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Syracuse Center of Excellence

Toshiko Mori Architect

America settentrionale | Syracuse

Syracuse is one of several U.S. cities searching for a viable future after the demise of its traditional industries. When visiting this city in Upper New York State you immediately sense as in Pittsburgh or Buffalo or Detroit economic erosion, fractured architectural ambition, and the relative absence of residents. That’s fundamentally bad news. The good news however if that many such cities have progressive universities, engines for culture and technology, and a post-industrial fabric of abandoned factories, nascent lofts and abundant open space, a low-cost alternative to New York, Boston or San Francisco for today’s highly mobile artists, researchers and entrepreneurs.
Syracuse’s rise in the early 19th century was due to its position on the Erie Canal, a vital artery linking the Hudson River, and thus New York, to the Great Lakes, Canada and the American Midwest. The urban core...

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