Established infrastructure—buses, subways—moves pretty much everyone around this city. Accordingly, big investments in transportation, like the $300 million, 14-mile, Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevard north-south bus route, are important. But the city and its residents have long known less traditional, more nimble, gap-filling services are important too, especially as jobs and residences expand to transportation deserts. The last mile, that too-long walk to the closest station, is a problem that could be solved with a variety of alternatives.
The city, according to a staffer, is open to many of them. Slamming the proverbial doors inhibits growth. The money, literally, is in the creation of trips and economic activity that would not happen otherwise. Extra capacity and extra seats are great, but imagine a Soundview, Bronx resident who can work in south Brooklyn and enjoy Rockaway Beach because of a ferry priced like other Metropolitan Transportation Authority alternatives ($2.75). This winter the city issued a request for proposals for a manager of a five-borough ferry system. Expected annual ridership of 4.6 million isn’t quite 2014’s weekday subway transportation of 5.6 million people, but it’s a significant fraction nonetheless. People gotta move.
Read complete story on CommercialObserver.com: Rickshaws, Ridesharing and the Return of the Trolley!
Boston-based sculptor Janet Echelman, recipient of the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, was selected from a pool of 97 artists to create an installation for her hometown. On display from May to October 2015 in the city's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway park, “As If It Were Already Here” is a 2,000-pound, half-acre-sized aerial sculpture made of hand-sliced rope and more than half a million knots.
And all it took to install was one 190-ton crane, five 60-ton cranes and 50 people at a time for 20 hours.
Read complete storyand see excellent mini slideshow and installation time-lapse video at InteriorDesign.net: Janet Echelman's Massive Aerial Art Looms Over Boston
The year 1904 began with fireworks from the roof of the in-construction new headquarters of The New York Times: 1475 Broadway (the first ball drop was 1907/1908). At the time, the 25-story 1475 Broadway was among the tallest in the city, and the world. A few months later the city renamed the intersection and the soon-to-open subway station below for the building (and business) above: Times Square.
“This is the Great White Way, theatrical center of America and wonder of the out-of-towner. Here midnight streets are more brilliant than noon, their crowds on ordinary evenings exceeding those of large town carnivals,” reads The WPA Guide to New York City, in 1939.
Last month the city announced a record 56.4 million visitors in 2014.
Read complete story on CommercialObserver.com: Get With the Times: The Ever Changing Face of Times Square
A few days after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 Jonathan Resnick was at 199 Water Street, assessing. “It was the Wild West down there,” he recalled. Eight-million gallons of water; disaster recovery experts randomly handing out cards; building owners and tenants trying to make sense of it all. “There was a real feeling of helplessness. There was nothing to do but stand, arms crossed, watching the water flow.”
New federal flood maps, expected to take effect in 2016, will place some 71,500 New York City buildings—532 million square feet of interior space—in the 1 percent annual chance floodplain, the majority of which are in Zone A, where waves above three feet are not expected.
Read complete story on CommercialObserver.com: Downtown Developers Are Keeping an Eye On the Water
What was once usual, and before that unavoidable, smart-phone-free travel is now counterintuitive to the prevailing conventions of travel. But even in a city like Tokyo, famous for its illogical street map, can be navigated by noggin alone. This isn’t a challenge (you’re already reading guides and contemplating locale in preparation anyway; remember districts; take notes). This is a call to look around instead of down, to connect with the locals, and actually minimize frustration.
Read complete story (and other mini city guides) in Afar's March/April 2015 issue, or at Afar.com: Our Favorite City to Wander without a Phone
One more tip: Make Use of Your Manners
You don’t need a full bow to get someone’s attention or assistance - a nod of the head will do, following a sumimasen (excuse me), and after every encounter - but employing local manners will be reciprocated multifold.
There are apps for real estate sales, apps for paint color, apps for arranging furniture, and apps for making the best use of natural light. But until now, there was no app for that most fundamental process of homesteading: creating a new one from scratch. In the coming weeks Al Hamra Real Estate Development will unveil its all-inclusive Home Builder app.
All you need is an iPad and five million UAE Dirham ($1.36 million), to start. Swipe and spend has never been so elite.
Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the U.S. exclusively devoted to design, both historic and contemporary. It’s been part of the Smithsonian since 1967—and has been closed for renovations since 2011. This Friday, December 12, the museum officially reopens to the public at 11 a.m, revealing a massive overhaul by a team of at least 13 firms.
The $91 million renovation created 60 percent more space, meaning a full floor can be dedicated to the permanent collection's 210,000 objects, something they’re never been able to do before, noted Caroline Baumann, the museum’s director, at yesterday's press preview.
“We are a design museum and we recruited a dream team of designers,” Baumann said, highlighting many of the 13 firms involved: Gluckman Mayner Architects (interior design), Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners (engineering, historic preservation), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (cases, shop, entrance canopy, fence lighting), Hood Design (garden, terrace), Thinc (exhibitions), Goppion (display cases), Local Projects (interactive media), Pentagram (graphic identity).
Read complete story on InteriorDesign.net: Cooper Hewitt Reopens Friday
Nearly a century ago – 1919 – the Bauhaus was founded by architect Walter Gropius to offer education in art and crafts, technology, and design. That multidisciplinary approach that is as relevant as ever today, embraced by architects and designers at firms of all sizes.
Embraced, and required. We’re talking design technology – AutoCAD, Autodesk 3dsMax, BIMLink, Google SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, Trelligence Affinity, etc. - and all the plug-ins and personalization you need.
“Nothing can replace a good idea,” says Craig Kolstad, Dallas-based Design Director for Gensler, “but the software available today has become increasingly intuitive and has unleashed the potential of the designer to express and achieve those ideas, whether sitting in a large office or working at their kitchen table. [Software has] fundamentally changed the way that we design as a profession.”
The newest professionals, recently graduated, arrive with the know-how, or at least the competency to know-how, and to teach their elders as required (meanwhile, elders can teach newbies why and when to use their software skills).
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which has been the city's main branch. 60 firms showed for the initial request for qualifications, earlier this week. It's a project to watch, for sure. In the meantime, you can see the results of an already 7-year-old quest to bring world class architecture to DC, and reinvent the idea of a branch library.
“Reinventing the Library: Washington’s New Centers for Learning” is on view at The SIGAL Gallery at the District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC) through September 28.Read story on Designwire.com: Exhibit Tackles Redesign of DC Libraries