- June 28, 1999
- Fat City
Strip away the genially glitzy signage, the oddly beautiful armature, and 4 Times Square -- a.k.a. the Condé Nast tower -- is an office building with a weight problem.
- June 26, 2000
- Time of the Signs
Designers of the New 42nd Street Studios took the mandate for signs in Times Square to heart, creating one huge, eye-popping ad for culture.
- March 27, 2000
- Best Bytes
The Cooper-Hewitt's eye-popping "Design Culture Now" show reveals the impact of computers on architecture and design -- but doesn't have much to say on the subject.
- October 4, 1999
- Architecture 101
New student-activities centers at Columbia and NYU expose the complex and sometimes contentious relationships between two schools and their neighbors.
- April 3, 2000
- Just Add Water
Turning Governors Island into a destination point with a conference center, shops, and restaurants could revitalize the harbor. But are the planners thinking big enough?
- July 12, 1999
- Robert Moses Lives
A cunning plan to cover the West Side rail yards with a vast park and commercial ventures -- with a stadium in the Hudson on the side -- has a master builder's grandiosity.
- October 12, 1998
- New Train of Thought
The restored Grand Central is lovely, but is strict preservation the best approach to the West Side train station? Let's atone for the loss of Penn Station by learning not to fear the future.
- June 29, 1998
- Cineplex Odious
Outsize movie theaters are making new apartment towers uglier than they've ever been. So don't blame the architects for these big boxes. Blame Hollywood.
- May 17, 1999
- Champagne Design
Just as the city proposes zoning exemptions for exceptional design, a new tower in midtown reminds us how beautiful -- radical idea! -- contemporary architecture can be.
- January 19, 2004
- Roots of Memory
Changes unveiled this week to Michael Arad’s bold, dignified design for the WTC memorial are likely to include more greenery—not necessarily a good idea.