Philadelphia and Pittsburgh up their bike game

Bike lane in Philadelphia. (karmacamilleeon/ Flickr)

Bike lane in Philadelphia. (karmacamilleeon / Flickr)

With bikeshare launching in Philadelphia next year, Mayor Nutter is taking significant steps toward boosting cycling throughout the city. NewsWorks reported that the mayor recently signed an executive order to create the Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board, which will advise him on implementing smart bike policy. This would include “[fostering] volunteer efforts that promote cycling and maintain cycling trails; encourage private sector support of cycling, especially among Philadelphia employers; and promote national and international races in Philadelphia to attract the most elite cyclists to compete in the city.”

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Window Shopping: Clouds Architecture Office washes American Standard in visual patterns

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Product
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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(Courtesy Garrett Rowland)

Clouds Architecture Office has created an evanescent installation for the DXV by American Standard showroom. Titled Unseen Expression, the project continues the New York–based firm’s study of the relationship between form and vision.

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On View> Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents “David Bowie Is”

Art, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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(Brian Duffy)

David Bowie Is
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
200 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through January 4, 2015

Whether you have stacked up a library of rare vinyl cuts from his Thin White Duke period, or were unaware he was even still recording, you will find something groovy at David Bowie Is, on view through January 4 at MCA Chicago. David Bowie is a formidable figure in pop music, performance art, and fashion, and the 400 pieces in this exhibit draw from all of Bowie’s famously fluid personae.

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New York City to get 10,000 free public Wi-Fi portals

A link in the Flatiron District. (Courtesy CityBridge)

A link in the Flatiron District. (Courtesy CityBridge)

New York City is a city like no other. It’s lousy with things to see: architectural icons, world-famous parks, A-list celebrities, pigeons, food carts, and pigeons eating off of food carts. With so many sites, it’s a real bummer that so many New Yorkers walk around the city staring directly into the hollow glow of their phones. This isn’t going to change anytime soon, especially with the de Blasio administration announcing that, starting next year, the city’s dated payphone system will become “the world’s fastest municipal Wi-Fi network.”

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Maltzan Bridging Gap at Hammer Museum

Architecture, Technology, West
Monday, November 24, 2014
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Looking up at the John V. Tunney Bridge from Garden Level (MMA)

Looking up at the John V. Tunney Bridge from Garden Level (MMA)

Michael Maltzan is getting into the bridge business. He’s already part of the HNTB-led Sixth Street Bridge team in Los Angeles, he’s finishing up a bridge in Chengdu, China, and parts of his One Santa Fe (which we will profile in a future issue of AN) in the city’s Arts District themselves form a bridge, extending over the ground plane and allowing peeks toward the L.A. River.

Now he’s been tapped by the Hammer Museum to design the John V. Tunney pedestrian bridge, above the institution’s large garden courtyard, finally connecting its 2nd floor western permanent galleries to its eastern ones. Read More

Eavesdrop> Staten Island to Get a Subway (Simulator)

The New York Wheel is planned for Staten Island. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

The New York Wheel is planned for Staten Island. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

The planned giant Ferris wheel in Staten Island—one of kookier of the Bloomberg-era megaprojects—is apparently still happening. Eavesdrop always thought the step-Borough deserved more than a tourist trap wheel and a giant outlet mall, but hey, apparently Amanda Burden thought differently. According to the Associated Press, New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin said the project will include a thrill ride that will “simulate a ride in a subway car.” Here’s a better idea: buy a MetroCard.

Five finalists unveiled for Governors Island FIGMENT pavilion

Architecture, Art, Awards, East
Monday, November 24, 2014
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FIGMENT's 2014 Pavilion. (Axel Taferner / Flickr)

FIGMENT’s 2014 Pavilion. (Axel Taferner / Flickr)

It’s never too early to start planning for the summer. As we head into winter, try to warm yourself up with thoughts of visiting Governors Island, with an iced coffee in one hand and pure, summertime optimism in the other. When you make that dream a reality in a matter of months—on the other side of a polar vortex or two—you will be greeted on the island with a new public pavilion. The City of Dreams Pavilion will be the fifth consecutive installation to come out of a competition hosted by FIGMENT, the Structural Engineers Association of New York, and the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. While a winning design won’t be announced until next month, FIGMENT & Company have unveiled their five finalists.

View the finalists after the jump.

Obit> Paul Katz: 1957–2014

Architecture, International, Obit
Monday, November 24, 2014
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Paul Katz. (Courtesy KPF)

Paul Katz. (Courtesy KPF)

The Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates website went to a black background this weekend to announce the passing of its dynamic, South African–born president Paul Katz. Katz had a quick penetrating mind but was an open and generous person who “trained and mentored” many young architects at the firm. The Architect’s Newspaper will publish a longer obituary in its next issue.

Eavesdrop> Johnson for Sale: Dallas’ Monumental Beck House has hit the market

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Southwest
Friday, November 21, 2014
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Philip Johnson's Beck House in Dallas. (Courtesy Bodron + Fruit)

Philip Johnson’s Beck House in Dallas. (Courtesy Bodron + Fruit)

Philip Johnson’s only Dallas residential design, The Beck House (1964), has hit the market with a $27.5 million asking price. Current owners Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz—who famously hosted President Barack H. Obama twice within the home’s white walls at fundraising events—recently spent seven years conducting a detailed modernization and renovation of the modernist palace, as well as a re-landscaping of the 6.45-acre park that surrounds it. Dallas firm Bodron + Fruit touched up the architecture, including adding a pavilion beside the new pool, while Massachusetts-based Reed Hilderbrand worked on the grounds.

Minneapolis plans the country’s most climate resilient neighborhood

Minneapolis' 4th Street looking east from a location just east of 29th Ave., in a sketch of climate resilient neighborhood Prospect Park 2020. (Prospect Park 2020)

A collection of grain silos and railroad tracks next to the University of Minnesota‘s Minneapolis campus is set to become a “living laboratory” for climate resilience, according to its designers and allies in city and regional government.

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New renderings and details of SHoP’s supertall Midtown tower

The facade and skyline. (Courtesy SHoP via 6sqft)

The facade and skyline. (Courtesy SHoP & JDS Development Group via 6sqft)

Despite concerns that New York City’s high-end housing bubble is about to burst, the supertall towers that have come to symbolize that upper-echelon of the market keep coming, one after the other. Now, with One57 open, and 432 Park topped off, SHoP’s 111 W. 57th Street—widely seen as the most attractive of the bunch—is preparing to head skyward. As the tower begins its roughly 1,400-foot climb, new renderings and details of the project have surfaced.

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