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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-04-16 19:10:00
Welcome to All in the Details, a semi-regular series in which New York city photographers offer us glimpses of little-noticed, under-appreciated architectural elements that appear on buildings across the city. Have an idea for a future installment? Send it to the tipline, please. Having documented New York City's face-wielding facades and ubiquitous fire escapes, photographer Bob Estremera has turned his attention to …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-04-15 23:44:38
Two of the most important people in the history of New York City's built environment weren't politicians, magnates, or architects. They were two members of family of builders from Spain. Their surname? Guastavino. It may not ring a bell, but any New Yorker has seen the work of Rafael Guastavino, Sr. (1842-1908), and his son Rafael Guastavino, Jr. (1872-1950). Their ascent …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-03-17 18:45:00
[All images via Scouting NY.] Our favorite film scout Nick Carr ventured to Greenpoint to explore the vaunted Astral Apartments, and he found a bunch of cool secrets. The full-block complex on Franklin Avenue was built in 1885-6 by Charles Pratt (he of the university) to house his oil refinery workers. it was among the first of its kind when it came …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-03-01 01:25:00
Streetscapes scion and master nostalgia-generator Christopher Gray mourns the loss of that great architectural flourish: the cornice. He recalls the city's most beautiful, and explains how they faded from fashion over time because buildings grew taller, acquired setbacks, and began to put ornamentation at the end of the priority list. "From the late 1890s until World War I, no self-respecting midsize …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-02-23 14:30:38
The Times has a great profile of Richard Tenguerian?the go-to man for all of your model-making needs. In his Lafayette Street studio, the Syrian-born Tenguerian builds models for architects and developers who need their blueprints translated into a physical form, sometimes charging upward of $100,000 per project. He was also commissioned by 60 Minutes to build a model of the Abbottabad …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2014-01-28 19:40:00
Welcome to All in the Details, a semi-regular series in which New York city photographers offer us glimpses of little-noticed, under-appreciated architectural elements that appear on buildings across the city. Have an idea for a future installment? Send it to the tipline, please. A photographer who has documented countless little nuances of city architecture, Bob Estremera now turns his lens to that …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-11-26 00:25:00
Welcome to All in the Details, a new semi-regular series in which New York city photographers offer us glimpses of little-noticed, under-appreciated architectural elements that appear on buildings across the city. First up, fine art photographer Bob Estremera compiles an assortment of faces on facades. Have an idea for a future installment? Send it to the tipline, please. Especially as the weather …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-11-20 18:40:00
Buyers, not renters, get all the love amenities architectural craziness. It's funny, because even though 75 percent of New Yorkers are fully committed to the rental market because of the realities of our housing stock, starchitects naturally flock to the more remunerative, reputation-building condo buildings. But that doesn't mean your rental has to dwell behind a boring facade, with a boxy …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-10-29 22:33:32
Since Hurricane Sandy happened a year ago, the architecture world has been on the lookout for ways design can help prevent such significant damage from future storms. Several structures have already been built, and a few competitions have produced other ideas, though there's no guarantee that those ideas will be built. Here, we've rounded up five Sandy-inspired designs. ↑ Beach lifeguard stations …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-10-23 16:20:55
A Rockaway Peninsula site first designated for development seven years ago is now serving as a laboratory for post-storm design. The site in question, Arverne East, is an 80+-acre span where development was halted by the credit crisis. The developers (L & M Development Partners, Triangle Equities, and the Bluestone Organization) partnered with the city's Department of Housing Preservation & Development …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-10-22 19:32:42
How can design and architect affect life on college campuses? The most recent crop of summer interns at Gensler set out to answer this question as part of a partnership between the firm and the Barnard/Columbia chapter of Studio of Design for America (DFA). The Gensler interns and DFA members, led by Curbed Young Gun Eric Tan, divided into teams to …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-29 17:00:00
Curbed Young Guns, now in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. For the next few weeks, Curbed National will run individual stories on each Young Gun; here's a look at a member of the Class of 2013 based in New York: Listen to Alfonso Medina talk …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-25 16:30:14
A team of architecture students from the University of Oregon won the "Timber in the City: Urban Habitats" design competition to build a mixed use, all-wood complex on the Red Hook waterfront. The team's design—"Grow Your Own City"—features affordable housing, a bike share, a restaurant, and an urban park, and although the design will not be implemented, the team received around …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-23 17:00:00
Take a stroll through MoMA and you'll find, in the Cut 'n' Paste exhibition on architectural collage running through December 1, work by Eric Tan, Gensler's Town Square Design Leader and a Curbed Young Gun. Tan, 27, worked at SOM CASE and Henning Larsen before joining Gensler, and he's also part of an international architecture collective, PinkCloud.DK, which reached the finals …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-22 23:35:46
Curbed Young Guns, now in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. For the next few weeks, Curbed National will run individual stories on each Young Gun; here's a look at a member of the Class of 2013 based in New York: As part of the environmentally-friendly …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-21 17:40:00
Curbed Young Guns, now in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. For the next few weeks, Curbed National will run individual stories on each Young Gun; here's a look at a member of the Class of 2013 based in New York: Many of the 2013 Young …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-08-15 17:00:00
Curbed Young Guns, now in its first year, aims to identify promising up-and-coming talent (35 and under) in the fields of architecture, interior design, and urban development. For the next few weeks, Curbed National will run individual stories on each Young Gun; here's a look at a member of the Class of 2013 based in NYC: Though Krista Ninivaggi, 34, spent the …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-07-31 13:40:00
This is a real house that exists at 32-15 60th Street in Woodside, Queens. It's a two-family. People are not allowed to live in it. Queens Crap first noticed the place and has diligently tracked its history via Department of Buildings permits, complaints, and violations, not that any of those really answer the central question. But here's what we know: Prior …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-07-18 20:35:29
Rebuilding is proceeding in the areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and one spot ripe for a new post-storm approach is Arverne East, an 80+-acre site first designated for development seven years ago. Progress stopped amid the credit crisis, and the developers (and friends) sought a new design through a two-phase competition announced several months ago. Four finalists, announced this morning, will …


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Curbed New York - Architecture 2013-07-17 22:00:00
GREENWICH VILLAGE—Tomorrow marks yet another step in New York University's battle to expand, and the rest of the city's battle to keep those purple people eaters at bay. Legal skirmish upon legal skirmish has ensued since the school's 2 million-square-foot expansion plan was approved last year, but a judge can still overturn it all, so opponents are still expected to show …


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