Posts tagged with "Metropolis":

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Architects Propose Parametric "Urban Alloy Towers" Bridging a Train Yard in Queens

Why cap a transit hub with traditional, mixed-use towers when it can be topped by an amorphous, alien-like, tubular, metallic structurethat seemingly defies gravity? That, apparently, was the thinking behind AMLGM’s “Urban Alloy” proposal for Queens, New York. Their dramatic proposal, which bends and twists above an existing transportation center, includes retail, office, cultural, and residential space within its metallic skin. The hypothetical project is the brainchild of New York City–based architects Matt Bowles and Chad Kellogg, and it recently won Metropolis’  Living Cities competition. Using the intersection of the Long Island Railroad and the 7 Line Subway as a test case, the architects place tunnels above existing tracks, and had them converge and transform into towers. The resulting superstructure resembles a piece of coral, or an alien, or maybe even a giant virus. The team says Urban Alloy is an "opportunity to draw the energy of Manhattan out into the four other boroughs without disrupting existing land use." While the radical forms of the proposal might not scream Manhattan at first glance, it's not likely to crawl or slither into reality any time soon.
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A Slat in the Face

Metropolis contributor Jeff Speck wrote an open letter to Dwell magazine about its "wood-slat" issue. Eavesdrop laughed and laughed, then wondered aloud, "Why no diagonal slats?" You can read the letter after the jump.
Monday, June 22, 2009 11:02 am Dear Dwell: Love the magazine. As a favor, I have rewritten the Table of Contents of your July/August issue: Cover: House with Horizontal Wood Slats Page 43: House with Vertical Wood Slats Page 52: House with Horizontal Wood Slats Page 58: Ice Cream Makers Page 66: Pavilion with Horizontal Wood Slats Page 70: Philadelphia Page 80: House with Horizontal Wood Slats Page 88: House with Horizontal Wood Slats Page 96: House with Vertical Wood Slats I hope you find this useful. Fondly, Jeff Speck, AICP Washington, DC
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City Listening Hears LA's Great Voices in Architecture

Architecture was heard and not seen at City Listening, the latest installation of de LaB (design east of La Brea), LA's semi-regular design gathering hosted by AN contributors Haily Zaki and Alissa Walker (the writer of this post, but better known to you as "we"). Monday night's event was held at the new Barbara Bestor-designed GOOD Space in Hollywood, where design writers and bloggers crawled out from under their keyboards to show us their faces, and in some cases, their feelings. The evening was packed with AN contributors and readers, including two pieces out of seven read that were originally published in AN! Frances Anderton opened the night with a piece published in AN over two years ago that reflected on her first impressions of LA as a newly-arrived Brit. After making a Chapter 11 joke that made a few LA Times freelancers twitter nervously, Christopher Hawthorne read a piece from the LAT about last year's wildfires (isn't that great, we now have an annual wildfire tradition). We loved Curbed LA editors Josh Williams and Marissa Gluck riffing on the disturbing proliferation of floral wallpaper and velour furnishings as part of their regular feature "That's Rather Hideous" (their excellent Flickr stream with photos by their readers provided background imagery the rest of the evening).
Jade Chang's tribute to minimalls published in Metropolis made us blush with nostalgia and was the perfect bookend to Sam Lubell's wistful critique of Americana at Brand, also published in AN (speaking of, Sam will be signing his new book London 2000+ at the LA Forum tonight!). We tried to lift spirits dampened by the economy with our poem The Night Before Layoffs, predicting what local designers from Frank Gehry to Shepard Fairey will need to do to weather the downturn. Although the crowd roared regularly throughout the evening—who knew design writers were so drop dead hilarious?—nothing quite matched West Hollywood Urban Designer John Chase's account of love, guilt, soul-searching, urban planning,, um, how do we say this...hard-ons with a local homeless man. Unfortunately, this was an unpublished (and probably unpublishable) piece. Believe us when we say you had to be there for that one. More photos, thanks to Keith Wiley.