As part of its ongoing series on fairy tale architecture curated by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, Design Observer published Fairy Tale Architecture: The Library of Babel on Dec 16. For the series, Rice+Lipka was invited to explore the intimate relationship between the structure of Borges' fairy tale and the imaginative realm of architecture through a sequence of graphic works. The Library of Babel is a terrifying and beautiful story by Borges, written when he was employed shelving books in the city library. The story describes a non-hierarchical, seemingly infinite series of hexagonal spaces housing all of the books ever written - as well as all those yet to be written. Also see LA Times book critic David L. Ulin's Dec 18 coverage in Imagining Borges' 'Library of Babel'.
Three Rice+Lipka projects are featured in We Build the City: NYC's Design+Construction Excellence Program, a new book of exemplary infrastructure, public realm and civic building projects developed during New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration, under Commissioner David Burney's groundbreaking Design Excellence program. This publication celebrates the idea that great design reinvigorates public space and transforms the way we live. With a foreward by Mayor Bloomberg, the book features R+L's Long Island City Cultural Alliance Wayfinding project, Staten Island Historical Society Carriage Houses, and New York Public Library Woodstock Branch. We Build the City launched Tuesday evening, Dec 10, at the Museum of the City of New York and is available here >.12/04/13
The New York City Police Department and NYC's Department of Design & Construction has selected Rice+Lipka to design a new building situated in Pelham Bay Park on the Eastchester Bay waterfront. The project is part of the DDC's Design Excellence Program and will house educational/training and administrative programs, as well as zones for the Squad's robots, suits and other equipment. R+L is working to maximize the building's openness, capitalize on its dramatic natural setting and views, and protect the facility from future coastal storm surges by lifting the building above the surrounding landscape.