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MrSteam Offices / Olson Kundig

© Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott + 18

  • Architects: Olson Kundig
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

PAU Unveils Human-Centered Carbon Neutral Master Plan for Sunnyside Yard in Western Queens

PAU or Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, a multi-disciplinary design and planning firm founded by Vishaan Chakrabarti, created a revitalization plan for Sunnyside Yard in western Queens, New York. Envisioning a more equitable and sustainable future, the 180-acre human-centered carbon-neutral master plan reflects the community’s needs.

Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU Courtesy of PAU + 7

Hunters Point Library / Steven Holl Architects

© Paul Warchol © Paul Warchol Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects © Paul Warchol + 29

Queens, United States

BIG and Wildflower Unveil Images for Production Studio in Queens

Robert De Niro’s Wildflower Development Group, with the architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), have revealed first images of their proposal for a 650,000 square foot film, television, and creative studio, in in the Astoria neighborhood of northwest Queens, New York.

Residential Tower 28 / Hill West Architects

© Alexander Severin © Tim Williams © Alexander Severin © Tim Williams + 16

Louis Armstrong Stadium / ROSSETTI

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 13

Queens, United States
  • Architects: ROSSETTI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  286000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Phase II / SWA/BALSLEY + WEISS/MANFREDI

© David Lloyd/SWA © Bill Tatham/SWA © Bill Tatham/SWA © David Lloyd/SWA + 23

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

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

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.

Photographic Survey Captures The Diversity of Residences in Queens, NY

Queens, NY is one of the most diverse places in the world, so it should be no surprise that it’s residences reflect that diversity. From the Architectural League of New York comes Rafael Herrin-Ferri’s exhibition “All the Queens Houses.” An architect and artist, Herrin-Ferri compiled 273 photographs of homes in Queens. The ever growing photographic survey conveys themes of identity, differentiation, and adaptation.

Eclectic Row. Briarwood, NY. 2017. Image © Rafael Herrin-Ferri Technicolor Tudorized Row. Jamaica, NY. 2017. Image © Rafael Herrin-Ferri Splayed Brick-and-Stone Rusticated Entry Porch. Maspeth, NY. 2015. Image © Rafael Herrin-Ferri Wedding Cake Condo. Astoria, NY. 2017. Image © Rafael Herrin-Ferri + 15

Kew Gardens Hills Library / WORKac

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 37

Queens, United States
  • Architects: WORKac
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

How Developers Turned Graffiti Into a Trojan Horse For Gentrification

It happened in the middle of the night: the stealth whitewashing of 5Pointz, Long Island City's unofficial graffiti museum. In 2013 owner Jerry Wolkoff, of G&M Realty, wanted the building razed in order to erect new luxury condominiums, and the artists sued to preserve their work. A judge denied the artists' request and Wolkoff had the murals destroyed under cover of darkness, ostensibly to prevent them from attaining landmark status. Though graffiti was born as a subversive act, these artists had painted with Wolkoff's permission since 1993 and had turned the warehouse into “the world's premiere graffiti mecca” and the largest legal aerosol art space in the United States. This was a serious betrayal.

2222 Jackson / ODA New York

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Bojune Kwon © Pavel Bendov + 23

  • Architects: ODA New York
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  168000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Call for Registrations and Submission

2017 AIA Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards 2017
In Collaboration with AIA Staten Island and 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.

In its second annual celebration, the Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards (BQDA) was established to encourage excellence in architectural design, raising public awareness of the built environment and to honor the architects, owners & builders of significant projects. 

Grandstand Stadium / ROSSETTI

© Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          © Rafael Gamo                          + 38

Queens, United States

AD Classics: Trylon and Perisphere / Harrison and Fouilhoux

With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the great World’s Fairs that had been held around the globe since the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 lost much of their momentum. With the specter of another global conflict looming like a stormcloud on the horizon in the latter half of the decade, prospects for the future only grew darker. It was in this air of uncertainty and fear that the gleaming white Trylon and Perisphere of the 1939 New York World’s Fair made their debuts, the centerpiece of an exhibition that presented a vision of hope for things to come.

Image via MetMuseum.org (Public Domain) A quarter section of the Perisphere reveals its steel skeletal structure. ImageImage via nyworldsfaircollections.tumblr.com (Public Domain) Image via nyworldsfaircollections.tumblr.com (Public Domain) The Helicline connected the Trylon and Perisphere and allowed visitors to make their way back to the ground from six stories up + 8

Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in Queens

The new Hunters Point Community Library, designed by Steven Holl Architects, has topped out. Located along the East River in Long Island City, New York, the 22,000 square foot library will add a new community-devoted space to the waterfront, while serving as a new icon that can be seen from across the river in Manhattan.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Model of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Rendering of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects + 6

MoMA PS1 YAP 2016 - Weaving the Courtyard / Escobedo Soliz

© Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo © Rafael Gamo + 17