September 8, 2011 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series
Carol Willis discusses the creation of the skyscraper and the making of modern New York City in her lecture, “New York, New York: Place, Culture and Urbanity,” as part of a series sponsored by the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, at City College. According to Willis, the founding director of the New York City Skyscraper Museum, the assertion that Manhattan grew up because there was limited room to grow out is incorrect. “High demand for a location produces high rents that produce high-rise buildings,” says Willis, a professor of urban studies and planning at Columbia University.
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