Exclusive Video> Paddle along with Jeanne Gang as she kayaks the Chicago River

Paddling along the North Branch. (The Architect's Newspaper)

Paddling along the North Branch. (The Architect’s Newspaper)

If you start at Studio Gang’s acclaimed Aqua Tower and follow the Chicago River about six miles north you will find yourself at another eye-catching building by the increasingly in-demand firm. The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, completed in 2013, sits along the very polluted north branch of the river and has a dramatic profile inspired by the rhythm of rowers’ oars. (The building is named for the gaming technology company that contributed to the project and has offices directly across the river.)

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M. Paul Friedberg & Partners-designed park opens in New York City’s Greenwich Village

(Courtesy Jackie Hlavenka/Rubenstein Associates)

(Courtesy Jackie Hlavenka/Rubenstein Associates)

On Friday, the gates opened at a long-awaited, $10 million park in Greenwich Village. The 16,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped space was designed by Rick Parisi of M. Paul Friedberg & Partners and features hexagonal pavers, benches, colorful water jets, an array of tree and flower species, and an amorphous lawn at its center.

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These five finalists are vying to design a memorial for World War I in Washington, D.C.

"Plaza to the Forgotten War." (Courtesy Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, and Andrew Cesarz from Johnsen Schmaling Architects)

“Plaza to the Forgotten War.” (Courtesy Brian Johnsen, Sebastian Schmaling, and Andrew Cesarz from Johnsen Schmaling Architects)

Five finalists have been named in the competition to design a new World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission received more than 350 proposals for the memorial, which will rise on Pershing Park near the White House. The park is named for John J. Pershing who led the American Expeditionary Force during the war.

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Multibillion dollar plan unveiled to redevelop parts of Asbury Park, New Jersey

1101 Ocean. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

1101 Ocean. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

A team of architects will transform a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park in New Jersey as part of a massive mixed-use redevelopment plan recently unveiled by iStar. The multibillion-dollar scheme includes 20 individual projects (primarily a mix of residential buildings and hotels) as well as infrastructure upgrades, and “beach-themed landscaping.”

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Bjarke Ingels wants you to help fund the world’s first smoke ring generator

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

As if the ski slope Bjarke Ingels placed on top of his new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen wouldn’t already make it the most interesting power plant in the world, the Danish architect wants the building’s smokestack to puff smoke rings of carbon dioxide. Each ring will represent one ton of CO2 burned at the plant, which is being billed as the cleanest power plant on earth.

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DDG brings dramatic mountain terrain to its Tribeca condo conversion

DDG's 12 Warren Street. (Courtesy MARCH)

DDG’s 12 Warren Street. (Courtesy MARCH)

DDG, the architecture and development shop in New York City, is known for using natural materials and dressing its buildings with greenery. This has been the case at a slew of its high-end residential projects around the city, such as 41 Bond or 345 Meatpacking. The firm’s latest residential building at 12 Warren Street in Tribeca continues in that tradition—and then some.

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Exclusive Video> Inside the Empire Stores mid-transformation in Dumbo

Empire Stores.

Empire Stores.

As Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most desirable and upscale neighborhoods, the hulking Empire Stores complex has been a persistent reminder of the neighborhood’s industrial past—before the boutiques, multimillion-dollar apartments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex—a series of seven buildings—dates back to the 19th century and was originally used to store dry goods, primarily coffee. For decades, it has been positioned in Dumbo like an impenetrable fortress—a barrier between the cobblestone streets and the landscaped waterfront. But that’s about to change.

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UPDATED: Snøhetta and W Architecture does the impossible: It makes the Penn Station area bearable

[Update: While Snøhetta is drawing up the master plan for the area around Penn Station, Brooklyn-based W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working with Production Glue, designed the new Plaza33.]

Turning the truly miserable blocks around New York City’s Penn Station into a pleasant and calming retreat would appear to be an impossible undertaking. But Vornado Realty Trust—the primary property owner around the station—believes it can do it with the help of some experienced, Norwegian architects. Enter: Snøhetta.

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This giant ball pit in New York City is all about “the transformative power of play”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Monday, August 10, 2015
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The BEACH at the National Building Museum. (NOAH KALINA)

The BEACH at the National Building Museum. (NOAH KALINA)

By now you’ve surely seen a friend or relative’s selfie from the massive ball pit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The installation, dubbed The BEACH, was designed by Snarkitecture and includes nearly one-million all-white, translucent, recyclable plastic balls. It’s like a McDonald’s ball pit, but artsier and probably a little bit cleaner.

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57th Street comes to Downtown Brooklyn with a possible 1,000-foot tower

Development, East, Skyscrapers
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by  City Realty.

A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by City Realty.

Downtown Brooklyn‘s ever-growing, not-all-that-inspiring, skyline could soon see a 57th Street–style addition. That’s right, Brooklyn might be getting its first supertall tower. It was only a matter of time, really.

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This million dollar sculptural Ferris wheel at a Montreal bus stop is stirring questions about cost

(City of Montreal)

(City of Montreal)

A new bus stop in Montreal will include a 64-foot-tall, Ferris Wheel–shaped art installation that cost the city a cool $840,000. For blatantly obvious reasons, many Quebecois aren’t thrilled about that—in no small part because the expensive art project is in a part of Montreal that is struggling to combat poverty.

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Students at RISD imagine how a climate change museum in New York City could reclaim a vulnerable site

(Courtesy Erin Graham, RISD)

(Courtesy Erin Graham, RISD)

James Hansen, one of the world’s preeminent climate scientists, has issued an alarming new paper about the impacts of climate change—and the findings are way worse than what anyone expected. According to Hansen and the team of 16 scientists he worked with, sea levels could rise up to 10 feet over the next 50 years. “Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating,” conclude the scientists. “It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.”

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