Review> AN’s William Menking looks back on Miami design week 2015

Art, Design, East, Review
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Gianni Colombo's Spazio Elastico cycle.

Gianni Colombo’s Spazio Elastico cycle.

Large fairs like Art Basel/Miami always include a few galleries selling works by master architects as well as younger artists whose concerns cross into architectural, urban, and spatial territories. The just-concluded 2015 Miami fair didn’t have a great deal of architectural work this year but enough to keep architects pushing through its seemingly endless hallways of gallery stalls.

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Ford Foundation announces renovation of its Kevin Roche–designed headquarters in New York

Architecture, East, Newsletter, Preservation
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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The Ford Foundation (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation. (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation announced today that Gensler will lead a $190 million renovation of its Manhattan headquarters in East Midtown. The renovation will bring the building up to code while preserving the 1967 modernist design by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo.

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Meet The Green Line: How Perkins Eastman would remake Broadway through Manhattan into a 40-block linear park

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

By now, the “Bilbao Effect” is metonymy for a culture-led revitalization of a postindustrial city driven by a single institution housed in a starchitect-designed complex. The wild success of Manhattan’s High Line generates regional seismic effects—the Lowline, the QueensWay, and the Lowline: Bronx Edition all cite the high queen of linear parks as their inspiration. Upping the ante, Perkins Eastman unfurls the Green Line, a plan to convert one of New York’s busiest streets into a park.

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100 Fountains will revive New York City’s esteemed public drinking culture

City Terrain, Design, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Though New York has the some of the cleanest municipal tap water, New Yorkers now consume 1.25 billion bottles of water annually. A contributing factor to the rise in bottled water consumption is the decline in the number of public drinking fountains. New York–based Pilot Projects would like to revive the grand tradition of public bubblers through a novel design/build competition.

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Designer envisions a Miami Beach that embraces the rising sea

#beachlife at this year's Design Miami/Art Basel (Courtesy joeldanielsz / Instagram)

#beachlife at this year’s Design Miami/Art Basel (Courtesy joeldanielsz / Instagram)

This year’s Art Basel/Design Miami was a wash. The tallest stilettos could not save feet from floodwaters that inundated streets and forced partygoers under small tents. Even when it’s not raining, water bubbles up through stormwater grates and sewers, a result of the city’s porous limestone bedrock.

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Eavesdrop> Luxury Leather Daddy Lawsuit: Peter Marino in court after allegations of sexism, racism

East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Luxury New York architect Peter Marino is allegedly being sued for making racist and sexist comments. Deirdre O’Brien, Marino’s former office manager, worked at his eponymous firm for 14 years. On October 26, Marino allegedly “’unleashed a tirade’ against her in front of male executives… He ordered her out, calling her a ‘c–t’ as her back was turned” reported the Post‘s Page 6.

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Cool & Unusual: The story behind Mark Foster Gage’s unique tower proposal for Billionaire’s Row

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

With a theoretical site on Mahattan’s 57th Street—the so-called Billionaires’ Row—New York–based Mark Foster Gage Architects (MFGA) was recently asked, “What is the next generation of luxury?”

The firm’s answer? To bring “higher resolution” to those projects by working at a range of textural scales, and his proposed theoretical tower has been making waves in design conversation around the city.

For instance, from far away, the building reads as a figure in the skyline, but up close, there is another level of detail that is not legible from far away. Even closer, the ornament has another level of “resolution” that makes it more visually interesting.

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Thomas Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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The existing David Geffen Hall. (Courtesy Lincoln Center)

The existing David Geffen Hall. (Courtesy Lincoln Center)

Good news Lincoln Center fans! Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects will lead the renovation and reimagination of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall. The team was announced as the selection today by Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic.

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New York City’s building trades unions rally at City Hall for higher wages, better working conditions

East, News
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Today, members of New York’s building trades unions marched on City Hall for wages that correspond to the rising cost of living, safer working conditions, more diversity, and strong unions to advocate on behalf of all workers. Middle Class Strong, a grassroots coalition administered through the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, organized the march and rally. Read More

Eavesdrop> The BIG in Big Apple: Rumors say Bjarke Ingels planning several more New York City towers

King King atop Two World Trade Center (Renderings courtesy DBox / BIG, montage by AN)

King King atop Two World Trade Center (Renderings courtesy DBox / BIG, montage by AN)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is off the rails lately, netting commission after commission. Five years ago, BIG set up shop stateside to supervise W57, the “courtscraper” along the West Side Highway—the firm’s first New York City project. They have since collected an impressive portfolio of planned projects, and AN hears there’s more on the way.

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Columbia GSAPP selects Jorge Otero-Pailos to lead its Historic Preservation Program

Jorge Otero-Pailos (Courtesy Jorge Otero-Pailos)

Jorge Otero-Pailos (Courtesy Jorge Otero-Pailos)

Columbia GSAPP Dean Amale Andraos announced that Professor Jorge Otero-Pailos will be the new director of the Master of Science in Historic Preservation program, beginning July 1, 2016. He will succeed Andrew Dolkart, who has served as program director for eight years.

Architects confront global warming at Columbia GSAPP’s Climate Change and the Scales of Environment

Dean Amale Andraos begins the conference (Columbia GSAPP / Instagram)

Dean Amale Andraos begins the conference (Columbia GSAPP / Instagram)

On Friday, December 4th—while hundreds of officials gathered in Paris for the COP21 UN climate change conference—scholars, historians, scientists, architects, and designers came to Columbia GSAPP’s Avery Hall for a similarly urgent conference, “Climate Change and the Scales of Environment.”

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