Architect Gary Handel on designing the world’s tallest Passive House residential project

Handel Architects' Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

Handel Architects’ Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

As designers and builders around the world have, in recent years, embraced Passive House standards, one question has remained: will it scale?

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Back to the Future: New York City explores streetcar transit route linking outer boroughs

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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(Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector)

(Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector)

Remember the New York City streetcar? Unless you’re a New Yorker of a certain age, you definitely don’t. Advances in transportation technology (what die-hard conspiracy theorists refer to as Great American Streetcar Scandal) drove streetcars all over the U.S. straight to the last stop. Yet, it’s now very possible that two neighboring boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, will be reunited once again via a new streetcar line of their very own.

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Futuristic coffee shop, Voyager Espresso, opens in New York’s Financial District

Architecture, East, Interiors, Open
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Voyager Espresso, ©Michael Vahrenwald / Esto

Voyager Espresso. (Michael Vahrenwald / Esto)

Voyager Espresso, a 550-square-foot coffee bar, brings the perks of artisanal coffee to New York’s perpetually caffeine craving Financial District in the new Fulton Center.

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Apple shows love to New York’s historic neighborhoods and the Landmarks Conservancy takes notice

Awards, East, News, Preservation
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

Apple store on Fifth Avenue. (Rick González / Flickr)

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is honoring Apple with its 2016 Chairman’s Award. The award, to be given at a fundraising luncheon where individual tickets start at $500, honors the company for “their contribution to preserving, restoring, and repurposing notable historic structures in New York City.”

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Goldstein, Hill & West Architects designs Long Island City’s tallest tower yet

Architecture, Development, East, News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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(Courtesy United Construction and Development)

(Courtesy United Construction and Development)

Goldstein, Hill & West Architects (GHWA), in partnership with developer Chris Xu, just unleashed a 79-story residential tower on Long Island City, Queens. At 963 feet tall, the tower will be 305 feet taller than its neighbor, CitiGroup‘s 50-story One Court Square, already one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood.

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Bjarke Ingels brings the park up to the tower in a new skyscraper at Hudson Yards

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Monday, February 8, 2016
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The Spiral. (Courtesy Tishman Speyer)

The Spiral. (Courtesy Tishman Speyer)

In a new Manhattan skyscraper, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) reinterprets the tower-in-the-park by bringing the park up into the tower.

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In gentrifying Brooklyn, illicit luxury housing is sprouting from community gardens

Larceny and deed fraud are on the rise, and those with a mind for leaving confusing trails of paperwork are profiting from illegitimate purchases of land. A classic case of this can be found on Maple Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

But the garden quickly began showing weeds…

Rush hour construction crane collapse in Tribeca injures two, kills one

East, News
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy FDNY)

(Courtesy FDNY)

During the height of rush hour this morning, a construction crane collapsed on Worth Street between Church Street and West Broadway in Tribeca, mere blocks from AN‘s New York headquarters. Read More

Kohn Pedersen Fox plays Jenga with this Madison Avenue building, pulling mass away and stacking it on top

Architecture, East, News, Skyscrapers
Thursday, February 4, 2016
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390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

390 Madison Avenue. (Courtesy Neoscape)

It’s addition by subtraction on Madison Avenue, where Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is playing real-life Jenga with a 24-story office building between East 46th and 47th streets in Midtown Manhattan.

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WXY steps up design on one of New York’s long-neglected stair paths

East, Landscape Architecture, News
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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(Courtesy WXY)

(Courtesy WXY)

Although step-streets—pedestrian corridors that replace auto-centric streets in hilly neighborhoods—are more often associated with San Francisco, New York City has 94 step-streets of its own. WXY Architecture + Urban Design partnered with AECOM to revamp a full-block step-street in Inwood, Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

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Escobedo Solíz Studio wins 2016 MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program

Architecture, Art, Design, East, East Coast
Monday, February 1, 2016
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Weaving the Courtyard by Escobedo Solíz Studio. (Courtesy MOMA/PS1)

Mexico City–based Escobedo Solíz Studio is the winner of the 17th annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP) in Queens, New York. Escobedo Solíz Studio, beat five finalists to design a temporary urban landscape for the courtyard of the 2016 Warm Up summer music series. Weaving the Courtyard, will open at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City in early June. According to the architects, the installation will be “neither an object nor a sculpture standing in the courtyard, but a series of simple, powerful actions that generate new and different atmospheres.”

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Rumored Financial District supertall by FXFOWLE gets a trim, but will the views make up for it?

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Friday, January 29, 2016
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(Courtesy DBox)

(Courtesy DBox)

Rumor had it that the Financial District would be getting a 1,000-foot-tall tower on Trinity Place. This week, renderings were revealed for the FXFOWLE-designed building, and, at 500 feet, it’s considerably shorter than anticipated. As a consolation to supertall lovers out there, every unit will have water views.

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