Architecture Panel at Cooper UnionA standing-room only crowd packed Cooper Union's Great Hall on Monday night to hear leading architects from the five developer teams present their visions for the Rail Yards. Each team made a 20-minute slide presentation focusing on the design of their proposal. Many were careful to mention that the designs were preliminary and that renderings were merely illustrative of design principles.
The roster of presenters was packed with big names, including Steven Holl for Extell, Robert A.M. Stern and Eugene Kohn from Related, James Corner and Gary Haney for Brookfield, and Dan Kaplen and Margie Ruddick for Durst/Vornado, among others.
After the presentations, the architects held a panel discussion, answering questions about what distinguished their plans from the others, how they treated open space, the High Line, affordable housing and retail frontage, among other topics. Videos of the five presentations and the panel discussion will be available on Rail Yards Blog soon.