Above Average pokes fun at kale-fueled gentrification with “Settlers of Brooklyn”

Development, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    In "Settlers of Brooklyn," players compete to "colonize" the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

In “Settlers of Brooklyn,” players compete to “colonize” the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

The comedy geniuses at digital network Above Average have released a glorious sendup of gentrification in New York City’s outer boroughs. “Settlers of Brooklyn” (pronounced Brook-LAWN) promises hours of good old-fashioned board-game fun for the next generation of power brokers: millennials.

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Product> Outdoor Lighting with an Architectural Bent

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(Courtesy Erco)

Balancing safety, aesthetics, and performance, these innovative exterior luminaires also address issues of light pollution and trespass.

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Erco

Offering powerful digital light with excellent glare control in a compact, minimalist design, the system features exceptional levels of luminous flux from a virtually invisible, fully shielded light source.

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San Francisco never looked as grand as in this nighttime time lapse video

Architecture, Skyscrapers, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
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Still from Gotham City SF.

Still from Gotham City SF.

This black-and-white time-lapse video by Toby Harriman shows San Francisco at its most dramatic. The skyline emerges quietly from its famous fog as the city and its bridges twinkle in the distance—including Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights installation. As the music builds, Gotham City SF picks up pace, showing dramatic angles at high speeds completely appropriate for an action thriller. You’d have to watch to really understand.

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Deafening Silence: Morphosis designs a skyscraper in the Alps next to Peter Zumthor’s famous Therme Vals spa

Morphosis recently unveiled renderings of its 7132 Tower luxury hotel for Vals, Switzerland. (Courtesy Morphosis)

Morphosis recently unveiled renderings of its 7132 Tower luxury hotel for Vals, Switzerland. (Courtesy Morphosis)

Can a 1,250-foot-tall skyscraper qualify as “a minimalist object” under any circumstances? It depends on who you ask—particularly if the building in question, the 7132 Tower hotel designed by Los Angeles–based architecture firm Morphosis for a site in Vals, Switzerland, would go up next to Peter Zumthor’s understated Therme Vals spa.

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Eavesdrop> Don’t call me Shirley! Eric Garcetti lands Airplane! in Downtown Los Angeles

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, March 30, 2015
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From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

From the Airplane! movie poster. (Courtesy Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker)

Last month LA Mayor Eric Garcetti attended a screening of his favorite movie, Airplane!, at the historic Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The event included a Q&A with Garcetti and the film’s directors, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker.

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Eavesdrop> A Sears by any other name: Chicago’s Willis Tower finds a billion dollar buyer

Midwest
Monday, March 30, 2015
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(Monika Thorpe / Flickr)

(Monika Thorpe / Flickr)

Chicago’s skyline-defining Willis Tower had reportedly sold to Blackstone Group, a private equity real estate investor, for the blockbuster price of $1.3 billion. That’s a little less than early reports were speculating, but it’s still leaps and bounds above the previous record for a U.S. office tower outside New York City. And the deal includes naming rights. Will it become the Blackstone Tower? Call it what you will—Chicagoans still fondly refer to it as the Sears Tower.

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Peek inside New York City’s newest, and endlessly delayed, subway station

(Courtesy MTA)

(Courtesy MTA)

In entirely expected news, the extension of the 7 line subway to Manhattan’s Far West Side has been delayed yet again. The New York Times reported that the new 34th Street station, which was scheduled to open by the end of 2013, and then by the summer of 2014, won’t actually be ready until July.

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Nike pops up in Los Angeles’ Arts District, but time is running out

Architecture, West
Friday, March 27, 2015
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(Nike)

(Nike)

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, is the last day to enjoy Nike’s Air Max Box pop up at 735 East 3rd Street in LA’s Arts District. The installation, inspired by one of the company’s shoe boxes and designed to show off the brand’s Air Max Zero, is covered with an array of LED displays, projecting kinetic Nike-related graphics. Read More

Long-empty Strand Theater to re-open in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood

Architecture, News, Preservation, West
Friday, March 27, 2015
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The theater's historic facade has been given a lively facelift. (SOM)

The theater’s historic facade has been given a lively facelift. (SOM)

In May, San Francisco will open its intensive renovation of the Strand Theater, one of so many additions to the city’s quickly-changing Mid-Market area. Designed by SOM and Page & Turnbull, the new facility is located inside a 1917 building originally used for Vaudeville and then for second-run movies. Read More

Pedestrian-friendly makeover proposed for Downtown Miami

(Courtesy Behar Font & Partners via Miami Downtown Development Authority)

(Courtesy Behar Font & Partners via Miami Downtown Development Authority)

New towers seem to be cropping up in Downtown Miami every 15 minutes. But with the growing housing supply of apartments, and the impressive Perez Art Museum by Herzog & de Mueron, the area continues to be seriously lacking when it comes to walkability and open space. Now, that could change if a proposal by the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) gets the green light.

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Breathe easy: Louisville art installation tracks air pollution in real time

"Air Bare" is an installation by Louisville, Kentucky's Urban Matters, Inc. It turns real-time air quality data into a game for public education. (Urban Matters)

“Air Bare” is an installation by Louisville, Kentucky’s Urban Matters, Inc. It turns real-time air quality data into a game for public education. (Urban Matters)

Save for the extreme examples—Beijing‘s “airpocalypse,” for exampleair pollution is often an invisible problem. For at least a brief period, designers from Brooklyn and data scientists from San Francisco hope to change that in Louisville, Kentucky.

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AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell resigns, effective immediately

Rick Bell. (Courtesy Illinois School of Architecture)

Rick Bell. (Courtesy Illinois School of Architecture)

Rick Bell who has led the New York chapter of the AIA to period of tremendous growth since it moved into their storefront on LaGuardia Place has resigned.

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