Weekend edition: Tech urbanism, liability explained, and more

Torts, Tech, Towers

Weekend edition: Tech urbanism, liability explained, and more

As part of its master plan for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, WXY has created a 30-year guide for its growth, including a proposed museum of science and technology at the Navy Street lot. (Courtesy BNYDC and WXY)

Missed some of this week’s architecture news, or our tweets and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

A side-by-side image of a tower, and then a rendering of a square, 45-story building
A side-by-side comparison of 125 White Street as it stands today and with the proposed tower, as seen from Lafayette Street and White Street. (Courtesy the New York City Department of Correction)

Forty-five story jail tower could be coming to Lower Manhattan

The plan to close the jail facilities on Rikers Island is chugging along, but community opposition towards the borough-based replacements is bubbling over.

Aerial rendering of Brooklyn Navy Yard showing proposed manufacturing and tech buildings
New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard has incorporated a new mix of advanced manufacturing tenants and art studios, and will add 5.1 million square feet of floor space as part of its plan to become one of the city’s major tech hubs. (Courtesy BNYDC and WXY)

The origins and perils of development in the urban tech landscape

Author and professor Sharon Zukin looks at the history and the origins of the urban tech landscape, and how it has manifested in New York and elsewhere.

Aerial photo of lightning striking a city
(Ian Froome/Via Unsplash)

Are design professionals liable for failing to anticipate the effects of climate change?

Two experts give advice to architects about their legal liability in designing for climate change in their projects—just following code may not be enough.

Aerial photo of Sunnyside Yard
An aerial photo of Sunnyside Yard, a 180-acre active rail yard in Western Queens. (Courtesy New York City Economic Development Corporation)

After Hudson Yards, Sunnyside could be New York’s next megadevelopment

After New York City’s Hudson Yards megadevelopment elicited critical disappointment when it opened, our editor in chief posits Sunnyside could be next.

Aerial rendering of an airport with three terminals
A rendering of the Felipe Ángeles Airport at Santa Lucía Air Force Base, approximately 29 miles north of Mexico City’s center. (Courtesy the office of Andrés Manuel López Obrador)

Mexico City’s cost-saving replacement airport to break ground in June

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador canceled the $13 billion Mexico City airport after a public referendum, but the alternative will soon break ground.

Have a great weekend, and see you Monday!