All the topÂ names in New York City architecture are vying for a piece of Brooklyn Bridge Park, but whether any of their designs will be realized still remains to be seen. As community groups try to blockÂ Mayor de Blasioâ€™s controversial plans to bring affordable housing to Michael Van Valkenburgh‘sÂ celebrated park, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has unveiled 14 design proposals for two coveted development sites on Pier 6. Those proposals were unveiled just hours before a Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation meeting that was packed with community members voicing their strong opposition to any new development in the park.
After Â nearly a decade of planning, a $2 billion, three-million-square-foot mixed-use development is underway on Washington D.C.â€™s Southwest waterfront. In March, construction started on Phase 1 of The Wharf, a project that is being developed by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and designed by Perkins-Eastman. The new neighborhood will have marinas, green space, entertainment venues, and plenty of retail, residential, and hotel space.
Today, thousands of tourists and New Yorkers make a loop on the Staten Island Ferry between the borough and Manhattan, but as soon as 2016, they will also be able to make a vertical loop on the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, anchoring a new mixed-use project on the North Shore waterfront in St. George. Mayor Bloomberg today unveiled plans for Harbor Commons, which includes 350,000 square feet of retail space for 100 outlet mall stores, a 200-room, 120,000 square foot hotel, and a massive green-roofed parking structure, but all eyes were on the project’s neighbor;Â the 625-foot-tall New York Wheel will offer stunning views of New York City and its Harbor to an estimated 4.5 million people per year.
D.B. Kim hasÂ joinedÂ Daroff Design as a principal andÂ will lead the firm’s luxury hotel and resort practice. Kim was previously atÂ Pierre-Yves Rochon and prior to that at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Design Trust for Public Space‘s executive directorÂ Susan Chin wasÂ elected Vice President of the 2013-2014 AIA National Board at the recent national convention in Washington, D.C.
Cecilia Alemani has been named the new curator and director of the High Line Art Program.Â Previously, Alemani had worked as an independent curator and writer, and is currently a guest curator for the upcoming Performa 11.
Lucinda Sanders has been named the 2012 President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.Â Her tenure will begin on October 30, 2011 at the American Society of Landscape Architectsâ€™ (ASLA) annual meeting.Â Sanders is the CEO and a partner at OLIN.
The Washington, DC office of Perkins Eastman has announced that J. Scott Kilbourn will join as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer. Â Kilbourn has more than 28 years of design and planning experience. Â Most recently, he was Vice President at RTKL where he worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and DC.
Suanne Bassett, principal ofÂ Subaâ€”Connecting through Architecture and Interior Design, is re-launching her firm.Â Bassett, who is licensed in California and New York, returns to her own practice after several years of collaborating with local San Francisco Bay Area firms.
Corey Martin has been named principal at Portland firm THA Architecture. Â Previously, Martin worked at Richard Potestio and Allied Works before co-founding Portland-based PATH Architecture with partner Ben Kaiser in 2005.
Perkins+Will has announced that Wayne Perlenfein has joined the firm as prinicipal and will focus on federal government in the Washington DC office.Â Previously, Perlenfein ran his own firm of Rogers, Perlenfein & Associates and was also the jurisdiction executive and senior program manager for planning, design and construction for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC.
The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) in New York City has announced its 2012 class of fellows. The program spans four weeks and includes instruction by Columbia Business School faculty, a six-month mentorship, a week-long museum residency, and long-term team-based project.
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WXY appointedÂ Adam Lubinsky as principal. Lubinsky received a Ph.D. in Planning and Urban Design from the University College London, where he also has been teaching.
Ben Bischoff is taking over operations atÂ MADE as the sole principal of the company. Bischoff co-founded MADE with Oliver Freundlich and Brian Papa, who are both departing to “pursue individual interests.”
Ray Huff has been named director of the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston. Huff was the founding director of the Charleston program when it was initiated in 1987 and has served as an instructor there for much of the time since.
J. Scott KibournÂ has been appointed Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Perkins Eastman‘s international operations.
CENTRIA Metal Architectural Systems has named Tom White Design and Development leader. White was previously Corporate Director for Business Development at the architectural firm Burt Hill.
HR&A is opening an office in Washington, D.C. andÂ welcoming back Lionel Lynch as the principal leading the effort.
SmithGroup has tapped Paul Johnson, FAIA, who has been with the firm since 1986, to lead the firmâ€™s Building Technology Studio in Detroit.
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After a protracted land use review with vitriolic community meetings that disquietedÂ even battle-hardened presenters, the Landmarks Preservation Commission finally approved plans by the Rudin development family and North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical to renovate the St. Vincentâ€™s Oâ€™Toole building in Manhattan’s West Village. As of Tuesday, the former Maritime Union headquarters is set to become a comprehensive health care facility with emergency services.
Presenting to the community board has got be one of the toughest parts of an architect’s job. The mood in the room at last night’s CB2 meeting for St. Vincent’s Campus Redevelopment Project was cantankerous at best. The public scoping meeting, one of the first steps in the review process, gave an overview of the building massing on the site and delved into environmental impacts. Time for community input was scheduled to follow the developers’ presentations, but that didn’t stop the crowd from shouting down Perkins Eastman’s Frank Gunther and FX Fowle’s Dan Kaplan. As Kaplan worked his way through his presentation he was interrupted with shouts of “Soulless architecture for soulless people.” They were no kinder to Gunther, who discussed several details of the O’Toole renovations, including the removal of the ceramic tiles. Â Gunther said the tiles were not original to the building’s facade, which was concrete.
Perkins Eastman confirmed today that the global practice is merging with Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn and the firms will be consolidating their offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and China.Â When the merger is complete, the new firm – yet to be named – will have a total of nearly 600 employees, 500 from Perkins Eastman and 85 from EE&K.Â Steven Yates with Perkins Eastman says no major layoffs have taken place in the past nine months and the company is not planning any layoffs as part of the merger.
Perkins Eastman is the designer behind Times Square’s glowing red stairs and a mega-project in Queens while EE&K has been busy master planning Cleveland’s waterfront.Â Anyone care to take a guess at the new firm’s name?