Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1 in the Newly Renovated Renwick Gallery

Art, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
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Gabriel Dawe's Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus A1. (Courtesy Conduit Gallery, Ron Blunt)

Until July 2016, Plexus A1, an art installation comprising of nearly 60 miles of handwoven threads by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe, will be exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery. Dawe’s installation consists of 15 hues to mimic the full spectrum of visible light.

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On View> 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale

Architecture, East, On View
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Art and Architecture building 4th and 5th floor studios, 1963. (Courtesy Yale School of Architecture.)

Yale Art and Architecture building 4th and 5th floor studios, 1963. (Courtesy Yale School of Architecture)

Any fan of architecture is familiar with the rich history of the Yale School of Architecture (YSoA). If they aren’t they are likely familiar with some of the projects that have resulted from the school’s influential concrete halls. From Paul Rudolph’s heroic brutalism to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown‘s “Learning From” series—and the productive friction between the two—the school has had an impact on much of the history of 20th and 21st century century architecture.

A new exhibition, “Pedagogy and Place,” organized by YSoA dean Robert A.M. Stern and curator (and AN contributor) Jimmy Stamp with Alfie Koetter, presents a range of student work that tracks the history of Yale architecture, and in parallel, the history of American architecture alongside political change in the U.S.

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Behold the “candy desk,” a secret stash of treats in the U.S. Senate

East, News, Other
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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For those in attendance, the State of the Union can be exhausting. Standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping politely for hours saps the energy of even the most ardent politicians. If viewers at home see senators sneaking out of the House during tonight’s speech, don’t worry: those elected officials are probably headed for the Senate’s “Candy Desk.” Read More

TEN Arquitectos’ mixed-use downtown Brooklyn building tops out

Architecture, East, News
Monday, January 11, 2016
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(Courtesy Ten Arquitectos)

(Courtesy Ten Arquitectos)

TEN Arquitectos286 Ashland Place, a 384-unit, 32-story mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn, has topped out. The building’s 45,148 square feet of community space will host 651 ARTS, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Brooklyn Public Library.

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James Corner Field Operations will design the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square (Field Operations)

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square
(Field Operations)

Following in the stead of Snarkitecture and Bjarke Ingels, New York’s James Corner Field Operations will create the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation.

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Governor Cuomo unveils ambitious plans to overhaul New York’s Penn Station

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Friday, January 8, 2016
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(Courtesy NYS Governor's Office)

Aerial view of the Empire State Complex (Courtesy NYS Governor’s Office)

The lead-up to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s State of the State address feels like a government-backed encore of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Instead of lords a-leaping and swans a-swimming, Cuomo brings infrastructure upgrades a-plenty in his 2016 Agenda.

The governor promised funds to the Gateway and East Side Access tunnels, the Javits Center, new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, the MTA (wi-fi a-comin’!), and an airport on Long Island. Arguably the biggest proposal is the Empire State Complex, a $3 billion redevelopment of New York City’s Penn Station and its surroundings.

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BIG Game: Does Bjarke Ingels really like M&Ms or is he designing the Redskins’ new stadium?

Development, East, Eavesdroplet
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

A suspicious Instagram post and confirmation by Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) head of communications that the firm is designing an NFL stadium have everyone wondering if Ingels will be designing for the Washington Redskins.

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With the go-ahead from City Planning, this office building may close the book on the transformation of Williamsburg’s waterfront

Architecture, Development, East, News
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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25 Kent (Courtesy Heritage Equity Partners)

25 Kent. (Courtesy Heritage Equity Partners)

Office space is in short supply in Brooklyn. A 2004 rezoning of downtown Brooklyn was intended to facilitate the development of 4.5 million square feet of Class A office space. Since then, the local development corporation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership estimates that only 250,000 square feet of office space has been built.

The space crunch also spreads north, to Williamsburg. This week, the Department of City Planning is expected to approve developer Toby Moskovits’ (of Heritage Equity Partners) application to alter manufacturing-only zoning for a nine-story, 480,000-square-foot office building at 25 Kent Avenue.

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Architects take cues from industrial landscape painting to transform Raleigh’s Warehouse District

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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(Courtesy Duda Pane Architects)

(Courtesy Duda Pane Architects)

Raleigh, North Carolina’s diminutive Warehouse District is getting a big newcomer. Durham, North Carolina–based Duda Paine Architects has released renderings for a 17-story, mixed-use development on the current site of a three story warehouse.

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This recycling artist gives dead trees new life in the most popular borough for dead New Yorkers

Art, East, On View, Urbanism
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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#suspendedforest (banana999 / Instagram)

#suspendedforest (banana999 / Instagram)

The holidays are here when the Coniferous Tree Exception kicks in. This New York City ordinance allows dead pine trees to be sold on city sidewalks in the weeks leading up to Christmas. One true marker of the season’s end is the Christmas trees that line those same sidewalks in January, awaiting DSNY pickup.

In years past, one artist has revivified these trees, albeit illegally, creating semi-real pine forests from discarded trees in marginal urban spaces. This year, the trees will have a second chance at life in the most popular place for dead New Yorkers: Queens.

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ODA brings mallcore to Brooklyn with this stacked mixed-use development

(Courtesy ODA)

(Courtesy ODA)

Master box-stacking architecture firm ODA has unveiled its latest addition to the Brooklyn cityscape: an eight story, mixed-used development at 71 White Street in East Williamsburg. Read More

Post-Office Architectes puts its stamp on Tribeca with a luxury takeover on Church Street

Architecture, Development, East, News
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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30 Warren Street (Courtesy M-Prime)

30 Warren (Courtesy M-Prime)

Block by block, the line of demarcation between “prime Tribeca” and Tribeca is slowly creeping south. New York– and Paris-based Post-Office Architectes recently unveiled a 12 story, 23 unit luxury residential building at 30 Warren Street. Read More

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