Ouroussoff on Truth-Bending Rail Yards Renderings

Yesterday, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussof used Tishman Speyer’s winning rail yards bid as an example of a problematic trend in urban development. He explains that misleading renderings are designed (or censored) to prevent public objection, so projects can slip easily through the public review process. Tishman Speyer, or course, is only one example of this, but when the MTA’s announcement was made, Ouroussoff noticed,

“Basic details like the surrounding context were left incomplete; there were no elevations to show what the project would look like from the street. The largest of the models on display was cut off at mid-elevation, making it virtually impossible to understand the towers’ colossal scale.”

Now You See It, Now You Don’t (NY Times)

Close Reading: The West Side Railyards Project (Interactive Graphic)

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