New York deserves better than Andrew Cuomo’s towering folly Rowan Moore

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The state governor appears decided to provide the town’s well-known skyline a lumpy revamp

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, is presently resisting calls to resign over allegations of sexual harassment. So what higher method to show that he's undoubtedly not a phallocratic bully than to “ram via”, as one outlet places it, a super-tall tower referred to as Penn 15, and an enormous improvement round it?

It’s not simply that its identify reads just like the personalised licence plate of an insufficient and not-literate male. It's also that this lumpy object will compete on the NY city skyline with the close by Empire State Building – Penn 15 can be bulkier than its well-known neighbour and virtually as tall. It's a part of the Penn District, a proposed “campus” that may rip up a number of metropolis blocks and substitute them with what, on the out there proof, seems like additional massive lumps swathed in bland and generic design.

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