Father of Catalan Modernism Antoni Gaudi to Build His First Cathedral Outside Spain

(Courtesy Corporacion Gaudi de Triana)

(Courtesy Corporacion Gaudi de Triana)

Ninety years after the illustrious architect’s death, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has given the go-ahead for construction of the “Our Lady of the Angels” chapel designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1922.

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Towering over Queens: Central Long Island City site to make way for another high rise

Development, East, Skyscrapers
Friday, March 6, 2015
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The site is marked in blue. (Courtesy Bing)

The site is marked in blue. (Courtesy Bing)

Yet another tower could rise in Long Island City, Queens. Citigroup is expected to sell a prime development site next to its SOM-designed, 51-story turquoise office tower that dominates the neighborhood’s skyline.

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Sandhogs continue to make progress on New York City’s enormous $11 billion East Side train tunnel

(MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew)

(MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew)

New York City’s MTA has posted another collection of East Side Access construction photos to remind New Yorkers that its majorly delayed and hugely over budget project is still actually chugging along. When East Side Access is ultimately completed, at the cost of nearly $11 billion, it will connect Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central making life easier for about 80,000 commuters. But that’s a long ways off—last we heard, the project will not be completed until 2023.

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Architect Tom Wiscombe really lets loose with this space ship of a building in Los Angeles

OBDM Rooftop Structures (Tom Wiscombe)

OBDM Rooftop Structures (Tom Wiscombe Architecture)

Last year AN reported that Los Angeles developer Tom Gilmore and LA architect Tom Wiscombe were teaming up to build the Old Bank District Museum in downtown’s historic core. The facility, which will showcase Los Angeles–based contemporary artists, will be located inside of—and on top of—the old Farmer’s & Merchant’s Bank, the Hellman Building, and the Bankhouse Garage at 4th and Main Street.

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Thorsten Helbig on Engineering Cutting-Edge Facades

Knippers Helbig provided custom parametric modeling, full facade engineering service, and structural design for Massimiliano Fuskas' Shenzhen International Airport. (Courtesy Massimiliano Fuksas)

Knippers Helbig provided custom parametric modeling, full facade engineering service, and structural design for Massimiliano Fuskas’ Shenzhen International Airport. (Courtesy Massimiliano Fuksas)

As an engineer, Thorsten Helbig, co-founder of Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, has a unique perspective on facade design. “We conceptualize a facade as an integral part of a whole, as part of a larger system,” he explained. Helbig, who will deliver the morning keynote address at next month’s Facades+ NYC conference, identified two focal points. The first is the relationship of the building envelope to structure. The second is performance: “What can the facade offer back to the building?” Helbig asked

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Chicago’s Willis Tower reportedly up for sale

Chicago's Willis Tower in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

Chicago’s Willis Tower in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

Chicago’s tallest building may be on the market, and it might even have a buyer. Read More

Eavesdrop> Breakfast in Peril: This enormous mirror comes crashing down on the Soho brunch set

East, Eavesdroplet, Interiors
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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The collapsed mirror at Balthazar restaurant. (@lizeswein / Twitter)

The collapsed mirror at Balthazar restaurant. (@lizeswein / Twitter)

 

One doesn’t expect to be in danger when noshing on a croissant and sipping some coffee at a swanky Soho Brasserie—maybe a spilt Bloody Mary at worst. But, one morning in February, at Keith McNally’s Balthazar, the preeminent power breakfast spot in Soho, customers got quite the fright when an enormous mirror, mounted to a wall, came crashing down on them.

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MTA Off Track: Record ridership just one of the problems facing New York City transit

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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A crowded subway platform in New York City. (Ianqui Doodle / Flickr)

A crowded subway platform in New York City. (Ianqui Doodle / Flickr)

Overcrowding on New York City subway trains is becoming a major problem for commuters. According to new data from the MTA, there were 14,843 weekday delays caused by overcrowding in December alone. The New York Post found that the number is up 113 percent from the same period a year ago. Fixing the overcrowding will not be easy for the MTA as it is trying to accommodate record ridership and still dealing with damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Top online reads from the pages of AN’s print edition

Architecture, National, News
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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(VINCENT LAFORET/FINEST.LAFORETVISUALS.COM)

(VINCENT LAFORET/FINEST.LAFORETVISUALS.COM)

February’s top news stories covered a variety of topics from resiliency to city data to what an architect needs to know. Take a look at the top five stories as voted by our readers’ clicks that kept you coming back last month.

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Crumbling temples, South Side landmarks, neon signs top list of Chicago’s “most threatened” buildings

The altar at Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, closed since 2008. (Chris Bentley)

The altar at Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, closed since 2008. The Uptown building is among Preservation Chicago’s most threatened buildings. (Chris Bentley)

Preservation Chicago Wednesday named the seven Chicago structures on their annual list of the city’s most threatened historic buildings, calling attention to vacant or blighted buildings from Englewood to Uptown that include a crumbling masonic temple, defunct factories, and even a South Side city landmark. Read More

San Francisco developer nixes BIG-designed Arts Center, plans smaller project

Architecture, News, West
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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An aerial rendering of the earlier design proposed for 950-974 Market Street. (BIG)

An aerial rendering of the earlier design proposed for 950-974 Market Street. (BIG)

A mixed-use complex designed by New York- and Copenhagen-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is going to be, well, not quite as big. The San Francisco Mid-Market neighborhood has been quickly revitalizing since 2011, but the largest development in the area, located at 950–974 Market Street, has just been downsized.

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This reformed industrial garage in Sydney now serves industrial-strength coffee

(Courtesy of The Reformatory Caffeine LAB)

(Courtesy of The Reformatory Caffeine LAB)

Veteran coffee farmer Simon Jaramillo hightailed it to the land Down Under to serve his piquant Colombian brew in a former industrial garage turned hip-and-happening watering hole located close to Sydney’s Central Station.

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