AIDS Memorial Park, a coalition of individuals and groups committed to recognizing the ongoing AIDS crisis, has teamed up with Architectural Record and Architizer to host a design competition for a park, memorial, and small educational center in New York City’s West Village, across from the now-shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital.
Meatpacking District, Manhattan Renzo Piano Building Workshop Status: Under Construction Image courtesy Whitney Museum/RPBW Like every Manhattan resident, the Whitney Museum has long griped about the need for more space. In the mid-1980s, the institution unveiled plans for a 10-story Michael Graves'designed addition to its famous Marcel Breuer home, which opened in 1966 on the Upper East Side. The project sparked considerable opposition and was abandoned. Other schemes followed, by Rem Koolhaas and then Renzo Piano, but none stuck. In May 2010, the museum's board voted to build an entirely new facility, by Piano, in Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District. It
Melrose, South Bronx Grimshaw Architects, Dattner Architects Status: Under Construction Image courtesy Phipps House, Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, Grimshaw Architects The notorious South Bronx has come a long way since the 1970s, when burnt-out buildings and drug dealers were common sights. While poverty is still prevalent, the area has seen a flurry of development in the past decade, with a number of residential, commercial, and public projects either finished or under construction. One such project is Via Verde, or the Green Way ' an affordable housing complex rising on a 1.5-acre remediated brownfield in the Melrose neighborhood. Conceived by
Williamsburg, Brooklyn Rafael Vi'oly Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Status: Searching for additional investors Image courtesy Rafael Vi'oly Architects With its large, bright yellow sign and front-row seat along the East River, the 155-year-old Domino Sugar plant has long served as a symbol of New York City's industrial heritage. But like so many manufacturing facilities here, the plant was shuttered, in 2004, presenting developers a sweet opportunity to acquire waterfront property in the desirable Williamsburg neighborhood. Real estate values here have skyrocketed in the past decade, and condo buildings, galleries, and restaurants are emerging at warp speed. Some luxury residential units
Midtown Manhattan, West Side Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Status: Awaiting tenant commitments Image courtesy dbox City officials and developers have long imagined a dazzling future for the airspace over the gritty, 26-acre West Side Rail Yard, near Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan. Starting in the late 1990s, the city proposed constructing a platform over the below-grade portion of the rail yard and building a stadium on the site for the New York Yankees. That initiative, along with succeeding plans to build arenas for the New York Jets and 2012 Olympics, never came to fruition. The city eventually shifted gears and
Fort Greene, Brooklyn Various firms Status: Under construction Image courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture In 2000, the city drew back the curtain on its plans to develop a cultural district around the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a thriving performing arts center established in 1861. The 6-acre master plan, conceived by Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Diller Scofidio + Renfro (who were both replaced by WORKac in 2005), called for performance venues, mixed-income housing, and ample public space. The $650 million endeavor was to be financed through public and private dollars, with BAM Local Development Corporation, a nonprofit planning group,
Photo ' Jenna M. McKnight 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. Click on slideshow button to view additional images. New additions to Harlem include the modern Parc Standard located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard. For much of the 20th century, private developers ignored Harlem, deterred by its high crime rate, profusion of subsidized housing, and long trek from Midtown. During the malaise of the 1970s, the city owned well over half of the real estate in this storied neighborhood, long regarded as the nation’s black cultural capital. Then, in the past decade, everything changed. As property values in other Manhattan districts soared,
Rather than putting their own projects on display, some design firms are using communal areas in their offices to stage art exhibitions throughout the year. Photo courtesy FXFOWLE Click on the button to see more images. When it comes to decorating their office walls, architects typically display images of their projects. But in the early days of Fox & Fowle (now FXFOWLE), the firm, launched in 1978, didn’t have any completed buildings to show off. So cofounder Bruce Fowle enlisted his artist friends to hang their work in his budding Midtown office. More than three decades later, FXFOWLE has built