The second Friday afternoon session explores new narratives in nineteenth-century New York. Speakers focus on lesser-studied typologies of commercial architecture, hotels, and lofts, and on the extraordinary importance of Broadway as a high-value corridor, made visible by the Ten & Taller survey.
|0:00 – 4:02||Introductions by Carol Willis|
|4:03– 31:53||Hotels: Big and Tall|
Tom Mellins, architectural historian and independent curator
|31:54 – 51:09||Broadway: The Tallest Street in the City|
Michelle Young, Adjunct Professor, Columbia, GSAPP and founder of Untapped Cities
|51:10 – 1:17:20||Lofty Lofts and the Broadway Bridge to Midtown|
Carol Willis, Director, The Skyscraper Museum
|1:17:21 –1:23:37||Questions and Colloquy|
All symposium speakers
Carol Willis is the founder, director, and curator of The Skyscraper Museum. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press, 1995), among other publications. An Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University’s GSAPP, she teaches in the program Shape of Two Cities: New York and Paris.
Michelle Young is Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she leads the Urban Studies Studio in the New York/Paris: Shape of Two Cities program. The founder of Untapped Cities, a popular urban discovery and exploration website, she is also the author of Broadway (Arcadia Publishing, 2015), as well as other publications on New York City.
Thomas Mellins is an architectural historian, author, and independent curator specializing in New York City. He is the co-author, with Robert A. M. Stern, of New York 1880, New York 1930, and New York 1960. He has organized exhibitions at the National Building Museum, Yale University, and, most recently, “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy” at the Museum of the City of New York.
Fran Leadon is an Associate Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. He is a co-author, with Norval White and Elliot Willensky, of the fifth edition of the classic guidebook, AIA Guide to New York City (Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). He is at work on the forthcoming volume Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles (W. W. Norton).