Happy Archtober! The Center for Architecture will be kicking off the month-long celebration of architecture and design with the opening of “Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now” tomorrow, 10.01.15 at 6:00 pm. Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition, which features local and global strategies to reduce the cost of housing.
New York is in a housing crisis. Market rate housing exceed the budgets of many New Yorkers and affordable housing production cannot meet demand. As the city’s vibrant culture and economy continue to attract more residents, the housing deficit has become an ever-growing issue. In Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan, the de Blasio administration has pledged to address this situation by building and preserving 200,000 affordable apartments. In order to achieve this, the city must work with a variety of stakeholders, including architects.
Although affordable housing typically refers to policy initiatives to ensure that residents at a certain income can qualify for housing, affordability is a broader concept. Designing Affordability examines how architects, planners, engineers, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing without compromising quality.
Adding to the discussion about affordability, the Fall issue of Oculus also tackles the subject with the theme “Home Game: Innovations in Housing.” Click here to read the digital edition.
For those of us in the architecture and design community, Fall = Archtober.
At a recent press conference, Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, Center for Architecture managing director and Archtober Festival director, announced the breadth of this year’s festival at Archtober Hall (aka 181 Front Street), the festival’s second hub, which will host programming organized by some of this year’s 60+ partner organizations from across New York City. Continue reading “Five Years, Five Boroughs, One Archtober”
On the evening of Thursday, 09.17.15, over 2,000 people flooded the streets of the South Street Seaport to celebrate the inauguration of the Seaport Culture District.
From August to December 2015, the Seaport Culture District, sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation and directed by James Sanders, AIA, is transforming the historic upland blocks of the Seaport. By hosting an array of art and design exhibitions, installations, and public programs organized by eight premier cultural institutions, the district will revitalize previously empty storefronts, many of which were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading “Come On Down to the Seaport Culture District!”
It was a perfect September afternoon for the 14th annual Architects’ Regatta to set sail from its new mooring at Hudson River Community Sailing on Pier 66 in Hudson River Park. We Regatta groupies watched the race from the end of Pier 66 Maritime (this writer’s favorite new find!). It was a very different kind of Regatta than previous races at the Manhattan Yacht Club in Lower Manhattan (which, sadly, lost its lease). The Hudson is very wide at West 26th Street, and the 18 sailboats with their fearless crews looked very small in the middle of that big, big river. There were a few gasps from spectators as we watched the tiny boats maneuvering around the Manhattan on an AIANY Around Manhattan Boat Tour, several water taxis, and a lumbering garbage barge that barged right into their midst. Continue reading “All Aboard, Hoist the Sails: 2015 New York Architects’ Regatta Challenge”
Hospitals primarily treat the sick, responding to patients with chronic illnesses. But what if they instead operated to prevent disease in the communities they serve? Hospitals have the potential to positively impact neighborhoods through healthier design and development practices, shifting their focus to preventing disease and promoting health among patients, staff, visitors, and entire communities. Continue reading “Promoting Healthy Living from the Nexus of Healing”
Have you had to wait in line to swipe your MetroCard or to climb a set of stairs? Ever felt like you might get pushed off of the edge of the train platform because there were too many people waiting?
It is the job of engineers like Eric Rivers of ARUP to engage these problems and other issues in planning for pedestrians and crowds. On 09.25.15 at a talk hosted by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rivers walked us through some case studies of projects he has worked on at ARUP, the software they used at the time, and some of the new innovations now available. Continue reading “Pedestrian Planning and Simulation”
In this issue:
– Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Project Rises on Last Site to Be Developed in the BAM Cultural District
– Wood You?
– Like a Virgin
– Back to School in Staten Island
– A Modern Twist for a Biblical Structure
– Safdie Sites New York Continue reading “In the News”
Fast Company’s Innovation Design Awards honor Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for All Aboard Florida (City Solutions); Local Projects for Sciplay Noticing Tools (Data Visuatization) and their work for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (Experience), and Pentagram for MIT Media Lab’s identity (Graphic Design). Continue reading “Names in the News”
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