Guastavino in New York: A Conversation at WNYC’s Greene Space
Monday, February 24 from 6:30 -7:30 pm

Join WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and distinguished guests Santiago Calatrava, John Ochsendorf, and Jill Lerner at The Greene Space in SoHo for a riveting introduction to Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr., the engineering and design geniuses behind many of New York City’s most treasured buildings and public spaces—and the subjects of Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, a new exhibition opening March 26, 2014, at the City Museum.

“Guastavino who?” In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Guastavino Company developed a patented system of structural tile vaults—lightweight, fireproof, cost-efficient, and capable of supporting significant amounts of weight—used by leading architects of the day, including McKim, Mead & White. Once widely influential and until recently forgotten, the Guastavinos’ work graces and supports over 200 long-overlooked marvels of engineering and architectural beauty throughout New York City’s five boroughs, including the vaulted ceiling of Grand Central Terminal’s Oyster Bar, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine’s massive dome, and the Elephant House at the Bronx Zoo.

Discover this fascinating father-son duo and their contributions to the fabric of the city from three people passionately interested in the Guastavinos’ work: MIT Professor John Ochsendorf, who won a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work on Guastavino; internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava—like Guastavino, Sr., a Valencian-born architect renowned for his soaring interior spaces (which rely on the latest engineering innovations); and architect Jill Lerner, a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the 2013 President of the AIA New York Chapter, and an exhibition co-chair of the Palaces for the People.

The live-streamed conversation takes place at WNYC’s Greene Space at 44 Charlton St, New York, NY 10013.
All tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Presented in conjunction with Palaces for the People (opens March 26) and co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter.