What the companies propose is a series of residential complexes, each with its own cove. They also persuaded the city to use materials from excavations for the twin towers to build on the southwestern tip of Manhattan, rather than dumping it into the sea.
Battery Park City, built on this new site starting in 1980, has its own urban planners and designers, but it feels more like the previous planning. And, Mr. Willen wrote on his website, it is improved upon it. There’s a cove, ample green space and what Mr Willen describes as a “gentle, incremental housing system based on the city grid”, rather than the rather shabby buildings that the report’s report. he called (it was part of his modernist aesthetic of the day).
In 1980, Mr. Willen teamed up with urban reformer John Belle, principal of the architectural and planning firm Beyer Blinder Belle, to design an alternative to Westway. and entertainment space. Officials dismiss it as too expensive and too disruptive.
While the entire effort to improve the West Side highway has become mired in civil stalemate for decades (other designers also presented plans, none of which were implemented), it is remarkable that what ended up being built, at least under the 30’s in the West, is no different from Mr. Willen and Mr. Belle proposing the Riverwalk.
Mr. Willen’s final project was an alternative to the 500-foot ramp planned for the Central Park Reserve. newly restored Belvedere castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Renaissance structure that rises from a steep cliff above Central Park’s Turtle Pond, accessible to all. Conservationists have felt that the long stretch will destroy the character of the park. Mr. Willen, who ended up having mobility problems and using a wheelchair, collaborated with Mr. Gutman and Theodore Grunewald, an advocate for historic preservation, on a design involving an elevator.
“Paul has a creative itch, and he just can’t leave a bad situation alone,” said Kent L. Barwick, former president of the City Arts Association.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/21/obituaries/paul-willen-dead.html Paul Willen, Architect of Manhattan’s Waterfront, Dies at 93