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Albright-Knox architect earns laughs for reimagined Delaware Park

Architect Shohei Shigematsu had a crowd of Buffalonians laughing along with him during a public meeting about Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion project on Nov. 1 when he revealed a new tongue-in-cheek take on the western edge of Delaware Park.

In a collection of Photoshopped aerial images, Shigematsu presented a radically retooled vision of Delaware Park based on initial feedback from those who attended a public meeting in late-September.

Note that this is NOT an actual proposal from OMA, but rather a playful visual experiment and a demonstration of the firm's famously exhaustive approach to creative problem-solving:

Notice what's happened to the parking lot, Iroquois Drive to the north of the gallery, and the road that separates the gallery from Hoyt Lake.

Another view from OMA, which earned its own share of laughs:

Shigematsu gave a fascinating presentation about his firm's work on other recent projects that will no doubt have some bearing on the Albright-Knox expansion, especially when it comes to creative solutions for parking.

The Nov. 1 meeting was also the public's first chance to meet renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, who will be responsible for reshaping the outdoor look of the new museum's campus.

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