Posted on Visions of the future, Skyscrapers of the past

Architectural critic and Cooper Union faculty member, GEORG WINDECK, joined faculty and students for a second week to continue his discussion of New York City architecture, this time using the history of Rockefeller Center as the focal point to consider the aesthetics and technologies that emerged in the first half of the 20th century in the construction of New York City’s once famous skyscrapers. WINDECK’S presentation showed that the ‘visions of the future’ drawn up by architects as models for utopic city life actually originated in periods of economic depression when considerable numbers of architects were unemployed, and that the plans for innovation were often displaced by the same economic chaos in which the plans were developed. Rockefeller Center was itself an instance of an ideal plan that was then put aside by the economic exigencies of the day.

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