Category Archives: Urban Planning

Architecture: 437 West 13th Street and The High Line

437 West 13th Street

(now what’s this about an overhang and developers wet dream?)

Architecture: 136 Amazing Approaches to Architecture

Amazing Campus Designs(amazing campuses on WebUrbanist)

WebUrbanist has this wonderful list of Architectual marvels (and the like) from around the world. Of course the list is broken down into sub categories. My favorite is the Biggest Moving Project In the World Continue reading

The High Line Park in NYC Is Open

The High Line Park Opens - pic by Will Femia

(this is one awesome park)

the Gansevoort Street stairwell

(beautiful spaces)

Chelsea Market - At left the Caledonia


(now go watch the video!!!!) Continue reading

Architecture: Crystal Clear by C.F.Moller and Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter

Crystal Clear by C.F.Moller and Kristin Jarmund Arkitekter

(one fly ass design)

Called Crystal Clear, the winning design features towers composed of consists of stacked glazed boxes. The development totals approx. 90,000 m2 of offices, commercial space and possibly housing, located at one of Oslo’s most valuable sites, the former postal sorting office adjacent to the central station.

I don’t think there is any reason why I wouldn’t want to move into this place…


Architecture: Living ON The Ocean


(just around the corner between Atlantic and Pacific)

Firstly, let me say this; the place that the original story is at has the title, “Seasteading Is The Aquatic Answer To The Housing Crisis.”

Now I would like to know something; where is this housing crisis? Its not in the US with housing prices going down 27% and still dropping . Some towns thinking about knocking down some of the built up empty homes so that they will stop depreciating the value of the homes there… that housing crisis?


ANYway, back to the cool architecture. I would love to live there. I don’t know what it would be like during storms but I would really like it.

Brief desctipion:

The Seasteading Institute, committed to the ongoing development of ocean communities, has just announced the winners of their first annual design content. Could people really end up living in these hypothetical off-shore communities? The design contest had five categories: Overall, Best Picture, Aesthetics, Personality, and Community Choice

If I knew about it, I would have entered the competition. Hey, you never know until you try! lol

The HighLine Park and Public Space

(I love it!!!)

Background Info Videos

You see this? This is why I like Architecture so much. This is why I am planning my return into the field (either that or getting into transportation and real estate… or maybe all 3, who can stop me? lol) I see the loss of these spaces all around the city. Stuff that can make NYC even more unique than it already is. I sometime morn the loss of some parts of our above ground elevated tracks that could have been something special. I think about the strip of unused elevated track owned by the LIRR/MTA that has now become a row of trees that cuts through queens and ask myself, “will they tear that down one day?”

Oh and you should see some of the buildings they have up already, and what is planned. Its just wonderful.

The High Line, ladies and gentlemen! Please remember to head over there when its finished AND take a look at the Friends Of The Highline website and don’t forget to look at the slide show.

Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubia Is Looking Good

For those of us who got that money, they may be interested in living or at least staying temporarily at this hotel/tower being built on what once was just ocean.  One living quarters (penthouse actually) in the tower is going for 30 Million. While that may sound like allot for many people, it will probably end up being a bargain for others willing to live and play on the new island of Palm Jumeriah at Dubai.

I don’t know if I would want to live there, but it looks like a great place to visit.

As seen on (another favorite site of mine to go to): Trump Plans $30 Million Dubai Penthouse

They have way more info and way more pics of other Trump projects so check it out.

When Fashion Turns Into Architecture: Gianfranco Ferre to Debut Couture Architecture

I am really liking this. I love anything real estate, architecture and urban design (and yeah, even transportation management… LOL who says I love transportation management and engineering?) and I am into fashion (even though I don’t buy much of this stuff, but I REALLY want to) so I love it when a design house goes into the built environment.

As seen on Luxist (one of my goto sites to find out what really cool), Gianfranco Ferre will do their thing and create couture homes.

Italian design house Gianfranco Ferre has signed multi-billion dollar deal to develop real estate projects with a fashionable flair. Ferre is partnering with Mideast-based GIO Developments on the deal, and the first project, called “Gianfranco Ferre Stresa,” will be a mixed-use highrise in Dubai.

I have got to see the final product of this team up. I hope Luxist will follow up so I can see what becomes of this.


Luxist: Gianfranco Ferre to Debut “Couture Architecture” in Dubai

Me Love Me Bike: Chicago Might Do Self Service Bike Scheme

I am all for this idea. Not sure if it will work unless there is a plan for bike lanes included. I didn’t see such an item in the story so I do wonder about that.

NYC is supposedly to be planning a trial run of a congestion plan below 86 street. If they were to somehow include a bike plan for the now open streets, that would be great.

Not only would it help get people where they are going, but is a great start to turning NYC into a healthy city. Reducing health care costs, pollution and driving up business in the area due to the fact that the streets will be more people friendly.

Of course with bikes all over the place, there may be some difficulty… but enforcement of bike safety laws and following traffic will help in that area.

Chicago eyes Paris self-service bike scheme – Yahoo! News