Hopefully by now you’ve read Tim’s cover story in this month’s D Magazine about the showdown between the Museum Tower and the Nasher Sculpture Center. If you haven’t, here’s a quick summary:
Museum Tower : Magnifying Glass :: Nasher : Ant
Now the New York Times has a front page report:
No one quite knows what to do. The condo developer and museum officials are at loggerheads. Fingers are being pointed. Mr. Piano is furious. The developer’s architect is aggrieved. The mayor is involved. A former official in the George W. Bush administration has been asked to mediate.
The situation has been characterized by some here as a David-and-Goliath battle between a beloved nonprofit and commercial interests. But the dispute has also raised the broader question of what can happen when, as is currently the rage, cultural institutions are cast as engines of economic development.