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IN THIS ISSUE 07_04.16.2008
Cheers, Frank
Gehry designing this summer's Serpentine Pavilion in London
AIA Billings Index shows sharpest 2-month decline since 1995
Mayor's congestion pricing plan defeated by Assembly Dems
Dark Days for Moynihan Station?
MSG pullout could kill new transit hub and tower project
Open: Gallery
Parts + Labor Gallery
New Digs
Princeton University unveils ambitious campus plan and architecture school gets sleek addition
Unveiled: Park Tower
Crit: Will Miss Brooklyn Bow Out?
As Atlantic Yards shrinks, its critics rejoice, but is smaller still too big? Alexandra Lange surveys Gehry's shifting landscape.
The Nation's Brown Field
Citizen groups are complaining that the Washington Mall has never looked worse
Light at the Top of the Stair
Steven Holl renovates NYU philosophy department
Prince Street Pile-Up
Soho says no to traffic-ban plan, fearing massive influx of unicyclists and mimes
Studio Visit: Merge Architects
Sitting Pretty
New city park benches are both sustainable and hip
University commits financial capital and serious architecture to boost struggling upstate city
In Detail: Rensselaer Polytechnic's Empac
Grimshaw with Davis Brody Bond and Buro Happold
The American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards
Emotive Architecture
Two artists devise a Hamptons house to challenge residents to live harder
Get Smarts
RMJM endows new $2 million GSD program
At Deadline
Strike Three, Not So Fast
French architect is named 2008 Pritzker Prize laureate
Green Goes Global
Property owners working to establish international green rating system
Tishman Speyer bid selected, but design likely to change
They come from different sides of the business, but restaurateur Danny Meyer and architect David Rockwell both know a thing or two about what makes a restaurant work, from the straightforward challenges of circulation, lighting, and seating planning to the more evanescent issue of creating atmosphere. But they also understand that in a city like New York, a restaurant can have a role that goes beyond dinner. AN sat down with the two at Gramercy Tavern as they talked about design, public space, and the give-and-take between a restaurant and its neighborhood.
Be it low-budget noodle shop or high-gloss dining destination, restaurants are a classic proving ground for architectural experiment and whimsy, drama and desire. The latest crop of chow houses finds this tradition in full flavor: from rustic-chic to sumptuous quartz slabs, anything goes so long as all five senses are firing. In that spirit, here are new restaurants from across the nation and beyond, revealing that whip-smart design is still every match for the fiercest culinary chops. Dig in.
Guided by an abiding curiosity about the past lives of buildings, objects, and neighborhoods, the partners of the design and concept firm AvroKO have developed a distinct visual language for some of New York's most popular restaurants. Their aesthetic may have been duplicated, but their narrative-based approach makes it hard to match.
What and where a neighborhood eats can reveal a lot about it and is a reliable barometer of change. Brooklyn's Bushwick is the latest in a long series of New York neighborhoods where new restaurants signal that the process of gentrification is well underway.
No Robots Please
Design and the Elastic Mind
Building For Barons
The Country Houses of John F. Staub
The Building of the Green
The Greening of Southie
The Urge to Flourish
Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730-2008