“Voice Tunnel”, Image courtesy of Rafael Lozano- Hammer, via Designboom.
This Saturday, August 3rd, Park Avenue and Lafayette St. will once more fill up with thousands of cyclists, joggers and city lovers. Summer Streets, an ambitious production by the NYC Department of Transportation will open nearly seven miles of car-free streets in Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.
Aside from its usual offerings such as the popular 165-feet long zip line, a 25-foot-tall rock climbing wall and City Picnic area, the event will feature few new attractions such as the “Voice Tunnel,” an interactive art installation by a much acclaimed Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and a self-guided architectural tour by cultureNOW. The event, inspired by similar events around the world such as Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia or the Paris Plages in Paris, France, is going through its sixth iteration in New York City.
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In his recent photo essay on Long Island City’s Court Square, Curbed’s Nathan Kensinger, documents how older industrial warehouses and businesses are rapidly being replaced by new residential towers. Several major new projects are currently underway so the population of the area will be increasing exponentially. However, as local residents remark, the rapid redevelopment is leaving very few amenities behind.
Thomas Rinaldi, author of the book New York Neon, which documents New York City’s rapidly disappearing neon signs, highlights neon signs hidden by newer signs on his blog. Tom will give an illustrated lecture about the signs at the New York Public Library on July 22. (more…)
New York State Pavilion, the iconic remnant of 1964-1965 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has a new advocate. Matthew Silva, a teacher and filmmaker, is hoping to unravel the history of the Queens landmark in his documentary, according to Curbed.
The site, originally known as the Corona Ash Dumps, is an important piece in modern architectural and planning history. It was cleared by the “master builder” of mid-20th century New York City Robert Moses in preparation for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, and later used for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair. The New York State Pavilion also included the adjacent “Theaterama,” which exhibited pop art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein among others.
About halfway to his $5,000 fundraising goal, Silva is rallying support for the documentary via GoFundMe, Facebook and Twitter before next April – the 50th anniversary of the fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
This week, all eyes of New York’s contemporary art scene were focused on the opening of James Turell’s retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Two parallel exhibitions of James Turell’s work are also taking place in Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. What’s unique about the Guggenheim one, however, is the fact that it is dominated by a major site-specific installation that Turrell has designed specially for the museum. Houston and LA, on the other hand, are using traditional galleries to mount surveys of the artist’s work- Art.sy reports.
Photo Credit: Storefront for Art and Architecture, Source: Flickr
A new show at one of our favorite spaces in the city–the Storefront for Art and Architecture–opened last Tuesday. POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions is Storefront’s second annual drawing show that challenges our contemporary understanding of the basic means of conceptualizing and representing architecture.
Many practicing architects declare the death of drawing by hand and plead the superiority of the machine. Others claim that architecture cannot become separate from drawing because drawings are not just end products, but the foundation of any design process. Most architects today abandoned drafting by hand in favor of computer-aided design softwares such as AutoCAD or Revit. Does it mean that the personal connection with the work is lost?
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NY Daily News reports that Brooklyn Bridge’s pop-up pool complete with faux sandy beach, lounge chairs and umbrellas will open for the summer on June 27.
The 109-year-old Beaux-Arts building of Brooklyn Public Library’s Pacific branch will be spared from sale and demolition, officials said late on Monday. More information on the New York Times. (more…)