Construction begins on Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group’s “shape-shifting“ arts center in Manhattan

Rendering of “The Shed” arts center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group. Image credit: Rockwell Group, via globalconstructionreview.com.

Rendering of “The Shed” arts center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Rockwell Group. Image credit: Rockwell Group, via globalconstructionreview.com.

[Dubbed “The Shed”,] The 18,500 square metre venue has six storeys and can “accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work”. A cultural centre will be encased in a 34m-high outer shell that can slide on rails to double the ground space. The building includes two large-scale column-free galleries comprising 2,320 square metres of museum-quality space, a 500-seat theater and event and rehearsal spaces. [Completion is due] in 2019.globalconstructionreview.com

Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC’s new garage-and-salt-shed complex: “Best examples of new public architecture in the city”

The new Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage houses the Sanitation and Salt Complex for the New York City Department of Sanitation. (Image via dattner.com)

The new Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage houses the Sanitation and Salt Complex for the New York City Department of Sanitation. (Image via dattner.com)

After years of noisy protests, the New York City Department of Sanitation’s new garage-and-salt-shed complex has opened in Hudson Square, on the northern edge of TriBeCa. […] The garage and shed have ended up being not just two Continue reading “Michael Kimmelman in praise of NYC’s new garage-and-salt-shed complex: “Best examples of new public architecture in the city””

NY Mayor de Blasio’s Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition

Photo via Times Square NYC.

Photo via Times Square NYC.

It’s hard to grasp his calculus. One of Mr. de Blasio’s big initiatives, Vision Zero, aims to improve pedestrian safety. Ripping up the pedestrian plazas in Times Square, restoring cars and forcing millions of people to dodge traffic again, runs headlong into his own policy.

As an exasperated Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, put it on Thursday: “Sure, let’s tear up Broadway — we can’t govern, manage or police our public spaces.”nytimes.com

The new skinny kid on the block: 303 E. 44th St promises floating gardens in the Manhattan skies

Designed by ODA Architecture, the proposed 303 E. 44th St tower for NYC's Midtown East area will feature private gardens in lofty heights at a very tiny footprint. (Rendering: ODA New York; Image via citylab.com)

Designed by ODA Architecture, the proposed 303 E. 44th St tower for NYC’s Midtown East area will feature private gardens in lofty heights at a very tiny footprint. (Rendering: ODA New York; Image via citylab.com) Continue reading “The new skinny kid on the block: 303 E. 44th St promises floating gardens in the Manhattan skies”

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