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By Mark Robbins

In American urban X, editor Mark Robbins, former dean of Syracuse University's tuition of structure, argues that leading edge and compelling structure can't in simple terms improve the way in which a urban is perceived, but in addition swap how it works. seeking to Syracuse, new york, because the archetypal "American urban X," the publication showcases initiatives that display capability optimistic futures for put up commercial towns around the kingdom. that includes renovations and ground-up constructions—ranging from landscapes to structures and infrastructure—at either residential and institutional scales, the profitable fresh paintings in Syracuse addresses sustainability, fabric and formal experimentation, and creative use of area for evolving neighborhood wishes.

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This seemingly dismal picture comes, however, with a bright side when design innovation turns liabilities into assets. The Near Westside Neighborhood Plan uses stormwater infrastructure as a way to provide civic improvements to an underserved urban community. Efforts to revitalize Onondaga Creek reframe an undervalued waterway as the new spine of the city. Both projects employ progressive local design practices as well as state and local funding. The first project was done through the Syracuse University School of Architecture’s UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate, which focuses on strategies to improve the urban life 42 American City "X" of formerly urban cities; the second project was completed by a team organized by the Syracuse design firm CLEAR.

53 54 LINK HALL ADDITION AND RENOVATION Client Syracuse University Architect Toshiko Mori Architect Architect of Record Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Project start 2005 Project completion 2008 Cost $10 million Above: Preliminary rendering Opposite: Addition under construction, with Slocum Hall at left Link Hall, built in 1970 by King + King Architects, is home to Syracuse University’s L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Adjacent to Slocum Hall, a classical revival building that houses the School of Architecture, the 11,000-squarefoot renovation and 9,500-square-foot addition connect the two buildings, enabling interaction and collaboration between faculty and students, engineers and architects.

Anthony Basketball Center serves as the training facility for the university's men's and women's basketball programs. The facility features two full practice courts, a strength and conditioning room, an athletic training suite, offices for basketball coaching staff, and locker-room facilities for the teams. Past players are memorialized in the building’s entrance, and a spacious, bright entry corridor holds custom-built cases, while framed windows allow viewers glimpses into the practice courts.

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