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IN THIS ISSUE 07_04.15.2009
CONTENTS:
NEWS:
Six visions for national African-American museum on the Mall
Three contenders vie to revamp Pier 57
Kennedy Central
Vinoly and Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott design new Kennedy projects in Boston
Chicago court's decision sends shockwaves around nation
Editorial: Spur On the High Line!
A major chunk of New York's favorite new public space remains in land-use limbo. The city should act now to preserve the High Line's vulnerable northern stretch, writes Jeff Byles.
Letters
Empire Imbroglio
Eavesdrop: Sara Hart
Terrefeud, Rense Watch, and a Tantalizing Blind Item!
Coney's New Big Top
Grimshaw-designed amphitheater to become latest Coney Island icon
World Trade Tango
Complexity and contradiction continue at Ground Zero
Open: Boutique
Adidas SLVR New York by Sid Lee and Adidas
Virginia to promote connectivity, curb dead ends
Grass Is Greener
First new guidelines for parks in half a century
Strapped Hangers
With no settlement in sight, MTA unleashes its doomsday plan
Unveiled: SeaGlass Carousel by WXY Architecture
High-tech, sea-themed pavilion pays homage to the Battery as the first home of the New York Aquarium
Unveiled: The High Line Building
High Line-straddling tower by Morris Adjmi Architects puts brawny steel atop art-deco base
The founder of Polshek Partnership Architects discusses his early successes, how he weathered the nightmarish 1972 crash, and survival strategies that gave rise to a storied career in preservation.
Brooklyn Bridge Parked
In down development market, maintenance funds turn scarce
The Check Is (Not) In the Mail
Architects and engineers among the slowest-paid professions
Crit: Yankee Stadium and Citi Field
As Bart Giamatti once said, baseball breaks your heart. By that standard, New York's insipid new ballparks are a grand slam. Thomas de Monchaux walks the bases.
Studio Visit: Division1
A D.C. firm offers radical alternatives to polite Washington architecture
Beyond Gridlock
As America takes a fresh look at its transit policies, an ideas competition tackled that paradigmatic city of traffic: Los Angeles. The flood of smart solutions--both practical and outlandish--offered a rare mix of insight, ethics, and hope.
Honors: 2009 Young Architects Forum
Dil-Worthless?
Philly feuds over VSBA-designed condo tower
At Deadline
Gehry Likes Ike, Museums a Go-Go, and Empire Sustainable Building
FEATURES:
The past decade has been all about invention: new materials, new technologies, new architectures. Preservation has meanwhile grown more sophisticated, and several new projects expand its power as a middle way, where the past informs the present. AN looks at adaptive reuse case studies from across the Americas, as well as preservation projects in Athens, Berlin, and New York.
Four preservation projects -- a barn, a grain elevator, a nurses' dormitory, and a power plant -- show that repurposing old buildings for new uses needn't sacrifice soul.
Bernard Tschumi discusses his new home for the Acropolis antiquities, and the controversies and inconsistencies of a complexly layered site.
David Chipperfield's re-completion of a war-damaged Berlin museum melds past and present to create a moving testament to time's decay.
There is no real precedent for New York's newest site for urban meandering, and time will tell how much Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's careful design lives up to our unfettered fantasies.
REVIEWS:
Futur Anterieur
Topologies: The Urban Utopia in France, 1960-1970
Champs de Bronx
Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100
Behind The Facade
Le Corbusier: A Life
Time And Space Man
Live Cinema/ Tim Hyde: Building in Reverse
Make No Small Plans
Bold Endeavors: How Our Government Built America, and Why It Must Rebuild Now
A misguided U.S. policy of not sponsoring pavilions at international exhibitions, Fred Bernstein finds, is a missed opportunity for architects and the nation.
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