“…you can design everything.” ― Massimo Vignelli
If there were any concerns New York City, the self-appointed capital of the world, was becoming complacent and erecting too many cookie-cutter towers, two recent developments should end that. The first, which we discussed on the page for architecture, was the design plans for Hudson Yards, an undeveloped area on Manhattan’s west side. The second, and no less noteworthy, is BIG / Bjarke Ingells’s VIA 57 West, a building which combines the Scandinavian practice of shared urban spaces with American bravado of pushing the limits on what a skyscraper can achieve. Residents enjoy enviable views and a lush garden in the middle of the epitome of the urban jungle.