An Architectural Approach to Security in Brooklyn

East
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Following 9/11 many locations around the city were walled-off with Jersey barriers. In the years since, better urban design has sometimes prevailed. Such is the case with the new bollards and security booths that replaced the Jersey barriers at Metrotech in downtown Brooklyn. Designed by WXY architecture + urban design, the prefabricated security booths–six in total–have a subtle, trapezoidal shape that makes them appear thinner than they are. Read More

Sustainism to Debut at New York Public Library

East
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Isms, isms, everywhere. It would seem that a movement is not validated until it gets an “ism.” This Wednesday “Sustainism” will be launched at the New York Public Library when authors Michiel Schwarz & Joost Elffers discuss their new book, Sustainism is the New Modernism (Distributed Art Publishers, $24.95).

But what exactly does Sustainism mean? Read on!

Video: Making a Brownfield Beautiful

Other
Monday, January 10, 2011
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A brownfield being reclaimed (Courtesy ASLA)

A brownfield being reclaimed (Courtesy ASLA)

The American Society of Landscape Architects has created a great step-by-step video demonstrating how to return a contaminated brownfield site into a real community asset. The video, appropriately titled From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park, traces an abandoned refinery on its way from bio-hazard to bio-helpful.

More info and the video after the jump!

Student-Built Tiny House No Small Feat

East
Monday, January 10, 2011
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Students will sell the Tiny House in the spring (Courtesy Green Mountain College)

Students will sell the Tiny House in the spring (Courtesy Green Mountain College)

Students enrolled in a sustainable design-build course at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont closed out 2010 by building their own house – a rather tiny house. Covering a mere 96 square feet, the structure cost only $20 a foot for a total price tag well under $2,000. No small feat for a bespoke building, especially considering this tiny house has gone green in a big way.

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Pictorial> Gehry Down Under

International
Monday, January 10, 2011
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Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building. West elevation. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building. West elevation. (Gehry Partners, LLP)

You better run, you’d better take cover! Frank Gehry‘s is heading down to Australia with a half twisted-brick, half glass-shard business school for the University of Technology, Sydney. The $150 million project draws its inspiration from a tree house, or as Frank puts it, “a trunk and core of activity and… branches for people to connect and do their private work.”

View all the Gehry goodness after the jump.

Series to Examine the Future of American Design

East
Monday, January 10, 2011
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The Raw Clock by Stanley Ruiz (Courtesy MAD)

The Raw Clock by Stanley Ruiz (Courtesy MAD)

Dan Rubinstein, editor-in-chief of Surface magazine, is curating a series of lectures at the Museum of Arts and Design evaluating the future of American furniture design. Dubbed “The Home Front: American Furniture Now,” the five-lecture series begins this Thursday, January 13 as leading furniture retailers present their views on the difficulty selling American design. In March, AN‘s own executive editor Julie Iovine will lead a roundtable panel called “Drafted” on the importance of American design for architects and designers.

More info on the series after the jump.

Landscape Guidelines Landslide Debut

East
Friday, January 7, 2011
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A capacity crowd overflowed into the aisles, up the stairs and out the door.

The line stretched down the block outside of the Center for Architecture last night for the release of High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC. The document providing sustainable park guidelines was produced through a partnership between The Design Trust for Public Space and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The manual is the first of its kind in the nation.
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Comment: Architecture Is Not Enough at Grand Avenue

West
Friday, January 7, 2011
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Map of LA's Grand Avenue; the new museum is colored red.

When Diller Scofidio + Renfro were solicited last June by Eli Broad to sketch an idea for his new archive and museum, the architects were forced to ask:  “What do you build next to Disney Hall?” Answer:  Something else.  Where Frank Gehry’s work is smooth and impenetrable, the Broad Art Foundation is porous and accessible.  The stainless steel concert hall reflects the city’s skyline; blinding sunlight bounces off its capering shell.  The Broad’s concrete veil, by contrast, is a less aggressive spectacle. At three-feet thick, and punched through with large angular openings, the new museum looks as if it is cloaked in an ice cube tray twisted by a powerful algorithm.  As, certainly, it has been, to pleasing effect. Read More

Video> Fly Through the New Broad Museum

West
Friday, January 7, 2011
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Public lobby at The Broad (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

Public lobby at The Broad (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

Yesterday, Sam Lubell detailed The Broad Foundation’s much-anticipated LA museum complete with all the renderings. Now, we have a video fly-through of the new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed space and isn’t it something! You can really start to appreciate the porous nature of The Broad‘s structural concrete “veil” and the views inside and out it will offer. You also gain a sense of its street presence sitting alongside Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall, which appears rather large in comparison. What do you think?

Watch the fly-through animation after the jump!

Pruitt-Igoe Documentary Debuts In February

Midwest
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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A still of the Pruitt-Igoe demolition from the new documentary (Courtesy Pruitt-Igoe Myth)

A still of the Pruitt-Igoe demolition from the new documentary (Courtesy Pruitt-Igoe Myth)

A new documentary called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth by Chad Friedrichs seeks to capture the life of St. Louis’ infamous housing project through the lens of the people who lived there. The film looks beyond the iconic images of its implosion and offers an analysis of urban renewal’s impact locally and across the nation. From the movie’s web site:

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.

The 83-minute film will be premiering February 11-13 at the Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi. No word yet when it will make it to St. Louis and beyond, but we’re anxiously awaiting! [Via Preservation Research Office ]

Watch the movie trailer after the jump.

A Stroll Through Modernism with Ezra Stoller

East
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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Ezra Stoller TWA Terminal at Idlewild (now JFK) Airport, Eero Saarinen, New York, NY, 1962 Gelatin Silver Print © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

An exhibition of architectural photographer Ezra Stoller’s work will open at the Yossi Milo Gallery tonight in New York and runs through February 12. A few of the photos are instantly recognizable, such as a photo of the Guggenheim lobby featuring women in pillbox hats standing in the foreground. But the gems of the show are those taken off the beaten path, like the roof of the Seagram’s Building or a parking garage in Miami.

To see more photos from the Stoller exhibit click here

Weekly World Trade Center Update

East
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
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Photos by Tom Stoelker

As there are few visible changes on the facade, this week’s photos focus on the reinforced concrete at the base of the tower. With much media fanfare, the NYPD opposed initial designs for security reasons. The resulting redesign introduced a fortress-like base and core, which is now visible from the street level. Eventually, the concrete will be shielded behind a metallic scrim, not unlike the one seen next door on Seven World Trade. For now though, pedestrians can glimpse the exposed base to get an idea of the tower’s extraordinary strength.

To see more photos of the tower’s base click here

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