Archtober Building of the Day #8
National September 11 Memorial Museum
Liberty Street,Â Manhattan
Davis Brody Bond
The space is cavernous. Visitors to theÂ National September 11Â Memorial Museum are confronted, upon arrival, with their own memories, and the collective recall of a day unlike any other.
The 7 member vision42design jury met on October 3 and spent the day looking at nearly 200 digital design proposals to transform New York City’s 42nd Street. They easily decided on a list of ten projects thatÂ they considered the most outstanding. In a more contested second round of discussions, the jury was able to narrow these projects to a short list of three professionalÂ projectsÂ and a student-designed project to move onto the second round of the competition.
Archtober Building of the Day #3
The New School University Center
65 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the five-story academic building topped with student housing on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street aggressively embraces its urban setting wearing a vivid zig zag expression of vertical circulation on its sleeve. The AIA New York Chapter held the most recent FitCity conference in its 800-seat auditorium last May. The site was selected for this annual event that brings public health and design professionals together, partly because stairs are the defining element of the structure.
When the final phase of the High Line opened in September, Mayor de Blasio was not there to celebrateâ€”neither was his Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, reported the New York Times. The mayor was off to Pittsburgh that day and Silver apparently had a scheduling conflict so deputies for both men were sent instead. But if the mayor would have made it to the opening, it would have been his first time on the High Line. Ever.
Archtober Building of the Day #2
250 Bowery, New York, NY
Morris Adjmi Architects and AA Studio
Winner of a 2014 AIA New York Chapter Merit Award, 250 Bowery is the latest insertion into the paradeÂ of Pritzker Prizeâ€“winners on the Bowery. Morris Adjmi Architects Project Architect Mohammed Rajab led our group of enthusiasts and developers from Canadaâ€”yes, friends, you can use Archtober to suss out your competitionâ€”through a private duplex luxury condo currently on the market.
Earlier this week, AN went up to the 67thÂ floor of the recently-opened 4 World Trade Center to get a progress report on the 16-acre redevelopment taking shape below. Inside theÂ wide-open and raw space, Larry Silverstein, the siteâ€™s developer, told reporters that his vision for a new World Trade Center had finally become a reality. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a wild-eyed optimist,â€ he said in front of a wall of windows. â€œBut even I have to admit that I didnâ€™t see all this coming.â€ Noting that it had been 13 years since the attacks, he went on to refer to the anniversary as theÂ siteâ€™s â€œbar mitzvah.â€
Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place,Â New York
Through January 18, 2015
Times Square is one of the most renowned cultural hubs in the entire world. It is commonly heralded as the perfect tourist attraction: full of bright lights at night, giant LED billboard signs, and men in furry costumes of Elmo and the Cookie Monster. Times Square 1984: The Postmodern Moment, currently on view at The Skyscraper Museum, enlightens visitors with the recent history of Times Square and how it became what it is today.
One of Manhattanâ€™s most historic streets could soon become one of its most pedestrian-friendly. That is, if a plan for a revamped Orchard Street from the Lower East Sideâ€™s Business Improvement District (BID)Â isÂ approved by the city. The plan, which was unveiled at a community board meeting last week, calls for curb extensions, bike corals, planters, tree beds, and benches along a six-block stretch of the street. The plan also calls for a pedestrian plaza on adjacent Broome Street.
[ Editor's Note: The following letter was left in the comments section of archpaper.com in response toÂ Alan G. Brakeâ€™s editorial â€œThe Seaport Adriftâ€Â (AN 09_07.23.2014), which argued for more programming at Manhattanâ€™s South Street Seaport, such as housing.Â Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper.Â ANÂ welcomesÂ reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please emailÂ email@example.com.Â ]
How would adding housing help connect the building to its surroundings? The seaport is inherently a destination for most of the people who use it. The pop-up food market was perhaps the best-suited program for the site.
The vision42design competition to rethink and redesign the entire length of New York City’s 42nd Street was launched last April by AN and The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility. Entrants in the competition have the opportunity to not only rethink this important street but transform ManhattanÂ at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide.