With this purchase of five acres of waterfront land, is the South Bronx New York’s newest development hot spot?

Development, East, News, Skyscrapers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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(Courtesy Bing)

(Courtesy Bing)

The Chetrit Group and Somerset Partners are betting big on the Bronx. The developers have recently purchased 5 acres of industrial land along the Harlem River. The Wall Street Journal reported that they plan to build up to six 25-story market-rate apartment towers on the land.

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Photographers capture Los Angeles Marathon spotlights shining across the skyline

Art, Lighting, Pictorial, West
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Panorama of the spotlight event by photographer Kurt Lawson. (Kurt Lawson)

Panorama of the spotlight event by photographer Kurt Lawson. (Kurt Lawson)

On March 13, the Los Angeles sky was emblazoned with a trail of upward-facing spotlights, marking every mile of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon, stretching 26 miles from Echo Park to Santa Monica. The installation, celebrating the event’s 30th running, and sponsored and designed by shoe company ASICS, used 124 spotlights, totaling more than 7.5 million lumens.

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Product> Brilliant Concepts: Six Light Fixtures that Do More than Illuminate

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LEAD-Luceplan-Petale-Suspension-Light

(Courtesy Luceplan)

Merging practicality—ingenuity, even—with aesthetics can yield impressive results. These light fixtures and accessories go beyond the basic function of illuminating a space in some very surprising ways.

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The Farm of the Future: Vertical Greenhouse in Remote Wyoming to Help Guard Against Food Shortages

(Courtesy Vertical Harvest)

(Courtesy Vertical Harvest)

High-yield, vertical greenhouses could be a godsend for outlying regions afflicted with harsh climates, where food supply chains are weather-vulnerable. In Jackson, Wyoming, where approximately 400 inches of snow falls per year in a valley hedged by mountains, much of the city’s produce is trucked in from afar.

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“Carousel of Light” Bookstore in Bucharest Occupies Breathtaking 19th-Century Bank Building

(Courtesy Square One)

(Courtesy Square One)

Forget, albeit momentarily, the speculated death of the print product. Romanian bookstore chain Carturesti has poured millions of dollars into the restoration of a 19th-century former bank building to house its second-largest retail outlet.

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Architecture takes a front seet on this new film centered on Borromini’s architecture

Saint Yves at La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. (Courtesy Kino Lorber)

Saint Yves at La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. (Courtesy Kino Lorber)

The word “sapienza” means “wisdom” in Italian. It also refers to the Church of Saint Yves at La Sapienza, 1642–1660, designed by Baroque architect Francesco Borromini. In Eugene Green’s film, La Sapienza, Borromini is a hero of the protagonist, architect Alexandre Schmid (played by Fabrizio Rongione). Borromini incorporated the remains of a 14th century church, rather than razing it, a touchstone for Schmid. Geometry reigns throughout: the building is capped by a corkscrew lantern, and triangles and semi-circles are combined with figurative elements.

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Chicago’s Field Museum becomes just second such building to get Gold under LEED EB O+M

Chicago's Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago’s Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago‘s natural history museum, the Field Museum, announced Monday it has earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M) program, becoming just the second museum in the nation to do so. (The Madison Children’s Museum is the other.)

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Yayoi Kusama enlisted a pint-sized army to create this dotty, hallucinatory world

(Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery)

(Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery)

Admonishing your kids not to graffiti the walls may be forever futile. A new art installation by publicly deranged Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama entails children being given printed sheets of colored stickers and told to go to town on the walls, furniture, and fixtures of all-white living spaces. Everything from the upright piano to the cutlery and linens in the once-spartan rooms are dappled crazily in a disorienting clot of jarring primary colors.

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Take a look inside the winning interiors in the AIA New York’s Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, Interiors
Friday, March 13, 2015
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(Courtesy Desai Chia Architecture via AIANY)

(Courtesy Desai Chia Architecture via AIANY)

A jury of architects, landscape architects, critics, educators, and planners has named the 35 winning projects of this year’s AIA New York Chapter Design Awards. “Each winning project, granted either an ‘Honor’ or ‘Merit’ award, was chosen for its design quality, response to its context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique,” the AIA said in a statement. “Submitted projects had to be completed by members of the AIA New York Chapter, architects/designers practicing in New York, or be New York projects designed by architects/designers based elsewhere.” Take a look at the winning teams and projects in the Interiors category below.

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New HOK stadium renderings show off St. Louis for restless Rams football franchise

A proposal for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis. (HOK)

A proposal for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis. (HOK)

Missouri’s football fans are savoring plans for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis, but it remains unclear if the HOK-led designs will be enough to keep the Rams from leaving. Read More

Synthesis 3D prints a rocking chair

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Synthesis Design + Architecture's Durotaxis Chair showcases the unique capabilities of the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 printer. (IMSTEPF Films)

Synthesis Design + Architecture’s Durotaxis Chair showcases the unique capabilities of the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 printer. (IMSTEPF Films)

Durotaxis rocker features gradient mesh informed by function, ergonomics, and aesthetics.

For Synthesis Design + Architecture founding principal Alvin Huang, there is a lot to love about 3D printing. But he does not always like how the technology is applied. “I see it all the time—a lot of students just 3D print everything,” said Huang, who also teaches at the USC School of Architecture. “You see things that could have been done better, faster, or cleaner by hand. I find it a very troublesome predicament we’re in, we’re letting the tool dictate.” When Stratasys contacted Synthesis about designing a piece for their Objet500 Connex3 printer, the architects decided to turn the relationship between human and machine on its head. Instead of asking how they could implement a preconceived design using the Objet printer, they challenged themselves to create something that could only be manufactured using this particular tool. Durotaxis Chair, a prototype of which debuted at the ACADIA 2014 conference, showcases Objet’s multi-material 3D printing capabilities with a gradient mesh that visually communicates the rocker’s function and ergonomics.

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Obit> Michael Graves passes away at the age of 80

Architecture, East, Obit
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Michael Graves. (Courtesy Michael Graves Architecture & Design)

Michael Graves. (Courtesy Michael Graves Architecture & Design)

Famed postmodernist architect Michael Graves died of natural causes today at his Princeton, New Jersey home. The architect’s passing was announced by the eponymous firm that he founded in 1964. Graves was 80 years old.

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