Meet The Green Line: How Perkins Eastman would remake Broadway through Manhattan into a 40-block linear park

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

(Courtesy Perkins Eastman)

By now, the “Bilbao Effect” is metonymy for a culture-led revitalization of a postindustrial city driven by a single institution housed in a starchitect-designed complex. The wild success of Manhattan’s High Line generates regional seismic effects—the Lowline, the QueensWay, and the Lowline: Bronx Edition all cite the high queen of linear parks as their inspiration. Upping the ante, Perkins Eastman unfurls the Green Line, a plan to convert one of New York’s busiest streets into a park.

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Architect Barbara Bestor on crafting a firm identity

Architecture, Facades+ News, West
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Bestor Architecture's Blackbirds, Los Angeles. (Iwan Baan)

Bestor Architecture’s Blackbirds, Los Angeles. (Iwan Baan)

Barbara Bestor, a SCI-Arc graduate and founder of Bestor Architecture, has spent decades immersed in Los Angeles‘ design culture—and it shows.

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Acton Ostry Architects breaks ground on 18-story wooden residential tower

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Courtesy Acton Ostry Architects

Canada’s Acton Ostry Architects, in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann, has begun construction on the appropriately named “Tall Wood Building,” an 18-story, 174-foot-tall residential tower for Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC) upper year and graduate students. The tower will be the largest wooden residential tower, but maybe not for long: MGA’s 35-story Baobab is still awaiting approval.

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Architects in Sweden implementing solar technology to keep popular ICEHOTEL open year-round

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Courtesy PinPinStudio

Each year, guests flock to Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, for a chance to stay at ICEHOTEL, a seasonal hotel made of ice from the Torne River. But in 2016, guests will have the chance to enjoy ICEHOTEL all year long. The new 12, 900-square-foot extension will connect to ICEHOTEL’s existing structure during the winter months and feature a curved roof with greenery, providing space for tobogganing.

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Orange Coast College expansion threatens designs by Neutra, Alexander, and Eckbo.

Neutra's threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

Neutra’s threatened Science Building at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Chris/flickr)

The future’s looking grim for a dozen buildings on the Orange Coast College designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander. A November vote by college trustees approved a plan for the demolition of several structures on the 164-acre campus, including Neutra’s planetarium and a cluster of low-slung brick buildings. Read More

Product> Smart Thinking: Integrative Smart Building Products

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Spec Sheet  
Courtesy Piper

Courtesy Piper

Make both residential and commercial buildings energy and time efficient with these top-notch smart lighting, security, and all-in-one products.

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After Zaha Hadid bows out, two new proposals unveiled for the Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Proposal from "B" (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

Proposal from “A” (Courtesy Japan Sports Council)

After controversy and budget overruns surrounding Zaha Hadid‘s curvy design for Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, the starchitect bowed out of the running. But Tokyo still needs a stadium, and two just-released proposals show a decidedly more traditional design.

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Pershing Square Renew wants your input on Semi-Finalist Concept Boards

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

Rios Clementi Hale Studios with OMA AMO (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

In October, Pershing Square Renew selected 10 teams as semi-finalists for the redesign of Downtown Los Angeles’ oft-maligned urban space. The international design competition drew hundreds of entries and the two-handfuls selected represent both local and global practices. Read More

Cool & Unusual: The story behind Mark Foster Gage’s unique tower proposal for Billionaire’s Row

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

41 West 57th St. by Mark Foster Gage Architects. (Courtesy MFGA)

With a theoretical site on Mahattan’s 57th Street—the so-called Billionaires’ Row—New York–based Mark Foster Gage Architects (MFGA) was recently asked, “What is the next generation of luxury?”

The firm’s answer? To bring “higher resolution” to those projects by working at a range of textural scales, and his proposed theoretical tower has been making waves in design conversation around the city.

For instance, from far away, the building reads as a figure in the skyline, but up close, there is another level of detail that is not legible from far away. Even closer, the ornament has another level of “resolution” that makes it more visually interesting.

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Koning Eizenberg blends old and new

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(Eric Staudenmaier)

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In 2006, the 28th St. YMCA was added to the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments List, and in 2009 it was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

In 1926, just three years after becoming the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Paul R. Williams designed a landmark YMCA building on 28th Street in Los Angeles. Nearly ninety years later, the building has been restored, and transformed, into a modern multi-family housing complex. Koning Eizenberg Architects (KEA) worked on the project for Jim Bonner, FAIA, architect and executive director of the nonprofit affordable housing organization Clifford Beers Housing. The architects restored the historic 52-unit building, reorganizing the layout into 24 studio apartments, and constructed a new 5-story, 25 studio apartment building next door.  The project features a perforated metal screen scrim wall, an integrated photovoltaic panel wall, restored historic stone work. and a shared roof deck that programmatically connects the historic building with it’s modern neighbor.
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Thomas Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall

Architecture, East, News
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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The existing David Geffen Hall. (Courtesy Lincoln Center)

The existing David Geffen Hall. (Courtesy Lincoln Center)

Good news Lincoln Center fans! Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects will lead the renovation and reimagination of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall. The team was announced as the selection today by Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic.

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TEN Arquitectos tapped to design a new mixed-use luxury development in the Cayman Islands

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

(Courtesy TEN Arquitectos)

Mexico City– and New York–based architecture firm TEN Arquitectos has been tapped to design a new mixed-use luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. The $250 million project’s developer, Beach Bay Land Ltd, announced the selection this week at Art Basel.

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