MTA Doomsday Rally

Other
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Transportation Alternatives has planned a rally tomorrow to pressure Albany into rescuing the beleaguered MTA, a move supported by the Governor and Assembly but not yet, if ever, by the Senate. We can only hope the actual rally is as, uh, exciting as the video they produced to promote it. Stop by on your way to work and see if the dragons actually show up.

Stars to Trash City Sanitation Facility

Other
Monday, March 23, 2009
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The downtown glitterati are upset about the planned sanitation and salt storage facility planned at Canal Street and the West Side highway. Read More

Mike And Ah-nold Go to Washington

Other
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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Our dear friends Mike Bloomberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger and their pal Ed Rendell dropped by Washington this weekend, first to visit with President Obama and then, today, Meet the Press. They were in town to promote their two-month old partnership, Building America’s Future, which seeks to promote the reconstruction of the nation’s aging infrastructure along with its expansion into the future. Read More

Grand (Central) Slam for MTA

Other
Friday, March 20, 2009
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Trump has held court in Grand Central for 30 years.

Trump holds court above Grand Central. (AIA Archiblog)

Donald Trump’s Grand Central Tennis Club may see its last baller this spring. According to the Daily News, the tony courts, long frequented by politicians, celebrities, and tennis pros, will be closed to make way for a new rest area for Metro-North conductors and train engineers. Trump has leased the space from Metro-North for 30 years, paying $4 a square foot, about 4% of the average Grand Central going rate. Read More

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SHoP Drawings

East Coast, Other
Friday, March 20, 2009
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The (retail) world according to SHoP (DBTH)

The (retail) world according to SHoP (DBTH)

When I bumped into Gregg Pasquarelli at the LPC on Tuesday, I asked him about a certain map that had been floating around the Internet a day or two before. The SHoP principal began to fulminate. “That was totally taken out of context,” Pasquarelli said. Turns out it’s a SHoPping map. Read More

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Hacking Robert Moses

Other
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Recognize this? Look closely, to be sure. (Curbed)

Recognize this? Look closely, to be sure. (Curbed)

If you’ve seen Watchmen already, then you know Richard Nixon is still president and there are a few extra skyscrapers along the Manhattan skyline. In that case, things are probably a little different down at street level, too. Perhaps, like Tricky Dick, Robert Moses stuck around and realized all of his grand schemes. Read More

Hottest New Building in New York

Other
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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This is only a test (All photos Daily News)

This is only a test. (Daily News)

If you thought the 2009 NYC Firefighter “Hunks” Calendar was hot, take a look at the FDNY’s newest training tool: the nation’s only high-rise fire simulator. Unveiled last Thursday at the FDNY’s High Rise Operations Symposium, the $4.2 million simulator on the department’s Randall’s Island training facility mimics conditions the city’s firefighters face when battling fires several stories up. Funded largely by actor Denis Leary‘s The Leary Firefighters Foundation, the brick building contains mock elevators, a smoke system and standpipes, according to the Daily News. A video and more photos after the jump. Read More

A New Infrastructure: Jury Convenes/Winners Saturday

Other
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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It finally happened! The jury for the AN/ SCI-Arc design competition A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions For Los Angeles met at SCI-Arc on Monday to pick the winners. They selected from 75 professional and student proposals from the U.S., U.K., Estonia, Italy, and France. The winners will be announced this Saturday at 2pm at SCI-Arc (960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles), followed by a panel with the jurors and an exhibition of the top proposals. The event is open to the public.

Jury members included Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, and Neil Denari, along with Aspet Davidian, the Read More

Follow the Money

Other
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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(Courtesy DDDB)

(Courtesy DDDB)

And you thought the bonuses were the worst part of the AIG bailout. If you happen to oppose Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, it turns out that there might be bigger fish to fry, as the gang over at Develop Don’t Destory Brooklyn are blaming the bailout for helping to keep the notoriously nascent project afloat. Read More

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Design for the Younger Set

Other
Friday, March 13, 2009
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A page from Where Things Are From Near To Far

Perhaps one explanation for why there’s so much mediocre architecture and planning in this country is that we were never taught anything about it as youngsters. In fact most kids don’t even have access to an art history class until they reach college; and don’t even try asking them who their favorite architect is. But a few new kids architecture books could help change that, or at least inspire younger people to start appreciating the built world around them.

Where Things Are From Near To Far (Planetizen Press), by Tim Halbur and Chris Steins (with illustrations by David Ryan) introduces very young kids to basic concepts of urban planning, giving them an appreciation for the changing, dynamic urban environment. The colorful book follows the path of a young boy, Hugo, as he Read More

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Going Down River

Other
Friday, March 13, 2009
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The Venturi house floats past the Brooklyn Bridge. (All photos by Douglas Romines)

The Venturi house floats past the Brooklyn Bridge. (All photos by Douglas Romines)

We mentioned the passage of Robert Venturi’s second built house from Jersey to the North Shore of Long Island last week, and here she is, afloat on the North Shore. Being helpless landlubbers, we missed the party on Pier 17, but Fred Schwartz was nice enough to send along these photos from the event. More after the jump. Read More

The Curious Case of Adolfo Carrion

Other
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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The development in question, which has now raised many questions. (NYC HDC)

The development in question, which has now raised many questions. (NYC HDC)

As if President Barack Obama hasn’t already had enough problems with vetting his Cabinet, it now turns out Adolfo Carrión, the former Bronx borough president and newly minted director of the Office of Urban Policy, may have failed to pay an architect who performed work on his house. An architect whose sizable project the Beep happened to sign off on just months before renovations took place. The Daily News broke the story on Monday and has been following it closely ever since. Read More

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