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NEIZVESTNY HOUSE AND STUDIO in New York by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT

Ernst Neizvestny is an internationally recognized Russian sculptor, whose projects include Kruschev’s tomb, work for the Pope, the largest sculpture in the world, and the new gigantic statue of Liberty for Taiwan.  His sculptures and paintings are represented in museums and collections all over the world.  There is already a museum devoted to his work in Sweden, and these buildings will eventually become his museum in the United States.

Image Courtesy © Mark Dziewulski Architect

Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City, New York by THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Article source: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Opening at the end of the summer, Hunters Point South Waterfront Park is phase one of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 29 acres of postindustrial waterfront on the East River in Long Island City and includes the largest affordable housing building project in New York City since the 1970’s.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

  • Architects: THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
  • Project: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park
  • Location: Long Island City, New York
  • Photography: Albert Vecerka Esto, Wade Zimmerman
  • Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
  • Park Designers: Thomas Balsley Associates, WEISS, MANFREDI
  • Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP
  • Project Team: Arup, Prime Consultant, Civil, Structural Engineer and Lighting Design, E-Design Dynamics, Ecological Systems and Restoration Ecologist, Halcrow, Marine Engineering, Karyn Olivier, Public Art, A.G. Consulting Engineering, P.C., MEPFP Engineering, Yu & Associates, Environmental Engineer, VJ Associates, Cost Estimator, B-A Engineering, P.C., Traffic Engineer, Two Twelve, Graphic Designer, AKRF, Historical Researcher, The Liro Group, Resident Engineer

Dimensions:

  • Park: 11 acres
  • Pavilion: 12,000 sf

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

Surrounded by water on three sides, Hunters Point South is a new model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable design. The park and open space is a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI with ARUP as the prime consultant and infrastructure designer.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The site is waterfront and city, gateway and sanctuary, blank slate and pentimento. Design ‘leverage the site’s industrial heritage and spectacular views to establish a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination. Adjacent to a future school and an emerging residential development of 5,000 permanently affordable units, the park will provide a public front door and new open spaces for recreation that connect to the surrounding communities.

Image Courtesy © Albert Vecerka Esto

The integrated design weaves together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to transform a post-industrial waterfront site into new ecological corridors that anticipate the inevitable patterns of flooding and rising water levels along the East River, transforming Hunters Point South into both a new cultural and ecological paradigm.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

MAJOR FEATURES:
A Sustainable Waterfront: Hunters Point South Waterfront Park has evolved from a marshy wetland to a drained landfill site and from a soft shoreline to an armored water’s edge. The design incorporates numerous green initiatives, transforming a critically located but abandoned waterfront into a new urban ecological paradigm.The essence of the park is a technological and ecological system implemented to minimize non-renewable power consumption, protect and conserve water, optimize maintenance and operational practices, and create a healthy and productive environment for the community and the city.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Upland Context: Embedded in the new urban plan is a carefully conceived sustainable approach to the smart streets, bioswales and bikeways of the new community at Hunters Point South. Placed along the park’s, edge, a bioswale filters stormwater from the Center Blvd. and the upland smart streets. Each upland street enjoys the park and skyline views and terminates on park vestibule entrances that have been outfitted with banquette seating.

Green Oval: A new multi-use green oval defines the most generously open part of the site and offers views directly across the river tp Manhattan. This green anchors the park’s north precinct and is framed by a continuous path and pleated steel shade canopy on the south side which follows the curve of the oval and offers shelter for a water ferry stop and concession building.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

Pathways: The path that surrounds the central green unfurls into a promenade leading to an overlook at the southern terminus of the site. This overlook, a 30-foot high cantilevered platform with views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River, is at once urbane and otherworldly, bringing the city to a precipice suspended over a new wetland water’s edge. From the central promenade path, existing concrete bulk-heads are strategically replaced by new wetlands and pathways that link the major precincts and programs of the park. This path system extends to the water’s edge and forms part of the “soft” edge
infrastructure, while also providing a new landmark and destination that draws the community to the waterfront.

Pavilion: The Pavilion is conceived as a continuous structure which connects the city with the water’s edge. it is strategically located to support the park’s active and passive recreational uses and provides a legible point of arrival and orientation. The Pavilion is divided into two buildings under one continuous canopy. It includes a maintenance and
operations facility for the Department of Parks and Recreations, comfort stations, a concession building, and a raised café plaza. The Pavilion culminates at the elevated wood pier, with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River corridor.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

The folded plate shade structure recalls the maritime history of Hunters Point and is optimized to capture storm water and solar power. 64 Photovoltaic panels located on the south face of the steel pleats generate 37,000 kWh per year, powering over 50% of the entire park. The design can accommodate additional panels to power 100% of the park in the future. The folded plates also collect storm water which nourishes nearby bioswales. A richly textured brushed metal surface drapes across the outer edge of the sweep along the Green sweep, and reflects the activity at the Green and the general landscape.

Urban Beach: Framed by the pavilion and park path, an urban beach hosts sunning, picnicking and beach volleyball along the edge of the promenade. Here, visitors will sink their toes in the sand and take in a unique beach sunset setting over the Manhattan skyline.

Interpretive Rail
Garden: Framed by the urban dog run and play area at the 51st Avenue vestibule, native grasses envelop freight rails to compose an interpretive rail garden narrative. A cross path weaves through to a small central plaza animated with water jets and the interaction they attract.

Urban Dog Run: As a relatively new component of the 21st century urban park, the dog run has proven its long term social sustainability worth. With its distinctive water rill, stacked timber seats that recall an earlier lumberyard and animated shelter which has taken its cues from the pavilion, this dogscape has elevated the fun of dog ownership.

Play Area: Resting on a tree shaded shelf above the promenade and surrounded by native grasses, the play area promises to be the center of family activity for the park. Here at the edge of the East River an ensemble of play venues for all ages ranges from basketball and adult fitness to a children’s play with lawn mound and water play channel.

Image Courtesy © Wade Zimmerman

ABOUT THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES
Thomas Balsley Associates is a NYC based landscape architecture and urban design practice with a portfolio of award winning work throughout the United States and abroad. The firm is best known for its innovative fusion of environmental sustainability and landscape urbanism. Projects such as Chelsea Waterside Park, Gantry Plaza Park and Riverside Park in NY, Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, and Baltimore’s West Shoe Park exemplify the transformative power of public space. The firm has recently won the international competitions for Seoul’s Magok Waterfront and Shangai’s SIPG Harbor Center as well as numerous awards and citations from ASLA, AIA, and EDRA. Tom Balsley lectures and teaches extensively at many civic, design and academic institutions, including Harvard GSD and UPenn School of Design. Spacemaker press devoted a monograph to his work entitled ” Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape.”

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

ABOUT WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
WEISS / MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism is a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. Founded by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, the firm is known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design. The firm’s products, including the seattle Art Musem: Olympic Sculpture Park, the Barnard College Diana Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center, the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cementry, and projects in East Africa, exemplify the potential of architecture to transform public space. The firm recently won the national competition to redesign the Sylvan Outdoor Theater at the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and won the international competition for Korea’s Taekwondo Park in 2008. WEISS/MANFREDI has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the International VR Green Prize for Urban Design. They have also been named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, and received the New York City AIA Gold Medal of Honor. Michael Manfredi has been the Gensler Visiting Professor at Cornell University and Marion Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Image Courtesy © THOMAS BALSLEY ASSOCIATES

Arverne Dunes in Far Rockaway, New York by ShortList_0 Design Group

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Article source: ShortList_0 Design Group

Sustainably repurposing urban piers.
Arverne Dunes is a new waterfront concept for neighborhood redevelopment of Far Rockaway New York post Hurricane Sandy. It features both urban and suburban attributes. Embracing its city surroundings with urban density, the design capitalizes on the site’s coastal elements retaining the feel and lifestyle of a beachfront town. The plan emphasizes the Community Board’s priorities, aiming to meet the needs of developers, Rockaway residents and New York City government’s updated FEMA recommendations for this flood zone area. The site plan fosters beach community ambiance for 1,000 new dwellings, 200,000sf of commercial space, in addition to recreation, a medical clinic, doctors’ offices and community facilities.

Arverne Dunes proposal, eastern sector perspective: Dune preserve, 500 townhouse units, 500 midrise dwelling units, 200,000sf commercial, plus recreation and medical facilities, Image Courtesy © ShortList_0 Design Group

  • Architects: ShortList_0 Design Group
  • Project: Arverne Dunes
  • Location: Far Rockaway, New York
  • Urban Planning: PLC Urban Planning & Policy
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, Managing Member, 2013
  • Site Area: 80+ acres
  • Sustainable Design Features: Building integrated PV solar panels, green roofs, dune preservation, daylight Illumination
  • Annual Power Generation Capability: 1.75 Megawatts
  • Design Software: Revit
  • Catagories: Housing Development, Land Preserve, Master Plan, Residential, Autodesk Revit, Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Waterfront Development

NYC Tower Proposal in South Street Seaport, New York by MA2

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Article source: MA2

The concept proposal is located in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport as an office tower with an adjacent parking structure. In its inception the tower is a product of preserving angles within a complex plane grid, which has been interfered by a Mobius geometric transformation. By manipulating a two-dimensional grid using asymptotic developments, it generates a series of automorphing patterns and higher dimensional structures.

Image Courtesy © MA2

  • Architects: MA2
  • Project: NYC Tower Proposal
  • Location: South Street Seaport, New York
  • Software used: Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD

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The Water Dyke MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal in New York by Sorg Architects

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Article source: Sorg Architects

In response to MOMA/PS1’s challenge to present innovative ideas to protect the coastline area of the Rockaways in New York City, which had been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, Sorg Architects focused not only on rebuilding the boardwalk there, but on creating the boardwalk as simultaneously a community gathering place and a functional infrastructure to protect the shoreline.

Image Courtesy © Sorg Architects

“Yona on the Beach” in Rockaway, New York by Stephen Yablon Architect

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Article source: Stephen Yablon Architect

In response to the MoMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, Stephen Yablon Architect’s “Yona on the Beach,” which was one of the selected entries, accepts the inherent and increasingly dynamic weather conditions of barrier islands. SYA’s idea is a new model for barrier island settlements; entire beach neighborhoods are raised high above the 100 year flood plain so that the barrier island below can naturally shift and change during storms with minimal impact to human habitation.

Image Courtesy © Stephen Yablon Architect

  • Architects: Stephen Yablon Architect
  • Project: “Yona on the Beach”
  • Location: Rockaway, New York
  • Team: Stephen Yablon, Pearl Kang, Rossitsa Kirilova, John Hsu, Dirk Pause
  • Year: 2013

Piezoscape in Staten Island, New York by Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Article source: Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

This proposal for the Fresh Kills landscape in Staten Island, New York engages visitors and the environment into generating energy using piezoelectricity, which is the conversion of mechanical movement into electricity. Energy from wind, sound vibration, and human movement can collectively be harvested from the movement of natural piezoelectric materials embedded in walkable surfaces and bendable wind-capturing stalks and streamers.

Image Courtesy © Barker Freeman Design Office Architects pllc

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Word Play – a little free library in New York by Chat Travieso

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source: Chat Travieso

A joint project between The Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival in collaboration with Little Free Library, LTD., Little Free Library/NYC was a design/build competition in which ten designers were chosen to install a Little Free Library in collaboration with a host community organization in the Lower East Side. Little Free Libraries are small publicly accessible book shelters that function on an honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Titled “Word Play”, artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso’s library plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. 

Image Courtesy © Chat Travieso 

  • Architect: Chat Travieso
  • Project: Word Play – a little free library
  • Location: New york
  • Software used: Rhino

Avenues The World School in New York by Perkins Eastman

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Perkins Eastman

Avenues: The World School is a new private international learning community that introduces an educational model that responds to the unique educational needs of 21st-century students in their increasingly connected world. With curriculum shared across the school’s eventual 20 worldwide campuses, the school requires a state-of-the-art facility that supports a learning environment that traverses time zones and languages while it educates and inspires.

Image Courtesy © Chris Cooper

  • Architects: Perkins Eastman
  • Project: Avenues The World School
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Photography: Chris Cooper

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Hudson Hill Condominium in New York City by FXFOWLE Architects

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Article source: FXFOWLE Architects

Hudson Hill Condominium designed by FXFOWLE (2009) is located just west of Columbus Circle in the Clinton Hill District in New York City. The infill building’s Trespa-paneled façade, spanning 125 feet, is designed to actuate the street wall and bring character to the residential units. Designed to appear more opaque from the east, the faceted façade harmonizes with the adjacent rows of townhouses and small apartment buildings. The façade opens to the west so many of the two and three bedroom apartments capture views of a park at the corner of Tenth Avenue and the Hudson River beyond.

Image courtesy FXFOWLE Architects

  • Architects: FXFOWLE Architects
  • Project: Hudson Hill Condominium
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Client: Alchemy Properties
  • Completion: 2009
  • Area: 103,000 GSF / 9,500 GSM
  • Type: Residential
  • Tags: 462 West 58th Street

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