AIA New York’s New Practices Committee Chooses Six Emerging Firms as Winners

Architecture, Awards, East
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Studio Cadena

Studio Cadena

New Practices New York, a distinguished competition that’s part of the AIA New York chapter, announced the six winners of its 2016 biennial competition on January 28.

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Ever-growing MoMA splits its controversial expansion plans into three phases

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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DS+R's original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA's main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

DS+R’s original MoMA expansion plans called for demolishing the American Museum of Folk Art to erect a glass curtain wall at MoMA’s main entrance on 53rd Street. (Courtesy DS+R)

When MoMA debuted its Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)–led expansion and renovation plans in 2014, the reaction from the public was overwhelmingly negative. Those plans called for demolishing the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien–designed American Folk Art Museum and creating a glass curtain wall that would open MoMA’s entire first floor to the public, for free. It’s not the free part critics took issue with: It was the perceived chaos of the museum-goer experience and wholesale destruction of the folk art museum.

MoMA took note, and pulled plans back. This week, revised plans were revealed. DS+R is still the architect (with Gensler), and the original objective—to create unfettered movement between galleries—remains. But a lot has also changed.

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Jeanne Gang’s fire station brings civic design to deep Brooklyn neighborhood

Architecture, East, Unveiled
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Studio Gang)

(Courtesy Studio Gang)

Chicago-based Studio Gang is designing a modern fire station for the Brownsville community in Brooklyn. The two-story, precast concrete structure, to be built on a vacant lot at 1815 Sterling Place, includes bright red accents as the facade pulls away from the street plane.

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The scaffolding comes off Carmel Place, New York’s first modular micro-apartment building

Architecture, Development, East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 28, 2016
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(Courtesy Field Condition)

(Courtesy Field Condition)

The scaffolding just came off of Carmel Place, the 10-story, 55-unit micro-apartment building designed by Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS. The project, formerly known as My Micro NY, has diminutive units designed to serve the “small household population.”

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Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition

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Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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Letters to the Editor> Readers respond to AN’s Municipal Art Society editorial

East, Letter to the Editor
Monday, January 25, 2016
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(Courtesy MAS)

Editor’s Note: In The Architect’s Newspaper’s December issue, editor-in-chief William Menking published the editorial, “What Happened to the Municipal Art Society?” In it, he questioned MAS’s commitment to architecture and New York City, saying: “What was once one of the fiercest and most devoted New York City organizations that would litigate when it thought the best interests of the city were threatened, has now become a de-fanged developer and real estate–led organization that serves as a cheerleader for major development projects…” Many of you responded and we are sharing a few letters below.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com.

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Staten Island’s eerie, abandoned Farm Colony to be transformed into senior housing

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Housing, like the cottages pictured here, is designed to dialogue with existing historic structures. (Courtesy v+b)

Staten Island‘s abandoned New York City Farm Colony is being redeveloped into Landmark Colony, a $91 million residential community for seniors 55 and older. The architect is Staten Island–based Vengoechea + Boyland Architecture/Urban Planning.

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Woody and The Donald

East, Eavesdroplet, Urbanism
Friday, January 22, 2016
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(Courtesy Gawker)

(Courtesy Gawker)

Here is a story to file under the Republican presidential primary, celebrity, radical American politics, and affordable housing policies in New York City. The Conversation writer Will Kaufman reports that the “This Land is Your Land” folk singer Woody Guthrie lived in Federal Housing Authority–financed housing in Coney Island‘s Beach Haven. Those residences were constructed by non other than Fred Trump, Donald’s father.

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This unit in Vinoly’s 432 Park skyscraper goes for baroque with interior design

East, Interiors, News
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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(Courtesy Atelier & Co)

(Courtesy Atelier & Co)

Love it or not, Rafael Viñoly‘s 432 Park makes a statement on the New York City skyline. The 88-story, 1,396-foot-tall skyscraper will be home to some of the world’s richest people (and/or their faceless LLCs). One soon-to-be-resident is bringing the public’s prying eyes inward by bucking the less-is-more aesthetic of contemporary interior design for a maximalist, marble-on-marble pad designed by Brooklyn–based Atelier & Co.

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It’s now too expensive to build local for New York’s modular construction industry

Development, East, News
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Thanks to high rents, New York City is losing one of its longtime modular construction companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the news could send ripples through the city’s prefab construction scene. Read More

New York City to receive $176 million in federal funding for East Side coastal resiliency project

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

New York City will receive $176 million in federal funding for disaster recovery. The funding would be put towards a section of the project extending from the northern portion of Battery Park City to Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side.

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Kevin Roche’s late modern interiors at the Ambassador Grill may be demolished

East, Interiors, News, Preservation
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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(Courtesy Docomomo US)

(Courtesy Docomomo US)

Kevin Roche‘s late modern interiors at the United Nations Plaza Ambassador Grill & Lounge, and Hotel Lobby are in jeopardy. Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the owners 0f ONE UN New York Hotel (the space’s current name) have closed both spaces for possible demolition.

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