before-Seen Works

David Adjaye Associates has been commissioned to design an exhibition with rare and previously unreleased work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, to be hosted at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea, New York. "Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure" is the first show organized by the artist's family after his death and will feature over 200 paintings, drawings and artefacts, together with recreations of Basquiat's New York art studio and the Michael Todd VIP Room of the Palladium nightclub, for which the artist created two paintings.

Columbia Business School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro + FXCollaborative

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New Renders Reveal Interiors of OMA's Eagle + West Towers in Brooklyn

As OMA New York / Jason Long's Greenpoint Landing residential towers near completion, new renders have been released that showcase the amenities, interior spaces, and landscape of the project. Developed by Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group, the Eagle + West Towers feature 745 units of mixed-income housing, 8,600 sq. ft. of retail space, along with recreational amenities such as a pool, lounge, gym, workshops, and test kitchen.

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