Building Outside the Box
Design matters. That's the message of two articles I read this past week: one on public works in New York City, the other on high-rise ...
Design matters. That's the message of two articles I read this past week: one on public works in New York City, the other on high-rise condominiums in cities nationwide. Local officials and private developers alike are turning to big-name architects to give mundane buildings some character.
In the Big Apple, new standards adopted by the Department of Design and Construction--focused more on the quality of designs than the competitiveness of bids--are prompting prominent firms to pursue commissions for police and fire stations, branch libraries, recreation centers and other formerly "low-end, unglamorous assignments."
Likewise, the urban residential landscape has largely been defined by "traditional, often boxlike, brick apartment and condo dwellings that are economical to build." But a growing number of luxury projects--aimed at luring single professionals and empty-nesters to move downtown--reflect the more experimental styles of celebrated architects, including Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind and Richard Meier.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Washington Governor Bars State Agencies From Enforcing Federal Immigration Laws4 hours ago
Spicer Confirms States' Fears: A Coming U.S. Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana2 hours ago
In Search for Obamacare Replacement, Small Group of GOP Governors Called Upon to Help2 hours ago
States Can Now Restrict Transgenders' Bathroom Use, But Will They?2 hours ago
California Legislator Removed From Chamber Floor After Criticizing a Late Senator2 hours ago
To Carry a Concealed Weapon in New Hampshire, Permit No Longer Necessary2 hours ago