Meet The Green Line: How Perkins Eastman would remake Broadway through Manhattan into a 40-block linear park

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

By now, the “Bilbao Effect” is metonymy for a culture-led revitalization of a postindustrial city driven by a single institution housed in a starchitect-designed complex. The wild success of Manhattan’s High Line generates regional seismic effects—the Lowline, the QueensWay, and the Lowline: Bronx Edition all cite the high queen of linear parks as their inspiration. Upping the ante, Perkins Eastman unfurls the Green Line, a plan to convert one of New York’s busiest streets into a park.

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100 Fountains will revive New York City’s esteemed public drinking culture

City Terrain, Design, East, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

A drinking fountain on the High Line (Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Though New York has the some of the cleanest municipal tap water, New Yorkers now consume 1.25 billion bottles of water annually. A contributing factor to the rise in bottled water consumption is the decline in the number of public drinking fountains. New York–based Pilot Projects would like to revive the grand tradition of public bubblers through a novel design/build competition.

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Eavesdrop> Luxury Leather Daddy Lawsuit: Peter Marino in court after allegations of sexism, racism

East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Peter Marino. (Courtesy Vogue)

Luxury New York architect Peter Marino is allegedly being sued for making racist and sexist comments. Deirdre O’Brien, Marino’s former office manager, worked at his eponymous firm for 14 years. On October 26, Marino allegedly “’unleashed a tirade’ against her in front of male executives… He ordered her out, calling her a ‘c–t’ as her back was turned” reported the Post‘s Page 6.

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New York City’s building trades unions rally at City Hall for higher wages, better working conditions

East, News
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Building trades union members at a rally today for better wages and working conditions (Audrey Wachs / AN)

Today, members of New York’s building trades unions marched on City Hall for wages that correspond to the rising cost of living, safer working conditions, more diversity, and strong unions to advocate on behalf of all workers. Middle Class Strong, a grassroots coalition administered through the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, organized the march and rally. Read More

Taking Buildings Down: Storefront provokes ideas on the built environment in new competition

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

(Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Perhaps following up on its Halloween Party this year that explored the theme “DEMO,” as in DEMO-lition among other words sharing the root, the Storefront for Art & Architecture has launched a competition called “Taking Buildings Down,” where “removal is all that is allowed.”

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Inch by inch, the Times Square Palace Theater will be raised 29 feet to accommodate added retail

Development, East, News, Preservation
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy PBDW Architects)

The Palace Theater (Courtesy PBDW Architects)

In any other circumstance, razing a beloved historic building elicits outrage from preservationists. This time, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) worked the homonym, approving plans to raise the Palace Theater, at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street, by 29 feet. New York’s PBDW Architects and historic preservation consultants Higgins Quasebarth & Partners will lead the theater-raising and subsequent renovation. Read More

Architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman win the third annual Isamu Noguchi Award

Awards, East, News
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

The Noguchi Museum has named architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman recipients of the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award. The award, given annually since 2014, recognizes practitioners who “share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange.”

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New York promotes active design at the 2015 FitCity conference

East, Transportation, Urbanism
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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(Credit: AIA New York)

(Courtesy AIA New York)

Last month, AIA New York and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene held the tenth annual FitCity conference. The event, which hosted a multi-disciplinary group of nearly 500 participants ranging from architects and designers to policymakers and public health officials, explored some of the approaches and strategies that could be implemented to create a more healthful and “fit” New York City.

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MoMA names Sean Anderson associate curator of the Department of Architecture and Design

Chloe Burton Photography; Corporate Headshot; Chloe Burton; Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Courtesy MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has selected Sean Anderson as its new associate curator in the department of architecture and design. Anderson will work alongside fellow department employees to create collections, exhibitions, and public programs that focus on contemporary architecture.

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SOFTlab’s “Nova” pavilion brightens cold New York nights with psychadelic light

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Monday, November 23, 2015
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(Courtesy 3M)

(Courtesy 3M)

Suburban folk mark the change of seasons with spring peepers, the sound of leaf blowers, and first frosts. City dwellers rely on other environmental cures: pumpkin spice lattes, heat season, and festive public art installations. Last week, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and the Van Alen Institute welcomed crowds to SOFTlab‘s Nova, the 2015 winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.

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The sky’s the limit: Bjarke Ingels lands a pair of slanting towers on the High Line

(Courtesy BIG)

76 Eleventh Avenue (Courtesy BIG)

Clearly, higher ups at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) are channeling beloved New York rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s approach to urban space. The firm’s recent high-profile commissions (hello, Pittsburgh!) reflect Biggie’s mantra: “the sky is the limit, and [you] know that you can have what you want, be what you want, have what you want, be what you want,” ad infinitum.

Now, Ingels is again looking skyward with a new project along New York’s High Line.

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Benjamin Prosky Named Executive Director of AIA New York

East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Architizer)

(Courtesy Architizer)

The AIA New York has named Architizer co-founder and minority owner Benjamin Prosky as its new Executive Director. He will step away from his role as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prosky has been overseeing events, publications, multimedia content and special projects since 2011. He will begin his duties at the AIA in early 2016.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as Executive Director of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture,” Prosky said in a statement. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to expand the scope of both organizations—I look forward to engaging with the professional architects who are the backbone of the constituency, and also cultivating the broader public which, in the context of New York, recognizes the profound impact that design and the built environment have on the vitality of the city and all aspects of our lives.”

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