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Building Hope for Haiti

On Friday, at Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti—a public symposium on planning strategies for the country’s future hosted by New York’s Institute for Urban Design—a common sentiment united nearly all of the panelists onstage, as well as those seated in Cooper Union’s packed Rose Auditorium: the scale of destruction from the January earthquake demands a transformation, […]

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James Gardner Goes Gaga for Central Park Kiosk

As editors ourselves, we know writers don’t usually write the headlines. Still, we were struck by one atop a recent review by our friend and sometimes contributor James Gardner in The Real Deal, which declared, “Central Park’s Le Pain Quotidien ranks as one of the best things about New York City.” You don’t say. And […]

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Broad Narrows His Sites on Downtown

According to both the New York Times and the LA Times, Eli Broad appears to have settled once and for all on a Downtown LA site for his new museum, and has gone so far as to hold a new competition for its architect. Further background has it that Thom Mayne, who had been favored […]

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Skin Craft

The contemporary curtain wall is rightly celebrated for its pre-engineered, clip-on effortlessness, but that’s not the whole story by any means. AN takes a close look at four building envelopes that step beyond the norm in search of excellence in expression and performance, from Pei Cobb Freed’s cost-efficient glass wall system for a tower in Milan to the ingenious recladding of a Manhattan office tower without disrupting a day of work. […]

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Recycling Finally on NYC Streets?

When was the last time you found yourself on a city street, empty water bottle or given-up-on crossword in hand? Being the conscientious New Yorker you are, no doubt you looked around for a recycling bin to deposit your refuse in. Odds are, you didn’t find any nearby, as the city—so often held up as […]

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