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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WXY steps up design on one of New York’s long-neglected stair paths

East, Landscape Architecture, News
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
(Courtesy WXY)

(Courtesy WXY)

Although step-streets—pedestrian corridors that replace auto-centric streets in hilly neighborhoods—are more often associated with San Francisco, New York City has 94 step-streets of its own. WXY Architecture + Urban Design partnered with AECOM to revamp a full-block step-street in Inwood, Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood.

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Going green at ULI’s VerdeXchange: The L.A. River, development, and the future of Los Angeles

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (@andresjcruz/ Instagram)

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (andresjcruz / Instagram)

If words were water, the Los Angeles River would be overflowing its banks. If pronouncements were viable projects, a very green sustainable Southern California is in the offing. There certainly were a lot of words and pronouncements at the industry heralded “FutureBuild” convocation in L.A. this week, staged over two days by the venerable VerdeXchange conference with the Urban Land Institute.

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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

Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition


Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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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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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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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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James Corner Field Operations will design the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square (Field Operations)

Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square
(Field Operations)

Following in the stead of Snarkitecture and Bjarke Ingels, New York’s James Corner Field Operations will create the National Building Museum’s summer 2016 installation.

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In the Bronx, delays seem interminable for long-anticipated Roberto Clemete Plaza

(Courtesy Garrison Architects)

(Courtesy Garrison Architects)

“The Hub,” in the Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, couldn’t be better named: it’s the center of commercial activity in the South Bronx, and one of the busiest intersections in the city. As its dense avenues are packed with shoppers and commuters, the city moved to expand and improve Roberto Clemente Plaza, a public space that’s a respite from the hectic nearby streets. Read More

Penda creates a river-like pavilion for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs, a 1,500 square-meter (4,921 square-foot) pavilion by the Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design, is currently under construction for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China. The expo will span over 200 acres and expects more than 12 million visitors.

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Central Park’s Adventure Playground, designed by Richard Dattner, reopens after yearlong renovation

The newly rehabilitated adventure playground (Courtesy Central Park Conservancy)

The newly rehabilitated Adventure Playground (Courtesy Central Park Conservancy)

The Richard Dattner–designed Adventure Playground, one of New York City’s most beloved recreational spaces, recently reopened after a yearlong renovation by the Central Park Conservancy. Read More

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