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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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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