The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Leonard Lopate and Guests Explore Guastavino in New York

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What do Carnegie Hall, the Bronx Zoo's Elephant House and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine have in common? They're all marvels of architectural beauty that contain the interlocking tile vaults created by the father-son team of Rafael Guastavino, Sr. and Rafael Jr.


Morning Edition

A College Project That Imagines A Floating City For Oil Workers

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Plans for man-made islands — designed by Rice University architecture students — have attracted the attention of one of the world's largest oil companies as a way to house way-offshore oil workers.


TED Radio Hour

Does Less Stuff Mean More Happiness?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.


The Leonard Lopate Show

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Penn Station opened November 27, 1910, and was a grand, beautiful building. But in 1961, the financially strapped Pennsylvania Railroad tore down the train station to build Madison Square Garden. How'd it all go so wrong?

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When Glass Houses Become Hothouses

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Many people like floor to ceiling windows, but they could make your apartment a heat trap in a blackout.

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The World Frank Lloyd Wright Didn't Build

Sunday, February 02, 2014

A new exhibit shows one of the most famous American architect's love-hate relationship with cities.

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Under Water, a Frank Lloyd Wright Moves Out of NJ

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Flooding is pushing a famous house out of New Jersey.

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Selected Shorts

Stephen Colbert Presents Stories of Powerful Objects

Friday, January 24, 2014

Stephen Colbert present stories with game changing objects--a time-travelling house and a marriage-busting pair of shorts.

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Studio 360

MoMA Knocks Down Its Next-Door Neighbor

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last May, we reported on a story in which it seemed David had triumphed over Goliath. David was a quirky, acclaimed jewel box of a building in midtown Manhattan — the former American Folk Art Museum — and the preservationists who loved it. Goliath was the Museum of Modern Art ...

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The Sexy, Unassuming New Neighborhood Buildings

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New York City is filled with great architecture. Why should recycling centers and ambulance bays be left out?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Now Even Taller

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Judith Dupré, architectural historian and the author of the updated Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2014), and Richard Cook, founding partner of COOKFOX Architects whose projects include the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park and the Stephen Sondheim theater, talk about the latest in building extremely tall buildings.

EVENT: Judith Dupré and Rick Cook are joined by architect Adrian Smith to discuss "Supertall, Supergreen" tonight at 6pm at NYPL 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Robert Gates; NJ State of the State; A-Rod; Skyscrapers; Mo Rocca

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As Secretary of Defense in both the Bush and Obama White Houses, Robert Gates played a role in the two defining wars of our time. Secretary Gates reflects on his career and the tensions between military policy and domestic politics. Then: on the heels of Bridgegate, what is the state of the state of New Jersey? New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney analyzes Chris Christie's SOTS address. Plus: What A-Rod's suspension reveals about professional doping regimens, a look at modern skyscrapers and Mo Rocca joins us to take listener calls.

Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In an effort to save a tiny 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, architects are offering it free to anyone who can move it to another property. Current owners of the Arlington, Va., plot want to build a bigger home where the kit house stands.



Over Objections, MoMA to Demolish Folk Art Museum

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art now owns the building on West 53rd Street, and has decided not to incorporate it into its 100,000-square foot expansion, which it unveiled on Wednesday.



Residents Say High-Rise Has No Place Near Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Residents of the South Street Seaport area voiced strong opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed redevelopment plan that would result in a high-rise in the neighborhood.



9/11 Museum Delays Will End with Spring Opening

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


As another new office tower opens at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, its would-be neighbor, the National September 11th Museum, is still facing delays.



Mayor Withdraws Midtown East Rezone Plan

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Mayor Michael Bloomberg has withdrawn a proposal that would have rezoned an area around Grand Central Terminal known as Midtown East after the City Council couldn't reach agreement on the plan. Under the proposed rezoning, some buildings would have been green-lighted for demolition, to be replaced with taller structures.

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Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Friday, November 08, 2013

Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is going to settle the debate. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.

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New Needle Towers Coming to Manhattan

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Manhattan skyline is getting thinner. There are about a dozen new, needle-thin towers planned for New York City.



Renderings of St. Nicholas Church Released

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For the first time since its destruction in the collapse of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the public is seeing images of what the rebuilt Greek Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas, will look like — and to some, it will look like a mosque. The New York Times' David Dunlap wrote about the design in Thursday's paper.

"The architect, Santiago Calatrava, has drawn for his design very heavily on traditional Byzantine influences," he said to WNYC's Amy Eddings. "It is a cubic building with a shallow dome on top of it, a ribbed dome at that, and alternating bands of stone, alternating colors at the corners of the drum of the dome."

Dunlap compares it to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

To hear Host Amy Eddings' full interview with Dunlap, click on the audio player.