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2005_12_javitsctr.jpgRecently, it was announced that architect James Ingo Freed died last week. Who? He was a partner at Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners - the firm started by I.M. Pei; you can read his bio here. While many obituaries called out the fact that he designed the Holocaust Museum in D.C. (here's a link to the museum), Freed designed a lot of recognizable city buildings: The Kips Bay Plaza housing, University Plaza Towers on Bleecker (also known as Silver Towers), 88 Pine Street in Wall Street, and the Jacob Javits Center. In fact, as noted in the Times obituary, the MoMA's Terrence Riley says that University Plaza and 88 Pine are "two of the most refined examples of modern design in all of Manhattan."

The Art Institute of Chicago has a transcript of Freed discussing architecture - 134 pages of transcript!

Photograph of University Plaza from Jake Dobkin; image of the Javits Center from Pei, Cobb, Freed