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Construction Watch: Cooper Union's Scar Upon the Bowery

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As the Cooper Union's new academic building along the Bowery races toward its deadline?come fall, the kids need to do their learnin' somewhere?one architectural flourish is a particular stand-out among the building's many flashy elements. We're talking about the jagged incision made in the building's meshy outer skin, which looks a but like architect Thom Mayne took out a knife and pulled a Joker on the mouth of the big glassy part in the middle. The earlier renderings of the building (seen in the gallery above) made the cut look a bit less pronounced, so we'll have to check back come August to see how this scar healed. Why so serious, Cooper Square?
· The Cooper Union Builds []
· Cooper Union coverage [Curbed]