Openhousenewyork (OHNY), a five borough–wide celebration of architecture and design takes place on October 6 & 7 2012. OHNY Weekend, which is becoming a New York City tradition, engages the public in the built environment by offering free access to hundreds of sites that exemplify New York City's diverse architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.
Recent highlights include two hard-hat tours – 1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower (SOM), and the Louis Kahn designed Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island (to be realized by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects). The list also includes the first ever public tour of the newest and still closed section of The High Line (James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro), The Museum of Chinese in America (Maya Lin Studio with Bialosky + Partners), The Islamic Cultural Center (SOM), Rocking the Boat (WXY Architecture + Urban Design), Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (dlandstudio), the Motor Vessel Red Hook, New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s newest sludge boat, and an AIA Guide to New York City Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan led by the author Fran Leadon– list in formation.
Renee Schacht, Executive Director of OHNY says: “We will be touring places and opening doors to sites that span the history of New York – from Staten Island’s Conference House, the only pre-Revolution manor house still standing to contemporary public and private spaces including The Centurion, a midtown Manhattan residential building designed by Pei Partnership Architects with I.M. Pei.”
More than 185,000 people participate in the event that includes over 300 sites, programs, events and tours, which in past years has drawn audiences from beyond the five boroughs to encompass all 50 states and many nations around the world.
The 2011 event guide was inserted in Time Out New York and was also available in limited quantities at the Center for Architecture as well as at NYC & Co. Information Centers. Keep checking the OHNY website for 2012 programme information.
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