High Line Design Competition
Friends of the High Line have launched a competition seeking
visionary design proposals for the reuse of the High Line elevated
rail structure that runs along Manhattan's Far West Side from
34th to just south of 14th Street.
The High Line was built in the 1930s to bring freight trains
directly to the West Side docks. However, with Manhattan's
port unused for commerce for decades, the High Line has long
been abandoned. It's most southern section, in Greenwich Village,
has been dismantled in recent years for residential development.
Friends of the High Line would like to preserve what's left
of the elevated railroad structure as a public open space.
That goal has been endorsed by the Bloomberg administration's
tentative plans for the redevelopment of the Far West Side.
The competition, which is funded in part by a grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts, is open to architects,
landscape architects, horticulturalists, artists, engineers
and all other interested persons. For registration forms and
further information on the contest, go to www.thehighline.
org/competition/. Registrations must be received by April
25 and the entries themselves are due on May 16. Registration
is $50 for individuals and teams, $300 for university architecture
studios (up to 15 entries per studio).
"Friends of the High Line has always made design excellence
one of its top priorities," said co-founder Robert Hammond.
"It's not enough for the High Line to be preserved. It
must become a beautiful, exciting and innovative public open
How many opportunities will the city have to
design 1.5 mi. of Manhattan?"
The competition will culminate in a major exhibition at a
high-profile Manhattan location in July.
Vollmer Designing New School
Vollmer Associates, a Pittsburgh-based architectural and engineering
firm, has been selected by the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. to
design the Gaudium et Spes Center, a new educational complex
to be located on 117 acres in Hempfield Township.
The Center will include three buildings: a 75,000-sq.-ft.
school, an 8,300-sq.-ft. community center and a 7,000-sq.-ft.
pastoral center. The school will be able to serve 540 students
from kindergarten through the eighth grade. It will include
24 classrooms, a cafeteria that can double as an auditorium,
a gym, a library and a chapel. The school will be designed
to meet requirements for LEED certification (green building
design). Funding of the project is made possible, in part,
by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
The remaining 35 acres of the site will be developed as future
needs are identified.
Sear-Brown Receives Two AIA Design
Two recently completed design projects of Sear-Brown, the
Rochester-based architectural and design firm with 14 office
nationwide, have been selected to receive awards from the
American Institute of Architects, Southern New York Chapter.
The first award was for a four-story, 64,000-sq.-ft. addition
to the Corning Credit Union in Corning, N.Y. It features a
one-story glass connecting link to the existing four-story
building. The addition has a glass curtain wall skin to match
the existing building, and the new building's angular design
complements the architectural character of the older structure.
The project manager was Jerry Serbonich.
The second project to be recognized by the AIA was the renovation
of the chapel at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, N.Y. The
Sear-Brown design team, led by David Colp, moved the secluded,
dark 35-year-old chapel to the light-filled main lobby of
the hospital. The new, airy chapel has slate walls, new furniture,
carpets and suspended banners along with a new altar and a
suspended cross. An adjacent space was also renovated to accommodate
a new sacristy.
It's been a long time coming, but New York City finally has
a comprehensive guide to design products, organizations and
DESIGNnewyork, just published in February by Design Paradigm,
is an annual guide to virtually everything related to architecture,
interior design, graphic design, product design and fashion
in the Big Apple.
"New York is one of the most important design centers
in the world. So much is going on that it's almost impossible
to keep up with it all," said Steven Kroeter, the publisher
and executive editor of the 678-page guide. "We provide
one place to go to find design information, products and events."
DESIGNnewyork contains 1,400 entries in 29 categories. Each
entry is cross-referenced relative to three basic questions:
What? Where? When? So when leafing through the book, not only
can the reader learn what's available but also where it is
and/or when it's happening. The guide includes 15 detailed,
full-color maps of Manhattan neighborhoods indicating points
of design interest. It also contains a calendar of over 200
design-related events that will take place in New York City
"We've created DESIGNnewyork to help expand awareness
and appreciation of design," said Kroeter, who is an
architect. "We think its publication is in line with
Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg's goal of projecting New York as
central to the world's culture and economy. It fills a real
gap and helps make the incredible richness of New York's design
community accessible to all."
The 2003 edition of DESIGNnewyork is itself beautifully designed.
It is a Smythe sewn block with front and back flaps and double
4-color covers; the front cover has spot UV varnishing. Inside,
the book contains four-color text on 95 gsm coated matt paper.
For more information or to order the guide go to: www.designnewyork.info.
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