03/03/2015

Participate in Archtober 2015 as a Building of the Day Architect!

Archtober 2015 is coming! Archtober is soliciting nominations for projects to be included in the month-long festival of architecture in New York City. Each day in October 2015, we will feature a Building of the Day, which will be be the site of a noontime tour and will appear in the Archtober blog and calendar.

The Building of the Day tours series is the centerpiece of the month-long festival of Architecture in New York City. With the goal of making exemplary architecture and the work of architects more understandable and available to the general public, the lunchtime tours generate international publicity and provide a platform for engagement in important issues in the New York City built environment.

Please complete the tour submission form and send one photo (with credit). The building can be located in any of the five boroughs of New York City and does not need to be a recently completed project. The building must be publicly accessible and available for a lunchtime public tour in October 2015. The building should be nominated by the architect, who is responsible for clearing the copyrights of the images submitted. The deadline for the first round is April 10, 2015.

Please email submissions to archtober@aiany.org with the subject line “Building of the Day Submission.”

10/31/2014

Archtober Building of the Day #31: Starlight at the Museum of the City of New York

Archtober Building of the Day #31
Starlight at the Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
Cooper Joseph Studio


© Berit Hoff

“Starlight”, the aptly named chandelier in the neo-Georgian rotunda of the Museum of the City of New York, was a marvelous termination to our fourth Archtober.  Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA described the light fixture with meticulousness equal to the design itself.


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15 feet in diameter, the display is a three dimensional grid of paired LED lenses fixed within three wires and suspended from the ceiling.  The visual effects are stunning, ranging from infinite reflected vistas of tiny lights, to starbursts, and pixelated moire patterns.  Executive Director Susan Henshaw Jones joined the tour and called the piece “the most successful thing ever!” and “everybody’s favorite thing!”


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Demonstrating the extraordinary craft of Studio 1 Thousand and RUSHdesign,  “Starlight” provides a dynamic experience enhancing the trip up the swell old marble stair.  It received a 2014 AIA New York Chapter Design Award in the catch-all “Projects” category.


© Berit Hoff

So Archtober 4 comes to a close, and the ghosts and ghouls are beginning to muster down here in Greenwich Village for the annual Halloween parade.   See you next year!

Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, is the Managing Director of the Center for Architecture and the festival director for Archtober:  Architecture and Design Month NYC.  She was previously a partner at Butler Rogers Baskett, and from 1989-2005 at Swanke Hayden Connell.  After graduating from Princeton (AB 1975, M.Arch 1979) she worked for Philip Johnson,  held faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, NJIT, and her alma mater. ckracauer@aiany.org 

10/30/2014

Archtober Building of the Day #30: Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility

Archtober Building of the Day #30
Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
472 2nd Avenue, 29th Street Pier, Brooklyn
Selldorf Architects

 
© Julia Cohen

Eadaoin Quinn, the education and administrative coordinator at the SIMS Municipal Recycling Facility presented a classroom full of Archtober enthusiasts with a detailed and informative presentation of the automated process of material sorting and recovery that is recycling. Quinn told us about the machinery of sorting, starting with the “liberator shredder,” which opens the large garbage bags that recyclables arrive in by truck or barge.


© Julia Cohen

Each step of the almost entirely automated process has a purpose-built system of conveyor belts and sorting machines that transform bags of trash into re-sellable bales of like material. The sorting processes themselves are interesting: the Ballistic Separator is comprised of rotating planes that push flat plastic bags up an inclined plane while, at the same time, glass is broken and sent downward to another conveyor. The Eddy Current separator can distinguish between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Optical sorters can “see” what kind of plastic is passing by on the belt, and signal a puffer to blow the lighter material out of the line onto another conveyor.


© Julia Cohen

Today was cleaning day, so we did not get to see all of these machines in action. But we did see 400 tons of trash waiting to make its way into the process.


© Julia Cohen

Selldorf Architects received an AIANY 2014 Merit Award in Architecture for the structure that houses the piles of trash and the machines that sort and bale them. The Design Awards jury stated: “Extraordinary project. Not many people are capable of recognizing how construction to cover garbage can be nice.” Alas, none of the building’s architects attended the tour. Too bad, because it was a spectacular day out there on the Gowanus waterfront. There was a good sized crowd, and a couple of really smart kids asking intelligent questions.


© Julia Cohen

Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, is the Managing Director of the Center for Architecture and the festival director for Archtober:  Architecture and Design Month NYC.  She was previously a partner at Butler Rogers Baskett, and from 1989-2005 at Swanke Hayden Connell.  After graduating from Princeton (AB 1975, M.Arch 1979) she worked for Philip Johnson,  held faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, NJIT, and her alma mater. ckracauer@aiany.org