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A High Line for the Upper East Side?

Matt Chaban reports on the making of “the Upper East Side’s very own High Line." Current proposals seek not only to "re-pedestrianize" Park Avenue, but also to restore some of its turn of the century glory.

December 1, 2012 - The New York Observer

Put a Ring on It: Grand Central Redesigns Unveiled

In advance of Grand Central's 100th birthday next year, the Municipal Arts Society (MAS) asked three architecture firms to rethink the station's public spaces for the next 100 years. The results were unveiled last week.

October 24, 2012 - A/N Blog

Can Designs Match Bold Ambitions for NYC's Tech Island?

The release of the sketchy first plans by designers SOM, Morphosis, and James Corner Field Operations for Cornell's new tech campus on New York's Roosevelt Island kick off the project's public review process.

October 15, 2012 - The New York Observer

For DC and NY, Efforts to Improve Rail Stations Take Opposite Tracks

While the decades long effort to augment and improve New York's atrocious Penn Station have stalled, D.C. is moving ahead with plans to expand Union Station and redevelop the land above its tracks. Fred A. Bernstein looks at the two projects.

September 18, 2012 - Architectural Record

A Tower Rises in Manhattan

David W. Dunlap reports on the progress of 1 World Trade Center -- once known as the Freedom Tower -- which is expected to become New York's tallest building today.

April 30, 2012 - The New York Times

China Provides Architecture Stimulus

China's unrelenting building boom has proven an irresistible lure for hordes of architects from around the world whose jobs disappeared during the Great Recession, reports Brook Larmer.

March 19, 2012 - The New York Times

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