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Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:09:39 +0000 en Maybe In My Back Yard Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>A mixed-use development on Manhattan's Far West Side could be Pier 40's savior.</b>:<p>The planned redevelopment of the St. John’s Terminal site in Hudson Square, a Manhattan neighborhood known for its fervent opposition to new construction, could be the key to ensuring much-needed infrastructure improvements to nearby Pier 40 and Hudson River Park.</p> <p>In an agreement outlined by the de Blasio administration this past October, the Hudson River Park Trust—a partnership between New York State and City that operates Pier 40—plans to sell 200,000 square feet of its unused air rights to the owner of St. John’s Terminal to allow for the construction of (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Apartments in Disguise Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Rafael Vinoly Architects crafts a discreet residential tower in Chicago.</b>:<p>There is no public space in Chicago more recognizable than the stretch of parks, museums, and lakefront along Michigan Avenue east of the downtown Loop. Walled in on the north and west by skyscrapers dating mostly from the 1880s–1970s and by the lake to the east, the space is an expression of the rigidity and possibility of the city’s relentless grid. It was only a matter of time before the wall of buildings would be completed to the south of the parks, where some of the last undeveloped space was available. With the approval of a new 829-foot-tall, 76-story tower by New York Ci (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Review> Chef Boyarsky Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src=",-The-Macrophone,-1981.-Technical-pen-and-ink,-airbrush-and-ink,-collage,-and-graphite-underdrawing-on-paperboard,-31-7_8-x-43-7_8_.-Collection-of-the-Alvin-Boyarsky-Archive.jpg" /><br/><b>As an educator, Alvin Boyarsky amassed one of the finest collections of 20th century drawings from Zaha to Koolhaas.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 25px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 250px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><a href=""><b>Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association</b></a><br /> Igor Marjanovic and Jan Howard, University of Chicago Press, $35</p> <p>“Times have changed,” declared Alvin Boyarsky, chairman of the Architectural (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Back to School Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Baltimore's historically black Morgan State University expands over territory once the site of segregation.</b>:<p>Sixty years ago, black students at Baltimore’s Morgan State College couldn’t go to the movie theater in the shopping center just down the road from their campus. The students also weren’t served in the department store’s restaurant at the shopping center or the nearby ice cream parlor.</p> <p>It took years of protests, sit-ins, and arrests—hundreds were hauled off to the city jail—before those businesses agreed to admit African American students.</p> <p>Today this historically black institution, now Morgan State University, not only owns much of the lan (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Fully Jacked Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Plans are in the works to boost up a historic Times Square theater nearly 30 feet as part of a redevelopment scheme.</b>:<p>According to theatrical superstition, every theater has a ghost. At the Palace Theater in Times Square, the apparition of acrobat Louis Borsalino supposedly performs a nightly reenactment of his fatal 1935 fall. If that’s true, Borsalino will soon be haunting from a greater height. In November 2015, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved a proposal to jack up the landmark theater 29 feet to add additional retail space.</p> <p>When the 1,800-seat Palace, designed by Milwaukee-based architects Kirchhoff & Rose, opened in 1913, it was celebrated for its s (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Studio Visit> wHY New York Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Los Angeles and New York-based architecture firm wHY takes a holistic approach to its buildings from Cairo, Egypt, to Louisville, Kentucky.</b>:<p>wHY’s New York office operates out of an airy Soho loft where ideas are tossed around and explored with gusto. This salon-style energy is integral to the bicoastal firm’s practice, providing the foundations for a diverse range of projects.</p> <p>wHY was founded in Los Angeles in 2004 by Kulapat Yantrasast, who worked closely with Japanese minimalist Tadao Ando for years. The New York office was started in 2012 and is focused on bringing a multi-disciplinary approach to its work. The practice is structured around the collaborative efforts of four distinct yet interrelated works (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Balti-less is more Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Baltimore looks to revitalize its downtown by clearing vacant houses in a massive five-year demolition plan.</b>:<p>Early this January on a cold Tuesday, the governor of Maryland stood at a podium in the middle of a street full of vacant row houses in Baltimore. On the left of Governor Larry Hogan was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and on his right stood an easel with a rendering showing his vision for that block’s, and the city’s, near future—an empty green lawn. As the crowd politely applauded, a backhoe began chewing apart an empty row house. This was the press event announcing Project CORE, Hogan’s new plan to revitalize Baltimore by spending $700 million by 2020.</p> <p>Bal (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Unveiled> Two Museums in North Adams Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Gluckman Tang designs a pair of museums in Massachusetts.</b>:<p style="border-top: 5px solid rgb(0, 170, 238); margin: 6px 10px 10px 0pt; padding: 8px; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(221, 221, 221); -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; float: left; width: 255px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: helvetica,arial,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 150%;"><b>The Global Contemporary Art Museum and The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum</b><br /> <b>Architects:</b> Gluckman Tang<br /> <b>Location:</b> North Adams, Massachusetts<br /> <b>Completion:</b> 2018</p> <p>Move over MASS MoCA, there’s not o (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Cabinet Fever: Sleek Kitchen Designs Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>From sleek, modern designs to cozy, space-saving kitchen systems, these multifunctional and customizable cabinets are compatible with a wide range of layouts.</b>: (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Waterfrontin' Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Controversy continues at Bushwick Inlet Park, part of North Brooklyn's 2005 waterfront rezoning plan.</b>:<p>Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront advocates recently celebrated two small, but pivotal, victories in a decades-long battle for walkways along the East River in North Brooklyn and 28 acres of waterfront parkland that were promised but never delivered by the Bloomberg administration’s 2005 rezoning. Both victories could signal an important turn by Mayor Bill de Blasio toward community control and could restore a slight measure of confidence in the citywide rezoning process currently underway. Most remarkably, AECOM’s incorporation of FEMA-recommended flood levels, a terraced (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Life After Wartime Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>Under court order, the VA and HOK develop master plan for veterans housing.</b>:<p>Covering 388 acres of prime real estate, the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus could, in its crudest configuration, give every one of the 4,500 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County 1/12 of an acre to him- or herself. As it happens, decades of neglect, mismanagement, and confusion over the institution’s mission have given most needy veterans not so much as a bed.</p> <p>While the campus, which was deeded to a precursor to the Veterans Administration in 1888, includes a thriving hospital, countless other buildings lie dormant and crumbling. Some of property has even be (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Where My Comsat? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>New ownership could threaten one of Cesar Pelli's - and Maryland's - most beloved works of architecture.</b>:<p>One of architect Cesar Pelli’s best-known works, the former Comsat building in Clarksburg, Maryland, has been sold to a developer and faces an uncertain future.</p> <p>Pelli’s building is part of a 204-acre tract that was purchased by Lantian Development, a real estate investment and development company based in Bethesda, Maryland.</p> <p>Completed in 1969, the 496,000-square-foot COMSAT building was constructed as a research facility and headquarters for the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), created by the Communications Satellite Act in 1962. COMSAT sold the pro (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News BIG in the Bronx Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>AN's exclusive debut of the Bjarke Ingels Group-designed 40th Precinct station house in the South Bronx.</b>:<p>New York’s Finest will soon have BIG digs in the Bronx. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is designing a three-story, 59-foot-tall, 43,500-square-foot station house for the 40th Precinct in the Bronx’s Melrose neighborhood.</p> <p>The 40th Precinct includes three South Bronx neighborhoods: Mott Haven, Port Morris, and Melrose. The squad will move out of its current location, a 1922 three-story Renaissance Revival station house, and into a new home on a city-owned lot bounded by East 149th Street, Saint Ann’s, Westchester, and Brook avenues.</p> <p><a href="/uploads/nypd-web-imag (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News Zoning Out? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT <img src="" /><br/><b>In New York City, all five Borough Boards reject proposed citywide rezoning plans.</b>:<p>In November and December, all five of New York City’s Borough Boards, and 50 of 59 Community Boards, voted against one or both of two proposed text amendments, for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). Though the boards’ decisions are advisory and nonbinding, they reflect widespread public dissatisfaction with the changes that would allow denser new development in exchange for more affordable housing.</p> <p>At a December public hearing, the City Planning Commission (CPC) got an earful from the public on both measures. Union members (<a href="">Continue reading.</a>) News