Jorge Mastropietro Architects brings high design to Jersey City’s Little Free Library

Design, East, News
Monday, November 9, 2015
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(Courtesy JMA)

(Courtesy JMA)

Though the proposed 90 story resort casino with on-site yacht parking will bring many amenities to Jersey City, that development will not include a library. Perhaps in response to this shortcoming, Jersey City is bringing education out of classrooms and into public spaces with a small-scale, semi-permanent library.

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Cone PWN: Video captures Brits dressed as traffic cones blocking streets in southwest London

(Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

Cause of commotion. (Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

In the southwest London borough of Kingston upon Thames, police officers were left giggling at the sight of walking traffic cones early last Sunday morning. The police file even read: “Males dressed as traffic cones, blocking the street like traffic cones.” However, the Evening Standard has revealed that the act isn’t just a drunken parade, rather a protest against Über car service.

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MOS Architects, Michael Graves among winners of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt Design Awards

Awards, Design, East
Friday, October 30, 2015
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THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS INCLUDES THE CARNEGIE MANSION AND GARDEN AND ADJACENT TOWNHOUSES. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS INCLUDES THE CARNEGIE MANSION AND GARDEN AND ADJACENT TOWNHOUSES. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum started awarding a yearly Design Award in 2000. The award is a jury-selected process that includes among its ten categories honors for Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and for Lifetime Achievement that has been won by architects.

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Storefront’s Critical Halloween to explore the idea of “DEMO” at a historic Lower Manhattan firehouse

Architecture, Art, Awards, Design, East, Media
Monday, October 26, 2015
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(Courtesy Storefront)

(Courtesy Storefront)

This October, the Storefront for Art and Architecture will host its annual Critical Halloween party in tandem with its ever-fascinating costume competition. The event will be held at the historic DCTV firehouse and engine bay in Lower Manhattan and will have a “DEMO” theme, with a prize for the best costume.

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This tangle of highways in Providence, Rhode Island, could give way to a green boulevard

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

According to Moving Together Providence has the potential to be a “world model for urban design.” That is of course, if the city decides to go ahead with their ambitious proposal of tearing up the 6/10 connector which joins Routes 6 and 10 between Olneyville and the interchange with Interstate 95, replacing it with a bicycle- and bus-friendly green boulevard.

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Gallaudet University announces four finalist teams to create the “first urban environment for the deaf”

Architecture, Awards, Design, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Students at the Gallaudet University. (Courtesy Gallaudet University)

Students at the Gallaudet University. (Courtesy Gallaudet University)

Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. is doubling down on design for the deaf. The university has announced four finalists in an international design competition that will add to an ambitious program to build DeafSpace, the “first urban environment for the deaf.”

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Facades+ Chicago workshops offer hands-on exposure to cutting-edge concepts and techniques

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Among the many continuing education opportunities available to members of the AEC industry, the Facades+ conference series stands out for a number of reasons.

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Monterey Becomes Eclectic: Lessons from the Monterey Design Conference

Architecture, Design, West
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Architects gather for the 2015 Monterey Design Conference held at Julia Morgan's Asilomar. (Courtesy @rjcarch/ Instagram)

Architects gather for the 2015 Monterey Design Conference held at Julia Morgan’s Asilomar. (Courtesy @rjcarch/ Instagram)

A weekend at the 2015 Monterey Design Conference (MDC) held at Asilomar leads to a wealth and variety of insights about architecture and design. Including a lesson in “uglyful,” says Guy Horton.

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Burntwood School by AHMM wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

(Courtesy RIBA)

(Courtesy RIBA)

Burntwood School, a girls high school in Wandsworth, south London, has won the UK’s most coveted architecture award—RIBA‘s Stirling Prize—with judges describing it as the “clear winner.” The project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) also collected the RIBA London 2015 award in the process.

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Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn

Design, East, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at M.S, 22 with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

If there’s one thing New Yorker’s won’t stand for, it’s a lack of benches. After unveiling the 1,500th addition to its CityBench program, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has revealed that a federal award package of $1.5 million will be used to develop the CityBench scheme further. In addition to this The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has initiated a colorful “Street Seats” program as seating projects gain popularity in the city.

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Neil Tomlinson Architects is creating a new Covent Garden Market in the heart of London

Architecture, Design, Development
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Courtesy Brand New Covent Garden Market)

(Courtesy Brand New Covent Garden Market)

The now “Brand New” Covent Garden Market (once renamed as “New Covent Garden Market” in 1974) is now wrapping up its redesign. Starting in 1835, the market was the cultural heart of London up until the mid-20th century and has been a lively center of trade throughout its whole life. Now the market specializes in the trade of flowers and food, notably fruit and vegetables.

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