Ian Schrager’s legacy of high design shines in marketing material for Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy Street

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, January 14, 2016
A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron's 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

A prototype model of Herzog & de Meuron’s 160 Leroy tower. (William Menking / AN)

Property developer Ian Schrager has supported good architecture in New York City like no other developer. He pioneered distinguished hotel design at a time when “hospitality” design was an afterthought for hoteliers. For instance, in New York, Schrager built the Paramount, the Royalton, and the Morgan hotels.

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Design worth its salt: Dattner and WXY team up for municipal infrastructure on Manhattan’s West Side

Architecture, East, Pictorial
Friday, December 18, 2015
Spring Street Salt Shed (Courtesy Dattner)

Spring Street Salt Shed (Courtesy Dattner Architects)

The New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Soho facilities prove that design for trash need not be rubbish. On a grey December day, five architects gave a tour of two buildings—the Spring Street Salt Shed and Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage—that comprise DSNY’s new facilities on Spring Street at the West Side Highway.

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Ford Foundation announces renovation of its Kevin Roche–designed headquarters in New York

Architecture, East, Newsletter, Preservation
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Ford Foundation (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation. (Richard Barnes)

The Ford Foundation announced today that Gensler will lead a $190 million renovation of its Manhattan headquarters in East Midtown. The renovation will bring the building up to code while preserving the 1967 modernist design by Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo.

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Meet The Green Line: How Perkins Eastman would remake Broadway through Manhattan into a 40-block linear park

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

By now, the “Bilbao Effect” is metonymy for a culture-led revitalization of a postindustrial city driven by a single institution housed in a starchitect-designed complex. The wild success of Manhattan’s High Line generates regional seismic effects—the Lowline, the QueensWay, and the Lowline: Bronx Edition all cite the high queen of linear parks as their inspiration. Upping the ante, Perkins Eastman unfurls the Green Line, a plan to convert one of New York’s busiest streets into a park.

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100 Fountains will revive New York City’s esteemed public drinking culture

City Terrain, Design, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Though New York has the some of the cleanest municipal tap water, New Yorkers now consume 1.25 billion bottles of water annually. A contributing factor to the rise in bottled water consumption is the decline in the number of public drinking fountains. New York–based Pilot Projects would like to revive the grand tradition of public bubblers through a novel design/build competition.

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New York City’s building trades unions rally at City Hall for higher wages, better working conditions

East, News
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Today, members of New York’s building trades unions marched on City Hall for wages that correspond to the rising cost of living, safer working conditions, more diversity, and strong unions to advocate on behalf of all workers. Middle Class Strong, a grassroots coalition administered through the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, organized the march and rally. Read More

Taking Buildings Down: Storefront provokes ideas on the built environment in new competition

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Perhaps following up on its Halloween Party this year that explored the theme “DEMO,” as in DEMO-lition among other words sharing the root, the Storefront for Art & Architecture has launched a competition called “Taking Buildings Down,” where “removal is all that is allowed.”

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MoMA names Sean Anderson associate curator of the Department of Architecture and Design

Chloe Burton Photography; Corporate Headshot; Chloe Burton; Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Courtesy MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has selected Sean Anderson as its new associate curator in the department of architecture and design. Anderson will work alongside fellow department employees to create collections, exhibitions, and public programs that focus on contemporary architecture.

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The sky’s the limit: Bjarke Ingels lands a pair of slanting towers on the High Line

(Courtesy BIG)

76 Eleventh Avenue (Courtesy BIG)

Clearly, higher ups at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are channeling beloved New York rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s approach to urban space. The firm’s recent high-profile commissions (hello, Pittsburgh!) reflect Biggie’s mantra: “the sky is the limit, and [you] know that you can have what you want, be what you want, have what you want, be what you want,” ad infinitum.

Now, Ingels is again looking skyward with a new project along New York’s High Line.

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Santiago Calatrava awarded European Prize for Architecture

Awards, East, International
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking)

Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking / AN)

Tuesday night at a ceremony on the 33rd floor of World Trade Center 7, high above his World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was awarded the European Prize for Architecture by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture. Read More

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
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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Vote for your favorite Critical Halloween costumes in Storefront for Art & Architecture’s annual competition

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Best Duo/Couple Costume “Permitted and Unpermitted” Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Best Duo/Couple Costume, “Permitted and Unpermitted”, Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF. (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Each year, the Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a Halloween Party in New York called “Critical Halloween.” Themes have ranged from “Corporate Avant-Garde” to “On Banality, On Metaphor,” and the costume contest is the highlight of the night, as party-goers relive the Avant-garde tradition of building fantastic architectural costumes.

See all jury winners after the jump.

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