The Street by Sanjay Puri Architects

Taking a cue from the old city streets of Mathura city in India where this project is located, this 800 room students’ hostel creates organic spaces.

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Designed in 4 level high, 5 linear blocks, the built spaces snake across a wedge shaped site twisting and turning along their length. Sitting adjacent to repetitive hostel blocks on the east and west these new hostels within a large university campus create individual spaces within a discernible identity in each part of the layout.

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Each hostel room has ventilation openings in the internal corridor facilitating cross ventilation. The linear buildings create small break out spaces at each bending point allowing natural light into the internal circulation spaces.

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For more information on this structure visit: www.archdaily.com

Bahá’í Temple of South America

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

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Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside Santiago, Chile, the domed building was designed and built using computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, as well as custom glass, all of which culminated in nine monumental veils that frame an open worship space for up to 600 visitors. Completed in 2016, the project took 14 years to realize.

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

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The Clinton School at 10 East 15th Street, New York, NY

The site for the new school is in a mid-block location adjacent to Union Square. It is comprised of an Intermediate and High School Organization within a single building. The confined urban site posed several challenges to the design approach. PKSB worked with the NYC School Construction Authority to adapt the school program to a high-rise configuration. Administrative offices are staggered throughout the building so that classrooms are not isolated on upper floors. The Intermediate School is located on the top two floors with access to their own roof top play area. This allows for a natural separation from the High School students and creates a unique identity within the larger context of the building.  

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Due to spatial constraints, the gym and auditorium are combined as one multipurpose space where retractable elements create performance and backstage areas. The library, which is directly off the lobby and adjacent to the street, is conceived as a media/learning center collecting several functions into one dynamic space. Department of Education design standards were reexamined to define the library as a vital social center for the school. 

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While not new to the lexicon of urban schools, this high rise model affords a new and unique interpretation of an educational facility.

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“Art in the Open” revisits the past, present, and future of public art in NYC

In late 1960s New York City during a tumultuous period of urban redevelopment, public art began to take on a new meaning of revitalization — as well as a challenge to the traditional notion that art “should” only be kept inside museums or galleries. In light of the Public Art Fund's 40th anniversary, the upcoming exhibition “Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York” at the Museum of the City of New York revisits how public art has influenced New York City over the last few decades.

Opening on November 10, the exhibition explores the past, present, and future of public art in New York City. It'll showcase over 125 objects — renderings, models, photos, and video footage — and artists like Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Isamu Noguchi, Red Grooms, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Kara Walker, and more.

“Art in the Open” will be on display until May 13, 2018. To read more on this story visit: www.bustler.net

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Ryan Cusack featured on I Want To Work In

This month, Ryan Cusack a PKSB Designer will be featured on American Institute of Architecture Students' (AIAS), I Want To Work In, a new weekly social media promo sponsored by PPI (Professional Publications, Inc.) which features a different emerging professional each month and is aimed at highlighting why their city is an attractive place to work as a recent graduate.

Each Monday of November, a new post will be added for his feature and can be found on: http://www.aias.org/iwtwi-new-york-new-york/

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SMEG's New Portofino Line Brings Color to the Kitchen

One of the biggest trends in contemporary kitchens is to rethink what it means to be modern. Gone are the days when fixtures and appliances had to be cold stainless steel in order to be au courant. These days, designers are updating sleek models with warm finishes and vibrant colors to make kitchens that are just as friendly and inviting as they are smart and elegant.

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The new Portofino aesthetic line from Italian manufacturer SMEG combines bright, rich tones with the latest technology to create a stylish new choice for architects and designers.

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To read more on this story visit: www.architizer.com

The Beekman Hotel and Residence by GKV Architects

The project includes the adaptive re-use of an historic 1880’s office buidling along with the addition of a new 600 foot tall residential building constructed in Architectural Concrete (known by the French term Béton Brut ). The new tower seamlessly merges the interior spaces of the historic structure with that of the new. The program for the new tower includes retail spaces, residential lobby, hotel rooms, amenity facilities, and residences. The foot print of this slender tower is 50 feet by 100 feet.

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

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HOTEL

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Studio Libeskind’s National Holocaust Monument Opens in Ottawa

Studio Libeskind has finished work on the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada.

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Formed from six triangular cast-in-place volumes of exposed concrete, the monument takes the shape of the Star of David. Each form provides a different program area, including spaces for contemplation, historical interpretation, and gathering.

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Studio Libeskind collaborated with Burtynsky, Lord Cultural Resources, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen to see the monument through to completion.

For more on this story visit: www.interiordesign.net

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Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Public Art Fund will present the citywide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, by world renowned artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei. Inspired by the international migration crisis and current global geopolitical landscape, the exhibition transforms the security fence into a powerful social and artistic symbol with interventions across the city. Large-scale, site-specific works will be installed at Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Central Park, the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village, and the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, in partnership with NYC Parks.

For the full listing of Ai Weiwei's work all around the city visit the interactive map on: www.publicartfund.org

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors opens on 12 October 2017 and will run until 11 February 2018.

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Inside Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Street 'Jenga Tower' in New York

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has revealed the first interior photographs of ’56 Leonard’, the 60-story skyscraper sited in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The tower — which began opening to residents last year — has been nicknamed the ‘Jenga Building’, a moniker derived from its cantilevered balconies.

For more on this story, visit: www.designboom.com

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BIG completes Lego visitor centre shaped like a stack of building blocks

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has unveiled its new visitor centre for toy company Lego – a stack of huge building blocks, featuring brightly coloured patios that are home to a submarine, a shark and a camel.

Copenhagen- and New York-based firm BIG designed the 12,000-square-metre centre to provide a new attraction for Lego fans in the company's hometown of Billund, Denmark.

For more on this story, visit www.dezeen.com.

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Design Proposal Renderings for Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains NY

Like so many congregations in recent years, Kol Ami has begun an effort to adapt their current facility to accommodate 21st century worship practices. PKSB entered a design competition to renovate the existing 280 seat sanctuary. 

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The goal of the design is to maximize and augment the architectural character of the original and to provide a sanctuary that is unique to Kol Ami. Inspired by the Miskan (Tabernacle) as described in Exodus, the proposed ceiling is a tent-like structure that floats freely in the double-height space. Its shape highlights the ark which is housed within its own shrine, a Kodesh Hakodashim (the Holy of Holies). 

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To accommodate a diversity of services and varying numbers of participants, flexible seating and a movable reading table is proposed. A new window design emphasizes the verticality of the space and allows for the incorporation of existing stained glass elements and yahrzeit memorial plaques.

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