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Tracey Towers, 20 and 40 West Mosholu Parkway, South Bronx, NY, 1967-1972

“In Tracey Towers, the exterior walls are not curved for structural reasons at all, but because the site plan and traffic movement dictated an easing of the corners. They are also curved in order to lead the eye around the towers, thereby emphasizing their three-dimensionality. They are also curved because they give a heightened sense of security to the occupants of a very high building, and one looks out and sees these walls, which seem like huge columns, closely rising from the ground. However, they are not columns, but walls, but they are read as columns, which is as intended for psychological reasons.
The geometry of the car is curvilinear and is, in this case, related to the rectilinear organization of the building itself. It is the result of two dissimilar elements coming together.”

Interview with John Cook and Heinrich Klotz, 1973

Siris Amsterdam, cberengu, and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. lemskroob 118 months ago | reply

    woah. little too far on the shadow/highlight tool there

  2. Siris Amsterdam 118 months ago | reply

    The perspective is truly good! Imediate fav!
    According to your tags, these are the "Tracy Towers" ?

  3. CarolynSerrano 118 months ago | reply

    Ha ha ha...aren't these the buildings that you really didn't like and thought were ugly? You actually managed to make them look futuristic! Way cool!

    They should replace your previous Tracy Towers picture which was blogged about. This one is way way way cooler!!

  4. Arciteka 118 months ago | reply

    I still do, think they are ugly. But Architecturally, they are interesting, the way they were built and the design.

  5. CarolynSerrano 118 months ago | reply

    I like them how you portrayed them here in this picture. In reality, I think they're much more like the original picture you posted and not very appealing to the eyes. Definitely a very interesting design though. =)

  6. pasa~tiempo 118 months ago | reply

    great perspecitve ... and i enjoyed the architectural lesson ..

  7. Gillustrator 118 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called New York City Photographer's Club, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  8. Duane Bailey-Castro 118 months ago | reply


  9. mek7752 118 months ago | reply

    saw this in ! good job !

  10. onwatersedge 118 months ago | reply

    from this perspective, they remind me of KL's Petronas Towers. I like your angle!

  11. Hell's Attik 118 months ago | reply

    wasn't "tracy towers" a porn star? at least that's what i think of whenever i pass this building on my way to the botanical gardens.

  12. Arciteka 118 months ago | reply

    hahaha...the name is very suggestive..

    Thanks everyone :)

  13. James Hanlon 117 months ago | reply

    Congratulations! -

    This photo was #4 in the Top Ten photos of March 2008 at NYC5!


  14. racreations 117 months ago | reply

    This reminds me of that Wilco album cover.

  15. dresdnhope 109 months ago | reply

    You are invited to post this photo in the Group Slice of the World-Latitude N 40 00 - N 41 00, a group for pictures taken within the 40th parallel.

  16. aust-novella 108 months ago | reply

    Great picture!

    You might like to add it to the 'Looking up in the world at tall buildings' group found here:

  17. Alexander Marte Reyes 44 months ago | reply

    Tracey Towers. Nice capture.

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