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October 2019

Free
October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Joanna Merwood-Salisbury book talk: Design for the Crowd

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Manhattan’s Union Square occupies a central place in both the geography and the history of New York City. Since it was laid out in the mid-19th century, Union Square has served as a microcosm for the ongoing debates about the proper usage of urban public space. In Design for the Crowd: Patriotism and Protest in Union Square, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury explores two centuries of urban planning to weave the narrative of how the formal design of the square evolved in tandem with its…

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$5
October 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

My New Best Friend is a Skyscraper!

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Do skyscrapers have personalities? With a little imagination, skyscrapers like One World Trade and the Burj Khalifa can transform from stationary buildings into story characters. Kids will explore the Supertall Wall to pick their favorite building and design a character and comic based on that building to introduce to the group. Ages 4-8. RSVP NOW

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November 2019

Free
November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saving cities: How New York State reshaped New York City since the 1950s

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065 United States

What do big projects like Battery Park City, the World Trade Center, Riverbank State Park, the Times Square redevelopment, the MTA, and the Mitchell Lama housing projects all have in common? The crucial, if often overlooked, role played by New York State in planning, financing, developing and managing these massive initiatives. Since the Great Depression, New York State has dramatically increased the scale and scope of its urban activity with the stated goal of counteracting central city economic decline. Three…

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$5
November 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Skyscraper Jenga family program

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Love Jenga? Wish it could be bigger? We can top that. Young builders will work in teams with educators and parents to get the game started with a stable block tower. Players must think carefully about how to take turns removing the blocks one by one until the whole building comes crashing down (no hard hat required!). Ages 6+. RSVP NOW

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Free
November 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nicholas Adams book talk: Gordon Bunshaft and SOM

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Gordon Bunshaft’s landmark 1952 design for Lever House reshaped the Manhattan skyline and elevated the reputation of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the firm where he would spend more than 40 years as a partner. His legacy endures in the corporate headquarters, museums, and libraries that were built in his distinctive modernist style. Although this enigmatic architect left behind few records and famously claimed “the building speaks for itself,” architecture historian Nicholas Adams discerns in his work as a tension…

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$5
November 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Crafting Skyscraper Hand Turkeys Family Program

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Thankful for skyscrapers? This week, we’re putting an architectural twist on the classic hand turkey, replacing feathers with skyscrapers. Kids can either draw inspiration from our Supertall Wall or design skyscrapers of their own to pick and display their top five from around the world. RSVP NOW.

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December 2019

$5
December 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Rosie Revere, Engineer family program

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

Young learners will be inspired by a reading of Andrea Beaty’s illustrated book, Rosie Revere, Engineer. After the story, the young engineers will use different materials to design and construct their very own innovative skyscraper. Ages 2-5. RSVP NOW.

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Free
December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Charles Duff book talk: North Atlantic Cities

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

For 150 years the word "downtown" meant a central district where people worked and didn’t live. A product of the first half of the 19th century, especially in the cities of the US and the UK, downtowns responded to the unprecedented volume of trade in the Industrial Revolution and depended on a series of innovations in architecture, construction, and municipal transport. In his new book, The North Atlantic Cities, developer and historian Charles Duff, highlights vibrant centers such as the…

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$5
December 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Wonderland lantern family program

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280 United States

The weather outside may be frightful, but the view from a skyscraper is so delightful. Come out and build a magical winter wonderland lantern featuring supertall skyscrapers from around the world. Ages 5+. RSVP NOW.

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