It’s now too expensive to build local for New York’s modular construction industry

Development, East, News
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Prefab concrete bathroom pods at a factory in Poland. The high cost of manufacturing in New York is driving away many modular construction firms. (seier+seier / Flickr)

Thanks to high rents, New York City is losing one of its longtime modular construction companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the news could send ripples through the city’s prefab construction scene. Read More

Eavesdrop> Borderline Personalities: SHoP Architects could be designing a project in Tijuana

(Xiquinho Silva / Flickr)

(Xiquinho Silva / Flickr)

Seemingly ubiquitous in New York City, SHoP Architects may be taking its urbane brand south of the border, and not just for tacos. The firm won’t confirm or deny rumors that it chatted with Alfonso Medina of T38 Studio about a Tijuana-based project.

SHoP Architects towers over Long Island City’s Anable Basin with three new towers

Architecture, Development, East, News, Unveiled
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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45-40 Vernon Boulevard (Courtesy SHoP)

45-40 Vernon Boulevard (Courtesy SHoP)

While everyone was distracted by Monday’s BIG news on the High Line, SHoP unveiled a three-tower complex on the waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The tallest tower, at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard, will be 28 stories, with 296 residential units. Read More

Affordable housing tenants are renting out units on Airbnb. What’s wrong with that?

East, News
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Hunters Point South Commons)

(Courtesy Hunters Point South Commons)

On Tuesday, the LIC Post reported that some residents who received units through the affordable housing lottery in a (SHoP-designed) Hunters Point South high-rise are renting out their units on Airbnb. Market rate tenants expressed righteous indignation, and poor-shamed their neighbors for “gaming the system.” In New York City, renting out your rented place on Airbnb is illegal, but is it really wrong? Read More

Kohn Pedersen Fox unleashes a 600-foot-tall office building in Downtown Brooklyn

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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(Courtesy KPF)

(Courtesy KPF)

It’s a big week for big Brooklyn skyscrapers. Yesterday, SHoP Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates unveiled plans for towers within a block of each other, in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. KPF is developing the 400,000 square foot office and retail project at 420 Albee Square in partnership with JEMB Realty and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). At 600 feet tall, the tower will be 400 feet shorter than SHoP’s, but it will still reign as Brooklyn’s second tallest building.

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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

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

Vishaan Chakrabarti departs SHoP to begin his own practice, the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Skyline photo by Thomas Hawk / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Architect and planner Vishaan Chakrabarti has had some crazy ideas over the years. In the past he has worked to convert an old Post Office adjacent to Penn Station into the monumental Moynihan Station and helped shape a loopy scheme to transform the former Domino Sugar Factory on Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront. In 2013, he even spearheaded a proposal to extend Manhattan island to connect it with Governors Island and project a new plot of land into New York Harbor.

It’s fair to say that Chakrabarti thinks big. Today, Chakrabarti announced his latest big idea: his own architecture firm called the Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU).

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Oakland Uber Alles: Gensler unveils new East Bay headquarters for booming ride-share company

Architecture, Development, Other, Preservation, West
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Revamped Sears building with facades on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. (Steelblue)

Not content with 423,000 square feet designed by SHoP Architects in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Uber is expanding into Oakland. The company purchased the former Sears building from developer Lane Partners, who bought the building last year. Genlser is on deck to transform the old department store into 330,000 square feet of creative office space. The iconic chunk of real estate prominently faces both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue and its redevelopment marks a turning point for Oakland.

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Construction is about to begin on the New York Wheel, the Western Hemisphere’s largest Ferris wheel

Architecture, Development, East
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. Courtesy New York Wheel

The Wheel will provide some spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. (Courtesy New York Wheel)

Architecture firm S9, a division of Perkins Eastman, is moving ahead with plans for the New York Wheel, what will soon take shape as an enormous Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.

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Can the latest plan to salvage LaGuardia take flight? New York Governor Cuomo unveils ambitious $4 billion airport redesign scheme

(Courtesy Office of the Governor)

(Courtesy Office of the Governor)

For New Yorkers and visitors alike, LaGuardia Airport is a confusing maze of disconnected terminals. Beset with delays, chaotic transfers, poorly designed wayfinding, and congestion for both passengers and planes, the airport was recently, not undeservingly, characterized by Vice President Biden as feeling like a “third-world country.” Now the facility is slated to get a much-needed, and long overdue redesign. Governor Cuomo presented a far-reaching plan to overhaul the tired facility, which would cost roughly $4 billion, and be completed over a 5-year period.

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The tallest crane ever in New York City was just installed to build SHoP’s Manhattan supertall

(Courtesy SHoP)

(Courtesy SHoP)

The tallest freestanding crane ever erected in New York City is now in place to help SHoP‘s bronze, glass, and terracotta 57th Street tower rise to 1,428 feet.

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