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FDR Four Freedoms Park

By Tom Ran

Published: October 15, 2012 under Architecture

FDR Four Freedoms Park

Photo: FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park

Photo: FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park

Photo: FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park

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In a densely populated environment such as New York City, it’s a pleasure to see valuable real estate turn into public spaces. The opening of the High Line and the revitalization of Brooklyn’s waterfronts is a testament to how important these parks are to the enjoyment of the residents and visitors of the city. New Yorkers will have another public space to look forward to when the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park will open to the public. Situated on a triangular plot of land at the tip of Roosevelt Island the memorial was designed by the late great architect, Louis Kahn. The park is reminiscent of Kahn’s design of the Salk Institute in San Diego. The use of concrete coupled with the clean lines provide a dramatic one-point perspective into the East River and opens the space up to sweeping views of the Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn skyline. A lucky few will be able to see the park this Friday during a sold out event for Archtober. The rest of us will be have to wait until it opens next Wednesday, October 24th.

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