Upcoming Programs

The book talks and lectures below are held at The Skyscraper Museum from 6:30-8 pm and are free of charge, except when noted. The gallery and exhibition are open for viewing from 6 pm. To assure admittance, guests must either use the RSVP form on this site or send an email to [email protected] with the name of the program you would like to attend.

Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members and employees of Corporate Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

Book Talks continue to be presented as webinars. Past lectures are posted on our website and YouTube channel for full online access. Curator's tours are held in-person in the gallery.

Curator’s Tour of TALL TIMBER

RSVP Thu, May 30, 2024 at 3:00 PM
The Museum’s director, Carol Willis, will offer a gallery tour of TALL TIMBER: The Future of Cities in Wood, which examines recent tall buildings in Mass Timber and proposals for its role in a more sustainable, low-carbon future for our cities and our planet. Curator’s tours are FREE, but you must book a timed ticket at 3pm on Ticketstripe, through the RSVP button.

Mass Timber by Code and at Scale

Tue, Jun 4, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Based in Seattle, architect Susan Jones is a national leader in the Mass Timber community. Established in 2003, her firm, atelierjones, completed four of the earliest mass timber buildings permitted in the United States and her recently completed project “Heartwood” marks a first of its kind in the US – eight stories of Mass Timber workforce housing. Developed by local nonprofit-housing operator Community Roots Housing on the site of a former parking lot in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Heartwood offers 126 units, of which roughly one-third are income-restricted. It is also a prototype for tall timber affordable housing at scale.

Timber/Timbre – Violin Concert

RSVP Fri, Jun 7, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Violin duo Miolina presents “Timber/Timbre,” a concert inspired by the trees that make-up our homes, schools, and businesses. Wood was one of humanity’s first building materials, and today it’s used in a new form, called Mass Timber, to build skyscrapers around the world. Miolina will present compositions that explore the nature of wood in connection with our current exhibition TALL TIMBER: The Future of Cities in Wood!

Miolina will present works by Dan Cooper, Dorothee Eberhardt, Mauro Godoy Villalobos, Jesse Jones, Sunny Knable, and Jessie Montgomery.

This concert is funded with support from NYSCA.

The concert is FREE, but you must book a timed-ticket for 5pm on Friday, June 7 on Ticketstripe, through the RSVP button above. The concert begins at 5:30pm.

Book Panel Discussion

Tue, Jun 11, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Skyscrapers today are controversial – especially in New York – but globally they are getting taller and more numerous. This evening features two authors, an economist, Jason M. Barr, and a real estate reporter, Katherine Clarke, discussing their recent books on supertall skyscrapers. The program, which is organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), New York Chapter, will be moderated by Peyman Askari, founding principal of PAN Partners and the CTBUH New York Chapter Executive/Co-Chair.

BPC South Neighborhood Walking Tour 1

Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Tour 1 on June 13 at 4pm, which will be repeated on June 21, 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 that followed the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. Starting in the Museum’s gallery to see historic views of the waterfront, the tour will visit South Cove and the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951.

This tour will meet at The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl.

Upfront Carbon — The Now Narrative

RSVP Tue, Jun 25, 2024 at 6:00 PM
A decade ago, concerns about energy consumption in the building sector focused on operational carbon – particularly, emissions associated with heating and cooling. Today, though, the discussion has shifted in part to embodied carbon, which can also be called “upfront carbon,” because it is carbon released into the atmosphere before the building even opens its doors. Embodied carbon measures the first-stage “carbon cost” of producing energy-intensive materials such as concrete and steel, of transporting them to the site, and of other processes that require burning fossil fuels used to construct a building.

BPC Business Core Walking Tour 2

Thu, Jul 11, 2024 at 4:00 PM
Tour 2 of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City on Thursday, July 11 at 4pm will focus on 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 will investigate how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project and how the goals of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades.

This tour will meet in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

Height & Hybrids

Tue, Jul 23, 2024 at 6:00 PM
A panel of experts will cap our lecture series The Short History and Promising Future of Tall Mass Timber Buildings with a discussion of Height & Hybrids. Our speakers include structural engineers and Mass Timber specialists Benton Johnson of SOM, Alejandro Fernandez of Thornton Tomasetti​, and Eric Karsh of EQUILIBRIUM who will be engaged in discussion with Daniel Sarfarik, Director of Research at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ​and co-author of the recent CTBUH Technical Guides​ on Tall Timber. Join us for a review of a decade of research on timber towers and a discussion of promising new directions and territories.

BPC North Neighborhood Walking Tour 3

Thu, Aug 8, 2024 at 4:00 PM
The third of the Museum’s three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City, on Thursday, August 8 at 4pm, will cover 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. Located two blocks from ground zero, we will also explore the history and design of the Irish Hunger Memorial completed in 2001. Tour 3 will be repeated on August 16 at 4pm.

This tour will meet in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

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The programs of The Skyscraper Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The programs of The Skyscraper Museum are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.