TOUR DAY 2011: New York Tours

Docomomo US TOUR DAY 2011: New York


Tour Architectural Tour of University at Albany Campus
  Albany, NY
  Historic Albany Foundation
Date/Time Saturday October 8, 2011
2:00 PM (Note new tour time)
Location: SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Starting from University Hall
Description Join the Historic Albany Foundation for a tour of University at Albany Campus including access to the Edward Durell Stone exhibit on display at University Hall.
Tour Guides: Ray Bromley, PhD and Geoffrey Williams.
Special guest: Hicks Stone (son, Edward Durell Stone) and author of the upcoming book, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Story of a Legendary Artist
  Fee: Free for HAF members and $5 for the general public
  To reserve please contact

or Genny Faist at 518-465-0876 x10.


Roosevelt Island

Tour Roosevelt Island: New Town in Town
  New York, NY
  Docomomo US/New York Tri-State
Date/Time Sunday October 9, 2011, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

Roosevelt Island in New York City’s East River, one of America's prime accomplishments in Modern urban design, as part of Docomomo US Tour Day 2011. This mid-river sliver of land was identified in 1969 as the location for an unprecedented “new town in town,” the most ambitious effort of the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC).

An initial master plan by Philip Johnson and John Burgee laid out Main Street as the spine of the new community. Its most distinctive buildings, completed in the mid-1970s, include residential complexes designed by Johansen & Bhavnani and by Sert, Jackson & Associates, which step up in height from the riverfront to as much as 22 stories along Main Street. The 19th-century Chapel of the Good Shepherd was restored by architect Giorgio Cavaglieri as a landmark feature of the central plaza. A prominent concrete-framed parking garage was designed by Kallman & McKinnell. Landscape architects Lawrence Halprin and Dan Kiley contributed to the island's ample public spaces.

The most dramatic route to the island is the aerial tramway from Manhattan's East Side, inaugurated in 1976 and thoroughly modernized in 2010. A subway stop and a vehicular bridge from Queens are the only other means of access. A unique pneumatic tube trash collection system has operated since 1975.

Further construction over the past two decades, including a new public school and residential reuse of a historic hospital, has increased Roosevelt Island's population to about 12,000, making possible a greater range of shops and other services for its residents. Louis Kahn's 1974 proposal for a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt is only now being constructed at the south tip of the island.

Tour participants will be briefed on the development of the island by Theodore Liebman, who was UDC’s chief of architecture during the establishment of the island's unique urban concept and its most architecturally distinguished buildings. Ashok Bhavnani will address the island’s development as architect of some its most exemplary buildings and public spaces.

  Cost: $15 for Docomomo US members
        $25 for non-members
Click here to Register now via NY Charities


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