Public Space/Private Money

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Date and Location

Thursday, March 12, 2009
6:00 - 9:00pm

The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street
Followed by dinner and discussion at 520 West 19th Street
New York City

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The 3rd Annual Design Trust Council Event, "Public Space/Private Money" took place on Thursday, March 12, 2009. The evening began at The Standard Hotel, and was then followed by dinner and discussion at 520 West 19th Street.

"Public Space/Private Money" addressed the question "What do current development trends mean for the soul of our city?" with a particular focus on the High Line Park, whose creation was driven in significant part by investors anticipating private benefit from the development of this public amenity.

The event convened at the nearly complete Standard Hotel, which enjoys a terrific view of the first stage of the High Line Park's construction. The park's lead designer, Lisa Switkin of Field Operations, and the Standard's architect, Todd Schliemann of Polshek Partnership, joined us there. We considered the role their projects play in defining community, and the design strategies they employed to help insure that this important public space retains a public identity.
The evening concluded with an intimate dinner and discussion at 520 West 19th Street (a newly constructed luxury condominium overlooking the High Line), where we were joined by special guests Keith Jacobson, Founder of Bishopscourt Realty (developer of 520 W. 19th Street); Robert LaValva, Executive Director of the New Amsterdam Market; and Andres Lepik, Architecture & Design Curator at the Museum of Modern Art.

This event was open to current Design Trust Council members only. To join the Design Trust Council, you can use our secure online form or download the Council brochure.

To see more images of the event and read more about the discussion, visit the Design Trust blog.

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