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Penn Palimpsest: History Becomes the Future (Architectural League Lecture)

In 2016, The New York Times asked Vishaan Chakrabarti and his firm Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) to develop a proposal for the redevelopment of Penn Station that would address issues not resolved by current initiatives to redevelop the Farley Post Office. Most notably, the Farley plans do not solve the problem that a very large proportion of daily users of the station cannot use a redeveloped Farley building because of the position of Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit platforms, which are largely located between Seventh and Eighth avenues and cannot be moved.

PAU developed a proposal that would repurpose the current Madison Square Garden as a new terminal serving LIRR and New Jersey transit riders to complement the Amtrak station proposed by Governor Cuomo for the Farley building. Michael Kimmelman, the Times architecture critic, called the idea of creating a new grand entryway to New York from the existing Madison Square Garden structure a possible solution “hiding in plain sight” to the issues that have long bedeviled efforts to redevelop the station. The PAU proposal, presented in an interactive feature in the Times on September 30, has been further developed with support from the Ford Foundation.

On February 23, Vishaan Chakrabarti will present the proposal in a program co-sponsored by The Architectural League and the Regional Plan Association. RPA president Tom Wright will provide a brief history and policy context of issues surrounding Penn Station redevelopment, and the presentation of the proposal will be followed by a discussion with Wright, architectural and urban historian Hilary Ballon, and architect Henry N. Cobb. Learn more about this event at ARCH LEAGUE.

Prettiest NYC homes that hit the market this week (from Curbed)

Every week, Curbed covers dozens of market listings that vary in price, location, size, grandeur, quirkiness, and other distinct characteristics. If they managed to capture our attention, that means there’s definitely something special going on. But some of these homes are so lovely that they warrant a special kind of notoriety as some of the prettiest homes currently up for sale in New York City. And so, here it is: five listing that have that special “je ne sais quoi” that separates them from the rest. View this article at CURBED.

See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Magic Marble Factory (from Architectural Digest)

One might not always associate an established marble-design company based in Verona, Italy, with industry-leading innovation. For Citco, however, pushing the envelope of cutting-edge masonry is exactly what’s responsible for its success: strong relationships with design pioneers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Arik Levy. Hadid, who died last March, was famous for morphing unexpected materials into galactic forms—alternately monumental and small—that defy imagination. View this article at ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST.

What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings (from Architectural Record)

President-elect Donald Trump and some of his cabinet nominees—including Rick Perry at the Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency–have rejected the mainstream science on climate change and vowed to roll back environmental rules like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This has architects worried that Trump’s administration could reverse other regulations, including those relating to green buildings. View this article at ARCHITECTURAL RECORD.

What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts (from Bored Panda)

What happens when an architectural designer likes to bake? Dinara Kasko is what happens.

The Ukranian pastry chef is the master of combining baking with geometric figures and architectural designs. She approaches her desserts as if they were buildings, and creates the most unique edible structures ever. “I have many unrealized ideas and a great desire to experiment. I don’t want to imitate others; I want to create something new,” Kasko told So Good Magazine. And she sure does! The only question now is, how do you eat something so beautiful?! View this article at BORED PANDA.

Buildings to look out for in 2017 (from BBC Culture)

The new architectural year begins with the opening of Hamburg’s long-awaited and dauntingly ambitious €798 million (£669 million) Elbphilharmonie, an operatic concert hall complex designed by the Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron.

Here in the city’s old docks, now transformed into a new quarter of Hamburg – all smart restaurants, hotels and apartment blocks – the eye-catching Elbphilharmonie appears to ride on the crest of a solid brick bunker like some vast and diaphanous glass wave breaking over bedrock. View this article at BBC CULTURE.

David Adjaye receives knighthood in New Year’s Honours 2017 (from Dezeen)

British architect David Adjaye is to become Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the New Year’s Honours 2017.

Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor award as part of the Queen’s biannual honours programme, which recognises the “achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”. View this article at DEZEEN.

Foster + Partners to Design Apple’s Latest Washington, D.C. Store (from Contract)

Apple has announced that it will launch its latest flagship inside Washington, D.C.’s Carnegie Library in the city’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. The city’s sports and convention authority Events DC is expected to release a letter of approval for a 10-year lease later this week. The 113-year-old library will be Apple’s second outpost in the city, with an additional location in Georgetown.

Foster + Partners has been tapped to design the 63,000-square-foot space. The London firm has also designed Apple locations in San Francisco and London. Debuting last May, the San Francisco store is clad with a 6,000-foot video screen, indoor flora, and an enclosed backyard, and is powered entirely by renewable energy. View this article at CONTRACT.

Paul Revere Williams Becomes First Black Architect to Receive AIA Gold Medal (from Dezeen)

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African American to receive the award.

Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the first to be elected a fellow of the organisation in 1957.

Among the 3,000 buildings he designed during his five-decade career are the Palm Springs Tennis Center, created with A Quincy Jones; the Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with William Pereira, Charles Luckman and Welton Becket; and private residences for entertainers like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Frank Sinatra and Barron Hilton. View this article at DEZEEN.