Coney of the Mind

Other
Monday, November 17, 2008
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It’s been a busy day out at Coney Island. Not only did local City Council rep Dominic Recchia tell the Post that the city is trying to buy up developer Joe Sitt’s stake in the area, but now comes the Municipal Art Society’s zany plans for the famed amusement park.

The MAS spent a busy week talking to the community and then working to conceive fanciful designs with a world-renowned team of planners, designers, and amusement experts, the fruits of which were unveiled at a press conference today at Borough Hall. AN had a correspondent on the scene, but these renderings are just too nice to keep to ourselves. With the blustery weather outside, maybe they can give hope for a warmer future. More amusements after the jump. Read More

The R Is For “Rey”

East Coast, Other
Friday, November 14, 2008
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The board of directors of the Storefront for Art and Architecture met this week at a Noho restaurant to honor its long-serving president El Comandante Belmont(e) Freeman. Monty–who directed the Storefront through the 1990s and the early Aughts and traces his family back to Cuba–shares with the nation’s own former presidente a strong ability to lead. At the dinner, director Joseph Grima presented el rey with the letter “R” (rebirth? revolution?) that formerly graced the Storefront’s transom. (It was replaced during the recent renovation.) Viva Monty! Viva Monty! VIVA MONTY!

And the Real Winner Is…

East Coast, Other
Friday, November 14, 2008
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The "Hoop," coming to a corner near you.

As we mentioned Tuesday, there was some confusion as to who had won the CityRacks Design Competition–held by the city’s Department of Transportation, the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transportation Alternatives–given that no official announcement had been made last week. Whether Bustler’s report impacted the decision or not may never be known, but it was the “Hoop” (above) and not, as predicted, the “Alien” (after the jump) that carried the day. Read More

Gehl to New York: Lose the Cars

Other
Friday, November 14, 2008
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When the Danish urban-design guru Jan Gehl visited New York a few years ago, he was struck by how little the city had changed since the 1970s—“as if Robert Moses had only just walked out the door!” But since that visit, as Gehl recalled last night at the Center for Architecture, New York has made a surprising about-face on matters of public space, embracing the ideals of his late friend (and Moses nemesis) Jane Jacobs.

Gehl was holding forth in a town-hall-style meeting with New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who has played no small role in challenging the dominance of the automobile in New York, and who hired Gehl Architects last year to study the quality of public life on the city’s streets. Read More

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California to New York to London and Back

Other
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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courtesy Monacelli Press

courtesy Monacelli Press

In a rare east/west AN meet-up, our California editor, Sam Lubell, was in New York last night for a launch for his new book London 2000+. The book, from the Monacelli Press, surveys recent architecture in the British capital, from well-known works like Foster + Partner’s “Gherkin” to the Gazzano House by Amin Taha Architects. Read More

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Stairway to Heaven

Other
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Taking the stairs, photo by Scott Mayoral

Taking the stairs, photo by Scott Mayoral

The SCI-Arc Gallery’s techno-thumping, wine-spattered opening nights are the place for local architects to drink and be drunk. The latest revelry celebrated the debut installation by Oyler Wu Collaborative, who are quickly becoming the hottest new duo in LA architecture. Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu‘s recent exhibitions include Density Fields at Materials & Applications and Pendulum Plane for the new LA Forum space. And now, Live Wire, which takes their massive aluminum tubing structures to the next level—literally!

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Rough Sailing

Other
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Thirty-five cents. One quarter, one dime. That’s how much—or how little—it cost to buy one share of stock in General Growth Properties at the end of trading today.

It’s been a rough year for the 54-year-old mall developer and operator as it stock has tumbled—in concert with the real estate and retail markets—from a high of $67 per share in March 2007. Yet that stock was still valued at $38 as recently as June 18, when the company announced its plans for new South Street Seaport. Even when it presented those plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on October 21, when the stocked closed at $4.84, GGP remained confident in the future of the project. But that was before Monday’s report in The Wall Street Journal that General Growth might file for bankruptcy. Read More

Sachs on Sustainability

Other
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Jeffrey Sachs, the charismatic director of the Columbia University Earth Institute, gave a moving speech last night at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation on the environmental problems that are unique to our time. Sachs, free-market economist turned green evangelist and a special adviser to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, spoke on the objectives of the Institute: ending extreme poverty, maintaining the health of the ecosystem, promoting peace and shared prosperity, and advancing humanist aesthetics. Read More

Architect-In-Chief

Other
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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As Alissa helpfully pointed out yesterday, our dear president-elect (we like to call him ‘Bam around the New York office) wanted to be an architect. A little nimble Googling on our part turned up the speech where he says as much. What’s even better, though, is that he hasn’t forgotten those early dreams. Read More

Hooked on Biking

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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Speaking of biking in the city, the Forum for Urban Design held an exhibition and party last night for its first-ever competition. Entitled Reimage Red Hook, the competition sought to make the pioneering, cobblestone neighborhood the premier cycling spot in the city. Read More

The Gang’s All Here

Other
Friday, November 7, 2008
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List here

Front row, left to right: Hallet Darling-Menking, Diana Darling, Danielle Rago, Martin Perrin, Pamela Piork, Dustin Koda. Back row: Bill Menking, David Darling, Julie Iovine, Anne Guiney, Matt Chaban, Alan Brake. Jessica Sheridan/Courtesy eOcculus

We celebrated our 100th issue last night at USM Modular Furniture’s beautiful showroom in Soho (thank you USM and Anna Bilski). There were over 200 of our loyal New York readers and advertisers there to mark the event with lovely little USM appetizers [Ed.: think Tadao Ando meets Asymptote], wine, and words from yours truly. Read More

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Chuggin’ Along

Other
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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As AN reported yesterday, California voters came out in force to favor a handful of pro-transit and planning initiatives, a trend that swept the country on election day. According to a press release from the America Public Transportation Association (APTA), 16 states approved 23 ballot measures on Tuesday, dedicating some $75 billion to transit-oriented projects. Read More

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