World’s first underground park in New York


A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to create the first world’s first underground park in New York.

James Ramsey of Raad Studio and Daniel Barasch, a former radio producer, are the creators of Lowline, which came up with this unique project.

The idea is to turn an abandoned underground trolley terminal into a public park, which is imagined as ‘a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense urban environments’ by the non-profit organization.

Lowline is looking to raise £127,000 by the end of the campaign, which finishes on the 8th of July.

Find out more about this unusual project here and tell us if you’ll be taking part.

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Madison Square Park’s striking mirage


A stunning mirrored structure has been installed above Madison Square Park in New York.

Teresita Fernández’s 500ft sculpture is made of uniquely shaped mirror-polished discs, creating a kaleidoscopic illusion known as a ‘Fata Morgana’. 

‘Fata Morgana’ creates an ethereal experience for Park visitors, becoming ‘a ghost-like, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light’, as the artist explained.

The installation will remain in Madison Square Park until Winter 2016.

Take a closer look at this impressive structure here and tell us if you’ll be visiting the Park.

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Stunning street photos of 1960s New York


A Japanese photographer’s impressive work has been detailed in a striking new book.

Takayuki Ogawa spent a couple of years photographing both the beautiful and gritty sides of late Sixties New York.

The book puts together over 120 stunning black and white pictures perfectly capturing the overall mood and atmosphere of the iconic metropolis.

Back in 1968, Ogawa won the Japan Photo Critics Association’s Newcomer Award for these incredible photos.

Explore his work here and let us know what you think.

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Striking street photos of NYC in the ’70s and ’80s


RRobert Hermanobert Herman’s amazing photographs of New York have been released ten years after he completed the project.

The photographs capture the lives of New Yorkers from 1978 to 2005, as the city was going through major changes, on Kodachrome color film.

Herman said: “these photos tell an authentic story of New York City: not a series of skyline clichés but real New Yorkers living and working in their own neighbourhoods” .

The artist published a book of his ‘The New Yorkers’ photos thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that started in 2011.

Have a look at more of Herman’s work here and let us know your favourite photos.

Campaign for a shape-shifting storefront


The miLES Storefront Transformer, designed by Architecture Commons, is a versatile set of amenities and furnishings ready to transform any vacant storefront.

The Kickstarter Campaign hopes to use this to transform a vacant storefront this winter – if they can raise the funds required.

The miLES Storefront Transformer is a 6ft cube designed to “program any storefront,” when unfolded it provides functional elements such as; shelving, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, as well as infrastructure such as; WIFI, speakers and more! 

The flexibility of the design will be utilised to showcase seven different themes: Show, Play, Share, Learn, Make, Shop, and Eat.

The Kickstarter Campaign will run this winter from September the 19th to October 19th, if they can raise the $32,000 needed to fund the project.

You can find more information about this here, and let us know if you would like to see your local stores change shape overnight.

JFK terminal to become a hotel


The former TWA Terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is set to be converted into a hotel and conference centre.

Originally designed by architect Eero Saarinen the terminal is to be transformed by hotel developer Andre Balazs.

Some of the amenities that will be available at this new hotel include; restaurants, bars, a flight museum and a spa and fitness centre.
 
Speaking to Page Six, Balazs revealed that Saarinen’s curved concrete terminal in Queens would be rebranded as ‘The Standard Flight Center’, bringing it into his family of ‘Standard hotels‘.

Take a closer look at this project here, and let us know if you will be paying it a visit.

Guggenheim museum transformed by light


American artist James Turrell has resculpted the Guggenheim Rotunda into an ever-shifting experience of light and space, using only light as his tool.

New York’s iconic Rotunda building was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is recast as an enormous volume of shifting artificial and natural light.

This was achieved by using tiers of white fabric over unseen scaffolding, the seemless and unsagging nature of the material allowed the physicality of the light to become the primary focus.

This piece, entitled Aten Reign, is completely immersive, altering not just the 6-story ceiling, but changing your entire perception of the world around you.

You can find more images of the atmospheric piece here, or watch the video below.

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