Wednesday, March 29, 2017

REX’s Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center may lose federal funding




Construction at the REX Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero could be delayed if the federal government decides to revoke millions of dollars in funding.

After September 11, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided nearly $ 3 billion to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), the public regeneration program for the region. The LMDC has $ 150 million of this spending subsidy and the group plans to use about $ 100 million of these funds on the bright Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (the Perelman Center for short) .

However, this plan was questioned at a recent LMDC board meeting. The REX project would be built on the Port Authority lands, but the agency says the LMDC owes it money for the work it has done to prepare lower lands for construction. Both parties agree on the existence of the debt, but not on the amount: the Port Authority says it owes $ 67 million, while the LMDC claims it only owes $ 45 million. Dollars. These issues could leave the construction of the Perelman Center in a stalemate, but Crain reports both sides are working towards a compromise at the end of June.

In the eyes of the HUD, the LMDC may have done too much work to bring the World Trade Center area back to life. The neighborhood - with new and new buildings by Calatrava, SOM, Fumihiko Maki, and (soon) BIG - has been restricted in the 16 years since the September 11 attacks. Given its remarkable resurgence, state and local officials say the LMDC has accomplished its fundamental task, so HUD may want its money.

Although the restaurants extend neighborhood activity after 5 hours, the boosters at the Perelman Center say that the area needs a performing arts center to fully cultivate a 24/7 neighborhood. In addition to the shows, the first floor houses a café and a restaurant with extended hours which, according to its architect, anchor the neighborhood by attracting people even in the absence of scheduled shows.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rendering released of Zaha Hadid Architects design for 666 Fifth Ave.


Rendering revealed of Zaha Hadid Architects design for 666 Fifth Ave. Left: 666 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Vornado Realty Trust) Right: Rendered by the architect of the proposed tower. (Courtesy of Kushner Companies / Zaha Hadid Architects)
Projects to transform the existing building to 666 Fifth Avenue, a long-term development project owned by Kushner Companies and Vornado Realty Trust, could still see the light of day, with foreign investors indicating their interest in financing the tower.

Kushner Companies was led by his son-in-law to President Donald Trump and former CEO Jared Kushner until mid-January when he relinquished control of the company and formally surrendered his stake in 666 Fifth Avenue. While some have questioned the importance of these measures to move away from the project, Kushner would have reportedly ceased to play a formal role as he advanced and recused himself if a conflict of interest were to arise.

Yet Kushner's precarious network of financial tangles could potentially haunt him. Shortly before leaving his family business, Kushner negotiated investment negotiations with Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese company with an opaque property and well-known associations with the Chinese state. In a report by 6sqft, sources say Anbang has been involved in "advanced talks to provide up to half of the $ 2.5 billion in equity for the planned redevelopment." Although the company denied that " He is a stakeholder in the 666 Fifth Avenue project, The deal appears to support his growing portfolio of real estate investments in New York City as they are also the owners of nearby Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The building will require a substantial overhaul of the existing structural core to accommodate another 40 floors, a task to be resolved by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) who recently circulated a rendering of the ambitious 1,400-foot tower. ZHA has been signed for the project since 2015 and later this year will envelop the construction of its first project in New York, a residential building adjacent to the High Line. If everything goes as planned, demolition will begin in 2019 with a desired completion by 2025.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Check Inside Architect Mark Rios’s Japanese-Inspired Los Angeles Home





The house was pretty much ideal. A modern gem in the middle of the century located on a remote acre at Bel Air, with dazzling views of the Pacific Ocean. . . Idyllic, but for a small detail: he lay slowly. There was no hope for repair, so architect Mark Rios and her husband, fertility doctor Guy Ringler, decided to pull out the house they had lived in for 15 years and start over. For the first time in his 30-year career, Rios, one of the founding partners of the architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, has built a house for himself. "Architects have difficulty conceiving for themselves," he laughs. "I went through more than 50 shots before we settled on one." In seeking to create a quiet haven away from the couple's chaotic professional life, Rios was inspired by the soothing aesthetic of Japanese design. "The library, in particular," said the architect, "was shaped after a play in Kyoto, using heavy, dark woods.and the spa resembles old ryokans that I visited in Japan."
Like most of Rios' work, the new 11,000-square-foot home is carefully edited, with a small palette and a carefully orchestrated rehearsal of materials. While the street front is composed of three white masses, with no windows, Rios on the back used pocket glass doors from floor to ceiling that open rooms to outdoor spaces and southwest views. Rios has also built a rooftop reception room / terrace with a large terrace, "which makes it fun to entertain," he said.

The Japanese-inspired house Mark Rios shares with her husband, Dr. Guy Ringler, occupies a hill first in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
"I was more experienced and did more detail with this house than I did for former clients," says the architect. Rios used subtle indulgences throughout the house. He designed all the material himself. The wooden flooring originated in Germany, where it has undergone special drying in giant ovens to make it more soft and tactile. The ceiling of the living room has been lacquered to animate the light, especially at sunset. All the doors are a luxurious two-and-a-quarter inch thick and rising ceilings to add a spectacular ladder and loftiness to the rooms. The walls are 18 inches thick and covered with double layers of drywall to ensure a restful silence. "I'm totally obsessed with exact proportions and measurements, right up to the thumb," says Rios. "They change the way a house feels.
A true believer in less, Rios shares his philosophy: "So many fashionable houses are filled with fine art objects that shout:" Look at me! I am wonderful! These houses have a lot to do. Our house is the opposite. We simplified it.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

After the delays, IP controversy, Dubai Frame head for the finish line




Dubai's latest skyscraper, the Dubai setting is nearing completion with the opening scheduled for the second half of this year. Built at a cost of $ 43.60 million, the 150-meter high building symbolizes the evolution of Dubai from a modest establishment to a brilliant metropolis and offers a panoramic view of the city skyscrapers.

However, the project is also accompanied by a history of delays and controversy over allegations of IP infringement by Mexican architect Fernando Donis who is currently suing the Dubai Municipality for copyright infringement and theft of its design for the structure.

According to a New York Times report, Donis won an international competition in 2009 organized by elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp for the design of the Dubai framework. He was subsequently excluded from the execution of the project and construction, and never received compensation for its design.

Donis' allegations of intellectual property theft were refuted by the Dubai government, which claimed that the architect did not have the necessary local licenses to carry out the project and described the price of $ 100,000, He received for winning the contest.

The latest controversy over intellectual property is one of many activities of the design and construction industry in Dubai, which was previously discussed for its working practices, treatment of migrant workers and erratic construction schedules .
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Worlds Longest Elevated Cycling Path Launches in China




This month, in Xiamen City, the first bike trail in China was inaugurated. The structure is now nearly 8 kilometers long and is now the longest bike lane in the world.

The construction of this exclusive bike path was promoted by the Xiamen City Government to provide residents with a new sustainable transportation alternative that could significantly reduce vehicular traffic on the already congested roads of the city.


The project was designed by the Danish firm Dissing + Weitling, the team behind 2014 "Bicycle Snake" in Copenhagen. Speaking of their latest projects, the architects explain that it was developed "with a vision to inspire people to prioritize green alternatives, such as bicycles, instead of automobiles."

As a result, links to other public transport systems can be established at 13 points along the bicycle path, thus helping to facilitate intermodality in the daily commuting of residents through three financial centers and five residential areas of the city. city.

Eleven of the exchange points available correspond to bus stops on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) road running along a road parallel to the bicycle path. The other two connect to the Xiamen metro network.

It also has 11 spiral ramps to allow uninterrupted driving, public bicycle stations with 355 bicycles, 253 parking spaces spread over seven platforms and 30,000 lights to make the structure safe for cycling at night.

Although the new infrastructure is intended primarily for cyclists, accommodating up to 2,023 cyclists per hour, several lanes have been included for pedestrian traffic marked with different colors on the sidewalk to avoid accidents.

During the trail test period, it will be open from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm every day. It is expected that, in the first half of 2017, 3.5 million cyclists will use the new infrastructure.

Take a tour of the new bike trail in Xiamen in the video below.
News Via Archdaily


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Frank Gehry discusses design behind his recently completed concert hall in Berlin





"If it were not for Frank Gehry, we would have created a simple, direct concert hall where the students will play concerts, but if space is there, and someone so talented, like him, is ready to How, then of course, you have to do it "- Daniel Barenboim, Founder, Pierre Boulez Saal.

In this Facebook video, Frank Gehry discusses the circumstances of his most recent project, the Pierre Boulez Saal concert hall in Berlin and the importance of helping to create a new venue for Berlin's historic music scene.



Designed in collaboration with world-renowned acoustic engineer Yasuhisa Toyota (whose previous projects include Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie de Hamburg), Pierre Boulez Saal will serve as a residence for the Barenboim Academy -Said Train young musicians from the Middle East. Though measuring nearly 11,000 square feet, the place retains a sense of privacy in its oval concert hall; Seating 683 of the design, the farthest is located just 46 feet from the center of the stage. The project would have cost about $ 35.5 million.



The concert hall opened with an inauguration ceremony and a live video stream last week.

News via Pierre Boulez Saal.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

An urban development expert joins Arcadis in Melbourne




Arcadis Australia Pacific announces the appointment of urban development expert Pru Sanderson to the newly created role of Melbourne City Executive.

A specialist in urban development, urban development and sustainability, Sanderson will help support the growth of the company in the Victorian capital.

Previously Chief Executive Officer of Vic Urban, Mr. Sanderson held senior management positions with GHD, Federation Square and Monash Property Management. He has also been director of the committee for Melbourne, Parks Victoria and the zoo board.

By welcoming Pru Sanderson to the team, Stephen Uhr, Director of Customer Development at Arcadis Australia Pacific, said the appointment resulted from the need for the company to have the best holistic thinkers and creators of places in their business.

Uhr adds that Sanderson's strong experience at the city level, encompassing everything from zoos to urban development, will provide immense value to their teams and clients.
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