Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 8:45 a.m.-- 3:00 p.m.
Religious institutions are treasured touchstones of strength, comfort and stability for congregants and community alike, but the costs of heating, cooling and running facilities present considerable challenges even to the most robust congregations and the most creative facility managers.
"Green Technology," "sustainability" and "energy efficiency" are frequently used buzz words that can leave caretakers of religious properties enthusiastic, confused about how to maintain their older buildings, or under the mistaken impression that "green building" is meant for new buildings.
The seminar is designed for members of the clergy and others to guide them as they strive to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and reduce associated costs. A case study of an actual energy efficiency audit of a religious property, from the perspectives of both the auditor and the religious institution, will be presented to provide a hands-on understanding of the range of challenges and potential solutions that are useful in managing these important sites.
It's been over two months since the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission's July 14 public hearing on the former Interborough Rapid Transit Powerhouse - its third hearing since 1979 (read about the building's significance). And still, no action to give this monumental masterpiece the landmark protection it so justly deserves. Time for a not-so-subtle nudge.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 8:45 a.m.-- 5:00 p.m.
Sitting atop Lincoln Center, participants of this day-long seminar will be in the cat bird’s seat to learn about the evolution of the City and ecclectic architectural styles of our neighborhoods. Have you ever wondered how to date an apartment building, distinguish original detail from additions, or how to make sense of the diverse architectural styles of New York City buildings? Have you ever questioned how and why a neighborhood developed over time?
This seminar is custom-designed for real estate brokers, planners, architects and others seeking to hone their professional and marketing skills to identify architectural styles and development patterns in New York City. Discover how zoning has influenced neighborhood change and unlock clues to dating and interpreting. The better you understand historic buildings and neighborhoods, the better you can serve clients and participate in the life of the city. Wear comfortable shoes—we will end the program with a walking tour of nearby blocks in the Lincoln Center area and the historic Upper West Side!
Inquiry:HP Presents CHRISTOPHER PAYNE
Thursday, September 24
6:30 PM at Columbia University
Avery Hall, 6th Floor, Ware Classroom
New York City-based photographer Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America's vanishing architecture and industrial landscape.
New York Botanical Conference on New York’s Landscape Heritage
Friday, October 9, 2009
Location: The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx NY
On October 9, 2009 the first in a series of ten regional conferences planned through 2010 will take place at the New York Botanical Garden. Using the Botanical Garden as a launching off point, the conference will place a spotlight on New York City and the region spanning 150 years of landscape design.
For more information visit the school website at www.mechanicsinstitute.org. To register, call the Admissions office at 212.840.7648.