More than 50 years ago, after urban renewal cleared two superblocks near Lincoln Center to build Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus, Fordham became the only institution outside of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts permitted to use the title “Lincoln Center” in its name—an honor bestowed by the performing arts institution’s board.
Today, a new 22-story law school and undergraduate residence hall, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, is visually vitalizing the association that until now existed in name only.
Into this hodgepodge of old and new will soon step a six-story office and retail building designed by Morris Adjmi, which was approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission last month. Landmarks took such pains to preserve the non-descript meatpacking warehouse at 837 Washington Street that Mr. Adjmi’s twisted torso building literally will rise out of its façade.
The pubic review process got off to a cantankerous start on January 3 after New York University (NYU) filed plans with City Planning for its 20-year expansion on two superblocks in Greenwich Village. In a move that struck some Villagers as audacious, the university touted the addition of more than 140,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space, while building out 2.4 million square feet in new construction. Nearly one million square feet will sit below grade, making the new public space on the northernmost block akin to an elaborate rooftop garden. This prompted consternation among residents who fear that future university administrations will renege on the public space arrangement.
With casinos and convention centers becoming the catchall answer to urban-planning problems up and down the East Coast, the new Revel in Atlantic City may prove an influential model. It merges several markets under one roof in a smoke-free environment (a novelty in casino land) including hotel resort, casino, theaters, and convention space.
In a closely watched competition to envision an AIDS Memorial at Triangle Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, Brooklyn’s studio a+i took first place for their design, Infinite Forest, beating out more than 475 entries. The memorial is intended to replace a depressing garden and garage directly across the street from the former St. Vincent’s Hospital, where thousands of AIDS patients were cared for throughout the height of the epidemic in the 1980s. But while the competition captured the imagination of architects across the city, many Village residents feel the competition ignored their concerns.
Amid the grand chateaux and stately villas of Chestnut Hill rests the unassuming Vanna Venturi House. On an early spring afternoon, two visitors cautiously crept past melting mounds of snow to have a look. It’s a sight all too familiar to the current owner Agatha Hughes, whose parents purchased the house from Robert Venturi in 1973. Interlopers are as much a part of the landscape as the arc of crabapple trees bordering one side of the property.
Via Verde, the affordable housing complex designed by Dattner Architects in partnership with Grimshaw, would fit with any of the sexy newcomers on Manhattan’s West Side Highway. Built atop a former rail yard in the Melrose section of the South Bronx, the triangular site sits directly across from some featureless low-income housing in uninspiring old-school red brick.