Media Highlight

The Shed

A New Hub for Artistic Invention Coming Soon to New York City

Described as a "cultural shed for New York," The Shed is an expandable multi-use cultural venue designed by the NYC-based firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Rockwell Group.

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The Flea, an Off Off Broadway Fixture, Opens New Theater in TriBeCa

The Flea Theater was founded with the aim of “raising a joyful hell in a small space.” Now, 21 years later, the Off Off Broadway nonprofit is going to be raising more hell in a bigger space. The move is a bold step for an unpretentious company, made all the more noteworthy because it is taking place in one of Manhattan’s pricier neighborhoods: TriBeCa.

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That New Building off the High Line

Have You Seen This?

THIS FEAT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING is part of the Shed, an art and performance space that will become the latest spectacle along New York’s High Line. While the Shed won’t be up and running for more than a year, it can now do this neat five-minute ballet on six-foot wheels.

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The Shed

Michael Bloomberg gives $75 Million to Shed Arts Center

The ambitious new arts center known as the Shed, rising in Hudson Yards, has received $75 million from Michael R. Bloomberg, showing just how much the Far West Side continues to be shaped by a small group of influential billionaires.

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Allison Zampetti

Went from Bejing Olympic Wannabe to Project Manager at Levien & Company

When she was growing up in Connecticut, Allison Zampetti nurtured an interest rare for high school students.

“I had a science teacher who was really passionate about construction, and I realized that I was passionate about construction,” said Zampetti (née Robin), 34, a project manager at Levien & Company. “He organized these monthly field trips, and we’d drive around town and looked at construction sites together. That was the first time I realized that I really like construction a lot.”

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Pace University will spend $200 million to keep pace with lower manhattan

Pace University plans to spend $190 million to transform its fortresslike campus to better connect students with the surrounding city and draw attention to the school's streak of growth.

School officials say Pace plans to renovate 1 Pace Plaza, its flagship campus complex just south of the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. Clad with an imposing concrete façade, the building hearkens back to a time when institutions sought to wall themselves off from the city's gritty streets.

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The Shed

New York's New Center for Artistic Invention

Currently under construction on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot, six-level structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The radically flexible design of the performative structure can physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work. Purpose-built to complement The Shed’s programmatic vision, the building is designed to operate in various configurations and to offer multiple events simultaneously.

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Take Two:

Selldorf Architects Selected for Frick Collection Expansion

For more than a year, New Yorkers have waited to learn the outcome of a forthcoming expansion of the Frick Collection, the beloved Manhattan institution known for its intimate scale as much as for its collection of works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Turner, and other masters. Today, after a global search for the right designer, the museum announced that Selldorf Architects would be taking the reins of a revised expansion.

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Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation Project

2017 AIA Honor Award for Architecture

Spanning seven years, this $230 million project concentrated on three goals: renovating, reorganizing, and repurposing 167,000 square feet of the non-performance venues at the New York City national historic site.

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At Jazz at Lincoln Center, a Lobby and Venue in Sync

When Jazz at Lincoln Center opened 11 years ago at the Time Warner Center, it was hailed as an architectural success, with one exception: its oddly configured lobby areas. So the center has taken it from the top, with an $18.5 million redesign to make it a bit jazzier.

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Kinetic Buildings

Movable Feasts; Dynamic structures with large-scale operable elements adapt and transform, responding to changing needs.

The Shed, a multidisciplinary arts venue under construction in Manhattan, consists of a fixed building enclosed by a glass cable wall and an ETFE-clad diagrid shell that can be moved to cover a plaza.

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2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

The new 28,000 SF Hajjar STEM building at the Dwight-Englewood School, an independent day school for PK-12, is the realization of a multi-year exploration and visioning process.  The simple, rectangular forms are executed with precision and sophistication that clearly reflect the buildings use. 

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A Mighty Fortress

The Park Avenue Armory has become one of New York City’s most exciting arts venues

Levien & Company managed seven years of the Park Avenue Armory's multi-phase, $200 million renovation, including the newly opened Veterans Room. The chamber, a cacophony of Belle Époque decorative arts, was executed in 1880 by a collective led by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Stanford White. The floor-to-ceiling fusion of Greek, Moorish, Egyptian, Persian and Japanese elements is as dizzying as it is dazzling.

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Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park Project, Managed by Levien & Company, Receives ASLA’s 2015 Award of Excellence

Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon, N.Y., a post industrial landscape reclamation project managed by Levien & Company, has won the 2015 Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Ken Levien Recognized by Washington University in St. Louis & The American Institute of Architects

Kenneth Levien was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), the AIA's prestigious recognition of architects as individuals as well as their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Ken's elevation to FAIA is in the "Alternative Career" category. Nationally 122 AIA members were elected to the AIA's College of Fellows in 2013. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are about 3,000 members distinguished with this honor. Ken and the other 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony in June 2013 at the National AIA Convention in Denver.

Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has awarded Kenneth Levien its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013. It recognizes a graduate for their contributions to the profession of architecture.