Archtober Building of the Day 8> The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm
6 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn

thread collective

A gaggle of green-thumbed Archtober enthusiasts joined thread collective’s Elliott Maltby and Gita Nandan to learn about the NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm. Situated in Brooklyn, the one acre plot has served as a model for other farms being developed on New York Housing Authority properties, including at Howard Houses in Brownsville and in Coney Island.

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No glass ceilings here: Eva Jiricna will design new home for Tiffany lamp collection

Architecture, East, News, Newsletter, Unveiled
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

Rendering of glass staircase in the Tiffany Gallery, New York Historical Society. (Courtesy Eva Jiřičná Architects)

The New York Historical Society announced today that Czech architect Eva Jiřičná will design a new space for exhibitions and study on the 20,000 square foot fourth floor of the society’s Central Park West building.

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Topping Out 10 Hudson Yards: KPF’s Manhattan tower reaches new heights

Topping out 10 Hudson Yards (Courtesy Joe Woolhead)

Topping out 10 Hudson Yards (Courtesy Joe Woolhead)

The final bucket of concrete anointed the top of Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s 10 Hudson Yards today. Built to LEED Platinum standards, the 52 story office building, at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue in New York City, is the first of sixteen buildings on the 28 acre site. Read More

Archtober Building of the Day 7> Enrique Norten’s Mercedes House

Architecture, East
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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(Kalyani Bhatt)

(Kalyani Bhatt)

Mercedes House
550 West 54th Street, Manhattan

TEN Arquitectos

Archtober-ites probably expected to enviously gawk at the views and wander through the wedge-shaped, amenity-filled, courtyards of Mercedes House, one of the recent luxury rental additions to Midtown West. What they probably didn’t expect was TEN Arquitectos partner Andrea Steele’s eloquent and educational lesson on the challenges and opportunities of zoning in New York.

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Aim High, Get Low: New “Lowline” linear park eyed in the Bronx

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

Call it High Line fever: since the first leg of James Corner and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line debuted in 2009, High Line–like projects have popped up all over the city and across the country. Now, not ten miles from the original, the Bronx may be slated for its very own rail-to-park conversion.

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Archtober Building of the Day 6> Weiss/Manfredi and ARO at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Architecture, East
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

(Eve Dilworth Rosen)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Entry Building, Arch, and Steinberg Visitor Center
990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn 

WEISS/MANFREDI, Architecture Research Office

With blue skies overhead and abundant sunshine, it was the perfect day to funnel from Brooklyn‘s clamorous urban streetscape into the transportative, protected landscapes of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On this double-header Building of Day tour, Archtober-ites explored the threshold from the city grid into the meandering, arboreal pathways at the garden, as experienced in two new entrance pavilions designed by WEISS/MANFREDI and ARO.

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Wednesday> AIANY’s Global Dialogues tackles New York City’s affordable housing problem

Development, East
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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shelter-on-housing

Housing shortages are not just an issue in New York City or even America’s hyper-developed urban centers. It’s an issue in every large city in the world.

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HOK takes a walk on the wild side in upstate New York

(Wild Walk / Flickr)

(Wild Walk / Flickr)

Fancy a walk up in the trees? Upstate New York now has its own “High Line” of sorts at the Wild Center in Adirondack Park, part of the Tupper Lake area.

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Archtober Building of the Day 5> World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Architecture, East
Monday, October 5, 2015
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(Benjamin D. Kracauer)

(Benjamin D. Kracauer)

World Trade Center Transportation Hub
World Trade Center, Manhattan
Downtown Design Partnership; STV, AECOM, and Santiago Calatrava

A team from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey wowed the crowd of lucky Archtober fans this morning with a full-length tour from the Hudson River to the beating heart of the new World Trade Center. Robert Eisenstat, the chief architect at the Port Authority Engineering Department, was joined by Thomas L. Grassi, a program manager on the World Trade Center construction, and a number of others along for the ride. These dedicated people, along with many others, have been working on the site since “the day.”

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Review> Paul Gunther on preservation and the ongoing exhibit, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Grand Central Terminal, 2014. (Iwan Baan)

Grand Central Terminal, 2014. (Iwan Baan)

Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks
An exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York and Catalog edited by Donald Albrecht, Andrew Dolkart, and Seri Worden
Through January 3, 2016

Since the first trace of the species homo sapiens, human evolution only represents four one hundred thousandths of one percent of the earth’s age. In proportion to an 80-year life span, that means just 31 hours—less than a day and a half of the 701,280 hours lived.

With the existential threat of climate change and ecological ruination gaining traction in collective consciousness—combined with the outsized expectations of breath-holding fundamentalists for whom earth’s rapturous end can’t come soon enough—our sense of what permanence means has begun to shift. If all human culture to date is just four-dozen millennia and we’ve wreaked so much havoc already, “forever” strikes a dubious chord.

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Columbia University receives grant to start Center for Spatial Research

Architecture, Dean's List, East, News
Monday, October 5, 2015
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clumbia grant

(Courtesy Mellon Foundation Grant to Establish Center for Spatial Research via Columbia GSAPP)

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation (GSAPP) has announced the creation of a new Center for Spatial Research (CSR) that will act as a focal point linking humanities, architecture, and data science departments as well as sponsoring a series of curricular initiatives built around new technologies of mapping, data visualization and data collection. The Center will be directed by GSAPP Associate Professor Laura Kurgan.

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Archtober Building of the Day 4> Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building

(Courtesy Archtober)

(Courtesy Archtober)

It makes sense that one of New York City’s exceptional botanical gardens would develop what would become one of the city’s first green buildings. What is extraordinary is that the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) began its new Visitor and Administration Building in 2000 – the year LEED certification was launched – and achieved LEED Platinum for a building that ambitiously demonstrates what designed harmony between buildings and nature can be.

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