Arlington Looks to Build Community With New Pop-Up Park

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Clarendon & Barton Pop-Up Park, Site Analysis Diagram (Courtesy PeakDemocracy.com)

Clarendon & Barton Pop-Up Park, Site Analysis Diagram. (Courtesy PeakDemocracy.com)

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has donated two parcels of land in Arlington County, Virginia’s Courthouse area, and now the county is reaching out to the community for help in designing its first temporary pop-up park. The Departments of Parks and Recreation and Community Planning, Housing and Development have devised a survey to determine how the public would like to use the new open space on Clarendon Boulevard. Features already planned for the park include ADA accessible paths, an assortment of moveable seating, a modest grass area, and a landscaped barrier between the alleyway and open space.

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NYC Department of Design and Construction Launches Program to Support Local Designers

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with Council member Margaret Chin and DDC Commissioner David Burney (Photo: Emily Hooper/AN)

Last May New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new initiative, NYC X Design, to promote New York’s design community, an economic sector that includes more than 40,000 designers of various disciplines, according to official figures. As an outgrowth of NYC X Design, today the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) launched a new pilot project called Built/NYC, which provides $400,000 in capital funding for custom furniture, lighting, or textile designs in up to 20 city building projects. Council Speaker Quinn’s office provided the funding for the project, and at a press conference today held at the NoHo design store, The Future Perfect, Speaker Quinn argued that the initiative would support both local designers and local manufacturers and help maintain a diverse economy. Interested designers can respond to an new RFQ, which would place them on a pre-qualified list to be considered for custom pieces for projects like new libraries, community centers, or fire houses (architects for the building projects sit on the selection committee).  Read More

Jamaica Bay To Serve as Model for Research on Climate Change and Flood Protection

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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(Peter Roan / Flickr)

(Peter Roan / Flickr)

Spreading out across 10,000 acres of parkland, Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York will now serve as the focus of a new science and resilience institute spearheaded by the City University of New York (CUNY) to understand how urban ecosystems respond to changing weather patterns and global warming. The CUNY-led research consortium, temporarily housed on Brooklyn College’s campus, will collaborate with other leading New York institutions to study the efficacy of natural flood protections, such as dunes and salt marshes, in safeguarding New York’s coastline. These findings will benefit and be applicable to other cities and regions that are vulnerable to flooding as sea levels rise and storms become more frequent and powerful.

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SOM’s University Center at The New School Gets Its Green Roof

City Terrain, East
Friday, August 9, 2013
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A green roof has been installed at Parsons The New School for Design. (Susan Kramer / AN)

A green roof has been installed at Parsons The New School for Design. (Susan Kramer / AN)

A dramatic 16-story building designed by SOM has continued construction on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan. The structure will eventually open at the University Center for The New School, and with its Muntz metal (a type of brass made of copper and zinc) and glass facade now in place, most of the activity is happening behind closed doors. Or in this case, on the roof only viewable from neighboring buildings. In late July, crews installed a thin emerald necklace where the building sets back including what appears to be a variety of sedum plants commonly found on green roofs. The building is expected to be complete this fall. In the meantime, read about SOM’s unique approach to expressing circulation on the facade in an AN In Detail report.

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Marina Abramović Kickstarting OMA’s Experimental Performance Center in Upstate New York

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Friday, August 9, 2013
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In OMA’s design, the current facade of the Hudson building will be integrated into the proposed Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art. (Courtesy OMA)

The clock is currently ticking on fundraising for Marina Abramović’s proposed Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI), a performance art center designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA. The facility is planned to be set in a former theater in Hudson, New York. On July 26th, the artist launched a $600 thousand Kickstarter campaign to fund the institute she hopes will develop new forms of the long durational—six hours or more—performance art she is famous for.

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High Energy Demands at One Bryant Park Tower Cast Shadow on LEED Ranking

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Friday, August 9, 2013
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The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. (Marcel Germain / Flickr)

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. (Marcel Germain / Flickr)

Last fall, new data revealed that Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, revered since its 2010 opening as one of the most sustainable skyscrapers in the world, is actually a bigger energy hog than similar New York City buildings. As the first skyscraper to earn a LEED-Platinum certification, the BOA Tower, designed by COOKFOX, was praised by press, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Vice President Al Gore, who is currently a tenant. Yet, despite its superb rating and efficiency promises, Sam Roudman of The New Republic reports that the high-rise “produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan,” including its similarity with a lower LEED rating, the Goldman Sachs headquarters.

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New Website Tracks NYCHA’s Backlog of Repairs.  NYCHA Watchlist (Courtesy of AN) Public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is bringing some transparency to New York City Public Housing Authority‘s shockingly long backlog of repairs with a new website called the NYCHA watch list. Tenants can now keep tabs on the number of outstanding repair requests in their building and see how long these requests have been sitting on the back burner. The website also catalogs the “most neglected housing developments” according to number of repairs with Grant on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan topping the list.

 

With $8 Million in Funding, East River Blueway Prepares to Transform Brooklyn Bridge Beach

City Terrain, East
Thursday, August 8, 2013
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WXY Rendering of New Brooklyn Bridge Beach. (Courtesy WXY)

Last week, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced an $8 million achievement of capital funding for the East River Blueway proposal for redevelopment of the Brooklyn Bridge Beach. The proposal, set by President Stringer and Assemblyman Kavanagh in collaboration with WXY architecture + urban design, will redesign and improve the stretch of East River greenway in Lower Manhattan from East 38th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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New York City Asks For Help Redesigning the Hurricane-Ravaged Boardwalk in the Rockaways

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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Damaged boardwalk in the Rockaways (Courtesy of Dakine Kane)

Damaged boardwalk in the Rockaways (Courtesy of Dakine Kane)

Even as New Yorkers throng to the beaches in the Rockaways, the remnants from Hurricane Sandy still linger. One such vestige is the damaged boardwalk that once stretched from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park in Queens. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation with the help of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in July seeking designs for the 4.7-mile boardwalk, and now the August 14th deadline is nearing.

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On View> EXPO 1: New York at MoMA PS1

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
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Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1944. (Courtesy MoMA PS1)

Ansel Adams, Mount Williamson, Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, 1944. (Courtesy MoMA PS1)

EXPO 1: New York
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Through September 2

EXPO 1: New York is an art festival dedicated to the environmental and sociopolitical challenges of the 21st Century that runs through September 2. In addition to occupying the entirety of MoMA PS1’s Long Island City home, the show encompasses exhibitions at other venues throughout New York City, including the Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art and the VW Dome 2 at Rockaway Beach. The festival is centered on the idea of what its curators call “dark optimism.” The exhibitions, installations, and prototypes featured in the festival suggest the end of an era plagued by climate change, economic suffering, and political strife, and the beginning of a new, brighter future. Highlights include the legendary artist-environmentalist Ansel Adams’ photographs, Meg Webster’s site-specific ecosystem Pool, and Olafur Eliasson’s glacial ice installation Your waste of time in the basement of MoMA PS1.

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Party on the Passaic: Super Mayor Cory Booker Cuts the Ribbon on Newark’s Newest Park

City Terrain, East
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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(Courtesy of the City of Newark)

(Courtesy of Nicole Anderson/AN)

A new four-acre park opened this past weekend in downtown Newark providing public access to the Passaic River for the very first time. Flanked by the bay and river, the city is home to one of the nation’s largest containers shipping terminals, yet residents have long been cut off from the waterfront. This new stretch of parkland occupies the former site of the Balbach Smelting and Refining Worksone and is now part of the Riverfront Park that neighbors the 12-acre Essex County Riverfront Park. Designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture and the Newark Planning Office, the park features an orange boardwalk made of recycled plastic, a floating boat dock, sports fields, walking and biking paths, and an area for performances.

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Farmers Market, Sculpture, and Dog Run Could Occupy Space Beneath BQE

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Monday, August 5, 2013
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View of Steuben Street and Park Avenue in Clinton Hill (Courtesy of Google Street View)

View of Steuben Street and Park Avenue in Clinton Hill (Courtesy of Google Street View)

Since the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) was constructed nearly 70 years ago, the inelegant thruway has callously split apart neighborhoods, leaving beneath it deserted stretches, visually unappealing and often vulnerable to crime. DNA Info reported that Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is trying to revive one such blighted area in the Wallabout district of Clinton Hill. The strip right at Steuben Street and Park Avenue, which has been a site for dumping illegal trash, could soon host a farmer’s market, public art, dog run, and live music. The partnership is proposing a range of uses and looking to collaborate with local businesses—such as the creators of the now defunct DeKalb Market—to help bring activities and services to the area.

The effort to revamp the inhospitable corridor beneath the BQE has been part of an ongoing endeavor that has involved a number of organizations, spearheaded by the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP). MARP launched a planning initiative in 2009 utilizing experimental art collective, raumlaborberlin’s Spacebuster, and partnering with local institution Pratt Institute’s Planning Department to hold mini-visioning workshops. Later MARP partnered with Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHNY) to work on a 2-year planning effort called “Under the BQE” that helped to engage the community and re-imagine new uses for the spaces in addition to creating a plan to improve pedestrian and traffic safety.

First the partnership needs some funding to jump start any changes to the space. They are currently hoping to receive a NYCDOT Public Plaza grant. A wining application will be selected by January 2014.

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