Delivered at the New York Historical Society on April 12th, 2016.
An introduction to Right Bank Paris where 17th century planning created a truly beautiful city and 19th century planning created a truly modern one. The belief that a great city is a livable city remains. Paris is known as the City of Light- and it is. But more to the point, it is the City of Life----and that's why we all want to be there.
Produced by Adrian Sas, video producer.
The Avant/Garde Diaries
The Jefferson Market Courthouse
Barry Lewis fell in love with architecture in 1960s France. Admittedly, one would be hard pressed not fall in love with the architecture of that famed city, in any decade or century. But when he returned to New York, Lewis found a similarly rich – if less celebrated – history in that city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. For The Avant/Garde Diaries, Lewis takes us on a jaunty tour of the famed Jefferson Market Courthouse, a striking building known for exposing its structure of unadorned bright red brick. “Back in the 1870s,” he says, “that was a shocker. It laid down the principle of today’s design: treat your materials with respect.”
Produced by Kitty Bolhoefer / Filmed by Fridolin Schoepper / Editing by Konterfei / Music by Carlos Bruck
Sep 27, 2012. Q&A by Susan S. Szenasy, From her blog: Point of View. Five questions Susan asked me about New York...and my answers.
Five questions ranging from history back when, urban design in New York today, places to visit and things to note for first time visitors and long-time residents, the "new" look of the city's urban spaces---and where you can be left alone.
Barry Lewis is available for lectures, conferences, seminars and other types of speaking engagements.
The City Transformed, Part 2, Spring 2017 / New York from the 1890s to the Modern Era
Wednesdays, Mar 22 to May 10, 2017, 6:30pm-8:00pm at Cooper Union; 8 lectures.
Registration for Spring 2017 Continuing Education classes is accessed thru the CU Continuing Ed link listed below.
The Cooper Union switchboard, 1-212-353-4195, is open Mon-Fri 10:30am-5:30pm.
Cooper Union’s Continuing Education website: http://cooperunion.augusoft.net. Registration is open Jan 5th-23rd, 2017. After Jan 23rd, a late fee will be charged.
New York — its buildings, planning and growth from the 1890s to the present. Emerging by 1900 as a world capital of the globe’s newest world power, New York has, each generation since, used successive architectural styles to re-make its skyline: the Beaux-Arts (the1890s-1920s), the Art Deco (the 1920s), the Art Moderne (the 1930s), the Mid-Century Modern (1950s-70s), the Post-Modern (1980s-90s) and today the current Modern Movement Revival. Each of these styles has expressed the city’s unique vibrancy at a particular time in our history. Every generation of our 20th and 21st centuries has created its own new skyline, usually bigger & and taller than anything that went before. We will be looking at that ever evolving phenomenon called New York thru the lens of architectural history and see how each generation’s “layer” adds to the city we know today.