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OLIN in NY: Philly firm's design 'as dramatic as anything I'd ever seen,' says philanthropist

Philadelphia landscape architecture and urban design firm OLIN has a history of wowing New York crowds with its work, and is now part of an ambitious plan to transform the city's Museum of Modern Art, reports The New York Times.

OLIN, the Philadelphia landscape architecture and urban design firm behind the renewals of Bryant Park and Columbus Circle, has planned the project and will serve as its lead designer. David H. Koch, a Met trustee and the philanthropist who in 2008 pledged $100 million to renovate the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center -- which was renamed for him -- is providing $60 million to finance it. But the plaza will not be named after him.

"It all began when I was invited to attend the restarting of the fountains on Lincoln Center’s plaza" in 2009, Mr. Koch said in a telephone interview. "When the water started shooting up and was so beautifully illuminated, it blew me away. That's when I suddenly got the idea that it would be great if the Met did something similar with their crummy fountains."

Original source: The New York Times
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