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Times Square Competition, 1st Place Winning Entry. Designer with Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA. Ink, Airbrush, Collage, 1984.
The Times Square Competition was an international, one-stage idea competition. The hope of the Municipal Art Society was to raise public awareness of the design possibilities for the triangular site in contrast to a development project which had plans to demolish much of the historic fabric. The Rusche/Bentel scheme was one of eight winning schemes and the only one not to suggest a building for the site, but rather a stage, proscenium, movable lights and the New Year’s Eve pole and ball. They overlaid a huge urban grid using the Broadway orthogonal, which is sharply angled from the Manhattan grid, across the whole zone enlarging the outreach of the Times Square character and energy. The new overlay was made up of fixed and mobile theaters, kiosks, seating, mobile lighting and speaker boxes.
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, "Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA, FAAR '94, LEED AP / Liberal Arts, 1979" (2014). Women in the Design World: Work in Progress. 10.