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RIBA New York Chapter Social

​For the first RIBA New York social of the year, we take a look at the AT&T building with Alan Ritchie.

To kick things off for the RIBA New York Chapter's first social of 2018, we are proposing to take the socials in a slightly different direction after your feedback, setting a topic for each gathering. This year, we have chosen ‘NYC ICONS’ as the topic and asked Alan Ritchie to start us off by informally talking about his and Philip Johnson’s iconic AT&T Building.

Alan will be showing some select archive material and talking about his thoughts on the furor over its Snohetta redevelopment project, which was all over the news at the end of the year (with a very broad range of thinkers weighing in – from preservationists, to modernists to filmmakers and bloggers, from Robert Stern to Richard Meier to Norman Foster).

ArchPaper - 'Hands off my Johnson': Protestors rally against AT&T building redesign

Dezeen - Architects protest AT&T building with 'Hands off my Johnson' placards

This story particularly raises the architectural questions of how NYC evolves whilst retaining its cultural markers, and how well-loved buildings can continue to be part of the living city without becoming museum pieces. We think the AT&T case study will be a great way to kick off a discussion on the subject.

The venue will be: Black Lodge Burger Bar, 20 Prince St (SoHo - very near the Spring St 6-Line and Prince Street RW-Line subway stations)

It’s a quiet, low-key bar with nice décor, and they do a very nice $15 beer and burger deal. The long window seat area is booked for 7pm.

Please RSVP to give us an idea of numbers so we can start planning.

We look forward to seeing you there.