Metropolism: A look into the future… from the 1920s
Development / Film / Infrastructure

Metropolism: A look into the future… from the 1920s


me·trop·o·lis –noun, plural -lis·es. 1. any large, busy city. 2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region. 3. a central or principal place, as of some activity. Before Star Wars, one of the most popularly noted futuristic films came from Germany in the late 1920s. A visionary depiction of skyscrapers ruling the landscape and flying cars. While skyscrapers do not sound to futuristic to you now – in this moment in history, there were very few skyscrapers, and to … Continue reading

Nineteenth Century Suspension Bridges
Development / History / Infrastructure / New York City

Nineteenth Century Suspension Bridges


During the nineteenth century there was a shift in materials used for construction; iron and concrete gained significant popularity. With these heavier materials and increased desire for functionalism, architects sought new advances to technology to support weight. The bridges of the time are the greatest remnants of their success. The iron suspension bridge was introduced in … Continue reading

Opposition to NYU 2031
Development / Historic Preservation / History / Landmark Preservation Committee / New York City

Opposition to NYU 2031


The Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation rallied at Silver Towers against New York University’s plan to expand it’s campus further into Greenwich Village. NYU plans to erect a 40-story, 400′ tower within architect I.M. Pei’s Silver Towers complex – which contains landmarked buildings. This would be the first step in a large scale plan for … Continue reading

Expansion of Columbia University
Development / New York City

Expansion of Columbia University


Manhattanville in West Harlem While New York University considers it’s campus to span all over manhattan – with it’s buildings spanning over all neighborhoods. Columbia’s campus, while very large already, is constricted when a feeling for  expansion arrises in the densely populated urban environment. It is all too natural for universities and colleges to seek to expand … Continue reading