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Mapping Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan is collectively the hardest-charging construction site in the city, with streets being renewed, parks planted, condominiums converted, and towers marching skyward. With a helping hand from the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, AN takes a snapshot of the district as it will appear at year-end in 2018 — with a nod to the developers and architects who are designing downtown’s future. […]

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The Gatekeepers

Little known to the public and a mystery even to many architects, the Public Design Commission holds considerable sway over the city’s urban fabric. From multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects down to tot lots, lampposts, and bike racks, this powerful group helps shape much of New York’s public face. Ian Volner pays a visit. […]

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Beyond Transparency

Architects are interested in glass for reasons well beyond its ability to disappear. For our second annual glass issue, we looked for projects that explore its rich material presence. Each of the five projects featured here exploits a different quality of this everyday building component, from mutable color and reflectivity to blast resistance. […]

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Mall City

Critics have long cried foul over the construction of malls in New York Cityys densest borough, and in recent years developers have dropped the term in favor of euphemisms like vertical retail environment.. Asks Deborah Grossberg, are the indoor shopping mazes rising up across town really a different breed? […]

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