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George Ranalli

ORO editions, 2009
112 pages
75 colour & 20 b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9780981462882

In 2008, renowned New York City-based architect George Ranalli completed a renovation (commissioned by the NYC Housing Authority in Brooklyn) to Brownsville's Saratoga Community Center to create a highly functional and re-imagined super-block.

For New York City's public housing agency, Ranalli used glass-fiber-reinforced-concrete (GFRC) lintels and copestones, and buff-grey cement panels with routed joints indoors, to imbue a new community center with layers of meaning and visual interest. The 5,000 square-foot facility - set on the plaza of a typical 1960's superblock next to an 18-story mixed income housing slab - expands the program of city-sponsored recreation by linking to an existing recreational center on the tower's first floor with a long hall, perforated by doors and windows.


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