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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Aim High, Get Low: New “Lowline” linear park eyed in the Bronx

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

Call it High Line fever: since the first leg of James Corner and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line debuted in 2009, High Line–like projects have popped up all over the city and across the country. Now, not ten miles from the original, the Bronx may be slated for its very own rail-to-park conversion.

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Archtober Building of the Day 6> Weiss/Manfredi and ARO at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Architecture, East
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Entry Building, Arch, and Steinberg Visitor Center
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn 

WEISS/MANFREDI, Architecture Research Office

With blue skies overhead and abundant sunshine, it was the perfect day to funnel from Brooklyn‘s clamorous urban streetscape into the transportative, protected landscapes of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On this double-header Building of Day tour, Archtober-ites explored the threshold from the city grid into the meandering, arboreal pathways at the garden, as experienced in two new entrance pavilions designed by WEISS/MANFREDI and ARO.

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Wednesday> AIANY’s Global Dialogues tackles New York City’s affordable housing problem

Development, East
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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shelter-on-housing

Housing shortages are not just an issue in New York City or even America’s hyper-developed urban centers. It’s an issue in every large city in the world.

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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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Archtober Building of the Day 4> Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building

(Courtesy Archtober)

(Courtesy Archtober)

It makes sense that one of New York City’s exceptional botanical gardens would develop what would become one of the city’s first green buildings. What is extraordinary is that the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) began its new Visitor and Administration Building in 2000 – the year LEED certification was launched – and achieved LEED Platinum for a building that ambitiously demonstrates what designed harmony between buildings and nature can be.

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Archtober Building of the Day 3> North Hall and Library, Bronx Community College

Architecture, East
Saturday, October 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Benjamin Kracauer)

(Courtesy Benjamin Kracauer)

Archtober Building of the Day #3
North Hall and Library, Bronx Community College
Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Alex Lamis, FAIA, and Dennis Sagiev met a windblown gaggle of enthusiasts on the educational plateau of the Bronx: the former University Heights campus of NYU. Now Bronx Community College, it is a repository of ambitious plans. The first was the Jeffersonian campus plan of 1892 by Stanford White with its iconic Gould Memorial Library (1900) framed by the venerable Hall of Fame (1912). Marcel Breuer made his Modernist marks on the hilltop in 1956 and on into the 1960s.

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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
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(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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