CCTV Hotel Ablaze (UPDATE)

Other
Monday, February 9, 2009
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One of countless images streaming across the Internet of the iconic project on fire. (news.ifeng.com)

Images and reports are spiraling out across the Web of a fire taking hold at the hotel adjacent OMA’s CCTV Tower. (Building calls it the TVCC tower.) Details, at least in English, remain slim, but a translation of Chinese reports suggest the fire broke out at 9:21 p.m. local time, or just after eight o’clock this morning in New York. A call to OMA’s New York office did confirm that the fire was in their building, which is still under construction, though all further inquiries were directed to the Rotterdam HQ. Read More

Ciao, Bryant Park

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfros newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper lefthand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

Fashion Week is abandoning Bryant Park for Diller Scofidio + Renfro's newly redesigned Lincoln Center, specifically Damrosch Park, which can be seen in the upper left hand corner. (Courtesy Playbill)

The AP first reported last night, and the mayor confirmed it earlier today: Fashion Week is departing Bryant Park for Lincoln Center. But not just any Lincoln Center. The new-and-improved, Diller Scofidio + Renfro-approved Lincoln Center. According to Bloomberg–in this case, we mean both the mayor and his eponymous news service, via the latter link above–the festivities will take place at the center’s Damrosch Park. Read More

Showdown at the Coney Corral

Other
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy DCP)

(Courtesy MAS)

So it comes to this. Later tonight–6:30 to be exact–the Municipal Art Society will hold its final meeting on Coney Island, where it will take comments from the community, present the work of its charrette team, and, finally, present their recommendations to the city, a copy of which AN has received. The group’s timing couldn’t be better because we have also learned that the city is to certify its own long-simmering plans for Coney on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the entire neighborhood has gone (further) to pot. Read More

The Apple Store Falls Far In Georgetown

East Coast, Other
Monday, January 12, 2009
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The once and future site of Apple Georgetown.

The once and future site of Apple Georgetown. (Google Street View)

While it is relatively old news that Apple (and ur-designers BCJ’s) efforts to build a new Apple Store in Georgetown are being foiled by a group of local preservationists–I first stumbled upon it on Apple Insider while reading reports from MacWorld–it was a Bloomberg report in today’s ArchNewsNow (h/t) that really got me thinking about the reality of such a store and just how it might take shape. Read More

No One Buying New Housing Marketplace

East Coast, Other
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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Courtesy HPD

(Courtesy HPD)

There has been a lot of talk lately about how it is now up to the government to spend stimulate our way out of the current economic doldrums, and how much of that will come through infrastructure spending. One place where such investment is critically important is affordable housing, especially in light of all the foreclosures. While New York has fared better than other areas on that front, it is still unwelcome news that the city has rolled back the timeline for its New Housing Marketplace Plan. Read More

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

Waterfalls of Revenue

Other
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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Though some people were more than happy to see Olafur Eliasson’s New York City Waterfalls dry up a few weeks ago, one person who will dearly miss them is the mayor. Read More

Red Stair

Other
Friday, October 17, 2008
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The opening yesterday in Father Duffy Square of the new TKTS booth—conceived 35 years before the current trend in pop-up venues—was attended by Mayor Bloomberg, Bernadette Peters, and loyal members of the 69th, if not the naked cowboy. Even the original designers of the red steps, Australians Tai Ropiha and John Choi, were on hand, although organizers were quick to call their competition winning design (best of 683 entries from 31 countries) of January 2000, just a concept.

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MAD (Re)cap

Other
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Hélène Binet

Few buildings have sparked as much architectural criticism as Two Columbus Circle, the new home of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Brad Cloepfil’s firm Allied Works has designed the new museum, set within the bones of Edward Durrell Stone’s old building. Critical reaction has been split, though the MAD haters seem to outnumber the fans. Read More

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Gerson’s Ground Zero Gambit

Other
Friday, September 26, 2008
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Alan Gerson, the City Council rep for Lower Manhattan, issued a major statement today along with the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Committee, which he chairs. The statement lays out 17 demands the committee feels will ensure the timely opening of the memorial plaza by Septmber 11, 2011. It opens with an imposing if realistic appraisal of the challenges dogging the project so far:

The World Trade Center site is one of the most technically complicated modern construction projects ever undertaken: the building of five high rise towers, concomitantly, on a sixteen acre site over two train lines; issues of unprecedented toxicities and missing human remains; all in the middle of a bustling residential and business district. The architects, engineers and workers on the ground deserve credit for the performance of a difficult task, and interruptions, unexpected technical problems and delays should have been anticipated from its inception.

Gerson said that with the economy faltering, Read More

“The Best Facelift on 5th Ave.”

Other
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Last evening a crowd of one hundred or so gathered on museum mile in front of the Guggenheim Museum to mark the completion of its three-year renovation project with a champagne reception and a ceremony officiated by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Arriving fashionably late, Bloomberg addressed the crowd with his typical charisma, candidly remarking that the new restoration is “one of the best facelifts on 5th Avenue.” Bloomberg also stated that despite the tough financial times we have recently come upon, the City will continue investing in art and cultural institutions, like the Guggenheim. At the conclusion of Bloomberg’s speech, the official ribbon cutting ceremony revealed a large sign draped over the front exterior of the building that read, “Good As New.” Marc Steglitz, the Guggenheim Museum’s Interim Director-Elect, later commented that the building is actually “better than new,” but said that he was told that he could not say that in fear of the lurking preservationists in the crowd!

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PARK(itects) Day

East Coast, Other
Friday, September 19, 2008
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In the Beginning: It all started with some chairs and a bike rack on Bedford Ave five years ago. Courtesy Transportation Alternatives

In the Beginning: It all started with some chairs and a bike rack on Bedford Ave five years ago. Courtesy Transportation Alternatives

On this brisk fall day, why not hit the park for lunch, especially since there’s one closer than you think. Today is the city’s second annual PARK(ing) Day, an event hosted by Transportation Alternatives and the Trust for Public Space where various civic and volunteer groups have taken over parking spaces citywide–if you look at the map, it’s really mostly Manhattan, and Manhattan between Houston and 34th Street at that–and turned them into “parks.”

This year has twice as many parks as last year, at a total of 50. But more than just expanding the size of the project, Transportation Alternatives wanted to test the limits of what these pocket open spaces could be. This led to a partnership with the local AIA chapter and the Center for Architecture, who led an outreach effort to get designers involved.

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