112th Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins on New York Rising

Event date: 
04/16/2019 - 7:00pm

Join us at Book Culture on 112th on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm as we welcome Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins to discuss their new book, New York Rising.

New York Rising is an illustrated history of real estate development in Manhattan, a story of speculation and innovation--of the big ideas, big personalities, and big risks that collectively shaped a city like no other.

From the first European settlement in the seventeenth century through the skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning schemes of the late twentieth century, this book presents a broad historical survey, illustrated with images drawn largely from the rich archival resources of the Durst Collection at Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. 

The patriarch of one of New York City's most prominent real estate families, Seymour B. Durst was a bibliophile and an avid collector of New York memorabilia. His archival holdings--once known as the Old York Library and now the Durst Collection--reflect his fascination with the city's street grid, mass transit, port, parks and open spaces, as well as its monumental buildings and signature skyline.

Ten leading scholars--the late Hilary Ballon, Ann Buttenwieser, Andrew Dolkart, David King, Reinhold Martin, Richard Plunz, Lynne B. Sagalyn, Hilary Sample, Russell Shorto, and Carol Willis--delved into the collection to select objects that reflect their own areas of interest and expertise. Using these materials, they have created visual narratives on specific topics, focusing on the Dutch and English governance of Manhattan, the growth of the city according to the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, the emergence of the public transit system, the "race for height," the rise of multi-family and affordable housing, the transformation of Midtown into a commercial center, urban renewal in the Moses era, the revival of Times Square, and the reclaiming of the waterfront as public space. Essays by Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins provide a framework for exploring these topics.

New York Rising is published in association with The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.


Kate Ascher is the Milstein Professor of Urban Development at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She is the author of The Works: Anatomy of a City, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, and The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air.

Thomas Mellins has curated numerous exhibitions on architecture nationwide and coauthored New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age, New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars, and New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second War World and the Bicentennial.

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
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New York Rising: An Illustrated History from the Durst Collection Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934619
Availability: Not in Stock - Available for special order
Published: The Monacelli Press - November 20th, 2018