With a slight twist on the title of Jane Jacobs' renowned book, the current issue of Architectural Record - The Death and Life of a Great American City - is a poignant love song to New York:
Featuring recently-completed projects like The Highline and the Metal Shutter Houses, the issue is flush with all things contemporary in the built environment of New York City. The specific focus is on the post-9/11 decade of 2001 to 2011. So many brilliant built works fill the pages that it's a real upllift; evidence that the city is indeed alive and kickin'.
We fell asleep with the issue in our hands last night (not because it was boring but because it kept us up way too late) and look forward to doing the same tonight. Coming from a magazine that's normally aimed to the architecture trade and the designer set, this one's an issue for everyone to pick up and hold onto long into the future. Bravo, Architectural Record!
Check it out on the Architectural Record website.
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