WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO Landscape Architecture & Architecture have been selected for the commission to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay, a conversion of a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks and structures into parks and recreational paths. [Arch Record; WSJ; NY Daily News; Architect's Newspaper; DNAInfo; HuffPost]
A team led by WXY with West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture was selected amongst ten finalists for the US Department of Housing & Urban Development "Rebuild by Design" initiative. Through the Rebuild by Design process, the ten teams will develop innovative design and planning strategies for the Sandy-impacted region. [Architect’s Newspaper; Bustler; Curbed NY; Building News Network; The Atlantic Cities; NY Daily News]
New York City has allocated $8 million towards developing Brooklyn Bridge Beach and the Stuyvesant Cove Boat Launch, two priority projects of the East River Blueway Plan, including plans for fishing, boating, and salt marshes offshore to protect neighborhoods from future storms and flooding. [See also: Architect’s Newspaper]
A press release on July 10 detailed the $1.2 million in funding that NYSERDA and NYSDOT have pledged to fund towards alternative and energy-saving transportation solutions. Of those funds, $75,000 will be allocated to WXY's research on Green Loading Zones for freight deliveries.
An article today in the New York Times puts WXY's Zipper Bench front and center as an example of how the New York City park bench "has morphed into a blank canvas on which designers, landscape architects and artists have unleashed their fantasies" in recent years.
This morning, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition released a strategic plan prepared by WXY and focused on the areas between Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The strategy - which has broad public-, private- and academic-sector backing - calls for enhancing workforce development, increasing the availability of affordable real estate, and improving transportation and public environs. [Wired, Crain’s NY, NY Post, Curbed NY , NY1, Gothamist, Dezeen, Architect’s Newspaper, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Inhabitat, Untapped Cities]
Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg unveiled "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," a series of recommendations for New York City to strengthen its infrastructures and buildings, and mitigate the damages of Hurricane Sandy. WXY is proud to have contributed to the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Plan chapter of the report. See also: Municipal Arts Society
A well-worn but newly decorated piano now sits under WXY's Far Rockaway stage trellis, part of the 3rd annual Sing for Hope Pianos project. Check it out before June 16 and see more of the pianos in this weekend's New York Times Arts section.
WXY presented the Blueway Plan at Cooper Union with a host of speakers including Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, sociologist Eric Klinenborg, landscape architect Susannah Drake, MWA President Roland Lewis, and Solar1 Director Chris Collins. View the whole report here: East River Blueway Final Report. To read more about the plan, see: New York Post; Animal NY; Huffington Post; DNAinfo; Inhabitat; Curbed NY; Crain’s NY; Real Estate Weekly; The Jewish Voice; NYC Prowler; Epoch Times.
Urban Planner and resident electric vehicle specialist Paul Salama presents on WXY’s comprehensive study of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure for the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network. The 2013 conference of the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center continues through May 1st.
As WXY works toward the launch of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, interest and support are growing for the initiative. See: Fort Greene-Clinton Hill Patch
Although progress on the SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park had been dampened by Sandy, a small ceremony yesterday celebrated the completion of the ride’s exterior. The "ride to the bottom of the ocean" is scheduled to open to the public in October. [Metropolis, NY Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Downtown Express]
WXY led two sessions at this American Planning Association’s national conference. Claire Weisz discussed the challenges of waterfront design and presented the Sherman Creek Master Plan. Adam Lubinsky organized a panel on the effects of school assignment policies on cities and neighborhoods, which was covered by The Atlantic Cities.
WXY Studio’s recently completed Rockaway Beach Park Comfort Station was granted a 2012 Honorable Mention by the jury of The International Design Awards. For more information on the project, read Interior Design’s October 2012 centerfold article or Claire Weisz’s recent interview with City Atlas.
Two new interviews this week on the East River Blueway Plan in Art Papers and Architect’s Newspaper laud the vision’s coexistence with FDR Drive and how it allows for coastal growth long after implementation.
"No one knows exactly what ubiquitous charging looks like," Kyle VanHemert of Fast Co.Design writes, but "WXY does its best to bring the ‘how’ of electric charging stations into focus" with a series of reports to the Department of Energy. [Fast Co.Design, Archello, Real Estate Weekly]
A recent interview of Claire Weisz by City Atlas covers WXY projects like the Rockaway Pavilion and the Zipper Bench. "Prioritize the environment," Weisz says. "This will be the best investment we can make in light of the unpredictability of climate change."
A forum to discuss the future of Pier 40 on the Hudson was held last Thursday. WXY’s plan for Pier 40 Champions, to expand the fields and construct two residential towers nearby to help pay for it, was the clear crowd favorite and consultants Newmark Grubb Knight and Frank concluded that the Champions plan would also bring in the most revenue. [Curbed NY, WSJ, Crains NY, Tribeca Citizen, The Villager, DNAinfo, New York Business Journal, The Broadsheet, Inhabitat]
On Wednesday, the Municipal Art Society released "East Midtown: A Bold Vision for the Future," with contributions by WXY. It is driven by the belief that "Midtown needs a plan that commits to essential infrastructure and public realm investments, the preservation of critical buildings and the addition of new buildings that raise the bar for high-density development." [New York Times]
Boston may soon be making its biggest change to school assignment policy in 25 years. Boston Public Schools is aiming to implement a new algorithm focused on providing children with more equal access to quality schools and more local schooling options. WXY’s geospatial analysis has helped to guide Boston’s decision-making process. A vote will be held on March 13; educational opportunity for all! [Boston Globe]
The East River Blueway Plan, prepared by WXY, was officially announced by the Manhattan Borough President during his state of the borough address. The speech focused on measures to prevent flooding in the future and waterfront amenities that will also act as storm barriers. [The New York Times, Fast Co.Design, Urban Omnibus, Curbed, Epoch Times, World Architecture News]
Adam Lubinsky spoke about WXY’s work in planning for electrical vehicles and overcoming "range anxiety" through an expanding network of charging stations in the Northeast and MidAtlantic region to the New York Times. To hear more about the stations’ design standards, visit the Transportation and Climate Initiative website.
Sarah Amelar writes on new schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including REED Academy. John Brown, REED’s founder, advocated for spaces that teach both academic and life skills, so when students encounter the world, they can "engage in it, live in it, relate to other people, and find employment there." [http://www.reedacademy.org/]
At the Great Hall on January 10, local waterfront experts discussed possible community and design solutions to future flooding. The conversation focused on more collaboration between neighborhoods and government, and rethinking what Claire Weisz, principal of WXY, called the "pressure to use every inch of space [in New York]...considering the impact of climate change." [East Villager News, Urban Omnibus, Multi-Housing News and Policy Shop]
In an article by The Commercial Observer on Monday, managing principal Adam Lubinsky discussed the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, made up of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and the Navy Yard. One of the more pressing problems is taking underutilized space and making it more attractive to tech and media companies. The next step for WXY and the team is to develop incentives for landlords in the area to open their doors to people instead of storage.
Just opened, Drawing Center’s second exhibition round since WXY completed the renovation and expansion. Creating a series of rooms in the Main Gallery, Alexandre Singh’s The Pledge uses collaged photocopies to represent interviews with artists and scientists. Ignacio Uriarte’s Line of Work is in The Drawing Room and Ishmael Randall Weeks’ Cuts, Burns, Puncture in The Lab.
Construction of the Boathouse and Restaurant designed by WXY for Pier 26 of the Hudson River Park is underway. Check out new images of the preweathered zinc cladding, and see the project page for renderings of what lies ahead.
Published in the New York Observer, one of Matt Chaban’s choices for the 2012 Designer Dozen is WXY’s vision of Grand Central Terminal over the next 100 years. "For the city to thrive, so too must Grand Central," writes Chaban.
Thursday, January 10: Principal Claire Weisz will join a moderated discussion at Cooper Union entitled "The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change." At The Center for Architecture, Principal Mark Yoes will sit on a panel called "Learning Environments for Special Needs: Places that Comfort and Challenge."
The United States Post Office is poised to release a new stamp by artist Dan Cosgrove in honor of Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary. The new stamp will set you back a few dollars, but unlike your train this morning, it always runs express.
WXY Design Principal Mark Yoes was recently invited to Washington DC by Architect Magazine to be part of the jury for their Annual Design Review. Picking among all the projects completed in the US within the past year, Mark and four colleagues awarded firms for their clarity, sensitivity to site, and innovation in one of six categories: Work, Play, Bond, Live, Grow and Move.
WXY authored a number of reports to enable electric vehicle adoption through facilitating the installation and use of charging infrastructure. Produced for the Transportation and Climate Initiative, two of these on siting & design, and codes are currently available through the Northeast Vehicle Network.
In his blog, "A Daily Dose of Architecture", John Hill discusses his observations of his extensive tour of the artwork and the newly rejuvenated structure of the Drawing Center with WXY’s Claire Weisz before the grand reopening which begins this evening at 6pm to 9pm.
"WXY Architecture + Urban Design has been chosen...to make a swath of Brooklyn friendlier to technology businesses."-Leigh Kamping-Carder The Real Deal discusses WXY's role in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan that engages Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and the Navy Yard. NY Curbed and Architect Magazine also highlights WXY's selection.
Robert D. Yaro in Crain's NY Business magazine discusses the reasons behind the declining East Midtown district of New York City and why the proposed changes are important to revitalize the area. WXY's Midtown East rendering for the Grand Central Terminal Next 100 years competition is shown in this article.
"WXY's undulating canopy makes for a perfect day at Queens, New York, beach."-Monica Khemsurov Interior Design Magazine discusses in their centerfold WXY’s Far Rockaway Beach Comfort Station and how the new design is more welcoming and animated.
New York Magazine's Design Hunting takes an in-progress tour of the East River Blueway with WXY and Manhattan Borough President's Office, Office of Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and NYS Department of State Division of Coastal Resources.
"The school design encourages productive relationships between built space and pedagogy."-WAN World Architecture News discusses the innovative design of the REED Academy as it is being featured as one of the schools in the Edgeless School: Design for Learning exhibition at the Center for Architecture until January 19, 2013.
At MAS Summit 2012 WXY's Claire Weisz presented WXY's entry on Thursday, October 18, 2012 after being chosen as one of the top three firms to re-think the public realm around the future Grand Central Terminal. Check out the links:dnainfo.com, artinfo.com, streetblog.org, curbed.com, Architectsjournal.co.uk, AM New York, archinect.com, archdaily.com, Wall Street Journal, blog.archpaper.com, bdonline.co.uk, rew-online.com and Architizer.
Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, WXY was invited to re-think the future of the public realm around Grand Central Terminal. WXY's proposal was presented at the third annual MAS Summit for New York City. See some images of WXY's design in Architizer.
WXY's proposal, "Community-based Urban Waterfront Design in Today's Cities," is one of 23 proposals in the running for the Member's Choice Track for the American Planning Association's 2013 National Planning Conference.
"Green outdoor space, outside of Central Park, is often thought of as a rare commodity in New York City; but now it doesn’t have to be." Architect Newspaper blogger Lissette Valdez wrote about the now open to the public WNYC’s Transmitter Park here
Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, WXY has been invited to re-think the future of the public realm around Grand Central Terminal. With graphic design partner Kokoro & Moi, the work will be presented at the third annual MAS Summit for New York City and in a subsequent public exhibtion.
"The East River Blueway Plan will be the foundation for an interconnected network of waterfront sites" -WXY's Adam Lubinsky. Tyler Silvestro at The Architect's Newspaper discusses the East River Blueway plan with WXY's Adam Lubinsky here
WXY Planning is using its geospatial analysis skills with NYSERDA and the US Department of Energy to enable electric vehicle charging across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states. WXY Planning is also using ArcGIS with Boston Public Schools to model new school assignment approaches that will balance choice, access to quality, and community needs.
The WXY's Drinking Fountain and the Zipper Bench along with the NYC Information Center are on the long list for both the 2012 WAN Awards in the Furniture and Interior Accessories and Civic Building categories.
"With this EMS station designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, the Bronx has itself one of the brightest jewels in New York's infrastructural crown" Ian Volner in this month's Architect Magazine wrote about EMS 27 here.
Urban Intervention: The Howard S Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space was one of 16 chosen to be exhibited along with the winners. The exhibition starts today and runs through June 30 in the lobby of Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. More info...
Times Square Visitor Center is participating in a groundbreaking digital art gallery in Times Square. Throughout May at around 11:57pm their screens will show the international touring exhibition of Robert Wilson Video Portraits. For more information about the visitor center and the digital art gallery:http://bit.ly/IMoCAA http://bit.ly/tPK5OT
Read a profile of the Reed Academy, a private non-profit school for children between the ages of 3 to 21 with autism spectrum disorders in New Jersey. It is featured in the April edition of the Commercial Building Products magazine.
Link here to www.eastriverblueway.org to see all the news about East River Blueway.
Tribeca Trib http://bit.ly/GKtmXD shows off steel being erected at WXY’s new structure in the Hudson River Park.
"Architecture and the Great Recession" at the National Building Museum. BWAF put together a panel of Shelia Cahnman, MaryAnne Gilmartin, Cathleen McGuigan, and Claire Weisz with Mara Liaason moderating.http://bit.ly/GDebzg http://bit.ly/xHewMr http://smrt.io/wV48Fe
In one of Seattle's blogs, Seattle Pi, blogger Vanessa Ho discusses the various contest proposals submitted to re-design the Seattle Center. Check out WXY's design bid on Seattle Pi: "'Seattle Replay' imagines the Monorail as a conduit for Seattle's waste stream, surrounded by pneumatic tubes to 'reconnect' Seattle Center".
WXY’s Bronx Charter School for the Arts, NYC Info Center and Zipper Benches are all highlighted in John Hill’s new book. The book is available for purchase at the W.W. Norton and Company Inc. website.
In Oculus Lisa Delgado's "From NIMBY to YIMBY" and Bill Millard's "Complete Streets: If Only Mumford Had Lived to See This" prominently feature three WXY projects (Astor Place, Fordham Plaza Masterplan and the DSNY Spring Street Garage and Saltshed) Link to full issue online here.
Construction at Far Rockaway Park continues as WXY says goodbye to 2011 and prepares for the structure's completion in 2012.
Michael J. Crosbie's New York Dozen, which showcases the work of WXY, is selected as one of Archidose's picks for their 2011 list of great gift books for the holidays. See the full list over at the Archidose blog.
The Sherman Creek Waterfront Esplanade Masterplan is about to hit the presses. It will be available for download at nycedc.com.
First photos of FDNY EMS 27 in their new facility in the Bronx.
In calling attention to some of the city's best public seating options, Justin Davidson mentions WXY's "seductively snaking" zipper bench system at Peter Minuit Plaza. http://bit.ly/srimuZ
"Vacant Taxi or Occupied? That is the Question" by Michael M. Grynbaum, a post from the NYT City Room blog, mentioned the Design Trust's "Designing the Taxi" workshop. The post highlighted WXY's submission which "included Jenny Holzer-style LED signs with phrases like 'I’m Free!' and 'Nope.'"
Check out Jayne Merkel's article, "Not So Radical: An American Perspective," from the latest issue of AD Magazine which highlights the Seaglass Carousel at Battery Park for "its symbolism, figuration and wit, as well as a product of recent electronic technology." Also featured is WXY's proposal for the new Times Square.
WXY's NYC Information Center is featured as the building of the day on October 29th during Archtober, a month-long festival celebrating architecture and design, initiated by OHNY
WXY's Zipper Bench is the focus over at Archidose not only for "its zippiness, undulating form and consideration of multiple functions (seating, protecting trees, skate deterrent) [but for] the way it can follow just about any line in a landscape plan." http://bit.ly/nS15bE
An event co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and Architectural Record. Claire Weisz, with four other influential designers who have shaped New York Cityʼs development through significant public projects, will discuss the cityʼs trajectory since 2001, and the issues demanding attention in the coming years http://bit.ly/mOUOAe.
The Atlantic magazine featured WXY in its review the New York Dozen book, written by Michael Crosbie. The article describes WXY's work as having an "affinity for collaboration and cross-disciplinary pursuits."
WXY have been highlighted as one of twelve emerging practcies in the newly released Michael Crosbie text New York Dozen: Gen X Architecture which has received critical acclaim and widespread interest.
Bloomberg features WXY's SeaGlass Carousel design, alongside other notable projects in the redevelopment of Battery Park esplanade and the Lower Manhattan Area.
The EMS 27 Ambulance Station officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, attended by WXY Principals Claire Weisz and Layng Pew and DDC Deputy Commissioner David Resnick and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.
Various media report on the unveiling of WXY’s Sherman Creek Masterplan.
Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance - Imagine a Beautiful Walk Along the Harlem River
Curbed - Inwood’s Sherman Creek Gets 2020 Vision of Its Own
DNAinfo - Final Proposal Unveiled for Sherman Creek Waterfront
Manhattan Times - Plans for Sherman Creek Waterfront Esplanade unveiled
Join WXY and the Drawing Center on Thursday, June 30 from 6-8pm to celebrate ReDraw: The Capital Plan for 35 Wooster Street! All are invited to meet the architects and view the plans for the new building. RSVP required.
New York Dozen celebrates a new generation of architects emanating from New York City. As one of twelve firms profiled in Michael Crosbie's book, WXY will participate in a Q&A panel discussion at the Center for Architecture on June 22, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Thursday night launched this renewed public space at the tip of Manhattan and the first installation of WXY's newest bench system - The Zipper.
WXY's Hudson River Park Activity Buildings are the american-architects.com Building of the Week.
Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes' Emerging Voices Lecture posted by the Architectural League of New York on Vimeo.
The USA Network's Character Approved blog celebrates the people, places and things that are making a mark by positively influencing our cultural landscape.
Claire Weisz presents at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Symposium: Advancing Architectural Praxis.
The Architect's Newspaper covered WXY's Emerging Voices lecture last week.
A/N blogs about our Zipper Bench at Peter Minuit Plaza.
WXY received an AIA New York Chapter 2011 Interiors Merit Award for the NYC Information Center.
For a full list of award recipients read the press release.
Oculus Magazine's Global Practice New York, Winter 2010/2011 Issue: "Infrastructure Abroad" by John Morris Dixon.
Interior Design Magazine's February 2011 Designwire feature:"Pier Group".
Architizer features WXY as its firm of the week. The blog praises WXY’s ability to adapt to challenging situations while maintaining tight schedules.
Discover more here.
WXY was selected as one of this year's Emerging Voices, the annual award by the Architectural League NY which spotlights individuals and firms with a distinct design ‘voice’ that has the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Each of the awardees will deliver a lecture at the New Museum this spring; WXY will be featured March 16.
Get more information about Emerging Voices 2011 on
The Architectural League's website
WXY-designed security enhancements at 11 Metrotech are now in place.
Read about it on The Architect's Newspaper.
WXY participated in DESIGN KOREA 2010, the biggest design event in Korea hosted by Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy and organized by Korea Institute of Design Promotion. The installation was designed as a park-like environment featuring the Zipper Bench System and WXY newspaper.
Read about the event in Design Korea 2010 Website.
WXY's interior renovation of the Times Square Visitors Center, located in the old Embassy Theater, uses a curved reflective glass serpentine kiosk to accommodate the 2007 New Year’s Eve ball and two counters for ticket sales, while reflecting the landmarked interior.
Read about it in The New York Times and The Netropolitan.
WXY's design for the Providence River Bridge featured a site-sensitive approach to strategically knitting Fox Point with College Hill. See all of the finalists' designs here.
Hudson River Park's Pier 25 is officially open to the public. WXY's two building designs for this segment of the park include a skate park concession and comfort station as well as a miniature golf and snack bar building, which will also house a dock master's office. WXY's Boathouse and Restaurant on Pier 26 are currently under construction.
WXY is one of 11 firms that have been shortlisted to submit designs for a pedestrian bridge in Providence, Rhode Island. The bridge is to be located over the Providence River, where the old Route 195 currently stands. The winning design will be announced the last week of November.
Architects Newspaper paid the WXY studio a visit recently. Read about the new projects we're working on and what the Paper had to say here.
MADE IN NEW YORK, presented by the AIA New York Chapter/Center for Architecture will open this Friday, October 8th at the West 4th Street subway station. The exhibit features work from AIA New York Chapter members across the globe. WXY’s Zipper bench, Xinjin Bridge and NYC Info Center will all be on display.
Open House New York is this weekend, Oct 9th-10th. Three sites designed by WXY are participating in the city-wide event: The NYC Info Center, Times Square Visitors Center and Rocking the Boat. For a full schedule of hours and tours visit www.ohny.org
WXY is featured as one of 100 designers in New Exhibition Design 2. The book includes over 100 projects from around the world and is available for sale here.
The 1.6-acre site of the former WNYC radio transmission towers will soon be home to a public pier, park and esplanade.
Read about some ideas for the future of Canal Street in The Architect's Newspaper.
Take a look at our progress photo of one of WXY’s Pier 25 Park Buildings at the Tribeca section of The Hudson River Park.
The Downtown Express posted photos of children enjoying the WXY-designed fountain in Battery Park this week, as temperatures rose past 90 degrees.
New York Magazine discusses the Department of Sanitation garage in its real estate section this week. Construction on the garage, designed by Dattner Architects and WXY, is set to begin in September of this year.
Click here to read the article.
DOT and DDC announced that the architecture firm Snohetta and their team of Weidlinger Associates, WXY, Mathews Nielsen, Billings Jackson Design and Bexel, have been selected to create a plan for the permanent redesign of the Times Square area, which will be reconstructed starting in 2012.
Read the full press release here.
Construction is now underway on a single-family house in Brooklyn designed by WXY.
WXY was retained by the Ridgewood-Bushwick Senior Citizen's Council to prepare a plan to beautify and improve the economic and cultural vitality of
Check out this video of the Battery Bosque Fountain from the Battery Conservancy's YouTube page:
On March 20th, the NYC Economic Development Corportation and hosted a public design charrette to discuss the future of the Sherman Creek Waterfront. WXY is the design consultant for the project and will develop a plan for the area based on the charrette.
To read the article click here.
WXY Architecture has won the International Competition for the
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