The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group today announced the launch of a two-month exhibition showcasing the historic Hudson Yards development beginning May 1st at the Center for Architecture’s Breakthrough Space gallery located at 536 LaGuardia Place.

The two-month exhibition, “Design(in) The New Heart of New York,” details the planning, design, engineering and architecture of this massive 26-acre project and features a rotating dynamic gallery space where architects and designers will present never-seen-before elements of the design process and the evolution of this unprecedented development.

AIA New York Design in the New Heart of New YorkAn eight-week speaker series will complement the exhibit and enable visitors to hear directly from, and interact with, the celebrated architects, designers, civic leaders, developers and city partners working on the city-altering project including: David Childs, FAIA, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Howard Elkus, FAIA, RIBA, of Elkus Manfredi Architects; David Rockwell, AIA, of the Rockwell Group; and Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

As part of the series, Bill Pedersen, FAIA, of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the creative force behind some of the world’s tallest and most elegant towers, will speak of the vision and process behind the Hudson Yards’ spirit and character as embodied by the two soaring commercial towers that anchor its design during NYCxDESIGN – New York City’s inaugural citywide event showcasing and promoting designs of all disciplines.

In Bill Pedersen’s words, “Like Hudson Yards, Rockefeller Center was created by an exceptional collaboration of diverse personalities, responding to the challenging pressures which are brought to bear on a work of commercial architecture. What resulted from this dialogue is an almost unprecedented architectural balance of humility and nobility. Looking back, it is this elusive balance which I have been seeking in my work for the last forty years. I consider Hudson Yards to be the most important test in my career of this philosophical position.”

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