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New Hunter College Building Wants to Befriend East Harlem

Last time we checked in on the Hunter College School of Social Work, it was still in the "complicated deal" phase, in the middle of an arrangement to sell one Lexington Avenue building in order to construct a new one on Third Avenue between 118th and 119th streets. Three years on, the building is just about done, and revealed in today's Journal. Architect Scott Newman of Cooper Robertson and Partners wanted to "give passersby a 'reading' on what was going on within the walls," using, among other architectural tricks, a lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass walls "meant to engage passersby and open up the building's activities to the community's scrutiny." Okay, community: go ahead and scrutinize.
· Bridging the Town-Gown Divide [WSJ]
· East Harlem Hunted for New Academic Building [Curbed]