Archtober Building of the Day 2> New York Hall of Science

(Courtesy Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Courtesy Eve Dilworth Rosen)

Intrepid Archtober-ites ventured to the site of the 1964-65 World’s Fair to explore a monument of the Space Age. The New York Hall of Science, a 90-foot-high undulating vertical structure designed by Wallace K. Harrison, was meant to create the illusion of floating in deep space. Cobalt glass shards stud the 5,400 coffers in the rippling wall, filtering sunlight into the interior and bathing it in an intense, blue glow.

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Archtober Building of the Day 1> Collaborative Research Center, Rockefeller University

Architecture, City Terrain, East
Thursday, October 1, 2015

(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #01
Collaborative Research Center, Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Manhattan
Mitchell | Giurgola Architects

We’re off! Our first Building of the Day in our fifth year is a showplace for understanding the architect as problem solver and the collaborative nature of the profession. The tour was led by Paul Broches, partner at Mitchell | Giurgola, and Jillian Sheedy, senior associate. Carol Loewenson, AIANY 2016 President-elect, joined in as well. Broches told our group of enthusiasts that each of the scientists was individually interviewed to determine the specific requirements for their laboratories. What a challenge to find general solutions to their complex problems—very nicely done—and it received a citation from AIA New York State in 2013.

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Bjarke Ingels receives LafargeHolcim Global Bronze Prize for his work to make a more resilient Manhattan

Bjarke Ingels receiving the award. (Jason Sayer / AN)

Bjarke Ingels receiving the award. (Jason Sayer / AN)

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has recognized New York City‘s commitment to progressive and resilient solutions by awarding Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of his eponymous firm BIG the Global Bronze Prize. AN was on hand as Ingels and company accepted the award.

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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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You Know I’d Bike 1,000 Miles: New York City celebrates milestone achievement in bike infrastructure

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Friday, September 25, 2015
Marking the 1,000th mile of bike lane on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

Marking the 1,000th mile on Clinton Street (Courtesy NYC DOT)

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) announced this week that it has created 1,000 miles of bike lanes (map) across the five boroughs. The 1,000th mile, on which just opened along Clinton Street in Lower Manhattan, is one of twelve new miles planned for 2015.

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Moshe Safdie’s 64-story luxury condominium tower in Midtown revealed

Moshe Safdie and HFZ Capital's proposed West 30th Street condominium tower (Courtesy Safdie Architects)

Moshe Safdie and HFZ Capital’s proposed West 30th Street condominium tower (Courtesy Safdie Architects)

Moshe Safdie will design a 64 story, 800 foot tall—wait for it—luxury condo complex at 8–16 West 30th Street, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The three-story-tall boxy extrusions on the tower’s upper stories expand the interior space while shielding the south face from excessive sun exposure.

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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
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
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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Zaha Hadid tapped to design a supertall skyscraper, “vertical mall” on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

Architecture, Development, East, Newsletter
Monday, September 14, 2015
Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Current Office block between 52nd and 53rd St. (Courtesy Google)

Developers Steve Roth and Jared Kushner have reportedly tapped Zaha Hadid to expand an existing 41-story office block at 666 Fifth Avenue into a supertall stack of apartments, a hotel, and a “vertical mall.”

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Drone footage of BIG’s VIA 57 West strikes a chord with architecture fans

Communications firm Darkhorse deployed a drone with a camera to create a stunning video of VIA 57 West, Bjarke Ingels Group’s first New York City building. At 467 feet tall, the building has been dubbed a “courtscraper” for combining elements of a Manhattan high rise with a perimeter block program. The building is expected to be complete later this year.

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.

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Architects, preservationists come out in force against bill that would change historic preservation in New York City


Manhattan’s Stone Street, one of over 33,000 landmark properties in New York City. (Courtesy Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

New York City Council members Peter A. Koo and David Greenfield introduced a bill in April 2015 that would radically alter the way the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) considers sites for historic preservation. That measure, Intro 775, was debated yesterday in an epic public hearing that lasted more than six hours.  Read More

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