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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Philip Johnson-designed relic Tent of Tomorrow gets fresh coat of paint

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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The New York State Pavilion (Courtesy NYC Parks Department)

The New York State Pavilion (Courtesy NYC Parks Department)

Until recently, the Tent of Tomorrow looked very yesterday. Part of the Philip Johnson–designed New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair has been restored to its original color, “American Cheese Yellow,” earlier this month. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 19> Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Architecture, East
Monday, October 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

“All the world’s a stage, and all men and women merely players.” At today’s Archtober tour of the Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture‘s Geoff Lynch and David Haakenson explained how the firm took the Bard’s oft-quoted lines to their logical architectural conclusion.

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Marvel at the time-lapse renderings of Nolita’s 34 Prince Street

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter
Monday, October 19, 2015
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34 Prince Street, 1980 (Courtesy MARCH)

34 Prince Street, 1980. (Courtesy MARCH)

Those feeling nostalgic for the New York of yesterday can feast on time lapse renderings by Brooklyn-based MARCH for Marvel Architects‘ 34 Prince Street. The New York firm is converting the former convent, orphanage, and school into luxury residences. Newly released renderings depict the 1825 Federal-style building as it was in 1900, 1940, 1980, and 2016 (the project’s expected completion date). Read More

12 Warren Street starts to reveal its final form

Architecture, Development, East
Monday, October 19, 2015
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(Jason Sayer / AN)

(Jason Sayer / AN)

Tribeca’s 12 Warren Street is finally stripping down with the public now getting a glimpse of the building’s distinguished facade. Development and design firm DDG is bucking the trend of the usual glass luxury building that are commonplace all over Manhattan, instead opting for the naturalistic texture of rough stone.

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Archtober Building of the Day 17> General Society of Mechanics & Tradesman

East
Saturday, October 17, 2015
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(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

An assemblage of Archtoberites and Open House New Yorkers explored the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesman today with Victoria Dengel, executive director of the organization. She was joined by two of her tenants, Lisa Easton, AIA, a partner at Easton Architects, and Seth Weine, a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). Read More

Archtober Building of the Day> Goethe-Institut New York by KARO Architects

Architecture, East
Friday, October 16, 2015
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(Julia Christie)

(Julia Christie)

Christoph Bartmann, director of the Goethe-Institut New York, began today’s Archtober tour with a history of its time in the city. After many years on the Upper East Side, the organization had to relocate to a temporary space in Soho to comply with German fire safety regulations. After viewing dozens of potential spaces throughout Lower Manhattan, it found its new home on Irving Place. The 3,000 square foot 1st floor, formerly occupied by a mystical religious community, was in bad shape when the new tenants first arrived—it was truly bare-bones.

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Archtober Building of the Day 15> Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

Architecture, East
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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(Julia Cohen)

(Julia Cohen)

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor Campus, Building A Staten Island
Gluckman Tang Architects

The recently reopened Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, housed in a former dormitory for aged and decrepit sailors, has a renewed vitality in a historic setting. “When restoring historic buildings, make interventions as quietly as you can,” Richard Gluckman told Archtober enthusiasts gathered at the museum today.

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Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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Archtober Building of the Day 14> Daniel Burnham’s Flatiron Building

Architecture, East, Skyscrapers
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Morgan Watson)

(Morgan Watson)

Flatiron Building
175 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
D. H. Burnham & Co. (1902)

A fantastic crowd of Archtober enthusiasts joined us for the outdoor history lesson from Alice Sparberg Alexiou—not only the author of The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City that Arose With It—but also a descendant of a post-war Transylvanian real estate developer who owned, along with Harry Helmsley and another investor, the Flatiron Building for fifty years.

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New York City launches interactive maps that reveal the minutia of neighborhood-level data

East, News, Technology
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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(Courtesy City of New York)

(Courtesy City of New York)

Busybodies and neighborhood know-it-alls rejoice: today, New York City, in partnership with civic data managers Vizalytics, launched a beta version of neighborhood.nyc, a new website that maps street-level information derived from 311 calls and city agencies.

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Please be Seated: New York City expands its CityBench program and grows ‘Street Seat’ parklets in Brooklyn

Design, East, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at M.S, 22 with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

NYC DOT and other local stakeholders marked the installation of the 1,500th CityBench at Jordan L. Mott Middle School 22 in the Bronx with a ribbon cutting. Six new CityBenches were recently installed as part of a community beautification project at the school. (Courtesy NYC DOT)

If there’s one thing New Yorker’s won’t stand for, it’s a lack of benches. After unveiling the 1,500th addition to its CityBench program, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has revealed that a federal award package of $1.5 million will be used to develop the CityBench scheme further. In addition to this The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has initiated a colorful “Street Seats” program as seating projects gain popularity in the city.

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