Book Panel Discussion

Tue, Jun 11, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Scribner Books, 2024

Crown Currency, 2023

This book talk will take place IN-PERSON at the Museum's lower Manhattan gallery. Space is limited, so priority RSVP is given to Museum Members and Corporate Members who can register by emailing [email protected]. General registration opens on June 1.

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Skyscrapers today are controversial – especially in New York – but globally they are getting taller and more numerous. This evening features two authors, an economist and a real estate reporter, 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.

Jason M. Barr, a professor of economics at Rutgers University-Newark, will outline his new book Cities in the Sky: The Quest to Build the World's Tallest Skyscrapers (Scribner Books, 2024). Barr will compare cities with ascending skylines to see what motivates their architectural ambitions.

Katherine Clarke, a writer on residential real estate for numerous publications, including The Real Deal and The Wall Street Journal will recap her recent book Billionaires' Row: Tycoons, High Rollers, and the Epic Race to Build the World's Most Exclusive Skyscrapers (Crown Currency, 2023). Clarke focuses on the real-estate impresarios behind the super-slender supertalls of 57th St. and Central Park South.

The event runs from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm with the gallery open from 5:00-5:30 pm to view the Skyscraper Museum's current exhibition, TALL TIMBER: The Future of Cities in Wood. The program begins at 5:30 with authors' presentations, followed by Q&A moderated by Peyman Askari. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Jason M. Barr

Jason M. Barr is a professor of economics at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan Skyscrapers (OUP, 2016). His research has been featured in The Washington PostThe EconomistCurbed, and Architectural Record. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, StarTrek.com, Dezeen.com, and Scientific American. He currently writes The Skynomics Blog, covering topics on skyscrapers, cities, and economics.

Katherine Clarke

Katherine Clarke is a reporter covering residential real estate for The Wall Street Journal. She previously covered the topic for the New York Daily News and The Real Deal. A native of Northern Ireland, she attended Trinity College Dublin and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.