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.”

Santiago Calatrava awarded European Prize for Architecture

Awards, East, International
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking)

Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking / AN)

Tuesday night at a ceremony on the 33rd floor of World Trade Center 7, high above his World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was awarded the European Prize for Architecture by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture. Read More

Sleek renderings show what it’s like to live in Zaha Hadid’s luxurious 520 West 28th Street in New York

Architecture, East, Interiors, News
Monday, November 16, 2015
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Rendering courtesy Hayes Davidson

Rendering courtesy Hayes Davidson

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled interior renderings of her futuristic, 11-story residential development located at 520 West 28th Street in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, which, believe it or not, is her first residential building in the Big Apple.

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New York opens the Randall’s Island Connector, linking the South Bronx to one of New York City’s best parks

East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy NYCEDC)

(Courtesy NYCEDC)

South Bronx cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians now have easy access to Randall’s Island, one of New York’s largest recreation areas. Initiated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in 2013, the Randall’s Island Connector opened this Saturday, November 14.

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Early renderings of SHoP’s 1,000-foot-tall Downtown Brooklyn skyscraper revealed

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

A preliminary rendering of the tower (Via YIMBY)

In August, AN speculated that a super skinny, supertall tower was coming to Brooklyn. Now, real estate watchblog YIMBY has uncovered a design by SHoP Architects for the 90-story, 1,000-foot-tall tower slated for Downtown Brooklyn. Read More

New York state parks to see a billion dollar influx of maintenance funding by 2020

City Terrain, East, News, Preservation
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Letchworth State Park (Rayhan A)

Letchworth State Park (Rayhan A)

After years of disinvestment, the New York park system is receiving the funding it needs to address more than a billion dollars of neglected maintenance across the state’s 213 parks and historic sites.

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Unveiled> Studio Gang’s new wing for the American Museum of Natural History

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, November 5, 2015
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Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

Interior, looking east (Courtesy Studio Gang)

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has unveiled the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, a six story, 218,000 square foot, $325 million expansion, at Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, designed by Jeanne Gang. The principal of New York– and Chicago-based Studio Gang stated that the exuberant organic forms recall “geological canyons, glacial forms,” spaces shaped in increments by the forces of nature. Here, form follows function: the aim of the Gilder Center is to build scientific literacy in young people and encourage study in the STEM fields.

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Vote for your favorite Critical Halloween costumes in Storefront for Art & Architecture’s annual competition

East, Eavesdroplet
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Best Duo/Couple Costume “Permitted and Unpermitted” Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Best Duo/Couple Costume, “Permitted and Unpermitted”, Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek – ONLY IF. (Yuko Torihara/Storefront for Art and Architecture)

Each year, the Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a Halloween Party in New York called “Critical Halloween.” Themes have ranged from “Corporate Avant-Garde” to “On Banality, On Metaphor,” and the costume contest is the highlight of the night, as party-goers relive the Avant-garde tradition of building fantastic architectural costumes.

See all jury winners after the jump.

Tunnel trouble under the Hudson River is an immanent threat to the New York region’s transit system

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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The NY-NJ region would see more traffic if a Hudson River rail tunnel closed for repairs (Sumith R / Flickr)

The NY-NJ region would see more traffic if a Hudson River rail tunnel closed for repairs (Sumith R / Flickr)

Two rail tunnels connecting New Jersey to New York are the main arteries of the regional transit system. Riders usually don’t need to focus on the infrastructure that carries them to their destinations—unless something goes wrong. Each day, 500,000 commuters use mass transit—Amtrak, PATH, and NJ Transit—to travel from New Jersey to New York and back.

After more than one hundred years in service, the rail tunnels are rapidly deteriorating. “Tunnel Trouble,” a new video released by the Regional Plan Association (RPA), warns of the dire consequences for transit on the Eastern seaboard if one of the tunnels were shut down for extensive repairs.

Watch the video here.

Marvel Architects’ Brooklyn Heights Library tower gets green light from New York City Planning Commission

Development, East, News
Monday, November 2, 2015
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Renderings of tower on the site of the current library (courtesy Marvel Architects)

Renderings of tower on the site of the current library (courtesy Marvel Architects)

Development at 280 Cadman Plaza West was given the go-ahead at today’s New York City Planning Commission meeting. Excluding two commissioners who recused themselves, the commission voted unanimously to approve plans for a 36-story tower designed by Marvel Architects. The mixed-use development will replace the Brooklyn Public Library‘s Business and Career Library, which opened in 1962.

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Already under construction, SHoP’s plan modified for South Street Seaport’s Pier 17

Architecture, Development, East, News
Monday, November 2, 2015
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Pier 17, sans pergola (Courtesy SHoP)

The LPC-approved Pier 17, sans pergola (Courtesy SHoP)

On October 20, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved the Howard Hughes Corporation and SHoP Architects‘ re-visioning of the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17—with one crucial change. The developers will comply with the LPC’s request to remove a glass pergola shading the rooftop lawn. Read More

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