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Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016: Reporting from the Front

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“For some years now we have been saying that the hallmark of our times is the mismatch between architecture and civil society,” says Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, the umbrella body that oversees the Biennale of Architecture, as well those of art, cinema, dance, music, and theater. “On the one hand, architecture seems preoccupied with producing …

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NYU Hires Construction Company It Is Actively Suing : NYU Local

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NYU is hiring a familiar construction company to build 181 Mercer Street, the athletic facility/academic building/residence hall slated to replace Coles Gym. Unfortunately, NYU’s history with this construction firm is not a happy one. According to a project update sent to Greenwich Village residents last week, NYU has hired Turner Construction to manage the construction of the 181 Mercer building. …

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Light, Quick, and Cheap: 5 Placemaking Projects That Inspire Us

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Great public spaces do not have to be design-heavy, multi-million dollar projects situated in city centers. In fact, sometimes the most exciting spaces are low-key, low-cost, and in the most unexpected locations.The Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper approach to placemaking involves making temporary and relatively inexpensive alterations to a public space. These projects can, and often do, get off the ground while …

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73-Story Tower Would Be Brooklyn’s Tallest by Far

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Scrutiny is about to begin of a proposal for the tallest tower in Brooklyn, one that would be impossible to ignore.  Two developers have submitted plans in recent weeks for a 1,066-foot building in Downtown Brooklyn, which would be almost twice as high as anything surrounding it.  The complex, at 9 DeKalb Avenue, would also bring the current surge in …

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Landmarks Preservation Commission Moves to Prune Proposed Gems

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What makes a landmark? The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is about to decide the fate of 95 properties that have been languishing, some of them for decades, on its calendar. Late last year the commission’s chairwoman, Meenakshi Srinivasan, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced that the slate would simply be cleared. City Hall let it be known …

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A People First Approach to Urban Planning

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Walking through the city, it’s often forgotten that the environment in which we live has been wholly and meticulously planned to dictate our every move.Each intersection, metro entrance and building orientation has been sent through scores of plans and approvals to be put in its exact place.Architects are sometimes seen as the over-imaginative boon of penny-pinching city officials and physics-minded …

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Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal

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In the late 1960s, most of the  historic downtown Rondout district in Kingston, New York, was demolished in a federally funded urban renewal project. Thousands of people were displaced. Based mainly on hundreds of slides taken by Eugene Dauner just before and during the destruction, Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal commemorates the vanished community, examines the unfulfilled promises …

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Quilts With a Sense of Place, Stitched in Oakland

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About six months ago, Ms. Coleman and her guild sisters came up with an elaborate idea: designing narrative quilts that would convey in cloth the personality, history and social complexity of their home ground. “Our name is the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland,” Ms. Coleman emphasized. “There’s a sense of pride and possession about our place.” The result is …

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In Chinatown, Gentrification Drives Out Tradition

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New York’s Chinatown is the largest in the United States, home to over 150,000 residents. Since the mid-1850’s, it has attracted many Chinese immigrants, who have successfully built a community in which the traditional Chinese culture and ideals are strongly present.I love Chinatown because of the cheap authentic meals and lively markets stocked with specialty foods that remind me of …