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Berkel & Beekman

Bloomberg archicritic James Russell has some very kind words today for downtown's new flashy towers, Frank Gehry's Beekman Tower and Ben van Berkel's Five Franklin Place. On Berkel's black bands (right): "The tall rows of cast-iron columns that face Lower Manhattan's old loft buildings become contemporary when he turns them sideways." On Gehry's crinkled steel: "It's a daring esthetic gambit that injects some needed vigor into the skyline." [Bloomberg]

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