As part of Archtober, a new exhibit looks at the history of adaptive reuse in NYC
Though there are technically still a few hours left in September, tonight marks the launch of Archtober 2016, the city’s month-long celebration of architecture and design. Institutions across the city will be hosting events and exhibits focused on the way we live and the spaces we live in.
Festivities kick off with the launch of the Center for Architecture’s “Authenticity and Innovation,” an exhibition examining preservation projects that fall outside the purview of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. How have these historic buildings been “innovatively repurposed for our time,” and what does it mean?
Curated by Donald Albrecht of the Museum of the City of New York, the exhibit will focus on 28 different sites, from an abandoned trolley terminal turned underground park (the Lowline, obviously) to a former barrel factory turned luxury hotel—that’d be the Wythe, pictured above. The idea is to look at the cultural, economic, environmental, and architectural implications of these various structures. Historic images and renderings are complemented by a series of photographs by Robert Stephenson, which show off how the older structures fulfilled their modern potential.
Also on the month’s agenda: The New York School of Interior Design’s exhibit on the homes of the future, MoMA’s exhibit about refugee camps, and Cooper Hewitt’s exhibit(s) focused on humanitarian design. If you’re not into formal exhibits, there are also approximately one million walking tours, boat tours, and stationary talks, on everything from the architectural history of the World Trade Center site to the history of housing development in New York City.