Rumored Financial District supertall by FXFOWLE gets a trim, but will the views make up for it?

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Friday, January 29, 2016
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(Courtesy DBox)

(Courtesy DBox)

Rumor had it that the Financial District would be getting a 1,000-foot-tall tower on Trinity Place. This week, renderings were revealed for the FXFOWLE-designed building, and, at 500 feet, it’s considerably shorter than anticipated. As a consolation to supertall lovers out there, every unit will have water views.

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With the Rams leaving town, SPACE Architecture speculates on a St. Louis pro soccer stadium

Architecture, Midwest, News
Friday, January 29, 2016
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MLS Union Station

Speculative proposal by Space Architecture + Design to add an MLS soccer stadium to the south end of St. Louis’ Historic Union Station. (Courtesy SPACE Architecture + Design)

St. Louis–based SPACE Architecture + Design has release a series of renderings for a speculative Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium for downtown St. Louis.

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Ever-growing MoMA splits its controversial expansion plans into three phases

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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DS+R's original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA's main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

DS+R’s original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA’s main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

When MoMA debuted its Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)–led expansion and renovation plans in 2014, the reaction from the public was overwhelmingly negative. Those plans called for demolishing the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien–designed American Folk Art Museum and creating a glass curtain wall that would open MoMA’s entire first floor to the public, for free. It’s not the free part critics took issue with: It was the perceived chaos of the museum-goer experience and wholesale destruction of the folk art museum.

MoMA took note, and pulled plans back. This week, revised plans were revealed. DS+R is still the architect (with Gensler), and the original objective—to create unfettered movement between galleries—remains. But a lot has also changed.

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The scaffolding comes off Carmel Place, New York’s first modular micro-apartment building

Architecture, Development, East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

The scaffolding just came off of Carmel Place, the 10-story, 55-unit micro-apartment building designed by Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS. The project, formerly known as My Micro NY, has diminutive units designed to serve the “small household population.”

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Fordham Plaza, one of New York’s busiest transit hubs, is now one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled the redesigned, ultra pedestrian-friendly Fordham Plaza. Vision Zero‘s mandate to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities guided the $34 million renovation of the north Bronx transit hub. Read More

Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition

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Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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Does Snøhetta’s design for a new library at Temple University spell the end of books?

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Libraries are temples for books, though Snøhetta’s plan for a new library at Temple University in Philadelphia argues that you can have one without the other. The design of the Temple University Library is influenced by the academies of ancient Greece, which privileged social spaces for discourse over the storage and management of written materials.

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Staten Island’s eerie, abandoned Farm Colony to be transformed into senior housing

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Staten Island‘s abandoned New York City Farm Colony is being redeveloped into Landmark Colony, a $91 million residential community for seniors 55 and older. The architect is Staten Island–based Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning.

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The Architecture Billings Index finishes strong in 2015

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

BILLINGS (BLUE), INQUIRIES (RED), AND DESIGN CONTRACTS (GREEN) FOR THE PAST 12 MONTHS. (THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER)

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) closed 2015 in positive territory. Demand for design services increased in eight out of 12 months last year.

“As has been the case for the past several years, there continues to be a mix of business conditions that architecture firms are experiencing,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker in a statement.  “Overall, however, ABI scores for 2015 averaged just below the strong showing in 2014, which points to another healthy year for construction this year.”

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This unit in Vinoly’s 432 Park skyscraper goes for baroque with interior design

East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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(Courtesy Atelier & Co)

(Courtesy Atelier & Co)

Love it or not, Rafael Viñoly‘s 432 Park makes a statement on the New York City skyline. The 88-story, 1,396-foot-tall skyscraper will be home to some of the world’s richest people (and/or their faceless LLCs). One soon-to-be-resident is bringing the public’s prying eyes inward by bucking the less-is-more aesthetic of contemporary interior design for a maximalist, marble-on-marble pad designed by Brooklyn–based Atelier & Co.

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It’s now too expensive to build local for New York’s modular construction industry

Development, East, News
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Thanks to high rents, New York City is losing one of its longtime modular construction companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the news could send ripples through the city’s prefab construction scene. Read More

New York City to receive $176 million in federal funding for East Side coastal resiliency project

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

New York City will receive $176 million in federal funding for disaster recovery. The funding would be put towards a section of the project extending from the northern portion of Battery Park City to Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side.

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