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Advertising Moonlights as Public Art

mobile art pavilion in central parkMAS Director of Special projects Vanessa Gruen, commented in an article last week on an illegal billboard advertisement for Chanel’s Mobile Art Pavilion designed by architect Zaha Hadid.  Today, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff comments on the Pavilion itself, which as essentially a corporate advertisement, he states, has no more place in a public park than on the public street. In other news, the MTA is now considering puting digital advertisments on the sides of buses, says the New York Post. Advertisements can then change during the bus’ route to target specific communities, their primary languages, and consumer preferences.  MTA will test the ads on the M23 bus line. Preservationists demonstrate against the N.Y.U’s proposed partial demolition of the Provincetown Playhouse (New York Times) The Kaufmann Studios of Astoria, Queens, broke ground on their $20 million expansion (Crain’s New York Business) The concrete core of the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero is now visible (News York Times)