Study shows that Washington, D.C.’s bike-share program is reducing traffic congestion

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Friday, September 4, 2015
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Introduced in London by mayor Boris Johnson, 'Boris Bikes' have been a hit. ( Chris Sampson / Flickr )

Introduced in London by mayor Boris Johnson, ‘Boris Bikes’ have been a hit. (Chris Sampson / Flickr )

Research by Casey J. Wichman for the think tank Resources for the Future (RFF) has found a causal relationship between bike sharing programs and traffic congestion in Washington, D.C.

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Construction is about to begin on the New York Wheel, the Western Hemisphere’s largest Ferris wheel

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. Courtesy New York Wheel

The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

Architecture firm S9, a division of Perkins Eastman, is moving ahead with plans for the New York Wheel, what will soon take shape as an enormous Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.

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Developer Andrew Frey on aesthetics versus urbanism in Miami’s building codes

2020 Salzedo rental homes in Coral Gables. (Courtesy Andrew Frey / Codina)

2020 Salzedo rental homes in Coral Gables. (Courtesy Andrew Frey / Codina)

When it comes to navigating Miami’s zoning codes, Tecela principal Andrew Frey brings an experience-based advantage to the table. Before transitioning to the business side of development in early 2011, he spent six years as a zoning lawyer. “I always wanted to be a developer, and I learned a lot from my developer clients,” recalled Frey.

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New York City is getting serious about future superstorms with $100 million to fund floodwater mitigation

"BIG U" PROPOSED PATH AROUND LOWER MANHATTAN (COURTESY BIG)

“BIG U” PROPOSED PATH AROUND LOWER MANHATTAN (COURTESY BIG)

On August 27th, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Office of Resilience & Recovery announced plans to spend $100 million to fortify lower Manhattan against future superstorms. The latest proposal calls for green spaces, levees, and floodwalls to protect the area from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street, and around the northern tip of Battery Park City.

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Remember the Battery Park City wheatfield? Conceptual artist is back with a horticultural pyramid in Queens

(Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

The Living Pyramid. (Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

 

[Editor’s Note: Socrates Sculpture Park on the Queens waterfront installed The Living Pyramid, a public sculpture by Agnes Denes in May, when this article was originally published. They have just announced that they will extend the life of the sculpture through the end of October. The work is Denes’ first since her iconic Wheatfield – A Confrontation in 1982, sited on a waterfront landfill in what is now Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Do not miss this chance to see this important artwork before it comes down next month.]

Monuments of pre-civilization feats in construction and engineering, pyramids are the latest muse of conceptual artist Agnes Denes who, in 1982, transformed what is now Battery Park City into a two-acre wheatfield.

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As starchitect-designed condos pop-up along the High Line, Chelsea’s art galleries look for a new home

Architecture, Art, Development, East
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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September 2014, Chelsea, New York. (Courtesy John Gillespie)

September 2014, Chelsea, New York. (John Gillespie / Flickr)

As rents go up in a city succumbing to gentrification, the few remaining art galleries in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood have either left or are looking set to leave.

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Pittsburgh in the making: Carnegie Museum of Art examines the building blocks of a progressive city

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951 (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

In the 1950s, Pittsburgh was the American poster child for a progressive city. Forward-thinking gentrification projects such as the Gateway Center, a five-building office complex, and Allegheny Center, the former hub of downtown Allegheny City, were part of a transformative frenzy of high-rise constructions during the postwar period.

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Pittsburgh Penguins hire Bjarke Ingels for new residential housing development

Architecture, Development, East, News
Monday, August 31, 2015
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(Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

(Civic Arena, the Penguins home from 1967-2010. Image Courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins, via their residential developer are set for, in the words of Bjarke Ingels, a “promiscuous hybrid” form of residential housing aimed at bridging the Uptown and Downtown areas of Hill District. The development will occupy a 28-acre plot of land around the former home of the Penguins the Civic Arena.

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The Facades+ conference digs into Miami architecture this September

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

Facades+, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes, stands out as an exception to the rule of generic meet-and-greets.

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KVA Brings Digital Brick to Harvard

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As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

Old and new technologies combine in renovated anthropology building.

Tasked with transforming Harvard‘s 1971 Tozzer Library into a new home for the university’s Anthropology Department, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) faced a unique set of challenges. Read More

New York City Mayor De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan working on plan for affordable housing on church properties

Development, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York.

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SO-IL’s design for this ambitious art gallery in Brooklyn responds to the neighborhood’s industrial past

Architecture, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy SO-IL)

Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO-IL is adding to its portfolio of art galleries. Slated to open in 2017, Artes Amant will house 14,250 square feet of exhibition, storage, and studio spaces behind its confident concrete facade.

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