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Museum Futures in New York by Morpholio

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Article source: Morpholio

This fall celebrates the exhibition opening of Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries at the Jewish museum in New York.  On display are thousands of pages from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, posing a curatorial challenge as material access is weighed against space and experience.

Image Courtesy © Morpholio

  • Architects: Morpholio
  • Project: Museum Futures
  • Location: New York, U.S.A
  • Morpholio Co-Creators: Jeffrey Kenoff, Mark Collins, Toru Hasegawa, Anna Kenoff
  • Collaborators: Fernando Portal, Community Director; Ciara Seymour, UX Director
  • Sponsors: Dyson, Herman Miller, 3Form

Trace in New York by Morpholio

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Article source: Morpholio

New app – Trace is an evolution of design process, enabling the development of ideas, free thinking and communication amongst a global community of designers and creators.

New York,September 25, 2012– The Morpholio Project announces the launch of its second app, simply called Trace.  The app explores the role of technology in the conceptual phase of the design workflow through a digital version of trace paper, and fosters communication amongst a global design culture. Trace, essential to any design or creative process, allows users to instantly draw on top of imported images or background templates, layering comments or ideas to generate immediate, intelligent sketches that are easy to circulate.

Image Courtesy © Morpholio

  • Architects: Morpholio
  • Project: Trace
  • Location: New York
  • Photography: Ahmed Elhusseiny, Anna Kenoff, Anna Pietrzak, Audrey Choi, Ciara Seymour, Devin Seymour, EzioBlasetti, James Kehl, Javier Galindo, Liz Ricketts, Milan delVecchio, Morpholio
  • The Morpholio Project Co-Creators: Jeffrey Kenoff, Mark Collins, Toru Hasegawa, Anna Kenoff
  • Sponsors: Dyson, Herman Miller, 3Form
  • Collaborators: Fernando portal, Community Director; Ciara Seymour, UX Director
  • Contributors: Yang Hua, Dan Forest,James H. Thompson, Victor Sardenberg, AsakuraAya

Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York by Caples Jefferson Architects PC

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Article source: Caples Jefferson Architects PC

Weeksville Heritage Center is a unique urban design project in which a modern architectural syntax of simple forms, strip windows, and glass passageways is impacted by repeated African riffs. The riffs are variations that provide a visual counterpoint. The riffs are embedded in construction, in structural elements, such as the joints in paving and stone, in the choice of colors and materials, and in the details like the fence posts and the frit in the sunshading glass. The modern syntax and African riffs, although independent from each other, harmonize when experienced as an entirety.

Image Courtesy © Nic Lehoux

  • Architects:  Caples Jefferson Architects PC
  • Project: Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A
  • Photography: Nic Lehoux, Julian Olivas  
  • Clients: David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design & Construction, Victor Metoyer, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Pamela Green, Weeksville Heritage Center 
  • Sub-consultants: Alma Smith, Construction Manager, Hill International, Seamus McNabb, General Contractor, Brickens, Construction, Benjamin Alper, Structural Engineer, Severud Associates, Hazern Huss, MEP Engineer, Loring Consulting Engineers, Andrew Ciancia, Civil & Geotechnical Engineer, Langan Engineering, John Rhyner, Geothermal Engineer, P.W. Grosser Consulting, Jeffrey Berg, Lighting Design, Berg-Howland Associates, Elizabeth Kennedy, Landscape Architect, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects, Greg Dimech, Cost Estimating, Faithful + Gould, Fred Shen, Acoustics & Audio Visual, Shen Milsom + Wilke, Francesca Bettridge, Theatrical Lighting, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Frank Fortino, Building Department, Metropolis, Barbara Heller, FAIA, Specifications, Heller + Metzger PC, Gordon Smith, Curtainwall, Gordon Smith Construction, Carmel Bowron, Sustainable Design & Commissioning, Viridian, Jeffrey Venter, Security, Ducibella Venter & Santore, David Dial, Museum Programming, Dial Associates 

FAR Rockaway in New York by Seeding Office

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Article source: Seeding Office

Designing an oceanfront development in an area at high risk of flooding is a challenge that combines two different factors: resiliency against natural disasters and the impact of climate change, as well as the pleasure and enjoyment of a seaside life.

Image Courtesy © Seeding Office

  • Architects: Seeding Office
  • Project: FAR Rockaway
  • Location: New York, USA

Pizzeria Susanna in New York by Sergio Mannino Studio

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Article source: Sergio Mannino Studio

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new authentic Italian pizzeria, Susanna, located in the heart of Greenwich Village on Bleecker Street. Susanna was born from the dream of 3 Italian brothers who came to New York City to start a new life and who wanted to offer authentic Italian style thin crust pizza.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Mannino Studio

  • Architects: Sergio Mannino Studio
  • Project: Pizzeria Susanna
  • Location: New York
  • Software used: 3dsmax, AutoCad, illustrator and photoshop

Polygon Studio in Lake George, New York by Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + WORKUS Studio LLC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Article source: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect

The owners of a steep lakefront residential property wanted a small studio that could serve for making sculpture and accommodating guests. The form of the building reflects these two functions.

Image Courtesy © Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + Workus LLC

  • Architects: Jeffery S. Poss, Architect + Workus LLC
  • Project: Polygon Studio
  • Location: Lake George, New York
  • Owners: Kamran Fallahpour + Suzanne Kazemian Falla
  • Software used: Google Sketchup

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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