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Art of Architecture at NYPL; Timber in the City Design Contest

MIDTOWN?As part of the New York Public Library's new series exploring the art of architecture, author/illustrator Joe McKendry will be discussing his new book, "One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World." McKendry creating historically accurate watercolor paintings of Times Square, depicting it over more than 100 years. He'll be joined by a professor from Columbia University and the president of the Times Square Alliance, and there will be a small exhibit of sketches from the book. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

RED HOOK?The New School is tasking design students and young architects to rethink the role of wood in urban construction for a design competition called "Timber in the City." The competition asks entrants to create a mid-rise, mixed-used complex for a waterfront site in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Designs must incorporate affordable housing, a bike repair shop and storage, and a center for "the innovative use of wood technology." Project submissions are due by May 22, 2013. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]