Daily digest: The lawsuit to stop SoHo’s rezoning is tossed out, Forensic Architecture teams with Edward Snowden, and more

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Daily digest: The lawsuit to stop SoHo’s rezoning is tossed out, Forensic Architecture teams with Edward Snowden, and more

SoHo in the winter (Lerone Pieters/Unsplash)

Welcome back to another Friday roundup. If you’re on the East Coast, stay dry and inside as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through—the storm was preceded by intense rains that have already left some portions of the Eastern Seaboard underwater.

Here’s what you need to know today:

The lawsuit holding up the SoHo rezoning is tossed out

A lawsuit claiming that Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) meetings for Manhattan’s NoHo and SoHo neighborhood rezonings couldn’t be held virtually has been dismissed, potentially paving the way for certification before the end of this year (and before the City Council turns over). Concerns that the ULURP process was being rushed, and that the community was insufficiently informed about the 56-block rezoning, which would raise height caps across both neighborhoods and increase housing density, were dismissed by a judge on Wednesday. The collection of community groups who first raised the suit are still considering whether to appeal.

H/t to The Real Deal

New York was left underwater after yesterday’s torrential rainfall

Videos of straphangers wading through waist-deep sewage to reach subway trains, flooded apartment buildings, and cars stranded in washed-out streets went viral last night as torrential rains swept through New York City. Most heavily affected were uptown Manhattan subway stations, which were overwhelmed thanks to a combination of backed-up drains and water pouring in from the street. The egregious footage prompted online commentators to ask how something like this could have happened in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when the MTA was tasked with floodproofing the transit system.

H/t to the New York Times

Forensic Architecture and Edward Snowden partner to bring a spyware maker to light

Art and architecture collective Forensic Architecture and Edward Snowden have teamed up to shine the spotlight on NSO Group, an Israeli cybersecurity company that produces spyware capable of accessing anything on a target’s phone and even recording them through the camera and microphone. To that end, the partnership has produced the online platform Digital Violence that tracks the use of the aforementioned spyware, Pegasus, as well as interviews with cybersecurity researchers and targets of these hacks.

H/t to Artnet News

Bruner/Cott Architects completes the new Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland

Bruner/Cott Architects has completed the new, 30,000-square-foot Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland, Maine, a new home for the institution more than 25 years in the making. The building’s solid massing and eclectic glass and metal shingled facade are references to the area’s industrial heritage—the building rose atop what used to be a rail yard, and brownfield remediation was required at the site before construction. Inside, the museum features exhibits, a STEM lab, a 100-seat theater, a makerspace, and more. The museum opened to the public on June 24.

Knight Architects submits plans for a flipping footbridge in London’s Canary Wharf

Knight Architects has formally submitted plans for a new pedestrian bridge in Canary Wharf, London, made up of two 114-foot-long steel spans—and one of them can flip up to allow for ship traffic to pass through. Designed for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to connect to the rapidly growing Isle of Dogs, the sleek structure, if approved, could become one of the busiest footbridges in the city according to the designers.

H/t to the Architects’ Journal

Hauser & Wirth shows off Eduardo Chillida’s architectural sculptures in Somerset, England

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is currently displaying a blockbuster retrospective of the late Eduardo Chillida’s sculptures, which span a gamut of materials from clay to Cor-ten steel. The Basque artist’s large, public sculptures are most appreciated on the gallery’s grounds, where they can be approached from every angle. Eduardo Chillida is currently on display through January 3, 2022.

H/t to Dezeen