Museum of Food and Drink Lab opens in Williamsburg with exhibition on real fake flavors

Architecture, East, Interiors, News, Newsletter, Open
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Courtesy MOFAD Lab)

(Courtesy MOFAD Lab)

At most museums, “Do Not Touch” is a core commandment. Even at idiosyncratic institutions like the New York Hall of Science or the City Museum in St. Louis, licking or sniffing the exhibits is not encouraged. The behavioral guidelines are very different at Brooklyn’s just-opened Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Lab. MOFAD Lab engages all five senses to investigate the history, science, and culture of food and drink.

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Archtober Building of the Day 27> National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Morgan Watson)

(Morgan Watson)

National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion
180 Greenwich Street, 
Manhattan
Snøhetta

The Survivor Tree lived on the site of the original World Trade Center. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the burnt and ailing pear tree was removed from its home and nursed back to health. It has since returned and continued to flourish, and has become a symbol for recovery and resiliency. From a spot beside the tree, the glowing National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion appears to grow straight out of the ground, itself representing the past and promise of the future.

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Buffalo greens up with new form-based land use and zoning codes

City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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(Courtesy Andrew Nash / Flickr)

(Courtesy Andrew Nash / Flickr)

Some claim that the city of Buffalo, New York, was not named for the large plains mammal but for the beau fleuve, the beautiful Niagara River, that empties into Lake Erie near the city. Regardless of whether this story is true or apocryphal, it’s undeniable that Buffalo is reprising its environmental heritage with the Green Code, a comprehensive update to the city’s zoning and land use regulations.

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Archtober Building of the Day 26> El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 by HHL Architects

Architecture, East
Monday, October 26, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
215 East 99th Street, Manhattan
HHL Architects

Jazz musician Ellen O’Brien still gets teary-eyed when she recounts the tale of how she ended up in a spacious one-bedroom apartment at El Barrio’s Arstpace PS109. Like many artists in New York City, life has been a struggle. When an already precarious financial situation coincided with her apartment burning down, she lost everything except the clothes on her back. Luckily, Ellen was one of 89 applicants selected from a pool of 53,000 to reside in Artspace’s community-driven live/work artists’ housing project.

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New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal is set for a $7 to $10 billion overhaul

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Monday, October 26, 2015
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Port Authority Bus Terminal. (Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Port Authority Bus Terminal (Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Over the next 15 years, $7–10 billion dollars will be spent to overhaul one of the saddest, most depressing places on earth. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) voted this month to transform the 65 year old Port Authority Bus Terminal, on Eighth Avenue at 42nd Street, and build a new station on the next block.

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Archtober Building of the Day 23> St. Mark’s Bookshop by Clouds Architecture Office

Architecture, East
Friday, October 23, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

St. Mark’s Bookshop
136 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
Clouds Architecture Office

Clouds Architecture Office is two wonderful architects of international origin and distinction: Ostap Rudakevych and Masayuki Sono. It’s easy to see why the intense and inward duo selected such a multi-valent word to identify their firm. Curiously enough though, their project for the St. Mark’s Bookshop did not in any way darken the nature of retail bookselling—quite substantially just the opposite. The bookstore won an honor award from the AIA New York Chapter Design awards program in 2015.

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On November 10, the Institute for Public Architecture celebrates architecture and affordable housing in New York City

East, On View
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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ipa-event

Today it seems that every civic and philanthropic organization in New York City is promoting and sponsoring events on affordable housing. But one organization, the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), has been there since the beginning of the current debate on affordability and architect-designed housing.

Details after the jump.

Archtober Building of the Day 22> The Educational Alliance by PBDW Architects

Architecture, East
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

The Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway, Manhattan
PBDW Architects

As the population of Manhattan‘s Lower East Side (LES) has shifted over the past 126 years, the Educational Alliance’s programs have evolved to meet the needs of a changing community. Still close to its roots as a settlement house that helped Jewish immigrants acclimate to the United States (and with mezuzahs on the doors to show for the continued ties with Judaism), the alliance serves the entire community, across age, race, ethnicity, and income level.

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OMA selected to master plan Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium–Armory Campus

Architecture, East, Urbanism
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Washington, D.C.‘s rundown Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium–Armory Campus, home to soccer team D.C. United, is finally edging closer to redevelopment. The New York office of Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam-based firm OMA has been commissioned to master plan the 190-acre site.

Continue after the jump.

Forward Slash (/) Architektur win Performa 15 HUB competition

Architecture, Awards, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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(Courtesy Preforma)

(Courtesy Performa)

Performa, an organization that is committed to live performance in a wide variety of fields, has announced Christoph A. Kumpusch and his office, Forward Slash ( / ) Architektur, as the winner of its first global competition for the design and realization of the Performa Hub.

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Archtober Building of the Day 21> Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning by GLUCK+

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning
Crotona Park, the Bronx
GLUCK+

Today’s Archtober Building of the Day tour of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx offered a close-up view of GLUCK+’s construction process. The firm works in the architect-led design-build model, in which the architect also serves as the project’s general contractor. Our group of inquisitive participants asked GLUCK+ Principal Marc Gee about how this process works, from the company’s insurance requirements to day-to-day life in the office. According to Gee, the system works because “architects are able to think on their feet in terms of design, not just the project’s bottom line.”

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Archtober Building of the Day 20> Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum of American Art

Architecture, East
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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(Kalyani Bhatt)

(Kalyani Bhatt)

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan
Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson

When the Whitney Museum made the move from its iconic Breuer Building to a new location in Manhattan‘s Meatpacking District, the institution was “returning to our downtown roots,” Larissa Gentile, New Building Project Director for the Whitney, told today’s Archtober Building of the Day Tour attendees.

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