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NYC's Pier 57 restoration wins go-ahead

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A mixed-use scheme to restore Pier 57 on the Hudson River has been approved by New York City Council

Developer Young Woo & Associates aims to transform the site into a cultural and creative hub.

Pop-up shops and concept stores will be made out of repurposed shipping containers.

There will be almost 4,000m² of retail, arts, fashion, film and design facilities as well as 9,000m² of public park on the rooftop and next to the pier.

A public market will be supported by a cultural programme. Tribeca Film Festival will establish a permanent outdoor venue.

Hudson River Bank Trust president Madelyn Wils said: ‘Today’s approval brings us one step closer to transforming Pier 57 into a recreational, cultural and retail centre that will provide yet another great destination for the Hudson River Park community.’

Pier 57 was built in 1952 using innovative engineering designs by Emil Praeger, who created floating piers for Allied landings during the Second World War.

A poll of firms owned by members of the American Institute of Architects revealed a seventh successive month of growing workloads across the Atlantic in February.

The AIA Architecture Billings Index read 54.9 – the fastest rate of design work growth in the US since the global downturn begun.

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