New York Times: Newark Project With Schools and Housing for Teachers

Thursday, 6 May 2010

New York Times: Newark Project With Schools and Housing for Teachers

But the Newark development, a complex for middle- and lower-income tenants to be known as Teachers Village, takes Mr. Meier, 75, back to his roots, to a time more than 40 years ago when he devoted as much energy to subsidized housing as to beach houses.

Despite the project’s modest budget of $120 million, its tautly composed and thoughtfully laid out forms reflect the same intelligence and care found in most of Mr. Meier’s work. City officials are hoping its design – along with its location, a dilapidated neighborhood between City Hall and a cluster of college campuses – will help contribute to a much wider urban revival.

Teachers Village is not only the most impressive of several new initiatives in Newark, but also the most dramatic example yet of what is shaping up to be a significant and hopeful trend in architecture.