Friday: Standard Athletic and Holes in the Wall

  • Design review boards are the “queer eye for the straight guy” of civic policy, and approve or disapprove of the aesthetic of community buildings (Inman News)
  • Life on Vashon Island, just a commute over the Puget Sound or an Internet line to Seattle or Tacoma. (The New York Times)
  • Now it’s come to renting out a hole in the wall stuffed with a mattress. (The New York Times)
  • Lady Minerva’s view of Lady Liberty will not be blocked by a developer’s new Green-Wood condominium–he promises. (The New York Times)
  • Unlimited artwork for those with limited space. (Apartment Therapy)
  • Brooklyn politicians dedicate themselves to an open space in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a warning to the state authority to find revenue sources outside the neighborhood, not through high-priced condos. (New York Post)
  • Cyberdoormen are protecting smaller buildings that can’t afford an actual person with “a network of cameras, intercoms, card access points, and alarms linked by high-speed Internet to a remote 24-hour monitoring location.” (New York Sun)
  • City editors and nightlife reviewers mail in the bars that have been robbing their wallets. (The Village Voice)
  • The most expensive penthouse in the United States rests atop The Pierre Hotel, all 14,000 square feet of it. The triplex includes the Pierre’s original ballroom with 23-foot-high curved ceilings, five master bedrooms and fireplaces, four terraces, and a 360-degree view of New York at a mere $70 million. (Forbes)
  • Some women have it all, and some are still trying to sell it, like Diane von Furstenberg. (Curbed)
  • Apartments getting redesigned by fashion designers:
    “There is no reason,” broker Michael Shvo said, “that in our industry today we not look as good as a Prada ad.” (Tropolism)
  • Using architecture and the power to raze buildings to destroy whole cultures. (Building Design)
  • A transatlantic race to create a robot can build an entire house from an architect’s computer-based design against Loughborough University looks like a win for University of Southern California’s department of industrial and systems engineering. (Building Design)
  • The “shifting cast of characters” at the World Trade Center site. (Gotham Gazette)
  • - Riva Froymovich