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11 Remarkable Buildings from Columbia Architects

Since the establishment of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in 1881, alumni have gone on to create dazzling structures from the National Archives Building to the Empire State Building to the Museum of Modern Art. Today, Columbia architects are building upon that legacy in conceiving a wide range of innovative public and private spaces around the world.

FIT’s New Academic Building Nears Completion

Work is nearing completion on Fashion Institute of Technology‘s ten-story New Academic Building at 220 West 28th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 110,000-square-foot structure is engineered to LEED Gold standards and will yield new classrooms, administrative offices, review and exhibition spaces, and a student quad illuminated by skylights.

SHoP Leads NYC Housing Design Studio

With a focus on leveraging SHoP’s advanced technology for the greater good—meaning a strong emphasis on cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability—Getman and Garcia presented students with a brief around an affordable housing site they see as falling between challenge and opportunity.

Brooklyn Tower in Dezeen Top 10

We select 10 of this year’s most talked-about architecture projects in the United States as part of our 2023 roundup of the biggest and best.

SHoP Goes ‘Mega’ for World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Tower

The tower’s superstructure, developed in collaboration with local practice BVN and structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan and TTW, comprises a steel and concrete ‘mega frame’ supporting a series of ‘mega floors’ positioned every four storeys. A steel and glass exoskeleton façade wraps around the outside. The mega floors each support a giant freestanding three-floor timber insertion constructed in cross-laminated timber (CLT). The mega floors divide the tower vertically into separate ‘neighbourhoods’ incorporating a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces, including planted terraces.

New Video Describes SHoP/Fair Supply Partnership

In a video produced by Fair Supply, Chris Sharples and Steven Garcia discuss how SHoP is employing Fair Supply data to transform their supply chain decision making, including the importance of using technology to track and embed information related to material sourcing, labor risks, and carbon data directly into architectural models.

Brockport Pedestrian Bridge Construction Begins

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Canal Corporation today announced the commencement of construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Erie Canal in the Village of Brockport, Monroe County. The crossing is the first new large-scale infrastructure project under New York State’s Reimagine the Canals initiative and will connect the SUNY Brockport campus to the Empire State Trail.

Uber HQ Wins 2023 Vitruvian Award for Innovation

On September 19, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and, above all, facades geeks, gathered in the basement of the Center for Architecture to attend the awards ceremony for the 2023 Vitruvian Awards. Hosted annually by the Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI), the Vitruvian Awards “seeks to recognize unprecedented innovation and achievements in the field of facade design and delivery,” according to the FTI website.

Downtown Brooklyn Gets the Gotham City Treatment

The Brooklyn Tower is steeped in nostalgic imagery but only possible to construct via the latest technologies, from wind modeling to extra-strength concrete to five-axis CNC milling. Even its stepped profile is 21st century: Rather than being stacked in diminishing layers like wedding cake, the hexagonal tiers twist, stepping back in a spiral, so that no one side reads as the front. “The texture on the façade is not just decorative, it’s performative,” says Pasquarelli, genially leading an August tour of the Sky Park, an open story at the 66th floor also intended to create turbulence, and thus lessen the impact of wind on the tower. Rather than being a blank mechanical floor, the open space around the elevator core on 66 will also be fitted out with a basketball court, a dog run, and a playground.

Brooklyn Tower Named World’s Best Skyscraper

To mark World Skyscraper Day today, Dezeen readers have voted the Brooklyn Tower by SHoP Architects as the best skyscraper from the past year. After over 1,000 votes, the Brooklyn Tower in New York City was the clear winner, with over 30 per cent of people picking it from the poll. Designed by SHoP Architects, the 325-metre-high supertall skyscraper is now the tallest building in Brooklyn. The distinctive 93-storey tower is clad in blackened stainless steel panels with bronze and copper pilasters.