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12.21.09
Mayne, Gehry Featured in TIME, NY Times

Cooper Union building by Mayne (left); Beekman Tower by Gehry (right)

TIME magazine features Cooper Union's new academic building, designed by Morphosis—the Santa Monica-based firm of Pritzker Prize-winning architect and SCI-Arc founding member Thom Mayne.

"He makes buildings like no one else's, with complex orchestrations of space and form and tough luster that's unmistakably his," writes TIME critic Richard Lacayo about Mayne. The Cooper Union building represents Mayne's first completed project on the East Coast.

Read the full article HERE (TIME magazine)

Mayne – and Frank Gehry – also pick up year-end kudos from the New York Times.

"The future may be bleak, but at least some architects can look back on the year with a sense of triumph," writes Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for the New York Times. Among those he singles out are SCI-Arc founding member Mayne and SCI-Arc board member Gehry:

"The academic building for Cooper Union on the Bowery, designed by [Thom Mayne's] Morphosis, is another reminder that the city hasn't entirely given up on ambitious architecture. Its bold concave metal facade, with a rip running down the middle to allow views of the bustling inside, reverberates with life…"

Frank Gehry's 76-story Beekman Tower "will reshape the downtown skyline, offering a counterpoint to the ornate terracotta facade of the 1913 Woolworth building, one of the city's most historic towers."

Read the full article HERE (New York Times)