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Not What It Sounds Like

Since the Dutch colonists here, in a misguided attempt to make New Amsterdam more like Amsterdam, dug some small canals in lower Manhattan, a lot of people assume that’s where the name “Canal Street” comes from. There’s a pretty simple way to disprove that: during the Dutch period of our history, the town never extended …

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A Form Of Park

The photo above: spring has sprung on Park Avenue! After the trains were converted from coal to electric and put underground, Park Avenue was developed with high-end apartment houses and hotels from 46th Street (north of the Grand Central train shed) to 96th street (where the trains exit the tunnel and run on a viaduct). …

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Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal Win The Pritzker Prize

If you pay attention to the architecture world, you’ve seen a notice about this year’s Pritzker winners and some discussion of the goals they work towards in their practice. I’ll summarize it below, but given the amount that has been written, you’re better off looking elsewhere for details. I want to discuss what their work, …

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