Friday, April 8, 2011

High time in New York

7th April 2011: DNC writes: Some of us have been taking part in a field trip in New York. This is a great experience for anybody, but for someone interested in Tall Buildings, it is a seminal moment of connection with the culture of tall - in its most urbanistic manifestation.
Since I last came in 2005, there have been some new towers, notably, the Hearst, the Bank of America, the NY Times, and the almost complete Gehry tower in Spruce St. There are some startlingly innovative new towers in the Chelsea district near the High Line.

Our group includes all grades from First Year to Masters, and all but one come from international locations. Two of our students on this trip are tall building designers - Masoud who was one of the finalists in the Isover competition, and Yang Yang who is designing a Library and residential tower for Abu Dhabi.
Prominent projects by KPF (Shanghai built,
London is under construction)

I shall try to amend this blog item to add more about the visit, but first I will extend special thanks to KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox) of Bryant Park, NY, one of the world's leading practices who kindly gave us a tour of the office and a very interesting talk on their Sustainability policies and how they are implemented. Many thanks to Denise, Krista, Gara, Sam (and Bill Pedersen himself) for their generous time.

DNC in the Strawberry Field garden, commemorating John LennonThe whole group visited the AppleCentre in Fifth Avenue - the Apple Cube behind was replaced entirely shortly after by an even better one!
Times Square, so lively!View of Columbus Circle through the stretched glass screen of the Time Warner Center

Enjoy this set of 360┬║ panoramic tours of Manhattan!

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