Call it High Line fever: since the first leg of James Corner and DS+R’s High Line debuted in 2009, High Line–like projects have popped up all over the city and across country. Now, not ten miles from the original, the Bronx may be slated for its very own rail-to-park conversion.
For much of its early history, architecture was more than a pragmatic response to the problem of shelter. It was infused by craft. “Craft has existed in all kinds of industry, especially architecture, for a long time,” said Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) principal Matthew Johnson. “But I feel it it lost its way in the twentieth century as we chased efficiency over quality.”
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Gotham Metalworks by Extech received the 2015 North American Copper in Architecture Award for its work on the Henry Bristow Landmark School in Park Slope, Brooklyn (NYC Public School 39). Presented by the Copper Development Association, the award is judged by industry experts and presented to outstanding copper building projects based on design integration, craftsmanship and overall excellence in renovation.
The project involved the historic restoration and roof cornice replacement for one of the nation’s oldest schools in continuous use (built in 1877). Working with Ivan Brice Architecture, Gotham’s was to fabricate the new copper gutters and cornice and stay true to the design intent of the original construction. All elements were subject to approval by the N.Y. State Historic Preservation Office.
The copper work included manufacture of the 44 decorative replica brackets, 308 large modillions and extensive cornices with hundreds of dentils. Castings and dies were made from the original wood decorative brackets, and fluted bracket faces were stamped in copper to match. The decorative Fleur de Lis detail, which was cut into the face of the decorative brackets, was utilized to create matching snow guards on sloping copper roof areas where needed. Visit GothamMetals.com.
On October 13, 1965, the New York Times ran a piece of architecture criticism on its front page, above the fold, spanning five out of seven columns. The writer was Ada Louise Huxtable, and the topic was the looming decimation of downtown Salem, Massachusetts—near Huxtable’s summer home in Marblehead. “Urban Renewal Threatens Historic Buildings in Salem, Mass.,” read the headline. “Foes Fear Plans Will Mar Old New England Heritage.” Those were the dark years between the demolition of New York’s Penn Station in 1963 and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Entry Building, Arch, and Steinberg Visitor Center
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
WEISS/MANFREDI, Architecture Research Office
With blue skies overhead and abundant sunshine, it was the perfect day to funnel from Brooklyn‘s clamorous urban streetscape into the transportative, protected landscapes of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On this double-header Building of Day tour, Archtober-ites explored the threshold from the city grid into the meandering, arboreal pathways at the garden, as experienced in two new entrance pavilions designed by WEISS/MANFREDI and ARO.
After a few weeks of suffering the slings and arrows that occasionally punctuate the lives of starchitects, things are looking up for Zaha Hadid. First, the BBC issued a formal apology to her on behalf of one of its reporters, who implied that numerous construction workers on Hadid’s Al Wakrah soccer stadium project had suffered fatal accidents on site.
Today is World Architecture Day with an emphasis linking the built environment and climate—how are you celebrating?
Today is World Architecture Day. According to its organizers, the International Union of Architects (UIA), the theme of this year’s World Architecture Day is architecture, building, and climate. Founded in 1948, the NGO is a coalition of national organizations representing approximately 1.3 million architects from 124 countries.