Images of
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The NY Daily News has an article on Karl Fischer’s new building at 101 Bedford Avenue, across from McCarren Park, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The new building fits into the neighborhood context, and provides myriad amenities and indulgences within the building.

The full article, with several of Francis’ photographs is at the NY Daily News.

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania is on ArchDaily.  The new building serves many functions.  It houses state of the art laboratories in the emerging field of nanotechnology, as well as providing a nexus for the meeting of multiple science disciplines.  The cantilevered building draws on the history of buildings at Penn being organized around a central courtyard, providing layers of public spaces both inside the building and in the landscape.  The building also serves as a gateway between the campus and the neighboring city of Philadelphia.  The project was designed by Weiss/Manfredi; Albert photographed the building for the architects.

In addition to the post at ArchDaily, there are articles at and at  about the building.

David Cardelus, whose work is in the EstoStock collection, won an honorable mention in the Buildings category of the Lucie Foundation’s 2013 International Photography Awards.

On his website, David writes:

These five photographs are a series of images that I have entitled “Metallic Architecture”: they represent the use of various steel and aluminum saturated color metal facades in some recent pieces of contemporary architecture in the city of Barcelona.

These photographs explore the decidedly lightweight metallic look of these buildings synthesizing their main architectural features and simplifying their bare and essential shapes, solid colors and lighting to confer them the new appearance of beautiful and unique sculptures planted all over the urban landscape as an open air museum just ​to be contemplated in all its glory.

All of the images in the Metallic Architecture series are at

And, you can see more of his work, including this series, at EstoStock.

There is a new Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine: Construction of the New Whitney.

Jeff Goldberg has been chronicling the construction of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano.  The museum is in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the High Line and the Hudson River. Details about the project, and more of Jeff’s images, are at Architect.

Jeff will continue to record the museum as it evolves in the coming months; the newest images will be posted here and in the Esto Gallery.

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.

The Architect’s Newspaper has a piece on the new Hunter’s Point South Development.  The project creates a new middle-income neighborhood on the formerly industrial waterfront of Long Island City, Queens. The plan includes thousands of apartments, ground floor retail, a school by FXFOWLE Architects, and an expansive new park designed by  Weiss/Manfredi Architects and Thomas Balsley Associates Landscape Design.

Albert photographed the park project for the architects.

More details and images of the project are at Architect’s Newspaper. 

And, the full gallery of Albert’s images is at EstoStock.

Ali Yager, the Esto News Editor has been digging out from the flooding in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives.

Things are looking better on the mud front, and Esto News will be back to the regular schedule shortly.



“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.

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City is open; there was a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg last week. The project, over four years in the making, was designed by Weiss/Manfredi and Thomas Balsey.  Albert Vecerka photographed the project for the architects.

Hunter’s Point South occupies a site that was previously marsh wetland and a drained landfill; it is part of a larger, ambitious master plan to transform the area into a modern ecological community that includes the largest affordable housing effort in New York City since the 1970s. The park marks the first chapter of rejuvenation for the riverside neighbourhood in Queens, New York weaving together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to connect Long Island City to a formerly industrial waterfront. The park has already become a center for neighborhood recreation and a city-wide destination, boasting unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline.

An article about the project, including a slideshow of Albert’s photographs is at

The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College is on Architizer.  Anton Grassl’s photographs describe the new building designed by Machado and Silvetti.

The museum is an anchor for the new visual arts complex at the college and provides both visual and pedestrian connections to the rest of the campus.

More details about the building, and more of Anton’s photographs, both interior and exterior images, are at Architizer.