A New Subway Map for New York City?

After countless delays and at a cost of $4.45 billion, New York City’s Second Avenue Subway (the new Q extension) finally opened on December 31, 2016. At the opening, wide-eyed passengers were given updated copies of the 1972 map of the system, originally created by graphic designer Massimo Vignelli. The MTA’s decision to spend their dwindling budget on these vintage maps illustrates the love that design enthusiasts have for them. But, taboo though it may be for me to say to my fellow graphic designers, this attractive map is extremely hard to decipher. It’s an example of design for the sake of aesthetics rather than function.

For more on this story visit www.metropolis.com

 Left to right: The 1972 map of the New York City subway system, by graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, the current map, and Roger van den Bergh’s proposed map.

Left to right: The 1972 map of the New York City subway system, by graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, the current map, and Roger van den Bergh’s proposed map.


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man now showing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. Showcasing from March 30, 2018 - January 21, 2019.

To read more on this story visit: www.dezeen.com and to visit the exhibit go to: https://americanart.si.edu/


Design Within Reach Furnishes Stahl House With 2018 Collection

The Case Study Houses are well-known as emblems of modernist architecture. One of the most famous is Pierre Koenig’s Stahl House (1960), where floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer unrivaled views of Los Angeles.

This year, the Stahl family welcomes a new occupant: Design Within Reach’s 2018 collection. The pieces will live in the house indefinitely, and tours are available to the public.

For more on this story and product information showcase please visit: www.interiordesign.net


155 Mercer Street, New York, NY

  1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department

The building is a free-standing structure with an ornate brownstone street façade located in the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District. 155 Mercer Street was constructed in 1854 as a Fireman’s Hall for the City of New York’s Volunteer Fire Department and subsequently was converted to a dance and performance space. PKSB has spearheaded the restoration of the historic street façade and conversion of the building to accommodate a new commercial use. PKSB was also retained as the architect for the building’s tenant, Dolce & Gabanna to execute the company’s flagship store scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2017.



  Artsist Rendering of Proposed Design

Artsist Rendering of Proposed Design



PS 101 - The Verrazano School, Brooklyn, NY

The new addition provides PS101K with a unified identity made of old and new parts. The annex nestles between the existing L-shaped school building and a large play yard. A single-story student dining room completes the U-shape formed by the new and old structures. A large outdoor play area occupies the balance of the site, separated from adjacent residential properties to the south by a high fence.

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The addition’s modulated façade responds to the residential character of the neighborhood while providing a new entry and identity for the school. The new façade reinterprets various design elements of the existing school building in a modern configuration. A red brick was selected to complement the existing material palette. Lighter cast stone elements highlight new entrances of the addition and recall decorative limestone features of the existing building.

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At four stories, the addition will match the height of the existing school. In response to the low-rise residential scale of the neighborhood, the addition’s massing is interrupted by setbacks and material variation. The entry from the sidewalk consists of a building inset “carved” from the first floor volume. This “carving” back provides space for a welcoming entry plaza that incorporates wheelchair accessibility and weather protection. The new entry sequence invites access to a generous lobby, and shared public assembly spaces such as the student dining and the existing auditorium beyond.

455 Central Park West, New York, NY

This mixed-use, 100-unit condominium located at 455 Central Park West combines a new 27-story tower with the adaptive reuse of a historically significant landmark. Designed by Charles Coolidge Haight and built by John Jacob Astor in 1884, 455 Central Park West is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built as the first cancer hospital in America, later converted to a nursing home and eventually vacated in the early 1970s.

For more on this story, please visit: www.architectmagazine.com


Public-Private Partnerships in Architecture and Design

As we enter a new year, we find ourselves looking back on some of the more unique opportunities we have been a part of and the impact they have had on the city. PKSB has a long history of serving both public and private sector clients. More and more, we have seen in our work and in developments throughout New York, that public-private partnerships are becoming increasingly viable paths toward achieving much-needed improvements for the public good. These joint efforts have resulted in the construction public educational facilities, preservation of historic buildings on public land, public housing development, health care, and transportation and infrastructure improvements.

Since 1994, PKSB has been involved with a number of these successful collaborations. We had fun looking back on a few projects and hope you do too! www.issuu.com

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Battery Park City Authority and New York City Board of Education, New York, New York

Van Nest Academy

Civic Builders and New York City School Construction Authority, Bronx, New York

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United American Land and New York City Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn, New York

Triple Bridges

Community Board 4, Private Lighting Artist, Leni Schwendinger and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Burning Man's 2018 Temple

Burning Man, a summer festival located in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, is something of an architectural bonanza. Each year, dozens of artistic displays and sculptural forms are erected in Black Rock City, the temporary metropolis that hosts the festival. Temples in the past have included a wide range of designs, from pagoda-inspired structures to Wicker Man-eqsue towers.


Galaxia, designed by architect Arthur Mamou-Mani a professor at the University of Westminster and the owner of the fabrication laboratory Fab.Pub, has been selected to serve as Burning Man 2018’s main temple. The temple will be constructed of twenty spiraling timber trusses, crowned with a 3-D-printed mandala. A series of alcoves are formed between the timber trusses, allowing spaces of congregation for attendees.

For more on this story visit: www.archpaper.com


New Map lets you search every NYC landmark

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) launched an enhanced version of its popular interactive landmarks map.


Now, Discover NYC Landmarks also features 141 historic districts (containing almost 34,000 historic buildings). Users can access detailed information, including PDFs of each item’s designation report.


For more on this story visit: www.archpaper.com

Michelangelo Divine Draftsman & Designer at The Met Fifth Avenue

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, is the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.

At The Met Fifth Avenue: November 13, 2017 - February 12, 2018

For more on this exhibition visit: www.metmuseum.org

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Columbia University School of Journalism, New York, NY

Recognizing the ascendancy of electronic communication, video broadcasting and computer-produced print, Columbia called on PKSB to convert its journalism building into The Center for New Media, the first such building of its kind. Conceived as a combination of flexible spaces gathered around a central hub, the school engages outstanding scholars who frequently win the Pulitzer Prize.

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Behind the McKim, Mead and White façade, the interior was radically reconfigured to accommodate emerging information technology systems and their space requirements. In order to facilitate an uninterrupted flow of information within the solid structure, the circulatory systems and technological networks determined the internal layout and its divisions. The architecture captures the movement of information by partially disclosing the cables and wiring contained within it. Using CAD technology, PKSB created diagrams that were layered over the open floor plans to generate a series of models towards a final design.


As rapid technological change is expected to continue, flexibility and adaptability were maximized. The World Room enables the introduction of an experimental curriculum where presentations, lectures, and conferences can be staged simultaneously using state-of-the-art equipment for research. Overall, the Center provides unrivaled facilities for students and faculty, and offers a progressive image for a school that remains at the head of its class.