Who Will Design the “Park at the Center of the World?”

The design competition, called “The Park at the Center of the World” [official site here], has five finalists: WRT and Urban Strategies; Hargreaves Associates/Michael Maltzan Architecture; West 8/Rogers Marvel/Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Quennell Rothschild/SMWM; REX/MDP; and Field Operations.

Rybczynski has mainly positive comments on all five finalists, but tips his hand that Field Operations is his favorite. The entire piece is well worth the read (even if the text is in an annoying “slideshow” format).

Update 6/20/07:
Dirt reader Hmmm notes in the comments that New York Times‘ architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff also weighs in on the Governors Island finalists in today’s NYT.

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