Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SHoP's path not taken in Prospect Heights: historic renovation plus new construction

Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP, at the presentation Monday night at Borough Hall (community information meeting aka AIA continuing education session), explained that his firm wants to bridge the role of "paper architects," who are theorists, and "service architects," who make projects work.

He also pointed to the firm's use of the computer and the renovation of Porter House in the Meatpacking District, a historic renovation topped with a new building.

Nobody made reference to the lost opportunity to renovate and build on top of the Ward Bakery and other buildings in the Atlantic Yards footprint.

Then again, Pasquarelli was there to talk about the arena only. No one was there to talk about the urban design and the project conception as a whole.

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