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Press & Mentions

08.27.19 It’s Manhattan’s Last Affordable Neighborhood; But For How Long? New York Times, PDF (UR07 Zoned Out!)

09.18.19 Kongjian Yu in International Federation of Landscape Architecture - World Congress (UR08 Letters to the Leaders of China)

9.05.19 Urban Research receives Graham Foundation Organization Grant, Architect Magazine, Architect's Newspaper, E-Flux

08.09.19 Fighting For Their Park, LES Residents Challenge the City’s Climate Change Plan, The Indypendent (UR07 Zoned Out!)

07.04.19 Happy Fourth of July: Is this really the America we want? Salon (UR11 Spaces of Disappearance)

06.20.19 Facing Human Extinction, Activist Wants to ‘Go Down Swinging’, (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

06.19.19 Zoned Out! A Daily Dose of Architecture Books (UR07 Zoned Out!)

05.30.19 A new bill would force the city to confront the racial impact of development, Brooklyn Eagle (UR07 Zoned Out!)

05.27.19 Peter B. Collins in Conversation with Vanessa Keith, TV Interview (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

05.23.19 Venezuela y la modernidad que apenas fue, Arquine (UR12 Downward Spiral)

05.22.19 Gowanus residents make last-ditch effort to stop city plan, Brooklyn Eagle (UR07 Zoned Out!)

05.22.19 'Clean It Before You Rezone It,' Gowanus Activists Tell City, Gowanus Patch (UR07 Zoned Out!)

05.07.19 Real Estate Rules, Bureaucracy Obeys, Communities Rise Up, The Indypendent (UR07 Zoned Out!)

05.02.19 Making Connections: With Julie Mehretu, Artscope Magazine (UR05 Beyond the Square) PDF

04.05.19 Digital BBC News (UK). El Helicoide: from shopping mall to torture prison nominated for a Webby! Category - website, individual editorial feature media, Webby Awards (UR12 Downward Spiral)

04.01.19 Human Rights Best Graphic Awards: Digital BBC News (UK). El Helicoide: from shopping mall to torture prison, Malofiej Infographics World Summit Awards (UR12 Downward Spiral)

04.01.19 Industry City: A Green New Deal Vs. Gentrification in Sunset Park, The Indypendent (UR07 Zoned Out!)

03.31.19 El Helicoide: Cultural Center, El Nacional (UR12 Downward Spiral)

03.28.19 Opinion: In New York City, Mayor de Blasio’s Rezonings Amplify Inequalities, Metropolis (UR07 Zoned Out!)

03.27.19 The Debate Over Elizabeth Street Garden, Little Italy’s Treasure, The Newschool Free Press (UR07 Zoned Out!)

03.20.19 The waters are rising, the floods are coming. What are we doing to save ourselves?, USAToday (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

03.16.19 Peter B. Collins mentions 2100 in his conversation with Congressman Jared Huffman, PBC in (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

03.15.19 Manhattan Transfer To save the city from rising seas, build more of it, Slate (UR02: Waterproofing New York)

03.13.19 Panel Discusses the Future of Elizabeth Street Garden, Washington Square News (UR07 Zoned Out!)

03.07.19 In-Depth Interview: Vanessa Keith Offers Blueprints for 2100, Life on Earth Will Be Very Different, Peter B. Collins - Audio (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

03.00.19 The International Studies Shelf, Midwest Book Review (UR08 Letters to the Leaders of China)

02.27.19 Secrets of American Power: Unitary Executive Theory, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and Extraordinary Rendition, The Intercept - Audio (UR11 Spaces of Disappearance)

02.10.19 El Helicoide: The futuristic wonder that now sums up Venezuela's spiral into despair, CNN (UR12 Downward Spiral)

02.00.19 Remains of the Fray, Art Forum (UR12 Downward Spiral)

01.24.19 Interactive: El Helicoide: From shopping mall to torture prison, BBC World (UR12 Downward Spiral)

01.24.19 El Helicoide: From an icon to a infamous Venezuelan jail, BBC World News (UR12 Downward Spiral)

01.10.19 Queens Neighborhoods United Fights Gentrification, Big Business, Queens Chronicle (UR07 Zoned Out!)

12.2018 Sponge Cities Can Limit Urban Floods and Droughts, Scientific American (UR08 Letters to the Leaders of China)

12.15.18 Holiday Reading List 2019, Azure Magazine (UR12 Downward Spiral)

12.14.18 While the Rest of the Subway System Crumbles, MTA to Spend $6B on 3 Stations, The Indypendent (UR07 Zoned Out!)

12.08.18 Kongjian Yu: To Save China’s Environment, Educate the Leaders, American Society of Landscape Architecture DIRT (UR08 Letters to the Leaders of China)

11.30.18 Book Review, Midwest Book Review (UR11 Spaces of Disappearance)

11.28.18 Best Books of 2018, American Society of Landscape Architecture DIRT (UR08 Letters to the Leaders of China)

11.05.18 Travel Light, A/D/O Podcast, Vanessa Keith 18:10 (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

11.03.18 Zoning for the 1%, Dissent (UR07 Zoned Out!)

10.30.18 So You Want to Learn About: Michael Sorkin, Archidose

10.07.18 El Helicoide y la nostalgia del ascenso,  (UR12 Downward Spiral)

10.02.18 Leandro Benmergui reseña "Downward Spiral: El Helicoide’s Descent from Mall to Prison",  (UR12 Downward Spiral)

10.01.18 Book Review, Blueprint Magazine (UR11 Spaces of Disappearance)

09.26.18 Hoping to Dictate City Rezoning and Stem Gentrification, Locals Put Forth Bushwick Community Plan, Gotham Gazette (UR07 Zoned Out!)

09.17.18 In-Depth Interview: NYU’s Jordan H. Carver Talks About His Remarkable New Book About Rendition, Detention and Torture, Peter B. Collins Show (UR11 Spaces of Disappearance)

09.01.18 Road to Nowhere. Carlos Brillembourg on El Helicoide, ArtForum September 2018 Vol.57 No.1 (UR12 Downward Spiral)

08.22.18 Book Review, (ibidem) Planum readings n.9/2018. Supplemento al n.36, vol I/2018 di Planum The Journal of Urbanism (UR05 Beyond the Square)

07.16.18 Book Review, Archidose (UR12 Downward Spiral)

06.04.18 Helicoide: La sede central de la policía política y ergástula de la dictadura de Maduro equivale al cuartel general de la Gestapo, El Pais (UR12 Downward Spiral)

06.02.18 Ruinas vivientes de América Latina: El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya, El Nacional (UR12 Downward Spiral)

05.16.18 Open Studio: Terreform and Michael Sorkin Studio, NYCxDesign

04.26.18 This Book Imagines How Cities Let Humanity Survive Cataclysmic Climate Change, Metropolis (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

04.19.18 Celeste Olalquiaga: “El Helicoide es una metáfora de Venezuela” El Universal (UR12 Downward Spiral)


03.29.18 What Happens to Jerome Avenue after its Rezoning? Curbed New York (UR07 Zoned Out!)

03.26.18 Book Review: Occupy All Streets, Planning Perspectives DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2018.1453282  (UR09 Occupy All Streets)

03.01.18 The Jerome Avenue Rezoning’s Spoken and Unspoken Policies, Norwood News (UR07 Zoned Out!)


02.19.18 Neither Fully Urban nor Fully of the Biosphere, Forbes Utopia (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

02.08.18 Terreform's Downward Spiral Reveals Dramatic History Behind Venezuela's Symbolic El Helicoide, World Architecture Community (UR12 Downward Spiral)


01.18.18 A New Book Tells the Story of a Modernist Mall Turned Political Prison, Metropolis (UR12 Downward Spiral)

01.18.18 Ruinas vivientes de América Latina: El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya, ViceVersa Mag (UR12 Downward Spiral)


12.31.17 Ruinas modernas y arte contemporáneo: el caso de El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya,  Cuadernos de Literatura Vol. XXI N.o42 Julio-Diciembre 2017 (UR12 Downward Spiral)

12.1.17 To Helicoide and Back, ASPIRE (UR12 Downward Spiral)


11.10.17 How a Mall Became a Prison - and a Symbol of Venezuela's Collapse, Americas Quarterly  (UR12 Downward Spiral)

11.01.17 The 502 Report: Vanessa Keith, Louisville MetroTV (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)


10.31.17 Five Years After Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers Reflect on the Storm's Legacy, Metropolis (UR02: Waterproofing New York)

10.27.17 If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Architect Vanessa Keith On How Cities Will Adapt To Climate Change, 89.3 WFPL Louisville NPR (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

10.16.17 Sustainability Summit: resilience, equity & climate change, Lane Report, Kentucky Business, Agenda (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

10.06.17 Latin America's Living Ruins: El Helicoide de la Roca Tarpeya, Coleccion Cisneros (UR12 Downward Spiral)


09.15.17 Downward spiral: how Venezuela’s symbol of progress became political prisoners’ hell, The Guardian  (UR12 Downward Spiral)

09.10.17 É hora de o norte parar de achar que o mundo deve ser refeito à sua imagem, (UR07 Zoned Out!)


09.10.17 My starting point is with housing as a human right. Tom Angotti. Paprika - Yale School of Architecture (UR07 Zoned Out!)

08.11.17 Featured Member: Vanessa Keith, Oculus (UR03 2100: A Dystopian Utopia)

8.03.17 Graham Foundation announces 2017 Grants for Organizations, ArchDaily, Archinect, Architect Magazine, Architect's Newspaper, Artforum, E-Flux