“Never Built New York” Reveals the Manhattan That Might Have Been

As a sequel to Never Built Los Angeles, Metropolis Books’ new publication Never Built New York was co-written by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, both of them architectural critics and historians. The launch of the book was recently hosted at the New York Public Library as a part of the LIVE from the NYPL program, and accompanying the event was a panel discussion featuring some of the most prominent architects to have realized works in the City. Lubell, joined by Steven Holl, Elizabeth Diller and Daniel Libeskind — the latter of whom also wrote the foreword of the book — led a productive discussion that addressed some of the projects in the book and prompted discussion about both projects that had been imagined for the city in years past and projects that have been realized since, including Diller’s High Line or Libeskind’s World Trade Center Master Plan. Above: cover of Never Built New York by Metropolis Books. Below: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Last Dream project for Ellis Island With projects ranging from the past two centuries, the book presents plans for bridges, skyscrapers, parks, transit schemes, amusement parks and more as well as ...
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