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New York Public Library Building, NY, USA – designs revealed – 20 Dec 2012
Design: Foster + Partners
New York Public Library Building
image : dbox – Foster + Partners
The project aims to safeguard the building’s legacy and precious books for future generations. The existing research library will be retained as it is today, with more space for researchers, as will many of the public spaces – the project will open twice as much of the building to the public. The centrepiece of the 5th Avenue and 42nd Street building is the magnificent Rose Reading Room, below which are seven storeys of book stacks.

B2 Atlantic Yards New York – 19 Dec 2012
Design: SHoP
Barclays Center
image © SHoP Architects
Groundbreaking on B2 residential tower in Brooklyn, due to complete by summer 2014. Event attended by the NYC Mayor.

50 United Nations Plaza, New York, USA – Ground-raising ceremony news – 14 Nov 2012
Design: Foster + Partners
50 United Nations Plaza New York
image : dbox / Foster + Partners
Construction is underway on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States. Developed by Zeckendorf Development with Global Holdings, the 44-storey luxury apartment tower occupies a prestigious location within the green setting of United Nations Plaza, with views of the celebrated modernist UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Statue of Liberty – renewal news – Nov 12 + Oct 29, 2012
Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Statue of Liberty
photo : Hausman LLC
New Jersey contractor, Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corporation, announces that it has restored permanent power to the Statue of Liberty National Monument. All lighting and electrical systems in the Statue, including lights at the torch and crown, have now returned to full operation. Power at the Statue was knocked out by Superstorm Sandy nearly two weeks ago.

Via Verde South Bronx  – Oct 29, 2012
Grimshaw Architects
South Bronx Building
photograph : David Sundberg_Esto
This South Bronx building is a “revolutionary mixed-use, mixed income residential development” according to the architects. The project showcases high-quality innovative green design while also providing affordable housing for low and moderate income households.

Whirlers Fresh Kills Park, Staten Island – Oct 27, 2012
Design : Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte
Whirlers Fresh Kills Park
image from architect
The NY / Turin based architect, Caterina Tiazzoldi and the NY/ Lisbon based architect Eduardo Benamor Duarte will feature the Whirlers – an exhilarating energy system in the show Fresh Kills Park curated by the Land Art Generator Initiative, opening in New York on October 25th at the Soho Digital Art Gallery.

425 Park Avenue – Oct 19 + Jul 11, 2012 – Exhibition of Four Designs
Foster + Partners wins competition for new tower
425 Park Avenue New York
image : dbox / Foster + Partners
Four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms created designs for the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan – Shortlisted Architects:
Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster)
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers)
OMA (Rem Koolhaas)
Zaha Hadid Architects

Grand Central Terminal Building – New York building news – 19 Oct 2012
The Next 100 – Foster + Partners re-imagines Grand Central Terminal for 2013 Centenary
Grand Central Terminal Manhattan
image : Foster + Partners
Norman Foster presented proposals for a masterplan to bring clarity back to Grand Central Terminal at The Municipal Art Society of New York’s annual Summit in New York last night. Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s greatest landmarks and contains perhaps the city’s finest civic space. However, over time it has become a victim of its own success. A building designed to be used by 75,000 people per day now routinely handles ten times that number with up to a million on peak days.

Queens Plaza Improvement Project, Long Island City – New York Landscape Architecture – 26 Sep
Design Team: Margie Ruddick – Landscape Designer Sandro Marpillero, Linda Pollak – Architects and Urban Designers Leni Schwendinger – Lighting Designer Michael Singer – Artist
Queens Plaza New York
photo : Marpillero Pollak Architects
The completion of the $45 million Queens Plaza Improvement Project in Long Island City has transformed the primary entry point into the New York City borough of Queens into a sustainable, urban designed destination for pedestrians and cyclists.

Barclays Center New York, Brooklyn : opening news – Sep 21, 2012
Barclays Center New York
image © SHoP Architects
“the most anticipated sports and entertainment venue in the world and the home of the Brooklyn Nets, will celebrate its Opening Night on September 28 when Brooklyn’s own JAY Z takes the stage”.

Columbia University Medical Center, Washington Heights, Northern Manhattan – 17 Jul 2012
Design: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler
Columbia University Medical Center Building
image from architects
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) recently announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building on the CUMC campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan. The new building, with a design led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, is a 14-storey facility that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center, all reflecting how medicine is and will be taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century.

Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition, NYC – Jul 16, 2012
A Long-Awaited Tribute : Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
Guggenheim Museum New York
photo : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
In 1953, six years before the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened to the public, two of his structures—a pavilion and model Usonian house—were built on the future site of the museum to house a temporary exhibition displaying the architect’s lifelong work.

Harlem Edge Competition Exhibition – Jul 11, 2012
2012 ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition
New York Architecture
picture Courtesy Harlem Harvest Team
The AIA New York Chapter’s Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), is proud to announce the opening on Thursday, July 12, of its fifth biennial international ideas competition exhibition The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections. The exhibition showcases winners and selected entrants of the 2012 ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition, which aims to widen the scope of architectural discourse through challenging New York City-based design problems.

AIA New Practices New York – Jun 28, 2012
Presentations & Exhibits by the Winners at Axor NYC
AIA New Practices New York
picture from architects
Hansgrohe and its designer brand Axor are proud to sponsor the AIA New Practices New York Competition and recognize talented new firms for their unique and innovative strategies. The 2012 competition awarded seven promising New York-based architecture and design firms with the biennial prize. In addition to the New Practices New York 2012 Exhibition at the Center for Architecture (on display from June 14-September 8, 2012), each will have an opportunity to present and display their work at Axor NYC, Axor’s design studio located in the Meatpacking District.

Fire Island Pines Pavilion, NY – May 29
Design: HWKN
Fire Island Pines Pavilion
picture from architects
Hard on the heels of a devastating fire last November, Fire Island Pines has unveiled dramatic and far-reaching plans for the rebuilding of the legendary Pavilion dance club. “We designed the new Pavilion around the community and experiences at Fire Island,” says Matthias Hollwich. “The building forms intimate public spaces out of a single volume. It is carved and rutted pieces of driftwood washed ashore by the sea.”

One World Trade Center – May 11
Statement from CTBUH
One World Trade Center New York
picture : Wrightstyle
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has received many media queries about the ultimate height of One World Trade Center, which is currently planned as the tallest building in North America.

Dream Downtown Hotel, Cheslea – May 3
Handel Architects
Dream Downtown Hotel
photo : Bruce Damonte
Dream Downtown Hotel is a 184,000 SF boutique hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC. The 12-story building includes 316 guestrooms, two restaurants, rooftop and VIP lounges, outdoor pool and pool bar, a gym, event space, and ground floor retail.

New York City Center – May 3
Ennead Architects
City Center New York
image © Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects
Awards for excellence in architecture and historic preservation honor the recent renovation of New York City Center led by Duncan Hazard of Ennead Architects.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy presented City Center with a 2012 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award on Wednesday at the New-York Historical Society. The annual Moses Awards celebrate the success of historic preservation and its role in the economic, social and cultural vitality of New York City.

Freedom Tower : One World Trade Center Construction – tallest NY building
Freedom Tower New York
tower under construction

ONE PRIZE Competition : NYC Design Contest news – 25 Apr
ONE PRIZE Competition
image from design contest organisers

Manhattan Mountain, Lower East Side : Ju-Hyun Kim, architect – Apr 10
Manhattan Mountain Building
rendering courtesy Ju-Hyun Kim
Re-Imagining Seward Park Redevelopment (SPURA) on the Lower East Side.
Recent news coverage for the 7-acre parcel, Manhattan’s biggest undeveloped, publicly owned development site south of 96th Street, has provided the chance to contemplate many important urban issues.
Firstly, are we taking full advantage of this great opportunity to develop a vast land in the heart of Manhattan, or just limiting our imagination under current NYC zoning resolution (which is 50 years old)? Secondly, is the hot debate over big box retailers heading to the right direction?

New Practices New York : ‘Think | Design Thinking Outputs’, Center for Architecture – Apr 10
3.1 Phillip Lim Seoul Flagship
photo : Iwan Baan

YOTEL Times Square, New York Hotel : Rockwell Group – added Mar 30
YOTEL Building
photo : Nikolas Koenig

Orla Kiely New York : Architecture Republic – Mar 13
Orla Kiely New York
photograph : Geoff Searle

Frieze New York Art Fair, NYC : SO – IL architects – Mar 8
Frieze New York Building
image of design

Emerging New York Architects, AIA NY : ENYA Architecture Competitions – 24 Feb

stillspotting nyc : Jackson Heights, Queens, NY – Feb 22
stillspotting nyc
photo © Guggenheim Museum

Storefront for Art and Architecture : NY Architectural Exhibition – Feb 22
NY Architectural Exhibition
photo from Storefront for Art and Architecture

MoMA / P.S.1 Young Architects Program : HWKN, New York – Winner news – Feb 14
P.S.1 New York
image of winning design

Times Square – interactive heart installation : BIG ♥ NYC – Feb 9
Times Square heart installation
photo © Ho Kyung Lee

Columbia University Architecture Event – GSAPP, Brooklyn – Feb 6
Columbia Building Intelligence Project – Think Tank News

Manhattan Architecture Competition : LifeEdited Challenge NYC – Feb 2
Manhattan Architecture Competition
photo from design contest organiser
LifeEdited was launched by founder Graham Hill in late 2010 with a 420 square foot New York City apartment (LE1). This is the second – more challenging project at 350 square feet (32 square meters) of sleek function.

3 World Trade Center, NYC : Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – news – Jan 27
World Trade Centre Tower 3
image Courtesy of: Silverstein Properties

Museum of Contemporary Art New York, Manhattan – video : SANAA architects – Jan 17
Museum of Contemporary Art New York
photo from architect

Campbell Sports Center, Manhattan : Steven Holl Architects, Topping Out News – Jan 14
Campbell Sports Center Building
picture from architects

2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture – Jan 10
The Standard New York by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects
The Standard Hotel New York
photo © Nikolas Koenig/Hotels AB

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