Zoning at New Heights: Supertalls and the Accidental Skyline

When: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:30pm

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Please note that this program is now sold out.  There will be a wait list starting at 5:45 pm on the evening of the event.  Any additional seats will be released at 6:30 pm in the order the names were received. You must be physically present when your name is called or your place will be forfeited.  We do not guarantee that any seats will become available.

New Yorkers have long had a love-hate relationship with height. And, as the age of the "supertall" tower sets a new precedent for what’s possible, controversies are growing. In response, the Municipal Art Society launched its Accidental Skyline report in 2013 to track the construction of "supertalls" along the southern border of Central Park. Since then, many more have sprouted up around the city, made possible by a combination of new engineering feats coupled with the thrust of global capital. Join us for a conversation with leading experts to consider whether or not the zoning regulations that were created to tame towers during the rise of the skyscraper in the early 20th century have kept pace with the evolving skyline. To view all of the programs in conjunction with Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016, click here

John Cetra, AIA, Founding Principal, Cetra Ruddy
Raphaël Fischler, Associate Professor at the School of Urban Planning, McGill 
Terrence O'Neal, Chair of the Land Use and Waterfront Committee, Community Board 6
Michael T. Sillerman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
Carol Willis, Founding Director, The Skyscraper Museum
Edith Hsu-Chen (moderator), NYC Department of City Planning Director for Manhattan

Reception and exhibition viewing to follow. 

Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society

1.5 LU AIA CES credit will be offered for attending this event.


Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society


This event is supported by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

The public programs in our Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 series are co-sponsored by AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, the New York Department of City Planning, and the New York Academy of Medicine, as well as the Barnard College & Columbia University Architecture Department, the Baruch College Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at the Zicklin School of BusinessCityLand, CIVITAS, the Columbia University Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, the CUNY School of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, the Historic Districts Council, the Institute for Public Architecture, The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the New York Building Congress, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, the NYU Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program, the Preservation League of New York StateProject for Public Spaces, the Regional Plan Association, the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture, the Society of Architectural HistoriansThe Skyscraper MuseumUrban Planning Student Association at NYU Wagner, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice

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