Library Extension – Natalie Kwee


Everybody gets the sense of being totally overwhelmed either when trying to gather information for a test, the sheer magnitude of a project, or even walking into the library and the overpowering amount of information at your finger tips.  At first glance, when we got Natalie Kwee submission, that same sense of being overwhelmed hit me as I tried to figure out the architectural organization and spatial movements in the design.  My eyes were forced to constantly move through and look at the all spaces and diagrams.  That exact emotion is what Natalie was going for in her Library expansion design, by creating this intense maze of space to move through in your quest for knowledge.  Yet at the same time the design encompasses how we internally deal with being overwhelmed, by breaking the task down into smaller compartmental pieces.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Natalie Kwee
Cornell University
AWARD: 2012 AIANYS Student Award Winner
YEAR: Spring 2011

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Futures + Design – Your Student Architectural Journal!

Futures+ is heading into NYC for the weekend, and as always running through the streets like crazy.  While were doing that you should checkout the site and submit your design work!

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Sculpted Box – Taryn Bone + Johnny Ng


Since the addition of the High Line to the New York City landscape we have begun to see an influx of apartment buildings and high rises being built all around it.  Unlike when it was an elevated  rail system and buildings shunned the tracks, the new designs are creating an intimate relationship to the site, as they hug it closer and lean over the walkway. Taryn Bone and Johnny Ng project does that and more, as their project pushes and pulls against the high line, the facades densification plays with the new found voyeurism given to walkers on the raised platform.  The skin of the building opens up reveling circulation and public spaces, and blanks out private space, leaving some program to the viewer’s imagination.  We just wish all these buildings would begin the 2nd dialogue of the high-line and finally begin to connect points of public circulation into these new hubs.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Taryn Bone + Johnny Ng
PROFESSORS: Marcelo Spina –
COURSE: M.Arch 1- year 2
YEAR: 2013

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Times Square Re-imagined – Toshiki Hirano


Times Square in NYC is one of the most overly-saturated commercial spaces in the world.  Every surface is covered in billboards.  Toshiki Hirano used that as a driving mechanism in his design for a new Times Square, creating a building that’s first need is area for advertising.  Although a constant flickering billboard at street level might not be the most intriguing in terms of a civic space, it certainly creates a new face for Times Square.  Check out the rest of the project.

STUDENT: Toshiki Hirano
SCHOOL: Princeton SoA
PROFESSORS: Elizabeth Diller, Michael Meredith
CLASS: Thesis
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9 /11 – May We Never Forget

Today we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, and those who we have lost  since, because of this tragic day.

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House’s Loft- Adolfo Samudio

Today we’re showing you the winner of a recent Arquitectum competition.  The competition was to create a new loft for Dr. House, the TV character, at the top of the Flatiron building in NYC.  The proposal takes the geometry of the building, and rotates it, creating new perspectives of the city.  Check out the project and the text after the jump.

STUDENT: Adolfo Samudio

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