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Seen & Heard: Amber waves of grain in BPC

BATTERY PARK CITY AS AMBER WAVES
Apollo, the International Art Magazine, has a Q&A with the conceptual artist Agnes Denes who planted a wheat field before Battery Park City was Battery Park city, this ahead of a major show at the Shed next month. As told to Gabrielle Schwartz: “Well, the land given to me was four acres of Manhattan. We only had money for two acres of it to be used, because I had only $10,000 to do that whole project – from the Public Art Fund – and so we only planted two acres, but four acres of Manhattan were mine for a summer. And then after I harvested the wheat, they continued building Battery Park City. So it became a city of condominiums, office space, and billions of dollars of business. And that is what Wheatfield was about. It’s about misuse of land, or abuse of space. Thinking of money instead of all the other things we should be thinking about. Like the end of world hunger, the end of so many things that I don’t need to voice because they’ve been voiced by many others.”

THE WONDER AS SOHO HOUSE WITH KIDS
Town and Country has a review of The Wonder and its newest features, including a “heroes and villains” retro comic book theme for fall.

FIVE WORLD TRADE CENTER PROPOSALS IN
A partnership between Silverstein Properties and Brookfield for 5 World Trade envisions a residential tower with 25 to 30 percent affordable units is up against a proposal from L&L MAG for an exclusively-commercial and community-oriented tower designed by the architecture firm Studio Gang. The latter also features a substantial component of community space in the base of the spire, which could be used for a prominent academic or medical use. –Crain’s

SUIT OVER ONE WTC CONTINUES
The Real Deal reports that Georgia-based architect Jeehoon Park sued the architectural firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Tishman Construction and the tower’s developers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The Durst Organization, claiming that they ripped off the design that he planned and modeled for his thesis at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999. And now his suit is moving forward into discovery.

25 PARK ROW CURTAIN WALL COMPLETE
New York YIMBY’s photog got out the big guns to shoot the final stages of the installation of 25 Park Row‘s curtain wall — only a few portions of the building need to be encased. The 702-foot-tall mixed-use tower has 110 residences.

 





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