Sleek renderings show what it’s like to live in Zaha Hadid’s luxurious 520 West 28th Street in New York

Architecture, East, Interiors, News
Monday, November 16, 2015
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Rendering courtesy Hayes Davidson

Rendering courtesy Hayes Davidson

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled interior renderings of her futuristic, 11-story residential development located at 520 West 28th Street in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, which, believe it or not, is her first residential building in the Big Apple.

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New York opens the Randall’s Island Connector, linking the South Bronx to one of New York City’s best parks

East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy NYCEDC)

(Courtesy NYCEDC)

South Bronx cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians now have easy access to Randall’s Island, one of New York’s largest recreation areas. Initiated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in 2013, the Randall’s Island Connector opened this Saturday, November 14.

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Clifford Pearson, deputy editor at Architectural Record, will direct USC’s American Academy in China

East, News, Shft+Alt+Del
Monday, November 16, 2015
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Clifford Pearson (Courtesy World Building Institute)

Clifford Pearson (Courtesy World Building Institute)

Clifford Pearson, deputy editor at Architectural Record, is leaving his post to join the University of Southern California‘s (USC) School of Architecture as Director of the American Academy in China (AAC). Read More

Harvard experiments with new science and engineering facilities designed by Behnisch Architekten

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Friday, November 13, 2015
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(Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

(Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

Harvard University has submitted plans by Behnisch Architekten with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for a six story, 500,000-square-foot science and engineering complex on its Allston campus. Read More

Collective–LOK steals hearts to win 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition

Art, City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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The winning design (Courtesy Collective-LOK)

The winning design (Courtesy Collective-LOK)

The Times Square Alliance takes “I ♥ New York” quite literally. For the past eight years, the nonprofit organization has invited architecture and design firms to create public art that responds to a Valentine’s Day theme. This year the Times Square Alliance partnered with the Center for Architecture to administer the competition. Collective-LOK stole the hearts of jurists to win the 2016 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition.

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Harvard GSD establishes Office for Urbanization to tackle social conditions through research

Dean's List, East, News
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Miami Beach, the Design Office for Urbanization's first study (Courtesy Martin Pilát / Flickr)

Miami Beach, the Design Office for Urbanization’s first study (Courtesy Martin Pilát / Flickr)

On November 6, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched the Design Office for Urbanization, a program that will draw on resources from the school’s three departments to address the “social conditions associated with contemporary urbanization” through applied design research projects.

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University of Kansas Joins 13 others in new NCARB program to fast-track student licensure

Midwest, News, Professional Practice
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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The University of Kansas will take part in the inaugural

The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning will take part in the inaugural Integrated Path Initiative

The University of Kansas in Lawrence has been added to the list of 13 other accredited architecture schools to partake in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) inaugural Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative is meant to streamline the licensure process of aspiring architects by integrating the Internship Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) into B.Arch and M.Arch programs.

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Japanese government to fund a maglev train line between DC and Baltimore

East, News, Transportation
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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The JR Maglev train, used on the experimental Yamanashi railway that US state and federal officials rode in trip to Japan last spring (Courtesy t-mizo / Flickr)

The JR Maglev train, used on the experimental Yamanashi Maglev Test Track that US officials rode on trip to test the technology in Japan last spring (Courtesy t-mizo / Flickr)

You can do a lot in fifteen minutes: cook some surf-and-turf, blast through paperwork, star in a mediocre crime drama, or travel 40 miles between major East Coast cities. Well, not yet. Given the excruciatingly slow pace of infrastructure modernization in the U.S., there will be a wait on that last one, probably for decades.

Yet, the U.S. is taking small steps towards twenty-first century transportation. Last week, the U.S. Transportation Department granted $27.8 million in Federal Railroad Administration funds to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to conduct feasibility studies for a maglev train line that will run between DC and BaltimoreRead More

Philadelphia is the United States’ first World Heritage City

East, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Independence Hall, built in 1753, was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the meeting place of the Second Continental Congress, and the site of the Constitutional Convention. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the central building in Independence National Historic Park (Wikimedia Commons)

Independence Hall, built in 1753, was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the meeting place of the Second Continental Congress, and the site of the Constitutional Convention. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the central building in Independence National Historic Park (Wikimedia Commons)

What do Safranbolu, Turkey; Gyeongju, Korea; Cidade Velha, Cape Verde; and Philadelphia, PA, have in common? They are all World Heritage Cities. On November 6, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) honored Philadelphia with a World Heritage City designation. Philadelphia is the first United States city to be recognized by the OWHC.

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Breaking> Federal Court Pumps Brakes on Lucas Museum

The plan calls for a mix of greenery and hardscape to complement a stoic facade originally slated to be masonry.

The embattled Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts planned for the Chicago Lakefront will now have to wait at least until February to know its fate.

Just two weeks after the city of Chicago gave the go ahead for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to procure a 99 year lease on the Chicago Lakefront from the Chicago Park District, a federal court has indicated that it will not give a decision until February regarding a case brought by Friends of the Parks against the City.

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Kohn Pedersen Fox unleashes a 600-foot-tall office building in Downtown Brooklyn

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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(Courtesy KPF)

(Courtesy KPF)

It’s a big week for big Brooklyn skyscrapers. Yesterday, SHoP Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates unveiled plans for towers within a block of each other, in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. KPF is developing the 400,000 square foot office and retail project at 420 Albee Square in partnership with JEMB Realty and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). At 600 feet tall, the tower will be 400 feet shorter than SHoP’s, but it will still reign as Brooklyn’s second tallest building.

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Early renderings of SHoP’s 1,000-foot-tall Downtown Brooklyn skyscraper revealed

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

In August, AN speculated that a super skinny, supertall tower was coming to Brooklyn. Now, real estate watchblog YIMBY has uncovered a design by SHoP Architects for the 90-story, 1,000-foot-tall tower slated for Downtown Brooklyn. Read More

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