Carpenter Bridging Olmsted

Midwest
Friday, December 31, 2010
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(all photos: Andy Brake)

Earlier this year AN looked at Midway Crossings, designed by James Carpenter with lighting designers Schuler Shook and landscape architects BauerLatoza Studio, a project that uses light and urban design to create a visual connection across Frederick Law Olmsted’s Midway Plaisance. The project, formerly known as the Light Bridges, is now nearing completion, and the result seems to accomplish the goal of better joining the main campus of the University of Chicago with its expanding facilities across the park. Tall light poles and wider sidewalks with planted, raised easements create an inviting place for pedestrians, and the University hopes the two crossings, at 59th and 60th Streets, will create focused centers of foot traffic, improving safety.  Purists may feel that the University has co-opted public park space, but the design team’s use of light as the main element shows a light hand in the landscape. Read More

World Trade Center Continues Upward Despite Blizzard

East
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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The chaos of the blizzard seems to have bypassed the site.

[ As the World Trade Center continues its ascent, The Architect's Newspaper will be checking in each week for signs of progress at one of the country's most exciting construction sites. ]

The blizzard did little to deter holiday crowds from flocking to the World Trade Center this week. With few office workers in town, hundreds of tourists crushed onto the slushy sidewalks of Church Street. From behind St. Paul’s Chapel, a cacophony of languages could be heard. Construction moved forward with few signs of delay or disruption from this week’s snow and by Wednesday afternoon the site was humming as usual.

View more WTC pics after the jump.

MoMA′s Young Architects Program Heading to Rome

International
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome (Courtesy Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo)

Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome (Courtesy Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo)

The prestigious Young Architects Program put on by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA P.S.1 in New York has announced that it’s teaming up with Rome’s National Museum of 21st Century Arts, or MAXXI, to host a second outdoor installation at the new Zaha Hadid museum.
Read more: Officials hope for a local feel as finalists are announced.

Weekly World Trade Pic

East
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Another row of windows and corner facets began to emerge this week.

[ As the World Trade Center continues its ascent, The Architect's Newspaper will be checking in each week for signs of progress at one of the country's most exciting construction sites. ]

The pre-holiday bustle reached a lull today at the World Trade Center site as much of downtown seems to have headed home. Even the cranes were moving at a sluggish pace; but they’re still moving. This week, the facets that form elongated triangular corners began to reflect the sunlight a bit more and another row of windows found their way onto the western facade. The holidays are taking hold, too: At dusk, sparkly lights that run the length of the cranes emerge like stars.

Another pic after the jump

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Pictorial> Architects Propose Rolling Hotel in Norway

International
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Architects propose a series of buildings rolling on tracks (Courtesy Jagnefalt Milton)

Architects propose a series of buildings rolling on tracks (Courtesy Jagnefalt Milton)

Swedish architects Jagnefalt Milton have proposed architectural locomotion for Åndalsnes, a town in Norway. A series of buildings would be built atop existing rail tracks in the city and could house various uses ranging from a rolling hotel to a rolling concert hall to a rolling public bath.

Get rolling on to the photos after the jump!

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Fumihiko Maki Named AIA Gold Medal Winner

International
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Fumihiko Maki Wins AIA's 2011 Gold Medal

Fumihiko Maki Wins AIA's 2011 Gold Medal (Photo Imogene Tudor)

 

Fumihiko Maki was named AIA’s 2011 Gold Medal winner last Thursday, making him the 67th in that illustrious line. Maki began his career in the 1960s as a part of the group of Japanese architects known as the Metabolists who championed large biomorphic structures that could expand and change as needed. His more recent designs, such as the new Media Lab at MIT, present a decidedly fixed composition, though MIT retains the suggestion of interchangeable volumes. The concept did find its way into Maki’s thoroughly adaptable interior, as was noted during a walk-through by AN last spring.

More on Maki after the jump.

New Whitney Museum Takes Flight Along the High Line

East, In Construction
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Whitney Museum rendering (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners)

Whitney Museum rendering (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper, Robertson & Partners)

The Whitney Museum, set on an outpost far from Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side and in the midst of the hip yet historic Meatpacking District, is forging ahead with its grand plans to make a bold architectural statement with a new building by Renzo Piano, which will sit adjacent to Gansevoort Market Historic District and the post-industrial High Line park.

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Philly President′s House Impeached

East
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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The President's House Market Street facade suggests an executive mansion lost to time. (Photos Tom Stoelker)

The President's House Market Street facade suggests an executive mansion lost to time. (Photos Tom Stoelker)

It’s odd when the symbol of a building becomes more important than the structure itself. That’s certainly the case with the newly completed President’s House in Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia. George Washington and John Adams lived there when the city was still the nation’s capitol. Unlike Independence Hall, The President’s House didn’t garner importance over time. Actually, there wasn’t a physical structure left, just ruins hidden below ground a few feet from the entrance to Liberty Bell Center and discovered in 2002.

Read more and check out the photos after the jump.

Council Approves Riverside Center

East
Monday, December 20, 2010
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The  Christian de Portzamparc designed towers (rights) approved by City Council today. (Courtesy Extell).

The Christian de Portzamparc designed towers, at right, approved by City Council today. (Courtesy Extell)

 

Today Extell Development got the green light from City Council to build Riverside Center on one of the last major parcels of land at the edge of the Upper West Side. Among several concessions made to the community, the developer agreed to sink $17.5 million into Riverside Park, build a 100,000 square foot school, renovate a recreation center on West 59th Street and build 500 affordable housing units (though much of it offsite).

The 3.1 million square foot project includes a series of towers designed by Christian de Portzamparc between 59th and 61st streets and will provide as much open space as Lincoln Center, the architect told AN last year. Portzamparc worked with landscape designer Signe Nielsen to break up an existing superblock and create a view corridor that extends toward the Riverside Park. Like most mixed-use projects, the developer said public amenities, such as grocery stores and the school, would fill the base of the towers.

The Green Building′s Platinum Lining

Midwest
Monday, December 20, 2010
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An interior view of The Green Building’s street-facing café. (Ted Wathen/Quadrant)

An interior view of The Green Building’s street-facing café. (Ted Wathen/Quadrant)

Since opening in 2008, The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky has been quietly awaiting the verdict on just how sustainable the three-story adaptive reuse project really is. As expected, the 115-year-old former dry goods store designed by California-based (fer) studio announced that the project received LEED Platinum certification, becoming the city’s first Platinum building.

Find out just how green platinum can be and see a slideshow after the jump!

AN′s Twelfth-Hour Gift Grab 2010

National
Friday, December 17, 2010
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AN Twelfth-Hour Gift Grab (Painting, Manhattan Skyline by John Cunning, courtesy Smithsonian)

AN Twelfth-Hour Gift Grab (Painting, Manhattan Skyline by John Cunning, courtesy Smithsonian)

Have you got the Billings Index Blues? Are code approvals sucking the air out of your Christmas spirit and punch lists preempting your shopping list? Take cheer! The Architect’s Newspaper has located all the architect-worthy toys and treasures to meet your most pressing deadline of the year: Gifts for your Loved Ones (and a few clients, too).

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Architect’s Newspaper.

Check out the 2010 Gift Guide after the jump.

Archi-Tectonic Cheer

East
Friday, December 17, 2010
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Winka Dubbeldam shares cheer with fragrance consultant Christoph Legreves and lighting designer Matilde Alessandra as former AN staffer Matt Chaban looks on.

Winka Dubbeldam shares cheer with fragrance consultant Christoph Legreves and lighting designer Matilde Alessandra as former AN staffer Matt Chaban looks on.

Architects, designers, and a few sharp Irish guys who knew someone at the door converged on the Tribeca Grand Hotel last Wednesday night when Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics and Cinzia Fama-Agnolucci of CFA Design threw a bash in The Salon.

The Archi-Tectonics-designed space, provided a sultry backdrop to this family affair. Fama-Agnolucci’s mother kept watch from a low perch at the entrance as someone’s toddler made a beeline for Dubbeldam’s dog, who promptly snubbed her, preferring the company of a low-lying plate of hors d’oeuvres.

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