From SO-IL in Paris to Atlanta’s ambitious highway-capping park: AN’s can’t-miss top posts from this week

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From SO-IL in Paris to Atlanta's ambitious highway capping park: AN’s can’t-miss top posts from this week. (Courtesy Rogers Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz)

Missed some of our articles, Tweets, and Facebook posts from the last few days? Don’t sweat it—we’ve gathered the week’s must-read stories right here. Enjoy!

SO-IL Paris project

“L’Atelier de l’Arsenal,” SO-IL’s proposal for a nexus of future urban development along La Seine in Paris. (Courtesy SO-IL)

SO-IL and the triumph of non-“starchitecture” in Paris

When someone tells you that they won an international competition in Paris along the Bastille axis on a site at the junction of Canal Saint Martin and the Seine River, images of Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, I.M. Pei’s Pyramide du Louvre, Bernard Tschumi’s Parc de la Villette, or Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe come to mind. However, New York–based architects SO-IL took a much different route and made something almost as non-“starchitect” as possible.

Midtown East rezoning gets unanimous approval from land use and zoning committees.
(Courtesy Andrew Dallos/Flickr)

Midtown East rezoning gets unanimous approval from land use and zoning committees

Following several key revisions, Midtown East’s rezoning plan was unanimously approved by both the City Council Land Use Committee and the subcommittee on zoning and franchises.

East Park entry. (Courtesy Rogers Partners / Nelson Byrd Woltz)

Atlanta’s highway-capping park moves forward but seeks new partners and funding

The plan to build a nine-acre park over a highway in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is moving forward after the Buckhead business district voted to create a nonprofit organization that will manage its future development.


Facing soaring costs, the world’s skinniest skyscraper is facing foreclosure

The world’s skinniest skyscraper on Billionaire’s Row in New York City could be headed towards foreclosure. The SHoP-designed building on 111 W. 57th Street has only been built up to 20 stories and is already $50 million over budget.

Barbara Radice, Sottsass in India, 1988. (Courtesy of Barbara Radice)

Met Breuer exhibit introduces an Ettore Sottsass you’ve never seen before

Although Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass is perhaps most famous in the United States for his legendary design collective, Memphis, his life and career involve far, far more, as a fascinating new exhibition at the Met Breuer in New York reveals.

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