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Re-envisioning Harlem's Waterfront

Manhattan has 32 miles of accessible waterfront, and traditionally these spaces have acted as gateways for the comings and goings of its inhabitants. The river portals have largely brought food and other goods in while the resulting end product of trash is sent off the island. One of these waste management points used to be the West 135th Street marine transfer station, along the Hudson River in Harlem. Recent development projects in New York City have celebrated the link to the Hudson and East Rivers, providing new parks and better access to relax and play by the water. Yet few of these projects address the challenges of the city's current system of importing food and exporting waste. A biennial design ideas competition put forward by the American Institute for Architects New York Chapter's Emerging New York Architect (ENYA) program builds on this potential. "While there's been a lot of improvement along the waterfront, certainly along Hudson River, this site is one that's a missing link," AIA President Joseph Aliotta said. Open to emerging professionals and students with less than ten years of experience, 98 entries from 16 countries addressed the opportunities provided by the decommissioned building. An accompanying exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections," provides visitors with a variety of information to explore, from proposal models and images to a library filled with books on the importance of the waterfront.
July 20, 2012
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San Francisco Local Design Market

Design week in San Francisco is coming to a close, but there's still time to see one of our favorite pop-ups, the SF Local Design Market at Zinc Details on Fillmore street. There, a special exhibition highlights work from the city's talented crop of designers. We visited the opening on Tuesday and spied a rather handsome set of glassware by Kaii Tu, which was all created with one compact mold. Other standouts include furniture by Jeremiah Collection and prints by 3 Fish Studios. The Market will be open until Sunday, June 17th, so head on over before then.
June 15, 2012
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Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow

The American painter Alex Katz is one of my favorites. His flat, graphic realism, and paintings of the windswept coast of Maine recall Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, and the cover of some sun-faded issue of the New Yorker. I usually get a chance to see his work in person during summer trips to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, but this month the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall, England, is launching the wonderful show Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow. The 30 canvases on view stretch across the six decades of his career and after its run from May 19th to September 23rd it moves to the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of Alex Katz's stellar paintings.
May 4, 2012
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Dwell Light & Energy Issue Launch

On Wednesday April 25, 2012, Dwell Media celebrated its Light & Energy issue with a spectacular lighting exhibition and party held at Industria Superstudio. Dwell’s April issue looks at the latest innovations in energy conservation and lighting technology and singles out those leading the way. The designers featured in the exhibition included: David Weeks, Jason Miller, Bec Brittain, Lindsey Adelman, Rich Brilliant Willing, David Nosanchuk, Dror Benshetrit, Workstead, Chris Hardy for FontanaArte, Vica Design, FLOS, Artemide, Kartell, and Luceplan. The event was sponsored by Pharox, a San Francisco-based company creating cutting-edge LED lighting technology.
May 2, 2012
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Salone Satellite 2012

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of SaloneSatellite, the portion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile dedicated to young designers under the age of 35.
April 22, 2012
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Ralph Walker Renaissance

To Frank Lloyd Wright, Ralph Walker was “the only other honest architect in America,” and to The New York Times, he was the “architect of the century.”* Throughout his lifetime, his art deco style redefined the notion of a skyscraper thanks to his innovative detailing and ornamentation that finessed the building’s rigid structure. The 1920s and 30s witnessed Walker’s heyday—as a principal at Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker, he contributed to Manhattan’s skyline with the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building (1926) and the Irving Trust Building at 1 Wall Street (1931). Walker was a true advocate for a new modernist architectural vision in New York and America; and starting today, an exhibition celebrating his oeuvre opens at one of the architect’s overlooked buildings at 212 West 18th Street.
March 27, 2012
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Metabolism Talks The Talk

Last night the New York Public Library hosted a sold-out talk between pioneering contemporary architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on the topic of their tome, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks. (Picture a line around the block, and a Tweet cloud generated by architects, architecture students, and the insatiably curious who can't resist such a klieg-lit occasion at the NYPL.) Paul Holdengraber, director of the library's lecture programming, engaged the two in a chat about the first non-Western avant-garde movement in architecture. In their book, published by Taschen, Koolhaas and Ulrich Obrist provide insight into a little known part of architectural history, the Metabolists, who sought to create buildings in post-war Japan capable of morphing as needed. It came as little surprise, then, that a conversation about this topic should do the same. 
March 9, 2012
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Rehousing the American Dream at MoMA

By current estimates, close to 11 million American homeowners are in serious distress, owing more on their homes than the homes themselves are worth. Foreclosure rates have been elevated since the financial crisis began in 2008, and the value of the nation’s housing stock is projected to continue to plummet for the foreseeable future. The dismal state of American housing, and of the suburban landscape that’s been Ground Zero for the crisis, is the subject of “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream”, a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art open until July 30th. Under Chief Curator Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Department of Architecture & Design has brought together the contributions of five collaborative teams, each of which recasts the old-fashioned bedroom community for the 21st century.
March 1, 2012
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Architecture in Baghdad

There are many famous structures we associate with Le Corbusier (Chandigarh in India, Villa Savoye in France, the United Nations headquarters in New York), the Saddam Hussein Sports Complex in Baghdad not among them. Designed by Corbu in 1965 and built from his plans by Saddam Hussein in 1978 thirteen years after the architect’s death, the stadium is in fact the great modernist’s last built work. This is just one juicy fact gleaned from the current exhibition at New York’s Center for Architecture, "City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982". The new exhibition, organized by Collegio d’Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona and curated by Spanish architect and academic Dr. Pedro Azara, uncovers 15 built and unbuilt works by the world’s best-known architects in the most unlikely of places. 
February 29, 2012