2006_12_urbanglass.JPG+ Delays are plaguing Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House.

+ The Central Park Conservancy is going global.

+ Paris’ Phare Tower recalls Grand Central Terminal’s machine-age fascination, reports New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.

+ A map that's “one of the most beautiful, important and accurate plans of New York,” according to IN Phelps Stokes, who designed the University Settlement House at Eldridge and Rivington and Columbia’s St. Paul's Chapel.

+ An architect who is sparring with city officials over shoddy plywood mezzanines in Prospect Heights says sans irony that his in-progress building "cemented the neighborhood in terms of its jumpstart."

+ And, plans are afoot for a DUMBO historic district, but Landmarks may rename it. Rapailie, anyone?

+ Plus, a B- (or even C-) list celebrity sighting from the Best Week Ever blog: David Hasselhoff trying on a Chrysler Building costume for his upcoming stint in The Producers

Photo by Jill Priluck