bjarke ingels’ firm has broken ground on its design for a police station in the bronx, new york, that will consist of intersecting concrete blocks. the design references the rusticated bases of early new york police stations with each individual volume containing a specific element of the internal program, and is topped with a green roof.

images courtesy of BIG

 

 

new york mayor bill de blasio announced that construction has begun on the BIG’s new building for the 40th precinct in the bronx. it has been over two years since plans for the project were first announced.

 

 

the 42,000-square-foot station hopes to encourage a dialogue with the community with the first-ever community events space built in an NYPD facility. officer training rooms, storage, and maintenance rooms for gear and vehicles make up the other areas.

 

 

while crime is at a record low in new york city, there is still more work to do to ensure that every new yorker feels safe in their neighborhood,’ de blasio said in a statement. ‘this new precinct will strengthen the bond between community and police, which will ultimately help make the south bronx and our city safer.

 

 

BIG took over the project which is part of the new york department of design and construction’s design excellence program, which has faced criticisms for cost overruns and project delays. initial plans to design the new building began 10 years ago when the city first tapped alexander gorlin architects to envision the station.

  • “department of design and construction’s design excellence program, which has faced criticisms for cost overruns and project delays.”

    This casual indictment of the DDC’s DCE (Design and Construction Excellence) program is pretty irresponsible and extemely misleading. I don’t work for the DDC or the city or have any skin in the game personally, but I am an NYC architect who worked with them in the past and I’m close with many of the people in that sphere (both architects and city employees of various agencies).

    Is it completely not factual to place all blame for typical construction issues with budget or schedule on the DCE. The program is only one of many groups within the DDC that works on a given project. The DCE group does not manage projects itself so blaming it for constructions issues makes no sense from the start. In addition, the DDC isn’t the client for each project (that would be NYPD, FDNY, etc) and it collaborates with many other agencies and private and public interests. Basically, each project has to navigate a large number of local interests, politicians, market forces, clients, consultants, contractors, agencies, etc, each with the power to derail or push forward. So blaming just the DDC is somewhat arbitrary to say the least, and blaming a small program within the DDC is even more ridiculous.

    I know the DCE is basically the face of the entire NYC government from a designer’s perspective so I understand why this happens. But to me it’s both lazy and dangerous to lash out at one of the very few groups in the city government that actually advocates for its architects and the design integrity of each project. I would never want to go back to the time before DCE when good design was the last priority and only the cheapest and most pliable architects were considered.

    Sorry for the rant – I know it was just one sentence at the end of the article, but it’s always bugged me when articles make un-supported, false claims that undermine on of the best tools that we have for good public design. And if you are going to put such a claim in a blog post, please back it up with a link or two so readers can follow up and judge for themselves.

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