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Lecture by Charles Starks, Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College; Research Fellow, New York Preservation Archive Project

27 Feb


New Yorks Forgotten Planning and Preservation Pioneer: Piecing Together the Legacy of George McAneny


Charles Starks, Adjunct Lecturer in Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College; Research Fellow, New York Preservation Archive Project

 Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm

New York University Department of Art History

Silver Center, Room 301

100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

George McAneny (1869–1953), New York’s most celebrated city planner and preservationist in the first half of the 20th century, had an extraordinarily diverse and consequential public career that spanned from the height of the Progressive Era to the early Cold War. He was elected to the presidencies of the Borough of Manhattan and the New York City Board of Aldermen, and led, at various times, the City Club, the Municipal Art Society, the Regional Plan Association, and the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, among other groups. As a public official and advocate, McAneny expanded streets and subways, institutionalized planning and zoning, fought to preserve historic buildings, and, in his last years, was a central figure in the creation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This lecture will bring into focus the complex career of a man known to architects as an early champion of zoning, to preservationists as a hero who successfully battled Robert Moses, and to subway buffs as a dogged negotiator of the contracts that built the IRT and the BMT. Drawing on material from archives and published sources, the lecture will aim to show that McAneny’s vision and legacy, obscured in the decades after his death by the dominating figure of Moses, are worth remembering as New York struggles with the challenges of city building in the 21st century.

The manuscript on which the lecture is based can be downloaded from Research for this manuscript was generously supported by the New York Preservation Archive Project.

Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter, and the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

–Free and open to the public–



Urban Design Summer in London!

10 Feb

Financial Assistance available as well as Gilman Scholarship for Federal Pell Grant recipients!


Professor Jon Ritter on Panel: Building the Outer Boroughs

6 Feb


Building the Outer Boroughs:
Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Manhattan

An interdisciplinary symposium exploring the history of architectural and urban development in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Brooklyn College Library, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Organizers: Anna Jozefacka and Malka Simon

Keynote Speaker: Hilary Ballon

Participants: Thomas J. Campanella, Jane Cowan, Andrew S. Dolkart, Kimbro Frutiger, Emma Fuller, Alyssa Loorya, Martha Nadell, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Paul Ranogajec, Christopher Ricciardi, Jon Ritter, Kara Murphy Schlichting, Jonathan D. Taylor, Frampton Tolbert, Andrew Wasserman.

This symposium is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the Brooklyn College School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts; the Brooklyn College Department of Art; and the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College.

For more information about the program, visit the symposium website.

Lecture by URDS Professor Magda Salvesen

6 Feb

VMAIL Muted Sky C7D6E3

Spring Lecture Series
Victorian Gardens, Victorian Women’s History, The Life of Beatrix Potter, and Lincoln in New York

The {Disputed} Glories of the High Victorian Garden 
Thursday, February 9
English Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street
6:30 p.m.
New horticultural imports, exciting technological innovations, controversies over color theory, patterns and lay-out all characterize this period in the world of English gardens.  Owners and their head gardeners looked to former historical styles (especially Italian) while incorporating current Victorian pursuits and fashions.
Majda Salvesen, garden history author and adjunct lecturer in the NYU Department of Art and Architecture History and Urban Studies, will examine these new variants and their influence on 21st century garden design.
    Munstead Wood, Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Photo by Kathleen Bennett 
No reservation is required for free lectures and attendees are invited to a post-lecture reception.


Summer in London!

31 Jan


NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture Fall Open House / Information Session for 2017-18

30 Jan


 Monday, February 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Silver Center 307

100 Washington Square East

 Looking for a future path?  Love old buildings?  Why not make them new again?  NYU’s London-based M.A. Program provides an immersion in adaptive reuse and sustainable building practice. Come learn about the program at our spring open house, featuring presentations about our faculty and curriculum, along with admissions information for 2017-18, and a discussion of career opportunities in the field. Program directors and alumni will be there to discuss the program and answer your questions.

The Master of Arts Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture is a nine-month program focusing on the creative reuse of older buildings.  In an era when the demolition of older buildings has been recognized, not just as a loss to the urban fabric but also as a major source of environmental pollution, retaining historic structures and using them for new purposes is increasingly desirable –and profitable.  This program explores innovative ways to reconcile real estate development with historical preservation and environmental protection by recycling existing structures.  The course of study combines academic training and research with experiential learning opportunities, and the program operates within the framework of New York University’s London program.

For more information, see our web pages at:


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Lecture by Yunjie Ni, Historic and Sustainable Architecture MA 2016 graduate

9 Jan