Snøhetta’s Times Square Glitz Fix Revealed

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Redesigned Times Square. (Snøhetta, Courtesy NYC DOT)

Redesigned Times Square. (Snøhetta, Courtesy NYC DOT)

Mayor Bloomberg’s vision for a pedestrian-friendly Times Square is about to be written in stone. On September 27, Snøhetta gave Community Board 5 a preview of things to come at the Crossroads of the World, and they look a lot more permanent than lawn chairs and painted pavements. Principal Craig Dykers presented designs for dark and darker pavers that largely eliminate any bias for an automotive Broadway, stepping the plaza streetscape up to sidewalk grade and adding elongated benches to indicate long-gone traffic patterns. In homage to New York noir, the designers have also embedded nickel-sized reflectors adding a hard bit of glitz to the dark stones that will not compete with the glam above.

According to an email from Seth Solomonow, Press Secretary at the NYC Department of Transportation: “This long-planned redesign will restore the aging utilities below the street, which itself hasn’t been rebuilt in more than 50 years and still has trolley tracks beneath the asphalt. On the surface, this simple, flexible design will clear obstructions and support the growing number of programs occurring in Times Square, which more than 350,000 people visit every day.”

Another rendering after the jump.

Spotlight on Orchard Beach Pavilion

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Monday, September 26, 2011
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The effects of the cement cancer on the pavilion may signal an early demise. (AN/Stoelker)

The effects of the cement cancer on the pavilion may signal an early demise. (AN/Stoelker)

Deborah Wye’s lecture on Orchard Beach yesterday at the City Island Historical Society Nautical Museum was months in the making. The curator emerita of MoMA’s prints department was immersed in research about a year ago for the Nautical Museum’s exhibit celebrating 75 years of Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park and in particular its bathhouse pavilion. The show, called Orchard Beach Pavilion: Past, Present and Future, runs through October 16.  The show and lecture got a huge bump when Christopher Gray made the pavilion the focus of his “Streetscapes” column in Sunday’s New York Times.

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Building Zaha in Philly

East, Newsletter
Friday, September 23, 2011
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Installing Zaha Hadid's exhibition. (Courtesy PMA)

Installing Zaha Hadid's exhibition. (Courtesy PMA)

Associated Fabrication collaborated with ZHA to create a landscape for Zaha Hadid’s exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which brought up some interesting challenges. Check out this video we just uncovered of the fabrication in process.

Park 51 Opens to the Public

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Park 51 opened to the public today.

Just around the corner from AN’s office sits the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. The image of a police officer guarding the mostly empty cast iron building has become such a part of the landscape, that we barely notice it anymore. But today, the doors were flung open onto a brightly lit gallery space adorned with color photographs of New York children representing almost every nation on earth.

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An Urban Design Week Round-Up

East, Newsletter
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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An outline of Urban Tactics from the City Sessions debate. (Molly Heintz)

An outline of Urban Tactics from the City Sessions debate. (Molly Heintz)

Following Thursday evening’s Urban Design Week (UDW) launch party hosted by the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) at the breezy BMW Guggenheim Lab, the AN team dispersed to check out various events on the jam-packed UDW roster. We compiled our notes, and here’s a quick sampling of what we saw and heard:

Saturday, September 17: A small contingent of planners, landscape architects, and artists met up at Montefiore Park, a tiny triangle of a plaza at 137th Street where Broadway slices through Manhattan’s orderly grid. The group was invited to offer feedback on an installation at the site entitled Broadway: 1000 Steps. The interactive piece by Mary Miss (and CaLL) is an experiment in educating the public on environmental issues through artwork. A collection of periscope-like tubes and mirrors confront passersby with stats on sustainability initiatives in the city. Keep your eyes peeled—the piece will work its way down Broadway over the course of the next few months.

Continue reading after the jump.

Susan Chin to Head Design Trust

East, Newsletter, Shft+Alt+Del
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Susan Chin.

Susan Chin. (Sultan Khan)

Unhelmed for five months, the sixteen-year-old Design Trust for Public Space tomorrow will announce the appointment of Bloomberg administration’s Susan Chin as the new executive director, effective October.

Chin is a public servant through and through, having served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for over twenty years. Some of the projects that she has helped shepherd into existence with city funding include Leeser Architecture’s Museum of the Moving Image (2011), Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Alice Tully Hall (2009), SANAA’s New Museum (2008), and Curtis + Ginsberg’s Staten Island Zoo Reptile Wing renovation (2006). She also oversaw the Percent for Art program and the Community Arts Development Program.

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On View> DesigNYC presents Recharging Communities

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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(590BC and Studio L'Image)

PortSide New York. (590BC and Studio L'Image)

RECHARGING COMMUNITIES
desigNYC
GD Cucine
227 West 17th St.
Through October 1

DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations including among others: Educating Tomorrow, which uses communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; the Greenhouse Project, which creates an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, on the development of an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; and PortSide New York (above), a project enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook.

More renderings after the jump.

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Slide Show> A Carousel of Urban Design

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Friday, September 16, 2011
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The launch of Urban Design Week at the BMW Guggenheim Lab.

The launch of Urban Design Week at the BMW Guggenheim Lab. (AN/Stoelker)

The season got off to wet and windy start with the launch of Urban Design Week.  We started in Brooklyn and while the opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Jane’s Carousel wasn’t on the official agenda, there were plenty architecture world heavyweights in attendance. AN‘s Julie Iovine got there early to chat with the architect of the carousel’s pavilion, Jean Nouvel. Later, we popped over to the BMW Guggenheim Lab and with minutes to spare even got to hear a lecture over at the Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Check out the party pics after the jump

Taking a Spin With Nouvel

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Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Jean Nouvel and friends on Jane's Carousel. (Photos: Stoelker/AN)

The man in black designing a Merry-Go-Round seems a jarring fit. But out on the Brooklyn waterfront buffeted by winds on a raw point between the muscular grandeur of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Nouvel seems just the right man to insinuate something as delicate as a life-size interactive music box into a setting as tough as the Brooklyn waterfront. Read More

Gehry’s Signature

East, Newsletter
Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Time to hit refresh on another Gehry project that is opening within these city walls. There was a time when Gehry couldn’t get a Big Apple commission off the ground: no mega-Gugg on the Eastside, no New York Times across from the Port Authority.  Now they are popping up all over, with IAC a Chelsea fixture, the public school at New York by Gehry on Spruce Street pumping out sassy little brats from day one. Today, we are reminded that the Signature—once part of the performing arts package at ground zero—is opening in February in Times Square. And it’s only spent $6 million over the original $60 mill cost (with $25 from the city). Read More

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EVENT> 9/14 Opening Party: desigNYC’s 2011 Exhibition

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Architects 590BC and Studio L'Image are working with PortSide New York to enhance a community boathouse in Red Hook.

RECHARGING COMMUNITIES: DesigNYC Exhibition Opening Party
6:00pm-8:30pm
GD Cucine
227 West 17th St.

DesignNYC, an organization connecting New York designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies, presents its current cycle of projects under the banner, “Recharging Communities.” In designNYC’s second annual exhibition, eight teams showcase their in-progress collaborations, including among others: Educating Tomorrow, using communications design to establish an online forum on sustainability issues for NYC educators; The Greenhouse Project, creating an urban farm in an unused lot in East New York; Nostrand Park, developing an engaging urban corridor in Crown Heights; PortSide New York (above),  enhancing a boathouse and community center in Red Hook. Visit desigNYC.org to see a full list of projects.

The exhibition kicks off on Wednesday evening with a party at GD Cucine on West 17th Street. The public is invited to come meet the desigNYC teams, who will be on hand to talk about their projects, answer questions, and celebrate their work to date. This year’s participating architecture and design firms: Vamos Architects, Language Department, Abruzzo-Bodziak Architects, Otto NY, Publicis Design, Rodrigo Corral, 590BC, and Studio L’Image.

The exhibition runs through October 1 at GD Cucine‘s Gallery, open 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

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On View> Ceci N’est Pas Une Reverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Formica axonometric by Stanley Tigerman. (Courtesy Yale School of Architecture)

Formica axonometric by Stanley Tigerman. (Courtesy Yale School of Architecture)

Ceci n’est pas une reverie:
The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman
Yale School of Architecture
180 York Street
New Haven, CT
Through November 4

The exhibition Ceci n’est pas une reverie (“This is not a dream”) celebrates the work of architect Stanley Tigerman. Curated by Yale School of Architecture Associate Professor Emmanuel Petit, this retrospective tells the story of Tigerman’s professional career, beginning with his years at Yale as an undergraduate and then a graduate student in architecture. Organized around several motifs—utopia, allegory, death, humor, and division—the exhibition includes models and objects, documents, cartoons, sketches, and drawings, like an axonometric of formica, above. Video material from lectures and interviews also capture Tigerman’s eclectic style as it has evolved over the past 50 years, encompassing his early work at the Chicago-based firm Tigerman McCurry Architects and his return to Yale as a visiting professor. Ceci n’est pas une reverie will coincide with the publication of Tigerman’s collected writings, 1964-2011 Schlepping Through Ambivalence, Essays on an American Architectural Condition, and his autobiography Designing Bridges to Burn as well as a series of lectures at the Yale School of Architecture.

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