Under budget pressures, WXY reveals new ideas for long shuttered Brooklyn War Memorial

Preliminary renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

Renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

The band Barenaked Ladies famously speculated on what a million dollars could buy: a little tiny fridge filled with pre-wrapped sausages, K-cars, a woman’s eternal, undying love, or fancy ketchups.  Well, this isn’t the nineties anymore, and, as community leaders in Brooklyn are learning, seven figures will not be nearly enough to renovate and preserve the Brooklyn War Memorial.

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Ahead of the Tiny Homes Summit, AIA Chicago competition takes a big look at tiny houses

Midwest, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Four vacant lots in Chicago's South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago's tiny Homes Competition.

Four vacant lots in Chicago’s South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago’s tiny Homes Competition.

As part of this upcoming April Tiny Homes Summit at the University of Illinois Chicago, the AIA has launched the Tiny Homes Competition. Organized by AIA Chicago, in partnership with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times, and a long list of additional local and national advocacy groups, the competition seeks new modular alternatives to affordable and subsidized housing.

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Here’s how BIG, West 8, and Atelier Ten will reshape Pittsburgh in a new master plan

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy BIG)

BIG news for downtown Pittsburgh: New York–based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), West 8 Landscape Architects, and Atelier Ten were tapped by private developers McCormack Baron Salazar and the Pittsburgh Penguins to create a master plan for 28 acres in Pittsburgh‘s Lower Hill District. Today, those plans were unveiled.

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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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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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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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Public realm champion Carol Ross Barney wins AIA Illinois Gold Medal

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, Urbanism
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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The facade of the infrastructural building plays with light shadow and color. Feinknopf Photo

The facade of the OSU Campus Central Chiller by Ross Barney Architects plays with light shadow and color. Photo Credit – Feinknopf Photo

The seventh AIA Illinois Gold Medal has been presented to Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney Architects. Barney’s career spans 40 years of practice in Chicago, in which her firm has taken on civic, social, and cultural projects across the country. Read More

Tonight! Join AN’s Matt Shaw in exploring energy, politics, and architecture in New York

W57 by BIG, part of the "Lifestyle" section of the book. Drawing by Janette Kim and Erik Carver (Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press)

W57 by BIG, part of the “Lifestyle” section of the book. Drawing by Janette Kim and Erik Carver (Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press)

Tonight, Monday, November 9, at New York’s AIANY/Center for Architecture, AN Senior Editor Matt Shaw will be moderating a book talk between Janette Kim and Erik Carver, the authors of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform, a new book released by Princeton Architectural Press. Stop by at 6:00p.m. tonight for light refreshments and beautiful drawings alongside a discussion about the future of ecologically minded architecture and urbanism.

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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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Gehry’s Los Angeles River study awarded one million dollar grant

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Is there gold in the L.A. River? The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation just released news that it was awarded a million dollar matching grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in support of the Frank Gehry-led study of the 51-mile waterway. Read More

Report finds the Middle East could soon be too hot for human inhabitation as Dubai moves forward with its own indoor rainforest in a skyscraper

View of the Burj Khalifa in the background (Courtesy ZASA)

View of the Burj Khalifa in the background (Courtesy ZASA)

In an ironic twist, the global fuel powerhouse that is the Middle East is at risk of becoming too hot for human life due to the emissions produced as a result of creating that fuel. Such news evidently means little to the city of Dubai which is currently in line for two new luxurious skyscrapers, one of which will feature its very own rainforest.

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With help from a TIGER grant, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

As of October 27th, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion. The United States Department of Transportation awarded a $10 million TIGER grant to the city to build three bridges and a three-quarter mile path connecting the South Bronx‘s Concrete Plant Park with nearby Starlight Park. Though modest in scale, the grant adds momentum to the decades-long movement to green one of the most industrial areas in the borough.

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