Future of the Manhattan Skyline Recap

The Manhattan skyline will look dramatically different in 2020, as new skyscrapers are being built bigger and taller than ever before.  At Urban Land Institute’s New York 2020 event, a panel of developers, architects, and urbanists explored the planning and constructing of the buildings of NYC’s future.


The panel was moderated by Lynne B. Sagalyn and featured:
• Jeff Dvorett - Vice President for Development, Extell Development Company
• Alexander Garvin - President and CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategists
• Erik Horvat - Acting Director, World Trade Center Redevelopment, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
• Marianne Kwok - Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox
• Michael M. Samuelian - Vice President, Related Companies

Here are some of their thoughts:

• The panel speakers felt that NYC is not investing enough in infrastructure to maintain its status as a global city.
• It doesn't matter how much we build in NYC -- without reliable transportation, it won't matter.
• Hudson Yards will work best with the extension of the 7 subway line
• The skyline is being defined by residential towers because it is what makes money these days.
• What defines a super tall skyscraper in NYC? 900ft or taller.
• Mixed use development is very complicated, need to understand the correct balance.
• Hudson Yards arguably wasn't set up with the correct zoning which may be limiting.
• The World Trade Center was designed to create a street scape that is mindful of the memorial.
• Landscape design has evolved in New York City with initiatives such as the Highline.
• The biggest challenge for new development is getting tenants -- not financing, zoning, design, etc.

About ULI – New York
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