NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City. It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY) – green building technology companies that need real-world test sites will be joined with building owners looking to benefit from the latest developments and willing to provide a test environment.
Recently the NYC Parks Department dismantled Pier D on the Hudson Riverfront near the Riverside Park. Removed by the Parks Department as it was slowly disintegrating into the River and once it had fallen into the river would be ‘causing a hazard to navigation’. The piers were part of the industrial past that once the Hudson River and Riverfront played in New York’s history and surely could have been allowed to slowly fall into the river and be a future dive site for recreational divers.
Snøhetta, a Norwegian an integrated landscape, architecture and interior firm based in Oslo and a smaller office in New York. The New York Office is featured in a Metropolis Magazine article by Belinda Lanks who looks at the egalitarian approach of Snøhetta and how it is working in the American market. Snøhetta offices are not just about open plan and different teams hot-desking, it is also creating a culture that is transparent, diverse and includes cross-discipline teams. Lanks looks also into bonuses, pay scale and how hard it is for Snøhetta to maintain the culture as the firm grows.
Robert Hammond, Malcolm Gladwell, Jerilyn Perine and John Mollenkopf discuss the Highline, the impact on New York and the wider flow on effect in broader terms. A great discussion that also looks at other examples around New York, USA and the world that have had a similar effect. the video is worth the full 1 hour 26 mins to listen to people from varying backgrounds discuss the Highline one of the most talked about landscape architecture and urban design projects in the world. Although not one mention of the landscape architects or architects. But as Malcolm Gladwell talks about its the business we’ve chosen to be in business.
Recently Starr Whitehouse unveiled three concepts for a section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) – a trenched Interstate (I-278)in New York. The concepts where presented to the community, elected City and Congress officials and representatives from DOT and DPR. Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.