Redevelopment of abandoned post-industrial buildings and neighborhoods has been transforming American cities over the past decades. Visits to successful projects make an interesting road trip. Matteo Robiglio, an architecture professor at the Politecnico di Torino’s Design and Architecture Department (Italy), did just that and recorded his findings in his new book. RE-USE documents his expedition and reviews projects with respect of their success in adaptive reuse as well as urban revival. [Read more…] about Book Review: RE-USA 20 american stories of adaptive reuse
Aloof institution. Catalyst for Change. Environmental poster child. Architectural theme park. Government-initiated economic development. Digital new world. Boondoggle.
The recently-opened Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is all of the above, or perhaps none of them. How it develops and if it succeeds are questions to be answered in the future. Today, however, it exemplifies multiple trends in American architecture and urban/economic development. [Read more…] about Cornell Tech moves into its Roosevelt Island Home
The latest phase of the park on Governors Island opened to the public this July—20 years after planners voiced vague ideas for its development and 20 years before future visitors assumed the landscape had been there forever. [Read more…] about Day Tripping on Governors Island
NYC- At the end of October, my wife and I visited New York City. Among the sites and scenes we visited, was the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Only a block away from the World Trade Center site and near Wall Street, it was an eclectic, fascinating, [Read more…] about Sustainable Occupy Wall Street, Part 1