An evening with Robert A.M. Stern: “I’m not Picasso, but I’m not that far away”

Architect behind 15 CPW, 70 Vestry on NYC's zoning, his design philosophy & more

TRD LOS ANGELES /
Mar.March 17, 2017 05:30 PM

From the New York website: Robert A.M. Stern is a fan of buildings that rise like wedding cakes. If he had his way, towers would still be designed in this fashion, gradually slinking away from the street to abide by a 100-year-old law.

“It was the first, and it was the best,” the septuagenarian architect said of the city’s 1916 zoning law.

It’s not necessarily a surprising opinion from an architect with a fetish for limestone and a polite distaste for glass. Stern spoke at the home of The Real Deal publisher Amir Korangy on Thursday night and praised the often derided setback rules that shaped buildings like the Walker Tower (formerly known as the New York Telephone building at 212 West 18th Street). [More]


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