William Menking

William Menking is the Editor-in-Chief of The Architect's Newspaper.

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Lower Manhattan's public space under threat

Public space-fronting commercial buildings in New York City are under constant threat of privatization. The latest example: the public spaces along Water Street from Whitehall to Fulton Street. The area was heavily developed during the 1960s with a series of mostly bland towers (except 88 Pine by I.M. Pei Partners, 1968)…
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MIPIM Day Three: Where's the U.S. contingent?

MIPIM, the world’s largest and most important real estate and development convention, conference, and meeting attracts nearly 25,000 people to Cannes every year. But like the Venice Biennale, or Saloni di Mobile in Milan, there are virtually no Americans in attendance at this international meeting. MIPIM is primarily…
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MIPIM Day Two: Modeling and mapping the Responsive City

MIPIM takes place in the most complicated, counterintuitive series of convention halls on the Mediterranean waterfront. In trying to find the basement registration hall I ran into Ben Van Berkel who tried to help, but was having his own problems finding the ‘innovation forum’ that is the center of…
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AN is on the ground this week at MIPIM, a real estate conference in Cannes

This week, AN joins over 20,000 real estate professionals, property developers, and architects in the south of France at MIPIM, or Lemarche international des professionnels de l’immobilier. The 2016 iteration of the nearly 30-year-old international trade show carries the theme, “housing the world.” We will be reporting on…
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Vienna in search of new housing models with launch of international competition

German-speaking Europe has a long history of vibrant international competitions for housing. Generally referred to by the acronym IBA, we can trace their roots all the way back to the Darmstadt Colony in 1901, and then 1927 and Weissenhof in Stuttgart and Bruno Taut’s 1932 Berlin Britz.
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How about expanding LaGuardia Airport onto Rikers Island?

[beforeafter] [/beforeafter]   (Renderings courtesy RethinkNYC, Cezar Nicolescu, and Sigmund Lerner) The New York Times published an editorial on February 24 called "Imagining a Rikers Island With No Jail" that proposes various uses for the East River island if its prison were closed. “As for the…