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Justin Davidson

  1. reclaiming
    A Landscape Architect Who Loves Ruins and Hates Ruin PornJulie Bargmann just won the first $100,000 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander prize.
  2. cityscape
    What It Takes to Give David Geffen Hall a New SoundA look inside the New York Philharmonic’s home, en route to its new (and, fingers crossed, better) acoustics.
  3. that’s no moon
    The Academy Museum’s Orb Is Like When the Trailer Is Better Than the MovieBursting Renzo Piano’s big L.A. bubble.
  4. architecture review
    Manhattan West Is (a Little Bit) What Hudson Yards Should Have BeenIt’s still a corporate simulacrum of a city, but given the history of such gestures, it’s surprising they got it anywhere close to right.
  5. street view
    A New Arts Compound in East Williamsburg That Draws You InThe Amant arts center faces the city with severity but aims to cosset visitors.
  6. ventilation
    How Clean Is the Air in Your Classroom? Your Theater? It’s Not Easy to Find OutThere’s little transparency about what we breathe inside big congregate spaces.
  7. street view
    To Stop Flooding, New York Needs Spongy StreetsThe city does the equivalent of mopping up an overflowing toilet with a rock. We have alternatives, and should use them.
  8. 9/11: 20 years later
    9/11 Gave Us Two Decades of Anxious ArchitectureAfter the attacks, we had a chance to build the downtown that New York deserves. Two decades later, timidity and fear have us hemmed in at every turn.
  9. proposals
    It’s Time to Dismantle the VesselIt’s either that or just leave it there, empty, as an Instagram backdrop.
  10. street view
    MoMA’s ‘Automania’: Car Culture, Minus the CultureA show that doesn’t get much past the chrome and glossy paint.
  11. street view
    La Central May Be the Best Affordable Housing Your Taxes Can BuyAnd that’s a problem.
  12. street view
    The American Dream Mall Is Ridiculous Yet Not Ridiculous EnoughThey’ve stripped the dazzle paint from Xanadu.
  13. street view
    A Slice of the SkyThe supertall 111 West 57th is what the ruling class builds for itself.
  14. street view
    Look! Books! The Tired Old Mid-Manhattan Library Gets a Sharp New RenovationAn understated top-to-bottom rehab puts open access — and open books — front and center (and a café on the roof).
  15. street view
    Little Island Won Me OverThe tiny public-but-private garden squeezes in a multitude of experiences.
  16. street view
    How a Denser Los Angeles Can Still Look Like Los AngelesWhere the neighbors don’t want towers, a city competition provides some alternatives.
  17. street view
    Riverside Park Is Falling ApartAll around the park system, decay is setting in and repair bills are mounting.
  18. street view
    Could We Really Get a Good Penn Station?Yet another wisp of hope.
  19. street view
    What Could Governors Island Be?An aquatic botanical garden, a film-set landscape, and more: Four fanciful transformation plans, commissioned by Curbed.
  20. the office
    New York City Made the OfficeAnd the office, in turn, made modern New York.
  21. good news
    Geffen Hall’s Renovation Will Be Finished Two Years EarlyThe pandemic closure allowed Lincoln Center to fast-track the rebuilding of the Philharmonic’s main auditorium.
  22. gallery view
    MoMA’s First Show on Race in Architecture Chooses Lofty Ideas Over Pragmatism“Why settle for the probable when we could instead imagine what is possible?”
  23. the covid memorial project
    David Lang Turned Remote Learning Into a SongPart 11 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  24. the covid memorial project
    Weiss/Manfredi Evokes a Doctor’s Trip Through Despair Into LightPart 7 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  25. the covid memorial project
    Daniel Libeskind Cages Lady Liberty in Half a Million Steel BarsPart 4 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  26. the covid memorial project
    Bronze Hands to Commemorate the Barely Seen Delivery WorkerPart 2 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  27. the covid memorial project
    Michael Arad (Briefly) Reveals an Ancient Wall Beneath the ReservoirPart 1 of 15 proposals to help us remember the pandemic’s toll.
  28. the covid memorial project
    How Will We Remember This?A COVID memorial will have to commemorate shame and failure as well as grief and bravery.
  29. street view
    How We’ll Be Able to Hear Live Music This SummerLincoln Center and other institutions embrace the distanced outdoor concert.
  30. street view
    Would You Want to Live in a Mid-Century Office Tower on East 38th Street?We asked an architectural firm to game out a (theoretical) conversion.
  31. getting around
    A Q.A. Q&A: Quemuel Arroyo, the MTA’s New Accessibility ChiefThe agency’s first CAO says he hears a lot of support within the MTA, but “I need to make a cultural shift here.”
  32. street view
    Scott Stringer Has Big Ideas About Your StreetAnd your sidewalk, and your commute. A first look at his comprehensive transit plan.
  33. out of order
    Will a Supertall Building Like 432 Park Always Have Problems?Not necessarily, but “every one of these towers is a prototype.”
  34. street view
    If Your City Were Really Dying, You Probably Wouldn’t KnowVisiting Annalee Newitz’s Four Lost Cities.
  35. the jab
    How to Vaccinate Everybody: The Same Way the Census Counts UsGet close to the ground, and the job gets done more equitably.
  36. street view
    Even Before COVID, Superstar Cities Were ShrinkingIn London, Paris, Tokyo, and New York, the population is steady or falling. But that doesn’t mean they’re in trouble.
  37. street view
    Is a High Line Extension Really What We Need on the Far West Side?Even if improving pedestrian access is the point, levitating over the city is not the solution.
  38. street view
    Can an Armored Capitol Still Be the People’s House?The protesters shouted “This is our house!” as they sacked it.
  39. street view
    Penn Station’s New Train Hall Is Only a Start. But at Least We’re Starting.A grand entrance to a rail system that needs much more.
  40. street view
    What New York Needs to Learn From Guadalajara’s Biggest MarketA way to create a large-scale, wide-open, democratic shopping space in the urban fabric.
  41. city hall
    Corey Johnson Wants to Tame the Giant Squid of City PlanningThe squid may have other ideas, though.
  42. street view
    ‘You’re Walking Backwards’: The $6 Billion Venice Floodgates May Not Be EnoughProposed decades ago, they were not built for the coming sea rise.
  43. street view
    The E-Scooter Is Part of a Balanced Transit DietAnd it should—with caution and regulation—be welcomed.
  44. street view
    The Art on This Big Bushwick Project Is Not Just a Marketing PloyDenizen aims to engage with its Brooklyn surroundings.
  45. street view
    New York’s Approval System for New Building Is a Recipe for MediocrityIn Gowanus, we’re dredging for an idea everyone can live with.
  46. street view
    How Do You Chop 20 Stories Off a Too-Tall Building?The tower at 200 Amsterdam may have to come partway down.
  47. street view
    A Pandemic Winter Is Coming to New York, and It’s Going to Be Unimaginably HardDuring the last surge, New Yorkers could at least spend a lot of time outdoors.
  48. symbolism
    An Architecture Critic Looks at Four Seasons Total LandscapingIt’s the perfect backdrop: Trump’s political run, begun on a golden escalator, ends in a razor-wire parking lot next to a sex shop.
  49. street view
    How Joe Biden Can Be the Amtrak President New York NeedsStart with a new Hudson River tunnel and build from there.
  50. street view
    Greenpoint’s New Public Library “Makes You Want to Move In”We paid a lot for it, but we got something worth having.
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