New York City Mayor De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan working on plan for affordable housing on church properties

Development, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York.

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Just in! These 12 architecture firms will work on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Architecture, Awards, International, Urbanism
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Us Pavilion at Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

Winners have been announced for the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition is titled The Architectural Imagination, and will explore the possibilities of Detroit as a laboratory for “the innovative power of architecture.”

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SO-IL’s design for this ambitious art gallery in Brooklyn responds to the neighborhood’s industrial past

Architecture, East, Other
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy SO-IL)

Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO-IL is adding to its portfolio of art galleries. Slated to open in 2017, Artes Amant will house 14,250 square feet of exhibition, storage, and studio spaces behind its confident concrete facade.

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Video> Zaha Hadid battles for her Tokyo Olympics Stadium project

Architecture, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

In an attempt to salvage the now-scrubbed project, Zaha Hadid has released a new video in defense of  her firm’s design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium. The film presents a robust—albeit familiar—argument for the reinstatement of the building. Once the bona fides of the project team (which includes Arup Sports) are revisited and a sensitivity to Japanese culture is declared, the oblique blame game begins.

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British street artist Banksy’s morbid amusement park Dismaland opens in the UK, drips with sarcasm

Art, Design, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Dismaland)

(Courtesy Dismaland)

Anonymous street artist Banksy’s top-secret amusement park has opened at an abandoned British seaside resort at Weston-super-Mare, UK. Billed a “bemusement park,” and designed to drip with irony, the pop-up exhibition is built by a lido that has been derelict since 2000.

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Frank Gehry grows a new—and twisty—development on the Sunset Strip

Gehry's new development along along the Sunset Strip. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Gehry’s new development along along the Sunset Strip. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Frank Gehry must have a green thumb. First he snags the Los Angeles River and now Townscape Partners has released renderings and a model of the $300 million development on the site of the Garden of Allah, a former Mediterranean hotel rich with bohemian lore on the Sunset Strip. But what exactly is he growing?

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World’s tallest tunnel slide to wind five times around the 2012 London Olympics Orbit Tower

(Courtesy Bblur Architects)

(Courtesy Bblur Architecture)

What better way to prolong the relevance of a pricey sculpture commissioned for the 2012 Olympics than to tack the world’s longest tunnel slide onto it? Nearly 376-feet tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower designed by Turner Prize–winner Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond is the UK’s tallest public art piece – a helter-skelter eight-strand lattice of distinctive red metalwork modeled after an “electron cloud,” according to Balmond.

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Despite no first prize winner, competition to rethink urban growth in China produces some big ideas

(Courtesy Marcos Betanzos)

(Courtesy Marcos Betanzos)

To address the urgent and emerging issue of urban development in China, Creativersal and the International Union of Architects (UIA) staged the Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture (MOLEWA) competition.

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Signs of life: Artist Steve Powers tacks thought-provoking ‘ICY Signs’ around New York City

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

Manhattan-based artist Steve Powers is offering a non-caffeinated pick-me-up for weary NYC commuters with his pop art–style street signs mounted on light poles around the city. Bearing food-for-thought slogans with themes of life and love against a pictograph or logotype, such as “I get lost to get found” stamped on a briefcase, the signs are designed to inspire smiles and/or introspection.

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Just don’t call it Frisco: Could Trump top a San Francisco tower?

Architecture, Development, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

New York has one, Chicago has one, and now the Chronicle’s John King alerts us that San Francisco might see a Trump-brand tower in its future. No one is taking bets on the conservative presidential candidate’s name emblazoned on a highrise located in one the most progressive cities on the planet, but King is stirring the pot to call attention to a land auction hosted by Transbay Joint Powers Authority on September 2. On the docket: a parcel of land on the 500 block of Howard Street, where zoning allows for an 800-foot tower.

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Iker Gil to curate speculative Chicago projects for city’s inaugural architecture biennial

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Filter Island" by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in "BOLD" at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

Filter Island” by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in “BOLD” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

As the Chicago Architecture Biennial‘s October opening approaches, its organizers are beginning to release details about its forthcoming exhibitions. The latest hint is an ad for BOLD, a show of “speculative proposals that re-imagine the design potential” of Chicago’s waterways, roadways, vacant lots and public space. Read More

Beyer Blinder Belle restoring Marcel Breuer’s Whitney building for 2016 reopening under the Metropolitan Museum

Architecture, East, Preservation
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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Marcel Breuer peers from the window of the former Whitney Museum in 1967. (Ezra Stoller / Esto)

Marcel Breuer peers from the window of the former Whitney Museum in 1967. (Ezra Stoller / Esto)

The Met Breuer will throw open its doors in March 2016 for the first season of contemporary art programming under the banner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Breuer’s iconic building, formerly the Whitney Museum of American Art, is currently being “invigorated by renovations that will support a fluid, integrated experience of art and architecture,” as the Met’s press release proudly declares.

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