Beauty and Finance: Post Mannerism in Skyscraper Design

Gregg Pasquarelli
SHoP Architects, New York City

Building design and devlopment started with small scale conceptual research projects where inspiration and effectiveness, art and technology, and beauty and finance not only co-existed, but fueled each other. Now the same interdisciplinary design techniques are being used on large scale, complex projects around the globe. New programmatic affiliations and performative requirements are leading to more transgressive, innovative forms, all executed using traditional building materials fabricated through cutting edge technology.

In order to develop new technologies and progress the tall building industry through best practices, unique collaborative working methods, humanist values, and the identification of ideal material expression to support and elevate building inhabitants are vital goals to achieve. This presentation looks at the early stages of some large-scale urban projects such as The Barclays Center, The American Copper Buildings, or the two super-talls that are currently under construction at 111 West 57th Street and 9 DeKalb Avenue, in New York City that continue to positively influence the developments today.

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