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Will the Cooper Union Soil the Bowery?



    Will the Cooper Union Soil the Bowery?


    Hated by many but loved by many more (or so our initial straw polling concludes), the new Morphosis-designed Cooper Union building is not yet open to those pursuing a gratis education, and yet—and yet!—there is already controversy on the upper Bowery. A Curbed tipster is mightily concerned about the building's upkeep:

    Every morning on my walk into work I pass by the new Cooper Union building and I've noticed that it gets extremely dirty every few months. Attached are a few photos taken over this time period. In the first they had just finished putting a new section in, and compared to the older one you could see a huge contrast in how clean it was. Then I walked by a few weeks later and took another picture and I thought, oh look, I guess it's not a big deal at all, they cleaned it. But this morning I witnessed how they cleaned it.


    And how, pray tell, do they clean it?


    A giant crane and a single man with a small washcloth wiping it down by hand. Do they honestly believe they can keep this up forever or will they just let the building naturally get dirty as part of a "look", because I serious doubt they can....

    Unknown, but with the immaculately gleaming Cooper Square Hotel almost right next door, it's no wonder the Cooper Union's hot mesh has clean-us envy!


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