C3 no.401_19 #3/6
Vessel and The Shed at Hudson Yards
Vessel and The Shed at Hudson Yards open to the public _ YuMi Hyun
Along the Hudson River, near the northern end of the High Line park, overgrown and neglected land has been transformed into the hottest new place in New York.
Around $25 billion was invested in the Hudson Yards, the largest private development in the USA. With more than 1,670,000m2 of mixed-use development, Hudson Yards includes over 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, 56,600m2 of public open space, luxury hotels, medical facilities, offices, performing arts venues and a 750-seat public school.
By the end of 2025, when the development of the Western Yard and all 16 buildings are completed, more than 120,000 tourists, gourmets, fashion lovers, and park enthusiasts are expected to visit Hudson Yards every day.
Building the Social Capital in the Public Libraries
Building the Social Capital in the Public Libraries _ Davide Pisu
This essay focuses on the process of evolution of contemporary public libraries, describing the changes that affected their role as “repositories of books” in the last decades.
In this process, the library has become a public amenity, potentially nurturing communities and fostering human interaction, in which books are only one of the various means through which information is transmitted and communicated. These trends and changes are explained through the analysis of a series of contemporary library projects by which the aforementioned phenomena are explained. The article argues that designers are extremely sensitive to such changes, and contemporary projects show a great awareness of these trends, emphasizing the strategies adopted by the designers.
Palimpsest: Architectural Insertions, Continuity and Change
Palimpsest: Architectural Insertions, Continuity and Change _ Gihan Karunaratne
The architectural insertion of new building layers in a historical and heritage context is complex and requires in-depth reasoning and justification from an aesthetic, functional, technical and public point of view.
There are different opinions on what development is appropriate within a historic context. New architectural additions and typologies serve as the visual memory of ideas, technology, materials, and architectural lexicon of their period. Cities must be allowed to evolve, as cities are the fundamental places where architecture and innovation flourish. They should allow for architectural creativity and embrace contemporary structures and technologies which can add to the role of creating heritage, continuity and change.
In Praise of Diversity – School Architecture Today
In Praise of Diversity – School Architecture Today _ Anna Roos
Our school years are the most emotionally charged periods of our lives and a significant proportion of our childhood is spent in school. According to Italian educational reformer, Loris Malaguzzi, children primarily learn through interaction and have three teachers: the adults around them, their peers, and their immediate environment.
The projects shown in this issue of C3 showcase the variety of solutions to school design around the globe, from a cascading school in Copenhagen to a village of pavilion sheds in Nice, a sleek concrete school in Split, a kindergarten embedded beneath a hill in Vietnam, and finally a glass-fiber clad kindergarten in the Czech Republic.