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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Philadelphia set to appoint the first-ever Complete Streets Commissioner

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(karmacamilleeon / Flickr)

(karmacamilleeon / Flickr)

Philadelphia officially recognizes cyclists as a constituency deserving special protection. This week, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the creation of a “Complete Streets Commissioner,” a new position in city government to oversee the creation of more bike-friendly infrastructure. But the story gets complicated from there.

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Anything but boring: World’s largest tunnelling machine, Big Bertha, is stuck under Seattle, Tweets an interview

A close-up view of Bertha’s cutterhead. Flickr / WSDOT CC BY 2.0

A close-up view of Bertha’s cutterhead. (Flickr / WSDOT)

Big Bertha, Seattle’s famous tunnel boring machine, is stuck underground again. Bertha was running for just under a month following a two year delay to fix a broken cutter head. And the machine has taken to Twitter, as we imagine it can get lonely so far beneath the city.

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Fordham Plaza, one of New York’s busiest transit hubs, is now one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

(Courtesy NYC DOT)

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) recently unveiled the redesigned, ultra pedestrian-friendly Fordham Plaza. Vision Zero‘s mandate to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities guided the $34 million renovation of the north Bronx transit hub. Read More

James Corner–designed pedestrian street, the Nicollet Mall, gets budgetary rethink in Minneapolis

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Nicollet Mall is planned to be used in all four seasons. The improved pedestrian street will include space for changing art installations. (Courtesy James Corner Field Operations)

MinneapolisJames Corner–designed Nicollet Mall redevelopment project has hit a speedbump as an initial construction bid has come in at over $24 million over the $35 million construction budget.

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New York City to receive $176 million in federal funding for East Side coastal resiliency project

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

New York City will receive $176 million in federal funding for disaster recovery. The funding would be put towards a section of the project extending from the northern portion of Battery Park City to Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side.

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Four competing schemes for Downtown Los Angeles’ First & Broadway Civic Park

Mia Lehrer + Associates/ OMA/ IDEO scheme for First and Broadway Park (Courtesy OMA)

First there was the Grand Park, then Pershing Square decided to spruce things up with a design competition, and now four competing schemes for a third Downtown Los Angeles park were presented to the city in a public meeting this week. The proposals were from teams lead by AECOM, Brooks + Scarpa, Eric Owen Moss Architects, and Mia Lehrer + Associates with OMA and IDEO.

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This pavilion made from thousands of old clothes hangers will cast fractal shadows on Governors Island this summer

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(Courtesy FIGMENT)

The day after New York City’s first snowstorm (albeit a miniature one), allow yourself to day-dream about visiting the City of Dreams Pavilion on Governors Island during a breezy summer’s day in 2016.

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Three finalists named in PXSTL design-build competition

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The first design-build iteration of PXSTL by Freecell Architecture, built in 2014. (David Johnson)

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis have announced three finalists for the second iteration of the design-build PXSTL competition.

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Pictorial> Here are the four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, Texas

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

In November, Field Constructs Design Competition presented site-specific installations by emerging architects and landscape architects at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in East Austin. AN recently reported on the winners, but check out the full set of imagery for each project below.

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New Delhi and Milan scale back on automobile usage to combat runaway air pollution

Smoggy New Delhi (Stephan Rebernik / Flickr)

Smoggy New Delhi (Stephan Rebernik / Flickr)

New Delhi has taken emergency measures to deal with the particularly thick and noxious air that has covered India’s capital city this winter. For the first two weeks of the New Year, the city has enacted an odd-even rule, which stipulates that even-numbered license plates be allowed on the roads only on even-numbered dates, and odd-numbered license plates only on odd-numbered dates.

And others are following suit.

Detroit artist takes legal action to save mural from development

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Katherine Craig’s Illuminated Mural is in danger of destruction as developers plan to transforms the 100 year old Albert Kahn building it is painted on. (BB and HH/Flickr)

Detroit muralist Katherine Craig (a.k.a. Exactly Hitops) is taking legal action in federal court to protect one of her vanguard works, as the owner the artwork’s building plans for development.

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