Renovations underway to help MASS MoCA become the nation’s largest contemporary art museum

Architecture, Art, East, Interiors, Other
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Interior of MASS MoCA's Building 6. (Courtesy Bruner/Cott)

Interior of MASS MoCA’s Building 6. (Courtesy Bruner/Cott)

MASS MoCA’s rambling campus in the former factory town of North Adams, Massachusetts, has been 25 years in the making, and is now entering its third phase of development, starting with the rehabilitation of Building Six, a 120,000-square-foot space that’s able to be flexibly programmed to create “Museums within the Museum.”

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London’s mayor wants to move major streets underground to make a pedestrian-friendly city

Current image of A408 Southgate  in London (Courtesy TfL)TfL-FlyUnders - A406 Southgate

In recent years, the proliferation of parks, pedestrian plazas, greenways, and bike share programs in cities around the world have signaled an important change in the culture of city-dwellers, one that values walkability, integrated and congestion-free neighborhoods, open space, and environmental health. The major thoroughfares, however, that slice through metropolises are not always conducive with this desired urban experience, and take up space that could otherwise be used for housing, office and commercial uses, and parkland. That’s why London Mayor Boris Johnson is proposing to relocate portions of key road networks underground. And where better to make this announcement than in and around Boston’s infamous “Big Dig” project?

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Save the date! Here’s your first sneak peek of NYCxDESIGN 2015

Design, East, News
Friday, February 6, 2015
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WantedDesign Brooklyn will take place in Industry City, in Sunset Park.  (Courtesy NYCxDESIGN)

WantedDesign Brooklyn will take place in Industry City, in Sunset Park. (Courtesy NYCxDESIGN)

We might be in the thick of winter, but planning is already underway for the third annual NYCxDESIGN coming up in the Spring. On Thursday morning, organizers—NYC & Company and the NYC Economic Development Corporation—invited members of the design community, fittingly, to the newly opened and revamped Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to kick off the week-long, citywide design festivities taking place May 8–19.

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Libeskind’s New Angular Congres Centre Opens to the Public

Courtesy CCM/Georges De Kinder

(Courtesy CCM/Georges De Kinder)

Daniel Libeskind’s recently completed Congres Centre, in Mons, Belgium, has opened its doors just in time to kick off the city’s year of festivities as the 2015 European Capital of Culture. The new convention center bears the architect’s signature jagged style, featuring two sharp protruding and overlapping volumes, and is designed “as a new architectural landmark for Mons” and “connector between the old and the new,” explained Studio Libeskind in a statement.

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Could New York learn from these temporary affordable prefab homes in the Netherlands?

Courtesy Heijmans ONE

(Courtesy Heijmans ONE)

Affordable housing has been a critical part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda since taking office, promising to create or preserve 200,000 affordable units over the next decade. At a press conference last week, the mayor announced that his administration has made headway toward achieving this ambitious goal, financing over 17,300 affordable homes in the last year (whether his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, should have received some credit for this accomplishment has spurred debate).

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Four towers by SHoP, Dattner, Handel, and Beyer Blinder Belle to break ground at Essex Crossing

Site 2 by Handel Architects includes rental housing, Essex Street Market, Regal Cinema, rooftop urban farm, and retail. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

Site 2 by Handel Architects includes rental housing, Essex Street Market, Regal Cinema, rooftop urban farm, and retail. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

Essex Crossing has been over four decades in the making, and now the plan to turn the six-acre swath of land in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), is gaining traction. The development team, Delancey Street Associations, along with the four participating architecture firms—Handel Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Dattner Architects, and SHoP Architects—just revealed the latest renderings for the project’s first phase.

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Louis Armstrong House Museum’s new center by Caples Jefferson ready to break ground in Queens

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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Louis Armstrong House Museum (Courtesy Caples Jefferson Architects)

Louis Armstrong House Museum (Courtesy Caples Jefferson Architects)

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Corona, Queens, has received the green light from the city to start construction on its long awaited expansion plans. Located across the street from the renowned jazz trumpeter and singer’s restored home, the new $20 million addition, designed by Long Island City-based firm Caples Jefferson, will house exhibition space, designated research areas, and a “Jazz Room” for musicians.

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Zaha Hadid’s first Brazilian project ups the level of luxury on Rio’s beachfront

Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid will lend her futuristic style to the strip along the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, with an 11-story luxury condo building, dubbed Casa Atlântica—the first project in Brazil for the London-based architect. Newly released renderings show a soaring, spine-shaped facade reaching up to roughly 136 feet, abutting two other high-rises.

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This glowing, beating heart designed in Brooklyn will be in Time Square for Valentine’s Day

Art, Design, East, Newsletter, Unveiled
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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HEARTBEAT by Stereotank (courtesy Stereotank)

HEARTBEAT by Stereotank (courtesy Stereotank)

A big, red fluttering heart will be aglow in Times Square this coming Valentine’s Day. Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm, Stereotank, has been named the winner of the 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design for its HEARTBEAT sculpture. The firm was invited, among others, to conceive a proposal for a Valentine’s Day–inspired installation, located among the many glimmering lights of the Great White Way. The Times Square Alliance, in partnership with the Architectural League of New York, selected the winning proposal, which will open on February 9th.

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Residential Buildings to Move into Two of Brooklyn’s Landmarked Theaters

Architecture, Development, East, News
Friday, December 12, 2014
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Rendering of new residential complex and Pavilion Theater (Courtesy Architecture Outfit)

Rendering of new residential complex and Pavilion Theater (Courtesy Architecture Outfit)

With the great big residential boom in Brooklyn, the typical housing stock (brownstones, apartment complexes, and the like) has grown scarce steering developers to set their sights on the properties most readily available and ripe for conversion: churches, schools, banks, hospitals, libraries, and even municipal buildings (who needs amenities or services, anyway?!).

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Moshe Safdie gets AIA Gold and Ehrlich takes home the Firm Award

Architecture, Awards, International, News
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Yad Vahsem Holocaust History Museum (Courtesy Timothy Hursley)

Yad Vahsem Holocaust History Museum (Courtesy Timothy Hursley)

The American Institutes of Architects has bestowed its most prestigious accolade, the 2015 AIA Gold Medal, to Israeli-born, Canadian-American architect Moshe Safdie. His influential projects—such as The Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, the Salt Lake City Library, and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore—have spanned the globe and demonstrated a muscular, yet sensitive style that, embedded with social responsibility, prioritizes the community experience with special attention to the context of a given place and to the public realm.

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The color experts agree: 2015 is coming up roses

Interiors, News
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Marsala (Courtesy Pantone)

Marsala (Courtesy Pantone)

According to the trend-setting powers at Pantone and Sherwin Williams, we’ll be looking at the world through rose(ish)-colored glasses in 2015. To combat the cold, dreary winter months—goodbye Seasonal Anxiety Disorder!—two new colors belonging to the warm and vibrant palette of pinks, reds, and oranges are expected to saturate 2015. So what’s next year’s official color of the year?

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