Context Contrast, New York Architecture Exhibition

Context Contrast Exhibiton, New York Architectural Show, Building

Context Contrast New York : Architecture

Center for Architecture Exhibiton, Manhattan, NY, USA

Jul 28, 2009

New York Center for Architecture Exhibiton

ContextContrast : New Architecture in Historic Districts, 1967-2009, New York

Center for Architecture

Context  Contrast New York

Opening at New York’s Center for Architecture on Oct. 6, the show “ContextContrast” attempts to answer the question, “In historic districts, when is modern architecture OK?”

South Street Seaport
photo : Elizabeth Felicella

This topic is of longstanding concern to Sherida Paulsen, 2009 president of AIANY and former commissioner of the Landmarks Preservation Commission in New York City. Paulsen tapped the author and historian Rachel Carley to curate this show, which reflects the theme of Ms. Paulsen’s tenure as president.

Attached is a view of South Street Seaport commissioned for the exhibition, one of number of fantastic images by artist/photographer Elizabeth Felicella. It shows how Rafael Viñoly’s Seaport Park Condominium (1982) successfully inhabits this historic milieu, while contrasting markedly with the megalithic lower Manhattan towers that loom over the celebrated district’s southern edge. In the foreground, the parking lot represents yet another new construction site in one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods.

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