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Jeff Goldberg recently returned from Salt Lake City where he photographed the new Salt Lake City Public Safety Building for GSBS.

He sent along this preliminary image with the following narrative about the twilight shot taken from a man lift:

The tricky part about making a twilight photo from a lift is that the photographer can’t be in the lift while the picture is being made.  A person in the lift would make the basket move.

To make the shot, I ascended to set up the framing of the image, and had someone on the ground spot the position of the basket with a frame of reference, in this case, the tower of the nearby County and City Building.

I then lowered the lift, and raised it using controls from the ground.  My helper spotted basket with the County and City tower and the camera was returned to the exact spot to make the finished picture.  I operated the camera remotely, while making other twilight images from the ground.

Jeff sent an additional image of unintended community benefits of the building:


Check back to see final images of this project, as they are finalized in the coming weeks.


“Reality Check”, a film by Leon Gerskovic with time-lapse photography by Jeff Goldberg, chronicles the journey of 16 Virginia Tech design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space in Blacksburg, Virginia. Reality Check is their inspirational story.

The film has been selected for inclusion in the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa and will make its European Premiere on Friday September 27th at 6PM in the Cinema City Alvalade.

The screening will be followed by a talk about “designing for the 99%” with Tiago Mota Saraiva of Ateliermob and a moderated discussion including Marie and Keith Zawistowski of design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech.

A profile of the project, including the trailer for “Reality Check” as well as several other short videos by Jeff, are at Archinect.

David Sundberg has been photographing the construction at the new Fulton Street Transit Center in lower Manhattan.  The subway hub is designed by Grimshaw Architects. The central art installation, and way finder, “Sky Reflector-Net” is designed by James Carpenter Design Associates.

The image here, taken recently, appears on David Dunlap’s Cityroom blog and in Metropolitan section of The New York Times on Friday, June 14. ”The 79 foot high net of reflective aluminum diamonds, set in a stainless steel lattice, sends ambient light into the station, providing opportunity for orientation as well as more intangible qualities of delight, astonishment and awe.”

Sundberg will be documenting the construction as it moves along and will be photographing the completed transit hub when it opens next year.


Albert was recently perched on the green roof at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

He has been photographing the BBG, designed by Weiss Manfredi, throughout the last year, showing the garden and building in every season.

Photographs of the Garden, over the past year,  can be in earlier posts.

There is a new Esto Gallery at Architecture Magazine featuring Libraries.

The gallery contains a range of libraries typologies, from HH Richardson’s Ames Library, to Pelli Clarke Pelli‘s Minneapolis Library (pictured above), to Rem Koolhaas’ Seattle Library, exemplifying the idea that:

Libraries have been many things to many people over the years, and as such, a constantly evolving building type. No one has better captured that then the photographers at Esto, who have been committing these projects to film for more than 50 years. Flip through this small selection of images —these represent some of the best libraries of the modern era.

The photographers in this gallery include Ezra Stoller, Wayne Andrews, Jeff Goldberg and Lara Swimmer.

See the slideshow and read more at Architect Magazine.



Albert Vecerka photographed one of the winning projeccts in Architect Magazine’s 2012 Design Awards.
The Visitors Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Weiss/Manfredi is featured in the
magazine’s December issue.

There are earlier EstoNews posts about the BBG Visitor Center from when Albert’s photographs were on ArchDaily, World Architects Review, and in Architect Magazine and Architectural Record.

Congratulations to the architect and the photographer.


Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the Far Rockaway Beach Comfort Station appear in the October issue of Interior Design.  The story appears as their Centerfold story on pp 153, 154-155 where Monica Khemsurov write that “WXY’s undulating canopy makes for a perfect day at Queens, New York, beach.”  The project was designed by WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

Hurricane Sandy wreaked terrible havoc on the surrounding park and neighborhoods, though our understanding from WXY is that the Comfort Station building is still standing.  Albert’s photograph above, shows a “before Sandy” image of the building and its setting.

The McCarren Pool Renovation  is featured in The Architect’s Newspaper.

The renovation by Rogers Marvel brings back a public pool that was designed during the era of Robert Moses.  The historical context is described by Thomas de Monchaux in AN:

The original pool was funded by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.   McCarren was one of ten city pools that opened in the summer of 1936, the hottest on record at the time. It closed in 1984, the victim of recession and a flashpoint for tension and crime in neighborhoods going through demographic change and economic decline. This summer’s reopening, following the well-known hipster-driven development of the area, is the first of eight large-scale park refurbishments planned between now and 2030 under the city’s PlaNYC program.

The success of the pool in anchoring both neighborhood and community puts the McCarren Pool clearly in the realm of what designer Jonathan Marvel describes as “spaces that inspire community involvement and face time.”

And, an additional perk is that all the NY City Public Pools are free!  Enjoy the end of the summer.

But, if you can’t get there to see it for yourself, more of David’s images of the McCarren Pool are at EstoStock.  And there is an earlier post on EstoNews.

Albert Vecerka recently photographed a Comfort Station in Far Rockaway for WXY Architects.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon at the opening last week.
Albert noted that when you turn the camera 90 degrees clockwise, you can see the World Trade Center site and the A train that can bring you to the beach.

Albert Vecerka‘s photographs of the new Visitors Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden appear in Architect Magazine.

In addition to the article describing the interconnected sinuous pavilions, there is a slideshow which allows Albert’s images to describe the spaces.

An earlier post about the project is here and another post sharing other press coverage of the Visitor Center is here.

Albert’s images of the project also appear in ArchDaily and in World Architects Review