In the words of the architects
Andrew Berman Architect:
The New York Public Library commissioned this branch library of 12,000 square feet. We restored the existing 1907 Carrere and Hastings Carnegie Library and designed a new 7,000 square foot building to be located alongside. The library is conceived as a modern public institution that will contribute to the revitalization of the Stapleton neighborhood.
The facility is an assemblage of old and new. The existing Carnegie Library was converted into the Childrens’ Reading Room. The new building, constructed of glue laminated Douglas fir posts, beams, joists and roof decking, houses books and media. The structurally glazed facade invites the public and supplies natural light. The exposed wood structure provides a sense of rhythm, scale and material richness unexpected in contemporary public buildings.
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One of the world’s most legendary architects, Zaha Hadid, has passed away today. Her influence on aspiring architects and the architecture discipline is unparalleled. Here’s a small tribute to her work, you can view more of her projects that were featured on designismymuse: here.
Nice to have you back, Archy! :) While I was commuting the other day, I was daydreaming of how to structure the "perfect" city. What I came up with was a concentric layout, with bureaucratic buildings in the center, residential & commercial areas in the middle, and agricultural zones on the outskirts. Trains would run along the boundaries between zones and also towards/away from the center of the circle. Maybe this isn't exactly an architectural question, but what would be your "perfect" city?
You might have imagined something similar to what has been one of the Utopian models of city planing: the concentric circles city. You can read more about this model and some later adaptations here.
What are your thoughts on the house style of Madeira, Portugal?
Its tough to group all the houses of Madeira in one opinion. So, I don’t have a formed opinion of Madeira but like other cities in the Iberian Peninsula it reminds me of the city where I grew up.
The old part of town closer to the sea with tight 3-4 stories tall rowhouses lining up narrow cobblestone streets peppered with small plazas and pedestrian alleyways. The 20th century city expansion full of 1-2 story houses with painted stucco walls and tile roofs. The contemporary buildings shinny with stucco, glass and metal rising above the old buildings to catch the views. I could be describing San Juan, so I would probably feel right at home there!
The City of Detroit has gone through a major economic and demographic decline in recent decades. The population of the city has fallen from a high of 1,850,000 in 1950 to 701,000 in 2013. The automobile industry in Detroit has suffered from global competition and has moved much of the remaining production out of Detroit. Not so very long ago, Detroit was a rich, beautiful city, full of vibrant people. I have been there twice recently and I was saddened by the status of the abandoned buildings and factories I saw. I imagined how the city, its streets and buildings might have looked in past decades. I found pictures from the previous century and combined them with the photographs I took during my most recent visit to Detroit. What if these people from the past could see their beloved place now? Could Detroit rise again? I hope so