The 11th Hour with Robert Lipsyte: Visionary Architecture: Unbuilt New York / Channel 13 / 6 January 1989

The 11th Hour with Robert Lipsyte: Visionary Architecture: Unbuilt New York / Channel 13 / 6 January 1989


Footnotes

William Shebar, a producer for ''The 11th Hour,'' asked three New York City architects to design an alternative plan for the old Penn Central rail yards on the West Side where Donald Trump proposed to build his Television City. Lebbeus Woods presented detailed drawings of the project. Michael Sorkin wrote a text to explain how the project would be used. And John Young provided the producers with information about the red tape involved in getting such a project built. ➡︎

Sorkin’s writings were the genesis of his landmark manifesto on an urban dwellers’ bill of rights, “Local Code: Constitution of a City at 42 Degrees North Latitude.” Young’s stalwart advocacy of housing rights in New York, leavened by a wicked sense of ironic humor, and an outlook deeply antithetical to hypocritical authority, contributed a mass of relevant images. My own urban studies up to that time, embodied in the “Centricity” project, were pushed into new directions that reached their apotheosis in the “Berlin Free-Zone” project of three years later. In short, “Timesquare” was an important step in each of our ways of thinking. However—perhaps because of a certain discomfort we felt with the visual outcome—the project was published, in part, only once. ➡︎


Extras

 Removal of Manhattan Island / Robert Grosvenor / 1975

 Raymond Hood / The Skyscraper Museum

◼︎ The Case for a Domed City / R. Buckminster Fuller / 1960 / EcoRedux

◼︎ Channel 13, Citing Cost, Cancels 'The 11th Hour' / Bill Carter / The New York Times / 1990

◼︎ Time travel to when Lebbeus Woods and others fought Trump’s Upper West Side “Trump City” / Jason Sayer / The Architect's Newspaper / 2016


Sources

◼︎ TV Notes / Jeremy Gerard / The New York Times / 1989

◼︎ Timesquare / Lebbeus Woods / 2008

▶︎ Timesquare / Billy Shebar


Treasures of New York: Building Stories / Toni Comas / Thirteen / 2012

Treasures of New York: Building Stories / Toni Comas / Thirteen / 2012

In Residence: Casa Gilardi / César Pesquera / NOWNESS / 2016

In Residence: Casa Gilardi / César Pesquera / NOWNESS / 2016