THE GRID AND CYCLES OF PLANNING: A Conversation About Real Estate and New York City’s Street Grid

Manhattan’s street grid was designed as a template for real estate growth in New York City; and it worked!  Throughout our city’s history, however, market cycles, design strategies, aesthetic goals, and economic issues have changed; and architects, policy makers, brokers, and residents continue to debate how real estate should be built in relationship to the grid.

Join us for a conversation, moderated by Julie V. Iovine, Executive Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, about the history of New York City real estate and some of the cycles in planning: the erasure of streets with the creation of superblocks in the mid-20th century, and more recently, the reimposition and reinvigoration of the grid pattern around the city, in neighborhoods and developments including Battery Park City.

Our panelists, who represent a cross-section of leading scholars and practitioners, are Elizabeth Blackmar, professor of history at Columbia University; Stanton Eckstut, FAIA, Founding Principal of EE&K Architects; Tommy Craig, Senior Managing Director, Hines East Region; and Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and the Director of Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School.

Co-sponsored by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. Reservations required. $6 tickets for friends of The Architect’s Newspaper. Register online at and enter the code Grid417 (case sensitive) upon checkout to receive the discounted rate. For more information or to reserve by phone, please call 917-492-3395.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012
    6:30 p.m.

  • Where: 

    The Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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