MoMA’s Toward a Concrete Utopia exhibition presents the architecture of Yugoslavia

The impressive monuments, ambitious masterplans and unrealised visions of architects across socialist former Yugoslavia are the subject of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980 explores the use of building and urban planning to create a national identity for the country during its 45-year existence.

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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 tower tops out over New York’s MoMA

Newly released construction photographs show the progress of French architect Jean Nouvel’s first New York skyscraper: a supertall tower rising above the city’s Museum of Modern Art. The images by photographer Giles Ashford capture the 53W53 tower as construction reaches the final 82nd floor and the building’s curtain wall takes shape – significant progress since

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RB Systems envisions super-slender cylindrical skyscraper for New York

Design studio RB Systems is following the trend for super-slender towers in New York with a speculative proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, which would be supported by spiralling steel cables rather than columns. Potentially soaring above all of the neighbouring high-rise structures, the tube-like office building would be built on a currently

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Waterfalls, forests and kayaks among proposals for Park Avenue centreline

Architects and designers have imagined ways to transform the central reservation along New York’s Park Avenue for an ideas competition, including an underground rock-climbing wall, a huge cascading waterfall and a route for kayaking commuters. An aquarium, elevated walkways and a putting green are also among the schemes for Park Avenue’s central reservation that architects,

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SOM’s modernist Park Avenue skyscraper faces demolition

A 1960s Midtown Manhattan skyscraper by architecture firm SOM will become the largest building ever to be deliberately destroyed, when it is knocked down in favour of a new tower that will soar 150 metres taller. The 270 Park Avenue high-rise is the headquarters of American bank JPMorgan Chase, which announced last week that it plans

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David Adjaye’s spy museum opens in New York

British architect David Adjaye has completed work on New York’s only museum dedicated to espionage, which invites its first visitors to become spies this weekend. Opening today, the interactive Spyscape museum occupies a renovated 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-metre) building on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, just two blocks away from MoMA. Adjaye’s firm consulted former members

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Foster unveils homes for art collectors inside skinny New York skyscraper

Foster + Partners has designed 15 loft-style apartments suited to displaying expansive art collections inside its luxury residential tower, which is nearing completion in Midtown Manhattan. The residences are among the first to be completed at One Hundred East Fifty Third, a 63-storey skyscraper rising next to Mies van der Rohe’s 1950s Seagram Building. While the narrow tower will

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“550 Madison is worthy of the greatest respect and most careful preservation”

As demolition work begins on the lobby of Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building, now known as 550 Madison, Municipal Art Society of New York chair Christy MacLear emphasises the building’s architectural significance and warns of the limitations of the city’s current preservation process. As thousands of New Yorkers go about their work days, a monument is

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MoMA announces exhibition exploring Yugoslavia’s concrete architecture

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will examine former Yugoslavia’s impressive concrete structures and bold urban planning visions created during its communist years, in an exhibition opening this summer. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, will present examples of the distinct style that emerged in the state, which occupied the Balkans region of

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Trump Tower catches fire in New York City, injuring three

An electrical fire has caused smoke to billow from the roof of Donald Trump’s skyscraper on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and has injured three people. Reports claim that Trump Tower’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system ignited earlier around 7am, but the New York City Fire Department tweeted saying the fire was “under control” shortly afterwards.

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Transparent buildings are safer says Renzo Piano

In this video interview, architect Renzo Piano discusses designing his glass skyscraper for The New York Times in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Piano began work on the project just three days after the city’s Twin Towers were destroyed in 2001, and said everyone was unsurprisingly fearful of building another high-rise that could

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Mecanoo reveals renovation plans for New York Public Library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has unveiled its masterplan to overhaul the New York Public Library’s main beaux-arts building on Fifth Avenue. The newly released visuals and details reveal Mecanoo’s intentions for the Stephen A Schwarzman Building – the library’s main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street – which the studio has developed with local

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Architects protest AT&T Building plans with “Hands off my Johnson” placards

Architects and preservationists including Robert AM Stern were among those protesting Snøhetta’s plans for Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building in New York today. A small crowd attended a planned protest at the base of the Midtown Manhattan skyscraper this afternoon, carrying signs that read “Hands off my Johnson”, “Granite is great” and “Save AT&T”. Reporters

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Snøhetta proposal for Philip Johnson’s AT&T skyscraper triggers outcry

Several campaigns and protests have been organised to prevent Snøhetta’s overhaul of Philip Johnson’s postmodern AT&T Building in New York, which has been described as “vandalism” by Guardian critic Olly Wainwright. Two online petitions – launched by filmmaker Nathan Eddy and Swiss journal Archithese – are campaigning against Snøhetta’s recently unveiled plans for 550 Madison, formerly the

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Snøhetta reimagines New York’s postmodern icon 550 Madison

Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed its plans to overhaul the New York skyscraper designed in the postmodern style by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, which involve replacing the street frontage but retaining its recognisable classical pediment. The 647-foot (197-metre) tower at 550 Madison – formerly known as the AT&T Building and then the Sony Tower

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David Adjaye reveals plans for New York’s first spy museum

British architect David Adjaye has released plans for a museum in New York City dedicated to espionage, featuring dimply lit interiors and self-contained exhibitions in weathering-steel drums. Named Spyscape, the interactive museum will include observation areas, screens and transparencies between floors. In addition to designing the building, Adjaye Associates will also lead the creation for the

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 666 Fifth Avenue skyscraper unlikely to go ahead

The supertall tower that Zaha Hadid Architects designed for a New York site owned by the Kushner family has been rejected by the project’s partner Vornado. Kushner Companies, owned by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, wants to raze a 1950s office building at 666 Fifth Avenue and replace it with a 1,400-foot-tall (427-metre)

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Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 “MoMA tower” progress shown in photographs

Construction photos, released along with new renderings, show that French architect Jean Nouvel’s supertall skyscraper in Manhattan has reached the 58th floor. Rising above New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 53 West 53rd Street, the 53W53 residential tower is due to reach 1,050 feet tall once complete. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Nouvel’s design has

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Central Park Tower to become world’s tallest residential skyscraper

New details about the future tallest residential building on Earth have been released, along with an updated rendering showing the supertall skyscraper towering over New York City. Sales of the ultra-high-end residences at Central Park Tower are slated to commence imminently, as the structure continues to rise at 225 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian

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World’s skinniest skyscraper stalls at 20 storeys tall

Construction has halted on the skinny supertall skyscraper designed by SHoP Architects in Manhattan due to ballooning costs. The svelte 111 West 57th Street is reportedly $50 million over budget, so a major investor has filed a lawsuit against the sponsors and lender. Therefore work has stalled indefinitely on the project, which has so far

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First boutique hotel Morgans to become micro condos

The Morgans Hotel in New York, which developer Ian Schrager turned into the world’s first boutique hotel, is being sold and converted into high-end micro apartments. Real-estate agency Kash Group and investment firm Shel Capital are finalising a $41 million deal for the 17-storey, 117-room hotel at 237 Madison Avenue, according to The Real Deal.

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Snøhetta’s Times Square transformation officially opens

Architecture firm Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York’s Times Square, almost doubling the pedestrian areas at the busiest place in the US. Officially opening today, the project involved the urban reconfiguration and landscaping of 5.18 acres (2.1 hectares) at the “bowtie”-shaped intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Home to many

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 666 Fifth Avenue skyscraper compared to glass dildo

A skyscraper proposed for Midtown Manhattan, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and developed by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has received phallic comparisons on social media. The $12 billion plans for 666 Fifth Avenue involve replacing a 1950s office building and adding 40 floors above its previous height. The glass addition would bring the

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Viñoly, Meier and KPF design luxury towers for Manhattan waterfront

American firms Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners, and Kohn Pedersen Fox have conceived a trio of high-end residential buildings that will overlook New York’s Hudson River. Encompassing nearly five acres (two hectares), the Waterline Square project is rising on one of the last undeveloped waterfront sites in Manhattan’s Upper West Side district. The buildings will

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