Ornate Cornices Disappearing in Washington Heights

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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The lion's heads that once graced the cornice of 4195 Broadway. (Courtesy Trish Mayo)

The lion's heads that once graced the cornice of 4195 Broadway, now in a dumpster. (Courtesy Trish Mayo)

When the attention of real estate speculators diverts, sometimes old neighborhoods have time to acquire a majestic patina. The Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan has been neglected for some time, but is now getting a fair share of spillover interest from Columbia’s Manhattanville project and the university’s nearby hospital campus. In 2009, the Audubon Park Historic District was created to protect the area just behind Audubon Terrace, home to the Hispanic Society and the Academy of Arts and Letters. But just north of the district, years of landlord neglect has unwittingly preserved row after row of early 20th century apartment buildings festooned with ornate cornices. But the cornices are now in danger of disappearing.

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Cornell Chooses Six Finalists for Tech Campus.  The initial SOM proposal for Cornell's tech campus. (Courtesy SOM)The initial SOM proposal for Cornell's tech campus. (Courtesy SOM) And then there were six. Cornell University announced that six firms were selected from a field of 43 contenders to design their new tech campus on Roosevelt Island. SOM, the firm that pushed Cornell over the top in the national competition to build on Roosevelt is still in the running, alongside OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture)
, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
, Morphosis Architects
, Steven Holl Architects
, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. SOM will remain on the job to define an overall campus plan. The university is still running with its net-zero plan for the first core building. Residences and other multi-use buildings will follow. A contract with the winning firm is set to be signed in April.

 

Selling Via Verde

East
Monday, February 27, 2012
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About 40 co-op units are still available at Via Verde. (Courtesy Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw)

About 40 co-op units are still available at Via Verde. (Courtesy Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw)

Who wouldn’t want buy into an eco-conscious, sustainable, and affordable apartment building whose Grimshaw/Dattner-designed architecture received rave reviews on the front page of the New York Times? With more than 40 of the 75 co-ops still available at Via Verde, the gang at developer Jonathan Rose Co. and Dattner are giving the project the full media push. Jonathan Rose’s Ari Goldstein and Dattner’s Bill Stein were on New York 1 this morning promoting the design and high living standards. The 151 rental units of this muli-income complex were snapped up right away. But while the co-ops sales aren’t exactly flagging, they’re not exactly flying off the shelves in this economy.

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CB2 Votes Unanimous Nay on NYU Expansion

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Friday, February 24, 2012
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Arial view of NYU's expansion plans.

Arial view of NYU's expansion plans.

Manhattan Community Board 2 unanimously voted against the NYU expansion plan in Greenwich Village last night citing the impact its scale would have on the neighborhood. Grimshaw with Toshiko Mori designed four of the proposed towers and Michael Van Valkenburgh designed the landscape for the 2.4 million square foot expansion. The plans were set within two superblocks that sprang from Robert Moses-era urban renewal projects that featured buildings by I.M. Pei, Paul Lester Weiner, and a garden by Hideo Sasaki.
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Monday> Panel Discussion Investigates Urban Maps & Public Discourse

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Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a socio-political Map for modern Urbanism

Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a socio-political Map for modern Urbanism

This Monday, February 27 at 6:30p.m., the Van Alen Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum are hosting a panel discussion on urban mapping and participatory public discourse in the city at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York. The event celebrates the publishing of Sophie Hochhäusl’s new book Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a Socio-Political Map for Modern Urbanism (Innsbruck University Press, 2011) and Otto Neurath, an Austrian philosopher and economist who studied maps in search of “humanizing knowledge.”

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Foreclosed Forum: Suburbs, Cities, and Crisis

East, Newsletter
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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The What is Forclosed Forum was held last Saturday at Columbia's Low Library.

The "What is Foreclosed?" Forum was held last Saturday at Columbia's Low Library.

It might have been the first time that the works of Jay-Z, Malice, and Nas were evoked under the great dome of Columbia’s Low Library, but given the trend among young academics to cite rap alongside Socrates, it’s probably won’t be the last. That the quotes were used in the panel discussion called “Suburbs, Cities and Crisis,” spoke to a slightly skewed perspective of discussing the suburbs within the confines of Manhattan.

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EVENT> Architecture Criticism Today: February 27 in NYC

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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**2/27 Breaking news: The New Yorker‘s Paul Goldberger will be joining the panel discussion. Critical mass!

Monday, February 27
Architecture Criticism Today
6:00pm-8:00pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Who is best served by criticism? Who is the proper audience? Can it simultaneously serve the profession and the wider public, or are they mutually exclusive? How has role of general-interest media critics evolved? As a project comes to life, at what point(s) should critics weigh in?

The first of a four-part series on Architecture and the Media will address some of these questions, when architecture critics discuss the role of criticism in the field of architecture today and how it informs the general public’s understanding of design.

AN‘s executive editor Julie Iovine will moderate a panel discussion among architecture critics at consumer, business and trade publications: Justin Davidson (New York Magazine), Cathleen McGuigan (Architectural Record), and James Russell (Bloomberg), with audience Q&A to follow.

1.5 CEUs; $10 for members and students; $20 non-members. TICKETS

Organized by the Oculus Committee, the AIANY Marketing & PR Committee, and The Architect’s Newspaper.

Pratt Student Awarded Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship

Dean's List, East, International
Monday, February 20, 2012
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Tina Uznanski's concept for a flexible library. (Courtesy Gensler)

Tina Uznanski's concept for a flexible library. (Courtesy Gensler)

While most design students are starting the scramble for plum summer internships, Tina Uznanski can rest easy, knowing a desk with her name on it will be waiting at Gensler’s London office. Uzanski, an interior design student at the Pratt Institute, has received Gensler’s annual Brinkmann Scholarship, winning a paid summer internship at the Gensler office of her choice and a cash prize to be put toward her final year of study at Pratt. The award was established in 1999 as a memorial to interior designer and former Gensler partner Donald G. Brinkmann.

Uznanski won the competition with her clever concept for a renovation of her neighborhood library in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that creates a flexible room through “shifting stacks.” images after the jump

On View> Luka Fineisen: Phase Transitions

East
Monday, February 20, 2012
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Luka Fineisen: Phase Transitions
Hosfelt Gallery
531 West 36th St.
Through March 31

“Phase transition” refers to the transformation of a thermodynamic system from one state of matter to another. German artist Luka Fineisen explores these shifts by framing the moment of transformation from one condition to another; she sculpts dynamic systems, the final work of art being the system’s realization of potential. In this way, even sculptures that appear static, such as Bubbles (above, 2010), draw attention to the temporality of material—this is not plastic, but a material in search of its form. This will be Fineisen’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

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On View> Dan Flavin: Drawing

East
Friday, February 17, 2012
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Dan Flavin's sketch for "In Honor of Harold Joachim." (Courtesy Morgan Library)

Dan Flavin's sketch for "In Honor of Harold Joachim." (Courtesy Morgan Library)

 

Dan Flavin: Drawing
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Ave.
February 17 to July 1

The Morgan Library & Museum exhibits for the first time the drawings of Dan Flavin, ranging from early abstract expressionist watercolors to studies for installations to modern and classic works from his personal collection. While he is known for his fluorescent light installations, Flavin was an avid draftsman; he developed compositions, like In Honor of Harold Joachim, above, with ink and colored pencil on graph paper. Striking in their sparseness, his more representational sketches of landscapes, sailboats, and portraits have minimalist and calligraphic qualities that harken to the Japanese drawings in the artist’s personal collection. Two of Flavin’s major light installations are also installed in the gallery.

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Weiss/Manfredi to Reimagine National Geographic’s D.C. Headquarters.  (Courtesy Weiss Manfredi) National Geographic’s Washington D.C. headquarters will be getting a facelift. New York-based Weiss/Manfredi has been selected to renovate and expand the society’s collection of buildings built over the past century. The firm has been tasked with creating a “dynamic new expression” for National Geographic to facilitate its museum, research activities, media, and international programs. Weiss/Manfredi was selected over Diller Scofidio+Renfro, Diamond Schmitt Architects, and Steven Holl Architects.

 

Zahner, Zaha’s Schumacher, CASE, and More: Facades Conference 2012

East, Fabrikator
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Facade fabricated by A. Zahner specializes in the void.

A facade fabricated by A. Zahner specializes in the void. (Courtesy A. Zahner)

Architects and fabricators discuss creating facades in the digital age

Yesterday The Architect’s Newspaper and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York presented their first-ever educational conference at McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York. More than 250 professionals and students attended the event, themed Metals in Construction, which addressed facade design in an age when skilled collaboration between architects, consultants, and fabricators can more than ever affect a building’s performance and longevity. The day began with a presentation by Bill Zahner, who spoke of his company’s forward-looking work with metal facades, then moved into discussions covering everything from new retrofit strategies to the latest projects from Zaha Hadid Architects with the firm’s director, Patrik Schumacher.

The day also included the official announcement of a new international alliance of academics, professional designers, hardware and software developers and digital fabricators. Born out of a regional organization known as Tex-Fab, the group will be called Digital Fabrication Alliance and offered a look at the kind of minds it will be bringing together at future events with a panel discussion with Phillip Anzalone, Anna Dyson, and Erik Verboon. Read on for AN‘s coverage of the day’s events:

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