High Lines, Low Lines and Piers of the Future - Design Bureau

High Lines, Low Lines and Piers of the Future

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Today, we're rounding up on recent goings-on in the world of architecture and the haphazard focus seems to be those outdoor public spaces in places like New York and Chicago.

•  But first off, The Observer wonders if Paul Goldberger's departure for Vanity Fair means the end of Architecture Criticism at The New Yorker? With so little architectural criticism making it into print these days, where does one go for serious architecture criticism?

 • Preservation Chicago's endangered buildings list came out last week. On it for the second year? The historic Prentice Women's Hospital.

The debate over mid-century Brutalism and its value or lack thereof rages on in the New York Times this week.

• New Yorkers love their High Line so much, there are talks about bringing an under-the-tracks version of it to Harlem, and making a LowLine out of a trolley terminal in Manhattan.

• Chicago has chosen the designer for a new Navy Pier and shocker, they're the folks who did the High Line. In case you are wondering who didn't make the cut, take a look above at the PierESCAPE plan put forth by Martha Schwartz Partners which involves a floating island type system on pontoon supports.

• And, last mention of the High Line, I promise, Chicago's own version, the near West Side's Bloomingdale Trail, got the funding go-ahead from the Emanuel administration in March.

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