Coney Island

Coney Island

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For almost 100 years, Coney Island was the most popular seaside destination in the United States. Eachyear, millions escaped the heat of New York City to savor the thrills of the Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel at the Astroland amusement park. They came to sample an original Nathan's Famous hot dog, witness the first demolition derby, or to take a chance at a game of three-card Monte on the legendary boardwalk. The advent of air-conditioning, concerns about Coney's qtawdryq entertainment, and faster transportation to other beaches hastened the demise of what had become a uniquely American icon of entertainment and a defining terminus of New York at the water's edge. In an effort to revitalize the area, the Van Alen Institute, in concert with the Coney Island Development Corporation, held the Parachute Pavilion Competition, a contest to design a year-round pavilion in the shadow of the Parachute Jump, a landmark built for the 1939 World's Fair. Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition presents all 864 submissionsfrom the feasible to the fantasticreceived from around the world. The winning design by London-based Carmody Groarke Hardie is a mesmerizing attraction in its own right, composed of two provocative trapezoids illuminated by thousands of colored light bulbs. The design respects the historic icon under which it is located but also promises to become an icon in its own right and bring the fun-loving spirit of Coney Island into the twenty-first century. Featuring essays, photographic documentation, and jury comments, Coney Island: The Parachute Pavilion Competition is a critical resource for students, designers, city officials, and anyone interested in Coney Island and the reinvention of the historic recreation sites of our cities.Every aspect is controlled in a way that evokes both the Forum shops in Las Vegasa#39; Caesar Palace, where the sun ... Mechanized parrots squawk from branches of the domea#39;s ingenious rain forest, which remain lush and tropical ... The banks of the River Seine converted into an urban beach, Paris Plage, 2003 Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan, 1998 End of the Highway. 2001. A Peugeot car ownersa#39; club.

Title:Coney Island
Author:Zoe Ryan, Jonathan Cohen-Litant
Publisher:Princeton Architectural Press - 2007


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