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Eyes on the City: What We’re Reading

MAS invites you to use this weekend to catch up on some of our favorite reads this week, in case you missed them. New York Times: Mayor de Blasio Seeks to Rebuild Momentum for Affordable Housing Plan [Affordable housing] was a signature issue for a populist mayor determined to make a more equal and inclusive city. But 11 months in, Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, is struggling to find support for his housing plan from the very middle- and working-class communities that he pledged to help. New York Magazine: Thomas Heatherwick Will Redo David Geffen Hall After decades of cogitating, a few false starts, two renamings, and a $100-million starter gift, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic have given the job of gut-renovating David Geffen Hall — formerly Avery Fisher Hall, and Philharmonic Hall before that — to the professional visionaries at Heatherwick Studio and the auditorium experts at Diamond Schmitt Architects. Curbed: Can This Architect Remake the New York Public Library? Houben’s most quoted line on libraries is that they are the “cathedrals of the 21st century.” I ask her what she means by that and she says, “I think that they’re the most important public building nowadays, for everybody.” Wall Street Journal: Union Theological Seminary Searches Soul Over Condos Seminary officials say to pay for a $100 million renovation, Union is left with no choice but to sell its approximately 350,000 square feet of development rights, which are also known as air rights, and team up with a developer. The new plans haven’t been well received by some students at Union, which was founded in 1836 and has a reputation for progressive, social justice-oriented teaching. Happy reading!