Neither is this switcheroo exactly new. That is a big part of the reason the City Planning Commission works so hard to ensure certain design flourishes and details in ambitious projects like the Riverside Center. — New York Observer
Yet again—the World Trade Center, Atlantic Yards, the Williamsburg waterfront—a New York City developer has dumped his high design stalking horse when it actually comes time to build their project. This time, Christian de Portzamparc was used to get the eight-acre Riverside Center...
It is ironic that with all the griping about New York's construction constraints, Mr. de Portzamparc said he found the city liberating. "In fact, New York is very attractive," he said. "There are fewer constraints than in most of our European cities." He told the IBT that the building is a tribute to Central Park, of which it will have commanding views, as well as the skyline itself, where the new tower will "evoke the energetic cascade of New York's verticality." — New York Observer
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