Bringing Street Art Back Downtown: Check out these enormous murals this weekend from New York City’s LoMan Fest

Art, East, On View
Friday, August 7, 2015
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Mural by Tristan Eaton (Courtesy LoMan Festival)

Even as Lower Manhattan has become increasingly filled with luxury condos and scrubbed of its grit, it has retained the legacy and image as a cultural hub. Though many artists who once thrived in downtown have left due to skyrocketing rents and a shrinking stock of available studio and living space, the desire to keep the arts alive there has not withered for some devoted New Yorkers.

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Can the latest plan to salvage LaGuardia take flight? New York Governor Cuomo unveils ambitious $4 billion airport redesign scheme

(Courtesy Office of the Governor)

(Courtesy Office of the Governor)

For New Yorkers and visitors alike, LaGuardia Airport is a confusing maze of disconnected terminals. Beset with delays, chaotic transfers, poorly designed wayfinding, and congestion for both passengers and planes, the airport was recently, not undeservingly, characterized by Vice President Biden as feeling like a “third-world country.” Now the facility is slated to get a much-needed, and long overdue redesign. Governor Cuomo presented a far-reaching plan to overhaul the tired facility, which would cost roughly $4 billion, and be completed over a 5-year period.

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Getty Foundation Announces its 2015 Keeping it Modern Grant Recipients

Saint John’s Abbey and University Church, Marcel Breuer, 1961, Collegeville, Minnesota. (Courtesy Fr. Geoffrey Fecht, OSB)

Saint John’s Abbey and University Church, Marcel Breuer, 1961, Collegeville, Minnesota. (Courtesy Fr. Geoffrey Fecht, OSB)

Funding shortages, insufficient knowledge of materials and technology, and conflicting interests are often the hurdles that preservationists face in the fight to save 20th century modernist landmarks. In recent years we’ve lost Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago and Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg to demolition, and soon Paul Rudolph’s Government Center in Goshen will likely meet the same sad fate. The Getty Foundation, however, is taking steps to protect other significant buildings of this period through its second annual Keeping it Modern grant initiative, totaling $1.75 million.

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LG ELectronics Revises Design to Preserve Historic Palisades Views

Redesigned LG Electronics Headquarters. Courtesy HOK

Redesigned LG Electronics Headquarters. Courtesy HOK

three-year battle to protect the pristine Palisades cliffs from the development of a towering headquarters for LG Electronics USA in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, has at last been resolved, in favor of conservation groups. LG has agreed to revise its initial HOK-designed proposal and reduce the building’s height by a little more than half, from 143 feet to 69 feet, thus preserving the unspoiled vistas of the historic park from both sides of the Hudson River.

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A Plant-Infused Health Center to Crop Up in Leeds

The newest Maggie Center to be designed by Heatherwick Studio on the campus of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

The newest Maggie Center to be designed by Heatherwick Studio on the campus of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

Hospitals can often be bleak settings, awash in florescent lighting and beige hues that do little to bolster the mission of healing and recovery. However, Maggie’s Centre— an organization that provides free support and services for people living with cancer and their families—has made great strides in elevating the healthcare environment (and experience) through design, making it an uplifting, welcoming, and aesthetically-pleasing place to heal. This has been accomplished by tapping some of the most well-known talent in the field—Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Snohetta, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers—to design centers at NHS cancer hospitals, which boasts 18 facilities and several more in the process of being built. Now Heatherwick Studio is on board with a garden-inspired center on the campus of St. James’s Institute of Oncology, one of the largest cancer hospitals in Europe.

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Richard Rogers Calls on the Architecture Community to Save the Robin Hood Gardens

International, Other
Friday, June 19, 2015
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Courtesy Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Courtesy Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The clock is ticking yet again for East London’s Robin Hood Gardens, the 1972 Brutalist public housing complex designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. In a call to arms, Lord Richard Rogers and Simon Smithson, the son of the architects, have written a letter to over 300 members of the architecture and construction industries in support of the 20th Century Society’s campaign to protect the iconic “streets in the sky” buildings from being demolished.

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Hot Tub Design Machine: New York’s Van Alen Institute launches its annual auction of out-of-the-box architectural experiences

Architecture, East
Monday, May 11, 2015
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Bid on an architecture roundtable at Charles Renfro's Fire Island's hot tub. (Courtesy Van Alen Institute)

Bid on an architecture roundtable at Charles Renfro’s Fire Island’s hot tub. (Courtesy Van Alen Institute)

If you have ever longed to explore nature with your favorite architect or discuss the built environment in your bikini, now you’ll have the chance. Well, for a few bucks, but in the good name of architecture. The Van Alen Institute has launched its online auction of Art + Design Experiences to coincide with its Spring Party, going down this Wednesday in Lower Manhattan.

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Former director of AIANY Rick Bell to join New York City’s Department of Design & Construction

Rick Bell on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Zoë Seibel)

Rick Bell on the Brooklyn Bridge. (Zoë Seibel)

After his sudden departure from his post as executive director of the AIA New York and the Center for Architecture in late March, Rick Bell is joining the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), according to a recent report by Crains.

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Brooklyn’s Art Deco Pavilion Theater to become luxury housing designed by Morris Adjmi

Original Sanders Theatre (Courtesy Brooklynpix.com)

Original Sanders Theatre (Courtesy Brooklynpix.com)

Speculation about the future of Park Slope’s local cinema, the Pavilion Theater, is finally giving way to more concrete plans. The Real Deal reported that Hidrock Realty, who bought the Prospect Park West property in 2006 for $16 million, will likely overhaul the neighborhood movie theater and turn it into 24 residential units including 8,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer also owns the adjacent vacant lot.

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Creative Time’s Cara Starke named next director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Art, Midwest, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Cara Starke. (Courtesy  Elisabeth Smolarz)

Cara Starke. (Courtesy Elisabeth Smolarz)

Founder and Chair of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, announced today that Cara Starke, the director of exhibitions at Creative Time, will step into the role of director at the St. Louis–based cultural institution, beginning this July. During her years at Creative Time, Starke spearheaded some of the organization’s more elaborate, large-scale projects and exhibitions, including this past summer’s popular installation, A Subtletyby artist Kara Walker.

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Columbia’s Scott Marble named new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech's School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Georgia Tech announced this week that Scott Marble, adjunct associate professor of architecture at Columbia University and founding partner of Marble Fairbanks, will take the helm as the new chair of the university’s School of Architecture starting July 1.

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Giant Escalator Soon to Improve the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Famed Rocky Stairs

East, Other
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Famous Rocky Stairs (Courtesy F. Aprile for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

A new quick ascent for famous Rocky stairs (Courtesy F. Aprile for VISIT PHILADELPHIA)

The infamous “Rocky” steps leading up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will soon be revamped with a new 72-foot escalator beginning in spring 2016. The climb to the museum, which was most notably featured in the iconic movie scene with Sly Stallone, is being transformed to enhance accessibility in time for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next July. And more importantly, this overhaul will be completed in preparation for the next Rocky sequel, ensuring that the action hero, at the ripe age of 68, with his creaky knees, can gracefully scale the stairs once again.

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