SO-IL’s design for this ambitious art gallery in Brooklyn responds to the neighborhood’s industrial past

Architecture, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy SO-IL)

Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO-IL is adding to its portfolio of art galleries. Slated to open in 2017, Artes Amant will house 14,250 square feet of exhibition, storage, and studio spaces behind its confident concrete facade.

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Exclusive Video> Inside the Empire Stores mid-transformation in Dumbo

Empire Stores.

Empire Stores.

As Dumbo has become one of New York City’s most desirable and upscale neighborhoods, the hulking Empire Stores complex has been a persistent reminder of the neighborhood’s industrial past—before the boutiques, multimillion-dollar apartments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The complex—a series of seven buildings—dates back to the 19th century and was originally used to store dry goods, primarily coffee. For decades, it has been positioned in Dumbo like an impenetrable fortress—a barrier between the cobblestone streets and the landscaped waterfront. But that’s about to change.

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57th Street comes to Downtown Brooklyn with a possible 1,000-foot tower

Development, East, Skyscrapers
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by  City Realty.

A mock-up of the potential mass of the building by City Realty.

Downtown Brooklyn‘s ever-growing, not-all-that-inspiring, skyline could soon see a 57th Street–style addition. That’s right, Brooklyn might be getting its first supertall tower. It was only a matter of time, really.

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NYC DOT’s “Great Streets” vision for Atlantic Avenue lacks any bicycle infrastructure

New medians proposed for Atlantic Avenue. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

New medians proposed for Atlantic Avenue. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

As part of Mayor de Blasio’s mission to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City, his administration has committed $250 million toward its “Great Streets” initiative to redesign four of the city’s most dangerous arterial roadways: 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and Queens, Queens Boulevard, and  Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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Marvel Architects’ controversial library and condo development moves forward in Brooklyn

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

(Courtesy Marvel Architects)

A controversial plan to boost the coffers of the financially-strapped Brooklyn Public Library system with the revenue from a new condo tower is moving forward.

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ODA bucks a shortlist of 14 firms to design pair of controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park towers

Pier 6 towers. (Courtesy ODA Archtiecture)

Pier 6 towers. (Courtesy ODA Architecture)

Last August, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC) unveiled 14 proposed designs for a pair of controversial towers it planned to build near the park’s southern-most pier. Under a Bloomberg-era development plan, sites along the park would be leased to private developers to finance the upkeep of Michael Van Valkenburgh‘s 85-acre green space. These two towers near Pier 6 represented the last piece of the development puzzle.

But now there’s been a change.

Thomas Balsley unveils design for 8-acre green space at Pacific Park Brooklyn

Thomas Balsley's Pacific Park. ( COURTESY  VUW STUDIOS)

Thomas Balsley’s Pacific Park. ( COURTESY VUW STUDIOS)

After countless delays, plenty of controversy, and a few lawsuits, Brooklyn’s Pacific Park mega-development (formerly Atlantic Yards) is starting to take shape. The Barclays Center’s green roof is showing progress, SHoP’s long-delayed modular tower is rising again next door, and a pair of COOKFOX-designed residential buildings are underway at the development’s eastern edge. And now, the project’s new namesake, the 8-acre Pacific Park, has finally been unveiled.

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No longer endangered: Greenpoint’s Sgt. William Dougherty Playground will be revamped after facing threat of closure

(Courtesy NYS Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy NYS Department of Transportation)

Space-starved Greenpoint is about to receive a welcome overhaul of its Sgt. William Dougherty Playground, a compact park at the corner of Cherry Street and Vandervoort Avenue. Once threatened with a four-year closure to facilitate completion of the Kosciuszko Bridge in 2013, the park will now receive some extra real estate—with a modest expansion from 0.76 to 0.83 acres—and a perimeter fringed with trees.

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Take a trip up onto the Barclays Center’s green roof, where sedum installation is over half complete

The Barclays Center. (Chris Ryan / AN)

The Barclays Center. (Chris Ryan / AN)

When The Architect’s Newspaper first visited the Barclays Center’s green roof, installation had just begun and there was only one strip of sedum running up the arena. Now, six weeks later, sedum covers more than 50 percent of the roof, and, without being too hyperbolic about things, it’s looking like a verdant hillside up there.

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ODA reveals Eliot Spitzer–developed stack of boxes in Williamsburg inspired by icebergs

(Courtesy ODA)

(Courtesy ODA)

Stacked boxes are all the architectural rage these days—from Bjarke Ingels’ Two World Trade, to ODA’s Midtown skyscraper, to ODA’s Financial District skyscraper, to ODA’s Bushwick residential project, to ODA’s Williamsburg condos, to ODA’s other boxy buildings in Long Island City, Harlem, and the Lower East Side. It should surprise nobody, then, that ODA‘s latest project will stay true to the firm’s trademark form.

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Bernheimer and Dattner start work on BAM building as construction in Brooklyn’s art district kicks up a notch

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

(Courtesy Dattner Architects & Bernheimer Architecture)

As Downtown Brooklyn‘s skyline grows taller, denser, and a bit more interesting, construction is whirring along in the BAM Cultural District just across Flatbush Avenue. The latest project to break ground within the area is bringing the borough new cultural institutions, affordable housing, and well, architecture.

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Degradation by design: artist Sam Falls explores how materials change with the passage of time

City Terrain, Design, East
Monday, June 1, 2015
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(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

(Courtesy James Ewing/Public Art Fund NY)

Time and its degenerating aspect came under scrutiny in a public installation by Los Angeles–based artist Sam Falls. Light Over Time casts everyday outdoor objects such as benches, scales, and seesaws in an experiment of the long-term effects of sunlight, rain, and temperature on diverse materials including painted aluminum, heat-sensitive tiles, and colored glass.

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