Early autumn is the perfect time for planting cool-season grasses, which explains all the activity around the North Plaza at Lincoln Center. Before the chill of winter descends, shovel-toting crews are busy spreading dirt atop the sloping roof of the new Hypar Restaurant that rises alongside the rebuilt reflecting pool. Designed as a verdant oasis over West 65th Street by the high falutin' team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this future slope of sod has had some broad steps added at the west end outside the Vivian Beaumont Theater, mimicking DS+R's new Stairway to Nowhere at Alice Tully Hall. Down on West 65th Street the sidewalks are being widened and new high-tech signage is going in, transforming what was formerly a stretch of pedestrian hell into an avenue of interactive heaven. A glass and steel bridge spanning 65th is still to come. Meanwhile, spread that seed! Lincoln Center's future depends on it.
· Transforming Lincoln Center [lincolncenter.org]
· Lincoln Center Public Spaces and Infoscape [Diller Scofidio + Renfro]
· Lincoln Center coverage [Curbed]