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Appreciation for Steven Holl's Higgins Hall

Metropolis's new issue contains a delicious essay (complete with numerous photos and sketches) about architect Steven Holl's Higgins Hall project at Pratt Institute completed last year. Holl's scheme, for the Brooklyn campus of the architecture school, uses a phosphorescent light box to reunite two 19th century buildings in damn trippy fashion. Writes Fred A. Bernstein:

More and more Holl has been experimenting with slipping futuristic buildings into dense cities. New and old can most effectively coexist if they don't try to meet on some wobbly middle ground, Holl said in the inaugural lecture at Higgins Hall's auditorium. Happily the building says it even better.· Where Old and New Collide [Metropolis]