The next wave of architecture firms has arrived in New York.
From the small to the big, from the innovative to the established, from urban to suburban, from local to multinational, the new architecture firms are arriving with a wealth of experience and the desire to create something that can live up to the vision they’ve put into place.
New York has become home to some of the most successful architecture firms in the country, and their work is being recognized for its excellence and creativity.
The first wave of new architecture companies is currently underway, and it’s all happening in the same building, New York City’s Grand Central Station.
On Wednesday, April 21st, the first of the new “Architecture for Tomorrow” firms will open its doors.
This is the first ever “Archaeology for Tomorrow”-style facility for New York, and is set to be the flagship of a new architecture studio, which has been formed to create new, unique and dynamic architecture for the city.
“Architectures for Tomorrow-style facilities are the next generation of architectural facilities,” said New City Director Richard Kallar.
“With this facility, we’re building on the heritage of New York and making it accessible to the world.
We are excited to partner with some of New Yorkers best known and most innovative architectural firms, who have all been integral to the growth and development of the city.”
According to the New Yorker, “The architecture studio is expected to produce up to 200-plus new works, including many pieces that will be designed by the most accomplished and respected architects in the city, including Thomas Heatherwick, Sandy Weisberg, William I. Stowe, and Lorenzo Scarpetta.”
The architects behind the new architectural studio are a group of archaeologists, who have spent the last 15 years working in and around New York to find the earliest evidence of human occupation of the site, in what is now a city called Manhattan.
These experts are working with the New York Museum of Art, New Yorkers Institute for the Performing Arts, and New York State Museum to find archaic artworks, and are in the process of bringing together and archiving them.
In their work, the archeologists have made extensive use of digital photography, which is a new way of capturing and preserving archaeological remains.
It is a technique which has been developed in the past for other archival purposes, including the collection of ancient artifacts. According to Newyork Magazine, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs is working with archæologists to bring the artifacts to home on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, which has been looking for artifacts of the pre-Columbian period for more than two decades.
Archaeologists are also looking for artifacts of the American Civil War, which have been remarkably accessible to the public for the last 20 years.
So far, this project has only received funding from NYCHA, a subsidiary of The National Endowment for the Humanities.
I spoke to one of the Architectural for Tomorrow studies about the challenges they face in this new industry.
This interview was conducted on behalf of NYCArchitects.com by Samantha Pfeifer.
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