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Feb 14, 2017
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Four Midcentury Landmarks Revitalised
The Hall of Science, Queens
Richards Medical Research Laboratories, Pennsylvania
Greeley Memorial Laboratory, Yale University
Manton Research Center, Massachusetts
The Hall of Science, in Queens, New York, is one example of the sculptural exuberance of many midcentury buildings. Designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects for the 1964 World’s Fair, it was conceived as a permanent museum devoted to science and technology. An eggcrate-like reinforced-concrete wall undulates and bends to define a nearly 90-foot-tall volume, reports the Architectural Record.
Todd Schliemann, a partner at New York–based Ennead, who completed the hall’s restoration in 2015, describes its interior as abstract and almost scaleless, like outer space.
Not all midcentury buildings exhibit the same kind of adventurous and organic forms found at the Hall of Science. Instead, another significant work from this period—Louis Kahn’s Richards Medical Research Laboratories (1961) at the University of Pennsylvania—demonstrates a commitment to order and rigor articulated in brick, concrete, and glass. The building was recently designated a National Historic Landmark.
Many scholars have noted that Kahn’s model for this open working environment may well have been the architecture studio, says David Fixler, a principal in the Boston office of EYP Architecture & Engineering. His firm created the preservation standards for Richards and performed the first phase of the still-ongoing project. (The Philadelphia office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects won a competitive bid for the subsequent phases.)
Christopher Williams, a New Haven, Connecticut–based architect, faced many of the same problems as the Richards team in his recent renovation of Greeley Memorial Laboratory, a 24,000-square-foot research facility designed by Paul Rudolph for Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Since its completion in 1959, Greeley had suffered a number of unsympathetic alterations.
Pietro Belluschi’s Manton Research Center (1973) is located on the campus of the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. This granite-clad library and study facility has a somewhat blocky exterior, Manton was “well-conceived,” says the architect for the just-completed renovation, Annabelle Selldorf, principal of Selldorf Architects in New York (acting with Gensler).
Article in full: US Midcentury Buildings News
Feb 6 + 5, 2017
Major Architects Object to President Trump’s Travel Ban
Three architecture firms have released responses to President Donald Trump’s executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” issued on Friday, reports http://ift.tt/10WVIg7.
Studio Libeskind, founded by Daniel Libeskind, AIA, and based in New York and Zürich, and Steven Holl, FAIA, both issued statements earlier this week criticizing the ban.
American-Norwegian firm Snøhetta also criticized Donald Trump’s executive order.
“Our office of 44 people based in NYC & Beijing has a staff representing over 18 different languages. We are dedicated to an architecture of openness encouraging human potential.
This action, by the loser of our citizens’ popular vote, actively works against the diversity and dialogue essential to this mission and violates the United States Constitution. This president who repeatedly tells lies, fights human potential for good and defies the constitution must be impeached.
We have now worked on five continents pursuing our mission (currently working on our first African project, a library for a new campus in Malawi, which is deeply rooted in our core principles). Today, more than ever, we need to pursue our values; green architecture for the environment of future generations, formation of social space, and realization of new spatial energies.
– Steven Holl
“The Trump travel ban is an affront to our freedom and core values,” he said. “It affects our employees, colleagues and collaborators.”
– Daniel Libeskind
Also US School of Architecture have reacted:
Harvard Graduate School of Design:
“Let me be clear that the intolerance and prejudice signaled by this action cut against the core values that the GSD stands for. Its spirit runs counter to our collective commitment to inclusion and to cultivating a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives, the necessary ingredients of healthy and productive discourse and responsible citizenship.”
– Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, an Iranian-American
UCLA School of Art & Architecture:
“The Dean’s office condemns in the strongest possible terms the executive order around visas and immigration released by the President this past weekend.”
– David Roussève, Interim Dean
The Southern California Institute of Architecture and Taubman College, University of Michigan also release statements:
Jan 28, 2017
Assemblywoman seeks to bar border wall companies from doing business in New York
With Donald Trump taking executive actions to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, one New York legislator has proposed a pushback, reports Metro.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, who represents eastern Queens, introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban the state from doing business with companies involved in building the border wall.
Under the bill, the state would track businesses involved with the wall and prevent them from obtaining in-state contracts or assets. New York currently has similar restrictions on companies that boycott Israel or do business in Iran.
Article in full: New York Border Wall Reaction
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Nov 30, 2016
US / Mexico Border Solutions
Design: Twelve students at UT Austin in parallel with two classes at Universidad Autonoma Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico
Since the start of the current presidential campaign, immigration has been a central issue. President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, and his call to deport undocumented immigrants, has turned the country’s attention to the complex issues surrounding our southern border.
Jan 27, 2017
Harry Macklowe on New York Real Estate
Harry Macklowe, the real estate titan is “riding the wave of successful sales” at 432 Park Avenue — said to be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere — and forging ahead with new projects, reports the New York Times.
Sales began this month for a residential condominium in Midtown and he plans to convert One Wall Street, an Art Deco office building, to residential.
At 80, Mr. Macklowe has had a career spanning almost six decades, marked by extreme highs and lows.
Yet each time, he has pulled off a resurrection. At his latest comeback, the 432 Park Avenue Building, which Macklowe Properties developed with CIM Group, a penthouse sold in September for $87.66 million. The tower proved that Mr. Macklowe continues to be a formidable player in the real estate arena.
Article in full: New York Real Estate Update
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Jan 19, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump taps two rich developers to oversee infrastructure plan
Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, “two of the wealthiest men in real estate” according to Forbes, to head a “council of builders and engineers”. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, reports archinect. The Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it’s not really a surprise that developers will be involved.
Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the shortlisted bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters, a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a major role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.
Jan 24, 2017
514 Eleventh Avenue Buildings
In place of the original 1,000-foot spire, Silverstein Properties is looking to build two towers at 514 Eleventh Avenue, reports http://ift.tt/URvvMK:
514 Eleventh Avenue New York Towers
Jan 18, 2017
685 First Avenue, Murray Hill Building
42-Story, 556-Unit Mixed-Use Tower at 685 First Avenue, Murray Hill
Construction is now five stories above street level on the 42-story, 556-unit mixed-use tower designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
The building is under development at 685 First Avenue, located between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill, reports newyorkyimby.com.
Building permits indicate the project will encompass 813,813 sqft and rise 460 feet in height.
There will be 10,088 sqft of ground-floor retail space, split between two units. There will be 448 rental apartments across the 3rd through 27th floors, followed by 148 condominiums on the 28th through 42nd floors.
Solow Realty & Development Group is the developer. Completion is expected in 2018.
Jan 17, 2017
The Ellipse, Mixed-Use Tower, Tops Out at 1-25 14th Street, Jersey City
Construction has topped out on the 43-story, 376-unit mixed-use tower, dubbed Ellipse, at 1-25 14th Street, located in the Newport section of Jersey City, N.J., reports newyorkyimby.com.
The structure, which is now receiving glass installation on its 27th floor, can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The 592,800-sqft tower’s apartments will be rentals, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. There will be 24,000 square feet of amenities, as well as a retail component near street level. The LeFrak Organization is the developer. Arquitectonica is the design architect and Haines, Lundberg & Waehler (HLW) is the executive architect. Completion is expected later this year.
Jan 10, 2017
Liberty Museum New York Competition Winners
First prize: Jungwoo Ji, Bosuk Hur, Suk Lee (Korea and USA)
Second prize: Maherul Kader Prince, Nabila Ferdousi (Bangladesh)
Third prize: Yuxin Zhang, Shujuan Tang, Yiran Wang (China)
• Jeffry Burchard, Principal, Machado-Silvetti, Boston, USA
• Christian Remes, Plus+Bauplanung, Stuttgart, Germany
• Adrian Welch, Chief Editor, e-architect, London
Jan 5, 2017
Second Avenue Subway Stations in New York
photo © Charles Aydlett courtesy AECOM-Arup JV
Second Avenue Subway Stations in New York City
The first major expansion of New York City subway system in nearly a century, the 1.8 mile stretch of track runs between 63rd and 96th streets and consists of three new stations, plus one upgraded station.
Nov 28, 2016
120 Nassau Street, Downtown Brooklyn Tower
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Construction is now 24 stories above street level on the 33-story tower designed by architects Woods Bagot. The 270-unit mixed-use building at 120 Nassau Street, located on the corner of Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, report yimby.com.
The latest building permits indicate the 425-foot-tall tower will measure 312,093 sqft. The base will include 57,904 square feet of commercial space, in the form of retail on the ground floor and office space on floors two through eight. The residential units elsewhere in the tower should average 854 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. The Clarett Group is the developer. Completion can probably be expected in late 2017.
Nov 28, 2016
281 Fifth Avenue Building
rendering : Rafael Viñoly Architects
Foundation work is now underway on the 52-story, 141-unit mixed-use tower under development at 281 Fifth Avenue, located on the corner of West 30th Street in NoMad, report yimby.com. The latest building permits indicate the project will stand 728 feet in height and encompass 266,963 sqft.
Nov 23, 2016
MoMA / P.S.1 YAP 2017 Program Finalists
MoMA / P.S.1 YAP Program Finalists
– Bureau Spectacular, led by Jimenez Lai
– architect Ania Jaworska
– design collective Office of III, comprised of Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg and Stephanie Lin
– Jenny E. Sabin, director of Sabin Design Lab
– SCHAUM/SCHIEH, led by Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum.
Nov 8, 2016
Sales Launch for 287 East Houston Street
Design: AA Studio, Architects
Location: 287 East Houston St, NY, USA
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287 East Houston Street Manhattan Building
Development partners Hogg Holdings and Vinci Partners USA announce 28-unit residential condominium building has come to market on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Oct 27, 2016
HFZ Capital Group tops out The Bryant, 16 West 40th Street, NY, USA
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
image : Miller Hare
Columbia University Manhattanville Campus Expansion
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