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Will Snøhetta's Redesign Calm the Outcry From Its Original Controversial Proposal?

09:30 - 12 December, 2018
Will Snøhetta's Redesign Calm the Outcry From Its Original Controversial Proposal?, Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta
Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta

Labeled as "vandalism" and "murder" of an icon of postmodernism, Oslo-based firm Snøhetta's redesign proposal for Phillip Johnson and John Burgee's AT&T Headquarters was received with instantaneous backlash across the architectural community last year. Architect Robert A. M. Stern, marched alongside a protest outside 550 Madison Avenue, and even critic Norman Foster, who never claimed to have any sympathy for the postmodern movement, still vocalized his sentiments that "[the building] is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such."

A rejection of the bland and cold functionality of Midtown's crystal skyscrapers, the AT&T building was intended to encourage a more playful approach architecture in the corporate world; the crazy socks beneath a three-piece suit. It was not without controversy. Upon its completion, the building was derided for its decorative and outsized pediment and occasionally dark interior spaces. Indeed, the building's arched entry spaces were among the only architectural elements to be met with praise from both critics and the public. 

Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta Courtesy of LMNB & Snøhetta + 6

The High Line's New Public Space to Feature the Work of Simone Leigh

12:01 - 10 December, 2018
The High Line's New Public Space to Feature the Work of Simone Leigh, The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Next year New York's iconic High Line will open a new public space for art designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with artwork by Simone Leigh. The public space will be the newest section of the elevated park dedicated to a rotating series of contemporary art commissions. The first art project in the space will be Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a black woman by Brooklyn’s Simone Leigh.

The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro The Spur & The Plinth. Image Courtesy of James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro + 7

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, © DLR Group
© 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.

Studio Cadena Unveils "Happy" Installation in New York's Flatiron Plaza

13:00 - 21 November, 2018
Studio Cadena Unveils "Happy" Installation in New York's Flatiron Plaza, Happy. Image © Benjamin Cadena
Happy. Image © Benjamin Cadena

Studio Cadena’s Happy installation has been unveiled in New York's Flatiron Plaza. The project is the winner of the fifth annual Design Competition hosted by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute. As the centerpiece of the annual holiday program, the installation was selected by a jury with expertise across the worlds of design and public art, including representatives from the Flatiron Partnership, New York City DOT Art, and Van Alen Institute’s board of trustees.

Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock Happy. Image © Cameron Blaylock + 7

The Met Selects wHY Architecture to Renovate Rockefeller Wing in New York City

13:00 - 20 November, 2018
The Met Selects wHY Architecture to Renovate Rockefeller Wing in New York City, Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. Image Courtesy of wHY Architecture
Michael C. Rockefeller Wing. Image Courtesy of wHY Architecture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has selected Kulapat Yantrasast and wHY Architecture to renovate its Michael C. Rockefeller wing. With arts produced in Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the 40,000-square-foot wing is located on the southern side of the Fifth Avenue museum. The $70 million project aim is showcase the collection of arts and artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.

Nike House of Innovation 000 in New York City Reflects a New Generation in Sports Performance

11:00 - 17 November, 2018
Nike House of Innovation 000 in New York City Reflects a New Generation in Sports Performance, Courtesy of Nike
Courtesy of Nike

Nike House of Innovation 000 continues the athletic brand’s redefinition. As a company that prides itself on the innovative design of its foot and athletic wear, Nike has chosen to design its retail locations to reflect a new generation in sports performance. The House of Innovation maintains a foundation in flexible design, allowing the retailer to provide its patron with an immersive brand experience.

The store concept is described as “one floor, one world.” Each floor, inspired by the sounds and movement of New York, highlights different collections within the Nike brand. The retail program of each floor gets more specific as the levels increase. The 68,000 square-foot, six-level destination is the second Nike House of Innovation. The first was opened in Shanghai last month. These stores are the first of a new generation of sport retail experiences for Nike, numbered sequentially around the globe.

MVRDV's First US Project Breaks Ground in New York City

13:00 - 15 November, 2018
MVRDV's First US Project Breaks Ground in New York City, Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV has broken ground on Radio Tower & Hotel, a 21,800-square-meter mixed-use high rise located in the Washington Heights area in northern Manhattan. The 22-storey building is MVRDV’s first major project in the United States and combines hotel, retail, and office functions in vibrantly stacked blocks. The project was designed to reflecte the vivacious character of the neighborhood and set a direction for future development.

Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV Radio Tower & Hotel. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 9

New York City Pop-up Celebrates 40 Years of Zaha Hadid's Design Innovations

05:00 - 12 November, 2018
New York City Pop-up Celebrates 40 Years of Zaha Hadid's Design Innovations, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

From city master plans to pocket-sized products, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have explored architectural formalism through innovative digital design methods. In 2006, the collaboration with furniture-makers and fashion houses led to the creation of Zaha Hadid Design that served both as an iterative process for and a resultant of ongoing architectural design.

A pop-up exhibition, located suitably on the ground floor of ZHA's renowned condominium along the High Line in New York City, features a scale model of the building itself on display. To honor and present the work produced by the firm in the last four decades, the Zaha Hadid Gallery showcases a series of projects in a wide range of mediums including the six 'Silver Models' that represent eight of the firm's key works.

© Luke Hayes Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Slamp © Kris Tamburello + 22

Denise Scott Brown's Photography from the 1950s and 60s Unveiled in New York and London Galleries

10:00 - 6 November, 2018
Denise Scott Brown's Photography from the 1950s and 60s Unveiled in New York and London Galleries, Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight.
Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight.

An exhibition has opened at New York’s Carriage Trade Gallery celebrating the photography of Denise Scott Brown, highlighting the significance of pop art in the American vernacular. The project was initiated by Scott Brown, and first exhibited in Venice in 2016, with the latest events in London and New York initiated by PLANE-SITE.

The exhibition, titled “Photographs 1956-1966” is co-curated by Andres Ramirez, with 10 photographs selected, curated, and featured for limited sale. As well as being on display at the Carriage Trade Gallery, a concurrent exhibition is taking place in the Window Galleries at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London.

Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. Courtesy of carriage trade, photo: Nicholas Knight. + 24

Foster + Partners Chosen to Design JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City

09:00 - 6 November, 2018
Foster + Partners Chosen to Design JP Morgan Chase Headquarters in New York City, The existing headquarters of JP Morgan Chase. Image © Shutterstock
The existing headquarters of JP Morgan Chase. Image © Shutterstock

Foster + Partners has been chosen to design the new HQ for JP Morgan Chase on Park Avenue, New York City. The new global headquarters, situated on 270 Park Avenue, follows on from previous corporate headquarters designed by the firm, including the 2018 Stirling Prize-winning Bloomberg HQ, and the Apple Campus 2 in California.

The new scheme will replace the existing Manhattan premises of the US investment bank and is expected to total 2.5 million square feet. The headquarters will house around 15,000 employees across 70 levels, replacing the original 52-story scheme designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill in the 1960s.

AD Classics: Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone & Donald Deskey

22:00 - 26 October, 2018
AD Classics: Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone & Donald Deskey, Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost
Courtesy of Flickr user Erik Drost

This article was originally published on July 29, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Upon opening its doors for the first time on a rainy winter’s night in 1932, the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan was proclaimed so extraordinarily beautiful as to need no performers at all. The first built component of the massive Rockefeller Center, the Music Hall has been the world’s largest indoor theater for over eighty years. With its elegant Art Deco interiors and complex stage machinery, the theater defied tradition to set a new standard for modern entertainment venues that remains to this day.

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Adjaye’s 130 William Street Tower Begins Façade Installation in Manhattan

13:00 - 26 October, 2018
Adjaye’s 130 William Street Tower Begins Façade Installation in Manhattan, 130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson
130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson

Adjaye Associates130 William Street residential tower in Lower Manhattan has begun installation of the building facade. As New York YIMBY reports, last week the hand-cast concrete arches started getting installed. Made to recall New York City’s historic fabric from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the facade was designed around an eclectic material and color palette. Once finished, the tower will include 244 new luxury condominiums in the Financial District.

130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson 130 William Street. Image © Andrew Campbell Nelson + 5

A Pocket Guide to New York's Art Deco Skyline

04:00 - 25 October, 2018
Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

In a permanent state of architectural transience, New York City continues to be adorned with new skyscrapers with every passing day. Historically fueled by financial prosperity coupled with the demand for commercial space, the only way to continue to build was up. Blue Crow Media’s latest map, “Art Deco New York Map” showcases over sixty buildings from the era, celebrating the eclectic nature of Art Deco architecture that is so deeply inherent to the identity of the city.

Radio City Music Hall / Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey © Jason Woods / Blue Crow Media New School for Social Research Auditorium / Joseph Urban Brooklyn Public Library / Alfred Morton Githens and Francis Keally + 9

Modernist Icon Paul Rudolph's Unbuilt LOMEX Completed in New Renderings

07:40 - 23 October, 2018
Modernist Icon Paul Rudolph's Unbuilt LOMEX Completed in New Renderings, Plaza by the Williamsburg bridge. Image Courtesy of Lasse Lyhne-Hansen
Plaza by the Williamsburg bridge. Image Courtesy of Lasse Lyhne-Hansen

Paul Rudolph, despite vaulting to international success in the early 1940s and 50s for his Brutalist structures, saw an abrupt end to the popularity of his signature style as postmodernism gained prominence. As tastes shifted to different fare, so too did Rudolph's approach - leaving a number of  his unbuilt proposals to gather dust. 

No longer. 

Middle path through the lowrises. Image Courtesy of Lasse Lyhne-Hansen Paul Rudolph's original vision of LOMEX. Image Paul Rudolph's original vision of LOMEX. Image View from terrace in the high-rises. Image Courtesy of Lasse Lyhne-Hansen + 14

AD Classics: TWA Flight Center / Eero Saarinen

22:00 - 21 October, 2018
AD Classics: TWA Flight Center / Eero Saarinen, © Cameron Blaylock
© Cameron Blaylock

This article was originally published on June 16, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Built in the early days of airline travel, the TWA Terminal is a concrete symbol of the rapid technological transformations which were fueled by the outset of the Second World War. Eero Saarinen sought to capture the sensation of flight in all aspects of the building, from a fluid and open interior, to the wing-like concrete shell of the roof. At TWA’s behest, Saarinen designed more than a functional terminal; he designed a monument to the airline and to aviation itself.

This AD Classic features a series of exclusive images by Cameron Blaylock, photographed in May 2016. Blaylock used a Contax camera and Zeiss lenses with Rollei black and white film to reflect camera technology of the 1960s.

© Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock © Cameron Blaylock + 26

AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

22:00 - 19 October, 2018
AD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, (2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)
(2005). Image © Wikimedia user robertpaulyoung (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

This article was originally published on December 5, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Even in Manhattan—a sea of skyscrapers—the Empire State Building towers over its neighbours. Since its completion in 1931 it has been one of the most iconic architectural landmarks in the United States, standing as the tallest structure in the world until the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were constructed in Downtown Manhattan four decades later. Its construction in the early years of the Great Depression, employing thousands of workers and requiring vast material resources, was driven by more than commercial interest: the Empire State Building was to be a monument to the audacity of the United States of America, “a land which reached for the sky with its feet on the ground.”[1]

Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageLaying of the tower's foundations The pinnacle of the tower. Image © Wikimedia user David Corby (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction Image via Wikimedia (Public Domain). ImageUnder construction + 6

What New York's Central Park Could Have Looked Like

07:45 - 19 October, 2018
What New York's Central Park Could Have Looked Like, Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct
Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct

New York’s iconic Central Park was designed in 1858 by F.L Olmsted and C. Vaux, having been chosen in a competition against 32 other entries. The competition called for the design of a park including a parade ground, fountain, watchtower, skating arena, four cross streets, and room for an exhibition hall.

Of the 32 alternative entries, only one survives to this day. The sole survivor was drawn up park engineer John J. Rink. To give an indication as to how Rink’s plan would have aged in the Big Apple, NeoMam Studios and Budget Direct have published a set of visualizations derived from the design. Find out below what one of the world’s most iconic green spaces could have looked like if a 160-year-old decision had been different.

Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct Courtesy of NeoMam Studios for Budget Direct + 6

The Tallest Residential Building in the World is coming to New York City

02:30 - 18 October, 2018
The Tallest Residential Building in the World is coming to New York City, Central Park Tower. Image Courtesy of ASGG & Wordsearch
Central Park Tower. Image Courtesy of ASGG & Wordsearch

The design for the tallest residential building in the world has been unveiled, situated in New York City. “Central Park Tower” by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill architecture will stand at 1,550 feet (472 meters). The firm’s Jeddah tower in Saudi Arabia is also currently under construction, on track to be the world’s tallest tower.