BPC South Neighborhood Walking Tour (repeat)

RSVP Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The first tour explores Battery Park City’s southern district, which is home to the Skyscraper Museum and includes some of BPC’s earliest landscapes and infrastructure, as well as the residential enclaves built in the 1990s, following the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. We will visit historic Pier A, Wagner Park, and South Cove, as well as the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951, and learn about the developing Resilience Action Plan of BPCA. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

The tour meets at and departs from The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates for bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Questions? Email [email protected] or call our office 212-945-6324.

Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin's Capital Princeton University Press, 2020

Moscow Monumental:
Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital

RSVP Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Historian Katherine Zubovich will discuss her new book Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin’s Capital, an in-depth history of the Stalinist skyscraper. In the early years of the Cold War, the skyline of Moscow was forever transformed by a citywide skyscraper building project. As the steel girders of the monumental towers went up, the centuries-old metropolis was reinvented to embody the greatness of Stalinist society. In Moscow Monumental Zubovich explores how the quintessential architectural works of the late Stalin era fundamentally reshaped daily life in the Soviet capital.

Katherine Zubovich is assistant professor of history at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Her research focuses on the former Soviet Union. Her interests include the history of cities and urban planning; the history of architecture and visual culture; and modern transnational history.

BPC Business Core Walking Tour

Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The second of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the middle zone of the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project. We will consider how the office and retail precinct connects to lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center and how the goal of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Questions? Email [email protected] or call our office 212-945-6324.

BPC Business Core Walking Tour (repeat)

Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The second of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the middle zone of the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project. We will consider how the office and retail precinct connects to lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center and how the goal of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Questions? Email [email protected] or call our office 212-945-6324.

Unless:
The Seagram Building Construction Ecology

RSVP Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM

In his new book Unless, Kiel Moe, professor of Architecture at McGill University and author of Empire State & Building, dissects the construction ecology, material geographies, and world-systems of the most modern of modern architectures: the Seagram Building. In his critical analysis of the environmental impact of architecture and urban real estate, Moe focuses on how humans and nature interact with the thin crust of the planet through architecture and how the immense material, energy and labor involved in building require a fresh interpretation of the ecological and social potential of design. He argues that unless architects begin to describe buildings as terrestrial events and artifacts, they will―to our collective and professional peril―continue to operate outside the key environmental dynamics and key political processes of this century.

Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Gerald Sheff Chair of Architecture at McGill University. He was previously Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where also served as a Co-Director of the MDes degree program in the Advanced Studies Program and Director of the Energy, Environments, and Design research unit at the GSD.

BPC Business Core Walking Tour (repeat)

Wed, Jul 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The second of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the middle zone of the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project. We will consider how the office and retail precinct connects to lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center and how the goal of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Questions? Email [email protected] or call our office 212-945-6324.

BPC Business Core Walking Tour (repeat)

Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The second of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the middle zone of the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project. We will consider how the office and retail precinct connects to lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center and how the goal of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority. Questions? Email [email protected] or call our office 212-945-6324.

BPC North Neighborhood Walking Tour

Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The third of the Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. In 2000, the Battery Park City Authority imposed mandatory “Green Guidelines” for all new construction and in 2003 the Solaire became the first residential building in the U.S. constructed to LEED environmental standards. Others we will visit followed, making BPC the nation’s first green community. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

BPC North Neighborhood Walking Tour (repeat)

Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The third of the Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. In 2000, the Battery Park City Authority imposed mandatory “Green Guidelines” for all new construction and in 2003 the Solaire became the first residential building in the U.S. constructed to LEED environmental standards. Others we will visit followed, making BPC the nation’s first green community. Tour duration is around 60 minutes. 

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address. 

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people. 

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscrapers Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

BPC North Neighborhood Walking Tour (repeat)

Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The third of the Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. In 2000, the Battery Park City Authority imposed mandatory “Green Guidelines” for all new construction and in 2003 the Solaire became the first residential building in the U.S. constructed to LEED environmental standards. Others we will visit followed, making BPC the nation’s first green community. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

BPC North Neighborhood Walking Tour (repeat)

Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM

The third of the Museum’s thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. We will explore the experiences of this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. In 2000, the Battery Park City Authority imposed mandatory “Green Guidelines” for all new construction and in 2003 the Solaire became the first residential building in the U.S. constructed to LEED environmental standards. Others we will visit followed, making BPC the nation’s first green community. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.

This tour will meet in the Wintergarden at Brookfield Place. You must RSVP by the Eventbrite link to reserve a place for each person on the tour. Any updates regarding meeting points or bad-weather cancellations will be sent to your email address.

Masks are required in the museum. For outdoor tours, masks are suggested, even for vaccinated adults. All programs will be socially distanced. Each tour is limited to 20 people.

Walking Tours are free! Reservation priority is given to Skyscraper Museum members and residents of Battery Park City. Programs are supported by a Community Partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

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