Dalla Highline alla Lowline, così New York è sempre più green

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Il 14 luglio 2016 il vicesindaco di New York Alicia Glen e la Economic Development Corporation hanno annunciato di aver definitivamente approvato il progetto della Lowline, il primo parco ipogeo del mondo. Newyorkesi e turisti scenderanno sottoterra non più solo per prendere la metropolitana ma anche per godere di uno spazio verde totalmente innovativo! Se tutto andrà secondo i piani, la costruzione della Lowline dovrebbe concludersi entro il 2021, con una spesa totale di circa 55 milioni di dollari. Il cantiere del parco, che sorgerà precisamente sotto Delancey Street nel Lower East Side di Manhattan, sarà coordinato da un team di ingegneri e architetti della NASA.

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The New New York Skyline. Manhattan continua a crescere… in altezza!

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“The New New York Skyline” è il titolo di un’affascinante infografica interattiva (>nationalgeographic.com) realizzata per il National Geografic, che mostra come Manhattan è cresciuta negli ultimi 10 anni e come crescerà ancora, in altezza. Prima del 2004 i grattacieli più alti di 700 piedi (circa 200 metri) erano solo 28, sono 41 nel 2015, e saranno 75 entro i prossimi 5 anni. Un dato che fa riflettere e che rinnova l’eterna e affascinante sfida tecnologica e la più prosaica rendita immobiliare in una delle città più care ed ambite del mondo.Read More

highline.org | Molto più di un sito. Una finestra su New York

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Basta aprire il sito dell’High Line di New York per capire in quale modo asciutto e poetico insieme si possa raccontare un pezzo di città. Non ci sono preamboli, lunghe descrizioni, storie che ricominciano da capo. Il visitatore anche occasionale è subito chiamato in causa: vuoi adottare un ginepro? Vuoi conoscere i promotori e magari diventare volontario? Vuoi fare una visita o cercare un evento adatto alle tue curiosità? Vuoi comprare un piccolo oggetto e sostenere il progetto?
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Tadashi Kawamata’s tree houses

Tadashi Kawamata’s rustic pine tree houses are normally found where you would expect them – in trees (though sometimes in unexpected places, like New York City’s Madison Square Park.) But sometimes, they’re attached like man-made bird nest to urban locations, like lamp posts, bridge trusses, scaffolding and luxury apartment buildings.

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David and Hammond win Vincent Scully Prize

The National Building Museum has awarded its 15th Vincent Scully Prize to Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of New York City’s High Line. The pair formed the community-based nonprofit Friends of the High Line in 1999 to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and to maintain the structure as an elevated public park.
The original elevated line was constructed in the 1930s to lift freight traffic above the streets of Manhattan, and the last train ran in 1980. In 2004, the design team was selected for its renewal project. James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture firm, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an architecture firm, joined experts in horticulture, engineering, security, maintenance, art, and other fields, to realize what is now one of New York’s most celebrated public spaces.
According to the press release, the prize recognizes David and Hammond for “their work in creating one of the most successful urban revitalization projects to date. Under their leadership, the High Line has become an international model for other reuse projects and community activism. Since its first section opened in 2009, the High Line has served as a catalyst for the re-development of Manhattan’s West Side and has prompted more than $2 billion in investment in the neighborhood.”
David and Hammond will accept the prize on Sept. 30 at the National Building Museum.

via ARCHITECT [the magazine of the american institute of architects]

www.thehighline.org

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James Turrel at Guggenheim

James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist’s groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site specificity in his practice. At its core is Aten Reign (2013), a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.
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One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, the installation reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture—its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space—as one of Turrell’s Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus the Roden Crater Project (1979– ).
“For his installation in the Guggenheim’s rotunda, Turrell has essentially created a very elaborate structure that visitors will enter into from below and newly experience the light and air that fills the void of the museum.
The piece is built as a series of cones that proceed through the space, starting about 25 feet above the floor of the museum and proceeding almost to the top of the space. Between the viewer and the daylight, there are five concentric rings of LED fixtures that shine upwards, filling five separate conical chambers with slowly changing light.
Like many of Turrell’s works, the piece is intended to create a contemplative or meditative atmosphere” Nat Trotman (associate Curator of Guggenheim Museum) says.

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Other works from throughout the artist’s career will be displayed in the museum’s Annex Level galleries, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda.  This exhibition is curated by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
“James Turrell” is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. June 21 – September 25, 2013
www.guggenheim.org/new-york/exhibitions/on-view/james-turrell

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POOL LAUNCHES TILE BY TILE ON KICKSTARTER

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New York, June 12, 2013 – Since designers Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeff Franklin launched their first Kickstarter campaign for + POOL in 2011, the project has become a new model for funding large-scale civic projects. Now with Tile By Tile, the supporters, backers and collaborators that are making + POOL possible have the opportunity to claim a piece of the pool for themselves. Read More