The last time Robert Durst—the accused killer and heir to one of New York City’s most influential real estate dynasties—was behind bars in the Southwest, he was on trial for the murder of his neighbor, Morris Black, in Galveston, Texas. That time he was caught after swiping a sandwich and some Band-Aids from a Pennsylvania supermarket while wearing cross-dressing attire. Now, he is donning an orange jumpsuit once again.
Each month, AN looks back at what our readers read the most from the paper. In March, those stories included a feature on planning in Houston, a look into New York City resiliency, and an interview with Santiago Calatrava. Check out all five top stories below.
There has been a pretty big shakeup at the Spitzer School of Architecture. Last week, City College of New York President Lisa S. Coico announced in an email to the school that George Ranalli, dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture was on administrative leave effective immediately. Professor Gordon Gebert has been named the acting dean in the meantime. City College did not respond to AN‘s request for comment on the change.
Readers voted with their clicks in March to determine the top five articles published on the AN Blog. The roundup includes a canyon installation for thrill seekers, the beautifully organic architecture of the 2015 Pritzker Prize–laureate Frei Otto, an apartment designed for Kanye West, and more. Take a look at March’s top stories below.
In what appears to be an April Fools’ prank launched a day early, Google has added an eight-bit video game, ahem, Easter Egg feature to Google Maps. While browsing around the city of your choice, look for the Pacman box in the lower left-hand corner right next to the aerial photography button. Click it, and you’re transported into a dot-filled, ghost-infested city street grid in search of cherries. Take a look!
This black-and-white time-lapse video by Toby Harriman shows San Francisco at its most dramatic. The skyline emerges quietly from its famous fog as the city and its bridges twinkle in the distance—including Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights installation. As the music builds, Gotham City SF picks up pace, showing dramatic angles at high speeds completely appropriate for an action thriller. You’d have to watch to really understand.
Chicago’s skyline-defining Willis Tower had reportedly sold to Blackstone Group, a private equity real estate investor, for the blockbuster price of $1.3 billion. That’s a little less than early reports were speculating, but it’s still leaps and bounds above the previous record for a U.S. office tower outside New York City. And the deal includes naming rights. Will it become the Blackstone Tower? Call it what you will—Chicagoans still fondly refer to it as the Sears Tower.