Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Zoning At New Heights: Supertalls and the Accidental Skyline


Thursday, December 8, 2016


6:30 p.m.

Location: Museum of the City of New York, New York City, United States

Organizer: Museum of the City of New York and The Municipal Art Society



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.

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


$25 for adults | $20 for seniors & students | $15 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission. 

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