50 United Nations Plaza and The Skyscraper Museum hosted an evening of learning and discovery with talks led by leaders in architecture and urbanism. Jill Mangone, Zeckendorf Development Director of Sales and Marketing at 50 United Nations Plaza, and Carol Willis, founder, curator, and director of the Skyscraper Museum, welcomed guests to the 10,000 s/f duplex penthouse in the newest Zeckendorf tower.
Speakers included Peter Han, managing partner of Foster + Partners, who discussed influences that led to the design of 50 United Nations Plaza, the first Foster + Partners residential project in North America. Ken Jackson, urban historian and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City, spoke on the meaning of Midtown’s omnipresent towers. Gina Pollara, a Cooper Union trained architect who currently heads her own consulting firm, treated guests to a look into the design and development of the Louis I. Kahn designed Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, of which she is the former executive director. Jeff Kenoff, architect and Director at KPF, displayed renderings and discussed the upcoming 1 Vanderbilt Tower. Architect and documentary film maker James Sanders evoked the romance of Manhattan in the movies with examples from his well-known book, Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies and Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York. Carol Willis spoke on her favorite Art Deco buildings, including the iconic Empire State and Chrysler Building, both clearly visible from the penthouse’s outdoor pool deck.