Vilnius Railway Station by Zaha Hadid Architects, MTA in dire straits (again), etc.

Good morning and welcome to another roundup of today’s big news.

Here’s what’s going on:

Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition for reimagining the Vilnius railway station

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was recognized as the first in the international design competition for the capital repair of the Vilnius railway station in the Lithuanian city. The winning entry, Green Connect, will not only renovate and upgrade the existing station, but will also include a new bridge spanning nearly 500 feet over the existing railway tracks, topped by a sliding roof that conforms to ZHA’s design canon. The redevelopment also includes green roofs and a sunken public square with bends to mimic a bridge.

MTA may run out of money by 2025

In news that perhaps shouldn’t be too shocking, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is reported to be in danger of disaster (again). After narrowly avoiding “draconian” service cuts earlier this year after the Biden administration provided federal funding to keep the beleaguered bus and train operator afloat, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said yesterday that the agency will have 20,000 by 2025. may blow up its 14.5 billion USD aid. ridership doesn’t return to pre-pandemic levels, and congestion pricing doesn’t reduce the MTA’s annual operating deficit (it won’t be able to raise funds from the program until 2023), mass service cuts and layoffs could send the system into a death spiral as riders flee. The MTA currently owes $48.5 billion.

H/t to Crane in New York

Airbnb pulls East Village ‘gamp’ vans as they spread

For $97 per night camping East Village sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true… because it is. Airbnb has reportedly pulled listings for a number of “picturesque” vans constantly parked in Manhattan after a YouTuber stayed in one and pointed out who was listing them. The listings for seven converted vans (sans bathrooms) have been removed from the site, likely because leaving a converted van on the street for more than 24 hours is illegal in New York City — many of which have already racked up thousands of tickets. .

H/t to curbed

The National Academy of Design welcomes eight new academicians

The National Academy of Design has appointed eight new National Academicians and the group will be formally inducted into the Academy on 27 October. at the ceremony. Each Academician nominated for his contribution to contemporary American art and architecture will donate a work to the Academy. . To date, more than 2,300 academics have donated works since the academy was founded in 1825.

This year’s group consists of:

  • Architect Andrew Freear of Rural Studio Newbern, Alabama
  • Artist Joanne Greenbaum,
  • Peter Halley,
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock,
  • Rashid Johnson,
  • Julie Mehretu,
  • Joanna Pousette-Dart and
  • Garry Simmons

Italian politicians protest after the unveiling of an emotional monument to farm workers

A monument to farm workers in Saprio, Italy is under fire for its… mischievous take up the topic. Created by sculptor Emanuele Stifano, La Spigolatrice was instantly mocked online when it was revealed earlier this week due to her ample and scantily clad behind and sultry look. Italian politicians complained that the statue was an inappropriate way to honor and objectify farmers, but Stifano defended his work artnetsaying that he always “celebrates” human form regardless of the task.

H/t to Artnet News

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