New York City launches interactive maps that reveal the minutia of neighborhood-level data

East, News, Technology
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy City of New York)

(Courtesy City of New York)

Busybodies and neighborhood know-it-alls rejoice: today, New York City, in partnership with civic data managers Vizalytics, launched a beta version of neighborhood.nyc, a new website that maps street-level information derived from 311 calls and city agencies.

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Surveying the 2015 Architecture & Design Film Festival, going on now in New York City

Architecture, East, Newsletter, On View
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Architecture & Design Film Festival
New York
Through October 18, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Architecture & Design Film Festival is back with a roundup of films on architecture, design, and the built environment. It’s a great way of taking the pulse of what’s going on here and abroad, and how work is being represented to a wider public.

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Archtober Building of the Day 13> Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Architecture, East, Interiors
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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(Catherine Teegarden)

(Catherine Teegarden)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, Manhattan
Babb, Cook & Willard (1902)
Gluckman Mayner Architects with Beyer Blinder Belle (2014)

Part a historic house tour and part a lesson on material culture and curatorial practices, today’s Archtober lunchtime session packed a ton of information into 60 minutes. Brooke Hodge, deputy director of the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, showed us around one of the finest mansions of Manhattan.

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Manhattan’s newest luxury building, 252 East 57th Street, almost complete

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy

Looking up at 252 East 57th Street (Courtesy SOM)

What’s tall, glassy, and grows all over? Manhattan luxury residential buildings, the latest of which is almost complete.

On October 9th, developers presided over the topping off ceremony of 252 East 57th Street, a new luxury tower on the Upper East Side by SOM and interior architect Daniel Romualdez.

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Archtober Building of the Day 7> Enrique Norten’s Mercedes House

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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(Kalyani Bhatt)

(Kalyani Bhatt)

Mercedes House
550 West 54th Street, Manhattan

TEN Arquitectos

Archtober-ites probably expected to enviously gawk at the views and wander through the wedge-shaped, amenity-filled, courtyards of Mercedes House, one of the recent luxury rental additions to Midtown West. What they probably didn’t expect was TEN Arquitectos partner Andrea Steele’s eloquent and educational lesson on the challenges and opportunities of zoning in New York.

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Archtober Building of the Day 5> World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Architecture, East
Monday, October 5, 2015
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(Benjamin D. Kracauer)

(Benjamin D. Kracauer)

World Trade Center Transportation Hub
World Trade Center, Manhattan
Downtown Design Partnership; STV, AECOM, and Santiago Calatrava

A team from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey wowed the crowd of lucky Archtober fans this morning with a full-length tour from the Hudson River to the beating heart of the new World Trade Center. Robert Eisenstat, the chief architect at the Port Authority Engineering Department, was joined by Thomas L. Grassi, a program manager on the World Trade Center construction, and a number of others along for the ride. These dedicated people, along with many others, have been working on the site since “the day.”

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Review> Paul Gunther on preservation and the ongoing exhibit, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Grand Central Terminal, 2014. (Iwan Baan)

Grand Central Terminal, 2014. (Iwan Baan)

Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks
An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York and Catalog edited by Donald Albrecht, Andrew Dolkart, and Seri Worden
Through January 3, 2016

Since the first trace of the species homo sapiens, human evolution only represents four one hundred thousandths of one percent of the earth’s age. In proportion to an 80-year life span, that means just 31 hours—less than a day and a half of the 701,280 hours lived.

With the existential threat of climate change and ecological ruination gaining traction in collective consciousness—combined with the outsized expectations of breath-holding fundamentalists for whom earth’s rapturous end can’t come soon enough—our sense of what permanence means has begun to shift. If all human culture to date is just four-dozen millennia and we’ve wreaked so much havoc already, “forever” strikes a dubious chord.

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Columbia University receives grant to start Center for Spatial Research

Architecture, Dean's List, East, News
Monday, October 5, 2015
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clumbia grant

(Courtesy Mellon Foundation Grant to Establish Center for Spatial Research via Columbia GSAPP)

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP) has announced the creation of a new Center for Spatial Research (CSR) that will act as a focal point linking humanities, architecture, and data science departments as well as sponsoring a series of curricular initiatives built around new technologies of mapping, data visualization and data collection. The Center will be directed by GSAPP Associate Professor Laura Kurgan.

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Virgin Hotels breaks ground on a new glass tower in New York City’s burgeoning NoMad neighborhood

(Courtesy VOA)

(Courtesy VOA)

LAM Group and Virgin Hotels in collaboration with interior designer and architects at VOA, have broken ground on their 39-story tower on the southwest corner of 30th Street and Broadway in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan.

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New York’s art house cinema IFC Center expanding with help from Kliment-Halsband Architects

Architecture, East, Urbanism
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Rendering looking south on Cornelia Street. Courtesy of Kliment Halsband Architects

Rendering looking onto Cornelia Street. (Courtesy Kliment Halsband Architects)

Good news for film fans. New York City’s IFC Art House cinema on Sixth Avenue is set to expand, increasing the number of screens from 5 all the way up to 11. The expansion by Kliment-Halsband Architects is a refreshing change in the cinema world which has seen numerous theaters close down this year.

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Mecanoo Announced As Winner of New York Public Library Redesign [Updated]

Architecture, Awards, East, News, Newsletter
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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The NYPL's Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The NYPL’s Main Branch on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Jeffrey Zeldman / Flickr)

The New York Public Library‘s Board of Trustees unanimously selected the Dutch firm Mecanoo to lead the renovation of the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), as well as the Mid-Manhattan Library at 455 5th Avenue. Mecanoo’s creative director and founding parter Francine Houben will lead the design team. New York’s Beyer Blinder Belle will be the architect of record. Construction begins in late 2017 and is expected to run through 2019.

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Pictorial> Take a look inside Dattner’s 34th St-Hudson Yards subway station, now open to the public

(Patrick Cashin for MTA / Flickr)

(Patrick Cashin for MTA / Flickr)

On Sunday, September 13th, New York City got its first new subway station in 25 years. Located at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, the 34th St-Hudson Yards station extended the 7 train one and a half miles to serve Manhattan’s Far West Side.

See inside the station after the jump.

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