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New Zoning Could Bring Restaurants, Shops, and a Hotel to Governors Island
Only a little over decade ago, Governors Island was a sleepy coast guard base just a stone's throw from Lower Manhattan, but it has since become a destination for New Yorkers offering a slew of recreational activities, events, and new park land. Now the idyllic island could be populated by a new hotel along with restaurants, retail, and other commercial development. Crain's reported that City Council will vote tomorrow on a zoning change that would allow 40 historic buildings—that make up 1.2 million square feet on the island—to be used for commercial activity. The revenue generated from commercial development would help with upkeep and day-to-day operations of the island, which so far has been paid for by the city. In December, the Trust for Governors Island issued a request for proposals asking developers to submit ideas for the 40 structures that could provide a range of uses and services.
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SHoP and Ken Smith Unveil Another Piece of the East River Esplanade
Connecting two existing waterfronts—Battery Park and East River Park—the rehabilitation of the East River Esplanade has been a catalyst of renewal along Manhattan's East River. The latest phase of the plan—by SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Workshop—extends the current three-block-long Esplanade north, adding recreational amenities and addresses the challenges of building a new landscape beneath an elevated highway between Catherine Slip and Pike Slip in Lower Manhattan.. The so-called "Package 4" aims to create a "front porch" for the Lower East Side by introducing new street furniture such as conversation benches, bar stools, lounge chairs, picnic tables, and swing sets hanging from the FDR highway overpass. The new plan also includes the prospective installation of amenities such as elevated exercise platforms, a skate park, games tables, a synthetic turf field, waterfront fishing docks, and multiple bike paths. The project’s designers wish to integrate a significant amount of perspective and dimension on the site by conserving already-existing open lawns, installing light fixtures under the FDR highway overpass, building multi-leveled seating and benches, and planting a diversity of foliage. Pending approval from the New York City Council and City Planning, the project should be complete by Spring 2015.
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Work Hands-On With Cutting Edge Technologies at facades+ Technology Workshops on 7/12!
ShellStar-7813-620x409 Sometimes the most effective way to learn something is to try it for yourself. Register for any one of AN's facades+PERFORMANCE Technology Workshops on July 12th and work one-on-one with renowned leaders in digital fabrication while gaining hands-on experience with cutting edge technologies. Participants will not only walk away having earned 8 LU AIA CE credits but also having created their very own prototypes! Here is a quick overview of this year's line-up of Technology Workshops. Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab, CCA and his associate, Ripon DeLeon will lead the “Responsive Facades” workshop. Sign up for this workshop and learn how Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino can be used as technical tools in the design and prototyping of high-performance facades. In his “Design Scripting” workshop Gil Akos of Mode Collective well explores the fundamental concepts and strategic approaches to design scripting. Through this workshop students will learn to use Python and Rhino3D through hands-on exercises. Andrew Kudless of Matsys presents students with his “Intro/Intermediate Grasshopper” workshop. By working with Grashopper for Rhino3D participants will walk away having gained a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of parametric design. Bill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates returns to AN’s facades+ Conference with his “Hands-On Composites” workshop. Bill, along with his associate Joshua Zabel will discuss and demonstrate the development of composite components for architectural facades. Participants will walk away have made their very own FRP shapes. AN’s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference is just 3 days away, but there’s still time to register! Learn more about our workshops and register for the conference here!
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Innovative Technologies & the Facade Building Process: Two “Can’t Miss” Workshops at facades+ on 7/12!
This year's facades+ PERFORMANCE conference features an exciting line-up of Dialog Workshops. Here are two that you won't want to miss! On paper, the steps involved in creating and delivering a high-performance building facade seem relatively simple. In reality, unforeseen changes in cost and scheduling often complicate the process and hinder it’s timely completion. At our facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco on July 12th, Alex Korter and Kevin Kavanagh from CO Architects, winners of the 2013 BIM Awards, will present the “Breaking Facades: Why Process is Often More Important Than Materiality” Dialog Workshop. Through a step by step analysis, the pair will explore the process of creating and delivering a high-performance building facade, from beginning to end. By participating in this morning workshop registered architects will earn 4 LU AIA CE credits! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn helpful tips in dodging obstacles and successfully navigating the creation and delivery of the intelligent facade from leading industry experts. In order for architects and engineers to remain on the cutting-edge of technology they must incorporate innovative design technologies and materials into their high-performance facades. The "Intelligence Facades” afternoon Dialog Workshop will be coordinated by Brent Vander Werf of Tripyramid Structures, who has carefully selected a team of leading architects and engineers including Jason Vollen of The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), Benjamin Hall of benjamin hall design+build, Francis O’Neill of Colt Shading, and Anthony E. Birchler of Zahner to lead to this stimulating workshop dialogue. Through case studies and demonstrations they will explore novel technologies, from bi-laminated materials to light sensing components, with the goal of quantifying performance metrics and calculating the impact that adaptive facades have on contemporary designs. By participating in this workshop attendees will not only get the chance to learn directly from renowned professionals but they will also earn 4 LU/HSW AIA CE credits. Learn more about our workshops and register for our facades+ conference here!
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Donna Dotan Photography

Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman, principals of the 25-person firm Workshop/apd, met as undergraduates at Lehigh University. Following separate pursuits and different paths to graduate school—at Michigan and Columbia respectively—Kotchen landed a string of residential projects on Nantucket and in New York and the two quickly formed a partnership. Though the firm has developed a large portfolio of residential work over the past decade plus, often with sleek, contemporary interiors designed by the firm’s in-house interior design division, Workshop/apd is diversifying, with a restaurant project, a large loft building conversion with new maisonettes, a Soho storefront improvement, and an institutional commission for a visitor’s center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “We lead all our presentations now with the Navy Yard,” said Berman. “We want to do more projects that are impactful in a public way.”

Located in lower Midtown, Workshop/apd occupies a narrow full-floor loft office, fitted out with classic and contemporary residential furnishings, giving the office a relaxed, comfortable feel. The firm also maintains a small field office in Nantucket for its thriving residential practice.

Like many practices of their generation, Kotchen and Berman’s office uses advanced fabrication techniques to create custom pieces, ranging in scale from light fixtures to facade cladding panels. The Navy Yard project, called BLDG 92, was a crash course in on-site fabrication and local sourcing. Before starting the project, they took an inventory of the companies and artisans at the Navy Yard and realized they could specify everything from steel to furnishing to graphics within the complex, including the building’s laser-cut facade panels. They hope the building will give New Yorkers a better understanding of the complex’s role in the city’s economy.

“It’s the first time the fence has been broken, so people can see what’s going on in the Navy Yard,” Berman said. “We think that’s really exciting.”

Donna Dotan Photography


New York, New York

Workshop/apd placed a private dining room in the center of this restaurant located in a new mixed-use building to break up the massive space and create a more human scale. Open shelving offers glimpses in and out of the space, so private parties feel separate from but still engaged with the action in the larger restaurant. Large and small-scale pendant lights also help make the space feel more intimate.

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Upper East Side Apartment

New York, New York

Prior to its conversion into a second floor apartment, this space housed more than a dozen doctors’ offices. The building’s many original windows allowed for the creation of a light-filled residence. Travertine floors and built-ins throughout give the space a luxurious, spare feel, where possessions can easily be tucked away and art and objects are highlighted. The firm teamed up with KA Design Group to finish the interiors.

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Farm Cottage

North Salem, New York

The architects are cladding this guesthouse, gym, and spa on the grounds of an upstate horse farm in Corten, creating a balance between tactile materials and simplified forms. Some panels are laser cut to create screens and openings for widows, producing a varied experience of light and shadow, transparency and opacity. The interior is spare and serene with custom fabricated stairs and lighting. A concrete connecting bridge and carport add contrast and weight to the composition.

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Studio Retreat

Chappaqua, New York

Nestled on a wooded hillside between two large boulders, this tiny retreat is an ideal spot to read, paint, or play music. A large bank of floor to ceiling glass opens onto a generous deck. Inside, midcentury pieces by Noguchi and Saarinen mix with contemporary furniture and art, creating a sophisticated contrast to the natural palette of Ipe and walnut.

Courtesy Workshop/apd

Soho Storefronts

New York, New York

Recently approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, this plan for a series of existing storefronts, for Zar Properties, on Greene Street simplifies and opens them up for more light and display area, while respecting the historic massing and window patterns of the buildings. Custom fabricated filigree grills draw on the imagery of the cast-iron district and new display cases make space for rotating public art.

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Still Time To Join The Autodesk: Intro To Cloud Based Design Workshop With DesignX At ICFF
Don't miss out on your chance to get the inside scoop on the future of digital design workflows at the Autodesk: Intro To Cloud Based Design workshop happening this afternoon at ICFF. The era of cloud-based design is upon us, making it possible to access data from anywhere, at any time, and on any platform. This hands-on lab will introduce designers to a typical Autodesk Fusion 360 workflow, including importing 2D sketches and reference material to develop a design using T-Spline modeling strategies. There's still time, so head on down to the Javits center and sign up for the seminar, which begins at 2:30p.m. today.
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Featured DesignX Workshop> Skylar Tibbits To Present 4D Printing & Bio-Molecular Self Assembly
designx_4d_01 DesignX presenter Skylar Tibbits, the founder of SJET, Director of Self Assembly Lab, and Senior TED Fellow, will host a hands-on lab introducing interior designers and architects to the future of additive manufacturing and programmable matter. Discover how matter programmers design materials to self-assemble when exposed to the elements. Additional topics include 4D printing and how 3D printing technology is changing. Tibbits will utilize self-assembling structures to touch base on what these changes mean for design practices. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM and offers 1 AIA CEU. Registration is available online.
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designx_rhino_02 Interested in learning how to build parametric design models using Grasshopper for Rhino3D? DesignX, in conjunction with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, is offering a workshop on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM that focuses on fundamental concepts and mechanisms with an emphasis on professional practice. Instructors Ronnie Parsons and Gil Akos will help participants understand pertinent applications of parametric design and will demonstrate how to use Grasshopper in creative practices. Interiors, architects, and anyone seeking to find out what parametric design is and when it is useful can register and attend. The workshop fulfills two AIA CEUs.
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Featured DesignX Workshop: Intro to Cloud-Based Design with Autodesk 360
designx_cloud_01 Take advantage of a valuable course at the inaugural DesignX, hosted by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and learn about Autodesk 360. Discover how the program takes software capabilities beyond the desktop and allows users to access information anywhere, anytime, and on several platforms. The comprehensive cloud-based design structure offers tools and services that simplify work and has the ability to scale up or down to meet business requirements. Anyone interested in learning about cloud-based design tools and services are encouraged to participate in the workshop on Monday, May 20 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Reserve your space here and check out other workshops online. This course offers 1 AIA CEU and is taught by Roger Liucci.
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A Sartorial ‘Shop in Shop’ for Neil Barrett

Zaha Hadid Architects designed 16 bespoke polyurethane display units for fashion designer Neil Barrett's shops.

Fashion designer Neil Barrett hired Zaha Hadid Architects to design a cohesive display concept for a new flagship store in Tokyo that could be easily rolled out to his other locations as well, which include four shops in Seoul and one in Hong Kong. The result had to be as sartorial as Barrett’s fashions, so Hadid’s team came up with the idea of cutting the displays for all of the stores from a single block of material. The concept resulted in 16 bespoke display elements, which all fit together like pieces of a puzzle. "We wanted to design a project that always belongs together but offers a choice between different sizes," said project architect Claudia Wulf. "The reason we designed a modular landscape is that we have extremely different area requirements [across all of the shops]." The units, which are carved from a solid unit, range in size from 13 1/2 feet by 13 3/4 feet to 4 feet by 6 feet. Paired, the units create a sinuous artificial landscape that unfolds across multiple display levels. The pieces can be grouped to suit the scale and space of each boutique, and display shoes, bags, or accessories just as easily.
  • Fabricators Evergrow
  • Designers Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong
  • Date of Completion 2008
  • Material Corian, polyurethane, glass fiber resin, lacquer
  • Process CNC mill, Rhino
Hadid’s team worked with Rhino to develop the idea of creating tangents through straight lines and curves, as well as soft lines and strong edges. What begins as a sharp point curves softly into the next display shelf. The team bounced the evolving design between the client and Chinese fabricator Evergrow, refining the profiles of each unit. For the flagship store in Japan, the designers chose to craft the first set from Corian in order to develop a strong dialogue between the existing envelope of the building and the display’s smooth yet curvaceous surface. A uniform, white palette enhances the formality of the display, while creating a strong contrast against a polished black floor. For subsequent locations, Hadid’s team updated the display material to polyurethane, as there was less time afforded for transportation and installation. The 3D file was sent to Evergrow, which CNC-milled the pieces from solid polyurethane. The fabricator applied a very thin coat of glass fiber resin to reinforce the surface and sanded it until smooth. A high-quality lacquer, comparable to what would be used for an automotive finish, was applied to protect against daily wear and scratching. "We definitely challenged the material use [with this project] because the edges are very slim," said Wulf, adding that during a recent project follow up, she was surprised by the number of people inquiring how such sharp edges were achieved on such a smooth form. "As often as we have the opportunity, we push the boundaries of materials a little farther so that you are surprised." Zaha Hadid Architects is currently developing Neil Barrett Shop in Shop projects in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. As many as eight shops could be completed by the end of 2013.
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Get AIA CES Credits At Designx/Francis Bitoni Workshop
NYCxDesignJoin us for four days of hands-on digital design and fabrication workshops and at DesignX, hosted by the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and earn your AIA CES credits! From May 18-21, you can join the industry’s leading experts at the Jacob Javits Center to get your hands dirty with the latest in web-based design apps, parametric design, and interactive modeling services. Stop by Saturday to get the lowdown on 3D printed fabrics from Francis Bitoni, the man behind Dita Von Teese’s miraculously printed gown. Learn how 3D printing is transforming the textile and fashion industries, and get started with the fundamentals of Rhino3D—the world’s leading modeling software. The workshop will cover the basics for creating your design, manipulating geometries, and preparing your textile model for 3D printing. Visit to reserve your space now, and for more information of the workshops and events.