Above Average pokes fun at kale-fueled gentrification with “Settlers of Brooklyn”

Development, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    In "Settlers of Brooklyn," players compete to "colonize" the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

In “Settlers of Brooklyn,” players compete to “colonize” the outer boroughs. (Above Average)

The comedy geniuses at digital network Above Average have released a glorious sendup of gentrification in New York City’s outer boroughs. “Settlers of Brooklyn” (pronounced Brook-LAWN) promises hours of good old-fashioned board-game fun for the next generation of power brokers: millennials.

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Peek inside New York City’s newest, and endlessly delayed, subway station

(Courtesy MTA)

(Courtesy MTA)

In entirely expected news, the extension of the 7 line subway to Manhattan’s Far West Side has been delayed yet again. The New York Times reported that the new 34th Street station, which was scheduled to open by the end of 2013, and then by the summer of 2014, won’t actually be ready until July.

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Gaetano Pesce walks the line between art and architecture with new exhibit in Soho

Architecture, Art
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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pesce

(Allouche Gallery)

 

Gaetano Pesce is a designer who works between art and architecture and wants his designs to attack or argue against the results of standardized commercial design. He uses poetry, sometimes humor, color, and texture (in foam, resin, and urethane ) to create whimsical chairs, couches, and domestic art for gallery spaces.

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Facades+ Tech Workshops: Quick-Take Continuing Education

Facades+ tech workshops offer hands-on exposure to design tools.

Facades+ tech workshops offer hands-on exposure to design tools.

In the constantly-evolving AEC industry, the importance of continuing technical education is difficult to understate. Yet learning opportunities for design and construction professionals tend to occupy two extremes, explained Thornton Tomasetti’s Jonatan Schumacher. “You can take a class, which is a long undertaking,” he said. “Or you can watch online lectures, which require self-motivation.” The Facades+ conference series offers a happy medium in the form of day-long tech workshops, providing hands-on exposure to new tools under the guidance of subject specialists.

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ShoP’s pair of Long Island City towers near the finish line

(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

The construction-watching site Field Condition recently toured phase one of the Hunters Point South development in Long Island City, Queens where a pair of SHoP-designed towers are wrapping up construction. The taller of the two buildings, Building A, stands 37 stories and has a primarily gray facade with pops of color from PTAC units that have been tinted orange.

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This year’s Folly installation in New York City bends and twists spheres into an innovative plywood pavilion

(Courtesy the Architectural League of New York)

(Courtesy the Architectural League of New York)

The winning proposal for this year’s Folly installation at New York City’s Socrates Sculpture Park rethinks social interaction in public spaces with a sculptural installation resembling cross-sections of basketballs protruding from a horizontal plane. Torquing Spheres comprises sculpted, intertwined forms whose voluminous curves represent new feats in material techniques: bending plywood in a way that has been common in bending plastic panels.

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Kickstarters launched for FIGMENT’s two Governors Island installations

BILLION OYSTER PAVILION. (COURTESY BANG STUDIO)

BILLION OYSTER PAVILION. (COURTESY BANG STUDIO)

As AN wrote in January, New York City’s FIGMENT selected not one but two projects for this year’s annual art installation at Governors Island. But here’s the thing, neither of these pavilions are going to be realized without significant funds being raised. So, naturally, Kickstarter campaigns have been launched for the Billion Oyster Pavilion and the Organic Growth Pavilion.

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This roadway in New York City’s Washington Heights is being replaced by a pedestrian plaza with playfully meandering paving

(Courtesy New York City DDC and DOT)

(Courtesy New York City DDC and DOT)

New York City recently broke ground on a 14,000-square-foot public plaza in Washington Heights with a very wavy paving design. The Plaza de Las Americas  is intended to reference town squares found in the Caribbean, Central and South America. It was designed for the city by the RBA Group, a landscape architecture and engineering consulting firm.

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AN’s own Susan Kramer appears in New York Times video on Union Square

East, Media
Monday, March 23, 2015
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Union Square in New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)

Union Square in New York City. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the latest installment of its by “Block by Block” video series, the New York Times explored Manhattan’s thriving Union Square neighborhood. The video kicks off with AN‘s very own Susan Kramer, who is a long time resident of the area.

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On View> New York’s landmarked interiors get their own show at the New York School of Interior Design

(Larry Lederman)

(Larry Lederman)

Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors
New York School of Interior Design Gallery
161 East 69th Street, New York City
Through April 24

There are 117 landmarked public interior spaces in New York City. That seems like a fair number until you realize that the city is home to more than 1,300 building exteriors that have been granted landmark status. Rescued, Restored, Reimagined, an exhibition currently on show at the New York School of Interior Design Gallery (NYSID), seeks to strike a balance by making the argument that historic interiors are just as important as the edifices that enclose them.

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Review> Richard Estes’s photorealistic paintings of New York on view at the Museum of Arts and Design

Architecture, Art, East, Newsletter, On View, Review
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Richard Estes, The Plaza's Plaza from a city bus, 1991.

Richard Estes, The Plaza’s Plaza from a city bus, 1991.

Richard Estes: Painting New York City
Museum of Arts & Design
New York
Through September 20, 2015

The first exhibition of art at this institution originally and primarily devoted to craft consists of photorealist paintings spanning 50 years by one of the most accomplished masters of the style. And in the dispassionate way typical of this artist and the genre, they show some subtle changes that have taken place in the cityscape.

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Skyscraper Expert Antony Wood Calls for a Facades Revolution

Battery Park high-rises, New York City. (Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

Battery Park high-rises, New York City. (Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

As the director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Dr. Antony Wood spends a lot of time thinking about the high-rise envelope, which he calls “its single most important interface to the external environment.” For decades, hermetically sealed glass was the gold standard in facade design for tall buildings. With sustainability an increasingly urgent priority, things have begun to change for the better, says Wood. “But we have barely scratched the surface,” he argues. “So much more needs to be done.” Wood will issue his call to action next month in a talk and subsequent panel discussion at Facades+ NYC, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes.

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