Eavesdrop> Spearing Impaired

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Florida Seminoles' new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

The Florida Seminoles’ new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

In recent years, there has been much backlash against mascots that misappropriate their meaning from American history. From The Fighting Illini of University of Illinois to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, many teams have been pressured to adopt personas that are not deeply, deeply racist. However, the Florida State Seminoles have apparently doubled down on their offensive mascot by codifying it in the architecture of their stadium.

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Florida’s Seminole tribe unveils guitar-shaped hotel as part of $1.8 billion project in the Sunshine State

Architecture, Design, Development, East
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

Those who frequent Hard Rock Casinos will have become accustomed to the larger-than-life guitars that have become a trademark feature. However, none will be quite used to the scale of the Florida Seminole tribe’s latest endeavor, part of a $1.8 billion project on U.S. 441, north of Stirling Road, in Hollywood, Florida. Read More

In gentrifying Brooklyn, illicit luxury housing is sprouting from community gardens

Larceny and deed fraud are on the rise, and those with a mind for leaving confusing trails of paperwork are profiting from illegitimate purchases of land. A classic case of this can be found on Maple Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

But the garden quickly began showing weeds…

Rush hour construction crane collapse in Tribeca injures two, kills one

East, News
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy FDNY)

(Courtesy FDNY)

During the height of rush hour this morning, a construction crane collapsed on Worth Street between Church Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, mere blocks from AN‘s New York headquarters. Read More

Jean Nouvel’s vegetated Miami tower touted for its man-made lagoon

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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(Courtesy JDS)

(Courtesy JDS)

West Avenue in Miami Beach is set for a Jean Nouvel high rise surrounded by an elaborate man-made lagoon.  The tower will be covered with suspended vegetation that, at least in renderings, casts the structure in a distinctly green hue.

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Kohn Pedersen Fox plays Jenga with this Madison Avenue building, pulling mass away and stacking it on top

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

It’s addition by subtraction on Madison Avenue, where Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is playing real-life Jenga with a 24-story office building between East 46th and 47th streets in Midtown Manhattan.

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Hopkins Architects moves forward with revamp of Sert’s Holyoke Center at Harvard

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

British firm Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins & Partners) has been granted planning permission from local authorities to build the new Smith Campus Center for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Philadelphia set to appoint the first-ever Complete Streets Commissioner

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(karmacamilleeon / Flickr)

(karmacamilleeon / Flickr)

Philadelphia officially recognizes cyclists as a constituency deserving special protection. This week, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the creation of a “Complete Streets Commissioner,” a new position in city government to oversee the creation of more bike-friendly infrastructure. But the story gets complicated from there.

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Bach to the Future: Gabriel Calatrava creates malleable architecture for “The Art of the Fugue”

Design, East, News, On View
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(Courtesy 92Y)

(Courtesy 92Y)

Like cheese and crackers, music and architecture is a natural pairing. Last November, Steven Holl debuted his ballet, Tesseracts of Time. This year is shaping up to be a promising one for synergy between the two practices: A Marvelous Orderthe opera based on Jane Jacobs’ and Robert Moses’ epic feud, is in previews this March, and last weekend, concertgoers at the 92nd Street Y’s “Seeing Music” festival were treated to a Gabriel Calatrava–designed installation that dialogues with Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue.” Read More

Thursday! Don’t miss this double book night at AIANY’s Center for Architecture

Architecture, East
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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book-talk

Two of the more challenging texts, at least for the profession of architecture, to appear in the last year will be presented and debated at the AIA New York’s Center on February 4.

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WXY steps up design on one of New York’s long-neglected stair paths

East, Landscape Architecture, News
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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(Courtesy WXY)

(Courtesy WXY)

Although step-streets—pedestrian corridors that replace auto-centric streets in hilly neighborhoods—are more often associated with San Francisco, New York City has 94 step-streets of its own. WXY Architecture + Urban Design partnered with AECOM to revamp a full-block step-street in Inwood, Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

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Philly’s University City to undergo a ground-up rethink by Ayers Saint Gross, ZGF, and OLIN

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

ZGF Architects designed a tower programmed for offices, retail, and apartments that look out onto an OLIN–designed public square. (Courtesy ZGF)

In West Philadelphia, a team of developers, planners, and architects are asking one of urbanists’ favorite questions: How can a mega-development be made to feel like a neighborhood, and not a bland corporate campus plopped in the middle of the city? Lead developers Wexford Science + Technology and the University City Science Center are spearheading the from-scratch transformation of a former superblock into a sort of mini city within a city.

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