Letter to the Editor> Pier55 responds to City Club of New York criticism

Heatherwick Studio is known for their controversial Pier 55 development, also known as Diller's Island. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

Heatherwick Studio is known for its controversial Pier 55 development. (Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

[Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to an op-ed from the City Club of New York. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

There is a pressing need for new public open space and programming along the Lower Manhattan waterfront. When Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 closed in 2011, New York City lost vital parkland that had served both local community and citywide residents. The problem was that there was never enough public funding to support a new pier at that site.

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Right on trend, the oldest mall in America is reborn as micro-apartments

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Monday, February 8, 2016
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(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

(Courtesy Ben Jacobsen / NCA)

Search Twitter for #mallmonday and see a hilariously bleak photo series that profiles different malls, some dead, some impossibly sad, each week. Why are these depressing spaces so popular with architects? By giving new life to these huge, redundant spaces, architects tap into ruinophilia to feed a culturally ingrained desire for dramatic transformation and also temper the excesses of capitalism, maybe.

In the Texas capital, Austin Community College annexed semi-vacant Highland Mall for a new campus, while NBBJ is reviving a dead mall in downtown Columbus.

In Providence, Rhode Island, Northeast Collaborative Architects (NCA) handily combined dead mall revivification with micro-apartments, for an timely transformation of downtown’s Arcade Providence, the oldest shopping mall in the United States.

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Pedal Power: London could soon have more cyclists than motorists on its streets

(Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr)

(Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr)

Since the turn of the century, the number of motorists in London more than halved from 137,000 to 64,000. In the same period, cyclist numbers trebled from 12,000 to 36,000, showing that more commuters are increasingly choosing two wheels over four to get to work.

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Bjarke Ingels brings the park up to the tower in a new skyscraper at Hudson Yards

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Monday, February 8, 2016
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The Spiral. (Courtesy Tishman Speyer)

The Spiral. (Courtesy Tishman Speyer)

In a new Manhattan skyscraper, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) reinterprets the tower-in-the-park by bringing the park up into the tower.

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Six design firms team up for this crazy parking garage facade in the Miami Design District

Architecture, Art, Design, East, Unveiled
Monday, February 8, 2016
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WORK AC + J. Mayer H. 's facade (Courtesy Miami Design District)

WORK AC + J. Mayer H. ‘s facade. (Courtesy Miami Design District)

The Miami Design District is renowned for its novel architectural and art scene, including many novel parking garages by top architects. In a sort of game of architectural one-upmanship, another parking garage is about to add a jolt of art by transforming its facade into a larger-than-life canvas.

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BNIM cancels ultra-green Kansas City headquarters project after tax incentive controversy

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BNIM proposed high efficiency national headquarters in Kansas City (BNIM)

Less than a year after presenting a design proposal to renovate an empty warehouse into their new national headquarters in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, local firm BNIM has withdrawn its plans. After a losing battle over tax incentives, the firm and the building’s owner have stated that without the financial support of the city, the project is not economically viable.

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Facades+AM DC to focus on environmental concerns and the building envelope

Facades+AM returns to Washington, DC on March 10. (Alan & Flora Botting / Flickr)

Facades+AM returns to Washington, DC on March 10. (Alan & Flora Botting / Flickr)

On March 10, Facades+AM, the half-day spin-off of the popular Facades+ conference series, returns to the nation’s capital. Read More

Eavesdrop> Spearing Impaired

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Florida Seminoles' new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

The Florida Seminoles’ new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

In recent years, there has been much backlash against mascots that misappropriate their meaning from American history. From The Fighting Illini of University of Illinois to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, many teams have been pressured to adopt personas that are not deeply, deeply racist. However, the Florida State Seminoles have apparently doubled down on their offensive mascot by codifying it in the architecture of their stadium.

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Florida’s Seminole tribe unveils guitar-shaped hotel as part of $1.8 billion project in the Sunshine State

Architecture, Design, Development, East
Friday, February 5, 2016
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(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

(Courtesy Seminole Tribe of Florida via Sun Sentinel)

Those who frequent Hard Rock Casinos will have become accustomed to the larger-than-life guitars that have become a trademark feature. However, none will be quite used to the scale of the Florida Seminole tribe’s latest endeavor, part of a $1.8 billion project on U.S. 441, north of Stirling Road, in Hollywood, Florida. Read More

In gentrifying Brooklyn, illicit luxury housing is sprouting from community gardens

Larceny and deed fraud are on the rise, and those with a mind for leaving confusing trails of paperwork are profiting from illegitimate purchases of land. A classic case of this can be found on Maple Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

But the garden quickly began showing weeds…

Historic St. Paul church for sale comes with interred body

Midwest, Other, Preservation
Friday, February 5, 2016
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St. Paul's On-The-Hill Church

The historic St. Paul’s on-the-Hill Church is the final resting place of Priest John Wright, whose body must remain in its place once the church is sold. (AlexiusHoratius / Wikimedia Commons)

When buying a building that is in a historic preservation district there are many considerations to take into account, including zoning restrictions, restoration, and often, accessibility concerns. In the case of one St. Paul Church, now on the market, add deceased body to the list. Shuttered a year ago, the historic Episcopal St. Paul’s on-the-Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota is up for sale. One caveat to purchase is that the building comes with the body of one of its former priests, which is not allowed to be moved.

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Enrique Peñalosa plans to give Bogotá the best transit system in the developing world

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder (ITDP / Flickr)

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder. (itdp / Flickr)

An economist who once advised Colombian President Virgilio Barco, Enrique Peñalosa is now a revered urban planner in the city of Bogotá. Having once served as Bogotá mayor from 1997 to 2001, Peñalosa is now back for his second stint and pledges to provide his city with the best public transportation system in the developing world.

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