Molly Hankwitz

  • the New Times Square

    IF ONE THING CHARACTERIZES the city of New York, it is the bravado with which everything is shamelessly laid out on the table. New York is the city of showing, from the Bigger-Is-Better mentality of skyscrapers, to the competitive gallery scene, to street life and outrageous fashions, up-front sexuality, big spending, and Madison Avenue exhibitionism. Penultimate in this culture of display is Times Square, landmark of crime and capital, the seamy and the splendid, where a mass of social contradictions are by turn glorified and dismantled. The entertainment and tourist district of New York, Times

  • Ideal Cities

    AMERICAN URBAN PLANNING IS a complex and seemingly wayward history of conflicting social and economic interests, a hodge-podge of styles, philosophies, and utopian programs. Perhaps its most salient feature, though, is what Kenneth Frampton points to as “the perennial American unease with the metropolis and the simultaneous nostalgia for the greatness of past urban civilizations.” Here we may find a clue to the current dilemma of urban planners and architects in constructing working concepts of “the city,” handed down in a legacy of, yes, good buildings, but overall designs that are imperialist