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  • This photo was taken at the landmarks preservation commission yesterday. The landmarks preservation commission today called the new abstract design for 100 Franklin to be a creative response to the “tyranny of the context.” That is very strange language for a group that is supposed to be a steward of our historic assets. I beg […]

  • This is what DDG Partners now proposes for the parking lot site at 100 Franklin. It is up for a hearing tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th at noon at the 9th floor of 1 Centre Street. As a fan of brick, I was at first glad to notice the image from across the room. But on […]

  • This photo from Canada (the Royal Ontario Museum, designed by Tribecan Daniel Libeskind) illustrates the problem historic districts confront when strategy #3 described below is employed by architects and developers. Below is a copy of testimony we presented to our Community Board in December. Policy Issues Related to 100 Franklin Street Copy of Testimony presented […]

  • bikelanesheader

    I expected bike lanes. But these look more like new parking spots for city workers…

  • oldwoolworthbuilding

    Developers and their architects constantly ask us to embrace new buildings. They tell us that redevelopment of every pocket of airspace is a necessary part of capitalism’s creative powers. Although this seems a self-serving argument, we are busy, it’s not our block, so we let it go. Yet sometimes developers go too far. That is […]

  • Shanghai_Skyscape

    This is a photo of polluted, barely liveable Shanghai, which I visited recently.  William Duggan, (author of Strategic Intuition) wrote me this note:   “What makes NY great?   Fifty years ago you would have said, ‘skyscrapers.’  NY had more of them than any other city in the world, and that made New York stand head and shoulders […]

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