Typography & Truth, a conversation with Errol Morris

Design, East, Media
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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(James Way)

(James Way)

Errol Morris took the podium at the Grolier Club, the venerated New York City typography and tome institution, to talk about his 2012 experiment to uncover the influence of a typeface. His experiment ran in the New York Times’ Opinionator column and asked readers whether they were optimists or pessimists, based on the text. However, one small, but key, paragraph was rendered in one of six fonts on different computers (only one of the 45,000 respondents wrote Morris having noticed the difference), and this evaluated whether people believed the passage to be true.

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New York City’s iconic Four Seasons Restaurant inside the Seagram Building is at the center of a renovation dispute

East, Interiors, Preservation
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Four_Seasons_restaurant

Traditionalists went into a tailspin over proposed modifications to the landmark Four Seasons Restaurant, a gastronomic and architectural emblem of New York City housed in the historic Seagram Building.

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BOFFO honors SHoP Architects at its annual Narcissists’ Ball

Architecture, Art, Awards, Design, East
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Richard Chai and Snarkitecture, Building Fashion 2010. Image courtesy BOFFO.

Richard Chai and Snarkitecture, Building Fashion 2010. Image courtesy BOFFO.

Monday night in the garden of Nolita’s Elizabeth Street Gallery, the New York–based arts organization BOFFO held its annual Narcissists’ Ball, a Spring benefit in support of art, fashion, and design. SHoP Architects was honored in the “Architecture” category, and Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, gave a speech to acknowledge their work.

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Watch Herzog & de Meuron’s under-construction 56 Leonard tower rise in a New York minute

56 Leonard. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron via 56leonardtribeca.com)

56 Leonard. (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron via 56leonardtribeca.com)

Herzog & de Meuron‘s New York City skyscraper, 56 Leonard—aka the “Jenga Tower” because of its stacked-cube appearance, is steadily rising in Tribeca. While the building currently has a pretty standard glass box form with some protruding balconies, its upper floors will taper dramatically, hence the nickname.

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Bureau V’s experimental music venue with a high-tech vibe set to open in a former Williamsburg sawmill

National Sawdust by Bureau V

National Sawdust by Bureau V

Brooklyn designers Bureau V have completed National Sawdust, an experimental performance venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that will be home to the Original Music Workshop (OMW). The name of the venue comes from the existing building’s history as a sawmill. OMW is a nonprofit led by composer Paola Prestini, whose advisory board includes heavy-hitters such as James Murphy, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, and Philip Glass.

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New York City just made biking down cobblestone streets way more fun

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

The Varick bike lane. (Branden Klayko / AN)

Cobblestone streets are beautiful to walk around and add charm to historic neighborhoods, but biking down these bumpy thoroughfares is another story. New York City has solved that problem with a new design treatment to a block-long cobblestone bike lane along Varick Street in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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New York City planning a pedestrian-safety overhaul the dangerous approach to the Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan Bridge approach as-is. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

The Manhattan Bridge approach as-is. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

Vision Zero is coming to the dangerous and traffic-clogged Manhattan Bridge approach in Chinatown. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has presented a plan to rearrange the tangle of streets that connect to the bridge, create new space for pedestrians, and update traffic flows.

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HUD Secretary Julian Castro to headline IDEAS CITY 2015 in New York City

Architecture, Design, East, News, Urbanism
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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HUD Secretary Julian Castro

HUD Secretary Julian Castro

Julian Castro, the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the third annual IDEAS CITY festival in New York.  IDEAS CITY is a biennial street fair that “explores the future of cities with culture as a driving force.” It will launch its third annual rendition on May 28th–30th on the Bowery. Read More

Winner of the 2015 Street Architecture Prize Competition proposes spot-on initiative for “consensus-based” architecture

(Courtesy SecondMedia)

(Courtesy SecondMedia)

The 2015 Street Architecture Prize Competition recently announced a winner: a temporary public installation made of Geofoam blocks, whose potential extends beyond its built form. Foamspace by architecture collaborative SecondMedia is a series of structures built from the lightweight, expanded polystyrene foam, often confused with Styrofoam.

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REX starts sewing a pleated-glass facade onto a brutalist Manhattan tower

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

The Manhattan West Development. (Courtesy Brookfield)

Last year, AN explored REX’s strategy to revamp a brutalist, ziggurat-shaped tower on Manhattan‘s west side with a modern, pleated-glass facade. Since the Davis Brody Bond–designed structure was originally a warehouse, developer Brookfield Properties thought it made sense to give the building a glassy facelift before the tech companies moved in.

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Hot Tub Design Machine: New York’s Van Alen Institute launches its annual auction of out-of-the-box architectural experiences

Architecture, East
Monday, May 11, 2015
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Bid on an architecture roundtable at Charles Renfro's Fire Island's hot tub. (Courtesy Van Alen Institute)

Bid on an architecture roundtable at Charles Renfro’s Fire Island’s hot tub. (Courtesy Van Alen Institute)

If you have ever longed to explore nature with your favorite architect or discuss the built environment in your bikini, now you’ll have the chance. Well, for a few bucks, but in the good name of architecture. The Van Alen Institute has launched its online auction of Art + Design Experiences to coincide with its Spring Party, going down this Wednesday in Lower Manhattan.

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On View> Alma Thomas: Moving Heaven & Earth, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1958–1978

Art, East, On View
Monday, May 11, 2015
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(Alma Thomas / Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

(Alma Thomas / Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery)

Alma Thomas: Moving Heaven & Earth, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1958–1978
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 11th Avenue at 19th Street
New York, New York
Through May 16

Focusing on the two final decades of Alma Thomas’ life, this exhibition displays the late-blooming artist’s most vibrant paintings on the monumental canvases she became celebrated for in the 1960s and ’70s. Inspired by nature, recent discoveries in the sciences, and her observation of earthly and celestial phenomena, Thomas’ experimentations with vigorous, rhythmic colors and abstraction resulted in modern art unencumbered by political and historical intentions, and vested merely in the enjoyment of art itself. This marks the second time Thomas’ work will be exhibited at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. Her first show, Alma Thomas: Phantasmagoria, Major Paintings from the 1970s, was held in 2001.

 

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