National Building Museum

Joshua David and Robert Hammond: Harnessing Friction

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Scully_HighLine_Aerial.jpgThe National Building Museum awards its fifteenth Vincent Scully Prize to Friends of the High Line co-founders, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, for their work in creating one of the most successful urban revitalization projects to date. Under their leadership, the High Line has become an international model for other reuse projects and community activism. Since its first section opened in 2009, the High Line has served as a catalyst for the re-development of Manhattan’s West Side and has prompted more than $2 billion in investment in the neighborhood.

The public program features an original talk by Mr. David and Mr. Hammond. In "Harnessing Friction", Mr. David and Mr. Hammond discuss how the High Line tapped the seemingly incompatible forces of money, real estate, and politics versus community, preservation, and design to create new kind of public place for the 21st century. Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and a past recipient of the Vincent Scully Prize, offers opening remarks.

The Vincent Scully Prize was instituted in honor of Vincent Scully, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of the history of art at Yale University and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Miami. The Vincent Scully Prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999 to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design. The Prize has since come to be known as one of the most important awards in the field, recognizing the importance of ideas and scholarship that lead to great built places.

1.5 LU (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 LA CES (ASLA) 

$12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

The National Building Museum is grateful for the generous donations to the Vincent Scully Prize received since its inception, which sustain the program. 

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Photo: The High Line, aerial view, from West 30th Street, looking South toward the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center site.  ©Iwan Baan, 2011.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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