Public Space Potluck: IBM Atrium | April 7, 2011

IBM Building Atrium | Photo by Jessica Cronstein

Public Space Potluck
UPDATED VENUE: IBM Building Atrium

590 Madison Avenue (SW corner of Madison and E. 57th St.)
Thursday, April 7, 2011
UPDATED TIME: 6:30-8:30pm

Today’s dismal weather has us thinking of warmer, sunnier days to come — and with that anticipated thaw comes a new season of Urban Omnibus field trips! To kick things off, we are once again partnering with our friends the Design Trust for Public Space for a Public Space Potluck on Thursday, April 7 at the IBM Building Atrium Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.

The IBM Building Atrium is one of approximately 503 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) in New York City created as a result of an incentive zoning program that offered private developers an increase in density in exchange for the inclusion of public space or improvements for public benefit on the site. The incentives gave rise to such highly visible pedestrian areas as those found around Lincoln Center, Times Square, Greenwich Village and central Midtown. But the quality and utility of these 503 POPS has been inconsistent, and many have fallen into disrepair or become inaccessible. On April 7, join us at one of the city’s active, thriving POPS — and stay tuned for more on privately owned public spaces in an upcoming Omnibus feature.

We’ll bring plates, cups and utensils. You bring a dish and/or drink to share along with your friends, colleagues and fellow public space aficionados.

Let us know if you can make it by emailing with “Potluck” in the subject line, or RSVP on the Facebook event page.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
5:30-8:30pm (presentation at 6:30pm)
Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Sts.
1, 2, A, B, C, D to 59th Street Columbus Circle

The David Rubenstein Atrium, formerly known as the Harmony Atrium, was once a neglected pass-through between Broadway and Columbus. Today, the space — now being billed as Lincoln Center’s new “front porch” — has been revamped into a vibrant (and LEED-certified) gathering spot. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the space is now a ticketing venue and information area for Lincoln Center, complete with free Wi-fi, a media wall, vertical gardens, an art installation by Dutch textile artisan Claudy Jongstra and ample café seating.

Arrive by 6:30pm to hear Design Trust board member Sylvia J. Smith, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner at FXFOWLE Architects and Partner-in-Charge of the Lincoln Center redevelopment, present an inside look at the renovation and expansion of one the world’s leading cultural institutions.

(Added bonus: Target Free Thursdays enliven the atrium with gratis public performances – stick around after the potluck to hear the Unsound Festival New York.)


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