Richard Meier, Bjarke Ingels, Annabelle Selldorf and Rick Cook debate the future of New York's skyline

by Kim Megson | 27 Jan 2016

Four of the world's best-known architects have united in calling for New York developers to create more public leisure space.

Rick Cook, Bjarke Ingels, Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier made the case for green space in a roundtable discussion called The Future of New York's Skyline, organised by cultural collective 92nd Street Y.

Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier said buildings should be a “gift to the city,” but voiced his concern that the public is being ignored by developers creating skyscrapers for wealthy tenants.

He said: “High rises are here to stay and buildings will continue to get taller. What is missing is public outdoor space, which should be a given for any building in Manhattan because it's part and parcel of great buildings.

“We need to think more about how a building relates to its context through public space," he continued. "Manhattan isn't Hong Kong; it doesn't have buildings on top of buildings. When you walk on the sidewalk, no matter how tall the building, you should feel related to it.

“At the moment towers are taking up the air, but at the ground they haven't given anything back...The question is whether it's the city’s fault or developers’ fault that we’re missing that in so many areas.”

Selldorf – who has created many cultural and commercial New York buildings – agreed, stating: “I crave trees, nature, parks, but more than anything I crave a better, more equal place for people. We need to do a little bit more to create more dignified and more civilised space in our urban environment."

Bjarke Ingels – whose practice BIG are working on several New York projects – also highlighted the need for green space in the city, citing the High Line and the Whitney Museum as popular projects because of their abundant connection with nature.

“I’m living in the place in New York I found with the most outdoor space,” he said. “I ended up camping this summer on my terrace and I woke up with bird tweets, and I realised I hadn’t heard birds singing almost since I moved to New York. But they’re here and there’s definitely something there.

“It used to be that a space with a terrace was of the least value in a building, now it’s an asset because of what it offers in the form of entertainment and quality of life and work.”

Ingels added that any piece of architecture should belong to the public just as much as it belongs to the client or the architect. He said: “The second you have finished something, it’s no longer yours. It’s everyone’s, and their interpretation of it is as valid as yours. Once you put it out there, you can understand what it means. That’s how cities evolve.”

Rick Cook, who is known for his environmentally sustainable buildings, said he has seen a growing focus on civic parks, waterfront activity and the resiliency of buildings.

He said: “Nature is more beautiful than anything we can create and people have inherent desire to feel connected to that.

“For a developer, you want someone who cares, someone who has love and compassion and who wants to do something that is meaningful.”

You can watch the roundtable discussion below:

Richard Meier  Bjarke Ingels  Annabelle Selldorf  Rick Cook  NEW YORK  PUBLIC SPACE  ARCHITECTURE  DESIGN 
Related stories

Take a flying tour of Bjarke Ingels' New York 'courtscraper'

Arup outline vision for greener global cities

Annabelle Selldorf reunites with gallery giants Hauser & Wirth to design huge LA arts hub

Renzo Piano's new Whitney offers one of New York's largest art spaces

Could BIG's Dryline be New York's next High Line?

John Pawson, Richard Meier and Eva Jiricná's Oaks Prague development puts wellness at its centre

Phase 3 of NYC High Line project sees innovative park opened to public

Four of the world's best-known architects have united in calling for New York developers to create more public leisure space. Rick Cook, Bjarke Ingels, Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier made the case for green space in a roundtable discussion called The Future of New York's Skyline, organised by cultural collective 92nd Street Y. Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier said buildings should be a “gift to the city,” but voiced
CLD,AAC,COL,PRO,ARC,DES,DEV,ECO
The quartet participated in a wide-ranging roundtable discussion / 92nd Street Y
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7298     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7298     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: TVS Group
The TVS Group supply and install sports and fitness flooring to a wide range of facilities. We cater for every type of exercise and every level of competition, from recreational to elite level performance.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The JG SkyHigh bar and lounge, with interiors by Foster + Partners and flowers by Jeff Leatham
Dana Kalczak
"If we had focused entirely on high tech in the hotel, the artistry we normally strive for would have been compromised"

Four Seasons’ vice president of design speaks to CLAD about working with Norman Foster and creating magical moments

Culture: Alexander Schwarz
Alexander Schwarz
"Our aim was to create a place celebrating public space and accessibility"

The opening of the James-Simon- Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island completes two decades of work for David Chipperfield Architects. The lead designer talks us through the building

The bedrooms feature cushioned window seats and bright colours
"We tried to take over in a friendly way"

The Standard’s first London hotel is bold, fun and full of surprising touches

features
The Mr Fisher restaurant is one floor below the water level and serves seafood
Martin Jochman founded JADE+QA in 2013. He formerly worked for Atkins
"We didn’t want to put in any gimmicks. We wanted to create a building that’s inherently sustainable through passive sustainability"

When Martin Jochman set out to transform an old quarry into a luxury hotel, he faced some serious challenges

CopenHill urban ski centre
"It was born from the sheer anxiety of having to submit something brilliant in a very short timescale"

How a moment of desperation led to BIG’s CopenHill, the clean power plant that’s doubling as a skiing and leisure destination. Magali Robathan speaks to the architects that made it happen

features
"Further hotels have been confirmed for Los Angeles, Santa Clara, CA, Seattle, Chicago and Houston"

Rockwell Group and Joyce Wang on the inspirations behind the guest rooms, public spaces, spa and gym at Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards

Profile: Daan Roosegaarde
"I want to demonstrate that creativity is our true capital as humans "

Rather than feeling fearful and helpless about the future, we must design a way out of the environmental problems we have created, argues the innovative Dutch designer, artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde

Last word: Tina Norden
Tina Norden
"We have created an approach which is playful, provocative but also functional"

Conran and Partners’ Tina Norden on playing with colour at Prague’s newly redesigned Hotel Maximilian

cladkit product news
Arlon Graphics debuts architectural collection
Arlon's architectural range is aimed at interior designers looking for innovative and affordable renovation solutions
Lauren Heath-Jones
Arlon Graphics, a plastic and vinyl manufacturer based in The Netherlands, has launched a range of architectural graphic vinyl films ...
John Pomp Studios expands Tidal collection
The Eclipse Pendant light was inspired by the lunar eclipse
Lauren Heath-Jones
John Pomp Studios, a design practice based in Philadelphia in the US, has expanded its Tidal collection to include five ...
Tino Seubert x Theodora Alfredsdottir lighting collection inspired by mid-century furniture making traditions
The Corrugation Lights were inspired by midcentury and post-war furniture making techniques
London-based designers Tino Seubert and Theodora Alfredsdottir have teamed up to create Corrugation Lights, a lighting collection inspired by midcentury ...
cladkit product news
Space Popular creates video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate in South Korea
Gate of Bright Lights was designed to show visitors how screens and digital interfaces have replaced physical objects the gateway between us and the rest of the world.
Lauren Heath-Jones
Multidisciplinary design firm Space Popular has created a video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate at the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, ...
Pelle DVN Table inspired by traditional Japanese carpentry
The DVN Table was created using Japanese joinery techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Jean and Oliver Pelle, the husband and wife team behind New York-based design studio Pelle, have created the DVN Table, ...
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
cladkit product news
Tom Dixon Rock collection inspired by Dixon's travels to India
The Rock collection is made with green marble and was inspired by Tom Dixon's travels to India
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer studio, Tom Dixon Studio has launched a new collection of marble sculptures inspired by his frequent trips to ...
ZHD'S MEW Coffee Table explores relationship between surface and structure
The MEW Coffee Table is described as an investigation into the relationship between surface and structure
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with Italian furniture design firm Sawaya & Moroni to create the Mew Coffee Table. The ...
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates