New York City's borough of Queens isn't known for cutting-edge architecture. But its lackluster skyline is now facing a dramatic transformation with a $1-billion mixed-use development designed by Richard Rogers for the Queens-based television and film production company, Silvercup Studios. Plans call for two residential towers, approximately 600- and 500-feet tall, as well as a 526-foot-tall commercial building. The new buildings are to be built along the East River on a six-acre site next to the Queensborough Bridge. The 2.2 million-square-foot project includes 1,000 units of residential housing, office, and retail space, a riverfront esplanade, a cultural facility and eight new soundstages (see image below).