Touring The World Of Architecture: Week 23

by | 13. Jun 2013

Article | News

Penn Station, Madison Square Park, a competition to make our cities more fun and on top of it all – the relaunch of the long missed favorite TV show Arrested Development, now with architectural analysis. Have a great weekend, everyone!

If you see anything we shouldn’t miss don’t hesitate to tap us on the shoulder:


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The original Penn Station. Image courtesy of Cervin Robinson, via the Historic American Engineering Record/Wikimedia Commons (Left); Penn Station today. Photo by Leif Knutsen/Wikimedia Commons

Can Penn Station Ever Be Great Again?

We sure hope so, but as seen already it will take a lot of effort to restore Penn Station in New York to former glory. The Atlantic Cities’ Sarah Goodyear went to the unveiling of four design proposals for the future Penn Station. Read her interesting article on the debate on how to revitalize the busiest train station in North America.


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Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art Launches App

Wonder how 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted nautical rope work was installed in New York’s Madison Square Park? Catch the story on the new app from  Madison Square Park Conservancy and  Mad.Sq.Art. The app was launched June 1 and is the first ever made from the Manhattan park letting users in on the art work ‘Red, Yellow and Blue’ installed in the park, the artist behind and a small info bite on the Madison Square Park.

Access the Mad. Sq. App directly.

Or through the Park’s website.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram: @MadSqParkNYC and #RedYellowandBlue.


This Week’s Competition


“Go play! It’s your job”
“Which city is the most fun? London, NYC, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Bangkok?” the people from Building Trust International ask. Help make the world a little more fun. Submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape. It’s up to you how you do it and who it is for…

Find out more on


Video of the Week

‘Primitive Future”

Primitive Future

From the Lecture series: A New Innocence, produced bythe Havard GSD youtube channel, we have dug out the first of the four inspiring speeches: the Sou Fujimoto’s lecture on  Primitive Future from 2011. In this lecture Sou Fujimoto lets us in on his inspiration from landscape, different cultures and fellow architects, on how he works with creativity and seeks to innovate the function of architecture through inspiration from the world around him. Enjoy – we sure did.


A Bit of Friday Fun

Arrested Development is back, and o’boy, are we happy!

The dysfunctional, venture capital seeking Bluth family that didn’t make it on Fox has been revitalized by Netflix’s on-demand streaming media. Isolated in their own project home Michael Bluth, the only partly capable business head of the family, strives to keep both family and company on the tracks – a task greater than moving mountains.

In honor of the show’s return, our colleagues at  architizer have done an in-depth, architectural analysis on a selection of quintessential model homes.

Catch the show on Netflix and follow the Bluth’s on Twitter  – the story of a wealthy family in 140 characters or less…


Vacant This


Traveling the Netherlands? Then swing by the Centraal Museum in Utretch and catch the installation ‘Pretty Vacant’ by Amsterdam-based design and research office Rietveld Landscape.

Like a horror vacui the installation seeks to fill the empty space of the medieval chapel by completely changing the feel of the room. This blue window is based on the ‘negative spaces’ of Rietveld Landscape’s earlier installation Vacant NL, which was the Dutch submission for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010.

See the project on