Contrary to popular belief, the sacred “T” in TOD may not be necessary for reduced car dependence

City Terrain, East, Urbanism
Monday, December 7, 2015
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NJ Transit (Marcin Bajer / Flickr)

NJ Transit (Marcin Bajer / Flickr)

Urban planning credo states that, through design and policy interventions that improve access to public transportation, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) reduces car dependency and encourages individuals to walk, bike, bus, or take the train to their destination. Well, maybe. A University of California, Berkley study suggest that, for rail, the T in TOD may not be necessary to reduce car travel in neighborhoods that are dense and walkable, with scarce parking.

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Live: Postmodern Procedures at Princeton

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Other, West
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Post-modern Procedures poster by Kevin Pazik for Princeton SoA.

Postmodern Procedures is a two-day conference at Princeton School of Architecture that offers an alternate history of Postmodernism. The goal is to find something that is less about signs and symbols or historic references, and more about longer-form processes that produced the visual syntax of some of the most interesting projects in architectural history. Follow along as AN will be posting updates all day on Saturday, December 5.

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On View> Robert Motherwell, Pierre Chareau and the Quonset House of 1947

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Friday, December 4, 2015
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One of the great joys of art and art and architecture fairs is the energy they create for specialized focused architecture exhibitions at alternative sites away from the main venues. This is true for all Venice Art and Architecture Biennales and the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. This week’s Art Basel/Design Miami, perhaps because it is still a relatively young event and focused on art and design and not architecture, is short on these sorts of serious ancillary events. But there is one small yet highly focused and detailed exhibit that stands out this week.

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The Rockwell Group gets in touch with their emotions at the pop-up Museum of Feelings

East, Open, Urbanism
Friday, December 4, 2015
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Scented crystals in the Radiant Berry Room (Audrey Wachs / AN)

The Museum of Feelings (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Usually, strong smells wafting from the Hudson River are bad news. This time, though, there’s nothing to worry about: household fragrance maker Glade has partnered with the Rockwell Group to create a pop-up branding exercise on the waterfront outside of Brookfield Place. The Museum of Feelings ask visitors to reflect on how the senses, especially smell, contribute to emotion. It’s like raving with James Turrell at the Yankee Candle factory outlet store—plus crystals. Read More

Columbia’s GSAPP launches alumni incubator for architecture, technology, and planning

East, News, Professional Practice
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Columbia GSAPP)

(Courtesy Columbia GSAPP)

To facilitate exchange and collaboration among its alumni, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) has launched the GSAPP Incubator, a co-working space for the school’s graduates. Read More

Inch by inch, the Times Square Palace Theater will be raised 29 feet to accommodate added retail

Development, East, News, Preservation
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy PBDW Architects)

The Palace Theater (Courtesy PBDW Architects)

In any other circumstance, razing a beloved historic building elicits outrage from preservationists. This time, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) worked the homonym, approving plans to raise the Palace Theater, at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street, by 29 feet. New York’s PBDW Architects and historic preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth & Partners will lead the theater-raising and subsequent renovation. Read More

Annals of Computing: “Silicon City” exhibition at the New York Historical Society questions origins of the digital era

Design, East, Preservation, Technology
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. (Courtesy New York Historical Society)

Radical inventions that lead to profound societal transformations tend to be accompanied by founding myths and overlapping claims for authorship. Once a certain founding story has been widely accepted, research will periodically uncover it as being false, and the evidence for an alternate narrative will emerge.

Trying to change accepted founding myths is notoriously difficult: Gutenberg built his printing press after centuries of development in printmaking across the world, but his name is strongly tied to the advent of the printing revolution. Importantly, the significance of a figure like Gutenberg and the related story becomes a point of local pride.

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Zaha Hadid is the real star of design events infiltrating Miami this week

Architecture, Art, Design, East
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Zaha Hadid's Pavilion.

Zaha Hadid’s Pavilion.

Zaha Hadid is not only one of the best known architects in the world, but after pursuing her own personal visionary path for over forty years, she is one of the most bankable. Her drawings and design objects are all over the 2015 design fairs this week in Miami.

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Architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman win the third annual Isamu Noguchi Award

Awards, East, News
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

The Noguchi Museum has named architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman recipients of the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award. The award, given annually since 2014, recognizes practitioners who “share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange.”

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Construction on Philly’s 40th Street Trolley Portal by Andropogon finally moves ahead

Rendering of 40th Street Trolley Terminal (Courtesy andropogon)

Rendering of 40th Street Trolley Terminal (Courtesy Andropogon Associates)

Plans are finally underway to remake Philadelphia’s 40th Street Trolley Portal. In conjunction with the city, nonprofit University City District (UDC) will transform the boring, character-free concrete SEPTA trolley terminal, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania, into a social space for one of Philly’s most vibrant areas.  Read More

Design Miami Minute> Larry Bell and Hans Ulrich Obrist together in Wynwood

Art, Design, East
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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One of the early highlights of Miami Art and Design Week is the spectacular Larry Bell sculpture 6X6 An Improvisation at White Cube Gallery’s pop up space in the Wynwood Art District. Last night, Bell was interviewed by uber questioner Hans Ulrich Obrist in the gallery next to the piece.

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Scenes from the ground on the first day of the 2015 Miami Art Week

Art, Design, East
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Fernando Romero’s hot setting sun of Swarovski glass

Fernando Romero’s hot setting sun of Swarovski glass.

Day one of the 2015 Miami Art Week of nineteen various fairs scattered around Dade County opened today. Design Miami is up first and staged in a large tent with a broken air conditioner with humidity and rain lurking outside.

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