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The Death and Life of a Great American City

The Death and Life of a Great American City
This special section of our website is unabashedly devoted to New York City. We are not just commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11. We want to give the city its due as a 21st-century design capital. There are more architects here than in any other U.S. city, but for decades, New York didn’t construct many innovative buildings. The city was a think tank for architecture — with its schools, institutes, and critics — a crucible for big ideas that got built elsewhere, if at all.

About ten years ago, that scenario began to shift...

Photo © Iwan Baan

New York After September 11

New York After September 11
From its rising towers to the memorial plaza to the museum, the World Trade Center moves forward ten years after the September 11 attacks.

Photo © James Ewing

Softening a City Known for Hard Edges

Softening a City Known for Hard Edges
In the last decade, New York has seen high-end residential projects by big names go up all over town, as well as many new parks, art spaces, and civic buildings. We look at how they have changed they city's quality of life, and get NYC Planning Commission chair Amanda Burden's take on shaping a livable city.

Photo © Iwan Baan

The Future of New York

The Future of New York
For an ever-evolving metropolis, a number of transformative projects are in progress, from soaring glass towers to verdant mega-parks.

Image courtesy James Corner Field Operations/City of New York

Views of the City

Views of the City
In New York, “the only constant is change,” writes Cathleen McGuigan, RECORD’s Editor in Chief.

Photo © Michel Arnaud

Expansion Planned for NYC Center for Architecture

Expansion Planned for NYC Center for Architecture
AIA New York recently signed a 10-year lease for the ground floor and basement of 532 Laguardia Place, a neighboring five-story brick building with rental apartments on the upper floors. The new space is scheduled to open in early 2012.

Photo © Carl Yost

Battery Park City: It’s a Wrap

Battery Park City: It’s a Wrap
More than three decades after its inception, this planned community in Lower Manhattan is nearly complete.

Photo © Michael S. Yamashita/National Geographic

Harlem’s New Renaissance

Harlem’s New Renaissance
For much of the 20th century, private developers ignored Harlem, deterred by its high crime rate, profusion of subsidized housing, and long trek from Midtown. Then, in the past decade, everything changed.

Photo © Jenna M. McKnight

Newsmakers: Robert Siegel and Gene Kaufman

Newsmakers: Robert Siegel and Gene Kaufman
Robert Siegel knew he would need to evolve his firm after the death of his business partner, Charles Gwathmey, in 2009. He wasn’t interested in teaming up with another practice—until he got a call from the New York architect Gene Kaufman. Now, Kaufman and Siegel are heading up the rebranded firm Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects.

Photo © Laura Mirviss

When Business and Politics Converge in the Big City

When Business and Politics Converge in the Big City
Jerry Adler reviews Julian Brash's Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City.

Photo courtesy University of Georgia Press

Native New Yorkers

Native New Yorkers
According to a recent report from the New York City–based think tank Center for an Urban Future, while there are more designers in New York City than ever before, fewer products are now actually made there. A recent announcement from the mayor’s office, however, may give hope to building product manufacturers who want to set up shop in the city.

Photo © 2011 Google Earth

Empty Sky

Empty Sky
When the National September 11 Memorial opens at Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, it will be joined by another commemorative effort, across the Hudson River, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dubbed “Empty Sky,” this monument by Frederic Schwartz Architects honors the 744 men and women who hailed from the state and lost their lives on 9/11.

Photography © David Sundberg/Esto

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