Fast Trash

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Check out this excellent exhibit organized by friend and former Utilian Juliette Spertus with graphic designers Projects Projects. The topic: the progressive and little-known pneumatic tube trash infrastructure at Roosevelt Island. “Part infrastructure portrait, part urban history, the exhibition draws on archival materials, original maps, photographs, drawings, diagrams and video interviews to bring an invisible system to the surface, and asks what a community built around progressive policies and technologies can teach us about how we choose our infrastructure.”  fasttrash.org

Instant Neighborhood Rebranding

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For fans of 160over90’s branding of B3 in Philadelphia and our work for Berkeley Investments in Fort Point (that’s right, we were the masterminds of FP3 and Barbara Lynch’s growing restaurant empire there!), read the excellent article in this month’s New York Magazine about the rapid rebranding of that weird stretch of Broadway between Madison and Herald Squares (26th and 34th Streets). What I knew as the neighborhood of wholesale costume jewelry retailers, Christopher Isherwood (the Times’ theater critic) cleverly named the “Brown Zone” since it is the only part of lower Manhattan on the taxi maps without a neighborhood label (instead it is only designated with a brown tone).   

Evidently, a well-curated Ace Hotel landed there; and almost immediately, the neighborhood became a hipster destination– and with a name that might stick.

-Tim

 

Hybrids!

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Hybrid automobiles have been getting a lot of media attention recently. Hybrid architecture? Not so much. A recent article detailing the controversy surrounding a cafeteria-cum-bar at a Philadelphia charter school made me smile.  Nevertheless, there are some hybrids currently under development in our own backyard that are super-laudable. Notably, the efforts of Hostelling Boston and Emerson College to develop the property at 25 Stuart Street into a hybrid hostel and college dormitory. The idea is simple and certainly not new.  The residence hall can house students in a portion of the building during the Fall, Winter, and Spring, but then do a seasonal space transfer to the Hostel to help meet peak summer demand. The location next to Jacob Wirth can’t hurt, either!

– Corey