“What bothers many people is the sense of an alien culture”

The outrage over New York’s Hudson Yards is not really about ugly glass towers or bad urbanism – although it features both – but an unspoken disquiet that foreign ideas have overtaken a chunk of Manhattan, argues Aaron Betsky. What is wrong with glass skyscrapers? New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now running […]

New York City mayor moves to ban glass skyscrapers as part of Green New Deal

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio plans to ban construction of glass and steel skyscrapers, in a major bid to tackle the climate-change crisis. “We’re going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” said the mayor in a press conference on 22 April. […]

MAD imagines sinuous black East 34th skyscraper to “soften” New York’s skyline

MAD has envisioned a slender, dark skyscraper twisting up beside New York‘s Empire State Building as a contrast to the harshness of the city’s supertall structures. MAD Architects has imagined the conceptual East 34th to rise among a cluster of existing high-rises in Midtown Manhattan as an “alternative vision” for the city. MAD has envisioned the skyscraper […]

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